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Is there a site dedicated to or information about the Circus wagon wood carvers in the 1800’s? I am looking for information on Daniel Schram(m), who carved many of the Wallace Circus wagons at their winter quarters in Peru, Miami County, Indiana in the last half of the 1800’s?

Thank you! Pa

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Hello Pam, I know you and I have spoken as well as you and Shirley at the Miami Co. Museum talking to each other. This answer is just to put the same responses on this forum. To answer your question, There is no website dedicated to the wood carvers of these circus wagons. By far the best coverage comes in the form of Frederick Fried’s book “Artist’s in Wood” but it doesn’t cover the Sullivan and Eagle crafters.
The greatest treasure we could ever hope to find would be the Sullivan and Eagle Company records. Sadly, they were destroyed along with all the wagon blueprints in the devastating 1913 floods in and around Peru, Indiana. A few historical articles have mentioned that this wagon was built by or an order for wagons was placed with Sullivan and Eagle but they don’t go into detail as to who the designers, craftsman, wheelwrights or carvers were.
Keep in touch with Shirley Griffin. If anything can be found out about the Miami County history, she is in the right place to see it.

Bob Cline

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