Photo and caption credit - Jim Higgs
Here is a colorized photo from the 1969 Plainwell Centennial book showing an unknown military band lined up on West Bridge Street, facing east. The Machemer & Sons building at the left was a wooden structure that preceded the Spencer & Woodard building, built in 1916, that now houses Campbell's Pharmacy. The photo was taken prior to 1903 because the Ingraham & Travis building (Warnements) does not yet appear next to the furniture store in the background.
As a local military history buff, they appear to be from a local National Guard unit probably from the 33rd or 34th regiments during the Spanish-American war period. They have canvas leggings and the "fore and aft" creased campaign hats that preceded the peaked campaign hats in WW I. The man on far left 2nd row has sergeant stripes. A great local military history photo.🇺🇸🇺🇸👍👍
Norman LeRoy Hinga