Hiram Orton

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Hiram Orton
Hiram  Orton

Personal details
Country United States

Work locations
Title owner 1854-1862
Location at Orton Brothers Circus in United States

Biography details

Hiram Orton , circus director in United States

Born 1805 dead 1884-08-02 in United States .

In the year 1853, Hiram Orton was a sailor on the Great Lakes and made his home in Portage, WI which at the time was Portage City. In the Fall he made his last trip with a load of freight from Milwaukee down to Chicago and as the lakes froze over during the winter months, there was no shipping until the next Spring.

While in Chicago Orton went to see a show which was making it's closing stand and performance for the season and afterward made up his mind that his own children could do everything he saw there".
Circuses in those days traveled overland meaning that horses pulled the wagons from town to town. For several years in the 1850's the show became Orton & Older but the partnership was unsuccessful and Hiram regained full ownership. After a few more years he decided he liked the looks of the country around Adel, Iowa and purchased a farm three miles East of town, with the addition of circus people, animals and equipment, it became a community in it's own right and was named Ortonville, 25 miles west of Des Moines, Iowa, called Ortonville. It was where the circus people spent the winters.

Retired from managing, 1862. Died of Heart trouble, Norris, MI, age 72.


Total: 1 children

  1. R. Z. Orton.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). director R. Orton in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 6 February 2023 at https://www.elephant.se/person.php?id=1405. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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