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Bob Lind, Published March 12 2013

Lind: Many Old Timers identified

One of the favorite performing groups of past years was the Fairmont Old Timers, which had its own show on WDAY Radio and played for many area events, sponsored by the Fairmont Creamery, Moorhead.

Neighbors has received and run photos of the Old Timers before, but the one shown here is a new one; new, at least, to this column.

It was found and sent to Neighbors by Steve Tschida, WDAY radio production director. It is a picture postcard sent by WDAY to Mrs. John Hansen, Nielsville, Minn.

Steve says it looks as though the photo was from the 1930s.

Readers earlier were able to provide information on some of the musicians, identified in this photo primarily by their first names, which in fact were their show biz names.

Andy Anderson was the emcee for the Monday night half-hour broadcasts. “Lars” was “Chief” Hendrickson, the pianist and the group’s leader. “Ole” was “Ole Swenson and his Singing Snow White Violin” – his real name isn’t known. “Shorty” was Bill Hendrickson and his Golden Cornet, and “Charlie” was Charles Hertel on the xylophone, harmonica and drums.

“Slim” was Frank Cook and his accordion, and “Pete” was John Gwyther on tenor sax and clarinet.

The others? Well, their names are unknown – unless there’s an old-timer out there who remembers them.


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