Charles E Brown, also known
as Professor Maurettus, was a ventriloquist, mimic, character
comedian. He performed primarily in the Midwest. He received a
Gold Medal at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair for his
These are just a few
of the shows Charles joined - from the 1888/89
season: Dr Hallecks Wild West Show, Iroquois Medicine Show,
Rodericos Dime Museum, Schiedell Bros, Kickapoo Indian Medicine,
etc. just to name a few.
1891 season he was
with the Kickapoo Indian Medicine party no. 22 and the manager
was R.W. Tillford. some the the "actors" were Charles E
Mautittus, Tom Adams, Isac Waterman played Running Elk, William
Crow played Col. Hard Robe, and others.
In the 1903
season he was taking violin lessons and paid $.60 each for them.
He played violin in Parades, at dances and weddings and lists
how much he was paid for each engagement. In 1888 he was
clearing $3-$4 per day, but by 1912 he was with the Lucky Bill
show and received a salary of $20 per week.
Charles E Brown as a younger
man - studio portrait
Unknown female - perhaps his
assistant, wife or girl friend?
Prof Maurettus with several
of his ventriloquist dummies in parlor setting
Punch and Judy Show
Charles E Brown dressed as an
old woman - One of his comedic characters
Charles E Brown dress as a clown? - One
of his comedic characters