Lewis Brothers Circus in United States

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Lewis Bros. Circus was owned and operated by Paul M. Lewis, Jackson, Michigan.

All three elephants at Lewis Circus was killed in a train accident.

They were all riding in the trailer of a semi that was struck by a New York Central passenger train, the "Lake Shore Limited", at 5:10 AM Sunday,June 15th, 1941. The trainer was Paul Richard Miller of Charlotte, Michigan was killed instantly as were the two elephants and the dog. The elephants were 40 year old "Jumbo Lou" weighing 4 tons, and 14 year old "Two Ton Tony" Coming from Burma and India, both were expertly trained by Miller. The driver of the truck was Charles Oswald who disappeared after the accident and could not be located. There was no crossing guard and a string of box cars on a siding to the East obscured Oswalds view of the oncoming train. Jumbo Lou was hurled nearly 50 yards west of the crossing and died of a broken back. Two Ton Tony was thrown about 25 yards and died of a crushed head. The circus was Lewis Bros. and played the next day in Corry, PA. The elephants were buried in a grave located on Lake Road, between Conneaut and Ashtabula Ohio.
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