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I came across the web site of circus biographies a-b. I found my great uncle Leslie Brooks his sister was Elizabeth Annis Mellor (nee Brooks) my grandmother. Some of the information was supplied by Terry Brooks. I am trying to find and hopefully get in touch with the Brooks family. Can you please help. Please reply if only to say no.

Thanks Carole Mellor.

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Do you know if Brooks was married, or had any children? Siblings? Your best bet is to do some online directory and residence searching for people named Brooks in the vicinity of Medford, OR, where Brooks expired – and ascertain if that was his residence or where he just happened to be when he expired. Unfortunately, that was 33 years ago, nearly two generations have passed since then. With a mobile population people are always on the move.

You might seek a copy of the newspaper obituary. It may provide the name of his next of kin and the name of the cemetery where he was interred. The cemetery internment record may also name next of kin, or those that provided for his burial. If you can find his 1983 street address, sometimes current occupants or neighbors have a recollection of a past resident. Being a circus man and a clown would have imbued him with a special and memorable personality.

Here’s an image of Brooks, date unknown. http://clownalley.blogspot.com/2009/08/leslie-brooks-undated.html. Perhaps members of the clowning world can assist you with further information? Check with Greg DeSanto of the Clown Hall of Fame in Baraboo, WI; also Pat Cashin [clownalley website link]; and Bruce Johnson at http://www.charliethejugglingclown.com/clown_history.htm. A simple Google search of ‘Leslie Brooks’ brought forth a number of relevant hits that may be worthwhile to pursue.

Fred Dahlinger Jr., Curator of Circus History, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL

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