Henderson, Alice 1982-12-12

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Alice Henderson discusses her life with a traveling tent show. (Note: Mrs. Henderson is often confused and repeats herself.)

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Alice Henderson

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Date: December 12, 1982

Location: Dripping Springs, Texas

Interviewer: Clifford Ashby

Length: 45 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Born: Oklahoma Indian Territory (October 23 1895), Parents, Lived with grandparents after mother’s death, Living with Aunt and Uncle Estes, Traveling with performing troupe, Mrs. Henderson meets husband, 10 and 1 shows, Vaudeville show, Mrs. Henderson’s responsibilities with the show, Places played, Plays performed, Leasing of plays, Places played (again), Leasing of plays (again), "Big Ollie" shows, Playing dance halls, Size of company, Tent, Cast and orchestra, Henderson children performing, Transition from vaudeville to drama, Mrs. Henderson assisted with husband’s vaudeville show, Medicine show, Tent (again), Seating and set-up, Lou Henderson, Death, Chimp act, Family life with the show, Behavior of children, Tutoring, Experiences with people in different towns, Depression, Admission prices, Circle stock.

Tape 1, Side 2: Parts played, Confusion, Discussion of photographs, Various plays discussed, Introductory act, Buster, the educated dog, Lou Henderson (again), Character, Vaudevillians as a "breed of people".

Range Dates: 1895-1982

Bulk Dates: 1900-c.1945

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