Clyde Baudendistle

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Clyde Baudendistle
Clyde  Baudendistle

Personal details
Country United States

Work locations
Title elephant trainer 1947
Location at Clyde Beatty Circus in United States

Title elephant superintendent 1929-1932
Location at Sells-Floto Circus in United States

Title elephant trainer-1923
Location at John Robinson Circus in United States

Biography details

Clyde "High-pockets" Baudendistle , circus elephant trainer in United States


Records about Clyde Baudendistle from William "Buckles" Woodcocks Blog at
In 1923 Danny Odom was made manager of the John Robinson Show wintering in West Baden and also new to that show was Cheerful Gardner whom the Corporation had just hired away from Al G. Barnes. When my dad got wind of this he made a bee line for West Baden to once again work for Gardner and Highpockets (Clyde Baudendistl). Shortly after his arrival there, he learned that the show would be moving up to Peru since a decision had made to close the Gollmar Show and the best of that shows equipment would go to John Robinson.
The night before they were to leave, Highpockets went out to load some hay in the bull car and in so doing also decided to have a nip or two from the old jug, fell asleep, tipped over the kerosene lanten and set the car ablaze.
Panic ensued since the car was coupled to the rest of the train. My dad brought out an elephant named "Betty" hoping she could push the bull car away from the rest of the train, unaware she wasn't broke to push. He told me that it was surprising she didn't take off across the countryside the same as Highpockets had done.
The bull car was burned to the water line and after Cheerful and Danny Odom arrived from the hotel he noticed that Odom was carrying a pistol which accounted for Highpocket's hasty departure.

William "Buckles" Woodcock

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). elephant trainer Clyde "High-pockets" Baudendistle in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 9 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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