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Gene Autry and wife Ina unvail Gene’s portrait by Robert Rishell for the Hall of Great Western Performers in 1973 during the Western Heritage Awards in Oklahoma City.

Gene Autry and wife Ina unvail Gene’s portrait by Robert Rishell for the Hall of Great Western Performers in 1973 during the Western Heritage Awards in Oklahoma City.

Joel and Frances Dee McCrea during Joel’s induction to the Hall of Great Western Performers in Oklahoma City in 1969.

Joel and Frances Dee McCrea during Joel’s induction to the Hall of Great Western Performers in Oklahoma City in 1969.

Paul Brinegar, who played Wishbone on “Rawhide”, was at the Cowboy Hall of Fame when “Rawhide” was voted Best Fictional Television Program in ‘64.

Paul Brinegar, who played Wishbone on “Rawhide”, was at the Cowboy Hall of Fame when “Rawhide” was voted Best Fictional Television Program in ‘64.

Yakima Canutt received a Trustee’s Award at the Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1971.

Yakima Canutt received a Trustee’s Award at the Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1971.

Mrs. Hoot Gibson (Dorothy Irene Gibson) accepted a postumous award for her husband who was elected to the Hall of Great Western Performers at the Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1979. Hoot died in 1962. Slim Pickens was Master of Ceremonies at the Awards that year. Dorothy died at 94 December 2, 2014.

Mrs. Hoot Gibson (Dorothy Irene Gibson) accepted a postumous award for her husband who was elected to the Hall of Great Western Performers at the Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1979. Hoot died in 1962. Slim Pickens was Master of Ceremonies at the Awards that year. Dorothy died at 94 December 2, 2014.

Mrs. Buck Jones (right) and daughter Maxine Firfires (left) are escorted by Gene Autry at the induction of Buck Jones into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1973. Jones died in 1942.

Mrs. Buck Jones (right) and daughter Maxine Firfires (left) are escorted by Gene Autry at the induction of Buck Jones into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1973. Jones died in 1942.

Albert K. Mitchell, one-time president of the American Quarter Horse Association and Chill Wills stand beside Amanda Blake whose performance as Miss Kitty on “Gunsmoke” won her a Wrangler Award for Outstanding Fictional Television Program at the Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1966.

Albert K. Mitchell, one-time president of the American Quarter Horse Association and Chill Wills stand beside Amanda Blake whose performance as Miss Kitty on “Gunsmoke” won her a Wrangler Award for Outstanding Fictional Television Program at the Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1966.

Hall of Great Western Performers inductees Roy Rogers and Dale Evans greet Richard Brooks, director of the Wrangler Award winning film “Bite the Bullet” in 1976 at the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.

Hall of Great Western Performers inductees Roy Rogers and Dale Evans greet Richard Brooks, director of the Wrangler Award winning film “Bite the Bullet” in 1976 at the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.

Clu Gulager, Ryker on “The Virginian”, was at the Cowboy Hall of Fame to help except a Best Fictional Television Program Award for “The Virginian” in 1966.

Clu Gulager, Ryker on “The Virginian”, was at the Cowboy Hall of Fame to help except a Best Fictional Television Program Award for “The Virginian” in 1966.

It couldn’t happen to a nicer feller...again. Ben Johnson accepts an award for “Bite the Bullet”, voted Best Western Motion Picture in 1976 at the Cowboy Hall of Fame.

It couldn’t happen to a nicer feller...again. Ben Johnson accepts an award for “Bite the Bullet”, voted Best Western Motion Picture in 1976 at the Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Walter Brennan was elected to the Hall of Great Western Performers at the Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1971.

Walter Brennan was elected to the Hall of Great Western Performers at the Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1971.

Glenn Ford was inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame’s Hall of Great Western Performers in 1979.

Glenn Ford was inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame’s Hall of Great Western Performers in 1979.

Bill Elliott in 1947 helps Republic’s Bob Wasserman load a camera.

Bill Elliott in 1947 helps Republic’s Bob Wasserman load a camera.

Hoot Gibson (left) and Art Acord in the mid to late ‘20s.

Hoot Gibson (left) and Art Acord in the mid to late ‘20s.

Bill “Cowboy Rambler” Boyd attacks a stack of fan mail. Boyd co-starred with Lee Powell and Art Davis in a series of six B-Westerns at PRC in 1942.

Bill “Cowboy Rambler” Boyd attacks a stack of fan mail. Boyd co-starred with Lee Powell and Art Davis in a series of six B-Westerns at PRC in 1942.

Iron Eyes Cody watches as James Cagney is getting dressed as an Indian for “Lady Killer” (‘33 Warner First-National). The basically non-Western film had gangster Cagney making it big in Hollywood before his old life caught up with him.

Iron Eyes Cody watches as James Cagney is getting dressed as an Indian for “Lady Killer” (‘33 Warner First-National). The basically non-Western film had gangster Cagney making it big in Hollywood before his old life caught up with him.

Broncho Billy (dressed in white) on the Essanay Studio’s stage in Chicago circa 1915.

Broncho Billy (dressed in white) on the Essanay Studio’s stage in Chicago circa 1915.

(L-R) Billy Russell, Kenne Duncan, Dale Berry, Fran Russell, Danny Warren, Don Clay for a personal appearance at the Texas Theatre in Texas City in April 15, 1947. According to Kenne’s notes on the back of the photo, the group left that night for Houston and the next day, April 16, a ship (the French registered S. S. Grandcamp docked in port) exploded in the channel destroying the entire city of Texas City. The explosion caused gasoline refineries to explode which was highly volatile and leveled the entire city including the Texas Theatre. 581 people were killed. (Thanx for the photo to Jan Garfield.)

(L-R) Billy Russell, Kenne Duncan, Dale Berry, Fran Russell, Danny Warren, Don Clay for a personal appearance at the Texas Theatre in Texas City in April 15, 1947. According to Kenne’s notes on the back of the photo, the group left that night for Houston and the next day, April 16, a ship (the French registered S. S. Grandcamp docked in port) exploded in the channel destroying the entire city of Texas City. The explosion caused gasoline refineries to explode which was highly volatile and leveled the entire city including the Texas Theatre. 581 people were killed. (Thanx for the photo to Jan Garfield.)

Kenne Duncan poses with a fan. (Thanx to Jan Garfield.)

Kenne Duncan poses with a fan. (Thanx to Jan Garfield.)

Eddie Dean displays some samples of his paintings. The one in the bottom right corner is of Eddie’s screen sidekick Roscoe Ates. This photo comes from Stephen Fratallone’s new 464 page bio EDDIE DEAN, THE GOLDEN COWBOY, published by Bear Manor Media and available from Bear Manor or Amazon.com. Over 200 photos.

Eddie Dean displays some samples of his paintings. The one in the bottom right corner is of Eddie’s screen sidekick Roscoe Ates. This photo comes from Stephen Fratallone’s new 464 page bio EDDIE DEAN, THE GOLDEN COWBOY, published by Bear Manor Media and available from Bear Manor or Amazon.com. Over 200 photos.

David Watson, Clint Eastwood and Raymond St. Jacques prepare for a “Rawhide” campfire scene on July 20, 1965.

David Watson, Clint Eastwood and Raymond St. Jacques prepare for a “Rawhide” campfire scene on July 20, 1965.

Ethan Wayne strikes a pose just like his father during the making of “The War Wagon” in ‘67.

Ethan Wayne strikes a pose just like his father during the making of
“The War Wagon” in ‘67.

Richard Boone and Johnny Western at Johnny’s recording session for the “Have Gun Will Travel” themesong.

Richard Boone and Johnny Western at Johnny’s recording session for the “Have Gun Will Travel” themesong.

Yul Brynner shows off his fast draw for Israeli actress Daliah Lavi on the set of “Catlow” in Almeria, Spain on May 21, 1971.

Yul Brynner shows off his fast draw for Israeli actress Daliah Lavi on the set of “Catlow” in Almeria, Spain on May 21, 1971.

Smiley Burnette as Charley Pratt with Higgins the dog and a menagerie others on a 1963 episode of “Petticoat Junction”.

Smiley Burnette as Charley Pratt with Higgins the dog and a menagerie others on a 1963 episode of “Petticoat Junction”.

“The High Chaparral”’s Cameron Mitchell with his wife Johanna and their children Bobby and Chip. (Thanx to Marianne Rittner-Holmes.)

“The High Chaparral”’s Cameron Mitchell with his wife Johanna and their children Bobby and Chip. (Thanx to Marianne Rittner-Holmes.)

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