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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. (Bob Nolan - Portrait of a Pioneer)

    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.

 

Sons of the Pioneers memorabilia

Sons of the Pioneers 3 1/2" x 5" photographs

Sons of the Pioneers 8" x 10" Photographs (singles)

Sons of the Pioneers Group Photos

Sheet Music

More Movie Stills

Stage Photos

Candid Shots

Signed Sketches

Others

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

 

Home in Oklahoma 1946

 

 

 1948 07 31 Melody Time 

 

1949

 

 

 1950

 

Dale Warren, 1954

 

1954

 

1954 Smokey the Bear

 

1954

 

The Farr Brothers 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

 

February 1973 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)

 

 

 

 

Sons of the Pioneers Memorabilia

 

1948 Brochure

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

 

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

 

1979 Aksarben Rodeo Program

 

1982 Sons of the Pioneers, autographed

 

 

 

Bob Nolan's Last Recording

The Sound of a Pioneer, autographed

 

The Sound of a Pioneer, autographed

 

 

 

Mario deMarco Artwork

 

Mario deMarco Pioneer News Cover

 

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 LAST WILL & TESTAMENT

Bob Nolan's Will (photocopy)

 

Bob Nolan's Will (photocopy)

 

Bob Nolan's Will (photocopy)

 

 

 

 

Sheet Music

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8" x 10" Photographs

Karl Farr 1940s

 

 

Bob Nolan 1943

 

Dale Evans in "Along the Navajo Trail" 1945

 

Ken Curtis from Lone Star Moonlight” Dec. 12, 1946

 

Ken Curtis, postcard

 

 

Lloyd Perryman, 1948-9

 

Lloyd Perryman, 1948-9

 

Tim 1949

 

Tommy Doss (summer 1949)

When Tommy was hired, he didn't have a hat. Tim Spencer called him over to the office and gave him one of his.... this is Tim's hat in this photo!

As a vocalist, Tommy couldn't stand wearing a hat, as it made it difficult to hear. That's why you see Tommy wearing his hat farther back.

 

Hugh Farr, 1957

 

Lloyd Perryman in 1959.

Signed to Bill and Barbara by Lloyd on May 10, 1975.

 

Lloyd Perryman 1959

 

Hugh and Lynn Farr, mid 1960s

 

Rusty Richards, date unknown 

 

Rome Johnson 1970s

 

Roy Rogers

date unknown - possibly September 1972

 

16 x 20 matted poster, 1978

The Pioneers had it made for Bill and Barbara.

It was signed and given to them at a concert on July 9, 1978 at the Kelseyville High School.

 

Luther Nallie in 1980

 

Dale Morris, Pioneers’ fiddler from 1981-83

 

 

 

CANDID SHOTS

 

Bob and P-Nuts – possibly wedding day (Candid 4x6)

 

Bob and P-Nuts – possibly wedding day (Candid 4x6)

 

Uncle Henry’s Original Kentucky Mountaineers ca 1948

Dale Warren, Uncle Henry’s son, is holding the bass. (Candid 3 ½ x 5)

 

1950s. Margie “Fiddlin’ Kate” Warren, wife of Dale Warren (Candid 3 ½ x 5)

 

1950s. Margie “Fiddlin’ Kate” Warren, wife of Dale Warren (Candid 3 ½ x 5)

 

Late 1950s. Dale and Margie Warren (Candid 3 ½ x 5)

 

Early 1960s. Billy Liebert conducting an orchestra during a studio session (Candid 3 ½ x 5)

 

Jimmy and Inez Wakely's 40th Anniversary party at Toluca Lake, California,  December 13, 1975.

L to R: Jimmy Wakely, Wayne Burson, Ted French, Oliver Drake, Johnny Bond (signed), and Bob Nolan. (Candid 8x10)

 

At the Wakely's Anniversary party,  Dec. 13, 1975. Bob Nolan,  Wesley Tuttle, Doyle O'Dell. (Candid 8x10)

 

At a television taping of a southern California telethon, 1979. Roy Lanham couldn't participate.

L to R: Billy Liebert, Hal Southern, Dale Warren, Rome Johnson, Rusty Richards. (Candid 8x10)

 

Bob, prior to removal of the cast.

(Candid 5x7 photo taken in Bob's backyard at their Studio City home, August 6, 1977).

 

Pioneers in 1979, event and location unknown.

Dale, Roy, Billy, Rusty. Rome. (Candid 8x10)

 

Gene Autry & Roy Rogers,  1977. (Candid 8x10)

 

 Interview time!  Location unknown.(Candid 8x10)

 

1978... Pioneers with Bill Bowen.  Dale, Roy, Billy, Bill Bowen, Rusty, Rome. (Candid 5x7)

 

Pioneers with Bill Bowen, 1978 (Candid 5x7)

Rome, Roy, Billy, Bill Bowen, Dale, Rusty.

 

Summer 1979. Location unknown. (Candid 8x10)

 

November 5, 1978, Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA.

Sons of the Pioneers with eight-time rodeo champion Larry Mahan. (Candid 5x7)

 

Nov. 5, 1978.   Rusty Richards and Larry Mahan.

Long Beach, CA. Signed to Bill, May 1979. (Matted 8x10, Candid Image 5x7)

 

On the set of 'When the West Was Fun'

Television taping May 1979. (Candid 8x10)

 

1982. (Candid 5x6)

Standing: Luther Nallie, Fred Goodwin, Marianne Lanham, Amy and Rusty Richards.

Kneeling: Dale Morris, Dale Warren, Roy Lanham.

 

 

GLOSSY PRINTS OF BILL'S SKETCHES

 Seven are Bill's drawings for the Portrait Of A Pioneer feature in "Pioneer News." The other one is a print of Rome Johnson, from a painting by Jan Neely. All of these are 8x10 glossy in size. Bill made these glossy prints of his art work and later asked each particular Pioneer to sign them. These are 100% original signatures and are a fabulous treasure of this collection

 

Roy Rogers signed print

 

Dale Warren signed print

 

Rusty Richards signed print

 

Roy Lanham signed print

 

Billy Liebert signed print

 

Rome Johnson signed print

 

Jan Neely painting of Rome Johnson

8x10 signed print

 

By the way, Rome is seen with his Fender Jazzmaster guitar here. This exact guitar (Candy Apple Red) was in the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum collection and was displayed in the instruments display until the museum's closing in 2009.

 

Luther Nallie signed print

 

 

 

IMAGES OF OTHERS THAN THE SONS OF THE PIONEERS

 

Reinsmen, 1970s. (5x7)

L to R: Doc Denning, Jerry Compton, Dick Goodman, Don Richardson

 

Ray Whitley and his horse Cheyenne, 1950s.

(Signed 8x10)

 

Ray Whitley (Signed 8x10) No date.

 

Will Rogers (8x10) Date unknown

 

Will Rogers, 1920s (8x10 print)

 

Will Rogers in 1934. (8x10 print)

 

Will Rogers in Eugene O'Neill's  "Ah Wilderness" at the El Capitan Theater, Spring 1934. (8x10)

 

 

 

MORE MOVIE STILLS

(8X10 unless otherwise noted)

 

Billy the Kid Returns, released Sept. 4, 1938

 

Billy the Kid Returns released Sept. 4, 1938

 

Spoilers of the Range  April 27, 1939

 

In Old Caliente June 19, 1939

 

Red River Valley Dec. 12, 1941

 

Red River Valley Dec. 12, 1941

 

Sunset on the Desert April 1, 1942

 

Romance on the Range May 18, 1942

 

Idaho March 10, 1943

 

Idaho March 10, 1943

 

King of the Cowboys April 9, 1943

 

King of the Cowboys April 9, 1943

 

Song of Texas June 14, 1943

 

Man from Music Mountain October 30, 1943

 

Hands across the Border January 5, 1944

 

Hands across the Border January 5, 1944

 

Hands across the Border January 5, 1944

 

Hands across the Border January 5, 1944

 

Yellow Rose of Texas June 22, 1944

 

Yellow Rose of Texas June 22, 1944

 

San Fernando Valley September 15, 1944

 

Man from Oklahoma  Aug. 1, 1945

 

Man from Oklahoma Aug. 1, 1945

 

Don’t Fence Me In October 20, 1945

 

Along the Navajo Trail December 15, 1945

 

Under Nevada Skies August 26, 1946

 

Roll On, Texas Moon September 12, 1946

 

Roll On, Texas Moon September 12, 1946

 

Heldorado December 15, 1946

 

On the Old Spanish Trail October 15, 1947

 

Springtime in the Sierras July 15, 1947

 

The Gay Ranchero January 3, 1948

 

The Gay Ranchero January 3, 1948

 

Under California Stars May 1, 1948

 

Unidentified Still

 

Twilight in the Sierras March 22, 1950

 

Everybody’s Dancin’ March 31,1950

Signed by Tommy Doss

 

 

 

 

SONS OF THE PIONEERS GROUP PHOTOS

1935

 

1943

(with Roy Rogers)

 

1943

 

January, 1946

 

May 1949

 

1949

 

1949-50 Postcard

 

1949-50

 

1951

 

1952

 

1953

Signed by Tommy Doss

 

1953

 

1954

This photo was used on the Decca Coral album

 

1955

 

1959

 

1964

 

1967

 

1968-69

 

1972

(Summer Tour)

 

1974

 

1975-76

 

1976

 

1976

 

1976

 

1977

 

1977

 

1977

 

1982

(signed)

 

1982

 

1982-83

 

1982-83

 

1998-83

 

 

 

STAGE PHOTOS

The Sons of the Pioneers back "Sweet Georgia Brown" (Waunita Vastine)

at the Naval Amphibious Base in San Diego, California, April 13, 1951.

 

Too Many Banjos, 1962

 

At the Virginia State Fair, 1969 (5x7)

 

Roy Rogers leaving the stage at the Virginia State Fair, 1969 (5x7)

 

1971. Luther Nallie, Dale Warren, Lloyd Perryman, Roy Lanham, Billy Armstrong. (8x10)

 

On the "Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson, on the evening of the Hollywood Walk Of Fame ceremony.

September 24, 1976. (8x10)

 

 The Pioneers performing on the Grand Ole Opry,  June 25, 1977.

Roy Acuff claimed that he hadn't seen this kind of response from an Opry audience in years! (8x10)

 

Grand Ole Opry. June 25, 1977 (8x10)

 

Grand Ole Opry. June 25, 1977 (8x10)

 

1978 (8x10)

 

Onstage at the Music Mill Theater at Six Flags over Texas. (4x6)

July 29, 1978.

 

Onstage at the Santa Clara County Fair, California. August 20, 1978.

Photo by Pioneers fan Conway Halas. (5x7)

 

Dinah Shore and Rusty Richards CBS Hollywood, singing "Cool Water."

Dinah Shore Show. 1978. (8x10)

 

Roy and the Pioneers with the cast of the Dinah Shore Show. CBS Hollywood, 1978 (8x10)

 

With Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, 1979 (8x10)

 

The Smithsonian Institute honors the Sons of the Pioneers.  A representative presents Dale Warren with a plaque.

The Smithsonian named the Pioneers "A National Treasure."  March 25, 1979. (8x10)

 

Onstage in Goshen, Indiana at the Elkhart County Fair. July 23, 1979. (4x6)

 

Onstage in Goshen, Indiana at the Elkhart County Fair. July 23, 1979. (4x6)

 

1979 (5x7)

 

Taking a bow. 1979 (5x7)