This is my grandfather, James Bant Hanson. The year is 1919.
He was born December 1, 1901, so he was probably 17 years old in this picture. It was taken at Sebago Lake, Maine.
I don't remember ever meeting my grandfather. Here is what I have learned:
Apparently my grandparents separated in 1947 and divorced in 1953.
That was the year I was born. I have virtually no memories of him.
My grandfather remarried and had a second family.
He was a musician and played the trumpet, trombone, and tuba
He was the once known as “Sunny Jim the Wonderful Boy”. It seems he also went by the name Jimmy.
He played music with many famous people including Rudy Valley, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Anita O'Day, Red Nichols, and maybe Glen Miller and Benny Goodman (not sure) and for many years with Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians.
I heard he eventually became a music teacher.
A family member said that in 1970 he was asked to compose a “March” for the State of Maine's 150th Anniversary. Not only did he write the full symphony, he conducted it during the celebration.
My grandfather died in 1973. I wish I knew more…..
If you have ever met my grandfather, or have a memory, I would love to hear it! He lived primarily in Maine, New York and maybe Pennsylvania (not sure).