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We are interested in finding any information on an aerial(trapeze ) act called the Five Flying Fishers or Fischers connected with the Ringling Brothers circus before WWII; in particular a man named Henry Charles Franz (was apparently raised by one of the Ringling brothers).

Cheryl Stietenroth Huber

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I am trying to link my great grandfather Horace Romer Miltimore to Horace Fredrick Miltimore {aerialist}. My great grandfather’s date of birth was June 30, 1883 in Quincy, Ill. Any information would be very helpful. Did Fred Miltimore {Fisher} have children?

Sincerely, Casey Miltimore Carney

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I am a librarian in the special collections room of Milner Library at Illinois State University. I have pictures of the Flying Fishers from the 1936 era on. They were Bob, Frances his wife, Maxine & 2 others. They were at one time also called the Five Fearless Flyers. We have a great deal of Circus information in our collection donated primarily by Mr S O Braathen of Wisc & a few others. Please let me know if you need further assistance.

Kauth, Nancy Marie

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I am also trying to find information on the Five Flying Fishers. I am wondering if you were ever successful in obtaining any information. I believe Fred Miltimore was somehow involved and he is a great uncle to me. If you have any information would you please share it with me.

Thank you, Beverly Rheaume

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My great uncle Fred Miltimore (aka Fischer or Fisher) was with the Flying Fishers – apparently in 1870 or 1880. Do you have info on him?

Thanks, Nell Boyd

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A correction to the reply on the Fisher brothers: Adele Franz’ maiden name was not Weiseman, but Weisheit.

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The Flying Fishers, called the “Fisher Brothers” act in the early years, were an old time trapeze act dating back to the 1870s. Henry Franz joined the act in the 1890s and worked into the early 1900s. He was pictured with the Flying Fishers (a trio of performers) in the Ringling Bros. route book, Red Wagon Annual – A Route Book of the Ringling Brothers’ World’s Greatest Shows, Season 1898. His obituary, courtesy of the St Louis Post Dispatch, reads as follows: Henry Franz-9837 E. Broadway, Tues., Nov. 12, 1940, beloved husband of Adele Franz (nee Weiseman), dear father of Violet Harriet Franz, brother-in-law and uncle. Funeral from C. Hoffmeister Chapel, 7814 S. Broadway, Fri., Nov. 15, 1:30 p.m., to National Cemetery. Further inquiries to the historical museum in St Louis may yield more information about Henry after he left the Fishers’ act. No doubt the city directories would have information.

Steve Gossard, Curator of Circus Collections, Milner Library Special Collections, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61790-8900.

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