Ontario Beach Park – #21

In early 1907 the Park constructed a solid board fence around the Park so that people couldn’t see the outdoor vaudeville shows without paying admission.

The first band of the season was Rosanti’s Famous Naval Reserve Band. Then for two weeks was the Navassar Band,  a 50 piece group of lady musicians. The picture of the band is from a park in Pennsylvania in 1907. In mid July was Fay’s Providence Band. Early August had  the 65th Regiment Band  from Buffalo and the season ended with opening band, Rosanti’s Famous Naval Reserve Band.

In early June, Bostock’s Wild Animals are in Auditorium. The director of the show Frank C. Bostock had been at the Park in 1902. As part of the show, advertising said that the chief animal trainer would attempt to conquer “Moki,” the man-eating tiger who tore the thigh of Poluski about 10 days ago. The picture shows a large crowd out in front of the Auditorium.

On the outside stage in mid June was a trio of tight wire artists, the Ernesto Sisters, called “Europe’s Greatest Artists.” Also Silvern and Emerie, a duo of pretty girls that are a novelty aerial and trapeze act.

The next week saw “Dare Devil Dash,” a cyclist who comes off a 75 ft. tower and then flies 60 feet in the air and splashes into a tank of water 4 feet deep. That same week was The Bonizettis who are gymnasts that appear in full dress suits while doing feats of agility and strength. Only barely mentioned in the newspapers is Madame Bergerat who did a double somersault automobile act.

In mid July was Oscar V. Babcock doing his “Death Trap Loop.” It was a bicycle act in which he went through a loop that had a moving section at the bottom. I wrote a whole post on Oscar in 2016 as he continued doing this act until at least 1935.

The week of July 29th had The Three Ernesto Sisters, tight wire artists and The Eight Picchianis,” world’s greatest acrobats.” Then the next week Sho Kishizuma Imperial Japanese Troupe came and did their acrobatics.

In mid August appearing were the Bellatzer Sisters; gymnasts of flying rings and Nelson described as the “The Monarch of the Air” of the high wire.

The open stage seemed to be a great place for acrobats, high wire walkers and trapeze acts.

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  1. I’ve been enjoying this series, and learning a lot about the early history of Ontario Beach Park. But what happened to #19 in the series?

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