I’ve been searching for materials, pictures etc. about a lion tamer named “Count Nolan”. As a child this man lived in my home town, Wrentham Massachusetts, and had his animals in the back yard. I remember his act as “Count Nolan and his Jungle Killers”, and that as a family see saw him perform at Benson’s Wild Animal farm in New Hampshire…what a thrill!
His name was Ed Nolan – he contracted for a season at Pleasure Island in Wakefield, Mass and the next year worked with a circus from Canada (Gardner Bros. from Ontario or Toronto) that shipped the entire circus to provide entertainment in Bermuda for the month of May. The big top, cats, horses, elephants and dogs traveled by ship from NY to Bermuda – there might have been some newspaper coverage – May 61 or 62.
Hi my name is Mike. I’m 54 and remember my grandfather being not real happy as he had a dairy farm across the st. and the cows were a bit worried about the noise messed up the milking. There was a shack for years there and he kept his cages out back. Never met him but did meet hobo’s gramp would hire as day labor.
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