1934 WLS Family Album:
note: Long before Garrison Keillor created "Prairie Home Companion",
WLS writer Bill Meredith penned "Prairie Home". Notable in the cast,
apart from the durable Joe Kelly,
is Cliff Soubier, one of Chicago's most versatile character actors. Years later
he appeared as "Cliffy the Clown" on ABC Television's "Super Circus",
featuring Mary Hartline.
|Meet the "Prairie
Home" folks. You've been hearing this neighborly visit with the John Wilson
family every week for several months. In these sketches, the everyday happenings
in a corn belt farm community are dramatized. The writer of "Prairie Home"
is Bill Meredith. He is a new mwmber of our program writing staff, rather quiet,
but always on the job in helping build better WLS programs.
From left to right, the "Prairie Home" folks are: Ralph Ames (Joe Kelly);
John Wilson (Cliff Soubier); Katherine (Dolores Gillen); Mrs. Julia Wilson (Marie
Nelson); Rev. Mapleston (Wm. Vickland), who has also directed the plays; Editor
Dan Richards (Check Stafford). The only missing member is Harry Rogers (Frank
Dane). Heinie, the hired man; little Eddie Wilson, and Aunt Mattie are portrayed
by Cliff, Dolores and Marie, respectively.
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