YESTERDAY'S TOWNS

HOWDY, MY NAME IS BILL STRONG, I'LL BE YOUR "24 HOUR MAN", ROUTING YOU INTO THE PAST TO SEE WHAT THE CIRCUS WAS IN DAYS GONE BY. IF YOU'RE LIKE ME, AND MISS WHAT IT USED TO BE, THEN COME ON ALONG AS WE GO DOWN THE ROAD FOLLOWING THE ARROWS BACKWARDS, TO "YESTERDAY'S TOWNS"! IF YOU HAVE CIRCUS RELATED PICTURES YOU WOULD LIKE POSTED, SEND THEM TO,,,,yesterday1@verizon.net,,,,AND WE WILL TRY TO FIT THEM IN. "24 HOUR MAN" WILL HAVE THE FINAL DECISION ON POSTING.

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Three years at CWM made me a real traditionalist, and I keep remembering Bob Parkinson saying, "I want the people to see what the circus used to be, not what it is today. That's what this site is about!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

SNAPSHOTS: 5-H RANCH CAMEL HITCH





We blew the arrows for a couple days, but we're back on the route now.The last year Trudy & I worked at CWM I walked into Bob Parkinsons, looked at a picture he had on the wall of the old Camel Hitch, and said, "Now that's what you need for the Parade", he then told me the runaway camel story and that was all there was to that, I thought. The following Spring we were laying off at Dave Hale's 5H Ranch, having been told the last day in Wichita, on The Zerbini Show that we had worked so hard we could have a month to rest. One day Dave came to me and said, "guess who I just talked to on the phone, Bob Parkinson at Circus World Museum, he wants me to put a Camel Hitch together for The Milwaukee Parade". Come to think of it I never got a Commission for that idea, but it doesn't bother me, it was a pleasure meeting, & being around Dave, he's one of the finest people I've ever met. Here are some great shots of the Camel Section taken in the late 1980's.

7 Comments:

Blogger Bob Cline said...

Hello Bill,
Glad to see your blog is cooperating with you again. Didn't the Hale ranch also have the White camels?
Bob

6/07/2006 5:44 AM  
Anonymous Ron Perry said...

I, too, am glad to see you back online. I was suffering withdrawl there for a few days. Checking in with you and Buckles comes before the morning paper anymore!

6/07/2006 7:17 AM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

Good Morning Bob, It's good to be back on, yes Dave had the white Camels. I think Dave had quite an impact on our business in the last few years, and his presence on the Parade Grounds in Milwaukee was something to see. I'll tell one story of our dealings with Dave. Half way throughour stay at 5-H he had to leave for Hawaii with the petting zoo, so I asked him how much we owed him for the month, (horses in the barn & parking for our semi),he replied,"not one damn red cent"!!!!

6/07/2006 7:56 AM  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

There are so many very kind, loving, sharing circus people out there that you never hear about. People behind the scene that are not in the ring. We all own them a lot. "THANKS" all you people. You know who you are and so do the rest of us. The back bone of the circus for sure.

6/07/2006 8:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what was the runaway camel story?? cc

6/07/2006 8:46 AM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

When Ringling trained the Camels for the 16 hitch,(I hope the # is right), they did it in pairs. When it came time to put the whole thing together they decided they best do it in the camel barn. Now in those days there was a row of houses across the street from Winter Quarters, and opposite the camel barn lived an old man who had been his whole life in a wheelchair, sunning himself on the porch. When they opened the barn doors and the daylight hit the camels,they took off, "Hell bent for where ever", & left harness & wagon parts every where. When the man in the wheelchair saw those camels coming out of the barn, he jumped up and ran for his life. And to quote Bob, "I don't know if it's true, but that's how I heard it"!!!!

6/07/2006 9:05 AM  
Blogger Ned said...

ineresting side note on the Hale hitch the wagon tounge had to be counter balanced being made of steel put two much weight on the wheel camels when they did the Big E Fair spent a day working on the pole and the counter balance that would fit on the wagon thanks to the help of the repair dept at the Big E the job was accomplished in good time

6/07/2006 9:08 PM  

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