When Buster Brown And Tige Came To Town!

Janella Hendon of Dublin recently mentioned how interesting it is that towns like Comanche and Dublin once had such amazing people walking though them. I was reminded of that when quite accidentally I came across something I had long forgotten…the fact that Buster Brown and his sidekick doggie, Tige, once chugged their way into Comanche on the Frisco, delighting everyone who saw them!


Now, if you are my age or older, you will remember well the fact that Buster Brown was once THE brand in children’s clothing.  Old Buster was more expensive, but he didn’t shrink and he could stand up to 100s of playing hours, remember?  What most of us are way too young to remember is that Buster Brown and his dog, Tige, were once upon a time real characters, and in the day before radio and television, the duo did a live act to promote Buster Brown shoes and clothing.

In April of 1912, the crowd was large that turned out in front of “the stage” at the Burks-Simmons Company to join in the fun. Although I have no record of just what Buster had to say, apparently Tige was a big hit as he smoked cigarettes, jumped through hoops, and playfully pulled off the shoes of the little boys gathered there…all to promote Buster Brown and the Burks-Simmons Company who sold the line.

And like Janella, I’m left thinking “WOW!”

About Fredda Jones

Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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