The following obituary appeared on page 30 of the May 12, 1934 edition of The Billboard:
DEAGAN - John C., 81, founder and for many years president of the Deagan Manufacturing Company, manufacturers of percussion instruments, died at the Surf and Sand Club at Hermosa Beach, Calif., April 28. He was an orchestra leader at Niblo's Garden and at Tony Pastor's in New York and was director of the orchestra at the Opera House in St. Louis. He became director of the Catalina Island Band in 1893 and while there was interested in perfecting percussion instruments. Funeral and cremation services were held in Los Angeles and the ashes were interred in the family vault at Chicago.
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