Here's a list of the various circuses John Aasen worked in. He claimed to have worked for several, these are the ones I can verify  by Ben Lonrusten Norway

 

1913 - Barnum and Bailey???? Not verified.

 

1916 - Went to state fairs and markets with his childhood buddy Lawrence Buck- The Midget

 

1917 - 1919 - Sells Floto Circus

 

1920 - 1921 - C. A. Wortham (winter reason with Elks)

 

1922 - John T. Wortham Carnival

 

1922 - Contract signed with Hal Roach

 29 December, in Chicago for Why Worry.

 

1923 - Why Worry/Harold Lloyd - Sid Graumanns Million Dollar Theater in LA

 

1923 - Al. G. Barnes Circus  

 

1924 - from January -Phoenix Carnival Company (on Hawaii)

 

1924 - Foley and Burk Shows , with manager Dich Wayne Barlow

 

1925 - Rubin & Cherry Shows (The aristocrats of the tents)

 

1926 - Starts with James Dutton Circus , from 17 Aug. (as the finest attraction in the country ref. Billboard magazine) with Robbins Bros. Circus.  jumps on in Kansas

 

1926 -  movie - Long live the King with Charley Chase and Oliver Hardy

 

1927 - movies Legionnaires of Paris, Sting of Stings, Two Flaming youths

 

1928 - Say Uncle - director Arvid Gillstrom, with Jack Duffy.

 

1928 - On tour with Fanchon and Marcos Midget Follies

 

1929 - 1930 - on tour for Clare & Greenhalgh in Australia- (Joe Glancy)

Elks Mid Winter carnival on Hawaii and in Shanghai with Lillian La France

 

1930 - 1931 on tour in Australia and New Zealand with Tex Hilton and Wild West Carnival

1932 - Tod Brownings "Freaks"?????  Not verified

 

1933 -Hospitalized most of the year

 

1934 - Tour with Major Arthur

 

1935 - Carnival with Jimmy Durante and Lee Tracy.

 

1936 - Movies Bengal Tiger and Charlie Chan at the Circus.  Committed to Laguna Honda Home in November later transferred to Mendocino State Hospital

 

17 January 1937.

 

1937 - Mendocino

 

1938 -  1 august he dies due to pneumonia

Later shipped to Dr. Humberd for dissections and autopsy-  Soft part cremated and shipped back to be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial in Glendale.

 

Bent Lonrusten


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