Lum and Abner


Chester Lauck

Born on February 9, 1902 in Alleene, Arkansas

Died on Februarry 21, 1980 in Hot Springs, Arkansas after a brief illness

Norris Goff

Born on May 30, 1906 in Cove, Arkansas

Died on June 7, 1978 in Palm Desert, California of a stroke


NBC, MBS, BLUE, CBS, ABC, 1931-1953

A comedy centering around Lum Edwards and Abner Peabody, co-owners of the Jot 'em Down Store in Pine Ridge, Arkansas. The title roles were played by Chester Lauck and Norris Goff, both college-educated natives of Arkansas. Although there was a 30-minute version from 1948-1950, the program was usually a daily 15-minute show. Each episode was a dialogue between Lum and Abner and various other rustic characters, all of whom were played by Lauck and Goff during the early years of the show. There were no women's voices for the first several years, although Zazu Pitts and Edna Best appeared regularly in the late 1940s. The Jot 'em Down store was based on a general store owned by Goff's father in Waters, Arkansas. Pine Ridge itself was mythical, but the town of Waters officially changed its name to Pine Ridge in 1936.