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Sherman Germania Band 
Note on the drum reads "Org'd Aug '1st' or '14' '88"
Thought you might be interested in this picture.  It was taken in 1880s, Sherman Texas.  The only name I have is the person on the 2nd row far right, above the drum.  He is my Great-Grandfather, John Christian Zell.  This is the story as told in writing by his sister and daughter, written in 1941. 

More about John Christian Zell
Born in 1866 in Mecklenburn, Schwerin, Germany.  He came to the USA in 1884 with his father, stepmother, sister Minnie and Aunt Mary Eurcie.  The family disembarked at Baltimore, Maryland.  They settled on Tom Bean Ranch in the vicinity of the town of Tom Bean, Farmington, Texas.  Mr. Tom Bean sponsored them.  When they worked long enough to pay for their passage over here to America, they were free to work where they pleased.  As best I remember it took two years to pay for their passage.  Grandfather Zell and wife stayed and worked for Mr. Bean for a number of years until his death.  He was buried in the Old Cottonwood Cemetery.  The Zells also left one daughter and sister of John C Zell ~ Marie, who was married to Frederick (Fritz) Koym, who also was in the Army and the country would not let him leave until he served two years .  Fritz brought his wife and son to America in 1886.  His son was Herman.  He wife died two years later and was buried in Cottonwood Cemetery.  He then married John C's sister, Minnie, the younger sister of Marie.  They had a farm north of Sherman.

I assume the other members of the band were from Germany.

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