Cheerful Gardner

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Cheerful Gardner
Frank  Gardner

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Personal details
Country United States

Work locations
Title superintendent 1951-1952
Location at British American Africa Zoo in United States

Title elephant trainer 1946-1950
Location at Polack Brothers Circus in United States

Title elephant superintendent 1944-1945
Location at Arthur Brothers Circus in United States

Title elephant superintendent 1943-1944
Location at Russell Brothers Circus in United States

Title elephant trainer 1939-1940
Location at Baldwin Park in United States

Title elephant trainer 1938-1938
Location at Great American Menagerie in United States

Title elephant trainer 1925-1938
Location at Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus in United States

Title elephant trainer 1923-1924
Location at John Robinson Circus in United States

Title elephant superintendent 1920-1922
Location at Al G. Barnes Circus in United States

Title menagerie superintendent 1919-1920
Location at Al G. Barnes Circus in United States

Title elephant trainer 1918-1919
Location at Walter L. Main Circus in United States

Title elephant trainer 1915-1917
Location at Cole Brothers Circus in United States

Title elephant superintendent 1911-1913
Location at Sun Brothers Circus in United States

Title elephant trainer 1910-1911
Location at Great J. E. Henry Show in United States

Title assistant superintendent 1907-1909
Location at Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus in United States

Title elephant trainer 1905-1907
Location at Carl Hagenbecks Wild Animal Circus in United States

Title elephant trainer 1904-1905
Location at Hagenbeck Animal Show at St. Louis Worlds Fair in United States

Title zookeeper 1903-1904
Location at Ringling Bros. Circus in United States

Frank  Gardner

Biography details

Frank Gardner , circus elephant trainer in United States

Born 1885-07-18 in United States dead 1952-03-17 in United States .


Frank was born in Janesville, Wisconsin He was nicknamed "Cheerful" because deadpan expression.

He learned the trade as a young man under the direction of George Denman. Cheerful began his circus career on the Ringling Bros Circus in 1903 as a camel handler.

By 1923 he had taken over the John Robinson Circus Herd and then in 1925 for whatever reason, the John Robinson Herd and the Hagenbeck-Wallace herds traded places. He had become a legendary Herd boss and trainer known for his swinging pendulum head carry.

From 1925 to 1934 he held the entire Hagenbeck-Wallace Herd in his control with as many as 29 elephants in 1934.



Records about Cheerful Gardner from William "Buckles" Woodcocks Blog at http://www.bucklesw.blogspot.com/
Records about Cheerful Gardner from William "Buckles" Woodcocks Blog at http://www.bucklesw.blogspot.com/
Cheerful Gardner
Above we see Cheerful Gardners 1931-32 twenty elephant Herd with Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus.

Cheerful GardnerPeru Quarters 1935. Cheerful Gardner at left and Emory Stiles at extreme right.

William "Buckles" Woodcock


Records about Cheerful Gardner from William "Buckles" Woodcocks Blog at http://www.bucklesw.blogspot.com/
Contradictory records:

FRANK "CHEERFUL" GARDNER
1903- Rinmgling Bros. Circus (Menagerie Hand)
1904- Hagenbeck Animal Exhibit (St. Louis Worlds Fair)
1905 Carl Hagenbeck Circus
1907-09 Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus
1910 Patterson Carnival- J.E. Henry Circus
1911-13 Sun Bros. Circus (Supt. of Elephantrs)
1915-17 Cole Bros. Circus (J. Augustus Jones)
1918 Walter L. Main Circus (Andrew Downie)
1919 Al G. Barnes Circus (Menagerie Supt.)
1920-22 Al G. Barnes (Supt. of Elephants)
1923-24 John Robinson Circus (Corporation owned)
1925-38 Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus
1939-40 Baldwin Park, Calif. Quarters
1940-41
1943 Russell Bros. Circus
1944-45 Arthur Bros. Circus
1946-47 Polack Bros. Circus (Western Unit)
1948-50 Polack Bros. Circus (Eastern Unit)
1951 Howard Y. Bary Zoo Train



FRANK "Cheerful" GARDNER

1903 Ringling Bros. (menagerie hand)
1904 Hagenbeck Animal Show (St. Louis Worlds Fair)
_____Carl Hagenbeck Circus
1909 Hagenbeck-Wallace (Asst. Supt. menagerie)
_____Patterson Carnival
_____J.E. Henry Circus
1911-13 Sun Bros. Circus
1915-17 Cole Bros. (J. Augustus Jones)
1918 Walter L. Main Circus (Andrew Downie)
1919 Al G. Barnes Circus (MenagerieSupt.)
1920-22 Al G. Barnes Circus (Elephant Supt.)
1923-24 John Robinson Circus
1925-35 Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus
1936 Peru, Indiana Quarters
1937-38 Hagenbeck-Wallace (Howard Y. Bary )
1939-40 Surplus H-W elephants in Calif.

1943 Russell Bros. Circus
1944-45 Arthur Bros. Circus
1946-47 Polack Bros. Circus (Western Unit)
1948-50 Polack Bros. Circus (Eastern Unit)
1951 Howard Y. Bary Zoo Train

Died March 17, 1952



William "Buckles" Woodcock


He was inducted into the International Circus Hall of Fame in 1981.

Cheerful GardnerElephant Joe in Baldwin Park with Cheerful Gardner, 1939.

Cheerful GardnerCheerful Gardner and William Woodcock Sr. at Kelly-Miller, during their last meeting, 1950.

Reference list

References

Koehl, Dan, (2021). elephant trainer Frank Gardner in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 1 December 2022 at https://www.elephant.se/person.php?id=1511. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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