Is there a Richard or Richard(s) Brothers circus listed? They also played under the name The King Brother’s Circus when used by Franco Richards Jr. Kinnie Wagner worked for them for awhile. The circus was supposedly small, but traveled throughout the US and Canada. Winter grounds in Texas. Thank you for helping me with my Circus Research.
Just happened upon the website regarding circus that Kinnie Wagner was in. He was my grandmother’s brother. Her name was Mary Darinda Wagner later changed to Rinda Wagner and at her death Rinda Tunnell. My sister is named Rinda after her. I live in Lexington, Kentucky. Where do you live? My name is Elizabeth Griffin. My dad was Jay Griffin. This Kinnie stuff is too interesting isn’t it?
The show that Franco Richards Jr. owned was Ring brothers circus. I was a kid on that show in 1954. My father had the music on there, who was Tex Maynard, wife Marcy Maynard. My brother Gaylord Maynard could give you more information. Let me know if I could be of help.
Found in the Directory of American Circuses 1793-2000, Robert L. Parkinson, Baraboo, WI: Circus World Museum, 2002, pp. 332-333. F. Richards & Sons Circus, 1923. Richards Bros. Circus, 1911-1928, 1954, H. B. Richards, W. C. Richards, F. Richards, proprietors 1911-1928. Ring Bros. Circus, 1953-1957, Franco Richards, proprietor.
Franco Richards, Jr. owned and operated a show he called “King Brothers” and it was operational in the 40s and 50s. He began showing on his own, separate from the other family shows, after the death of his father in 1936 and based for a time out of Pensacola, FL. This family tradition began in the 1880s with his grandfather, Andrew Jackson “Jack” Richards. In the late 1800s control passed to some of the sons of Jack and was known as Richard(s) Brothers. They were Henry Birdo Richards, Franco D. Richards, Sr. and Wesley Cisco Richards. The tradition remained a part of the family through the 1950s.
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