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Gentry Brothers Circus in United States
Gentry Brothers Circus
1910-1915: Joe Metcalf
Gentry Brothers Circus,
. Gentry Brothers Circus closed down in 1916.
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The Gentry Brothers Circus was developed by four Gentry brothers from Bloomington, Indiana and was probably the greatest dog and pony show ever developed in the United States. The brothers father was Richard Henry Gentry - number 202 in the 1909 book on the family. Richard Henry Gentry was born in Stokes County, North Carolina, September 23,
1825; moved to Indiana with his father William when he was a child, and later married Frances Umbarger. The children of this marriage were Wallace, Henry, William, Frank, Lillie, and Jesse.
Henry B. (H.B.) Gentry was the moving force among the brothers.
1899: Bought the elephant Pinto.
1900: acts using humans and elephants were added to the program.
1902: the Gentry Brothers Circus switched from a car show setup to flat cars. Twenty baby elephants were purchased in this period which allowed a distribution of five for each of the units. An elaborate route book for 1902 was published which listed a total of 72 railroad cars, 22 elephants, 12 camels, 12 sacred cattle, and 50 big horses.
1910: the Gentry Brothers Circus was considered the largest traveling show in the U.S. It had 7 elephants and 4 camels.
1915: The Gentrys lost control of the show.
1916: the circus had new owners: Ben Austin and J. C. Newman, operating as
Gentry Brothers Circus (Austin and Newman)
purchased the circus during the winter and operated it as the
References for records about Gentry Brothers Circus
Koehl, Dan (2021). Gentry Brothers Circus, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at
Sources used for this article is among others:
Gentry Brothers Circus , article by Richard Gentry Paxton of Tarpley, Texas (first published in the June 1983 issue of Gentry Family Gazette & Genealogy)
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