The Monroe's in Jeannette
I grew up in Jeannette during the World War II years and like teenagers
everywhere enthralled by Vaughn's association with our hometown. When his
band played in the Pittsburgh area, generally at one of the major
amusement parks, we would travel there in a large group. I remember going
backstage during an intermission and being introduced to him by his niece
who was in our party.
Time has erased the details, but it is logical that the
niece mentioned would be acquired by his marriage.
I left Jeannette in 1952 with only sporadic visits since
then. Most of my contemporaries have also left or died.
My only significant memory of the Monroe family was
Vaughn's mother. She was a rather stout lady whose attire was very
colorful (most unusual for the forties and small town living). It was hard
to miss her visually while she strolled in the downtown area.
He (or one of his arrangers) wrote the Jeannette High School "Alma
Mater," which is still played in the town and at school events.
The Alma Mater issue needs clarification. I don't really
remember it from my high school days. That is why I alluded to it possibly
being written by one of his arrangers while in the band's popular days. I
too have seen the musical score, but it lists Vaughn as the writer citing
only his class graduation date of 1929. Someone else may have the answer
to when it was written.
Some people claim he is the only notable graduate
achieving fame on the national scene.
Submitted by: Frank Zimowski