1893, Henry Ford builds the first auto.
T.A. Edison, changing the way the world lives is inventing things like
the phonograph, the movie camera, not to mention the electric
light, and the radio and opens the world's first motion picture
studio--his Black Maria in New Jersey. The world's first
ferries wheel goes up, and the American Buffalo head falls
1,090. The next year Sears is offering seven guitar models in its
catalogue, W.K. Dirckson received a patent for motion picture
film, Marconi sends a radio wave 3/4 mile..."wireless" is born...Edison
demonstrated the Kenetoscope "peepshow" in New
showing 13 seconds of images of Annie Oakley and
1895Louis and Auguste Lumiere patent Cinematograph,
actor Ken Maynard born,
built a wireless system
of transmitting signals at
long distances, and Columbia was manufacturing
hundreds of cylinders daily. Woodville
Latham demonstrated the first use of a moving picture projected on
a screen in NY City. The next year, 1996,George Burns
is born, The
Gramophone is perfected by E.R. Johnson, gold is discovered in Alaska,
and the Nobel Prize is established.
the earliest spring-powered
and Westinghouse builds huge power generators at Niagara
Falls, the 1st auto accident takes place in New York,
and Thomas Edison's Vitoscope an improvement on his 1893 Kinetoscope
Jimmie Rodgers famous Martin Guitar
where we took some great pictures in
the Museum in Meridian, Mississippi
Norm Stevens, who's in
Merle's band, played guitar with
Lefty Frizzell, Merle Haggard and
Buck Page (rt), he formed
the Riders of the Purple Sage in 1936, setting on
after the interview for our Saga
Buck and Norm talking about Jimmie Rodgers,
both of these
ole Troubadours were influenced by
in the 80tys and good friends with Left
James Charles Rodgers is born September 8, 1897, it's a time when
Annie Oakley and Sitting Bull
Bill Cody’s Wild West Show, and trains, nearing 80 miles an
hour began to connect the western territories with the populous eastern cities.
Moving faster than the train, the technological inventions of the day such as the phonograph
radio (the wireless), and the big silver screen (flickers and talkies)
would not only spur
along Jimmie Rodgers’ career, but
would give rise to the Entertainment
Industry itself. Jimmie Rodgers was three years old when the century became nineteen
In 1900, there was less than 10 miles of pavement in the entire U.S., and Casey Jones dies when his train the
wrecks, the next year oil is discovered in Texas, Eldridge Johnson starts Victor
Talking Machine Company, and U.S. Steel Corporation is formed. During this period
of time tuberculosis was afflicting a majority of the population and was
killer. In 1902, “The Great Train Robbery” is released and is the first movie
with a plot. Gibson
begins to make guitars and mandolins, and the novel “The Virginian”
is published. The few
years following would see the Wright Brothers fly at Kitty Hawk, Ford
sells its first car, the first film exchange in America established,
New York open the subway,
and the Pennsylvania Railroad inaugurates the “fastest long distance
train in the world”, then there is the San Francisco Earthquake.
Time and change is at
a rate never known by man...
In 1903Jimmie Rodgers' mother dies and he begins his ramblin'
living with relatives.
Aaron Neville, who has a cut on the
Bob Dylan that we will be using in our
soundtrack came to the old Radio Recorders where we had a great interview
session with him, Buck Page and
Dave Somerville. Jimmie recorded some
of his biggest hits in this room in
1930. Elvis recorded many hits in the room
York City opens their first subway in 1904, the first Baldwin
Locomotive, a big eight-wheeler of the Consolidation type
and Victor Talking Machines opens a new studio in New York.
Aaron Rodgers, Jimmie's dad, marries Ida
Smith and moves to
the the outskirts of Meridian, Miss. where Jimmie moves in with them
next year Einstein presents his "Theory of Relativity", there
are 4 million telephones in use, Bob
Wills is born, the
American Bison Society is formed to save the
buffalo from extinction and "Variety Magazine" begins a weekly
New York. Victor opens its own pressing
plant. That year of 1905, the Union Station railroad
station at 1805 Front Street in Meridian, Miss. is finished.
Tom Mix begins to ride in the Miller Brothers 101 RanchWild
West show near Ponca City, OK.
Jimmie's dad quits the RR and tries farming in Pine Springs.
Jimmie is not getting along with his step-mother and moves to