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  • Name John HOSTETLER 
    Born 25 Jan 1829  PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1911  Fayette County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Lecky Cemetery, German Township, Fayette County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • (1) Source: Scot Novak .

      (2) John HOSTETLER, who was born eyeless, was a member of the Hostetler Blind Family Band. See a review of the band's performance in Note (3) below.

      (3) The Genius of Liberty (a weekly newspaper published in Uniontown, Fayette County, PA from 1839 to 1917):

      The Hostetler Brothers - Blind Musicians
      FARMINGTON, PA, July 8, 1872

      Last Friday evening the Hostetler Family gave a concert in the schoolhouse opposite the Mt. Washington Church. This family is well known in Fayette County, at least, as the "Blind Family." They deserve more than a single county's patronage. There is a tinge of sadness in some of the words, and sometimes, perhaps, too often, in the execution of their songs. One can readily understand why, with their history, they should feel often sad. But with such skill as they possess, they might readily dismiss, at least, one cause of occasional depression. - The leader, having once enjoyed the use of one eye, and being now totally blind, would very naturally have reason for sadness, which could not be shared by those who were born blind. Still, the cause of depression which they might all dismiss, is the fear, lest after all their pains to acquire an effective musical skill, and having this as their only valuable attainment as a means of livelihood, they should fail to obtain a competent support. After a somewhat critical hearing of those musicians, trying to forget that for the time the fact of their blindness, while judging of the music, we freely say that we have paid more money for far inferior entertainments given by troupes of general notoriety and large pretensions.

      The eldest brother confined himself to the violin, and there was a unanimous agreement that his skill in using this fine instrument was excellent. Some of his touches, for fineness, clearness and easy rolling transition in the scale, were very effective. The brother who plays the violincello is a musical composer. His singing, playing and composition of music are all fine. Some of his pieces have the merit of pleasing better on better acquaintance, and evince no ordinary taste and skill. He plays the flute also. The leader plays and sings well. His voice is clear and sweet and uniform, but not remarkably strong; but it is not weak. The sister has a soft, musical voice, and accompanies her brothers in the use alternately of the triangle, an accordeon, and a pair of corn cobs. Few, perhaps, have thought that music could be brought out of corn cobs. But let those who think they know all about what corn cobs are fit for, go and see and hear what use this blind musician can make of the pair of cobs she carries around with her. They will hardly fail to obtain, and that in a very pleasant way, an increase of information on the subject of corn cobs.

      We cannot do full justice to the whole performance, if we omit to mention the martial music which preceded the regular exercises of the evening, and which were designed as a sort of introduction and invitation to the concert. This was delivered in front of the schoolhouse. Of this it will perhaps be enough to say that soldiers, some of whom bore arms before the late civil war and followed where the banners led, and heard the drum-beat call, and some of whom obeyed the thrill of the stirring notes that were so familiar to the Army of the Potomac, pronounced it first class. A skillful musical instructor, who could enlarge the field of operations for these blind persons, by making them familiar with pieces of music now unknown and inaccessible to them, and by introducing them to wider fields of usefulness, would be a great acquisition to them, and would have for himself a very good opportunity for his own advantage. You and your readers might enjoy a pleasant time, as well as help what seems to us a deserving quartette, if some person authorized to do so would secure this troupe for a concert or two in Uniontown. A crowded house, an audience composed of many of the best people of this section, greeted the blind musicians on the evening named. The frequent rounds of applause showed that the audience were not only moved with genuine sympathy for the musicians, but that they were well repaid also by the music for the time and money invested. In faithfulness, however, let it be said that a deserving cause, properly presented, does not often, if ever, fail to secure a due share of the good-will, time and money of the people at and about Farmington.

      A Hearer.


      John Hostetler
      Birth: Jan. 25, 1829
      Death: Oct. 18, 1911

      Inscription: John/Hostetler/1829 - 1911.

      Note: Son of Daniel & Mary G.,one of the Hostetler Blind Family

      Burial: Lecky Cemetery, German Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, USA

      Created by: Ben Lighthall
      Record added: Apr 29, 2012
      Find A Grave Memorial# 89296582
    Person ID I30009  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 26 Sep 2018 

    Father Daniel HOSTETLER,   b. 10 Jan 1796, VA [now WV] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1873, Fayette County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mary GIBBONS,   b. 30 Mar 1801, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1864, Fayette County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F6727  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart