Snow, Russell 1987-09-05

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Russell Snow reminisces about his experiences in growing up as the child of performers in the Harley Sadler Tent Show. Included are descriptions of Sadler’s personal characteristics, towns visited, and performing in the shows.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Russell Snow

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: September 05, 1987

Location: None Given

Interviewer: Clifford Ashby

Length: 1 hour 15 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Russell Snow, Born: Akron, Ohio, Parents, Father’s background, Mother’s background, Family show business, Grandparents, Show business, Mother (again), Career as a pianist in theaters, Harley Sadler Show (1920), Harley Sadler Show, Child actors, "Toby" character, Bob Siler and wife, Everett Stover, Accident in Galveston, Texas, Parents’ divorce, Mother’s remarriage—Charlie Myers, School—San Angelo, Harley Sadler Show (again), Drummer, Tap Dancer, Traveling logistics, Trains, Trucks (1925-26), Sweetwater, Texas, Depression effects, Harley Sadler’s personality, Christmas in San Angelo, ‘Shorty’ Hornbuckle, Generosity.

Tape 1, Side 2: Harley Sadler (continued), Charlie Myers and money, Extravagance, Automobiles, Trusting, Sweetwater (again), Russell Snow (again), Friends, Harley Sadler Show (again), Traveling through West Texas, Accommodations, Personal relationships, Accommodations (again), Hobbs, New Mexico, Wink, Texas, Borger, Texas, Pampa, Texas, Amarillo, Texas, Tulia, Texas—accident, Move to California, Parents’ salary with Harley Sadler Show, Fred and Bonnie Brunk Show (Colorado), Everett Evans, ‘Speck’ and Charlie Lawrence, Sweetwater High School, Move to Riverside, California (again), Court reporting school, Harley Sadler Show demise, Russell Snow (again), Parents and grandparents in show business in South, Late 19th Century.

Tape 2, Side 1: Harley Sadler Show (again), Fox family, Harley Sadler (again), Views on music, Fox family (again).

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1870s-1950

Bulk Dates: 1920-1934

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