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3 marching band uniforms have hung for decades in the Wadena PD basement. Is one of them yours?

The Wadena County Historical Society is looking for more information about these uniforms to add to their history.

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Wadena Police Department secretary/dispatcher Sharon Roberts, left, Wadena Historical Society manager Lina Belar and Wadena Police officer Milo Scott show off the band uniforms.
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WADENA — For several decades a set of three marching band uniforms have been at rest in the basement of the Wadena Police/Fire Department.
Last week, those uniforms found a new home to be on display at the Wadena County Historical Society Museum in Wadena.

According to Wadena Police Department secretary/dispatcher Sharon Roberts, at one time, there were community classes downstairs as there were rows of coat hooks for children to hang jackets to participate in dance classes etc.

"The Wadena Police/Fire structure was built in 1969 - 1970 era," Roberts explained. "These burgundy uniforms have been in our uniform storage area longer than I have been employed at the WPD (21 years)."

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Were you the Naylor that this uniform belonged to? The Wadena County Historical Society would like to learn more.
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The three band uniforms and two hats were donated to the historical society for further research. Each has a jacket, pants, gold cords but only two matching hats. The uniforms were made by Ostwald Uniforms, a maker of uniforms from 1945 to 1980.

Staff located handwritten notes in the interior pocket with names as follows:

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  • Naylor
  • Brown?
  • Stroveck?
  • Wadena Community Band uniform?

Contact Lina Belar at the historical society if you have more information about these uniforms. She can be reached at 218-631-9079 or 603wchs@arvig.net.  

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