Entry #1. Welcome to the
South Brunswick Public Library Local
History Blog. Items here will be on any topic related to South Brunswick history from the
1600s to today covering its current 41 square miles, but also, Plainsboro
before 1919 and Cranbury before 1872. Includes , Cross Roads/Dayton,
Deans/Martinsville, Woodside/Fresh Ponds, Monmouth Junction/Longbridge Farms, Kingston Franklin Park, and Little Rocky
Topics will be related to current and past research projects and of course your questions.
To name a few sources, research has been based on information in the Central Post/South Brunswick Post and the Sentinel newspapers as well as other newspapers and especially GenealogyBank.com. Also, information from the Federal and NJ Census, and deeds at the Middlesex County Clerk’s Office.
Items Entry #1. Monmouth Junction Railroad related.
The article mentioned several circuses. Considering there was no entertainment then except that you generated, it makes sense that the circus with its high energy and bright colors would attract people of all ages. So Lester joined the Robinson Show as an acrobat for a year, then the L.B. Lent Circus for a year (became stranded in
due to the War).
Next year Lester began aerial work with the Stone & Murray Show for 2
seasons, then the Van Amberg Circus for 2 seasons, then he worked for the Dan
Rice Circus as an acrobatic clown for 2 years, then the Adam Forpaugh Shows for
3 years. It was for the Gilmore’s Theatre that he fell from the trapeze in Virginia in 1867. Philadelphia
Any comments or updated information welcome.