The two photographs above reproduce a single photograph appearing on an old post card. The top photo shows the left side of the card while the right side is shown in the bottom photo. The original photograph was probably taken on the steps of the old Presbyterian church--now the Cultural Center--in Kosciusko, MS and depicts the Kosciusko Cornet Band. The rather stern looking man at the right in the bottom photograph was probably Dr. George Crowder, the band's director.
The date of the photograph is not definitely known but it appears to be from about the era of World War I. The original post card is now in the possession of Sonny Hill of Jackson, MS. Mr. Hill is a dealer in old postcards and can be reached at 601-957-0254.
Mrs. Ellen O. Pettit, of Attala County, is in possession of another postcard-photograph of this same band. Her research indicates that Director George W. Crowder died in 1921 at the age of 81, and based upon this fact, and other information, she believes her photo predates WWI.
Fortunately, someone took the time to record the names of 17 band members on the reverse of Mrs. Pettit's photograph. The notation reads: "Dr. G.W. Crowder, Director, T.W. Bailey, bass, F.M. Early, baritone, H.H. Carpenter, tenor, Tom Land, alto, Sam Lowery, trombone, Milton Hanna, trombone, William Skeen, mellophone, Will T. Hanna, cornet, S.G. Maxwell, cornet, Frank Comfort, clarinet, Sam Odin, cornet, Leon Musselwhite, cornet, Edward Skeen, alto, Harvey Love, alto, Charlton Hanna, drum, Newt Love, drum." Mrs. Pettit believes that she can match these names with at least some of those shown in the two photographs.
Anyone who can supply information about the Band or any of its members is invited to contact Mrs. Pettit by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.