Thursday, October 15, 2020

HUGO #11



Chic Silber said...

Likely 1 of his 2 younger sons

Chic Silber said...

During part of 1956

Roger Smith said...

On the Beatty show, for '64, Hard Times Leonard was with us. I believe this is his show, which everyone I knew said was a beautiful smaller circus at the time. There is precious little about it on historical sites, but it may have been another victim of 1956. Backyard legend held that Mr. Leonard's nickname came from his struggles to survive a season that brought sweeping grief to circuses. I do not find his name in the '60 or '61 Beatty show Route Books. CHIC may know exactly what he did on the show, but I remember him spoken of with respect by everyone.

Chic Silber said...

This is Roman with Hugo in 56

between the end of RB canvas

& the Art Concello phoenix

Arthur "Hard Times" Leonard

had spent many year on Mills

as a Master Mechanic & then

more years as Electrical Supt

Fred Pfenning & friends put

together a small tenter in 55

that didn't last the season

Leonard bought the remnants

to frame Leonard Bros for 56

A 1 year show that featured

Jenny & Hugo with Targa who

was 3 at the time & a Zebra

Chic Silber said...

I remember his name Roger

but I can't recall him

Roger Smith said...

Electrical--that's it. Hard Times worked with Boss Electrician "Kilowatt". I now recall he was very quiet, and I barely knew him.

Fred D. Pfening, Jr. fielded The Great Fred J. Mack Circus. Aside from Mr. Pfening, I have no idea who was around the thing.

Chic Silber said...

OK hotshot what was Fitzpatrick's 1st name

I'm ever disappointed with my memory

Fred's show was a 2 or 3 month wonder

but it gave Leonard a leg up

Chic Silber said...

Hugo bought Targa from the

Catskill Game Farm in 58

along with a Zebra & both

stayed with him through

his years on Big Bertha

She died in 87at 34