MUSIC AND MUSICIANS
at the James Valley Threshing
|Robert Witt has been coming to Andover for
many years to entertain with his accordian
music. He took lessons as a freshman in high
school and started playing with Marvin Johnson
in 1990. Marvin played violin and belonged
to a Senior group called the Kitchen Pantry
Country Band in Bristol, SD. They would play
at Nursing homes and different local activities.
He will be performing with his accordian
daily at the James Valley Threshing Show.
|The Rollag Rovers would work hard at their
own home town show in Rollag, Minnesota and
then the next weekend come to Andover. Clinger,
Walt, Gerry, Donna, Alvin, Betty, and Ray
would play during the Andover show, for the
church, or on the people carriers on the
Moonlight Steam ride. During the day you
could usually find them playing at the old
gas station. Truly they are roving msicians.
The Rollag Roverss playing at the old Gas
Bob Voss sings our National Anthem
The Uffdah Brothers
The Uffdah Brothers of Bristol entertain
with their music and down-home humor
Dave as "The Singing Farmer" entertaining
at the show.
|Betty Breck played old-time fiddle tunes
for visitors at the Threshing Show starting
in 2003, when she took up playing the violin
again after playing it briefly as a child.
She calls her violin the "Family Fiddle"
because her mother Myrle Newman Breck played
it too, performing at her own eighth-grade
graduation. Myrle was born on the Newman
Homestead north of Ferney, as was her father
(Betty's grandfather) Earl Newman. In the
1920's Earl played fiddle at barn dances
in the Stratford area with his neighbor Mr.
Betty playing violin at the Old Schoolhouse
Tyra's music lesson at the Old Schoolhouse
|Alvin Anderson of Britton on the musical
saw and Betty with her violin performed together
several times at the Thresher's Church and
at the historic Waldorf Hotel. Alvin also
played another unusual instrument, a fiddle
he made entirely out of yardsticks. Alvin
has since passed away, but Betty remembers
those sessions fondly.
Betty and Alvin play in the Waldorf Hotel
At the Threshermen's Community Church
|Betty plays mostly in the old schoolhouse
at the Threshing Show. She commented, "A
lot of people come in and say the schoolhouse
brings back memories. I went to a one-room
country school when I was in grade school,
so it's pretty nostalgic for me too".
The one-room school Betty attended
Lone Tree Country School near
where her mother Myrle was the
3 of the 8 students were "Breck
Education was always a high priority
and she encouraged her daughters
their educations. Myrle, in the
her long career in education,
first female Superintendent of
in South Dakota, right here in
Public School System.
Betty playing the violin in the
old One Room
Schoolhouse at the Threshers
Show in Andover
is continuing Newman and Breck
going back to homesteading days
At the Waldorf Hotel
Tyra's first performance at the Schoolhouse
Continue to Andover, the Host Town for the Threshing
See you at the Show!