Sparks Article w/Cartoon 5-23-1931

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Just a Field Of Billowing Canvas to j down ! was ] to 1 j ! ' ' ° Downie Brothers Shows as they appear with all tents qp and flags Bying on the Fourth War* the- Show Grounds j--- · : j Downie Brothers Shows Delight Large Crowds With Features 'PI' Smith, one of those per, of r lercner omun, one 01 uioee per- «n«1 who dispe'nse a line of chat- a Bob ter telling of the wonders of the tented shows with' which/ they are connected Is in town today with Charlie Sparks and the Downie Brothers Circus. Now that is a real amusement triumvirate-- Smith, Sparks and Downie Brothers. And let it be said that all three are si- mon pure, 100 per cent show folks. The Don-pie shows were welcomed this morning with a choice assortment of rain drops. It may be | that every snow flafce is different j from its brothers but Fletch Smith claims that one rain drop is just as wet as another and that he has gone wet this spring by a big majority. The shows came from Butler and the 85 trucks with their trailers rumbled and roared into town about dawn. The lighter trucks came ,by way of Worthington but due to the work on the Kittanning bridge the larger part of the show came by way of New Kensington, getting here about 9 o'clock. Back in the old days and within the memory of some not too old citizens circuses were transported by wagons. The Ringllngs toured small towns playing in halls and then graduated onto wagons and finally onto trains. Charles Sparks had a term with the mud shows and then built up a big railroad enterprise which he sold to the Ringlings. The lure of the sawdust hit him like it has Billy Sunday and both after announcing retirements are again hitting the sawdust trail. So Charley has a motorized show, the largest in the show world and it is astonishing to know that a 30 car rail show Is loaded in automobile trucks. There is more romance to the motorized show than the rail outfit and in fact it sort of rouses the gypsy in a bystander who longs to hit the open road with the touring show folks. The 39 foot truc'is with the elephants and camels. theTi'uger truck* carrying the tent poles down to the property trucks and the trailers in which the performers sleep and which are equipped with radios and other conveniences all win attention Of the perrormance much can be said. The npjgram Is typically a LEEGHBURG HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES Class of Seventy-seven Received Diplomas on Friday Evening Leechburg. May 23.--Commence- Sparhs show and sparkels withj ment exercises of Leechbyrg High thrilling acts. High in the air j School were held here last evening trapeze performers swing and gy- j in the school auditorium. A class rate, on the ground horses highly j seventy-seven graduates the educated give the lovers of horse I In the history of 'the school, flesh a, glow of pleasure, trained animals please with their work and' the -Jtimbpring pachyderms go through their routine to the airs of the band and obey the wand of a pretty girl who looks diminutive ed diplomas. The presentation of the Dr. j. Orr medal featured an unusually interesting program. This medal Is awarded each year to the student having the highest scholastic attain compared with her huge charges. ment during four years. The ft is a real circus and wins hearty \ lent last evening was applause. The attendance this after! lund. who graduated with noon WHS fairly large but it is ex- j honors in the class. Dr. Orr pected that this evening the big i been making this award s tor 39 years tents will be crowded. | a remarkable record. With the ad- Charley Sparks. East Brady show 1 dit tonal honor that goes man is owner of the the show hav- ', award. It also serves to ing purchased it from Andrew! great Interest among the high Downie. During the winter the show ; school students has practically been rebuilt and i t - J. A. Mechling, assistant is today still growing as Mr. Sparks ! superintendent o f schools made the is constantly adding to the show. ! presentation of diplomas. refurnishing the equipment on hand In addition to Miss Westlund, and making the motorized equip- honor students were Carrie Monders ment outstanding In Its complete- ! Paul Remsick and Tai Pindley. ness. ) The program as presented follows It Is to be regretted that the wea- j Invocation-- Rev. Wm. P. ther roan was not more kind to the · "The Graduate in the Social show folks today but a wish for [ ence World"-- Carrie Wonders more sunny skies in the day* to! "The Graduate in the Scientific come Is extended to the veteran · World"-- Paul Remsick. showman and his busy complement i Double Quaratette fal The of show folks. Road--Stickles; (b) Bella Napoll-- Boscovrte,

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  1. Simpson's Leader-Times,
  2. 23 May 1931, Sat,
  3. Page 1

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