Mugivan Bowers Suit 5-21-1936
MILLION DOLLAR CLAIM; "Has Been Filed Against Estate! oi Peru Circus Man. i Peru, May 21. — A claim jfor SI,000,000 against the estate;of Bert Bowers, Peru-banker and former circus magnate, was on file in the probate division of the Miami circuit court today. The action was filed by John C. Robinson IV, of Cincinnati, who claims to be the grandson of the original JohuXRobinson, who founded the circus bearing bis name and which later was. operated by the local circus corporation of which Bowers and the late Jerry Mugivan, also of Peru, were principal owners. Robinson claimed that when his father and grandfather sold the -property and the name of "John Robinson's. Big Ten Shows" to the Peru firm in 1916, a contract was signed giving him- the first option to purchase the property in the event it was resold. The property, the claim says, was sold to the Ringling Brothers Corporation several years ago. Robinson said his action was brought against the Bowers estate because, the latter was the last survivor of the officials of the corporation. He claimed $500,000 is due bim for the loss of the circus and the name and be also was entitled to an equal sum for "special damages" because of the loss of the show's earning power since December, 1934.