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Guide to the Tona and Buckeye Blake Collection

Tona and Buckeye Blake Collection, 1912 & 1940s
1 folder
Location: 0143
Accession #: 1985.002

Two photographs are included in the collection, one of which features the Arizona Wranglers in a group shot. A letter from Tona & Buckeye Blake to W.H. Porter is written on the reverse side.

No biographical information for Tona & Buckeye Blake accompanied this collection when it was received by the Museum as a gift in 1985. Since one of the most interesting photographs in the collection concerns the Arizona Wranglers, a brief description of this singing group is included.

Arizona Wranglers
The group began singing together when they worked at the XXX Rootbeer Drive-in in Phoenix, Arizona. Later, the initial three members that formed the Arizona Wranglers in 1930 could be identified as "Hossfly," J. E. Patterson (nickname: "Nubbins") and Charles Hunter (nickname: "Iron Tail").

The Arizona Wranglers in early 1930s consisted of Calvin Short (nickname: "Sleepy"), Laverne F. Costello (nickname: "Slicker"), Joe Ivins (nickname: "Hungry"), Leonard "Len" Dossey (nickname: "Dynamite"), J. E. Patterson (nickname: "Nubbins"), Charles Hunter (nickname: "Iron Tail"), and Loyal Underwood (nickname: "The Sheriff"). These are the names of those pictured in the photograph in the collection.

“Music Mountain.” Website. http://www.b-westerns.com/singing3.htm

Inscription on the reverse side of Arizona Wranglers photograph (1985.002.2):

Dear Mr. Porter,
This Sheriff is too much. Thought you might like a Arizona momento… Loved your letter. They’re getting better every time. Buck & I both had a nice smile while reading it. How ‘bout some great Mexican food at our house? I just got 50 lbs of wonderful Mexican peppers from New Mexico that make great chili rellenos...

Buck finally sent the photos to Dean & we told him to show you them. Fannie came out great & I do hope & pray he likes them & gets back to us soon. We’ll be going to Tucson on the 18th of Nov. to be there for a show with the Mountain Oysters Club at the Tucson Art Museum. Nov. 28. Will you be going to Arizona then?

I bought a horse sight unseen from Colorado. Everyone says I’m nuts but I just have a great feeling about him & he looks like a horse that I’ve had for 23 years that is slowing down a bit…

It’s sunny & wonderful here in Montana. We don’t get to the movies too often though I did see the previews for “An Officer and A Gentleman.” It’s 65 miles to the movies up here & I hate the drive home dodging all the deer & antelope on the roads home. I think what you need is one of those typewriters you think into & they type it for you… Although I love your letters.

I hope our book is a success as I’m planning on a trip to Zandeabar as soon as my ship comes in & I’m going to lay on the beach, drink coconuts & pick shells right from my chair. I think being rich could be really fun. Well we hope you like the photo & please write soon – I’m getting used to your letter. Mexican food, huh?

P.S. I saw a letter to Teresa Jordan via Cowboy Hall of Fame. If that’s what the Callos want. Come see us! Tona & Buckeye.

Scope & Content Note  

This collection contains two photographs. One photograph is of Ed Echols on his horse, taken in 1912. The other photograph is of the original Arizona Wranglers and the Sheriff, taken in the 1940s, and inscribed to W.H. Porter from Buckeye and Tona, August, Montana, 1982.

Subject Terms  

Personal Names:
Arizona Wranglers
Costello, Laverne F.
Dossey, Leonard
Echols, Ed, 1879-
Hunter, Charles
Ivins, Joe
Patterson, J. E.
Short, Calvin
Underwood, Loyal, 1893-1966

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Processing Information  

This collection was accessioned in 1985. The scope and content note was written by librarian Karen Spilman in March 2003. The current finding aid was written and posted online by archivist/librarian Laura Anne Heller in November 2009.

Ownership & Literary Rights  

The Tona and Buckeye Blake Collection is the property of the Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Literary right, including copyright, belongs to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, with the exception of copyrighted artwork images and published literary works, which are the property of the respective copyright holders. It is the responsibility of the researcher, and his/her publisher, to obtain publishing permission from individuals pictured, relevant copyright holders, and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Restrictions on Access  

The collection is open for research. It is advisable for researchers to discuss their proposed research with staff prior to visiting the Center.

Preferred Citation  

Tona and Buckeye Blake Collection, Box ##, Folder ##, Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Container List  

Series 1: Tona & Buckeye Blake Collection
Photographs have been cataloged in the Image Archive Database, but none have been scanned yet.
Box/Folder # Accession # Folder Title/Description
1/7 1985.002.2 Best Regards from the Arizona Wranglers and the Sheriff, Radio K.N.X. 1940 ca. Photograph, b&w, 12x8.25 in. Mounted, hand written note on back & front from Tona & Buckeye Blake to W. H. Porter.
1985.002.3 Ed Echols on his favorite horse Ribbon, Calgary, Canada Sept 7, 1912. Photograph, b&w, 11x14 in. Copy, original had a hand written note from Ed Echols to Bob Horner dated June 15, 1948 on it.
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