The Henry Family

| July 30, 2017

  From left to right. Janell Henry, Charlotte Henry, myself  and my father Clifford Henry. Photo by my mother 1957.

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Todd Henry

| July 20, 2017

This is my uncle Todd, a great guy, but of course I thought all my uncles were great. This photo was taken just before he enlisted into the Marine Corp. He fought at Iwo Jima and other bloody battles. He came back without a scratch. Todd received several war medals, but through time they were lost. My […]

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My Mother and Sister

| July 20, 2017

The act was known as Toni Madison’s Wonder Dogs. On the left is my mother Mary Henry and on the right is my sister Janell. Mother thought that it was time to break in my sisters …….Janell and Charlotte into the business. The idea behind it was that one day they would have there own […]

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Henry’s Rolling Globe

| July 20, 2017

Many of the photos that I have just posted were sent to me by my niece Jennifer Henry Tyler who is the daughter of the late Janelle Henry, my sister.  My long lost niece Jennifer happened to find me because of the circus blog. I had not seen her for over 35 years and what a wonderful […]

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Henry’s Chimps

| July 20, 2017

This is a photo of Dad and I in the beginning of our chimp act. Photo taken in 1956 on the Siebrand circus. My Dad was old school circus…. no joking or talking in the act…just perform the different tricks… style and smile. It got very boring for me. Then one day out of the clear blue […]

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Toni Madison Wonder Dogs

| July 20, 2017

ce My sister Charlotte on the left and Toni or Mary, my mother, on the right. It did not take long for Charlotte and Janell to learn the ropes of the circus. Each did web, swinging ladder, trapeze, rolling globe and juggling and if needed they worked the dog act. They were both eager to learn […]

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Mary Henry

| July 20, 2017

My mother’s stage name was Toni Madison. The reason she decided to change her name was because all of the Henrys had dog acts which made it hard to know what dog act the booking agent wanted. So Toni Madison’s Wonder Dogs was a good separation from the rest of the Henry clan.

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Mary Henry

| July 18, 2017

My mother did not come for a circus background. Mom did however had studied music and dance which made it easier for her to become a fine performer. Her singing voice was perfect and she could hit E above C. Knowing that she had a great voice, the show producers would ask her to open the show and […]

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Clifford and Mary Henry

| July 18, 2017

In the early 1940’s my Mom and Dad did 5 acts in what ever show they were on. Henry Bros, Yankee Patterson, Arthur Bros and the 101 Wild West show and circus. Dad did comedy Trapeze, Flying Rings & Rolling Globe with Mom along with Mom’s Dog Act, Swinging, Ladder, Web and elephants when needed for the show. The […]

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Mary Henry

| July 18, 2017

  I don’t know for sure,but I think this photo was taken in 1944 with my dad Clifford Henry. The elephant is Babe or Dutch. The circus was Yankee Patterson, produced by Jimmy Wood and Martin Arthur. 

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