The 1954 WLS Family Album:

Bob Atcher

Curator's note: Though Bob Atcher (1914-1993) is known to Chicagoans primarily as a radio and television performer, his role as one of the city fathers of suburban Schaumburg should not be ignored. Two years after this Family Album was published, Atcher, who owned a farm in Palatine Township of Cook County, encouraged his rural neighbors to incorporate the town of Schaumburg (the previous year neighboring O'Hare Airport had embarked on its initial expansion). Atcher eventually served as Schaumburg's mayor for a number of years. Following the Prairie Farmer years at WLS, he was on the cutting edge of urban sprawl.

Bob Atcher sings traditional and modern western songs with ability and sincerity. He is a friendly, capable master of ceremonies on the National Barn Dance. He loves children and they love him. Born near West Point, Ky., reared there and on the family's North Dakota ranch, Bob early learned to know both his folk songs and ranch life. Small wonder he is well known as the WLS "Top Hand of the Cow-Hands".

Robert Atcher,2, is observed by cute little Mary, nearly one, and mother Maggie as daddy Bob gives him a lesson in cowboy cookery. The Atchers live in their own farm home near suburban Palatine. Maggie, who sings duets with Bob on occasion, was formerly Marguerite Whitehall of Chicago.

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