Curator's note: "Arkie" fans may also wish to see him featured in the 1934, 1941 and 1954 WLS Family Almbums

Arkie in studio The Arkansas Woodchopper has been called "Arkie" so long that even his closest friends have almost forgotten his real name (Luther Ossenbrink). Native of the Ozark Mountains, he actually has chopped wood, and "rode leather all day long."

Why does Arkie laugh right out in the middle of a song? We're sorry we can't show you movies of the real reasons.

Imagine the Maple City Four down on all fours like a drove of pigs, and Ralph Emerson waving his arms and chasing them right in front of Arkie. You'd laugh too.

At the Illinois State Fair folks came in at five o'clock in the morning to watch the program as well as listen to it. This picture (at the right), with Arkie in the middle, was taken at seven o'clock in the morning as the boys were going out to breakfast. Arkie at state fair

Arkie at Indiana State Fair The picture at the left was taken in the Prairie Farmer tent at the Indiana State Fair. Many thousands of our friends were there, and Arkie and the others are still talking about the good times they had.

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