Two members of the 22 piece Fort Dodge Municipal Band when Karl King
arrived as its new bandmaster in 1920 are still living in Fort Dodge.
They are John Magennis, 84, who operates Magennis Pianos and Organs
and has for many years been a piano tuner, and C.L. Mattice, 82, 1306 2nd
2 in King's 1920 band still in Fort Dodge
Magennis played solo cornet with the Fort Dodge municipal band approximately
54 years -- several years before King's arrival he played under Bandmaster
Carl Quist. When Mr. Quist died (moved to Eagle Grove) in
1917, Magennis filled in as bandmaster until King's arrival in 1920.
He retired from the band about 12 years ago.
I hold Karl King in the very highest esteem as a gentleman, as
a fine citizen, and an extremely capable nationally known musician, Magennis
stated this morning, only minutes after learning of King's death. I
feel the passing of Karl King is not only a personal and local loss, but
a loss for all the world in which he was known as a man foremost in the
band field. I just can't speak highly enough of him. I feel
we've lost one of God's finest gentlemen, Magennis added, his voice
hoarse with emotion.
Of his close friend Karl King, Mattice said, He was kind and gracious
to everybody and during my illness (Mattice is recuperating from an
operation) he has been unusually sympathetic, calling every few days
and sending flowers. I think he was just about perfect!
Mattice played drums and tympani with the band for 40 years, having
also played under Carl Quist. He retired about 10 years ago.
from a February, 1971 article in the