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The Grandpa Trio

The Grandpa Trio

This is a pretty beat-up photo of my grandfather Clyde C. Hooker (1892-1972), center, with those distinctive eyes, and two unidentified gentlemen. I didn't know this picture existed until about four years ago when I received my deceased aunt's and uncle's photo album. Until then I had absolutely no idea Grandpa was musically inclined. I'm assuming he played the harmonica the way his hands are cupped. We think it was taken in the late 1910s or early 1920s around Risco, Missouri. Grandpa was a farmer most of his life and he and my Grandma Maudie raised 12 kids with my dad being the second-youngest. I love the little brown jug in front. Grandpa may have raised a little hell when he was younger but by the time I knew him, he was a strict teetotaler. Of course, it might just have been a prop. View full size.

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Jug band

I love this, I wonder what music they played, maybe hokum or something close to it which may account for the jug. The general feel of this puts me in mind of the artwork on The Band's second album. Lovely picture, what a find.

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