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My name is Rosemarie Bradshaw and I am trying to find information on the H and D Circus. The Horton and Demers Circus was most likely based in MA. I do know that it also went into CT, circa 1930 – 1940’s. I was also told that at the end they were purchased by Ringling Bros. I have searched through the web sites and have been unable to find any information. I am hoping that you may be able to provide another avenue for my research.

Thank you for your help. Sincerely, Rosemarie Bradshaw

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The Horton and Demers operation appears to have been that of a married couple and wasn’t a circus. They were affiliated with a traveling, motorized carnival. Check: http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/DEMERS/2004-09/1095784499 and http://boards.ancestry.com/thread.aspx?mv=flat&m=204&p=surnames.demers. They state in part: “It is my understanding that while Fred was married to Louis[e?] they have [had] a show called D & H (Demers & Horton and performed ab [at] the Old Man of the Mountain shows. Also: ‘Joseph Fred Horton who was born to Marie Louis Demer (do not have her maiden name but looks like it could well be Francoeur) as she was born in Canada. After the death of his mother Joe and his father Fred Horton left and have been told they were in the circus. Marie’s children from her first marriage were Eunice, Noella, Lillian, Norman & Leo. Please refer to Query number 996 for an earlier and related response, from one of the principal’s descendants. For further information you’ll want to review period issues of Billboard that are available via ProQuest, a paid website.

Fred Dahlinger Jr., Curator of Circus History, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL

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