The Grand Army Band of Canton, Ohio
presented this medal to Karl King
on September 28, 1920 before he left for Fort Dodge, Iowa.
The members of the Sells-Floto Circus Band
this medal to Karl King following the 1914 season.
In 1928 this medal was presented to Karl King
on his birthday, February 21, by the Fort Dodge Municipal Band.
In this article describing the mass band march towards the new bandstand in City Central Park, one finds wording remarkably similar to Meredith Willson's choice of words for his Seventy Six Trombones. As it turns out, Meredith Willson was indeed in Fort Dodge that day and was watching the mass band march down Central Avenue.
This medal was presented to Karl King during
the 1930 ceremony
dedicating the new bandstand in City Square Park.
The medal bears the engraving:
Presented by the citizens of Fort Dodge in appreciation
of his esteemed loyal service as our band conductor
Karl King is pictured receiving the medal from C. V. Findlay, the Mayor of Fort Dodge.
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The Karl King Band is shown performing on the new bandstand during the presentation to their conductor.