Ringlingville USA : the stupendous story of seven siblings by Jerry Apps, Fred Dahlinger
By Jerry Apps, Fred Dahlinger
The Ringling Brothers begun their enterprise less than the main modest of situations and during exertions, company savvy, and a few success created the most important, most famed circus on the planet. They grew to become filthy rich males, one 50 cent admission price ticket at a time.
Ringlingville USA chronicles the brothers' trip from immigrant poverty to enduring glory because the kings of the circus international. The Ringlings and their circus have been final studied intensive over 4 a long time in the past. Now, for the 1st time, the brothers' distinctive monetary files and private correspondence can be found to researchers. Jerry Apps weaves jointly that info with newspaper money owed, oral histories, colourful anecdotes, and beautiful circus ephemera and photographs, many by no means ahead of been released, to light up the significance of the Ringlings' accomplishments. He describes how the Ringling Brothers faced the demanding situations of taxation, struggle, financial strain, altering expertise, and private sorrows to discover their position in background. The brothers turn out to be advanced characters whose ambition, mind's eye, and natural hucksterism fueled the phenomenon that was once the Ringling Brothers' Circus.
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24 McGregor, Iowa, 1860–1872 Many circuses traveled the Mississippi River after the Civil War, showing in river towns such as McGregor, Iowa, where the Ringlings grew up. The Brothers were so enthralled with the circuses they saw there that they were soon offering circus “performances” for their childhood friends. PH 1006 McGregor was a bustling place the year before the Civil War, with nearly two thousand residents. Its location on the Mississippi made it an entry point for settlers and others going west.
Ringling, manufacturer and dealer in harnesses, collars, trunks, valises, robes, blankets, whips, etc. Carriage trimming a specialty. ”28 Also in 1876, son Otto, now eighteen, was working in Racine at a wagon and carriage company. Two years later a fire destroyed nearly an entire city block in Baraboo and leveled August’s harness shop. 29 By this time Charles and Alf T. were both old enough to work alongside their father. 30 Three of the Ringling boys, Al, Gus, and Otto, had left home. Al continued his strong interest in the circus, and Alf T.
Factory-made harnesses and horse collars cheaper than those made by hand were arriving on the market. By 1871 August was out of the harness-making business, and in 1872 he moved his family to Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Gus, then eighteen, stayed behind in McGregor to work in another harness shop. This was the first time the family was separated. In Prairie du Chien August and oldest son Al worked as carriage trimmers for the newly formed Traner Carriage Works, doing specialty leather work for carriages that could not be done with machines.