Thursday, May 18, 2006

Fred J. Mack Circus 1955 #3


Frankie Lou Woods with "Jessie" owned by R.A. Miller.
This was John Cuneo's first elephant and trained by Joe Frisco Sr. she was later with Hoxie Bros. Circus and finally with George Carden. She must be about 60 now.
Frankie Lou was with Kelly-Miller for many years, in fact I remember a story Blackie Woods used to tell that after one of their early seasons, the Millers were short on the final pay day.
Blackie said that over the following winter he would a receive a letter from Obert with a few dollars in cash until the full amount was paid, $18.

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Buckles said...

See, what did I say?

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Buckles
Who is Beth? What's her deal?
Darlene Williams

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Anonymous said...

i would just like comment on how special this blog is to people. As a zookeeper who has worked with elephants i find this blog very educational. Elephant keepers and trainers of today need to know who our founding fathers are. I have showed this blog to many keepers some new to zookeeping. and we all love it, kinda a lunch time thing. I would just like to say thanks and keep up the hard work despite and party poopers involved.

FP3 said...

I remember Jessie the elephant well. It seemed like I spent all of the summer of 1955 riding her around in a circle in the menagerie on Fred J. Mack. I guess my dad parked me there to stay out of trouble while he was planning the upcoming tour of England and the continent. What I most remember is her back hairs pricking my tender five year old legs when I rode her wearing shorts. I wonder now if R. A. Miller had an elephant ride on the show. My dad has always said that Frankie Lou was "the most foul-mouthed woman I've ever known." I don't remember her at all, and I know I would have if I heard her cuss. Tim McCoy was the first adult I ever heard swear as part of routine conversation. I thought it was the greatest thing ever.