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Woman's World Magazine selected Ruth King for the cover of their November, 1971 issue.

2 in King's 1920 band still in Fort Dodge

Two members of the 22 piece Fort Dodge Municipal Band when Karl King arrived as its new bandmaster in 1920 are still living in Fort Dodge.  They are John Magennis, 84, who operates Magennis Pianos and Organs and has for many years been a piano tuner, and C.L. Mattice, 82, 1306 2nd Ave. N.

Magennis played solo cornet with the Fort Dodge municipal band approximately 54 years -- several years before King's arrival he played under Bandmaster Carl Quist.  When Mr. Quist died (moved to Eagle Grove) in 1917, Magennis filled in as bandmaster until King's arrival in 1920.  He retired from the band about 12 years ago.

I hold Karl King in the very highest esteem as a gentleman, as a fine citizen, and an extremely capable nationally known musician, Magennis stated this morning, only minutes after learning of King's death. I feel the passing of Karl King is not only a personal and local loss, but a loss for all the world in which he was known as a man foremost in the band field.  I just can't speak highly enough of him.  I feel we've lost one of God's finest gentlemen, Magennis added, his voice hoarse with emotion.

Of his close friend Karl King, Mattice said, He was kind and gracious to everybody and during my illness (Mattice is recuperating from an operation) he has been unusually sympathetic, calling every few days and sending flowers.  I think he was just about perfect!

Mattice played drums and tympani with the band for 40 years, having also played under Carl Quist.  He retired about 10 years ago.

from a February, 1971 article in the Fort Dodge Messenger
Iowa Award Presentation

Iowa Award display at the Iowa State Historical Society Museum
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