Unfortunately this is a very grainy shot, likely from a newspaper ad, and I have no idea where to find the original. In the early 60s there would be a very well attended dance in the Corona Ballroom every Wednesday and Saturday night and various groups over a number of years served as the house band. This group, headed by Joe Boschee was one of them. L to R top row Joe Boschee / Jeanette Heckenliable( now Martin) / Leroy Hammel / Joey Reeder… Bottom row Bonnie Lang / Harry Heckenliable / Sharon Hammel / unknown. It should be mentioned that Joey Reeder was a very talented and popular musician in the 50s and 60s. He played very good accordion as well as bass and appeared as a side man for many different bands. (See The Country Gentlemen….Art and Emma Heckenliable), For more Joe Boschee Art and Emma Heckenliable , Ray and Wayne Spackman)
This is an early 1960s photo of the precursor to the Country Gentlemen and was taken in the original CHAT Radio studio on First Street. The glassed in area behind the band was the DJ control room. L to R Stan Antonuk (guitar)… Archie Thome (guitar) …. Dave Naismith ( bass) (See Lemmana Septet)….Ben Wilke (steel guitar)….Warner Fieldhouse (rhythm guitar and vocals)….Joe Boschee (fiddle). Warner Fieldhouse was also the country DJ on CHAT Radio. Joe was a very popular musician both to fans and fellow musicians and he appeared with numerous bands throughout the 50s and 60s.
This photo goes way back. It has Joe Boschee on guitar and Carl Zubot on bass but the other players are unknown. A cool feature of this photo is that the young girl on the left is Joe’s daughter ,Snookie, who now owns Stone Furs on Third Street.This picture was taken on the stage of the long gone Astra Theatre in 1955. It’s a shame that not more pictures have surfaced of Joe Boschee in that he was such a dominant player in Medicine Hat for many years. (See Harry Heckenliable, Ray and Wayne Spackman, The Country Gentlemen for more photos).
A wonderful photo of the Westernaires, who prided themselves in keeping alive traditional “roots” country music. L to R John Somolia ( see Ray and Wayne Spackman), Joe Boschee, Ron Larson ( see Ron Larson) and Roger Farr.