Dailey Bros. Circus, in Gonzales, Texas,
, was founded in 1940. The last elephant left in 1950. Dailey Bros. Circus closed down in 1950.
Nemo, the only male performing elephant on the road in 1945, made a robust addition to the Herd
of eight. Rex Williams,
of recent Beatty-Cole fame, worked as first assistant to Louis Reed
on the bull line, while Raymond "Red" Freivogel had personal charge of Nemo.
two elephant shipments brought over by Reed for Ben Davenport.
The first arrived in June 1947 and the second in January 1948.
The versatile and talented Arumai Singh (sometimes "Arokiaswami") came to America from his native India in 1947 with Louis Reed
and a shipment of elephants destined for Dailey Bros Circus.
"Dailey Bros. owner Ben Davenport
gave daughter Norma five elephants--Norma, Mary, Maude, Bessie and Konti--in 1950 as a wedding present after she married Pete Cristiani.
They became the Norma Cristiani
elephants and were used on various circuses and Shrine dates until (according to Norma) she sold them to Beatty-Cole in 1960."
After the Dailey Show closed in 1950 Charlie was sold to Gran Circo Union
in Mexico. Smokey Jones
took him down there. I could write a book on the stories Smokey later told about Charlie\'s adventures and misadventures while down there. I think he eventually died on that show.