Illinois Soldiers’ Orphans’ Home Home Band, 1930
The Sunday April 3, 2016 Pantagraph recounted the story of the Soldiers’ Orphans’ Home Band, organized in 1897-98 and active into the 1960s. This state-run home in north Normal changed its name to the Illinois Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s School (ISSCS) in 1931.
It’s believed this photo, the only known image of the Home Band in sailor suits, was taken in 1930. The older gentleman in the back row, far left, was longtime bandmaster Prof. H.O. Merry of Lincoln, Ill.
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