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Clarence Zahina and His Barnstormers page is under construction with much more to add .  Updated August 27, 2005.  Thank you daughters Jannan and Darlene for sharing your musical family's history.
 
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Received January 18, 2006 from Trumpeter Robert C. Schroeder.
 
Hi,
   Thanks to a Loretta Hundley, I now have information regarding the band in which I used to play while I was attending the University of Dubuque 1946-50. She noted in my website at http://mason.k12.il.us/havanahs/kb9bye/ that I had played in Clarence Zahina's 'Barn Stormers,' and relayed the information to Jannan.
   The attachment (picture of Clarence Zahina and his "Barn Stormers') during the time when I played with the band ('49-'50), the players (L to R) were: Clarence Zahina, accordion; Bob Schroeder, trumpet; Joe Clark, clarinet; Herb Grewe,  drums; Walt Paar, guitar; and Del Doty, bass.
   For years, and years, I've often thought of writing to Radio Station KDTH, to find out if any of the recordings, or tapes of the Sunday radio programs  were available for sale, but never got around to it. I still have the 'Barn Stormers' sound in my head, but actually never had a tape, or record.
   After I graduated from the U of D in 1950, I was recalled into the Navy, and served on the destroyer, Wm C. Lawe (DD-763), that made a 'good will' tour of the Mediterranean during the Korean War.
     While my son was the Technology Director of the Havana, Illinois school district, he built a website for me at http://mason.k12.il.us/havanahs/kb9bye/  
     He no longer is the Tech. Director, and is back in the classroom teaching English, but is still managing the school's, as well as my website. Mine needs some updating, and changing since I moved back to Woodstock, IL after 15½ years in the land of the sun!
    Take care.
as ever, Bob,
former member of CZBS
τΏτ + {:-)
     
Robert C. Schroeder
Ret. Tchr.,WWII Vet.
Bugler VFW Post #5040.
Ham Radio Op.
501 Leah Ln Apt. #1-A
Woodstock, IL 60098-7142
kb9bye@netzero.net

Memories of Paint Store Owner Don Loga:
 
Hi,
 
I am not a musician, but have always been interested in music, and appreciated ALL sorts of music.
 
I am essenatially interested HISTORY, which is neat, because there is no field, or no area, that does not have a history
 
I found you site while trying to find a source for some of Clarence Zahina's music.... discs or cassette tapes. Have found none to date. If you know of a source, please advise.
 
I knew Clarence in the motel owning days. I ran a paint store at the time, and he  was one of my valued customers. Always on the go, Always wanting to get "the show on the road"
 
I also knew a trombonist named Herbert Campbell. He had a long history of playing wiht different big bands and jazz bands. He lived here, and died here. Had a bit of a drinking problem, but a very nioce guy to know.  Married to Fran Campbell who outlived him for many years, and had played piano with probably more bands than Herb had played with.
 
The "Dells" area attracted a number of ex-professional musicians from the 40's and 50's. During the War (WWII) there was a dance hall down by the river off of county "A"  called "The Purple Grackle" . Huge crowds for big name names.  And I've forgotten the name of the dance hall that was downtown in the Olson Boat line property, but it will come to me. They drew some of the biggest names in the business. My mother used to come all the way up here from Southeast Iowa (Fairfield) where we lived to dance to the big name bands.
 
Also, was friends with Harold Burke, plectrum banjo player that used to travel all around  playing  Dixieland.
 
I wish you well in your search fpr "history" I  heard a lot of  history in my chats with Herb about Bunny Beriigan and Bix Biederbeck, and Jack Teagarten, as well as others. He had reallt been around!!
 
Sorry to ramble on.
 
The purpose of this note was to see if you could lead me to Zahina's music.
 
Thanks for listening.
 
Don Loga

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Served with Honor - United States Military Veteran
Russell Schroeder
Russell Schroeder
May 07, 1931 - September 19, 2005
Guttenberg, Iowa

Visitation: 4-8 Tuesday September 20, 2005 at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg,
Funeral Service: 1 PM Wednesday September 21, 2005 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Guttenberg,
Interment: Guttenberg City Cemetery

Russell William Schroeder, son of Russell C. Schroeder and Marie (Tomkins) Schroeder, was born May 7, 1931 in Guttenberg, Iowa. He died Monday, September 19, 2005, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital following a short illness. He attended the Guttenberg Public School and graduated from High School in 1949. After graduation, Russell played trumpet for the Clarence Zahina KDTH Radio Dance Band until the Korean War. Russell joined the U.S. Air Force in January of 1951. After Air Force graduation, Russell was sent to Bolling Air Force Base, Washington D.C. to work in the Communications Division of the Human Resources Research Laboratory. On June 3, 1952 Russell came home on military leave and married Elaine Zittergruen, who accompanied him back to Washington D.C. where they made their home until 1953. He and Elaine came back to Guttenberg and Rus went to work for his father in the family hardware business. He also went back playing trumpet part time with local dance bands such as The Jolly Ridge Band and The Ray Alto Band. In 1957, Russell bought the family business, expanded it, and changed the name to Schroeder Hardware & Variety, which he and his family operated until 1990, when Russell retired. Russell was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church where he was a President and Elder. He also was President of AAL Branch 2372. He was finance Officer & Commander of American Legion Post 373 in Guttenberg for many years, also Clayton County Legion Commander. He was a charter member of the Dubuque Bank & Trust Emerald Crown Club He was also the Older Iowa’s Legislator for Clayton County, President of the North East Iowa Advisory Council and President of the Area Agency on Aging for Clayton County. Russell was a member of many local and statewide organizations in both the Civic and Business Community and an officer to the Iowa Retail Hardware Association and the Dubuque Musicians Union Local. Survivors include his wife Elaine; one daughter Sandra Sue (Schroeder) Seig & husband Gordon & grandson’s Greg, Alex, and Erik of Bettendorf, IA; Rodney Dale Schroeder & Children, Jennifer, Jerry, & Paul, of Las Vegas, Nevada. Donald Dean Schroeder, Wife Chris, & children, Haley and Elly of Guttenberg, IA. Rus has one sister Lorna M. Peterson and Husband Lyle of Houston, MN. Rus has many relatives and friends both near and far from his travels. He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell Sr. and Marie Schroeder, Granddaughter Sadey, Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins.

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