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Wrong Charlie Sparks?

Mr. Charlie Sparks

Manager

Sparks Brothers Circus

Sparks Brothers Circus

Background Information

Education

master mechanic of motor equipment

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Circus Biographies S-U

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Charles McGee Sparks was born in the state of Utah in 1882. At the age of seven he was adopted by J. H. Sparks, operator of the Sparks Brothers Circus and was with them until 1903 as an animal trainer and acrobat. Beginning in 1903 and continuing through 1928, Charles Sparks became manager and proprietor of the Sparks Circus, one of the finest twenty-car railroads in the east, with an outstanding circus parade. The Circus was known as a cleanly operated show both morally and factually and from the standpoint of not permitting any gambling or other vices commonly known in show business at that time.

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A certain amount of subterfuge was employed by a third party as Mr. Sparks had refused to make sale of the show to the American Circus Corporation many times prior to this. From 1930 to 1937, Sparks, operated the Downie Brothers Circus, one of America's largest motorized circuses at that time. It was sold at auction April 15, 1939 to a Mr. Bill Miller. In 1934, at the request of Ringling Brothers Circus, Mr. Sparks came out of retirement and opened a number two show called "Spangles. Charles McGee Sparks died on July 28, 1944, pre-deceased by his wife, Mrs. Ida Sparks, by some five years. Mrs. Sparks had been most active in his enterprises.
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Charles Sparks 1876-1949


Circuses - 1917

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Sparks' Show - Sparks' Show, Inc., props.; Charles Sparks, mgr.; Clifton Sparks, treas. and auditor; Wm.

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Charles Sparks, Mgr., Sparks' Show


Circus Biographies N-Z

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Charles McGee Sparks was born in the state of Utah in 1882. At the age of seven he was adopted by J. H. Sparks, operator of the Sparks Brothers Circus and was with them until 1903 as an animal trainer and acrobat. Beginning in 1903 and continuing through 1928, Charles Sparks became manager and proprietor of the Sparks Circus, one of the finest twenty-car railroads in the east, with an outstanding circus parade. The Circus was known as a cleanly operated show both morally and factually and from the standpoint of not permitting any gambling or other vices commonly known in show business at that time. In 1929 the Sparks Show was sold to Mugivan, Bowers and Ballard. A certain amount of subterfuge was employed by a third party as Mr. Sparks had refused to make sale of the show to the American Circus Corporation many times prior to this. From 1930 to 1937, Sparks, operated the Downie Brothers Circus, one of America's largest motorized circuses at that time. It was sold at auction April 15, 1939 to a Mr. Bill Miller. In 1934, at the request of Ringling Brothers Circus, Mr. Sparks came out of retirement and opened a number two show called "Spangles. Charles McGee Sparks died on July 28, 1944, pre-deceased by his wife, Mrs. Ida Sparks, by some five years. Mrs. Sparks had been most active in his enterprises.


Charlie Sparks, the owner of ...

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Charlie Sparks, the owner of Sparks World Famous Shows, was a frustrated man.

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A circus's net worth was measured in rolling stock and elephants: Sparks' dog-and-pony show traveled in a mere 10 railroad cars, compared to Robinson's 42; Sparks could boast of only five elephants compared to Robinson's dozen.
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Never mind Barnum and Bailey -- 84 railroad cars was beyond Charlie Sparks' reach.
So Charlie did the best he could, traveling around the South, putting up advance posters and enticing folks with a noon circus parade prior to the day's two performances.
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And besides, Charlie Sparks was no fool: no town in Tennessee would invite his circus to perform with a certifiably rogue elephant. Johnson City, where performances were scheduled for September 26, had already passed a privilege-tax ordinance restricting carnivals' oper- ations within city limits, in order to protect its citizens from wholesale fleecing; it was common knowledge that Johnson City officials were looking for an excuse to ban all traveling shows. As valuable as Mary was, she had to go.
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"Kingsport, the railroad, and Mr. Sparks are to blame for what happened to Mary -- not Erwin.


Charlie Sparks, the owner of ...

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Charlie Sparks, the owner of Sparks World Famous Shows, was a frustrated man.

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A circus's net worth was measured in rolling stock and elephants: Sparks' dog-and-pony show traveled in a mere 10 railroad cars, compared to Robinson's 42; Sparks could boast of only five elephants compared to Robinson's dozen.
...
Never mind Barnum and Bailey -- 84 railroad cars was beyond Charlie Sparks' reach.
So Charlie did the best he could, traveling around the South, putting up advance posters and enticing folks with a noon circus parade prior to the day's two performances.
...
And besides, Charlie Sparks was no fool: no town in Tennessee would invite his circus to perform with a certifiably rogue elephant. Johnson City, where performances were scheduled for September 26, had already passed a privilege-tax ordinance restricting carnivals' oper- ations within city limits, in order to protect its citizens from wholesale fleecing; it was common knowledge that Johnson City officials were looking for an excuse to ban all traveling shows. As valuable as Mary was, she had to go.
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"Kingsport, the railroad, and Mr. Sparks are to blame for what happened to Mary -- not Erwin.

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