Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sarasota 1947 #1 (From Buckles)

Scan000010997, originally uploaded by bucklesw1.

When Hugo Schmitt arrived in the U.S. with the 5 Hagenbeck
elephants. John North told him that the center ring demanded
at least 7 elephants.
So Shipley gave him "Minnie" and "Dolly" who stood idle and
Hugo added the last of the 1930's "Pygmy" African elephants
"Sudan" and they left the show for Sarasota as seen above.

Fred Logan said that when the show came in Shipley was
dismissed and Hugo took over. On Christmas Day he said
he was standing by the water tank when he heard a loud "thud",
"Sudan" had dropped dead while standing on the picket line.