Ben Davenport elephants, in Gonzales, Texas,
There were two elephant shipments brought over by Reed for Ben Davenport. The first arrived in June 1947 and the second in January 1948. Tommy was in the first consignment.
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.
"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."