Sunday, February 12, 2017

Walter Brennan, movie and TV star, was greeted at the airport by the 59ers and Fair Farmerettes on July 25 1963 while on his way to Chief Joseph Days. The motorcade took him to his birthday party at the Marcus Whitman Hotel. File photos courtesy of the Union-Bulletin.

Brennan bought a ranch and home near Joseph, Oregon in 1940. He was a regular in the Chief Joseph Days parades, and was the Parade Marshal in 1969.
Brennan was presented with a Walla Walla 59ers shirt.

Captured by the 59ers...

...and taken to the Whitman Hotel with a motorcycle police escort.

Police Chief Bert Watts at the wheel

Judy Curcio, Fairest Farmerette of 1963

Parking meter maid with Brennan

Brennan was known as Grandpa Amos McCoy on the TV show "Real McCoys"