Burrows, Olan 1975-04-24

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Olan Burrows reminisces about Harley Sadler and the time he spent with the Harley Sadler Tent Show.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Olan Burrows

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Date: April 24, 1975

Location: Muleshoe, Texas

Interviewer: Clifford Ashby

Length: 55 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Harley Sadler Show (1930), Truck driver, Description and uses of trucks, Tent show performances, One night stands, Lengthened stays, Show disbanded, Dallas, Texas (1936), Billy Rose, Corroborated with Sadler, "Siege of the Alamo", Showplace, Fort Worth, Texas, 1936 Centennial, Burrows' duties, Sportatorium, Dallas, Sadler show sold, Roy Fox, East Texas, To Dallas, Harley Sadler, Roles, Performances, Generosity, Hero figure to Burrows, Burrows duties, Various performers, One night stands (again), "Siege of the Alamo" (again), 1936 events, Tent show sold, Purchased circus, Harley Sadler's Society Circus, Sadler returned to show business (1940s), Competition in Dallas/Fort Worth (1936), Texas pageant, Billy Rose's show, Kelley (concessionist), Vaudeville

Tape 1, Side 2: Various shows produced by Sadler Show, Jerry Sadler, cousin, Harley Sadler, Political career, Texas State Senator, Sadler's death, Avoca, Texas (1954), Sadler Show, Wages, Housing, Meal tickets, Morals, Shooting dice, Alcohol, Family shows, Ferd Sadler, brother, Tent sizes, Correspondence, Recreation, Dress, appearance of show people, Conditions on the road, Crew slept outside, Mail service, Towns played, Harry Phelps, Other jobs held by Burrows, Tour (1936)

Range Dates: 1930-1954

Bulk Dates: 1930-1954

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