Old Timer Writes Interesting Letter
Greenville [name of newspaper illegible; Texas]
29 July 1937
The following letter received here by Walter
Monroe, from E. A.
Nealy of Madison, Wis., will be read with interest by many of the older
residents of Greenville. Mr. Nealy lived here many years ago and was
of the old Fifth Regiment Band, which was well known all over Texas and
won quite a few prizes.
“Dear Mike: In
rummaging through some old music papers the other day, I came across
that the “Old 5th” won at Denison, our first contest.
“It is dated July
4, 1890. It is inscribed “For the best band and best equipped band in
Texas Band Association.” Forty-seven years have passed and my life is
“Memory has gone
back to the old boys when life was young and the “Old 5th” was in her
am wondering where the boys who helped us win that glory are: how many
still alive and how life has dealt with them.
“I am 70 years old
now and when the band played that contest, I was 23. Life was young and
kept trysting with our youth.’ A flood of memories sweep over me, and I
again the days of our glory. I am “retired” now by ill health, broke
1930. Twenty years ago on Sept. 1, I came to Wisconsin and took up the
work in Richland Center. Built the first school band in Wisconsin and
went on to National fame. You no doubt know to what proportions the
movement has reached.
“Mrs. Nealy is
still with me. We live with our daughter, a widow, with two children, a
years old, very talented and bright, a boy ten years old, bright but as
young to show just what he will do. Well, I am asking that you will get
touch with the boys there and tell them I wish they would write me and
appreciate it very much if you will tell me [illegible] are.
“Boaz Maddox, Dr.
[illegible] Lige Rudolph went to Gai[illegible] Ernest Harrison, Jack
Moulton. George ————— married Lula Anderson, Rufe Turner, Toots
lived at McKinney; poor Jim Gee, dead. Jeff Wagner and there was some
but I can’t recall.
“Meus Melton, Estes
Anderson, George Lindsey, and the nephew of Obenchain who was a piano
John Dennis, George Dennis, Ed Riley, Herbert Gee (dead) and some one
Haynes Dugan, Albert Bull, George Dugan, Frank Schoonover, Will Horn,
McMurtray, Mike Monroe, George Wilson, Ed Nichen, Roy Anderson.
“If I have missed
any, tell me of those too. It seems that your brother John played alto
Write when you can. I will be glad to hear from any and all that are in
“With best wishes
for you and yours, I am,
N. 6th St.