William Woodcock Sr.

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William Woodcock Sr.
William  Woodcock
William Woodcock and Cheerful Gardner, during their last meeting, 1950. Photo: George Piercy
Personal details

Spouse(s) Sarah Orton

Country United States

Work locations
Title owner 1952-1963
Location at William H. Woodcocks elephants in United States

Title elephant trainer 1949-1952
Location at Kelly Miller Circus in United States

Title elephant trainer 1948-1948
Location at Robbins Brothers Circus (Fred Buchanan) in United States

Title assistant elephant superintendent 1944-1948
Location at Clyde Beatty Circus in United States

Title elephant trainer 1943-1943
Location at Clyde Beatty-Wallace Brothers Circus in United States

Title superintendent 1936-1937
Location at Camel Bros. Circus (Eddie Kuhn) in United States

Title elephant trainer 1933-1935
Location at William P Hall Animal Farm in United States

Title elephant trainer 1933-1933
Location at Russell Brothers Circus in United States

Title elephant trainer 1930-1932
Location at Sells-Floto Circus in United States

Title elephant trainer 1925-1929
Location at William P Hall Animal Farm in United States

Title elephant trainer 1924-1925
Location at Atterbury Brothers Circus in United States

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

Title elephant keeper 1922-1922
Location at Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus in United States

Title elephant keeper 1921-1922
Location at Al G. Barnes Circus in United States

Title apprentice keeper 1920-1920
Location at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in United States

Title apprentice keeper 1920-1920
Location at Rhoda Royal Circus in United States

Biography details

William H. Woodcock Sr., circus elephant trainer in United States

Born 1904-05-19 in United States dead 1963-12-20 in United States .

William Woodcock was born in May 19th, 1904. In 1910, son of Charles Woodcock, born in England, died at Hot Springs, Ark. 1919.

6-year-old William watched eight elephants dressed in green at the John Robinson Show, and at 16 he ran away with the circus.

Records about William Woodcock Sr. from William "Buckles" Woodcocks Blog at http://www.bucklesw.blogspot.com/
Cheerful was always my dads hero and the man who gave him his first job around elephants with the Al G. Barnes Circus in 1921.

William "Buckles" Woodcock


Records about William Woodcock Sr. from William "Buckles" Woodcocks Blog at http://www.bucklesw.blogspot.com/
Woodcock started his career with elephants under Frank "Cheerful" Gardner with the Al G. Barnes Circus in 1921, and He became one of the foremost authority on elephants in America.

When Sarah Orton, of Ortonsville, Iowa, became his bride, he married into a family that had been in the circus since Great Lakes sailor Grandpa Hiram Orton started one in 1854.

Woodcock has been called "The King of Circus Historians". (Tom Parkinson)

William Woodcock died 20 December 1963.

William "Buckles" Woodcock


William Woodcock Sr.

Family


Total: 1 children

  1. William "Buckles" Woodcock. Born: 1935-02-26.

Reference list

References

Koehl, Dan, (2021). elephant trainer William Woodcock in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 28 September 2022 at https://www.elephant.se/person.php?id=746. (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:


Selected publications
  • Buckles & Company, 1949, by Marilyn Cohen. Three-year-old Anna May comes to William Woodcock to learn to be a circus performer. For the next 50 years the African Woodland elephant will be a member of his family.

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