August 1886, Shelby hosted the first annual reunion of the
Buckeye Band Association. This was an experiment organized by
Edward F. Smith (born 1845 in Ashland Co., Ohio).
Edward enlisted on May 25, 1861, at the age of 16, as a musician in
the 7th Regt. OVI and continued his service as a bugler in Co. H.,
2nd Regt. of the OVC. He was mustered out August 12, 1865.
During his term of enlistment, and near the end of the war, he had
an encounter with President Lincoln that was recalled many years
later in a Shelby Globe article:
"Prof. Smith once frightened Abraham Lincoln's riding horse and for a time he and
several companions were at a loss to know what sort of punishment would be meted
out to them. They were in camp close to Petersburg, Va., having just returned from
a raid. The weather was intensely warm and the soldiers suffered from the heat.
Nearby the camp was a ravine where there was underbrush and weeds of every
description. A party of soldiers among whom was Mr. Smith, went to the ravine
where they gathered a load of weeds and brush intending to carry them to their
tents. Each soldier was loaded with a pile of brush as they emerged from the ravine
Abraham Lincoln accompanied by several officers and an escort were passing.
Lincoln's horse frightened and his hat fell to the ground. One of the officers
dismounted, recovered the hat and attempted to hold his horse. Lincoln left the
saddle and in company with an officer started back to see who the soldiers were.
As he came up to them he was dusting his hat and the soldiers attempted to
apologize for having frightened the horse. Lincoln assured them that no apology
was necessary, that mistakes would happen and that they were not to blame for
the accident any more then he was."
After the war, he followed his interest as a musician and later formed
a marching military band in Shelby. Many local communities had
similar bands and Edward decided to invite these community
bands to Shelby for a "grand march and display."
The first reunion of 1886 was such a great success that additional
bands were invited to attend a second reunion the following May 20,
1887. It was at this time the Buckeye Band Association was formed
with Edward F. Smith as the Musical Director. The object of this
association was to advance the interests of bands, here and throughout
the State of Ohio, to bring about a better feeling among bands, as well
as citizens in the communities. It was estimated that over 8,000
people were in attendance to view the bands at this second reunion.
Bands in attendance came from the communities of: Attica, Agosta,
Brandon, Galion, Ganges, Havanna, Independence, Lucas, Lexington,
Neveda, Orville, Pavonia, Republic, Steam Corners, Seville, Shelby,
The bands first lined up as individual units and marched east on
Main St. to Second street and then north to North St. and back to
Main St by way of Broadway and then west through town out West
Main St. to the old Fairgrounds. At the Fairgrounds, the bands were
reorganized as one large unit of 339 members, which then counter
marched back east on Main St. to Central Park, where a free meal
was served to all band members. After an afternoon of entertaining
the band members agreed to meet again the following year in
Shelby became the "home" of the Buckeye Band organization and
yearly reunions were held here and in neighboring communities.
The Shelby Citizen's Band, first formed at the direction of Prof.
E. F. Smith continued as a source of community entertainment.
photo ca. 1906
The Shelby Buckeye / Citizen's Band
The Civil War bugler,
Edward F. "Jerry" Smith
passed away on
April 6, 1907.
photo ca. 1906
Edward F. Smith (1845 - 1907)
His musical tradition, continued over the years, were an integral
part of Shelby's summer celebrations and Civil War Veteran Reunions.
In late August, 1909 there was a combined reunion in Shelby of
the Sherman Brigade Veterans and the Shelby Buckeye Band.
Shelby Band - 1909
The members of the 1909 Shelby Band included:
Band Director - Prof. Rush Rosenberry
F. H. Williams, clarinet and vocals; Dutch Hoover, clarinet;
Will Close, clarinet; Roland Brooks, clarinet; George Anderson;
Mr. Tidball; Howard Seltzer; Clare Bloomfield; Walter Hanna;
Eoster Wilhyde; George Duvall; Warren Oman; Cletis Briner;
Charles Clutter; Lloyd Ward; Earnest Omweg, alto;
Butch Hartman, tuba; Scruttle Ward, tuba; Walter Wilson, alto;
Will Cook, bass; Fritz Hyde, bass; Charles Harley, bass;
Leonard Elston, bass drum; Bob White, drums;
Howard Rohrer, drums.
To be continued - - -
1 Abstracted from an article appearing in the Shelby Globe - Nov. 21, 1903.
2. Abstracted from an article in the Shelby Globe - Dec. 14, 1908
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