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Olympians of the Sawdust Circle: A biographical dictionary of the ninteenth century American circus

Compiled and Edited by William L. Slout
Copyright © 2005 by William L. Slout. All rights reserved.

EAGAN, JOHN R. (1853-1921) Was brought from Iowa to Delavan, WI, as a young boy where he was befriended by Eugene B. Hollister, who was traveling with Yankee Robinson’s. Bought the ticket selling privilege, Buckley’s, 1874; Buckley-Colvin’s, 1875; Centennial Circus, 1876. Retired from the circus business and bought a store in LaCrosse, WI, known as Racketts, which was a forerunner of the five and ten variety store. Some time later, bought the bank in Darrien, WI, and became a highly respected civic leader.

EAGLE, HENRY A. (1850-1938) Partner, with Theodore J. Sullivan, of Sullivan & Eagle, makers of parade wagons for small to medium size traveling amusements. First organized in 1879, the firm operated from 1880 into the 1910s. Their output included at least 8 steam calliopes to various shows.

EAGLES J. Boss hostler, John Robinson’s, 1882-93.

EARLE SISTERS [Hazel, Maude]. Trapeze and contortion act. Orrin Bros.’, Mexico, 1889; Frank A. Gardner’s, South America, 1896; Robinson-Franklin, 1897; Great Wallace, 1899; Sells & Gray, 1900-01. Their mother was Lola, a gymnast.

EARLO, FRANK. Singing clown, Gollmar Bros.’, 1897.

EATON, E. K. (d. March, 1898) Band leader, Sands, Lent & Co., 1846.

EATON, GEN. Agent, Handy & Welch, touring the West Indies and South America, 1829.

EATON, GILBERT “GIL”. (d. October 16, 1866) Agent. Son of Erasmus Eaton, wealthy citizen of Troy, NY, and senior member of the great car building firm there. Stone & McCollum, 1847-50; Driesbach’s, 1856; partner with Levi J. North, 1860; Zorara Equirotator Circus, 1863; Tom King’s, 1864. While staying at the Lincoln Hotel, Lincoln, IL, suffered a knife wound and died within a half-hour’s time, murdered by a man named Warwick who had been drinking.

EBERLE, SOPHIE, HARRY, and DAVID. Brothers and sister. Price & Simpson, Washington Amphitheatre, Boston, 1826; Washington Gardens, Boston, summer 1827; Sandford’s Mount Pitt Circus, Spring 1828; William Blanchard’s troupe, 1829. Sophie was the wife of Charles LaForrest.

ECKLES, FANNIE. 4-horse chariot rider, W. W. Cole’s, 1886.

ECKLES, FRANK. Program agent, W. W. Cole’s, 1875, master of horse, 1885-86.

ECTOR, LUCIAN. See Tremaine Brothers.

EDDY, J. Acrobat, John Robinson’s, 1886-87.

EDGERTON, GEORGE. Equestrian director, Harry Thayer & Co.’s, 1890.

EDSON, CALVIN. (1789-1833) Curiosity, billed as “The Living Skeleton.” Born in Stafford, CT. Exhibition weight was 58 pounds to a standing height of 5 ‘3”. Formerly weighting 135 pounds, Edson attributed his loss to sleeping on a damp ground following the battle of Plattsburgh. First stage appearance, old Chatham Theatre, NYC, as Jeremiah Thin in Rochester, May 1830. Performed the same role in Philadelphia, June 24, 1830.

EDWARDS, C. Horizontal bars, Harry Thayer & Co.’s, 1890.

EDWARDS, TOM. Business agent, with G. G. Grady’s, 1871.

EDWARDS, BILLY and BLANCHE. Irwin Bros.’, 1888.

EDWARDS, D. S. John Robinson’s, 1871.

EDWARDS, FRANK [r. n. Edward Francis Maitland McQuad]. (April 22, 1834-October 1, 1893) Agent. Born in Scotland and came to America, 1846, with his parents. Entered into show business as manager for Jennie Reynolds, noted Scotch vocalist. Metchear & Cameron, 1870; also L. B. Lent’s; Stone, Rosston & Murray; Howes & Cushing, Charles W. Noyes’, Dan Castello’s, Great American, and Great Australian. Married Lizzie Coleman of Syracuse, NY, 1886. Died of Bright’s disease in Rochester, NY.

EDWARDS, GEORGE H. Sideshow performer, VanAmburgh’s, 1866; pantomimist, Stone & Murray, 1870.

EDWARDS, HARRY. Yankee Robinson’s, 1859.

EDWARDS, ROBERT. Singer, Welch & Mann, 1846.

EDWARDS, SAMUEL G. (d. August, 1914) Rider. P. T. Barnum’s, Forepaugh-Sells’, and Ringling Bros.’

EDWARDS, THOMAS A. “COL.” (July 21, 1832-December 23, 1904) Born in Ulster County, NY. Began his circus career as business manager for Spalding & Rogers, 1849, and remained with the firm until 1857. Left to join an expedition with Gen. Albert Sidney Johnson against the Mormons, as scout and dispatch bearer. Served in the Civil War and afterward as scout and Indian fighter. Contracting agent, G. G. Grady’s, 1871; toured the country with Donald McKay and a band of Warm Spring Indians in the war drama, Donald McKay, the Hero of the Lava Beds, 1872. Took the show to Europe, 1874; with the company, 1876, at the opening of the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition. Same year, organized a medicine show with McKay and Kit Carson, the Oregon Indian Medicine Co., which he managed until his death in Corry, PA.

EDWARDS, WILLIAM [r. n. William James Conley]. (d. June 9, 1896) Gymnast and acrobat. Started as top mounter for the Stirk Family, bicyclists, and also as a 3 brother act. With the Minor & Rooney Co., 1881-82; following, joined Healy & Biglow, performing with their shows in Boston and NYC for 2 years; Adam Forepaugh’s in a Japanese ladder act with a partner; later, associated with Frank L. Long doing a flying trapeze act and, as Long & Edwards, traveled in the United States and South America for 5 years. Also with such circuses as John V. O’Brien’s, Irwin Bros.’, Barnum & Bailey, Frank A. Gardner’s, Nick Roberts’, W. O’Dale Stevens’, and Pubillone’s. Later, Walter L. Main’s, 1889; pyramid of tables and horizontal bars, Frank A. Gardner’s, South America, winter 1892-93. Died in Boston after having been in the business for 16 years.

EGGLESTON [or Eagleston]. Vaulter, Price & Simpson’, 1827; strong man, Washington Circus, Philadelphia, 1828; Fogg & Stickney, Washington Amphitheatre, Philadelphia, 1830.

EGGLESTON, L. Charles Lee’s, 1893.

ELBRECK, R. E. Assistant manager and treasurer, W. H. Stowe’s, 1881.

ELEBRADO, DAN. Boss hostler, New York and New England, 1884.

EL NINO EDDIE. See Eddie Rivers.

ELCHERETHE, MLLE. Trained monkeys, W. C. Coup’s Equescurriculum, 1887.

ELDER, WILLIAM. Scottish sports (with Crossley), W. W. Cole’s, 1877, W. C. Coup’s, winter 1878-79; Cooper, Bailey & Co., 1879-80; (with Crossley), leaper, Barnum, Bailey & Hutchinson, 1881-82.

ELDRED, EDWARD SPENCER. (1811-1850) Brother of Gilbert and Hiram Eldred. Born in Pawnal, VT. Early on, operated boats on the Erie Canal and was also connected with the J. W. Butterfield stage coach line. Opened a circus, Crane & Eldred’s, 1834; also that year, Edward Eldred’s American Circus; as a member of the Zoological Institute, was out with the Zoological Exhibition and American Circus, 1835; proprietor, Hoadley, Latham, Eldred & Co., 1838. Had 8 children, none of whom were connected with the circus business. Died in Newport, NY.

ELDRED, GILBERT NAZIAH “GIL”. (1813-September 7, 1885) General performer—rider, clown, acrobat and horse trainer. Brother of Edward and Hiram Eldred. Came into the circus business as clown, 1834, for his brother, Edward. Clown, Ludlow & Smith, 1841; Robinson & Foster, 1842-44. Partner of old John Robinson, beginning 1845. Partnership came to an end in Richmond, VA, June 28, 1856, after 11 years together. The ultimately split caused ill feelings. At parting, Eldred declared to Robinson that within 5 years he would be the “richest showman in the world.” As it happened, Robinson went on to make a fortune, while Eldred lost his show. [Stuart Thayer: He “made up in willingness what he lacked in talent.”] Between 1853-57, engaged in ceiling walking. Took out G. N. Eldred’s Great Rotunda Southern Circus and Menagerie, the proprietors or partial owners being Sands, Nathans & Co., 1858. This group foreclosed on Eldred because he was unable to continue payment on menagerie animals Robinson & Eldred had leased in 1852. That year the show became one of the first American circuses to visit Mexico. Went to Europe, 1861, where he stayed for the remainder of his life, exhibiting trained horses, both in England and on the Continent until at least 1867. Died in Sunderland, England, age 72, a poor man.

ELDRED, HIRAM. Brother of Edward and Gilbert. Agent for the Eldred circus.

ELDRIDGE, JEANETTE. Mančge, Wallace & Anderson, 1890.

ELDRIDGE, W. S. 2-horse rider, P. T. Barnum’s. Married Lulu Lewis in St. Louis, September 12, 1875.

ELLINGHAM, ROBERT [performed at times as Robert White]. (October 10, 1819-February 18, 1892) Negro minstrel, Aaron Turner’s, 1836; Brown & Mills, 1838; June, Titus, & Angevine, 1841-42; Sands, Lent & Co., 1846; Welch-Delavan-Nathans, 1849-50; ringmaster, Spalding & Rogers’, 1853-57; VanAmburgh’s, Broadway Theatre, NYC, winter 1857-58; James M. Nixon’s, 1860; George Bailey & Co., 1862-66; equestrian director, Barnum, VanAmburgh and Castello, 1867; Dan Castello’s, winter 1867-68; lecturer on natural history, VanAmburgh's, 1870-71; P. T. Barnum’s, 1873; Cooper & Bailey, 1879-80; ring-master, Barnum, Bailey & Hutchinson, 1881; Orrin Bros.’, Mexico, winter 1881-82; Batcheller & Doris, 1882; Adam Forepaugh’s, 1883. Gifted with a powerful voice. Died at Clarksville, MA.

ELLIOTT, E. E. Contracting agent, W. W. Cole’s, 1880.

ELLIOTT, JESSE C. (d. November 8, 1922) Co-partner and ticket agent, Fulford & Co.’s Great United London Shows (A. K. Fulford, William McClintock, W. M. Lyttle, Jesse C. Elliott, proprietors), 1890. Prior to this, had operated a sporting goods store in Topeka, KA. The show was on the road only one season, after which Elliott went back to dealing in sporting goods. In 1907, opened Topeka’s second nickelodeon and later acquired the Crystal, Aurora, and Isis Theatres in that city.

ELLIOTT FAMILY [6 in number]. Bicycle and unicycle artists, Barnum & Bailey, 1883; W. C. Coup’s, 1887.

ELLIS, CHARLES H. Acrobat, leaper and tumbler. Campbell’s, 1869; John H. Murray’s, 1873-74; leaper, Great London, 1880; general agent, Miles Orton, 1888.

ELLIS, CHARLES T. Dutch comedian, Palace of Wonders, P. T. Barnum, 1876; concert privilege, New York Central Park Circus, 1877; Cooper, Bailey & Co., 1880.

ELLIS, ROBERT. Elephant handler, Great Eastern, 1872.

ELLSBEY, MABLE. Performing ponies, dogs, goats, and monkeys, Washington Bros.’, 1887.

ELLSLER BROTHERS. Gymnasts. Rockwell & Stone, Niblo’s Garden, December 1843 [New York Post: “They are beautifully formed, and execute their different feats with great ease and finish. The Trapezium is a novel and wonderful exhibition of strength. The Ellslers performances give a pleasing variety to the entire equestrian exercises of Messrs. Rockwell & Stone.”].

ELLSLER, JAMES. Leaper. John W. Robinson’s (not “Old John’s”), 1870; Wootten & Haight, 1871.

ELLSLER, JEANETTE. Tight-rope walker. Feature attraction for Lee & Marshall, California, 1855-56; James A. Rowe’s, California, 1857; Hinkley & Kimball, California, 1858; back East, Nixon & Co., winter, 1858-59; VanAmburgh’s, winter 1859-60; Antonio Bros.’, 1861; Goodwin & Wilder, Howard Athenaeum, Boston, winter, 1861-62; Goodwin & Wilder’s North American, 1862; S. O. Wheeler’s, 1863, 1865; Melville’s Australian, 1864; Ben Maginley’s, 1864; Stone, Rosston & Murray, 1868-71; J. W. Wilder’s, 1873; North American Circus (Asa B. Stow, manager), 1873; rider, rope-walker, Montgomery Queen’s, 1874. Married to clown Nat Austin. The two performed together for 20 years, but were divorced in the spring of 1876. See Nat Austin.

ELLSLER, LOUIS. Gymnast, John Tryon’s, Bowery Amphitheatre, NYC, 1845.

ELLSLER, PROF. Aeronaut, Charles Noyes’, winter 1871-72.

ELLSWORTH, GEORGE. Bayonet exercise or lightning drill, Cooper, Bailey & Co., 1880; Barnum, Bailey & Hutchinson, 1881; Leon & Dockrill, Iron Amphitheatre, Havana, winter 1881-82.

ELLWOOD, ROBERT. Lion performer, Sells Bros.’, 1872.

ELMER, FRED. Triple bar performer, Lowande & Hoffman, 1887.

ELMORE, GEORGE. Boss canvasman, Alexander Robinson’s, 1875.

ELMS, JAMES. Cannon ball performer, balancer, leaper and tumber, Cooper, Jackson, 1882.

ELTON BROTHERS [Sam, Albert, Frank]. Brother act, Barnum, Bailey & Hutchinson, 1882; aerialists, Adam Forepaugh’s, 1884.

ELVIRA, MLLE. See Mrs. Richard Hemmings.

EMERSON, E. D. Boss canvasman, G. F. Bailey & Co., 1871-74.

EMERSON, WESLEY. Boss canvasman, Irwin Bros.’, 1887; Robert Hunting’s, 1894.

EMIDY, JOSEPH A. (1834?-December 26, 1905) Band leader. Born in Turo, Cornwall, England. As a young man traveled with the Sanger show. Was a master of the cornet but played the violin as well. Later, was leader of the band at the Crystal Palace, London, and at Agricultural Hall, Liverpool. Came to the USA, 1872, under contract to Montgomery Queen, and remained with the show until 1875. Became conductor with D. W. Stone’s, 1878. Subsequently, retired from circus life to teach and compose music. For over 20 years was the leader of the Woonsocket, RI, cornet band. Died at his home there, age about 71.

EMIDY, RICHARD S. (June 16, 1837-November 13, 1885) Musician, brother of Joseph A. Emidy. Born in Turo, Cornwall, England. Howes’ Great London, 1871-73; L. B. Lent’s, 1874. Following this, traveled with several minstrel companies. Died in Chicago, .

EMILE, “MASTER.” Rider, Pepin & Barnet, New Orleans, 1822-23.

EMMETT, DANIEL DECATUR. (October 26, 1815-June 28, 1904) Pioneer of negro minstrelsy and composer of the famous song, “Dixie.” Born in Mt. Vernon, OH, where he was considered a boy prodigy with the fiddle. Ran away from home at the age of 14 to avoid learning the blacksmithing trade. About 4 years later made performing debut traveling with a circus - Cincinnati Circus of Charles Rogers as a member of the orchestra, 1840. During this period, learned to play the banjo from a man named Ferguson. Rejoined the Cincinnati Circus the following year, when he and Frank Brower were popular entertainers. This led to the organization of the famous Virgnia Minstrels with Emmett, Frank Brower, William Whitlock and Richard Pelham. First public appearance was at the Chatham Theatre, NYC, for the benefit of Pelham, January 31, 1843. Performed dates in the United States before going to England to introduce negro minstrelsy there. The troupe soon split up. Emmett and Pelham went to Astley’s Amphitheatre. Later, Emmett joined June & Sands’ there for the remainder of the summer, 1843. Also had an engagement with Cooke’s Circus. Sailed for NYC, September, 1844. Became a member of the Christy Minstrels for a time but beginning in 1858 was with Bryant’s Minstrels for 7 years. Circus credits include Ethiopian performances with the eastern unit of June, Titus, Angevine & Co., 1842; banjoist, Nathan A. Howes’ winter circus, 1842; banjoist, Ogden & Hobby, 1842; Dr. Gilbert R. Spalding’s, 1842; banjoist, John Tryon’s, Bowery Amphitheatre, NYC, 1845, 1846; Nathan A. Howes’, Bowery Circus, 1845; Ethiopian performer, Nathan Howes’, Bowery Circus, 1845-46; Howes & Co.’s, 1846; Dr. Gilbert R. Spalding’s, 1847-48. In regard to the writing of “Dixie,” Emmett is quoted as saying: “One Saturday night in 1859 while I was a member of Bryant’s Minstrels at Mechanics’ Hall, New York City, Dan Bryant came to me and asked ‘Can’t you get us up a walk-around for next week that we can do with one rehearsal, for we will have to put it in on Monday night.’ Sunday I wrote ‘Dixie’ and called it ‘I Wish I Was In Dixie’ which was a Northern circus expression and not a Southern one as many have supposed.” (the expression was used when cold weather set in on a season) Emmett, who made very little from the song, during the latter years of his life experienced poor circumstances. At this time he was a ward of Al G. Field. His farewell tour was with the Al G. Field’s Minstrels. Field stated that Emmett would pore for hours over a book depicting historical military clashes, but rarely read a newspaper or magazine dealing with current events. Died at his home in Mt. Vernon, OH. His wife died in Chicago, March 12, 1917, age 81.

EMMETT, HARRY. (d. January 4, 1872) Leaper and stilt performer, Backenstoe’s. Died at Vicksburg, MS, of typhoid fever.

EMMETT, HARRY. Concert manager, Bailey & Winan, 1890.

EMMINGS, DOLLY. Mančge, Gollmar Bros.’, 1893.

EMMINGS, HARRY. Band leader, Gollmar Bros.’, 1893.

ENGLEMAN, PAUL. Zoological director, Springer’s, 1875.

ENOCHS, HARRY. Associate, Spalding & Rogers, 1858; VanAmburgh’s, 1859; concert privilege, Adam Forepaugh’s, 1868; inside and outside privileges, Hemmings, Cooper & Whitby, 1869; privileges, John V. O’Brien’s, 1872; special agent, Adam Forepaugh’s, 1888; Forepaugh’s, 1894.

ENOCHS, JOE. Son of Harry Enochs. Horse dealer, Philadelphia, 1876; with his father on Adam Forepaugh’s, 1894. 1881, started keeping a hotel, Atlantic City, known as “Enochs’ Cottage.”

ERWIN, BILLY. Maginley, Carroll & Co., 1867.

ERWIN, CHARLES L. Privileges, John Robinson’s, 1889.

ERWIN, JAMES. (May 15, 1848-January 3, 1885) Sideshow manager. Born in Dublin, Ireland, but came to America as an infant. Entered the circus business as a sword swallower for a few years around 1865; then became an operator of his own sideshow. During the Civil War, was twice sentenced to be shot for dissertion; first time, as a mere boy, he was pardoned by President Lincoln; the second time, succeeded in escaping. Later years, was considered one of the best shots in Indiana. Was married once but the union was not a happy one. Died of pneumonia in Indianapolis.

ERWOOD, R. J. Conducted a one-ring circus on boat in the Ohio River, 1892.

ESAU. Bearded child, P. T. Barnum’s, 1871.

ESSEN, JOHN. Cannon ball performer, John Robinson’s, 1858.

ESSLER, JAMES. Ringmaster, Mabie’s, 1857; Maginley & Bell, 1864; Maginley & Carroll, 1868; James Robinson’s, 1874.

ETAW, CHINOWSKI. (1877?-October 24, 1893) Japanese juggler, Barnum & Bailey for 5 seasons, whose youthful feats attracted great attention. Died at age 16.

ETTA, MLLE. (May 8, 1857-June 1, 1883) Contortionist, vocalist, dancer and actress. Born in Syracuse, NY. Became a professional entertainer at the age of 8. United States Circus, 1867; hall shows until 1871 and variety theatres until 1876; J. E. Warner’s, 1876; Pullman Bros.’, 1877; Batcheller & Doris, 1879; Adam Forepaugh’s, 1880; Denier’s “Humpty Dumpty” troupe, 1881; John B. Doris’, 1882; Barnum & Bailey, 1883. When with the latter, became ill and died, age 26. Was married to Harry Blodgett.

EUGENE BROTHERS [Emery, Tom]. Horizontal bar performers, Adam Forepaugh’s, 1888-89.

EVANS, HARRY. Singing clown, Cooper & Co. (J. R. W. Hennessey, proprietor and manager), 1897.

EVANS, HAYSE. General contractor, Robert Hunting’s, 1894.

EVANS, IRA. Treasurer, Stowe & Orton, 1870.

EVANS, ED. Clown, W. W. Cole’s, 1885.

EVANS, JOHN D. (d. April 24, 1887) Contracting agent, America’s Racing Association, 1875; candy stand privilege, W. W. Cole’s, 1878, treasurer, 1881.

EVANS, MACK. Advance agent, Hunting’s, 1889.

EVANS, THOMAS. (d. April 30, 1887) Evans’ dog and Monkey Circus.

EVARTS, HARRY. (d. April 28, 1889) Press agent. Entered the show business as a performer with Dr. Gilbert R. Spalding’s, 1847-48; Dan Rice’s, 1849; George F. Bailey & Co., 1860. Booker & Evarts Minstrels organized, 1860, for a tour through New England; January, 1861, they were on a Mississippi River floating palace; February, Evarts left the company, having been stricken with paralysis and losing the use of his left arm. Ringmaster, W. C. Coup’s, 1875-76; press agent, W. C. Coup’s, 1879-81; VanAmburgh’s, 1883; Sells Bros.’, 1884-85, 1887; Adam Forepaugh’s, 1886, 1888. Was an able writer and as a show “talker” earned the title of the “Little Giant Orator.” While on his way to join Adam Forepaugh’s, 1889, was judged to have been a fatality from the train wreck at Hamilton, Canada, April 28. Although the body could not be identified among the cremated victims of the disaster, his name did not appear on the list of survivors and papers pertaining to him were not found in the rubble Wife Florence lived in Corning, NY.

EVERETT, EDWARD. Press agent, Orrin Barber’s, 1888.

EVERETT, H. Punch and Judy performer, magician, sideshow, Cooper, Bailey & Co., 1876.

EVERETT, H. B. Press agent, S. H. Barrett & Co., 1883.

EVERITT, L. H. Clown, Yankee Robinson’s, 1866.

EVERS, JENNIE. (1860?-1884) Sells Bros.’ some 5 years. Died in Bristol, TN, age 24.

EVERSELL, J. Rider, Mons. LeTort’s, 1842; equestrian manager, John Mateer’s, 1844; Cincinnati Circus, 1845.

EVERSELL, J. [also Ebersole]. Apprentice rider, Brown & Weeks, 1834; J. T. & J. P. Bailey, 1835; Ludington, Smith & Bailey, 1836; Brown, Mills (apprenticeship ended), 1837; Brown, Mills, Waterman, 1838; Ludlow & Smith, 1841; Fogg & Stickney, 1841; Mons. LeTort’s, 1842; equestrian manager, Mateer’s, 1843; Cincinnati Circus (Swiss Bros.’), 1845; Dr. Gilbert R. Spalding’s, to March 1846.

EVERTS, P. Dr. Gilbert R. Spalding’s, 1847.

EWERS, CHARLES. (d. February 16, 1909) Hurdle rider, Sells Bros.’, 1877, equestrian director, 1879, 1882; hurdle and 4-horse bareback rider, Anderson & Co., 1878; Orrin Bros.’, Havana, winter 1879-80, 1882-83; Adam Forepaugh’s, 1880, equestrian director, 1881; 4 and 6-horse rider, S. H. Barrett & Co., 1883; jockey rider, Wallace & Co., 1886-89; jockey rider, Wallace & Anderson, 1890; Cook & Whitby’s, 1892; Ringling Bros.’, 1893; 4-horse and bounding jockey, Sautelle’s, 1895, 1898-99; general manager, Wood & Ewers’ (Charles Ewers, George Wood, proprietors), 1897; Charles Lee’s, 1901. Married to Jennie Turnour, who was killed while performing with Barrett’s, April 26, 1884. Ewers died at age 54.

EWERS, JENNIE. See Jennie Turnour.

EWERS, THOMAS. Contracting agent, Wood & Ewers (Charles Ewers, George Wood, proprietors), 1897.

EWERS, W. E. Treasurer, Wood & Ewers’ Golden Gate Wagon Shows (Charles Ewers, George Wood, proprietors), 1897.

EWING, ELLA. (March 9, 1872-January 10, 1912) Giantess. Born in Lewis County, MO. At age 25, was 7˝’ tall and weighed 250 pounds. As “The Saintly Giantess,” traveled with Barnum & Bailey for several years; also Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, where she was featured in a poster. Died of consumption.

EWING, H. J. Treasurer, Bailey & Winan, 1890.ace & Co., 1886-89; jockey rider, Wallace & Anderson, 1890; Cook & Whitby’s, 1892; Ringling Bros.’, 1893; 4-horse and bounding jockey, Sautelle’s, 1895, 1898-99; general manager, Wood & Ewers’ (Charles Ewers, George Wood, pro-prietors), 1897; Charles Lee’s, 1901. Married to Jennie Turnour, who was killed while performing with Barrett’s, April 26, 1884. Ewers died at age 54.


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