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1894 Darrtown Cornett Band 

(BELOW) Dale Bufler contributed this image of the Darrtown Cornett Band and the accompanying caption. This item appeared in an undated and unnamed newspaper clipping.

The caption reads below the image reads:

"Darrtown's Cornet Band - 1894

Before the turn of the century, there were several community bands in Butler County, including the Darrtown Cornet Band, organized in 1894.

Seated: George Bowman, Jr., John Darr, Ed Phillip, George Geisler, and Charlie Hinkle. Standing: George Bowman Sr., Dr. Shaffer, Ben Bufler, Joseph Bufler Sr., leader of the band, John Kolb, Peter Leibrich, Frank Bufler, Jr., and Orla Shaffer."


Jean (Decker) Howse-Henke donated this image on April 24, 2019.


Jean wrote: "Fred,  can you use this?  I came across it when cleaning out some things. ... Thanks for doing the newsletter. If I find anything else on the Decker family I'll let you know."


This appears to be the same image as the one above; however, the handwritten note on the image connects the Decker and Geisler families to Darrtown.

The writing on the newspaper reads: "George was Art Decker's uncle (his mother (Mary Elizabeth Geisler Decker ... brother."

This is another example of how the website is enriched by contributions from others.

The Cheesy Brincefield Quartet

RIGHT: From hand-written notes on a photo contributed by Fran Weiss, we believe the men are (from left to lower right): Frank Bufler, Ben Bufler, Rebe (or Kebe - sp.?) Folmer, and Cheesy Brencefield

ABOVE: This photo, contributed by Frances Weiss, shows Cheesy Brincefield as a young man.

ABOVE: Dale Bufler confirmed that the two-story house in the center of this photo was the Brincefield home. It was located on the east side of Darrtown's Main Street, opposite the Hitching Post tavern. In the 1950's, the Butterfield family lived in this house. Today (2008) this location is a vacant lot. Bill Weiss provided this photo, which was taken by his father, Paul, in the 1950's.

  RIGHT: This undated image was contributed by Kay Weiss in July 2012.


Kay's email included this statement: "...the only identification I have: "Grandpa" (George Washington Bowman, 1836-1908) at the bass drum; "Dad" (George Washington Bowman, 1872-1931) with the snare drum."


If you can identify any of the band members, please contact the webmaster.

The Darrtown Cornett Band - circa 1890's