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Seeking information concerning the 1934 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus typhoid epidemic. Especially need copies of The White Tops Joseph T. Bradbury articles of “The Gumpertz Era” (Pt.3) (1935-36) and (Pt.4) (1937). Also articles published in the Sarasota newspaper(s) during the summer and fall of 1934 mentioning the names of local victims and including final death notice. Myself and Claude Bordez have been working on the circus typhoid incident for a decade and have already written a french language book on the tragic loss of Eloise Berchtold.

Giovanni Iuliani

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1934 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Typhoid epidemic is somewhat confusing. While it mentions that the 5th typhoid victim was Stanley Meeker I have him listed under the name of Frank Meeker. I also have Mr. Meeker listed as having died on August 15 but we can assume that the Ironwood Daily Globe published the news on August 17,1934. In reason to determine the exact surname of Mr. Meeker one would have to obtain a dead certificate from the Detroit Health Bureau.

Giovanni Iuliani

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Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan), August 17, 1934, p. 11. “Detroit — Stanley Meeker, of Detroit, who was employed in the menagerie department of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey circus, died as the fifth fatality among 77 employes [sic] taken to a hospital here with typhoid fever nearly a month ago. One other man died in Dayton, O. [Ohio] Forty-seven employes still are in the hospital, nine in serious condition.”

You may already have this, but just in case, J. Griffin.

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