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THE BILL BOWEN COLLECTION

 

 

 

 

    William G. "Bill" Bowen wrote a mini biography for each of the Sons of the Pioneers for the fan magazine, Pioneer News, calling them "A Portrait of a Pioneer", and adding a sketch of his own. He presented the original sketch of Bob Nolan to P-Nuts after Bob's death.

    Bill was a loyal fan of the Sons of the Pioneers and dedicated publisher and editor of the Pioneer News for a number of years. He worked freely for the Sons of the Pioneers in matters of publicity, liner notes, etc. It was in this manner that he became a friend of Bob Nolan.

    We are fortunate that Bill had his tape recorder with him the day Bob recited one of his many long poems, "My Mistress, the Desert". Eight days later, Bob died with his epic poems unrecorded.

    Unfortunately for this website, Mr. Bowen had passed on before we could contact him. John Fullerton, current member of the Sons of the Pioneers, has obtained most of Mr. Bowen's Sons of the Pioneers collection and has graciously allowed us to present it all here.

 

 

 

Portrait of a Pioneer

Sons of the Pioneers memorabilia

Sons of the Pioneers photographs

Sheet Music

 

Collage of the Bill Bowen Collection courtesy of John Fullerton

 

 

 

3 1/2" x 5" PHOTOS

 

1932 Benny Nawahi's International Cowboys

 

March, 1933 The O-Bar-O Cowboys

 

1933 Jack and his Texas Outlaws

 

1934

 

1936

 

1937 11 08 The Old Wyoming Trail

 

1937 12 21 Outlaws of the Prairie.

 

1938 07 28 South of Arizona

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1939 07 15 Man from Sundown

 

1943

 

1943

 

The Yellow Rose of Texas 1944 06 24

 

 1946 09 12 Roll On, Texas Moon

 

 

1946

 

 

 1948 07 31 Melody Time 

 

1949

 

 

 1950

 

1954

 

1954

 

1954 Smokey the Bear

 

1954

 

1956

 

1955-6

 

1957

 

1957 Houston Livestock Show

 

1959

 

1959

 

1960 Summer Tour with Roy Rogers

 

1961-2

 

1962

 

1963-4

 

1964

 

1965

 

1965

 

1967

 

1967

 

1968

 

1969

 

1972

 

1973 02 Grand Ol' Oprey, singing "Cimarron"

 

1974

 

1975 at Cliffie Stone's property

 

1977

 

March 1980

 

1981

 

1982

 

Hal Southern fills in for Lanham (no date)

 

Shug Fisher

 

Bowen's sketch of Billy Liebert

 

 

 

~ More Sketches by Bill Bowen ~

 

Bob Nolan (original: The Calin Coburn Collections 2004)

 

from the cover of "The Original Pioneer Trio Sings Sons of the Hills and Plains" AFM731

 

Pioneer News Vol. 1, No. 1 March-April 1978

 

Pioneer News Vol. 1, No. 2 May - June 1978

 

Pioneer News Vol. 1, No. 3 July - August 1978

 

Pioneer News Vol. 1, No. 4 September - October 1978

 

Pioneer News Vol. 1, No. 5 November - December 1978

 

Pioneer News Vol. 2, No. 1 January - February 1979

 

Pioneer News Number 7 (Vol. 2, No. 2) March-April 1979

 

Pioneer News Number 14 (Vol. 3, No. 3 ) Summer 1980

 

 

Bill's collection of Sons of the Pioneers Memorabilia

(courtesy of John Fullerton)

 

1948 Brochure

1948 Brochure

 

1948 Brochure

 

1948 Brochure

 

1948 Brochure

 

1948 Brochure

 

 

1973 Program by Ken Griffis

 

1973 Program by Ken Griffis

 

1973 Program by Ken Griffis

 

1973 Program by Ken Griffis

 

1973 Program by Ken Griffis

 

1973 Program by Ken Griffis

 

1973 Program by Ken Griffis

 

1973 Program by Ken Griffis

 

1973 Program by Ken Griffis

 

1973 Program by Ken Griffis

 

1973 Program by Ken Griffis

 

1973 Program by Ken Griffis

 

 

1979 Aksarben Rodeo Program

 

1979 Aksarben Rodeo Program

1979 Aksarben Rodeo Program

 

1979 Aksarben Rodeo Program

 

1979 Aksarben Rodeo Program

 

1979 Aksarben Rodeo Program

 

1979 Aksarben Rodeo Program

 

 

1982 Sons of the Pioneers, autographed

 

 

The Sound of a Pioneer, autographed

 

The Sound of a Pioneer, autographed

 

Mario deMarco Artwork

 

 

Mario deMarco Pioneer News Cover

 

1943 Signed Photo

 

 

Rusty Richards signed photo

 

 

Autographed photo taken at the time of Casey Tibbs' wedding

November 17, 1979

Roy Rogers was Casey's best man.

(Read about the wedding in The Pioneer News, No. 14; Vol.3 No. 3; Summer 1980)

 

 

Bob Nolan's Will (photocopy)

 

Bob Nolan's Will (photocopy)

 

Bob Nolan's Will (photocopy)

 

 

 

Sheet Music