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Sharing family memories as well as vintage items from Etsy

Mildred and Mareen – The Orchestra Years — April 30, 2015

Mildred and Mareen – The Orchestra Years

Welcome to Mildred and Mareen – The Orchestra Years.

Around 1925 my great grandmother Mildred Couch formed an “All Girls Orchestra” (That is how they were billed back then). Rather unusual for that day and age. In addition to being the leader, Mildred also played the sousaphone. Her eldest daughter Mareen joined the orchestra when she was only 15 and played the banjo, piano and did some singing and dancing.

I have recently come across Mildred’s diary and some letters that she wrote to her husband Sigler Couch and youngest daughter Bonnie Couch and thought this would be a good way to share them with family and others who may be interested. I will do my best to post the entries word for word but naturally with the age of the diary, some of the entries have faded a bit. Also, Mildred always spelled Maureen’s name without the ‘u’ therefore that is how I will spell it throughout. For the most part the names mentioned in the diary will be either family members or other members of her orchestra. A lot of the places, restaurants and landmarks will be from around Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. I hope you enjoy!

Mildred and sousaphone ca. 1925
Mildred and sousaphone
ca. 1925
Mareen and banjo ca. 1926
Mareen and banjo
ca. 1926
12 Days of Christmas Music – Day 12 — December 25, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Music – Day 12

The best for last! Judy Garland, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. She introduced this song in the 1944 movie Meet Me in St. Louis and her version is my very favorite. Melancholy and beautiful. I hope you enjoy 🙂 #12daysofchristmasmusic #merryvintagechristmas

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

12 Days of Christmas Music – Day 11 —
12 Days of Christmas Music – Day 10 —
12 Days of Christmas Music – Day 9 — December 21, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Music – Day 9

Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters – no better combination! I remember hearing this song when I was young and dreaming of a warm and tropical Christmas. I still dream of decorating palm trees and a white sand Christmas instead of white snow. Mele Kalikimaka to you! 🙂 #12daysofchristmasmusic #merryvintagechristmas

 Mele Kalikimaka

12 Days of Christmas Music – Day 8 — December 20, 2017
12 Days of Christmas Music – Day 7 — December 19, 2017
12 Days of Christmas Music – Day 6 — December 18, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Music – Day 6

This musical holds a special place in my heart. I was in the chorus of a community theatre production of this show when I was in high school. My dad played Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside and my little brother played Patrick’s son, Mame’s great nephew, Peter. Besides which, I love Angela Lansbury! Enjoy #12daysofchristmasmusic#merryvintagechristmas

12 Days of Christmas Music – Day 5 —
12 Days of Christmas Music – Day 4 — December 16, 2017
12 Days of Christmas Music – Day 3 — December 15, 2017
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