The Shady Rest motel is owned was Kate Bradley who runs it with her daughters Bobbie Jo, Billie Jo, and Betty Jo. She has a problem with her lazy Uncle Joe who always tries to make money for the motel or himself from numerous silly schemes. They travel to Sam Drucker's Store by the Cannonball an old time train run by Charlie Pratt with Floyd Smoot the conductor.
Last Episode07x26 Betty Jo's Business Aired: Apr. 04, 1970
Betty Jo Elliott starts a day nursery to augment the family income.
Series Fun Facts
- During the first two years Pat Woodell played Bobbie Jo as a singing bookworm while Billie Jo (Jeannine Riley) was a flirty playgirl. By the end of the run with different actresses, the…
[show]During the first two years Pat Woodell played Bobbie Jo as a singing bookworm while Billie Jo (Jeannine Riley) was a flirty playgirl. By the end of the run with different actresses, the characters were almost reversed, with Lori Saunders Bobbie Jo as a fun-loving, somewhat man-crazy ditz and Meredith MacRae playing Billie Jo as a quiet girl in search of a singing career.
- The only members of the cast to remain with the series throughout its entire run were Edgar Buchanan, Frank Cady and Linda Henning.
- Based on the stories told to Paul Henning by his wife, who had spent summers in Eldon, Missouri, at a small hotel located near the train station.