I see this Decca record on Archive.org that mentions Caleb W. O'Connor:
Hope it helps.
On Wed, Nov 24, 2021 at 11:29 AM Paul T. Jackson <[log in to unmask]>
> I'm probably not going to be very helpful with this suggestion, but I'm
> wondering if you have checked with the local historical societies? I've
> been able to find film of my father in the 1920s that way.
> best wishes,
> Paul T. Jackson
> Trescott Research
> Steilacoom, WA 98338
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> > Hello,
> > I am in much disillusion after many months of research, turning up almost
> > nothing, on a composer from the early 1900s who went onto do radio in
> > Washington D.C.
> > The man in question was Caleb W. O'Connor (not to be confused with a big
> > band musician/arranger, Caleb O'Connor* *this was his son). He became
> > recognized as such in 1904, after he and a fellow student at Yale Law
> > School published "Down the Field", one of the football team's most
> > fight songs. It was in subsequent years that O'Connor became known as a
> > composer of college songs. He published his own sentimental and
> > popular-type of songs as well, encompassing the areas of Washington,
> > Philadelphia and New Haven, Conn.
> > For a great while, I have searched for recordings of these songs.
> > Obviously, "Down the field" was the predominant result in its' number of
> > printed copies now acquired by colleges, and a couple recordings by later
> > groups. Surprisingly though, recordings such as one made by Rudy Vallee
> > 1930 for Victor Records, was hidden amongst a sea of Internet Archive
> > items. Unless searched for very specifically, no result. On the other
> > this was from a different generation, and finding a period-accurate
> > recording proved most difficult. The closest match was from a Canadian
> > archive of wax cylinder recordings, from 1909. All other songs have
> > next to impossible in finding a recording, despite the likelihood of
> > songs being recorded by popular artists Caleb O'Connor knew in his
> > These included Barry Scanlon, Irish baritone from New York, Caroline B.
> > Nichols of Boston (Fadette Ladies' Orchestra leader), and many others. A
> > partial list of compositions can be seen here:
> > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Draft:C.W._O%27Connor_(Composer)
> > In addition to composing, Caleb O'Connor became a speech expression
> > instructor, working mostly within Washington. This became part of his
> > broadcasts in the 1920s on, which is another long story. It seems he was
> > likely the first to broadcast a radio show in that area in 1922 at the
> > former WJH station. Later radio station associations were with WMAL and
> > WCAP. I have asked specialists from the Library of Congress if there are
> > recorded broadcasts from that era and later in their possession, but
> > was little to be found. I have also reached out to what I assume are the
> > modern-day subsidiaries of these old stations, including WMAL, with no
> > response. It would be very interesting to hear what Caleb's broadcasts
> > like. Local archived newspapers regularly promoted the broadcasts and the
> > stations themselves in articles. So, I would be surprised if nothing
> > exists. See link above for more context.
> > If anyone out there can recall seeing any record labels, something in a
> > library/other archive, or has heard Caleb O'Connor's music, do let me
> > He was active in publishing music up until the early 1950s. Additional
> > titles are much appreciated. He may have also went by the name Donald
> > Gordon in Philadelphia, and "Bill Brand" when he had a show called "Brand
> > News" in Washington.