James F. Moore, Nebraska's "Fiddling Sheepherder"
©2013 by Steve Green
I have been interested in learning more about this person, James F. Moore, who appeared on WWVA Wheeling Jamboree in the 1930s with Cowboy Loye and others using the nickname "Fiddling Sheepherder." I haven't dug deep yet, but have picked up a few items off eBay. There are a few references to Moore on the Web, but surprisingly few. I will post a few links below.
James Francis Moore was born in Seward, Seward County, Nebraska in 1869. He died in West Virginia in 1950 and is buried there.
Here is a nice portrait I found. It is a half-tone printed on card stock and was with several other similar pictures of Cowboye Loye, Shug Fisher and Just Plain John, Moore's radio associates on WWVA.
Here's one with members of the radio gang.
In the photo below, Moore (far left) has become the "Harping Sheepherder" -- The first portrait above shows him with a harmonica as well as a fiddle.
Here's a little souvenir booklet I found several yeas ago. Judging from the way this was written, Moore seems to have been something of a character.
Next, we have a souvenir songbook. Too bad there are no fiddle tunes...
Here is another booklet that I saw online but don't own.
Here is a clipping from the Indiana PA Evening Gazette, June 1, 1937.
Lastly, here is another photo showing the Sheepherder with Cowboy Loye,
Loye's little boy, and others I've not yet identified.