Monday, May 28, 2012

Jenda Smaha #4

05-27-2012 02;12;59PM by bucklesw1
05-27-2012 02;12;59PM, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.

The story of the sale of "Bertha" by Wilbur Deppe to John Ascuaga and the ensuing trip from Baraboo to Sparks, that included numerous publicity stops enroute, would make a better movie than "Water For Elephants".
Johnny explained the whole ordeal to me and Smokey one afternoon at Dombroski's.
What a riot!


Henry said...

Jenda was my Mothers boyfriend for a while in Germany in the 30ths. The Smaha's where very well known horse trainers and had some great acts

John Herriott said...

Henry, I believe that this Jenda was born in the thirties as he was similar to me in age. I think you are confused between his father Tony or his uncle Vinicky. johnny

Chic Silber said...

I would see Jenda quite often when

visiting Franz Czeisler at his WQ

just North of town where he spent

much of his time in later years

What relation was he to Tony & Inga

that were on the Beatty show with

dressage in the 60s or 70s

John Herriott said...

Tony was his father and Inge a step-mother. Jenda was in Australia with Tony on Wirth Circus and migrated with him to America and the rest is history. Actually he was not an animal trainer in Aussie or first in USA. He was a clown. From Clyde bros-suesz they parted ad he showed up as an elephant man.johnny

Chic Silber said...

Thanks John & a happy holiday to

you & all your great clan

Chic Silber said...

Then it must have been his brother

little Tony that was married to

Jeannette Rix for a short while