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Maude at Hawthorn Corporation

† Maude
ID Number:   SSP Number: 294 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 64 years old
Dead date: 2001
Death reason: unknown:
Location:Hawthorn Corporation
ArrivedHawthorn Corporation 1988-07-18
from George Carden Circus International
George Carden Circus International
from Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus
Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus 1972-00-00
from Sells and Downs Shows (Sells and Gray New United Shows)
Sells and Downs Shows (Sells and Gray New United Shows) 1967-00-00
from King Brothers Circus
King Brothers Circus 1962-00-00
from Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus
Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus 1960-00-00
from Christiani Brothers Circus
Christiani Brothers Circus 1952-00-00
from King Brothers Circus
King Brothers Circus 1951-00-00
from Dailey Brothers Circus
Born:1937 wild India
Document updated2009-06-30: Text
In 1947, Ben Davenport imported seven baby Asian elephants. Charlie and Tommy were the two males and the remaining females Mary, Maude, Norma, Bessie and Konti.
"Dailey Bros. owner Ben Davenport gave daughter Norma five elephants--Norma, Mary, Maude, Bessie and Konti--in 1950 as a wedding present after she married Pete Cristiani. They became the Norma Cristiani elephants and were used on various circuses and Shrine dates until (according to Norma) she sold them to Beatty-Cole in 1960." Lane Talburt
The 1950 & 1951 King Brothers Circus herd consisted of Alice, Mona & Margie (owned by Floyd King), Christy, Carrie, Babe & Shirley (the Karen Cristiani elephants, originally trained by Mac MacDonald) and Mary, Maude, Norma, Bessie & Konti (the Norma Cristiani elephants, originally trained by Louis Reed).
Several times Rex and Barbara Williams worked the Pete & Norma Five for several seasons on the Tom Packs Circus and also took the act to Cuba. However, the year Cuba fell the couple was presenting the Howard Suesz elephants.
In 1960 the same five females were sold to the Clyde Beatty show.
In 1977, the Beatty-Cole elephants were a three ring presentation - Maude, Frieda and Jewel at left, Debbie, Missy and Omii in the center and Pete, Sue and Helen in the final ring. Bessie and Topsy were leased to the Sells & Circus. Konti, Ola and Jackie were leased to the Kings Brothers Circus.
On the 1983 season of Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus, Captain Fred Logan was in command of nine elephants and a three ring act - Pete, Sue, Helen, Maude, Konti, Ola, Bessie, Jewel and Frieda.
During the 2000 season, Maude was one of the four Hawthorn elephants on the Walker Brothers Circus.

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