Earl and Wilson
"Mayor of Bluffton"
Born: August 1868,
Died: March 1, 1927
Died: December 1, 1936
A musician who played the violin and cornet, Lew Earl drifted into vaudeville with his wife, Florence Jackson. The couple performed a comedy talking and singing act with the Keith circuit under the name Earl and Wilson. A comedy musical act, among the skits was one entitled “Fodder Bill”. As part of the act, Florence sat and sang "In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree" while live snakes crawled out of her hat.
founder of the Actor's Colony with Joe Keaton and Paul Lucier, Wilson purchased
a cottage in the area in 1906, becoming the first Thespian to make Muskegon his
permanent summer home. Because of this, he was commonly referred to as the
"Mayor of Bluffton. An honorary title, Earl would jokingly remind
visitors to the colony that he would defend his political reign in Bluffton
against any and all challengers. He assured them they didn't want to start