The Man in the Leather Helmet: A Souvenir Booklet of The Dallas Fire Department Page: 53
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The Dallas Police and Firemen's
THE Dallas Police & Firemen's Band was
organized in February, 1927. There had
been a movement on foot to organize a
Police Band for several years. It was finally ac-
complished with the cooperation of Police & Fire
Commissioner L. S. Turley, with the stipulation
that it be a Police & Firemen's Band. The band
was organized with eight charter members. After
a short time the membership had grown to sixty-
three members. The first Directors of the Band
were G. J. Cornelius, Chairman, A. C. Cantrell,
Secretary, R. R. Stewart, P. 0. Davis and T. R.
Garretson, Business Manager. Later two firemen,
H. L. Mayfield and R. W. Hawkins, were
elected to the Board. The by-laws were re-
vised and new Directors were elected as follows:
three policemen and three firemen, with a seventh
man from either department, and election was by
majority vote. The Musical Director was H. W.
King, who served for two years. At the present
time the Band is under the Direction of Paul E.
Ashley and the Board of Directors are: B. B.
Smith, Chairman, A. C. Cantrell, Secretary and
Business Manager, E. L. Archer, Business Mana-
ger, J. S. McNeil, Assistant Musical Director,
A. C. Redwine, C. C. Rader and B. F. Mc-
The Dallas Police & Firemen's Band has been
financed with a yearly benefit show given in the
fall and is an organization worth $r5,ooo.oo. The
band has had the hearty cooperation of the citi-
zenry of Dallas and is conceded to be the best
young band in the South. The band has at all
times had the hearty cooperation of the Mayor and
Board of Commissioners, as well as that of the
Chiefs of both departments.
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Dallas Firemen's Relief Fund. The Man in the Leather Helmet: A Souvenir Booklet of The Dallas Fire Department, book, 1931; Dallas, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth880870/m1/57/: accessed June 13, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Firefighters Museum.