Hattie (Haddie) an Asian elephant at Al G-Kelly Miller Brothers Circus

☨ Hattie (Haddie)
ID nr:
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female ♀
Body weight: 2500.00 kg, 5500.00 lbs
Dead date: 1941-03-11
Death reason: unknown:
Location:Al G-Kelly Miller Brothers Circus
ArrivalAl G-Kelly Miller Brothers Circus 1940-01-01
from Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus
Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus
from Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus
Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus 1919-00-00
from Ringling Brothers Circus
Born:* wild
Document updated2009-01-14: Previous locations, Text 
2011-09-05: corrected place of death
2011-09-06: weight
I remember D.R. telling my dad the story of their first elephant "Hattie" she was originally a Ringling elephant going back to about 1895 but was now in the Hagenbeck-Wallace herd lying dormant in California in 1939. Obert and D.R. drove a truck out there and Cheerful Gardner showed them around (D.R. said he was terrified) and they settled on "Hattie" who was purchased 1/1/40. She was a sweet old cow, Cheerful could have unloaded anything on them.
In 1941 they bought a second elephant even older, "Mena" who came from the Hagenbeck Zoo in 1890 for the M.L. Clark wagon show. They now had a herd of two until Hattie died 11/3/41 in Cranfield, Okla.
So now we get to 1942 and we see "Mena" and "Tena" pictured above with Obert Miller on the horse. World War II arrived and "Tena's" previous owner, Russell Hall, was drafted into the Army and given 30 days to dispose of his elephant. Mr. Hall was a descendant of Col. George W. "Pop-corn" Hall out of Janesville, Wis. Andrew Downie first owned "Tena" with his Downie Bros. Circus, framed in 1926.
Unfortunately I have jumped all around with these Kelly-Miller elephants rather than have the years in proper order. Yet I am sure the hard core "elephant nut" will figure it out.

Al G. Kelly & Miller Bros. Circus 1942, Buckles Web Log, 02/27/06

When Hagenbeck-Wallace folded in Riverside, Calif. in 1938 the show was moved into the vacated Barnes Quarters at Baldwin Park, Calif.
Included were 23 Ringling owned elephants. The following year when the Ringling Show played Los Angles, the best 12 were added to the Ringling herd and 9 of the least desirable Ringling elephants were dropped off.
So the elephants seen being exercised here were an assortment of rejects gradually being sold but now stabled at Goebel's Lion Farm at 1,000 Oaks, California 3/3/1940.
At left is Cheerful Gardner and at right is his long time assistant Hurley Woodson.
"D.R. once told me that when they heard that elephants were for sale, he and Obert took off for California in their biggest truck. When they arrived, D.R said he was terrified since they all looked so big and dangerous and Obert explained to Cheerful that they had a small family show in Oklahoma and had little experience with elephants. Cheerful walked them down the line and said, "Here is an old cow that won't give you a minutes trouble!"
So for $600 on Jan.1, 1940 the Millers bought "Hattie", their first elephant. Ten years later when Cheerful delivered "April", "May" and "June" to Hugo from the Polack Show, Obert brought up the subject of their previous California dealings and thanked him for picking out "Hattie". Even tho she only made two seasons she was so well remembered that they changed "April's" name to "Hattie".
HATTIE 1895-18 Ringling Bros. Circus.......1919-39 Ringling-Barnum Circus.......1939 Baldwin Park Qtrs........1940-41 Al G. Kelly & Miller Bros. Circus.......(Died Nov. 3, 1941 at Cranfield, Okla.)

Hagenbeck-Wallace Elephants 1940 #1, Buckles Web Log, 05/02/08

The elephant named Hattie (Haddie) nov. 3, 1941 acutally died in Grandfield, OK not Cranfield. I have the original newspaper article here at the library on our microfilm.Claudia from Grandfield, OK. (2011)

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Koehl, D., (2020). Hattie (Haddie), an Asian at Al G-Kelly Miller Brothers Circus in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 28 October 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=3006. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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