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Big Slim, The Lone Cowboy
Born:  May 9, 1904
Died:  October 13, 1966
WWVA Original Jamboree
WPIT Pittsburgh, PA
WWVA Wheeling, WV

He was born in Bluefield, WV in a farm home. His father was a horse and cattle dealer and they owned a 750 acre tract of land.

Became an orphan at the tender age of 8 and had to make his own way from there and didn't get much education. He said he left home at the age of 11, and left behind his four sisters and one brother.

Ran an engine for 3 or 4 months on the big "URR", but heard the call of the wild again, resigned and went back to what he called home.

At the time he was married to a Pennsylvania girl, he wrote, but she didn't seem to like that.

He moved back east in 1929 and on to radio and felt like he had gained thousands of friends. He said while on the radio, his big goal was to make it in the movies.
—From a page called "My Life Story....." in a little song folio called "Big Slim - The Lone Cowboy Favorite Songs" and attributed to Big Slim (no copyright date or publisher listed)

Timeline and Trivia Notes

  • Real name H.C. McAulife
  • Fall, 1915, classified as high junior trick rider of all rodeos
  • In 1922, firing on the railroad
  • In 1927, became an engineer

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