a.k.a. Turtle Boy
Born in Hot Springs, Arkansas in
1859, George Williams was billed as the "Turtle Boy".
"He is eighteen inches high, has
the head of a boy of about 12 years old, in size and his legs,
from which he derives his nick name of the turtle boy, are solid
bone with no knee cap or joints in them. The legs are bowed so
badly that he cannot stand up at all and never could." (Daily
Republican, Decatur, Illinois, April 1, 1898).
George was an accomplished player
of the harmonica, drums, flute and panpipes. In 1889, at Worth's
Palace Museum, he was presented with a silver-mounted banjo by
his fellow performers. Towards the turn of the century, George
owned a 160-acre farm near Wheaton, Illinois. He made his living
traveling from small town to small town with his manager, Willis
Clark, exhibiting himself in vacant buildings.
He spent his later years on the
freak show circuit as "King Dodo" from the Fiji Islands.
King Dodo from the Fiji Islands -
Funniest Little Man Ever Born To Live - Age 76 - Height 19in. -
Weight 29 lbs.