Marie O'Day, an honest to goodness true
short story about her.
During the 1960's Col. L.O. "Hoot" Black owned and
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 wood
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 Mark Frierson
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 season.
I know when Hoot had Marie, she was a real money-maker for
Col. Hoot Black, He was one hell of a showman in his day.
by Ricky Hargrove