On May 1, 1915, the Capital Journal of Salem, Oregon ran a story with the headline:
"Hebel's Cherry Bud Band"
Is the Latest Sensation
in Local Music Circles
Sousas In the Miniature Perform Wondrously Upon
Wind Instruments --- Petite Evelyn Hebel "Wrestles"
With Monster Tuber and Does Herself Proud
Little Evelyn Hebel is kneeling with her E-flat "tuber" on the left, just in front of her father, Charles Hebel, who stands at the back of his children's band, the Cherry-Bud Band of Salem, Oregon. The name is derived from Salem's nickname, The Cherry City, where the citizens have celebrated a summer Cherry Festival since 1903.
The 20 boys and girls are from Hebel's neighborhood in East Salem, east of 14th and north of Center Street. Their first public performance was planned for Memorial Day of 1915, only a few months after they had first acquired their brass band instruments. Over the next few years, they would become a common feature of Salem's patriotic parades and events.
This lengthy newspaper report also included the names of the first band members:
Claude Burch and Earnest Kubin, solo B-flat cornets, aged 10 and 12 respectively;
Frank Lynch and Hubert Seamater, first B-flat cornets, aged 14 years;
Claude Palmer and Ralph Swartz, second and third B-flat cornets, aged 10 and 9 respectively;
Everett Givens, Lawrence Schunelle and Otto Albers, altos, aged 11 and 10, respectively;
Earl Yarnell and Richard Riley, tenors, aged 11 and 10, respectively;
Ben Rider and Everett Walker, trombones, aged 14 and 10, respectively;
Earnest Zinn, baritone, aged 9;
Miss Evelyn Hebel, E-flat bass, aged 9;
Charles Chase, bass drum, aged 13, and Cecil Stambaugh, snare drum, aged 15.
|The Daily Capital Journal, May 31, 1915|
Charles Hebel was born in Illinois in 1877 and had called Champaign, IL his home until moving to Salem in 1913. where he set up his own business as a decorative sign painter and dealer in paint and wall paper. He was also a talented and experienced musician. Though his instrument was not mentioned, it was probably the cornet, which was the most common instrument for a bandleader.
Sometime in 1914, he decided to organize a brass band for the wayward boys in East Salem. It's not clear how he acquired the instruments, but they practiced two evenings a week at his shop and on Fridays gave a concert for the neighborhood.
Sensibly, like many other enterprising family bandleaders who had no sons, Hebel also added his three daughters to the band roster.
By 1916, The Cherry-Bud Band had acquired professional band uniforms and become "Salem's Pride". Charles stands on the left, and his wife, Goldie Hebel, who was the band's business manager, stands on the right. The children are a year older now. There are three girls in the center that I believe are the Hebel sisters. The girl standing at the back would be the oldest, Marribel Hebel (b.1900). Marribel's trombone is hidden by her younger sister, Evelyn Hebel (b.1904) with her E-flat tuba and wearing a large black ribbon in her hair. The petite drum major in front would be the youngest sister, Annita Hebel (b.1913).
On the same day, the Cherry-Bud Band also posed on the bandstand in front of the Oregon state capitol. The band had a repertoire of popular marches and patriotic songs that they played for many civic events from 1915 to 1918. The children's band may have been a way for Hebel to market his business name, but I think his real purpose was a genuine desire to help young boys (and his girls) develop an interest in music. In this era, musical training was seen as a career path, just the same as other traditional trades, but it was not usually included in the public education curriculum. Bands like this were also used as an acceptable activity to keep city boys from straying into mischief or worse.
After 1918, the name of the Cherry-Bud Band disappears, though Charles and Goldie Hebel continued to live in Salem until the 1940s. Hebel produced a number of postcards of the band, which he probably sold to help support it. This photo intrigued me, and I wondered if I could find a Google Street View that shows this capitol building as it is today.
Alas, this view is gone forever.
|Oregon State Capitol in 1909 ~ Wikipedia|
Here is the Oregon State Capitol in 1909. It was the second building on this site as the first capitol was destroyed by fire in 1855. This replacement was finished in 1876 and the dome was added later in 1893.
|Oregon State Capitol|
Fire at night, 25 April 1935
Image courtesy of the Oregon State Library
On the evening of April 25, 1935, a fire started in paper records kept in the basement of the east wing. The conflagration quickly spread from the ground floors traveling up the hollow supporting columns to the upper floors and the dome. The building was a total loss. The state also had no insurance.
|Oregon State Capitol|
With substantial aid from the Federal Public Works Administration, Oregon rebuilt its capitol and the new building was dedicated in 1938. The contrast between the old and the new is striking, and not in a pleasing way. Locals soon nicknamed the central dome "the paint can". The statue on top, the golden Oregon Pioneer, was not recognized as a great improvement.
Today the park in front of the fountains is lined with cherry trees, and with the start of Spring they soon should be full of Cherry-Buds.
This is my contribution to Sepia Saturday
where the focus this weekend could be other kinds of capitol buildings.