Weekly Feature

2012-07-12 / Local News

Out of the Past

Circus


When the circus came to town, the Big Top went up at the present location of Parkdale Elementary School, where on June 11, 1872, 31-year-old performer George G. Gordon died. According to one local legend, he fell off a horse, but a more reliable account indicates that he was foreman of the tent crew and collapsed of a heart attack while raising the Big Top. A gravesite in Oakwood Cemetery was donated, and the management of the Great Central Park Menagerie and Circus later provided a tombstone with an engraving of a circus tent. In this photograph, Girl Scouts visit the grave in the early 1960s. 
Photo courtesyof “Aurora Revisited” When the circus came to town, the Big Top went up at the present location of Parkdale Elementary School, where on June 11, 1872, 31-year-old performer George G. Gordon died. According to one local legend, he fell off a horse, but a more reliable account indicates that he was foreman of the tent crew and collapsed of a heart attack while raising the Big Top. A gravesite in Oakwood Cemetery was donated, and the management of the Great Central Park Menagerie and Circus later provided a tombstone with an engraving of a circus tent. In this photograph, Girl Scouts visit the grave in the early 1960s. Photo courtesyof “Aurora Revisited” (Do you have a memory of the East Aurora area you would like to share with Bee readers? Send it to “Out of the Past,” East Aurora Bee, 5564 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14221-5410.)

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