Henry "Hank" Zelton ‎– "Hank" — Some Memories

Not On Label ‎– none
Vinyl, LP


A1 The Jig
A2 Beautiful Brown Eyes
A3 Family Doctor
A4 Playmates
A5 The Jig And More
A6 Hallelujah I'm A Bum
A7 Red River Valley
A8 Skip To My Lou
A9 Preacher Went Out Hunting
B1 Hallelujah I'm a Bum
B2 Title Unknown
B3 Beautiful Brown Eyes
B4 Red River Valley
B5 The Jig
B6 Rings On My Fingers
B7 Only A Boy And A Girl
B8 Just Harmonica
B9 Show Me The Way To Go Home


On Label:
Henry "Hank" Zelton
22 January 1888 — 3 February 1973
Recorded in Green Bay, Wisconsin in the summers of 1968 and 1969 by his first grandson David Grebe, son of his oldest daughter, Charlotte. This record was produced in Dallas, Texas by Charlotte and David.

On back of album jacket:
Henry Zelton was born before the turn of the century in De Pere, Wisconsin, a small town in the northwoods country of the American Midwest.

At 16 he went to work in a local foundry and gradually advanced until he became a molder, forming the sand molds that shape liquid metal into gray iron castings.

In 1913 he was 25 years old, settled into his profession, and ready to marry. He chose Henrietta Jansen and together they raised six children, my mother, Charlotte, and Marian, Ray, Jim, Bobby, and Rita.

Grandpa Zelton really enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the northwoods country. I remember childhood visits to his cottage on the Wolf River in Langlade County, Wisconsin, where he shared with me the pleasures of wading in the shallows to catch the elusive small mouth bass. "Dem'll fry up real nice, Davie," he would say, as we set about cleaning the catch.

But that was years later.

After the war, Grandpa left the foundry to try farming, but in 1932, he moved his family to Green Bay and took a job with the Rothe foundry there. He remained until his retirement in 1953.

He always liked "jiggin" — a cross between a tap dance and a shuffle, a little like an Irish Jig; and he was an enthusiastic performer for some of the small town celebrations.

With his strong love for music, he envisioned a family instrumental group. That was when my mother took piano lessons and Aunt Marion studied violin. Grandpa played the harmonica.

But the depression happened, and lessons cost money. The dream was never realized.

Grandpa bought one of the first Victrolas in country that played disk-shaped records, grooved on one side, smooth on the other, sturdy as Grandpa himself. These records were sold in the barber shop, so as often as he went for a haircut, he came home with a new record.

He never smoked. He did drink an occasional beer or blackberry brandy, and cleansed his system with daily hot water and flaxseed before breakfast. He always voted a straight Democratic ticket, and denounced, with equal zeal, the Communists and the graft in Washington.

His cardinal rule was: Never criticize anyone in front of others, or belittle them.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): H2-7901-A III
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): H2-7901-B III