Regular visitors to this web site are aware that we are constantly looking for historical photographs and information relating to the early days of the Burlington Municipal Band and it's antecedents, the Orchard City Band and the Fischer Band. We sometimes wonder whether our efforts to chronicle the historical background of our band are reaching our intended audience. We were therefore gratified to receive a telephone call and follow up letter from Rosalie A. Hahn of Leavenworth, Kansas who had viewed this site's history page and who most graciously sent us the accompanying photograph and information about her husband's grandfather who had been a prominent member of the Fischer Band. (If you have viewed the photos elsewhere on this site you know that we previously had no information whatsoever concerning the names of the Fischer Band members.)
Mrs. Hahn tells us that Peter Hahn moved from Leavenworth, Kansas to Burlington to help start the Fischer Band. It seems likely that he may have been related to J. Henri Fischer, since Mrs. Hahn's husband's great grandmother's maiden name was Fischer. In our history page's photo of the Fischer Band, we believe that Peter Hahn is the cornet player third from the right side in the front row.
We thank Mrs. Hahn for her information and her interest in the Burlington Municipal Band and we hope that she can visit us at one of our summer concerts in the near future.
If others have similar information of interest and/or photographs which concern the band's past, we encourage them to contact us.
Mrs. Hahn included a copy of a newspaper account of Peter Hahn's death which occurred March 14, 1911. Because this article documents his membership in the Fischer Band and does so in a manner which vividly invokes the era, we will include the entire text:
Peter Hahn Dead
Well Known Musician Succumbed After Brief Illness
Death Follows That of One of His Children Who Passed Away Last Week
Peter Hahn of 516 South Fourth Street passed this morning at St. Francis Hospital. He was stricken with an attack of apoplexy last Sunday. Last evening the second stroke followed and from this visitation he did not rally. He had been in poor health for several years, but the end was not supposed to be so near. The death of Mr. Hahn is exceptionally sad, as only last week one of his children passed away, and it is supposed the shock of the little one's death may have hastened the passing of the father.
Mr. Hahn was born in Germany 49 years ago and came to his city about fourteen years ago, securing employment at the Northwestern Cabinet Co. as finisher. He was one of the most trusted employees of the concern and was well liked by his fellow employees and employers. He was perhaps better known as a member of Fischer's band and orchestra, joining these organizations when he arrived in the city. He was an excellent cornetist and was one of the factors in assisting Prof. Fischer build up his musical organizations to their present state of efficiency. He gained a large share of musical experience while a member of a regimental band in the United States regular army. Previous to coming to Burlington he visited many of the out of the way parts of the world, Australia, South Africa, etc., and had met with many queer experiences.
He is survived by his widow and six little children, who have the warm sympathy of scores of friends. He was a good husband and father and will be sadly missed by his family.
Mr. Hahn was a member of the N.P.L. and the arrangements for the funeral will be announced later.