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Stratford centennial
(1891-1991)

Stratford music,   pp. 250-252


Page 250

Stratford Music
Stratford's love of music is evident when we see how many bands have furnished musical enjoyment over the years.
Stratford Band, Circa 1908: standing (1-r) Jake Stemler, Ignatz Hoffman, Bob Taft, and Walter Oby. Sitting: Tom Hoesly,
Louie Hoffman, Wm. Van Ryzin, John Oettinger and Charles Radatz. Courtesy Lillian Kroeplin.
Stratford Military Concert Band, 1915. We know a key exists for this photo but we were unable to obtain it in time for
publication. We will try to have it available at the Stratford Historical Exhibit. The Stratford Military band was a musical
organization of fourteen active members. The band was organized in February of 1913. Regular practice was indulged in and
the band was open for local and outside engagements. Theo. Steinmetz of Marshfield was the musical director and Walter Oby
was manager. Photo courtesy of Ernest Van Ryzin.


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