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July 19, 2012


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I greatly enjoyed the story of my Dad and Uncle Edward. It was mostly accurate but a few details could be clarified.

The twins did not really head for Hollywood soon after earning enough money to do so. They spend several years living in various larger cities in the south. They would establish a daily radio program and announce where they would be performing in surrounding towns throughout the week. My mother met and married Edwin in Birmingham, Al. They soon moved to Orlando, FL. My mother sang with the twins during this time on the radio and in personal appearnces. After my mom and dad divorced I am not aware of him marrying again.

Uncle Edward married Buford Miller's mother first. He later married Foy, Ernest Crisp Miolen's mother. When my mother was married to Edwin, Edward was married to Dorothy from Texas. They met when the twins were performing in Texas. To the best of my knowledge that was Edward's last marriage. But when Edwin died and Edward returned to Dalton, GA. He returned to Foy and they were together until his death.

Tex Ritter had a strong influence on the Milo Twins career. They were in a movie with him and were on his radio program for a long time and traveled with him in personal appearances.

They also appeared a lot with Murle Travis.

Thanks again for your story and thanks much to those who show an interest in the Milo Twins.

I always enjoy Ethelene's stories and posts. This one is especially enjoyable because I am reminded that "Pass the Biscuits, Marandy" was one of my mother's favorite tunes back in the late forties and early fifties; my father sang it a lot for funning. There was a spell when that song seemed to be on everybody's lips so its popularity must have spread all across America. I had forgotten it. I'm not sure I ever knew the artists; now I do. Anyway, thanks for another great post Ethelene.

Please excuse the spelling errors...I've been puttin' up gallon after gallon of blueberries today and I'll be a little bit tared and feel feathered...
Thanks Tipper

and Ethelene...very interesting post...I listened to the music and found the other one too...I also, while I was on a roll, watched and listened to the Hillbilly cartoon of Pass the bisquits Mirandy...at the end of the cartoon, the hillbilly and his wife join the army using her bisquits to shoot the enemy...at the end it said something about supporting the war effort...I wonder if those boys made any money off the cartoon and their song? If you find it is a sterotypical scenario of moountain hillbillies...but still funny...
Thanks Tipper and Ethelene...
I guess they were doing anything to support the war....even shooting Mirandys biscuits...LOL

Ethelene & Tipper: Thanks for another wonderful post! The fact regarding the 'school' in Nashville was of great interest to me - as I taught @ Hillsboro HS for many years BUT did not carry that fact away with me! I will share this post with my brothers/sisters who are 'into' country music!

Eva Nell

Thank you Ethelene. One more piece in the puzzle of our rich Appalachian heritage.
One day that heritage will include Tipper and our blog, Pap and the Wilson's singing, and a set of girl twins singing, dancing and playing!

We can always count on Mrs. Jones
to bring us information on our
neck of the woods. Thank you,
Ethelene for the research and hope
you have a big crowd at Choestoe

An interesting post! I am slowly learning to appreciate country music. I didn't grow up with it, so I am getting there.

Loved the post! I was born in Ducktown...just a hoot 'n holler from Copperhill.

Tipper, Thanks for posting my Milo Twins article. I enjoyed writing it, and especially the responses from various readers after it first appeared in The News Observer, Blue Ridge, GA. And as to "addiction" to genealogy, I guess I have a double-blast of that! I will be leaving later today to go Blairsville, GA where on Saturday, July 21 the big Dyer-Souther Heritage Association clan will gather for our annual reunion at Choestoe Baptist Church. Many will come from "all over" for our once-a-year day, program, eating too much, and sharing genealogical information--among other things--not to mention the joy of being together! I invite you readers to see how you might "fit in." We will welcome you! And thanks in advance for the good comments on the Milo Twins' article. Thanks, Tipper, for telling us where we can log onto their music!
Have a wonderful weekend. I'll be busy, busy until Monday or Tuesday. I devote from now to then to the Dyer-Souther gathering!

I am amazed at all the information that keeps coming out
of Appalachia, just down the road
a piece. I have friends that use
to work in the mines at Copper
Basin, some are still living. You
can still see the copper in the road that leads down through the
Ocoee Gorge to Benton, Tenn...Ken

It's fascinating to me to explore the genealogy of our families. By learning what came before you, you can somewhat predict what might happen in the future. It's not by chance that your family is filled with music ability. I enjoy your playlist every time I land on The Blind Pig.

Perhaps a warning to all you folks. This is Genealogical Danger Zone. One misstep and you'll be addicted too. Before I had finished paragraph two, I'm already wondering how I could be related to The Milo Twins. Farther down I gleaned a bit info about Tippers birthplace. It's only 6 am, what else might I find in today's post.

Genealogical Addiction often interferes with your ability to drink, party, carouse, lust and loaf. It has a narcotic effect that prevents the uptake of many illicit pharmacological concoctions. It also can inhibit proper hydration and the ingestion of necessary nutrients.

Another good one Tipper. Thanks Ethelene!!

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