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Hello, I am looking for information on The LaMont Bros. Circus. I think they were headquartered in Salem, Illinois, Early to mid 1900’s.

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My great great Aunt Sadie Gladys Webber LaMonte married a Raymond (Valenzuela) LaMonte in 1949. He was associated with The Flying LaMonte’s high wire troupe. I have been trying to find out more info about him. A death date or place, I have no idea if there is someone that might have any information on him.

Thank you, Christi Williams

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There is information on John Worland (real name Comosh) in William Slout’s Olympians of the Sawdust Circle (see Publications to order Olympians). On pages 334-335, here’s just some of the information listed. Born 9 Aug 1855, died 5 Jul 1933, native of Corning, NY. Father a Portuguese immigrant. Entered circus in ca. 1865 at age 10 (lists a number of circuses he was with, including Forepaugh’s and W. W. Cole’s in the 1880s). Best known for his leaping and triple somersault. Married Josephine Campbell in Corning in 1884. When he died at Corning at age 78, he had been in the coal business. Active in Corning government, held various official positions (listed). Children: John Jr., Josephine, Margaret. There is an article in Bandwagon, Jan-Feb, 1864, pp.20-23, “Truth or Fiction: Legend or Fact,” by Pierre Couderic, on the triple somersault and includes information on John Worland. Worland was said to be the only leaper actually documented to have performed the triple from a springboard. At http://worldacro.org/was/newsletter/fullarticle_arc.php?item=14, states that Worland wrote “The Origin and History of the Trampoline” in 1925.

Judy Griffin

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It’s good to see some action on the LaMont Circus. I am the tourism coordinator for the City of Salem, Illinois (where the circus was located) and we are in the process of putting together a museum. Any additional information, pictures, memorabilia, etc. would be Greatly appreciated!

Be safe, Jim

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Hello, I too am looking for more information on the LaMont Bros. Circus. My Great aunt was married to one of the Brothers. I have a very large picture of all the tents set up (the big top has 9 center poles) this was taken in Cleveland, Ohio in 1919. I had the owner of a circus that came to our town, look at this photo and he explained what some of the tents were. There are animals tents, wardrobe, and as far as I can tell there were about 8 poles for the side show tents which are right in front of the big top. I have Letter head from the circus and numerous small photos of everyday circus life. The family story that has been handed down is that the circus traveled to Europe and the states, when it was dissolved it was bought by Ringling Brothers. Now that is family stories so how true it is I am not sure.

Lila Swan

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LaMont Bros. Circus, 1901 – 1928. Charles R. LaMont and Harry LaMont, proprietors. Charles has the Lee & Howard Circus 1933 and Norris Bros. Circus 1936-1938. No additional information. From Directory of American Circuses 1793-2000, Robert L. Parkinson, Baraboo, WI: Circus World Museum, 2002.

J. Griffin

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