Emma Louis Lake

From the list of elephant persons Family: Thatcher

Emma Louis Lake
Profession circus animal trainer
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Born ? in United States

Spouse(s) 1875 Gilbert Robinson

Country United States

Title animal trainer -
Location at John Robinson Circus in United States

Biography details

Emma Louise Lake Thatcher , circus animal trainer in United States

Born ? in United States , daughter of director Bill Lake .

Records about Emma Louis Lake from the Circus Historical Society
Daughter of William and Agnes Lake. At 17, recognized as one the great horsewomen in the world. While performing as a manège rider with John Robinson’s, met and married Gilbert Robinson, the second son of old John Robinson in Memphis, TN, November 16, 1875. [M. B. Leavitt: She “was considered one of the greatest high school riders in the country.”] While riding in Buffalo Bill’s “Congress of the Riders of the World” as the feminine star during Cody’s first visit to London, was honored by an invitation from Queen Victoria to appear at Windsor. Was a 4 year old equestrienne, Nixon & Kemp, Palace Gardens, NYC, 1858; Great Eastern, 1872-73; John Robinson’s, 1874-78, 1882, 1892; manège P. T. Barnum’s, 1879-80, 1886; manège and leaping act, Barnum, Bailey & Hutchinson, 1881; W. O’Dale Stevens’, 1882-83; S. H. Barrett’s, 1883-85; Gran Circo Estrellas Del Nortis, West Indies, fall 1888. Died in Morris Plains.


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  1. William Thatcher Born ?

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Koehl, Dan, (2024). animal trainer Emma Louise Lake Thatcher in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 16 July 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/person.php?id=1742. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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