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Jarkey's last full season came in 1963 and the casino closed shortly after.
"It was the best of times in my career," Jarkey told The Bay City Times in 1977.
Three years later, he hosted "Fun House," a Saturday morning game show for kids, also on the TV station.
But it was the three decades, beginning in the mid-1930s, spent headlining shows at the Wenona Beach Casino in Bay City on the Saginaw Bay where Jarkey left his mark, becoming a summer tradition for several generations of fans.
"He was away from home a lot when he was on the circuit," she said. My sister and I knew we didn't want that kind of life." Last August, in Palms Desert, California, Jarkey's family threw a 100th birthday party for the entertainer.
Singer and actor Jerry Vale, who was also a close friend of Jarkey's, died about a month ago on May 14.He never met Harry Jarkey, but was impressed by his celebrity status in Bay City.For his 99th birthday, he ran an advertisement in The Times, asking for people to send birthday cards to the entertainer."I toured all winter, but everything stopped in time for Memorial Day, opening in Bay City, with shows every night in the casino and a summer at the shore with the family." At the height of his career in the 1940s, the Detroit Free Press called the comedian's show, Jarkey Power, a "raffish good humor coupled with an onion chopper salesmanship delivery that can never be ignored.He bubbles and bounces all over the place telling jokes, playing his horn and guitar, and for Jarkey fans, it's all funny." The Saginaw News wrote, "Harry, it seems, can work under any situation and for any length of time.
"He had a great life, and it was amazing that so many people were able to celebrate his 100th year," she said.