Hooterville, USA - Midwestern farm
community featured on the rural situation comedy PETTICOAT
JUNCTION/CBS/1963-70 and GREEN ACRES/CBS/1965-71. One of the
prominent buildings on the outskirts of Hooterville was the Shady
Rest Hotel located at the end of a railway line (C.F. & W. Railroad)
that runs from Hooterville to neighboring town of Pixley. Widow Kate
Bradley (Bea Benaderet) owned The Shady Rest Hotel and ran her
humble establishment with the help of her slow-moving brother Uncle
Joe Carson (Edgar Buchanan) and Kate's three beautiful eligible
daughters Betty Jo (Linda Kaye-Henning); Bobbie Jo (Lori Saunders)
and Billie Jo (Jeannine Riley/Gunilla Hutton/Meredith MacRae).
Shady Rest Hotel Water
The Shady Rest Hotel’s location is also known as "Petticoat
Junction" because during the summer time, Kate’s daughters would
drape their petticoats over the water town used for refueling the
local train [The Cannonball] while they went swimming inside the
roofless elevated structure. According to Uncle Joe [Hooterville’s
fire chief], the Shady Rest Hotel is haunted by the ghost of Chester
W. Farnsworth, a former hotel guest.
Other locals to visit the Shady Rest were train engineers Charley
Pratt (Smiley Burnette); Floyd Smoot (Rufe Davis); and Wendell Gibbs
(Bryon Foulger); local physician Dr. Barton "Doc" Stuart (Regis
Toomey), and later Dr. Janet Craig (June Lockhart); crop dusting
pilot, Steve Elliot-Betty Jo's boyfriend; grocery store owner, Sam
Drucker (Frank Cady); game warden, Orrin Pike (Jonathan Daly) and
Kate's arch-rival Selma Plout (Virginia Sale/Elvia Allman).
Newcomers to the town of Hooterville included transplanted New
Yorkers Oliver Wendell Douglas (Eddie Albert) and his wife, Lisa
(Eve Gabor) who purchased a dilapidated farm located four miles
outside the town of Hooterville called "Green Acres." Oliver
purchased the farm sight unseen and discovered to his dismay a farm
filled with clutter, broken boards, fallow fields, and a telephone
mounted on top of the telephone pole. But despite the drawbacks,
Oliver decided to stick it out and make the farm a success.
The Cannonball and Citizens of Hooterville
Most of the time, Hooterville is a quiet little town, but there was
one thing that always gets people shaking in their boots. That was
the Curse of Molly Turgiss. It seems long ago (c.1822) a woman named
Molly Turgiss lived in Hooterville. As she grew up none of the
children would play with her because she was so ugly. Townspeople
shunned her and she never had a boyfriend. She was, however, popular
with the dogs because she was shaped like a dog biscuit.
Molly left town ("She was uglied out of town") but swore that she
would return one day to haunt them all. Her threat came true and now
the ghost of Molly Turgiss roamed the countryside, physically
tormenting (throwing objects, stealing cars, etc.) anyone who would
dare mention her name. On the wall of Sam Drucker's General Store
sat a sign with the message "Checker Players: No discussing
Politics, Religion and You Know Who"
As Mr. Douglas further
investigated the legend he was kicked, pummeled and generally
taunted by the spirit of Molly. When local conman and salesman Mr.
Haney mentioned her name, the ghost of Molly drove his truck to the
town of Pixley and parked it in front of a fire hydrant.
townsfolk were afraid of Molly, Lisa Douglas sympathized with
Molly's plight and offered her help. "There's nothing to be sad
about. You're only as ugly as you look," Lisa said. With a few kind
words and a couple of jars of cold cream, Lisa transformed Molly's
Now happy, Molly promised to stop haunting the
people in Hooterville. But not before smashing the guitar of Mr.
Douglas because he sang a folk song about the Molly Turgiss legend
that contained the uncomplimentary repetitive hook line about Molly
"By golly as ugly as sin."
See also FARMS & RANCHES:
"The Douglas Farm" and TRAINS:
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