Wednesday, March 1, 2017

1884 Fowlerville Cornet Band

The cast of characters:

James G. Blaine (from Wikipedia) was "an American Statesman and Republican politician who represented Maine in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1863 to 1876, serving as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1869 to 1875," and etc. and in 1884 was nominated by the Republican party to run for President, ultimately defeated by Democrat Grover Cleveland in the election.

John C. Fremont had a huge life, which you can read all about here.  After this stop in Fowlerville, he lived six more years and died quite suddenly from a case of peritonitis (abdominal infection).

General Russell A. Alger was just plain rich, being "an army officer, financier, lumber baron, railroad owner" and holding high government offices, according to Wikipedia.  Supposedly, he was a distant relation to author Horatio Alger.  A bit of trivia -- Alger County in Michigan is named at the general.
Quite a group stopping by Fowlerville and being serenaded by the Fowlerville Cornet Band.

Note:  All information on the three men was found at


Ed Adams said...

I believe my great-grandfather may have been playing in the band at that time, Geo. Adams.

amuse me said...

Hi Ed -

If you get this message, I would love to talk with you. Please email me at mcdesign159 (at) gmail (dot) com. While I was doing research for "The Fowlerville Chronicles," I became entranced by G.L. Adams. I published "Through the Eyes of a Country Editor," his life and writings. In that book, I do have a picture of him when he was in the band.