Saturday, June 30, 2012

To Wade and Chic

06-30-2012 03;51;44PM by bucklesw1
06-30-2012 03;51;44PM, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.

Today's RBBB pictures were taken by John Cutler seen above at right on the Wallace Bros. midway in 1941, accompanied by Bill Woodcock and Andy Campbell.

1952 RBBB #1 (From Jim Cole)

60 years ago today....June 30, 1952 Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus played Newport, RI

1952 RBBB #2

1952 RBBB #3

1952 RBBB #4

1952 RBBB #5

1952 RBBB #6

1952 RBBB #7

1952 RBBB #8

1952 RBBB #9

From Chic Silber

RBNEWWQ by bucklesw1
RBNEWWQ, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.

Hi Buckles

Manatee County records show the transfer

of the buildings & property at 2001 N US 301

in Ellenton about a mile & a half from the outlet mall

to Feld Entertainment for $8.35 mil with mortgage by BAC

The 47 acre site features 100,000 square feet of office space

and another 450,000 square feet of manufacturing space

Originally developed by The Siemens Corp

the facility was most recently occupied by General Electric

It has a twin rail spur from the branch line to Palmetto

Some rather interesting information about the principals

"Can't tell the players without the program"

Friday, June 29, 2012

1950 Dailey Bros. #1

06-28-2012 12;25;51PM by bucklesw1
06-28-2012 12;25;51PM, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.

Delighted to receive this program from Roger Smith to add to my collection.

1950 Dailey Bros. #2

06-28-2012 01;28;07PM by bucklesw1
06-28-2012 01;28;07PM, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.

1950 Dailey Bros. #3

06-28-2012 12;06;46PM by bucklesw1
06-28-2012 12;06;46PM, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.

1950 Dailey Bros. #4

06-28-2012 12;40;11PM by bucklesw1
06-28-2012 12;40;11PM, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.

1950 Dailey Bros. #5

06-28-2012 12;01;30PM by bucklesw1
06-28-2012 12;01;30PM, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.
I wasn't aware that they used the steel arena three times that year polar bears, cats and riding tiger.
I asked Barbara about that she said it was true, she added that the bear act, bought from the Ringling Show the previous winter, wound up being worked by Raymond Freivogel (Dog Red).
I also asked her if Rex really worked a riding tiger act and she said "Sure, in fact he trained it, Ben told him what he wanted and to use either of the two fully grown tigers in the menagerie.
He chose a half grown male elephant named "Charlie" and ended up including both tigers, both of which alternated jumping aboard.
Barbara added that she was originally supposed to style the act and she got along fine with the tigers but having seen "Charlie" injure several people (one fatally) she was leery him and "Charlie" knew it so Rex thought better of it.

1950 Dailey Bros. #6

06-28-2012 01;08;02PM by bucklesw1
06-28-2012 01;08;02PM, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.

1950 Dailey Bros. #7

06-28-2012 12;04;21PM by bucklesw1
06-28-2012 12;04;21PM, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.

Notice that the arena is located in ring 3, indicating that it probably remained there throughout the performance.

1950 Dailey Bros. #8

06-28-2012 12;34;50PM by bucklesw1
06-28-2012 12;34;50PM, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.

1950 Dailey Bros. #9

06-28-2012 12;13;09PM by bucklesw1
06-28-2012 12;13;09PM, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.

1950 Dailey Bros. #10

06-28-2012 12;37;16PM by bucklesw1
06-28-2012 12;37;16PM, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.
This looks like Louie Reed's bull that he rode, rather than a horse, while leading the elephants to the lot.

1950 Dailey Bros. #11

06-28-2012 12;10;56PM by bucklesw1
06-28-2012 12;10;56PM, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.

1950 Dailey Bros. #12

06-28-2012 12;28;22PM by bucklesw1
06-28-2012 12;28;22PM, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.

This picture was accompanied by an elaborate article by Frank Whitbeck.

1950 Dailey Bros. #13

06-28-2012 12;44;44PM by bucklesw1
06-28-2012 12;44;44PM, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.

1950 Dailey Bros #14

06-28-2012 01;25;24PM by bucklesw1
06-28-2012 01;25;24PM, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.

This was the last season on rails.
1951 saw the show mounted on trucks and with a new title Campa Bros. Circus.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Bill Emery #1

06-27-2012 04;42;33PM by bucklesw1
06-27-2012 04;42;33PM, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.

My dad wrote:
"Bill Emery and "Betsy" at Benson's Wild Animal Farm.
Doc Ohlzendam in light suit."

They don't make headpieces like they used to.

Bill Emery #2

Scan12264 by bucklesw1
Scan12264, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.

Same group at Benson's.

Bill Emery #3

Scan12044 by bucklesw1
Scan12044, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.
My dad wrote on the back "Meems & Ward Elephants bought for the San Antonio Zoo at the San Francisco Fair in 1940."

The Elephant Empress is Erika Loyal.

This is a bit confusing, Meems & Ward was an animal dealership.

Bill Emery #4

06-27-2012 04;32;43PM by bucklesw1
06-27-2012 04;32;43PM, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.

Bill Emery
1892 Adam Forepaugh (hand)
1896 Barnum & Bailey (hand)
1900-02 Forepaugh-Sells (Supt.)
1903-04 Barnum & Bailey (Supt.)
1905 Barnum & Bailey (Herd Worker)
1909 Sun Bros.
1910-11 Ringling Bros. (Supt.)
1912 Al G. Barnes
1913 Frank A. Robbins
1914 A.F. Wheeler
1915 Sun Bros
1919 Hagenbeck-Wallace (Supt.)
1922-23 Walter L. Main (Downie)
1926-27 Walter L. Main (Floyd King)
1928 John Robinson
1929 Sells-Floto
1931 Evansville Zoo
1932-33 Ringling-Barnum (Asst.)
1934 Ringling-Barnum (Supt.)
1910 San Antonio Zoo


06-27-2012 04;46;05PM by bucklesw1
06-27-2012 04;46;05PM, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.
More to be said about the old fashioned way.
Seating them back to back looks pretty efficient and not having to lift the little B------- is good but you would still have to hire extra help plus carry two platforms.
So busy that the loader at left has to light up while the gentleman at right settles his frayed nerves.

101 Ranch Babe #1

06-27-2012 05;39;17PM by bucklesw1
06-27-2012 05;39;17PM, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.

Andrew Downie's LaTena Circus 1917.
"Chief" and "Babe" presented by Jack Davis.

101 Ranch Babe #2

06-27-2012 05;37;26PM by bucklesw1
06-27-2012 05;37;26PM, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.

Miller Bros. 101 Ranch Real Wild West.
"Joe", "Louie", "Babe", "Carrie" and "Jean".
Under the direction of Ferris "Whitie" line.

101 Ranch Babe #3

06-27-2012 05;35;00PM by bucklesw1
06-27-2012 05;35;00PM, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.
Leading the herd with the Ranch Show.

101 Ranch Babe #4

SAVE1255 by bucklesw1
SAVE1255, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.

Cole Bros. "Babe" and Jean Allen.

101 Ranch Babe

06-27-2012 09;33;45PM by bucklesw1
06-27-2012 09;33;45PM, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.

From Ole Whitey

PHANTNST by bucklesw1
PHANTNST, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

William Woodcock Sr. #1

CEM47101985_125074249615 by bucklesw1
CEM47101985_125074249615, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.
Remarkably, Dalilah came up with this info on my blood grandparents Clarence and Jeanette Messer, off the internet plus these pictures of the cemetery and grave marker in Portales, NM where Jeanette was laid to rest due to her death following the delivery of my father.

William Woodcock Sr. #2

14206392_127116825333 by bucklesw1
14206392_127116825333, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.

Birth: 1876
Death: May 28, 1904

Pastor's Wife

Daughter of W. C. and Tennie DuVal from Southwest City, McDonald County, Missouri.

United in marriage Dec. 4, 1894 to John Henry Messer by Rev. Lewis Kelley, at the home of Mrs. J. H. Gibson, Grove, Indian Territory. Mrs. Gibson had not met Jenette before the wedding, but knew Jenette's folks in Southwest City, Mo. Mrs. Gibson had known John H. for about 9 years. Present at the wedding were Mrs. Gibson and her children, Mat Warmack from Southwest City, Mo. and the granddaughter of Mr. Splitlog.

Children born to this union:
Raymond D. Messer 11/20/1897,(IT Dawes 26340);
Clarence C. Messer 1/9/1900, (IT Dawes 26339);
Paul Virgil Messer 12/16/1901, (New Mexico Territory Dawes 26341);
William Woodcock Messer 5/19/1904, (New Mexico Territory Dawes 4647M). (Children born between 1902 and 1906 were admitted if their parents were on the 1902 roll).

A daughter named Violet may have been their first born, but died as an infant. However, she is not mentioned in the Dawes packet for John H. Messer.

Sadly, Jenette died May 28, 1904, probably from childbirth complications.

Jenette, a white woman was listed as Cherokee by adoption intermarriage. Her husband John claimed his Cherokee blood through his mother. In order to enroll the family must provide evidence of marriage certificate and birth affidavits of each child.
Feb. 1902 J. H. writes to the Commission that my wife spells her name Jenette. Sep. 1902, Jenette is requested to appear before the commission and testify relative to her right to enrollment by intermarriage. An interview March 2, 1903, Mts. J. H. Gibson testified to the Commission regarding the marriage of Jenette and John H. Messer.
The family never returned to the Cherokee Nation Oklahoma to live on their allotted land.

Dawes Packets for John H. Messer

Family links:
John Henry Messer (1871 - 1922)*

*Calculated relationship

Note: Wife of J. H. Messer, died at age 28 years *The marker reads Jeanette, but documents from her husband states Jenette is correct spelling.

Portales Cemetery
Roosevelt County
New Mexico, USA

Maintained by: Donna
Originally Created by: Joyce Gore Locke
Record added: May 07, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14206392

William Woodcock Sr. #3

SAVE0217 by bucklesw1
SAVE0217, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.
Written on the back:
"Woodcock home in Portales, N. Mex. about 1905.
Charles and Matte Woodcock with infant son Col. Wm. Howard Woodcock."

Actually the Woodcocks lived in Hot Springs, Ark. but due to Charles asthmatic condition spent part of each year in New Mexico.

William Woodcock Sr. #4

06-26-2012 03;52;34PM by bucklesw1
06-26-2012 03;52;34PM, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.
My dad wrote on the back:
"Charles Woodcock
Born in England, died at Hot Springs, Ark. 1919.
Father of Bill Woodcock Sr."

William Woodcock Sr. #5

06-26-2012 03;49;44PM by bucklesw1
06-26-2012 03;49;44PM, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.

William Woodcock Sr. #6

06-26-2012 03;47;07PM by bucklesw1
06-26-2012 03;47;07PM, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.
This is my blood grandfather Clarence Messer a Methodist Minister.
The story goes that he and his two older sons were enroute aboard a train and thru some prearrangement had a brief visit at the depot plus have this picture taken of their only meeting.

William Woodcock Sr. #7

06-26-2012 03;44;37PM by bucklesw1
06-26-2012 03;44;37PM, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.

This area was still active 30 years later when I was in High School, featuring an Ostrich Farm and an Alligator Farm.
It would appear that adult beverages were sold in those days.

William Woodcock Sr. #8

Scan00000010088 by bucklesw1
Scan00000010088, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.

William Woodcock Sr. #9

Scan11122 by bucklesw1
Scan11122, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.

Now this is more like it.
Incidently these two elephants were named after Wm. P. Hall's daughters and had long careers with circuses.

William Woodcock Sr. #10

SAVE0183 by bucklesw1
SAVE0183, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.

In either 1950 or '51 when Kelly-Miller was playing the Chicago area, Tom Parkinson picked up my dad an drove him down town to the Billboard office where he spent the morning reliving his career as a showman and historian.
At one point they had this picture taken which years later was on the cover of "The Billboard" following his death.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

From Chic Silber

RFKPARK - Copy by bucklesw1
RFKPARK - Copy, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.

Hi Buckles

Here is RFK Stadium in it's entirety


Wash. DC Armory #1

06-25-2012 05;50;34PM by bucklesw1
06-25-2012 05;50;34PM, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.

Someone asked recently if the Ringling Show ever did elephant rides.
In 1991 I was contacted by Tim Holst about doing the ride in an area in front of the DC Armory. Ben and "Anna May" were already on the road with Big Apple but I had "Peggy", "Toto" and "Jenny" that I would later take to Catskill Game Farm so we made a deal.
From this point on, everything is very foggy.
Along with Shannon, I somehow rounded up Billy Commerford and someone else Big Man?.
How many elephants are in this picture?
I only had three and I can't for the life of me remember where any additional would have come from.
This proves 77 years of storm and sunshine will take it's toll on brain cells.
Maybe Shannon or Billy could clear it up.

Wash. DC Armory #2

06-26-2012 05;27;14AM by bucklesw1
06-26-2012 05;27;14AM, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.

This is the Ringling bull truck that fetched us up there.
I think they called it an animal hauler.

Wash. DC Armory #3

06-25-2012 05;53;06PM by bucklesw1
06-25-2012 05;53;06PM, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.