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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
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QUAGLIENI, SEBASTIAN [billed as Signor Sebastion]. (1838?-January 4, 1882) Equestrian. Father of Louis and Romeo Sebastian. Performed in America for about 25 years and was considered excellent in somersault and carrying acts and as a bareback rider. It was said he rode with ease and grace and his posturing was daring. One of his feats was hanging onto a horse with one knee. Joe Pentland’s, 1856; Cooke’s Royal Amphitheatre, Niblo’s Garden, NYC (James M. Nixon, proprietor), 1860; First National Union Circus (combination of Nixon’s Royal Circus and Sloat’s New York Circus), 1861; Madigan’s, 1861; S. P. Stickney’s, 1861; John Wilson’s, San Francisco, 1863; J. F. Orrin’s, South America, 1865-66; Chiarini’s, New Orleans, 1866, and Mexico City, 1867; single and double riding act, George F. Bailey & Co., 1868-72, 1874; William T. Aymar’s European and American, 1870; P. T. Barnum’s, winter 1872-73, 1873; bareback and somersault rider, carrying act, four horse courier of St. Petersburg, Montgomery Queen’s, 1876-77; VanAmburgh & Co., winter 1877-78; P. T. Barnum’s, 1880. VanAmburgh & Co., 1881. Had just closed an engagement, Dockrill & Leon, Iron Amphitheatre, Havana, when stricken with yellow fever and died.

QUAID, JOSEPH P. (d. January 17, 1905) Number of years treasurer, Standard and Trocadero Theatres, Philadelphia; treasurer, Adam Forepaugh’s, 1890-94; England, 1895, to instruct ticket sellers for the first tour of Barnum & Bailey abroad; managerial position, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, 7 years; 2 years, assistant treasurer, Weber & Fields Music Hall, NYC, later managing a road company for them; manager, West End Theatre, NYC, 1903; manager, “An English Daisy” Co., 1904. Died in Philadelphia.

QUARTERO, ELOISE. Auronaut, Hummel, Hamilton & Co.’s, 1897.

QUEEN, FRANK. Publisher of the New York Clipper, first appearing April 30, 1853, to serve as a theatrical and sporting weekly. Sporting subjects included boat racing, prize fighting, baseball, pedestrianism and even checkers. Paper’s theatrical focus increased during the 1860s, until, practically speaking, it was the only periodical in America dealing with show business news thoughout the decade from 1865 to 1875, and it continued in the forefront as such until competition from the Billboard and Variety forced its demise, 1924. The paper was sold to Frank Queen, 1855, who, as sole proprietor and editor, soon established it as a major organ for sporting and theatrical reportage. Under his guilding force the paper befriended the popular amusements neglected by other publications. In addition to its dramatic interests, it became the major source for circus, minstrel, and variety news, a position it held throughout the century.

QUEEN, G. Gymnast, John Robinson’s, 1885.

QUEEN, MONTGOMERY. (October 13, 1821-September 13, 1901) Native of Brooklyn, NY. Owned a stable, 229-231 Washington Street, Brooklyn, bought and sold horses, ran a feed business; started first stage lines from Fulton Ferry to Fulton Street and Tompkins, Flatbush and DeKalb Avenues; later started a line from Flatbush and Brooklyn to City Hall. Wore diamonds, dressed lavishly and dealt well with people. Co-proprietor with Adam Forepaugh, Montgomery Queen's Great European Menagerie, Transatlantic Circus, Roman Hippodrome, and Troupe of Bedouin Arabs (former Rosston, Springer and Henderson Circus, 1873; bought Forepaugh’s interest by season’s end. Had winter quarters fire, February 24, 1874. Wintered at Hayward, CA, that year. Exhibited corner of Jackson Street and Montgomery Avenue, San Francisco 42 consecutive performances, during which he had a “Ride of Champions” between the great James Robinson and Charles Fish. Added a second ring, 1875, at end of season, which was not a winner, show was shipped to the winter quarters, Haywards, CA. Cut expenses for 1876. Montgomery Queen’s California Menagerie, Caravan and Double Circus, West Coast, 1877. February 13, 1878 filed bankruptcy, St. Louis, MO, liabilities $166,000, nominal assets $31,223. Creditors were performers, printers, money lenders. Largest secured creditors were E. D. Colvin, $6,525; George S. Cole, $3,532; James Cook, $1,164; John S. Strickland, $700; Wooda Cook, $630; Buffalo Courier Company, $18,000; James How, $8,991. Unsecured creditors, George H. Douglas, $24,000; Robert G. Denegan, $22,000; George H. Burnett, $17,250; James H. English, $15,250; James S. Wilson, $12,500; Joseph Lockburrow, $8,500 and Wells, Fargo and Company, $5.300. The sale by auction of Montgomery Queen Circus and Menageries took place at the Exposition building, St. Louis, Mr. Sam Meddas of Meddas & Southwick, officiating. Failure and forced sale ended circus career and he faded from view. 1879 was reported to be connected with a trolly company, Brooklyn. Operated a remunerative livery stable there, the barn with his name over the door remaining a Brooklyn landmark as late as 1932. [See Fred D. Pfening, Jr., “Montgomery Queen, Short Term Circus King,” Bandwagon, July/August, 2004.]

QUICK, ELAM C. Manager, Chiarini’s, Havana, winter 1859-60; sideshow manager, George F. Bailey & Co., 1860, 1871; Howe’s European, winter 1864-65.

QUICK, FRED H. (1843?-February 24, 1892) Advertiser. Native of New Orleans. As a boy, was employed by local theatres, starting as a bill poster in the 1 860s. Joined C. T. Ames' advance brigade, 1867, and shortly was promoted to avertising agent. Contracting agent, Charles Noyes', winter 1871-72; Haight's Great Eastern, 1874; press agent, W. W. Cole's, 1875; special agent, Sells Bros.', 1879-82; general advertiser, S. H. Barrett's, 1885. Also connected with theatrical enterprises, at various times working for Charles R. Pope, Thomas H. Hall, and James H. Wallack. Advertising agent, Eugene Robinson's Dime Museum, New Orleans, 1890-91; Henry Greenwalt's Grand Opera House in that city, 1892. Died there, age 49. Was never married.

QUICK, GERARD C. (May 9, 1811-January 20, 1869) Born in North Salem, Westchester Co., NY. Sideshow, Clayton, Welch, 1844; VanAmburgh’s, United Kingdom, 1845-46; bought interest in Sands, Nathans & Co., 1846; manager, June, Titus & Co.’s Circus, 1849; proprietor, G. C. Quick’s, 1850, 1851; partner, Sands & Quick, 1852; proprietor, Sands & Quick’s, 1853; partner, Franconi’s Hippodrome, NYC, 1853; spring 1867, with Avery Smith, David Bidwell, John Nathans, and Dr. Gilbert R. Spalding, took a circus to France for the Paris Exposition; shortly after arrival, was stricken with a stroke; returned to USA, where he recovered. George Bailey & Co. (Avery Smith, G. C. Quick and John Nathans, proprietors), 1867. Opened a variety theatre, NYC, 1868. Died in NYC. Left an estate of $200,000.

QUICK, ISAAC. Native of Westchester County, NY. Partner with Jeremiah P. Fogg and Abraham H. Mead, 1826. Their Washington Circus was one of the earliest to tour with a canvas pavilion—50’ round top and expenses of $35 to $40 a day. The men also owned an interest in Fogg & Howes’ menagerie at this time.

QUICK, J. C. Co-owner, Howe’s European Circus, 1865.

QUIGLEY, JAMES. Clown. Adam Forepaugh’s, 1879; Miller, Stowe & Freeman, 1887.

QUIGLEY, JOHN F. (1867?-July 23, 1896) General performer. Born in England. Made professional debut in the United States with William Conners as part of the team of Conners & Quigley. Other partners at various times were Joe Edwards, James H. Cole, Joe Hinckey, and John Coyne. Performed in the leading variety theatres and for a time was a member of Sheridan A. Flynn’s City Sports Co. As a circus performer, was connected with S. H. Barrett & Co., 1883; John B. Doris’, 1885; leaper and equestrian director, Holland & McMahon, Chicago, winter 1885-86; W. H. Harris’ Nickel-Plate, 1888; Holland & Gormley, 1889; John F. Wood’s, 1889; John S. McMahon’s, 1892; Charles McMahon’s, 1893. Died at his home in Philadelphia, age 29.

QUILLIN, LEW. Musical clown, tumbler and gymnast, Great Australian, 1877..

QUINN, CHARLES T. Gymnast, First National Union, 1861.

QUINNETT FAMILY [William H., Frank, Mamie, and Emma?]. Trapeze and tumbling act. Bartine & Co., 1880; New York and New England (O. J. Ferguson, proprietor), 1884; W. H. Harris’ Nickel-Plate, 1885. W. H. Quinnett secured half-interest in the Priest Pavilion Show, spring 1886, and toured with it under the title of Priest’s Great Western Museum and Trained Animal Show. Walter L. Main’s, 1887; manager, Dan Shelby’s, 1888; Orton Bros.’, 1889; clown, with his dog Dallas, James M. French’s, 1890; clown and assistant business manager, LaPearl’s, 1892; general manager, Mullen’s Railroad Show and Quinett’s Museum, 1893; general contractor, LaPearl’s, 1894, advertiser, 1896, manager of advance car #1, 1897; contracting agent, Campbell Bros.’, 1902, car manager, Sun Bros.’, 1903-05. See W. Quinnett Hendricks.

QUINTON, JAMES I. Master of transportation, John Robinson’s, 1874, assistant treasurer, 1876.

QUIRK, PATRICK. See William H. Batcheller.


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