Thursday, October 8, 1953   Vol. C432



East Farewell- The famous Barnum & Bailey Circus, “The Greatest Show on Earth” setup their tents in the fairgrounds this week and entertained the town with spectacular shows under the big top. This visit was a homecoming of sorts since the Circus last visited three years ago. The enormous growth of East Farewell was the reason the operators decided to return.

“This market has certainly grown in the past few years,” said Ringmaster, Dwight Bigalowe, “The town was always very welcoming and the kids all loved the shows but things have changes so much since we last visited. The last time we were here I think we only did three or four shows. There just weren’t that many people here. Now, wow! We sold out ten shows and then added two shows over Sunday. The Midway was going full out the whole time. All our performers were treated with such great kindness and affection we felt like we were part of the whole town’s family. Even the animals seemed to enjoy the extra attention. This was just a wonderful reception. You can bet we will make Eat Farewell and permanent stop on out tour from now on.”

The circus first toured in 1888 when the famous showman, PT Barnum teamed up promoter James Bailey to create the Greatest Show on Earth. The show travels back and forth across the country by way of its very own train that is maintained by the Mighty Keystone Railroad.  The MKR allows the circus to use a siding along the main line to “park” their cars while in town so other rail traffic is not affected. The siding is conveniently located right next to the fairgrounds making loading and unloading very easy as well as giving all the elephants, lions, tigers and bears plenty of room to move. The animal pens were a show all by themselves as folks were able to walk fairly close to the pens and get a good look at the animals when they were not performing.

The show rolled in last Thursday night and was setup for a Friday night show. There was a surprise parade down Main Street leading up to the opening show. The elephants were marched right through the middle of town much to the chagrin of the local police but delighting most of the town folk. The parade is a tradition for the circus and acts as a sort of Pied Piper, leading folks to the fairgrounds and opening the show.   Shows were held every day with two on Saturday and Sunday. The Midway was open from 10:00AM until 11:00PM every day. It is fair to say the fairground was packed all day, every day. On Tuesday and Wednesday even the schools made field trips to the afternoon shows much to the students delight. With such a strong turnout the circus is certain to coming back to East Farewell for a long time.


Elephants on Main Street



Riverview – The Cougars were not able to get on track against a very strong Riverview team going down in defeat 7-14 last week. The Wildcats were able to score on their second possession with a superbly executed screen pass by QB, Frank Willis and a run into the end zone by receiver Gerry Snyder.  The Wildcats continued to dominate in the second and third quarter scoring again in the third quarter with a long drive and a fullback center plunge for the score by Tony Raoli.  The Cougars were not able to get on the board until the fourth quarter when Jones was able to take a quarterback keeper into the end zone but it was too little too late. One high point of the game for the Cougars was junior kicker, Charlie Cox, he has only missed one extra point all season and he has taken over the punting chores and been averaging 25 yards a punt.  His perfect extra point record from last year was carried into this year and was only broken in the second game of this season when he missed one that hit the upright and bounced outside.

“We didn’t play our best game but these kids a still getting used to playing as a team,” said Coach Burkowitz after the game, “but we are getting better and we are going to be fine, just fine.”

Ondita – The Travelers visited Ondita over the weekend and were able keep the race tight by beating the Cougars, 5-4. The game was played in the afternoon and Corning’s was scheduled for the evening so the Cougars were able to put a little pressure on CGW to come up with a win or slip into a tie. Corning handled the pressure and won their game so the Travelers are still one game back with two games left.

The Travelers looked sharp as they jumped out to a quick lead in the second with Cloos and Dimero getting on and then Joey Brown swatted a long drive into right and scored Cloos and Dimero.  They continued in the fourth when with Francis and Dunham on Johnny Cloos came up and drove one out of the park. The Travelers topped off the scoring with one more in the eighth when Sweet was scored by a Francis double.  The Cougars were able to get on the board with a three run sixth when Thomas went long with Rodgers and Walsh on. They scored one more in the ninth with a deep sacrifice fly by O’Hara.

One point that stood out was a return of the sharp defense that the Travelers had not shown in the last few games. The Travelers were able to turn four double plays and catcher, Joey Brown was able to throw out four runners attempting to steal, three at second and one at third. The defense was reminiscent of the record setting last year but has not always been around this season. It was great to see it show up at this crucial time of the season.

Next week the Travelers come home to Bear Creek and finish at home against Corning. The final game could be a deciding game for the title.



Maj. Gen William F. Dean who commanded the first U.S. line in Korea and fell captive to the Communists, returns to Washington and receives the Army’s traditional welcome to a hero.

The money lost in fires throughout the United States will approach the billion dollar mark.

“Person to Person” with Edward R. Murrow debuts this week. Catch it Friday nights on CBS-TV. The premier features Edward R. Murrow visiting the homes of baseball’s Roy Campanella and orchestra leader Leopold Stokowski and his wife, Gloria Vanderbilt Stokowski.


About jdcarrollmusic

JD Carroll has been writing music since before paper was invented. Originally, he carved his lyrics into wood tree limbs and etched them onto slabs of soft stone. This was a durable but extremely time consuming way to record his music. Unfortunately, most of his early writings were destroyed in the second apocalypse. Luckily, his music had become very popular within the Neanderthal community and was held in great esteem by that promising species. It was passed along though word of mouth for centuries; it evolved as it was passed down from generation to generation. Somewhere in the past his music crossed over to the homo-sapiens and moved on into the more modern world. When his good friend, Johannes Gutenberg, started fooling around with his new printing press JD suggested to Johannes that he turn out some of JD's music to test the usefulness and practicality of the new gadget. Much to JD's dismay, Gutenberg decided to go with the money and print Bibles instead. This caused a major riff in their relationship which still resonates today. Some slights are hard to get over. It is rumored but not substantiated that JD was working with Ludwig Von Beethoven on the "Ode to Joy" and JD suggested he change the name to "Come on People, Lets Get Happy" but Ludwig thought the name was a little too long. Everyone is thankful. As the industrial revolution took hold JD found himself palling around with Charles Dickens. It was at one of their late night, cigar chomping, whiskey drinking gabfests that Charles mentioned he was looking for a career change. That Counting House thing was not working out for him. JD suggested that he try writing. Maybe something involving social reform. The possibility of serializing was discussed. Maybe even a short story about some mean old guy who finds redemption through a dream or something. Dickens found great success soon after and helped JD move to America. JD landed in Menlo Park working in Edison's Lab when he mentioned to Tom that a wax cylinder might work better than Tom's original leather cylinder in the early prototypes of Tom's phonograph. He also tried to get Tom to record "My Father's Son" instead of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" as his first recording. Tommy stuck with "Mary" and the rest is history. During the 1950's JD moved to East Farewell and wrote the album of the same name. His experiences there shaped his later work. While working with the Everston Brothers, JD mentioned perhaps if they tried some tight harmonies and shortened their name they may have better luck with the rock & roll genre that was starting to take hold. Don and Phil would always laugh about the time JD and his girlfriend, Kathy, fell asleep in the movies and were scared her parents would think something was going on. They even wrote a tune about it but changed her name to Suzy to protect Kathy's reputation. East Farewell was a small town, words spread quickly. As the 1960's and 70's came around JD moved to outside Philadelphia, PA and worked on refining his sound and learning to record his music on analog tape. He produced the vinyl 45 "I Can Make You Smile" b/w "Brand New Lover." Both received lots of play on juke boxes all over the city. In the new millennium, as this Internet fad thing took hold, JD has been re-recording his music into the MP3 format and has made it available to all on this site and at www.creativeventuresmusic.com. as well as on I-Tunes, TuneCore, Jango and CD-Baby. Check it out, enjoy.
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