This information was taken by permission from articles written by James A. Sherman, Sr., Publisher of the Oxford Leader

Brace Beemer, of Oxford, passed away on March 1, 1965.   For 13 years he was the voice of the Lone Ranger until the show ended on September 3, 1954. He and his wife Leta lived on a farm on West Drahner named "Paint Creek Acres"  where visitors  and those who passed by could see his great white stallion "Silver." He was born in Illinois and lived in Detroit before moving to Oxford.   He is buried in White Chapel cemetery in Troy.


One day in the 1930'she was reading poetry over the radio at an Indianapolis  station  when the sales manager from WXYZ, Detroit heard his voice  and immediately hired him for the Detroit station.  Later, Brace Beemer took over as full time voice of the Lone Ranger when the previous actor was killed in a car accident in April, 1941.


His great initial asset was his deep mellow  voice which was a necessary ingredient for a radio hero.  Physically he also looked the part. People in Oxford, Lake Orion, and around the United States agree that he played the part in real life. "Never cheat the public and never fake an act," he stated.

Brace Beemer and his horse Silver were featured guests around the United States.  He appeared in rodeos, Madison Square Garden, auditoriums, circuses and football games (including the Rose Bowl).  He broadcast the Indianapolis 500 and was a guest of Eleanor Roosevelt at the White House. He also visited many  hospitals in full costume to visit sick children. 


He told Jim Sherman, Sr., his Oxford neighbor, that he had to soak his hand in Epsom salts and pack his arm in ice after long appearance days.  He traveled with 15 custom made costumes, six pair of hand tooled boots, six white Stetsons, and  a hand carved saddle.


Many celebrities of the day became acquaintances of Brace Beemer including FBI director J. Edgar Hoover who was later a pallbearer at Mr. Beemer's funeral.


Beemer  became a  hero to millions of people around the world because he symbolized  many great human qualities in his role as the Lone Ranger. Take a moment to read "The Ranger's Creed" to get a feel for the values the Lone Ranger stands for.(Under "MORE").

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