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Fred Lynch

Roy Acuff at SEMO District Fair

Posted Friday, September 12, 2014, at 12:00 AM

Roy Acuff meets fellow Republicans at Fair (G.D. Fronabarger photo)

Sept. 13, 1958 Southeast Missourian

Roy Acuff Talks With Republican Candidates During Stay at Fair

Roy Acuff interrupted a whirlwind schedule Friday night to meet local Republican candidates at the District Fair. Shown from left are Mr. Acuff; Roy Kurre, candidate for coroner; Herb Brune, candidate for treasurer; Bill Frye, candidate for prosecuting attorney; and Herb Brase, candidate for recorder.

Mr. Acuff, often billed as America's favorite folk singer, was nominated three times by Tennessee Republicans as their candidate for governor.

Early in the evening Mr. Acuff, as charming off stage as he is on stage, dropped by the Republican Headquarters tent at the Fair to meet the other candidates.

He provided another thrill for two young Cape Girardeau musicians, Tom Cotner and Lee Norman, who had been performing at the Republican tent. Tom and Lee not only realized a longtime dream by talking with Mr. Acuff, but he also told them that he would like to hear them play. They intend to accept his invitation as soon as possible.

Mr. Acuff left immediately after the show here for Tyler, Tex.

Editor's note:

Each of the candidates pictured with Acuff lost to Democrats in the 1958 election.

Dr. A.L. Schrader was elected coroner over Roy Kurre. Elmer R. Schaper defeated Herb Brune for treasurer. Richard E. Snider beat Bill Frye for prosecuting attorney. Hope Morton was elected recorder over Herbert Brase.

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Triple Ferris Wheels at SEMO Fair

SEMO Fair parking circa 1940


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