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The Winedale Story - Music

Music has been a vital part of the social fabric of the Winedale area. Whether for personal expression, family entertainment, or social performance, the people of the region have cultivated vocal and instrumental music in many forms. The images displayed here from the Winedale Photograph Collection depict Anglo, German, and Czech musical life from the 1890s to the 1920s. The photographs reflect the variety of musical expression in the communities around Winedale, including town bands and orchestras, church choirs, festivals, mail-order instruments, and the advent of the phonograph. Photographs such as these were important because they not only preserved an image for posterity but also gave an immediate, formal legitimacy to the way people lived their lives.
 
 

Prof. George Etzel's Round Top Band, Round Top (Fayette Co.), Texas, 1893.
Winedale Photograph Collection

Prof. George Etzel's Round Top Band, Round Top (Fayette Co.), Texas, 1893

New Ulm Band (Austin Co.), ca. 1890s

New Ulm Band (Austin Co.), ca. 1890s.
Winedale Photograph Collection

Kossa's Farmers Band, Ammansville (Fayette Co,.), Texas, 1910.
Winedale Photograph Collection

Kossa's Farmers Band, Ammansville (Fayette Co,.), Texas, 1910

 
 
Lydia Stalmach (Maresh) seated at the family organ, Nelsonville (Austin co.), Texas, ca. 1912  

Lydia Stalmach (Maresh) seated at the family organ, Nelsonville (Austin co.), Texas, ca. 1912.
Winedale Photograph Collection

  August Werbach playing the organ, Warrenton (Fayette Co.),. Texas, ca. 1895

August Werbach playing the organ, Warrenton (Fayette Co.),. Texas, ca. 1895.
Winedale Photograph Collection

 
 

Rockhouse Brass Band, Rockhouse (Austin Co.), Texas, ca. 1908.
Winedale Photograph Collection

Rockhouse Brass Band, Rockhouse (Austin Co.), Texas, ca. 1908

Czech musicians from Dubina (Fayette Co.), Texas, ca. 1908

Czech musicians from Dubina (Fayette Co.), Texas, ca. 1908.
Winedale Photograph Collection

City Band, New Ulm (Austin Co.), Texas, ca. 1920s.
Winedale Photograph Collection

City Band, New Ulm (Austin Co.), Texas, ca. 1920s

 
 
Young woman with Edison phonograph, New Ulm (Austin Co.), Texas, 1910

Young woman with Edison phonograph, New Ulm (Austin Co.), Texas, 1910.
Winedale Photograph Collection

  Joseph George Wagner Family Band, Winedale (Fayette Co.), Texas, ca. 1890   Accordionist and bandleader Emil Schuhmann, Waldeck (Fayette Co.), Texas, ca. 1890s

Accordionist and bandleader Emil Schuhmann, Waldeck (Fayette Co.), Texas, ca. 1890s.
Winedale Photograph Collection

Joseph George Wagner Family Band, Winedale (Fayette Co.), Texas, ca. 1890.
Courtesy Wagner Family.
Winedale Photograph Collection

 

String musicians from Dubina (Fayette Co.), Texas, ca. 1900.
Winedale Photograph Collection

String musicians from Dubina (Fayette Co.), Texas, ca. 1900
 
 
Brenham National Guard Band, 2nd Regiment (Washington Co.), ca. 1920

Brenham National Guard Band, 2nd Regiment (Washington Co.), ca. 1920.
Winedale Photograph Collection

St. Paul Lutheran Church Choir, Skull Creek (Colorado Co.), Texas, ca. 1898.
Winedale Photograph Collection

St. Paul Lutheran Church Choir, Skull Creek (Colorado Co.), Texas, ca. 1898

“Hay Seed Band” in costume, La Grange (Fayette Co.), Texas

"Hay Seed Band" in costume, La Grange (Fayette Co.), Texas.
Winedale Photograph Collection

 
 
Johann Traugott Wandke hand-carved cedar organ played by Susan Ferré  

Baca Band, Fayetteville (Fayette Co.), Texas, 1929.
Texas Music Collection

  Baca Band, Fayetteville (Fayette Co.), Texas, 1929

Johann Traugott Wandke hand-carved cedar organ played by Susan Ferré, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Round Top (Fayette Co.), Texas, in Gerald Frank, German Organbuilder on the Texas Frontier (Boston, 1990).
Texas Collection Library

 
 

City Band and Orchestra, Cat Spring (Austin Co.), Texas, ca. 1915.
Winedale Photograph Collection

City Band and Orchestra, Cat Spring (Austin Co.), Texas, ca. 1915

Brune Brothers string band, Frelsburg (Colorado Co.), Texas, ca. 1890

Brune Brothers string band, Frelsburg (Colorado Co.), Texas, ca. 1890.
Winedale Photograph Collection

Farmers Orchestra, Haw Creek (Fayette Co.), Texas, ca. 1923.
Winedale Photograph Collection

Farmers Orchestra, Haw Creek (Fayette Co.), Texas, ca. 1923

 

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