For the 1929 season Davenport moved to the Princess Iola's Medicine Show, playing week stands. Princess Iola, was really Eva Billings, daughter of Gay Billings, who had operated "Gay's One-Horse Circus" in the early 1900s. Princess Iola became Mrs. Davenport and in 1931 together they took the med show out again but it went broke in Sugar Creek, Ohio. Eva Davenport and her infant daughter Norma, returned to her home in Quincy, Illinois, and for a time took up residence.
Meanwhile Ben watched the ads in the Billboard and joined Milton Holland in framing a indoor circus to play Elks' Club auspices in the Pacific Northwest. They stayed out 26 weeks.
He later went back to med shows playing halls for five and six day stands. For the next two years he was rassling bears and selling medicine. By that time his trucks were worn out and he replaced them with a couple of old Chevrolets.
This was the start of the Davenport Society Circus, in 1935, using a side wall corral, two trucks and an air calliope as the physical property. This little show grew, and continued under that title through the 1939 season. In 1940 the title was changed to Dailey Bros.
Late in the season 1942 the Adele Nelson elephants were purchased with the Nelson semi.
Late in the season 1943 Dailey acquired the five Weir elephants and their trainer Louis Reed.
Nemo, the only male performing elephant on the road in 1945, made a robust addition to the herd of eight. Rex Williams, of recent Beatty-Cole fame, worked as first assistant to Louis Reed on the bull line, while Raymond "Red" Freivogel had personal charge of Nemo.
The versatile and talented Arumai (sometimes "Arokiaswami") Singh came to America from his native India in 1947 with Louis Reed and a shipment of elephants destined for Dailey Bros Circus.
Ole Whitey, Bandwagon
After the Dailey Show closed in 1950 Charlie was sold to Gran Circo Union in Mexico. Smokey Jones took him down there. I could write a book on the stories Smokey later told about Charlie's adventures and misadventures while down there. I think he eventually died on that show.