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2/28/2014 05:25:00 AM
A hard working & top performing elephant Pete led that herd for quite a few years & I believe she was 1st called PeeWee
I think Pete came to the show about the time they sent Sid to 1 of the smaller Acme shows
If I am not wrong. Petunia was Pete's "maiden" name. And she came from Clyde Beatty. Correct me if I am wrong.
By the way. That is Josip Marcan in the background.
Rex liked her and he fcalled her Pete. I believe she had been called PeeWee even on Beatty. Buckles would know. johnny
I can still hear Little Bobby Cline yelling out in a bit of a raspy voice, "Petunia! Get up here!"Dick FlintBaltimore
Pee Wee came to the Beatty RR show as a very young elephant from Henry Trafflich in 1952 and was there when McClosky and Kernan took the show over in 1956. She was still called Pee Wee as late as 1960 but sometime in the next ten years became "Pete." I don't know exactly when the Petunia moniker came in; maybe between these two?
Rex always liked one syllable names and upon his arrival in 1962 "Pee Wee", "Suzy Q", "Burma" and "Gypsy" immediately became "Pete", "Sue", "Bee" and "Gyp".
Little Bobby Cline did a very good job in handling a few of the bulls with work & chores He likely had his own terms of endearment for some of them I don't believe Rex or Freddy or Robert Cline used Petunia
I guess the 4 punks came after Rex had left & Freddy took over (Topsy Frieda Jewel & Jackie)
Frieda might have ben named for 1 of Freddy's daughter & Jackie was named for Frank's daughter
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