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City Square Park in 1914 with the Iowa Military Band performing under Carl Quist
Thousands jammed the City Square in Fort Dodge for this 1914 concert presented by the 56th Iowa Regimental Band of Fort Dodge directed by Carl Quist. A special platform was erected at the square to accommodate the band. The crowd ringed the bandstand and stood during the entire concert except for those fortunate enough to have automobiles at that time. The early models of autos are visible in the foreground, some with tops put up and others with tops down. Note that in this time before standardization, a number of right hand drive cars are seen. Horse drawn vehicles were still used in the era as shown in the lower right hand corner. One horse is hitched to an ice cream company delivery wagon and another is harnessed to a buggy.
Solo cornet player John Magennis took over duties as director in Fort Dodge from 1915 until 1917 when Carl Quist returned from his move to Eagle Grove. By that time there were two concerts per week in Fort Dodge, one downtown on Wednesday nights, and the other in Oleson Park on Sundays.
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The Fort Dodge Municipal Band of 1918 is shown leading the parade
-from Webster County Honor Roll citing local WW I participation-
It grew increasingly difficult to secure funding to operate the municipal band, and in 1920 the Quist era of Fort Dodge bands ended when Carl moved to Portland, Oregon, where Hazel's parents then lived. John Magennis again temporarily conducted the band while the community searched for a new director by posting advertisements in music publications.
Cornet played by John Magennis
Carl and Hazel Quist's son, Oliver, born in 1916 while the family lived in Eagle Grove, reports, We only stayed there (Portland) a few months and then returned to Ft. Dodge. For some time we lived with the Carpenters and then we moved across the street into a house we rented from Mrs. Bekenbaugh. Carl had a couple of strokes while we lived there and died while we lived in that house. After my father's death we moved across the street to 511 N 11th St. and we lived there until Hazel died in 1933.
Carl Quist died at noon on March 31, 1925. At his funeral as his body was carried out of the Masonic Temple, the municipal band, now known as the Karl King Band, grouped on the steps below and played Abide with Me. Then the band escorted the body to the gravesite playing the funeral march Rememberance, which was written by Mr. King.
The Quists were buried in Fort Dodge's Oakland Cemetery - Section D
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