Thursday, November 30, 2006

Cole & Walters Circus #6




The Cole & Walters elephants always were kept at the Kelly-Miller winters down the road. Here we see "Ringling Jess", "Gollmar Daisy" and "Wm. P. Hall Mabel" in rehearsal with the KM elephants in the background.
The herd worker is Lee Crawford and the Elephant Empress is Herb's daughter Shirley.
Some years later Shirley would marry a young fellow on the show that did a single trap act billed as "Reckless Rex" Charlie Rex and they would eventually work this act together.
Charlie and Shirley attended mine and Barbara's 1959 wedding in Paris.....................(Texas). Posted by Picasa

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Buckles: Some years ago, you named each rank men held around a herd. Something like Trainer, bullhand, herd-worker, etc. Please list these descriptions again for those of us who can't locate the right files.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Woodcock,

Where you able to locate any photographs in your collection of Adam Forepaugh's big elephant "Bolivar",
(said by some to be even larger then Jumbo)
Reportly Bolivar was donated to the Philadelphia Zoological Gardens
around 1888.

Buckles said...

No, sorry to say I came up empty on this one. Hard to imagine him being bigger than Jumbo.

Anonymous said...

WOW, hard to picture Charlie Rex doing single traps!

Anonymous said...

I love rec'n the blogs!
Fantastic!
One question is it possible that anyone would know of an Elephant act that wintered in Culver City,CA. in 1949 which had a wonman put the Elephant's throught the paces?
One Elephant waw named Babe the other was Willy?
PLEASE let me know if anyone can help. Tom
Email; bozo_history@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Buckles: I wonder if he's thinking about Gentry Babe and Wilhelmina- they were both owned by Laura Anderson but it was a few years earlier than he remembers. Then they were both on Arthur Bros and after that Babe went back to Bud Anderson. Wilhelmina was with Roy Bible for awhile- I don't know if these two were ever together after Arthur. Just a thought. Whitey

Buckles said...

You are probably talking about "Gentry Babe" and "Wilhelmina" (sometimes called "Willy" or "Will").
In 1949 "Babe" was owned by Luke Anderson who told me that, later that same year he bought "Wilhelmina" from Roy Bible (Sello Bros. Circus).
No idea who the lady presenting them in the ring might be.

Anonymous said...

There were a couple of shows about P.T Barnum's "Jumbo"
on cable television just a few years ago.
One was on History Channel's
"Lost and Found.
The other was on ANIMAL PLANET network.
The show on ANIMAL PLANET was the best,they showed some old photgraphs of circus elephants ca.1900.I think one was of Forepaugh's "Bolivar".