Biography of AMICA Honorary WILLIAM HAESELER
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.
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
WILLIAM HAESELER, JR.
By Dorothy Bromage, Honorary
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:
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