Iroquois History

1931: Twenty-member band will perform outside


May 18, 1911

A farm hand working on the Forbes’ place northeast of town disappeared Monday morning, and shortly after, it was discovered that a purse containing about thirty-one dollars in money was also missing. Oscar Forbes came to Bancroft and found that the missing man had been here and started west. A warrant was issued, and Marshal Reins started in pursuit in Spence Eggleston’s automobile. The search resulted in failure; no trace of the slippery cuss being found. It is surmised that he hid out until dark and then made his way out of the country. – Bancroft Register.

The first circus of the season is billed for this part of the state. The Yankee Robinson Circus will spread its tents in Lake Preston on May 25.

The usual preparation for Old Settlers Day celebration at De Smet is underway, and committees have been appointed. The date is June 10.

We can have a fine new school house if those in favor of it will go to the polls next Tuesday and vote for bonds.

May 21, 1931

In order to further demonstrate the unreliability of 1931 spring weather, the thermometer dropped close to the freezing point Tuesday, and a piercing northwest wind made life uncomfortable. Winter wraps were again in fashion, and street corner visiting was decidedly out of date. It was but a few days previous that the northwest had been perspiring in a summer temperature with the thermometer registering close to the 100 mark, and the radical change came as a surprise. Normal spring weather, if there is such a thing anymore, would be appreciated.

“Class Night” was presented by the senior class of the Iroquois High School to a large audience at the opera house Tuesday night, and the presentation met with a cordial reception. The entertainment broke away from the usual class night program and gave the audience a new and novel method of looking into the future and glimpsing the members of the class in their coming avocations in life. It was well done and made a very pleasing impression.

The Iroquois Municipal Band, which will give the first open air concert of the season Thursday night of next week, will consist of twenty members with personnel and instrumentation as follows: Director, R. Eslick. Cornet, F. W. Aughenbaugh, Adolph Kuehl, Max Eckman, Edwin Englehardt. Clarinet, Conrad Severin, Ruth Martin. Piccolo, Art Reidel. Saxophone, Alice Stoner, Earl Keelin, W. D. Allen. Mellophone, Sydney Wasem, Wayne Aughenbaugh. Trombone, B. Aughenbaugh, Chas. Eckman, Joe Rounds. Baritone, E. O. Casperson. Sousaphone, Glen Aughenbaugh. Drums, A. M. Hanson, W. G. Gross.


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