Seils & Sterling Circus (Lindemann Brothers Circus) in United States

Seils & Sterling Circus (Lindemann Brothers Circus)
Seils-Sterling Circus out of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, taken 1938 or earlier. Elephants are "Billy Sunday" and "Lucy".
Seils-Sterling Circus out of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, taken 1938 or earlier. Elephants are "Billy Sunday" and "Lucy".
Typecircus
Founded1925
First elephant0
Stopped elephants1938
Closed down1938
CountryUnited States

The Lindemann Brothers Circus gave its first performance in 1918. Well established by 1925, the Lindemann adopted the name Seils-Sterling, and their circus became one of the country's greatest motorized shows.

Lindemann Bros. Circus (1921 Pete, Bill and Al Lindemann proprietors). And the even earlier Yankee American Circus (1908-1920 Al, Pete and Bill Lindemann proprietors). Later titles were Sells-Sterling Circus (1922-1925), Capt. William Sells & Sterling Bros. Circus (1922-1926), Seils-Sterling (1922-1938 Al, Pete and Bill Lindemann proprietors). After 1938 no Lindemanns associated with this circus title.

In 1937 its 29-week itinerary included stops in 10 states, but the depression of the 1930s led to the end of Seils-Sterling's travels. The final performance was in Iron Mountain, Michigan, July 4, 1938. In 1965 the Lindemann brothers; Bill, Al and Pete were enshrined in the Circus Hall of Fame at Sarasota, Florida.

McBride, Sarah Davis. History Just Ahead

At the Sheboygan County Historical Society, 3110 Erie Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 53081 (920-458-1103) there are displays about the circus including pictures and artifacts. There is also a VHS video called Circus Echoes with actual footage of the circus that was available from the Historical Society. The three surviving grandchildren of Pete Lindemann who performed in the circus are Sonya, Shirley, and Peter. Sonya was responsible for the production of the video and the displays at the historical society.
Candy Lindsey, University of MO - Columbia

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