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The Lone Ranger & Tonto
The 10th National Day of the Cowboy
Clayton Moore & Jay Silverheels - Actors
By Dulcy Brightman

The Lone Ranger, Tonto, and Dulcy
When I was a mere child of nine or ten, years old my mother decided that since I was such a fan of the “Lone Ranger”, that I would love to go to the county fair, where Clayton Moore (Actor) a.k.a. the “Lone Ranger”, and Tonto, a.k.a. Jay Silverheels were making an appearance.

So my mother put on her best dress, make-up, and hat that accented her strawberry blond hair, and dressed me in a frock she had sewn just for the occasion. No, I did not have a cowgirl outfit on. My dress was plaid, complete with a red belt, and sturdy black shoes. I wanted to wear jeans, but in the 1950’s little girls wore dresses if they were to attend public events; that was my mother’s opinion anyway. This probably came from her background in fashion, and as the person who developed a new career called “Comparison Shopping”. She was first to do this in Cincinnati, Ohio department stores. Today, Comparison Shopping is used in every major store in America.

To my surprise, we had front row box seats in the large County Fair Stadium Rink, with hay and dirt for the horses that would be ridden by the Lone Ranger and Tonto. Little did I know that my mother and I were in the V.I.P section. It was thrilling to see that so many parents with kids came to this event, and I was astounded to be really close to where my favorite Cowboy and Indian make their appearances.
Finally, the announcement came that the Lone Ranger (Clayton Moore) and Tonto (Jay Silverheels) would ride around in the circular fenced in rink; everybody applauded as they rode in. Soon, Clayton Moore was pulling back the reins of Silver, the horse rearing up, and saying his famous line, “Hi, Ho, Silver…and away!” Well, the response was shouts of joy, and I couldn’t even hear my own voice when I screamed so loudly.

Once around the rink of the stadium, He spotted my mother, who had motioned to him behind my back. He stopped Silver right in front of me, and my mother asked, “Mr. Moore, would you please be so kind as to put my daughter, Dulcy, on Silver and give her a ride?” A smile came across his face as he leaned over in his black mask and beige cowboy hat. He then lifted me onto the front of his western saddle, complete with silver decorations on it, and the strops. There I was in my braids, ribbons, and plaid dress, riding around the rink with the “Lone Ranger.” This was heaven, I thought.

Later, my mother said she felt badly when it appeared that Tonto (Jay Silverheels) had not been asked to ride a child around the rink at that time too; I do recall his face, as he looked so disappointed. Jay Silverheels immediately started lifting kids onto his horse, and riding around behind Moore.

All in all a day that was unforgettable.

~Dulcy


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