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(Image courtesy of Ed Phillips)

Above is a great 1930s shot of Buck and his family ... and his several horses. From L-to-R are "Silver", Dell Jones, "Sandy", daughter Maxine Evelyn Jones, "Eagle" and Buck.

Maxine was born February 9, 1918. She married Noah Beery, Jr. in 1940 and the couple were divorced in 1965. Maxine married comic book and western magazine illustrator and portrait painter Nicholas Samuel FirFires (1917-1990) in 1969. Maxine Jones FirFires passed away on August 22, 1990 in California. See links at the bottom of this webpage - distraught over the death of his wife, Nicholas FirFires committed suicide on September 22, 1990.

Below is a blowup from the above image with a closer look of "Silver", Dell, "Sandy", and Maxine.

(Image courtesy of Ed Phillips)

(Courtesy of Larry Imber)
In the 1984 photo left are Larry Imber and Dell Jones, Buck's widow, at her California home ... decorated with all the photos and paintings of Buck.

Buck and Odille Dorothy Osborne were married August 11, 1915 in Lima, Ohio. Dell Jones passed away on April 16, 1996 at the age of 95.


Some writers have noted that Jones' costume was workmanlike, not gaudy, and certainly not as flamboyant or showy as Mix or Maynard.  I disagree. Buck often wore THAT shirt, either in a light or dark color, with the drawstring neck and little horseshoes on the collar (shown below).  And he wore THAT gunbelt for years. He also used various hat styles in several colors.

I would suggest that it was at the end of his career - at Monogram in the Rough Riders - that Jones settled on the more workmanlike shirt and blue jeans ... but he still wore THAT durn gunbelt (shown on the left).

(From Old Corral image collection)

Above - Peggy Campbell restrains Buck in a scene from WHEN A MAN SEES RED (Universal, 1934).

(From Old Corral image collection)

Above - Buck Jones and Silver watchin' the trail.

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from L-to-R are Sarah Padden, Bud Osborne, Buck Jones and Christine McIntyre in the Rough Riders' RIDERS OF THE WEST (Monogram, 1942).  Jones' range wear now consisted of blue jeans, jean jacket, and a different hat style. Christine McIntyre was the resident leading lady in the Columbia Pictures short subjects unit, and today is best remembered for her work in about three dozen two-reelers starring the Three Stooges.

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Jones' status and name recognition brought him many endorsement deals including Royal Crown Cola, Daisy B-B guns, and Post Grape Nuts Flakes.


The figures below are from various film reference books and newspaper articles. We'll correct or add if new or adjusted salary information becomes available.

$2500.00 per WEEK at the tail end of his Fox contract circa 1927. (At that time, Tom Mix's salary at Fox was reported to be $17,500.00 per WEEK.)

$300.00 per WEEK for his eight film series for producer Sol Lesser circa 1930.

$500.00 per WEEK when Columbia assumed control of the Sol Lesser westerns.

$1,000.00 per WEEK for Buck's initial contract with Universal in the mid 1930s (as the replacement for Ken Maynard). Additional dollars were paid to Jones for authoring the stories used in his films. Buck had his own production unit at Universal.

Universal boosted Buck's salary to $25,000.00 per FILM plus a percentage of the profits.

$16,000.00 per FILM for the Coronet six-film series released in 1937-1938.


There were a bunch of comics and 'books' related to Jones.  More info and details will follow.

(Courtesy of Minard Coons)

(Courtesy of Bill McCann)

(Courtesy of Bill McCann)

Want a lot more details and nitty-gritty on Buck Jones?  Western film expert Buck Rainey has authored a couple books: one detailing the Jones silents and the second covering the Jones talkies. The publisher was Ron and Linda Downey's World of Yesterday, which sadly, is no longer publishing due to the passing of Ron Downey. You may be able to locate used copies of these out-of-print books. On the Old Corral homepage, click on the menu item Books-Print Media-Newsletters-Photos, and then run searches on the various used book websites.


Make sure to read the 'Cocoanut Grove Fire Controversy' article by Boyd Magers.  You can find it off the Old Corral homepage.  There's also sections devoted to the Rough Riders, to Tim McCoy, and under 'Saddle Pals & Sidekicks', there's a bit more info on Raymond Hatton.

  Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on Buck Jones:

Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website notes that Jones was cremated:
Find A Grave also has info on the Cocoanut Grove Memorial in Boston:

It's always interesting to click through excerpts of newspaper headlines and clippings at the Google newspaper archives at: While some of the articles are free, many go to newspaper websites where you have to pay to retrieve the full article.
The following link will take you to a mix of free and pay articles about Buck Jones and the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire:
This link will take you to the last photo of Buck which was taken during a visit with a little girl at the Children's Hospital in Boston a few hours before the Cocoanut Grover fire :,1558499&dq=buck-jones+hospital&hl=en

Alan Simon has created a website about the Mar-Ken School in Sherman Oaks, California. For a time, the school was located at 14050 Magnolia Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, the former home of Buck and Dell Jones. The main house, a barn and an out-building were demolished in March, 1980 to make way for the enormous apartment (condo) complex. There's photos of Buck Jones' house, some facts about Buck and Dell, and a history of the school at:

For years, Dominick Marafioti ran the "National Buck Jones Rangers of America" and also coordinated the annual Buck Jones Festival in New York. Sad to report that Dom passed away in 2004. The Buck Jones Rangers of America and Festival website was at:, but is no longer working.

YouTube has the Buck Jones Rangers tune sung by tenor Frank Luther:

The Circus Historical Society has an article by Fred J. Pfening, Jr. on the short-lived Buck Jones Wild West Show and Round Up Days. When you get to this webpage, you'll need to scroll down toward the bottom for Fred's writeup:

The Circus Museum in Baraboo, Wisconsin has one of the original wagons from the Buck Jones Circus:

Dave Smith's 'When Movies Were Movies' site has a section on Hoosiers, and his profile on Jones is at:

The Chamber of Commerce for Knox County, Indiana, is located in Buck's hometown of Vincennes, and their website is at:

Some info on Buck and Big Little Books is at:

Maxine Jones married Nickolas S. Firfires on August 11, 1969 in Santa Barbara, California. There are several spelling variations of his first name - Nickolas, Nikolas, Nicholas, Nicolas. Both were 51 years old:

More info about Nicholas FirFires can be found at:

The Autry National Center museum has some six-guns, photos and other Buck Jones memorabilia:

Buck Jones does have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame:

In 1973, Buck Jones was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma:

Buck Jones was one of the early recipients of a Golden Boot award, and he received that recognition at the 1984 award ceremony. If you want more info, go to the Golden Boot Awards page on the Old Corral.

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