The second artifact in BTHS’s Featured series a jug donated by Gorden Hyser, who played it when a group of Hawleyton boys who had a band called “The Mud Cats,” circa 1939. As you may recall, The Mud Cats were the subject of the quiz in the last Featured Article.
Band members included:
William Haskell – harmonica/washboard
Arnold Haskell – square dance caller
Gerry Haskell – banjo/harmoninca
Leland Shimer – harmonica
Leon Van Vorce – bazooka
Walt Giblin – harmonica
Besides local performances, the band sometimes played at the Arlington Hotel and on the radio.
In conjunction with its “Featured Article” and “Video History Series” posts, BTHS presents its first Featured Artifact! The Binghamton Township Historical Society Museum houses an extensive collection of artifacts from the Town of Binghamton, everything from antique farm equipment to memorabilia from former town businesses to personal mementos from prominent town figures.
The goal of the Featured Artifact series is to highlight some of our favorite artifacts, as well as some of our lesser known pieces. Interested in learning more about an artifact you see here? Contact the BTHS officers to schedule a visit to the Museum, or join us for one of our scheduled events!