Town of Day, 101 years
The early years, pp. 43-164
I ~ I. The following is a story taken from the Marshfield News-Herald, Friday December 16, 1955. The caption under the picture read, "LIFE IS AN ADVENTURE FOR THESE MUSICIANS--Six of the 11 children of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Nikolai, Route 3, Stratford, comprise this musical group, which has been having a happy time for three years playing before folks in central and northern Wisconsin. From left, they are: Caroline, 20, accordian; Francis, 14, clarinet; Eugene, 15, sousaphone; Leonard, 10, accordian; Theodore, 13, cornet, and Rose Marie, 17, guitar." Rozeliville Young People Prove Music Has Its Joy ROZELLVILLE--(Special)--If you have attended a public function in this community during the past several years, the chances are you already have made the acquaintance of the self-styled "Nikolodeons," and orchestra composed of six of the 11 children of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Nikolai, route 3, Stratford. This group has been making something of a career of playing at dinners, dances and other social gatherings since the formation of the orchestra three years ago. With only a smattering of formal musical training, which has been supplemented by intensive self-study and semi-weekly rehearsals under the direction of the oldest daughter, these young people have a happy time playing before many folks in central and northern Wisconsin. Caroline, 20, an employee at the Weinbrenner Shoe factory at Marshfield, is the recognized leader of the group. She began accordian lessons at the age of 15, and helped to start a younger sister and four brothers on the road to happy lives through music. Others in the orchestra are Rose Marie, 17, guitar, and Eugene, 15, sousaphone, both students at Marshfield Senior High School. Next in age is Francis, 14, clarinet, a student at Willard D. Purdy Junior High School at 164 rr Marshfield. Youngest members are Theodore, 13, coronet, and Leonard, 10, another accordionist, students at St. Andrew's School, Rozellville. The five other Nikolai children are Raymond, serving in the Army at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.; Eleanor, 16, Victor, 11, Germaine, 8, and Mary Lou, 6, all at home. Eleanor is studying saxophone, and Victor and Mary Lou display inclinations of becoming accordian players. Prospects seem bright that "The Nikolodeons" soon may expand into a larger musical organization. Mr. and Mrs. Nikolai, who show no anxiety over the investment of nearly $3,000 in musical instruments for their children, view the orchestra as a happy adventure. Both parents in their earlier years had brief amateur musical careers, playing the accordian and violin, respectively.
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