MERRIMACK, NH: Lone Star Ranch, Reeds Ferry - Pennant

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  • Item Category: Textiles, Clothing & Accessories
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jul 08, 2012
  • Channel: Auction House
The Lone Star Ranch, located in Reeds Ferry, New Hampshire, was opened in 1938 by country radio singer, Baron West. Baron and his friends built the ranch and opened it, featuring country bands and entertainers. In 1940, "Sagebrush" Jim Marshall and his band operated the ranch. In the early days, Elton Britt, Georgia Mae and other New England performers appeared on Sunday afternoons during the summer months. Jim Marshall featured acts from the Grand Ole Opry (, natch), movie stars including the Hoosier Hotshots, and the Sons of the Pioneers. Jim Marshall died in a car accident. In 1942, Ken Lane and his band from Lynn, Mass. and Ken McKenzie of Portland, Maine kept the ranch open. In 1944, the Bar X Boys from Gardner, Mass. and the Circle C Boys and others helped to run the ranch. In 1945, the ranch closed due to World War II. [Evidently in 1946,] Gene LaVerne, popular radio personality and country entertainer, took charge of the Lone Star Ranch. His band was known as The Lone Star Ranch Gang. Under Gene's guidance, the ranch grew in popularity. It featured two concerts plus an open jamboree show every Sunday afternoon. Featured performers included acts such as Roy Acuff, Kitty Wells, and Ernest Tubbs from the Grand Ole Opry, as well as WWVA Jamboree U.S.A. acts from Wheeling, W. Va. Favorites were Yodeling Kenny Roberts, Doc Williams and Chickie, Dusty Owens, and Yodeling Slim Clark." Local performers included Dwight Davis and the Linemen, Dave Miller, Doug Garron, and Clyde Joy and his band. In 1956, Buzz Whittaker purchased the ranch and continued to present top country shows. According to Steve Ashland, a former employee of WMUR-TV, Buzz Whittaker had a weekly television program on WMUR-TV, Channel 9 in the late 1950's. In 1983, Buzz announced that he could no longer continue to keep the ranch open. The Lone Star Ranch closed in October 1983. The two scans overlap each other because I wanted the potential buyer to see both ends of the pennant which measures 4 1/2 inches at its widest part and 11 1/2 inches from end to tip, exclusive of the red streamers. I did not remove the pennant from its original packaging. I will ship it by first-class mail with the same solid backing it came with. Please view item with magnifier provided by Ebay before deciding to purchase the card. ONLY 1 s& charge when multiple cards are purchased at the same time. If you do purchase multiple cards, please allow me to send you an invoice before you pay.