Evelyn Fullerton and family will present a musical program about her father, Earl “Chick” Allen, a pioneer of Branson’s entertainment and tourism industry, March 14 at the White River Valley Historical Society’s quarterly meeting.

The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Historical Society Museum, 297 Main Street, Forsyth.

Chick Allen was an original member of the Baldknobbers Jamboree, one of the first public relations representatives for Silver Dollar City, and owner of his own attraction, the former Wash Gibbs Museum, on Hwy. 76 at the Taney-Stone County line. Allen played the jawbone of a mule among other instruments. He was also an expert on home remedies and lectured on Ozark medicinal roots and herbs at Washington University in St. Louis and William Jewel College near Kansas City.

Evelyn Fullerton, Allen’s eldest daughter, will lead a group of family members and guests in a musical tribute. Family members include granddaughters Judy Fullerton Rice and Jewelene Mabe, grandsons Jim Fullerton and Barry Mabe, and great grandson John Fullerton. Guest musicians are Jim Glaspy, Katey Glaspy and Louis Darby.
Jig dancing is also part of the tribute.

Additional information about the White River Valley Historical Society is available by contacting the Museum at 417-546-2210 or emailing to [email protected]. The Museum’s regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

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