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I’ve walked through the seven cemeteries on Broadway in Galveston countless times, photographing, doing research, assisting in restoration, and simply enjoying the history. So I was very surprised this week to find a grave marker that I haven’t taken notice of before. May is my favorite time to take photos there, because the city allows … Continue reading Bon Jour, Professor!
“To Each His Own” FRANCES PADILLA LOTER 1925 – 2003 Frances Loter Padilla of Hugo, Oklahoma performed in circus sideshows with an act not many would be brave enough to attempt. She and her “co-stars” are immortalized in a ceramic photo on her gravestone. KENNETH IKIRT 1915-1976 Kenneth Ikirt was a circus showman for 30 … Continue reading Showman’s Rest-Part 3
Oscar Farish was born on December 18, 1812, in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and emigrated to Texas in October, 1835 to pursue his profession of land surveyor. He joined Captain McIntyre’s Company of Col. Sidney Sherman’s Regiment, and participated in the Battle San Jacinto. He was one of the last surviving veterans. In 1837 he was elected engrossing clerk … Continue reading Happy San Jacinto Day!
Showmen’s Rest – Part 2 Circus Train Wreck Victim Ted Svertesky 1954 – 1994 Just after 9:00 in the morning on January 14, 1994, a 53-car Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus train headed northbound from St. Petersburg to Orlando for their next show. Rolling along at 38 mph, many of the 150 performers inside … Continue reading Circus Train Wreck Victim and Other Circus Folk
Mount Olivet Cemetery Hugo, Oklahoma Recently I was thrilled to be able to visit one of the famous cemeteries on my “visit one day” list: the Showman’s Rest section of Mount Olivet in Hugo, Oklahoma. Hugo has been the winter home of traveling circuses since the 1930’s and the retirement place of many performers and others … Continue reading Showmen’s Rest – Part 1: Even Their Final Resting Place is Entertaining
While I was at a museum the other day, one of the archivists asked me a question that I hear often: “What is the difference between a coffin and a casket…or is there one?” I was glad I had the answer to share with her. Yes, there is a difference although we tend to use … Continue reading Coffin or Casket: What’s the Difference?