XENIA – From his early childhood, Jake loved the circus. When the circus came to town, his father would write a note to the teacher saying that the children would not be in school that day, and off the family would go for a day at the circus. His love of the circus continued long after he was an adult. He decided to manufacture equipment for the circus. His first effort was a “bull hook” used to guide elephants. The business expanded as the demand for reliable equipment grew. After his death, his ashes were placed at the Baraboo Circus Museum in Michigan.
Joan Baxter is a Greene County resident and historical columnist.