Marie O'Day, an honest to goodness true short story
During the 1960's Col. L.O. "Hoot" Black owned and exhibited Marie.
I have known the Black's since I was a kid
and have been very good friends
with the family for as long as I can
remember. Hoot was instrumental in
getting me interested in joining the circus
and sideshow. It fact he was the one
who helped me get into the industry.
Now lets get back to Marie. Hoot had several
wood sheds on his property, He
stored all kinds of stuff in them. He
had one big problem with storing
anything in those sheds, let alone
Marie! His problem was he had rats in the
Hoot was always afraid if he stored Marie in
the sheds that the rats might
start eating her. So every winter he would
roll her up in a blanket and
store her under his & his wife's bed. That
give a whole new meaning to finding
shoes under the bed........
Marie O'Day at Capt. Harvey Boswell Compound
Photograph Courtesy of
Well when spring rolled around, Hoot would
get us to pull her out from
underneath the bed and clean hear up a bit,
and get her ready for up coming
I know when Hoot had Marie, she was a real
money-maker for him.
Col. Hoot Black, He was one hell of a
showman in his day.