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Cronenbold, Edward Leon “Tookie” (1909-1981)



  • Existence: 1909 - 1981


Edward Leon Cronenbold (born 1909) also known as “Tuscon” or “Tookie,” was an original member of the Texas Rangers. The Rangers were an eight-man western-inspired band who were mainstays on Arthur B. Church’s KMBC CBS affiliate from 1930s – 1950s. They were known for their trademark white hats. Among Church’s programming, the Rangers were particularly successful. Cronenbold was a bass vocalist, and could also play a variety of instruments. He also appeared in a musical role in several western films, sometimes with the Rangers and sometimes not. Films in which he appeared include Oregon Trail (1939 – uncredited role as a fiddle player in a wagon train) and Streets of Ghost Town (1950). Cronenbold died in 1981 in Clay County, Missouri.

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Edward "Tookie" Cronenbold Collection

Identifier: MS-0126
Scope and Contents

Cronenbold was a member of the Texas Rangers, a western band that was active in the 1930s and 1940s and appeared on radio programs such as the Brush Creek Follies. The collection consists of recordings of the Texas Rangers and interviews with Cronenbold.

Dates: 1978 - 1981