J.E. Henry Circus

Posted By on November 22, 2014

je9 J.E. Henry Circus My Grandfather never played very many large towns as he preferred small towns. The reason was that the miles between small towns were less than between large towns which made it easier to herd the big animals over the road. It would take a full day to travel 35 miles, sometimes even longer. My father told me that he started helping to herd the animals when he was only 5. Growing up in the circus with all the Henry family was the greatest time of my life. Some of the stories that I was told are simply unbelievable. While herding animals along dirt roads, it would never fail that wagons or other herds would be traveling the opposite direction and then the fun began….trying to separate the circus animals from cattle, or whatever. There were times when they even got shot at. I do remember the story about Jeb who was a wrangler…which was the trail boss of the men that herded animals and worked on the tent. Jeb heard a shot whiz over them. My father said he carried an 8 gage Greener shot gun and was not afraid to use it if necessary. It is said that he rode toward where the shot came from and over a ridge and all anyone could hear was the report of his shotgun. He came back to the herd and continued on as if nothing was the matter.  There is a photo of Jeb in the Circus blog. He riding a very large mule and if I am not mistaken his Greener is with him.

As the circus blog goes on, I hope to relate other stories to you.

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The Henry Elephant named “Gip”

Posted By on November 22, 2014

je7 The Henry Elephant named Gip  The photo says she was 110 yrs old ….I don’t believe that is accurate as I think she was in her eighties when she died.  Gip or Gypsy as she was called sometimes, had been on other circuses before Grandfather bought her. She was not a very well elephant and nearing the end of her life when he bought her.

On the photo is written 110 along with some other flamboyant facts. Thats just a little circus Bally Whooo.

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J.E. Henry’s Circus Bandwagon

Posted By on November 22, 2014

je4 J.E. Henrys Circus Bandwagon On  the horse blanks, it says, “The Great Henry’s Show.”

In all the photos I have of Gip not one with her trunk up. I believe this is the sign of an elephant that is not to well.

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J.E. Henry Circus Band

Posted By on November 22, 2014

je3 J.E. Henry Circus Band I posted this photo once before but this photo came from my cousin Michael King, whose mother is Patty Henry.

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J.E. Henry

Posted By on November 22, 2014

je8 J.E. Henry In this photo Grandfather is presenting one of the llama’s from his menagerie. Many of the photos that had been taken of his circus were turned into post cards. He used them for personal and advance advertisement.

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Henry Bros Circus

Posted By on November 22, 2014

je5 Henry Bros Circus Grandfather, for whatever reason, would often change the name of the circus such as J.E Henry’s Circus or Big Show,  Henry Bros, and as seen in this photo…. The Great Henry’s Show. Photo taken in the early 1900’s.

I wish I could make out the writing on this photo. Can you, if so please comment.

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Henry Bros Circus

Posted By on November 22, 2014

je2 Henry Bros Circus J.E. Henry mounted on his manage horse. Photo taken in the very early 1900’s. You will notice a two pole big top which only allowed for one ring in between the the poles. I am guessing the date of this photo was 1908 or 1910.

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Henry Bros Circus

Posted By on November 22, 2014

je1 Henry Bros Circus Lining up for the circus parade. My grandfather in his buggy was always in the front, barely seen here on the right of photo. Photo taken in the very early 1900’s.

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Terrall Jacobs 1939

Posted By on November 18, 2014

RING LING Terrall Jacobs 1939

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Billy’s All Girl Flyers

Posted By on November 18, 2014

get attac Billys All Girl Flyers From L to R, Lisa Hatsel, Billy Dale Woods, Eva Duley and Kathy Hetche. Photo taken in Japan 1981. I want to thank Michael King for the following photos of the Henry family. Michael is the son of Patty Henry and Billy Woods.

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