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I am looking for information on what circuses were performing around 1932 in Flint or Detroit Michigan. I was also wondering if there is a database available on these circuses that has a listing of accidents around that time. I am looking for a circus motorcycle accident that happened around that time period.

Thanks, Kristie Pallas

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I have nothing further to add. If you want to continue the quest find a library that has or can inter library loan the Billboard for those particular years and become friendly with a microfilm machine. The magazine was 100 pages normally and you are looking for the circus reviews and news pages which normally run only four pages out of every weekly issue.

John Polacsek

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his is to Mr. Polacsek who replied to my message, I was wondering, if maybe the family stories were wrong and the accident that occured was not of a motorcycle. Any info on any circus accidents around that time would be great, she is listed as an “unidentified girl” and was temporarily blinded due to the accident. Her real name was Beulah Goheen. Thanks so much for your help and also big thanks for the info.

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To my knowledge at that time there were few traveling circuses with motorcycle acts as the equipment was too difficult to move in and out of the ring. The only shows that carried acts of this type were a circus with a multiple date stand and carnivals which were set up for a week or more. There are no motorcycle accidents on circuses in 1932 noted in the Detroit Free Press that year, or the years before or after, in Michigan. The only motor cycle rider on a circus for the years around 1932 was Mrs. Carrie Davis who was performing with the Morris & Castle Circus which was playing an extended date at the Michigan State Fair in September 1931. She rode a motorcycle around a bowl shaped den while a lion was trying to catch her. She was noted in the newspaper because she was asking for a divorce from her husband, who was apparently worse than the lion chasing her, since her divorce was granted Sept. 12, 1931 at Detroit.

John Polacsek

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