After writing about Teddy’s Terrors, I found these items about Mr. Wheeler and his boys:
Feb. 17, 1893
Born: Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Wheeler have a new boy at their house, who made his arrival this week. This is just another musician added to this happy family.
March 3, 1899
W. H. Wheeler has rented the C.H. Bilbo Opera House for a term of 18 months. He will remodel, refit and repaint the building for the general use of the public. Efforts will be made to secure first class attractions during the season and make it an up to date opera house.
June 16, 1899
Prof. Wheeler and son, Clarence, of Caddo, were here (Atoka) Thursday to play for the dancers. Mr. Wheeler has a class of boys at Caddo whom he is drilling for a city band. Master Clarence is now a fine piano, violin and mandolin player. His father thinks of sending him to the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music this fall.
June 23, 1899
Last Monday night while a crowd of boys were in attendance on band practice at the residence of Mr. W. H. Wheeler, Roy Wood fell off the fence backwards. At the time it was thought nothing serious had happened to him and it was not until the next day that it was discovered he had broken his collar bone.
July 14, 1899
On last Sunday morning ere many of the inhabitants of the town of Caddo were bestirring themselves about their domestic duties, suddenly there burst upon the quiet stillness of the morning a strain of sweet music, which brought them to their windows and doors and upon looking out, beheld Mr. Wheeler and band seated in their newly constructed and neatly painted wagon, drawn by four prancing steeds, moving down the street discoursing sweet music on their way. They drove to the square and from thence took their departure to Emmett. Prof. Wheeler’s band is composed of boys from the ages of 10 to 14 and they have attained a proficiency in their music that is very creditable. Mr. Wheeler is to be commended for his patient and successful training of these boys.
August 18, 1899
W. H. Wheeler, accompanied by his son, Clarence, went away Saturday to visit Mr. Wheeler’s parents in Delaware, Ohio, whom he has not seen for twenty years. They will be absent three weeks.
September 1, 1899
W. H. Wheeler and his son, Clarence, returned from a visit with the old folks in Ohio Wednesday. Mr. Wheeler says the houses in the old town back east where he roamed as a boy do not look so big now, and the eternal hills, too seem to have shrunk. He says he had an enjoyable visit, but here is a gleam of genuine joy in his eye that beckons his pleasure at being once more in the land of wide prairies and free winds.