EDEN ACCORDIAN BAND
A photo taken in the 60s, in front of Eden Hall. The band member names – repeated for search engine purposes – Robert J. Armstrong, Victor Getty, Samuel J. Gorman, Miss Margaret E. Riddell, Wiliam A. Henry, Archibald David Henry, James Richard Mulholland, William Armstrong, Miss Sarah J. Riddell, Miss Florence Clarke, Miss Hannah J. Henry, Robert George Henry, Br. Robert J. Armstrong, Br. David Riddell, Charles V. Riddell, Henry Armstrong, Hugh W. Henry, Joseph Dripps, Henry Clarke, Miss Minnie Clarke, George Riddell, Samuel M. Yorke, Miss Pearl E. Riddell.
Eden Orange Hall was built in 1902. The hall, which is used by Eden Accordion Band, Eden L.O.L. 2028, as well as Eden Accordion band & Concert Music Society, was extended in the early 1950s. At the beginning of the 1980’s, the hall got a new roof. In 2011, it underwent major repairs, which were completed early that summer.
My memories of the band (and hall) begin in the early 70s. I can recall gas-lights and great music. In 1974, along with my cousins, some fruitless and short-lived efforts were made to learn the accordion. My father had been a drummer in the band. Although by the mid-70s, he walked in the lodge.
Memories of the band each summer, revolve around going to the annual 12th of July parade on the bus, and walking in the lodge alongside dad.