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Encyclopedia of Disc Music Boxes 1881 - 1920
       A History,
          Catalog Raisonné,
                and Appreciation.
                          By Q. David Bowers
                                     An AMICA-International Publication

Q. David Bowers has collected, studied, and enjoyed automatic musical instruments, beginning in 1960. In the intervening years he has written several books on the subject, including A Guide Book of Automatic Musical Instruments (1966), Put Another Nickel In (1968), Encyclopedia of Automatic Musical Instruments (1971), and Treasures of Mechanical Music (co-authored with Arthur A. Reblitz, 1981). He has contributed many articles to the journals of the Musical Box Society International and AMICA (Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors Association), and is one of just four recipients of the Musical Box Society International’s Lifetime Service Award. The author, whose main business over the years has been as a dealer in rare coins, has traveled extensively through America and Europe seeking information relating to automatic musical instruments.


William Haeseler

Biography of AMICA Honorary WILLIAM HAESELER  
From The AMICA, Nov/Dec 1989

Mr. Haeseler's inspiration was upon Uncle Bernhard Haeseler's visit to America from Germany. He captivated the neighbors by putting a sheet over the keys and playing the piano. This so intrigued him that his folks bought him a piano. After he learned to play quite well, he gave music lessons to the neighbor children and his reputation grew.

As he bought sheet music at the Curtis Andrees Music Store and got acquainted with Mr. Andrees, he asked him to play in his orchestra. Later when he went to college, giving music lessons and having his own orchestra paid for his tuition.
 

He also supplied the musical background for silent movies in the local theaters. You had to improve to keep up with the action on the screen, demonstrating how different tempos evoked different moods.
 

When Mr. Benjamin Rand bought the North Tonawanda Musical Instruments Works, he hired Mr. Haeseler as an ar­ranger for the Music Department. He used popular tunes of the day.

Mr. Haeseler always wanted to be a Banker. Henry P. Smith, president of Marine Bank suggested he go to law school and finish his education. He enrolled in the University of Buf­falo Law School and graduated in 1928. While at law school, he worked for attorneys collecting accounts.

After graduation he organized a Credit Bureau for the Tonawandas. In 1988 after 50 years in the business, he sold it.

William was asked to reorganize the Chamber of Com­merce of the Tonawandas in 1933. In 1936 he organized the Certified Finance Company, Inc., which got him into bank­ing. The company is still active tcxiay with branches in western New York.

In 1970 Certified Travel Tours was organized and is still very active. Mr. and Mrs. Haeseler have traveled around the world and visited every continent including the North and South Pole, and they still enjoy it.


WILLIAM HAESELER, JR.

By Dorothy Bromage, Honorary Member Chairman, 
The AMICA July/Aug 1995

On December 22, 1994, Honorary Member Bill Haeseler passed away at age 93. This is the sad news in a letter from his wife, Mabel. Bill had been in a nursing home, as he had a tube in his stom­ach (it was hard for him to swallow), and he needed a lot of care. Cause of death was pneumonia and Parkinson's Disease. Since becoming an Honorary Member, Bill and his wife never missed sending me a Christmas card. Bill was a life-long resident of the Tonawandas and founder and chairman of Certified Finance Co., Inc. He was a long time member of the Rotary Club, St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church of North Tonawanda and past president of its Lutheran Layman's League, the Tonawandas Historical Society and Carousel Society. A graduate of UB law school, he had a special life-long love of music. His hymn "Be Strong and of a Good Courage" received international recognition. A past president of the Musicians Association of the Tonawandas, he is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mabel, two children, six grandchildren and a great-grandchild. AMICAns who came to AMICA Boston 1989 will remember Bill and Mabel Haeseler. Afterwards, they wrote about how much they enjoyed the event, thanked Sylvia Steeves for taking them to the airport, and enclosed a copy of an article in the Tonawanda NEWS of September 1, 1989, which read, in part:

R.I.P.


 

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