Ringgold Band 50th Anniv.
RINGGOLD BAND WILL OBSERVE ANNIVERSARY Musical Organization Founded Fifty Years Ago rounded fifty - two years ago, and formally chartered two years later, the Ringgold band of South Scranton, will observe Its golden jubilee anniversary witn a Danquet at the Elks' club house tonight. Five of the seventeen charter charter members of the organization will attend the dinner and deliver sneeches. The band is also known as the Vet - rans or Forign Wars band, the entire mmbership being made up of men who have been in the service either in the Spanish - American war or the world conflict. When the band received its charter in 1S74, John Lewert was leader, John B. Chase. Adam Vockroth, Tony Sutler, Sutler, George Hartman and Joseph Elc - horn, trustees, and Jacob Hartman, Fred Snyder, George Lanning, Christian Christian Fickus, Joseph Kramer, Nicholas Sussau and James Ledger the other members. Of this list, John B. Chase is the only member still actlvelv iden tified with the band, but four others - John Lewert, Adam Vockroth. Tonv Statler and George Hartman, are still. living, ana win do on nana tonight. In its fifty - year career, the Ring gold band has had but three leaders. John Lewert served from the time of the organization until 1900, when he was succeeded by John B. Chase The latter held the post until 1912, 'when his son, William B. Chase, took over the leadership of the band. The Ringgold band was nHsfd a body, with forty - two men, in the Spanish war, and became the band of the Second North Carolina r.irim.n, t. the world war, twenty - one of the forty members entered the service, and the remaining members, at home, took an active part in stimulating recruiting. Liberty Loan drives, and other war activities. activities.