F. M. Barney and Ezra Meeker

Memories of the Phonograph


Recordings made by Ezra Meeker

As told by F. M. Barney for the Edison Phonograph Monthly, September 1912

Mr. Barney had a store In Elm Creek, Nebraska which included some Edison phonographs and records. One day the famous American pioneer Ezra Manning Meeker came into that store.

The following is Barney's account of that event and the records that Meeker made on June 9, 1912 while in his store which he called a "message to his descendants." "You have numerous photographs of me...but no record of my voice which in the near future will be hushed and become only a memory."





Meeker in Omaha with his Ox team, 1906