Roy's 100th

Remembering Dale: Texas Rose Bascom and Dale Evans

By John Bascom
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

During the height of their popularity, the western singing couple of Dale Evans and Roy Rogers took time to travel the USO tour where they performed at military hospitals and other military installations.

Also on those tours with Dale and Roy, were Gabby Hayes and Texas Rose Bascom.

Texas Rose Bascom was a famous trick and fancy rope artist. Married to the Utah rodeo cowboy Weldon Bascom, she learned to trick rope professionally following a few rope spinning lessons given by her brother-in-law, Earl Bascom.

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Remembering Dale: Personal manager recalls working with Dale

Note: To mark the 100th anniversary of Dale Evans’ birth on Oct. 31, 1912, we are sharing some Apple Valley residents’ memories of the legendary movie star who lived in town from 1967 until her death in 2001.

By Dick Baxter
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

On Oct. 31, all those who loved her will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s favorite cowgirls, movie star Dale Evans.

Dale and her husband Roy Rogers, King of the Cowboys, were dear friends of mine and I was Dale’s manager for more than 17 years.

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Roy Rogers and Dale Evans museum rides back into town

BY RENE DE LA CRUZ
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

Thirty six years after Apple Valley waved goodbye to the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum, one local businessman is bringing those memories back to town.

In September, Sunset Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary will unveil its mini-museum which will be home to hundreds of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans vintage collectables from the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s.

Marcella Taylor, chairman of the Dale Evans Centennial Celebration Committee, plans to give tours of the museum during the special weekend which will honor Evans next month.

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Remembering Dale: Calling her a friend

By Marilyn Pierson
SPECIAL TO THE APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

Let me introduce who we are and how we became involved with Happy Trails Children’s Foundation.

We’re known to most of the Western community as “Slick and Sidekick” — or Curt and Marilyn Pierson. It all started in 1998. For several years we’d been going to celebrity collector shows and became part of the crew for “Jeff’s Star Talk.” His show interviewed Roy and Dale at their Victorville museum, and we got our photos with them. We soon became acquainted with other celebrities.

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Remembering Dale: Dale made her mark in A.V.

Note: To mark the 100th anniversary of Dale Evans’ birth on Oct. 31, 1912, we are sharing some Apple Valley residents’ memories of the legendary movie star who lived in town from 1967 until her death in 2001.

By Marcella Taylor
SPECIAL TO THE APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

Dale and I share the same birthday. Dale and I share the same address. I, like many others, claim her as my own.

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A lasting legacy

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Roy Rogers and Dale Evans loved kids and spent a lifetime devoted to children and children’s charities — including the Happy Trails Children’s Foundation for abused and neglected children.

The Victor Valley Child Abuse Task Force was formed in 1982 with the mission of stemming a rising tide of child abuse, neglect, abandonment and death in the High Desert. In 1992, the name was changed to the Happy Trails Children’s Foundation to reflect the participation and support of Rogers and Evans.

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Roy Rogers: The legend lives

The enduring legacy of Roy Rogers

By Joel Dortch
SPECIAL TO THE APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

Legendary western entertainer Roy Rogers, star of radio, film, records, television and personal appearances, was a hero to millions of fans from the Saturday matinee era throughout the television era.

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Walking in Roy's footsteps

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.”

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Roy Rogers' enduring legacy: Other voices

"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

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Roy Rogers Centennial weekend events

Nov. 5
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.’

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