The cornet belonged to Beulah’s father, John Preston Smith (1855-1941), a merchant in Farmington (Washington County) who also played in the town band in the late 1880s. He later owned “The Leader” and “The New Model” clothing stores in Fayetteville.
As it turns out, Prof. Lewis knows Springdale. He lived here in 1951-53, when his father, a Methodist minister serving in the North Arkansas Conference, pastored at the First Methodist Church, located just across the street from the Shiloh Museum! It really is a small world.