Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #49 Splitty’s Band

The third son of Isaac Spencer “Ike” LILLIE and Florence ROYALTY, Raymond Egbert LILLIE (1904-1970) was featured last week in #48 Raymond Egbert “Splitty” LILLIE (1904-1970) and earlier with his brother Roy and Uncle George in #45 Three LILLIE Men.

Splitty’s Band may be a bit misleading as a title. This group photo, of a band, has “Raymond E. Lillie” written on the back. Which of the band members Raymond was is not listed nor who the other members of the troupe were. This is not dated and the location isn’t noted. Is it in Pope County, Illinois, where Raymond grew up, or in Detroit, Michigan, were he was seen in 1930 and 1940, or perhaps in Massac County, Illinois, where his father died? Raymond worked for the railroad and may have gotten around a lot.

RaymondELilliebandMy guess is front row, kneeling, second from right. Or standing far right? Anyone else what to take a guess? For comparison here is a head shot without hat from one of the photos of Raymond in 1930 shared in the previous post.

raymondwithouthat1930More about this collection, how it came to be in my possession,
and links to previous posts in the series can be found here.

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Author: Cathy Meder-Dempsey

When I’m not doing genealogy and blogging, I spend time riding my racing bike with my husband through the wonderful Luxembourg countryside.

7 thoughts on “Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #49 Splitty’s Band”

  1. I agree, the fellow with the drums, but I am as uncertain as you. My brother Mike once said Uncle Raymond played the banjo. I don’t recall seeing any musical instruments when I visited. Uncle Roy and Raymond lived in a fascinating place just off Michigan Avenue, maybe two blocks from the old Tiger Stadium. A basement residence, the only sunlight came from abbreviated windows at the sidewalk level. My Uncle Roy operated “Mother’s Autos” on Michigan Avenue where he sold steam cleaned clapped out wrecks to the locals for quite a bit more than he paid for them.

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  2. OK, left to right top row, 3 trombones, 3 euphoniums, from the posture, the first chair trumpet from the NY Philharmonic, and 3 cornets maybe pocket trumpets. Sitting 2 clarinets, 1 bass drum, 1 snare drum and a flugelhorn. I don’t know my instruments either. But, I wish the bass drum was turned a little bit, there is writing on it but my scan isn’t adequate to guess. This is indeed a brass band but I couldn’t find anything in Southern Illinois or Detroit, Michigan via google.

    My brother Pat said he had seen the banjo but never heard Uncle Raymond playing.

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