Circus: 0050.0515


            Al. G. Barnes, the circus man, left an estate of only $5,000, although it is known that he sold his circus holdings a few years ago for an amount reported in excess of $1,000,000.  He had been involved in much civil litigation, part of which involved two former wives.


            The historic wild west show known as the “101 Ranch” is in financial difficulties.  Five weeks’ back salary is claimed by 400 employees.  Some of the best known figures in the wild west circus world are among the stranded performers.  Early in the 20th century the 101 Ranch began the career that made of it a national show.  The three Miller brothers, owners, took to the road with prized products of the ranch and were a great success.  Recently times have been bad.  Two of the brothers died.  Business depression cut deeply into revenues last year.

0050.0515: Circus

Barnes sold his circus for $1,000,000 but left an estate of only $5,000 after much litigations including two ex-wives.

Medium:  Newspaper - Text
Date:  August 20, 1931
Pages:  4
Publisher:  Cranbrook Courier
Collection:  Columbia Basin Institute (0050)


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