Earlier today I ran across an interesting picture while browsing through one of my picture archives.
The picture is of the Guymon, Oklahoma Cowboy Band. It looks like the number 1938 is written on the drum in the middle of the picture, so I assume that this is the year that it was taken. Many of the members of the band are identified, but since the picture does not have high resolution I am not going to attempt to list them.
I did look through the names of the men trying to see if I recognized any of the names, as I suspect that there is a family member among them. Unfortunately I didn’t find a name I recognized.
The picture was in a folder titled Cochran, which is the family of my great grandmother Lottie Cochran.
See my Virtual Hike to Kenton, Oklahoma.
When I first saw the picture I assumed that perhaps it was a picture of Otto Gray and his Oklahoma Cowboys who were an early Cowboy or Western band. However, Otto Gray lived in Stillwater, Oklahoma which is far from Guymon.
There were many local bands in Oklahoma in the early 1900’s.
One interesting group was the Braman Cornet Band from Braman, Oklahoma. My understanding is that Braman, Oklahoma was named for a railroad surveyor. Someday I need to see if I can find out more about the surveyor and see if he fits into my Braman family.
I am hoping that one of my Cochran cousins may know more about the picture of the Guymon Cowboy Band. I will have to ask them.
Now to listen to some music before bed 🙂