Posted on 09/03/2014

Photo taken on September  1, 2014


Music Barn
San Jacinto Valley
Ferrett Brothers
Ferrett Bros
San Jacinto
De Anza Dr

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Ferrets and Music

Ferrets and Music
The sign once read "Ferrett Brothers Est. 1929. Music Barn, Instruments, Pianos and Organs." The "Ferrett Brothers" refers to Frederick and Charles Ferrett. Their parents, John and Edna, had musical backgrounds. Edna wrote poetry and music and had her own band (Edna and the Ranch Boys) which played for dances in the San Jacinto Valley. There’s no indication as to what John’s musical experiences might have been.

From the 1930’s to the 1960’s the Ferrett family sold fireworks every year for the 4th of July.

They lived on De Anza Dr., in San Jacinto, (since 1928) where John also opened some sort of shop (in addition to the plumbing store he established on East Main St.). By the 1950’s the two brothers had their own retail music business on West Main St. where they sold and repaired pianos, organs and Zenith televisions (being the first to bring television sets to the valley). When the West Main St. store was razed, in 1972, (to create a bank parking lot) the music store business (as well as the Ferrett Brothers huge collection of eclectic musical instruments) moved to the De Anza buildings. In 2006 Stephen Kent Goodman recalled having once seen a first generation Wurlizter Pianino (with a vacuum motor) stored on the dirt floor of their “infamous” (his word) Music Barn Quonset hut. What became of the brothers collection, after their deaths, is unknown.

845 De Anza Dr, San Jacinto, California
33.790698, -116.973234 (about 1,200m, 4,000 ft, from the epicenter of the 3.7 earthquake on Sept 2, 2014)

Don Barrett (aka DBs travels)
Don Barrett (aka DBs…
I didn't realize that was a Quonset hut till seeing it from this angle.
4 years ago.
Who knew until Stephen Kent Goodman mentioned it?
4 years ago.