Looking for Information about
my Great Grandfather
Arthur Raymond Hutchison
worked on C.A. Carnival????
Enclosed is a copy of the photo, writing on. the back, and
the question I emailed you about July 2, 2006 I actually
found another photo, same as the first, but unfortunately
no other info.
At one time my great
grandfather was a carpenter for a traveling carnival
In the early 1900-1929s.
The family was reluctant to talk
about him traveling with the carnival, so I know
nothing beyond what is written on the back of the
photo I recently found of my great grandfather and
another man in a ticket booth at an outdoor carnival.
"This is what’s on the back”
“The man in the ticket box is Loyd Hutchison. He has
been with C, A. 7 years. He runs the Ferris Wheel."
This info. (Except for the last
line which I added) is what I found on the photo and
it was written in my grandmother's hand. She was Mabre
Hutchison, and daughter-in-law to A.R. Hutchison.
The gentleman in the front is
Mr. A, R. Hutchison," My g grandfather, Arthur
Raymond Hutchison lived in Paris, Texas, Lamar Co, all
his life, so I'm reasonably sure that's where he got
the job with this C. A. Carnival. I would very much
like to know about the traveling shows of that era,
and in particular about the C. A. Carnival”.
There's not much to help in the
photo….the dress I would date as 1910-1920, the
banners aren't really readable and neither is the sign
on the ticket booth... ...All I can make out is
Admission…. 10….??? Maybe something would look
familiar to you though.
The only additional info I could add (I sent this in
an email also) would be that I did find a Loyd
Hutchinson listed on the 1920 census in Bexar, TX.
Hutchinson Loyd 36 M W KS TX Bexar 2-WD
San Antonio 1920
He was living with other single men,
all seem to work for a "Show Co" as carpenter, painter. 2
engineers and motor ?, and on the next page a trainman and
three showmen, The head of household has some-thing
besides "Show Co” as place of employment. Could be the
name of the carnival.
Maybe, as my great grandfather was married, he gave up the
traveling life. He was living in Lamar Co, TX with his
wife and sons on the 1920 census.
John, any help at all with this family mystery and early
history of traveling carnivals would be very much
appreciated! Even if you find nothing, I really appreciate
your time and effort In taking the time to help me.
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