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!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

FROM GAYLE DE RIZKIE BARNES: THE DE RIZKIE FAMILY

The De Rizkie Family was a third generation circus family of French & Dutch descent, Letha & Frank performed a Double Chair Balancing Trapeze Act, also doing Foot Slide, & Head Slide, respectively.
When their four children were growing up, in the tradition of many American circus families they taught them to be versatile, learning many different circus skills. Lucy learned Slack Wire, and along with, Francine, Gayle, & Frank Jr. learned Head Balancing Trapeze, Gayle did Foot Juggling, and the whole family did a Juggling Act. On the Rola Bola, Frank & Sandra did juggling, and Lucy & Gayle did head to head, Lucy, Sandra, & Frank Jr. worked with elephants, Gayle & Lucy worked the Dog Acts when needed, and of course the girls all did web, & swinging ladder.

They worked circuses, fairs, parks, films, & TV throughout the U.S. & Canada, they spent much time working in the East with Hunt Bros, 1945, found them with Railroad show, Arthur Bros., & 1947 with Floyd King’s King Bros. Some other shows were Ring Bros.(owned by Franco & Lucy De Rizkie Richards), Robbins Bros., Hagan-Wallace, & others.


LETHA & FRANK DE RIZKIE SR.
The Pendleton Round Up, 1934

THE DE RIZKIE FAMILY.
On the left is Letha,the top mounter is Francine, the understander is Frank Sr., with Lucy on the right, & Gayle lower left.
Letha was a "Charter Member", of "Showfolks of Sarasota", and was a familiar sight at the dinners, accompanied by daughter Sandy.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Dick Flint said...

Bill, nice to see that you are back to posting! Wonderful series today. I was first introduced to the family when, as a youngster, I caught the seemingly always elusive Beers-Barnes about 1963. In later years Harold Barnes contributed many stories to Don Marcks' Circus Report and then a fine series on the history of his family to the Circus Historical Society's Bandwagon.
Hope you might continue spotlighting some of the circus families with info about each of them and the acts/routines they did. I'm sure lots of folks would be interested. Buckles covers so much about animal acts it would be good to have your blog cover families that did ground and aerial acts.
Dick Flint
Baltimore

8/31/2008 1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great to see these pictures, I have seen many of them before but not all of them. Francine is my grandmother, One small correction, Robert (Bob) Kiess is from and currently resides in Muncy Pa. not Indiana.

Thanks again,
Trey Kiess

9/19/2008 11:50 PM  

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