Pictures from my grandfathers time with the circus.
My grandmother and her sister probably knew your grandfather. They were with the Barnes Circus and Christie Bros and more. I have photos but will have to dig them out and share them with you.I also just came across a poem in my grandmother's stuff that was written about the wreck and will post it here for you:ON WITH THE SHOW'Twas at Canaan Station,In the month of July,That Al Barnes' CircusWas due to go by,When all of a suddenSome cars left the track,And many were injured,Four ne'er to come back.They had just played NewcastleBefore the mishapAnd had loaded as usualAnd gone for their napMany sleeping insideOn account of the rain,Or more would have been killedOn that ill-fated train.Doctors and nursesFrom Moncton did goTo render first aidTo that might show;And the ones that were kiledAnd those that were crushedIn a C. N. R. SpecialTo Moncton were rushed.But "on with the show"Regardless of cost,And that's what they did, boys,Minus their loss;And everything billedIs waht we did see,And a wonderful circus,Now take it from me!Now you have the storyOf the Barnes Circus wreck.May God bless them all,With Moncton's respect.If they ever returnLet's go to seeA circus that's knownFor its honesty.(Written especially for Al G. Barnes Circus by Geo. E. Melanson, Jr.)
I live in Canaan Station. I actually live next to where the crash happened. I am just researching it and came across this poem.
I came across a photo of the wreck recently and am posting it here. On the back my grandmother wrote: "Taken on the Al G Barnes Circus July 20, 1930. Six men killed. Seventeen hurt in Camden N.B. Canada. Al G. Barnes Circus. Henry Emgard sideshow mgr. Adamae Emgard, Gladys Forrest, Chas (Charlie) Forrest in wreck."Gladys is my grandmother and Adamae is her sister.
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