Hal Silvers AKA Hubert Castle

| August 31, 2008

This is a picture of Hal Silvers who was a tight wire performer on my grandfather’s circus,” Henry Bros”. He later changed his name to Hubert Castle. In the 1960′s he started the Hubert Castle International Circus. How ever his real last name was Smith. Hal is his true first name, He thought Smith just wasn’t […]

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Frank Henry

| August 31, 2008

This is a picture of J.E. Henry’s youngest brother Frank Henry. He was not involved with the circus, but he had a son by the name of Hoyt. Hoyt Henry was a fine musician and played the trumpet with the circus for awhile. For most of his career, he played in Las Vegas as a band leader.  He […]

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Al Conners

| August 31, 2008

Al’s act was one of a kind. He balanced on a wagon wheel, juggled clubs & hoops, and also did a table rock. A table rock is placing one table on top of the other till you reach…in his act….7 high. Then a chair would be balanced on two legs on top of the tables as Al on the […]

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Bertha Henry

| August 31, 2008

Bertha was oldest of all J.E. Henry’s children . She performed “Iron Jaw” in the show.  She also helped in the cook house. Later she was married to Al Conners.

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Monkey Show

| August 31, 2008

Attractions like this one would sometimes join the J.E Henry show and would become part of his midway. The center banner reads Masons Natureland

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The Advance Cars

| August 31, 2008

These are the cars used by the advance man and the 24 hour man . They would go from town to town ahead of the show and hang paper on barns,  fence posts or anywhere you could hang circus advertisement for the show. They also took care of any last minute business and going to the post office, or what ever. […]

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Training The Ponies

| August 30, 2008

This is called the long mount . Training new tricks is a must it will always make your act a little better.

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The Caravan

| August 30, 2008

J.E. Henry’s house trailer. I guess there was no time to level it,  one day jumps were rough.  This is a home made trailer. The undercarriage is from a model T ford. I know this as a fact J.E. Henry invented the first semi trailer with a steel king pine, He also built the first […]

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Clown Alley

| August 30, 2008

Clowns….. a circus is not complete without them . I wish I knew their names. I will do more research 0n this photo, What I do know is they were on grandfather circus around 1927 or 1928.

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Rounding up the Animals

| August 30, 2008

All of the un-caged animals were rounded up to herd to the next town. The trail  sometimes was long and hard. The water wagon was pulled by a team of horses that followed behind. This is a wonderful old picture but much of it has been destroyed by time. If you look closely you can see an elephant and beyond that […]

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