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Edward Delevan Andrus was a horse tamer of wild man-eating horses during the latter years of the 1800’s. He went by the name of “Farmer Andrus.” Edward Delevan Andrus was from Michigan, although he lived many other places. He supposedly knew Buffalo Bill personally, and Annie Oakley supposedly worked for him for a time. It is told that he was with a circus in California called the Selz Flota Circus (not sure of pronunciation or spelling). He indeed became a very famous horse tamer of his day. He performed for the Governor General in Canada, at the Madison Square Gardens (26th and 27th Street, NY, NY), and with the Ringling Brothers Circus as a horse tamer. He would tame wild, vicious, “man-eating” horses before an audience, and would have the horse calmly walking around the ring by the end of the act; so gentle a lady could drive or ride it. I have a copy of an actual newspaper advertisement of one of his exhibitions. I have not been able to find anything about him on the internet and am hoping someone in your circle might have heard of him or know where I might find info.

Thank you. Kathy

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He was my wife’s great grandfather.

Rick Jones

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There were no entries for this name, or variations thereon (such as Edward Delavan), in the CWM name finding index. Circuses have always hired trainers to break acts, but they’re not always documented in relation to their preparatory activity in circus annals. The style of his act, with an indeterminate length of presentation, does not appear to be the type of thing that would be presented in a circus ring. Perhaps he was with Sells-Floto during the two years of Buffalo Bill’s presence, 1914-1915. The Gordon Carver articles in Bandwagon about those seasons could be checked. Suggest doing a search in George C. D. Odell’s Annals of the New York Stage and also the Proper Name Index to the New York Times. If he was a noted stage presenter, he’ll turn up in one of those items.

Fred Dahlinger, Jr., Director of Historic Resources and Facilities, Circus World Museum.

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Selz Flota is probably Sells Floto.

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