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  • Aug 31, 1903
    Jimmy Dean is born. The brother of western star Eddie Dean, he appears with him for three years on "The National Barn Dance" out of Chicago, and performs in Foy Willing's New Riders Of The Purple Sage
    Dec 1, 1903
    A 12-minute motion picture, "The Great Train Robbery," makes its debut. It's the first western feature in history
    Dec 6, 1903
    Fiddler Hugh Farr is born in Llano, Texas. Along with brother Karl Farr, he joins the Sons Of The Pioneers, a western harmony act that enters the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980 on the strength of the classics "Tumblin' Tumbleweeds" and "Cool Water"
    Feb 18, 1904
    John Wills marries Emma Lee Foley. The couple has 10 children, four of whom are destined to become western-swing musicians: Bob Wills, Johnnie Lee Wills, Billy Jack Wills and Luke Wills
    Feb 27, 1904
    Bessie Burk is born. At age 20, she becomes the wife of Paul Trietsch, Hot Shot Hezzie in the WLS comedic troupe The Hoosier Hot Shots
    Sep 17, 1905
    "Back In The Saddle Again" songwriter Ray Whitley's future wife, Kay, is born
    Jan 1, 1906
    Harry Nolan marries Flora Hussey. The union produces a son, Bob Nolan, who writes the western classics "Cool Water" and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" as a member of The Sons Of The Pioneers
    Jun 6, 1906
    Asher Sizemore is born in Manchester, Kentucky. With his four-year-old son, he trots out a duo in the 1930s, Asher Sizemore & Little Jimmy, which becomes a major country act via the Grand Ole Opry
    Jun 22, 1906
    "Who's Sorry Now?" songwriter Ted Snyder marries French actress Hope Snyder
    Apr 21, 1907
    Banjo player Wade Mainer is born in Buncombe County, North Carolina. He performs in brother J.E. Mainer's band, The Mountaineers, eventually forming his own bluegrass-related band and playing at the White House for President Roosevelt

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