Founded by Dominik Althoff (1882-1974).
Dominik Althoff was father to Carola Althoff (*1903, †1987), Sabine, Helene, Franz Althoff, Henriette, Minna, Jeannette, Adolf Althoff (b. 1913), Norbert Dominik, and Margarete.
1931: Dominiks oldest child Carola Althoff married Reinhold Kwasnik, AKA Harry Barlay (1898-1989), and with the help from her father Dominik, they founded a circus (later Circus Barlay, but Carola soon returned to her fathers circus with her son Reinhold (artist name Holdy Barlay).
In 1936, Dominik transmitted the direction to Carola, and to the other son Franz. In 1939 Carola left the family circus, that became circus Franz Althoff.Raffaele de Ritis
1941: Carola Althoff married equestrian Harry Williams (1902-1951) and established Circus Williams.