Local residents give insight to Roy's daily life around the Victor Valley
By Rene De La Cruz
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW
As we near the Centennial Celebration of Roy Rogers’ birthday, a group of Apple Valley residents shared their memories of the places where Rogers left his footprints.
“I’ve been to a lot of places and when I tell them I’m from Apple Valley, people always bring up Roy Rogers,” said community leader Bob Tinsley. “Roy put Apple Valley on the map.”
"Roy Rogers represented an America that we all wanted to emulate – trustworthy, friendly and brave – a man who cared about his friends and neighbors and did his best to help them. He brought his reputation to the Victor Valley, and helped the world know that we shared his belief in the goodness of America and the value of respecting everyone for who they are."
— Congressman Jerry Lewis
Prayer, Kiwanis pancake breakfast, Sunset Hills Memorial Park, 24000 Waalew Road
8 to 10 a.m. — Roy Rogers Dale Evans Sunset Chapel at Sunset Hills. $5 donation.
Roy Rogers exhibit, Victor Valley Museum, 11873 Apple Valley Road
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Special Roy Rogers exhibit open to the public. Admission is free for ‘Roy’s guests.’
The widow of Gene Autry remembers Roy Rogers, Dale Evans
Note: Without Gene Autry, “the Singing Cowboy,” Roy Rogers might never have become a star. The Apple Valley Review spoke with Jackie Autry about movies and two American legends.
Q: What were Gene's thoughts of Roy and Dale Evans?
A: Gene respected Roy and Dale and considered them good friends. It was a friendship that lasted from the time they met throughout their lives.
By Roy “Dusty” Rogers Jr.
SPECIAL TO THE APPLE VALLEY REVIEW
My very first visit to Apple Valley was in the ’50s. I was a young boy traveling with my father, Roy Rogers, to Big Bear, where he was filming “The Roy Rogers Show” for television. We would stop at the Apple Valley Inn for a grilled cheese and a Coke — that is, if I wasn’t car sick from riding the asphalt waves of Palmdale Road.
By Bill Hansen
SPECIAL TO THE APPLE VALLEY REVIEW
It was a short time after I had become Roy Roger’s pastor that he was admitted to the Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance. He was to undergo his first heart bypass surgery. The surgery was scheduled at an early hour on that Friday morning.
I was a cocktail waitress at a bowling alley in Pomona. There was a Citrus Belt Bowling tournament at the bowling center. Roy came in with his “side kicks.” What a funny bunch of guys they were. They would tell me jokes and had me laughing all night.
I was in the eighth grade and new to the area around 1983. Out of just pure luck I landed one of the best Daily Press paper routes in the High Desert. The boy I replaced told me I had Roy Rogers and Dale Evans were on my route. During my training phase, that lasted about two days, he told me as much history as he could about Roy and his living legacy.
Because I was young and really just interested in making money I ignored much of what he said. That was until I met Roy Rogers for the first time.
Let’s all go out, link hands, sing a chorus or two of “Happy Trails to You” and help give that old plug Trigger a home this Saturday. Son Dusty and his band The High Riders will be a singing and a whooping it up at Civic Center Park on Saturday for Roy Rogers’ 100th birthday celebration. We need to keep alive that link to Apple Valley’s past with Roy and Dale. That family-oriented western work ethic is what the town built its image upon.