Wednesday, July 23, 2008

To John Pult

Orange-Moon eles 1926001, originally uploaded by bucklesw1.

Mr. Woodcock,

In my various researches I came across
the attached article from 1926. An elephant named Diamond loose from a
circus winter quarters in Quenemo, Kansas. The circus is not named. Is
this the future "Black Diamond?"

Jon P

No it isn't, the elephant above left is the "Diamond" in your article. Quenemo was the home of the Newton family, long time overland circus owners.

DIAMOND (one tusk)
1912 Wm. P. Hall Animal Farm
1913-22 Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus
1923-24 Lucky Bill Newton Show
1925 Honest Bill Newton Show
1926 Orange Bros. & Moon Bros. (Newton)
1927 Honest Bill Newton Show
(Died 9/30/27 at Orek, California)

This "Diamond" was added to the H-W herd following the 1913 Peru flood.
My dad was on the show in 1922 and mentioned him to me several times, he said that as far as he knew he only grew one tusk.
I think the Newtons lost several, if not all of their elephants, in an epidemic of Hoof & Mouth disease in California.