Is Jesse Martin any relation of Jesse James Martin (1852-1912), reported as a circus wire walker; buried in Dinuba, Tulare County, California; husband of Jovia; father of a Jesse Martin (born 1887/1947) and also interred in Dinuba? See: https://www.geni.com/people/Jesse-Martin/6000000000924952337 The best resources to find information will be Billboard magazine, searching for the Escalante title, and local newspapers, that may include mention of Martin in circus advertisements. He may have appeared under a stage name. Check the content in message 98 on this board, about Escalante Bros. The family retains their interest in their circus heritage. Perhaps one of them has documentation relating to Jesse Martin? There is also an Escalante Circus page on Facebook with some images and this will link you to a few images: http://www.thecircusblog.com/?paged=52. Milonga Escalante Cline is still with us (seen in July 2016), perhaps along with other Escalante family members, and possibly one of them recalls Jesse Martin? Perhaps another reader can provide contact information? A Billboard reference related that Escalante Bros. wasn’t on tour 1938-late 1943, likely owing to the war [December 11, 1943, p38]. That may narrow his activity to c1936-1938, unless he south other circus employment. Phil Escalante was a wire walker, as was Chatita/Chata Escalante, and another is illustrated in the circusblog link above.
Fred Dahlinger Jr., Curator of Circus History, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL
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