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Chief Yowlachie
Sometimes spelled Yowlatchie

(Courtesy of Ed Phillips)

Above from L-to-R are Blue Cloud (in his only film?), Richard Arlen and a very young Chief Yowlachie (1891 - 1966) in SANTE FE TRAIL (1930).

Chief Yowlachie's real name was Daniel Simmons but he was AKA Daniel Yowlatchie. He was born in Kitsap County, Washington in 1891 and his Native American heritage was Puyallup.

His film work began in the mid 1920s, portraying Native Americans in silent oaters starring Tim McCoy and Ken Maynard ... and he was still working circa 1960.

He did offbeat and different roles, and one that comes to mind is Yowlachie as the "King of the Rock people" in the serial, FLASH GORDON CONQUERS THE UNIVERSE (Universal, 1940).

And I always smile when remembering Walter Brennan (as 'Nadine Groot') in RED RIVER (1948). Brennan loses his false teeth in a poker game to Chief Yowlachie (as 'Quo') and has to borrow them to eat.

You may want to go to the In Search Of ... page on the Old Corral, and then to the California Death Index. There you will find a record for Daniel Yowlachie, born 8/15/1891 in Washington, and he passed away on 3/7/1966. There is a corresponding record in the Social Security Death Index (SSDI).

  Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Chief Yowlachie:

Wikipedia biography of Chief Yowlachie:

Death and funeral notice for Daniel Simmons / Chief Yowlachie in the March 11, 1966 Van Nuys News and Valley Green Sheet:

Find A Grave has a photo of the marker for Chief Yowlachie at Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park, North Hollywood, California:

(Courtesy of Dale Crawford & Jim Sorensen)
Valhalla Memorial Park, North Hollywood, California, Section Graceland # 6514.

(Courtesy of Ed Phillips)

Above from L-to-R are a young Chief Yowlachie, Monte Blue (as RCMP Sgt. Devlin), Tully Marshall (in colorful vest), and on the far right is Bull Montana. Scene from TIGER ROSE (1929).

(From Old Corral collection)

Above from L-to-R are Robert 'Bobby' Blake (as Little Beaver), Frank Lackteen, Chief Yowlachie, John War Eagle, and kneeling is Billy Cummings.  Lobby card from OREGON TRAIL SCOUTS (Republic, 1947), one of the Red Ryder adventures starring Allan Lane.

Above from left to right are Frank Lackteen, Chief Yowlachie and John War Eagle in a crop/blowup from the above lobby card.

(From Old Corral collection)

Above is another lobby card from OREGON TRAIL SCOUTS.  From L-to-R are Roy Barcroft, unidentified player (possibly Pat Michaels), Martha Wentworth, John War Eagle, Chief Yowlachie, and on horseback is Frank Lackteen.

John War Eagle on the left, Chief Yowlachie on right and Frank Lackteen on horseback in a crop/blowup from the above lobby card.

(Courtesy of Ed Phillips)

Chief Yowlachie (left) as 'Charlie Lightfoot' and Billy Wilkerson (background right) as 'Lazy Mouse' in a crop from a production still from TULSA (1949).

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from L-to-R are Frank Lackteen, Chief Yowlachie, Gene Autry and Chief Thunder Cloud (Victor Daniels) in a scene from Autry's INDIAN TERRITORY (1950).  Notice the difference in Yowlachie's face from the SANTE FE TRAIL photo (at the top of this webpage) which was filmed twenty years earlier.

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