Friday, January 2, 2009

Wedding Dances in the Late 1930s

My birthday is August 8 and during the time of my high school years (1936-1940) many other Margheim family members had birthdays in August. So we always had a birthday dance at the Susank (Kansas) Hall. The music was provided by the Templing Brothers fiddle hochzeit bands. Henry, Jake and Emanuel Templing were real wedding dance musicians.

In those days of German Weddings, at the end of the wedding ceremony at the Church, the musicians would stand outside the church steps as the people exited the ceremony and play hymns on their horns: trumpets, baritones, trombones etc. That was a "goose bumps on your back" experience for me. The Templing Brothers made hammered dulcimers (SchlochBret) for other people. Henry Templing also made fiddles.

My Dad's brother Jake was married to Hannah Templing, who was a sister of those Templing Brothers. I was always so proud to hear them play at those weddings!


DianaR said...

What a wonderful blog! I am just fascinated reading all the wonderful stories you have posted. I think I'm going to tell my dad about this blog...just to give him some ideas about writing stories from his life.

Judith Richards Shubert said...

I enjoyed reading about the Wedding Dance musicians, Ernie. You have brought joy and entertainment to me with your wonderful storytelling.