Frances Margaret Creech, Musician
Frances Creech was born in Bellwood, Nebraska, in 1912.
In the late 1940s she became a member of an all woman band headlined
by Ruth Colman. Performing under a variety of names, Ruth Colman's
All Girl Orchestra, the Sweethearts of Swing, and Ruth Colman's
Polka Queens, the band barnstormed its way across the country.
Creech was co-owner of the band, played piano, and was the group's
business manager. After the band's breakup Creech taught piano
in Lincoln. She died in 1999.
Frances's six scrapbooks document the travel and performances
of Ruth Coleman's band from 1945 through 1947. Primarily
filled with photographs of the members of the band on the road,
they also include publicity materials and souvenirs of the places
where they stayed, ate, and played.
Diaries and Journals
J.A. Hill, Civil
W. Richards, Surveyor
J.S. Morton, Statesman
Sara J. Price, Teacher
W. Danley, Businessman
J. & E. Green, Farmers
S. Buck, Farm Wife
S. & E. Allis,
E. & L. Correll,
W.J. Bryan, Orator
Lucy Drexel, Student
Viola Barnes, Student
Willa Cather, Author
C. Calvert, Educator
Myrtle Soulier, Student
B. Watson, Porter
Margaret and Edward
Sierra Nevada Bunnell,