|Birth: ||Sep. 9, 1915|
|Death: ||Nov. 14, 1962|
An online researcher has Mabel born in Chula, Livingston Co MO, dau of James Walker Thomas (1882-1965) and Effie Elizabeth Davis (1879-1961).
1-19-1920 census Parson Creek, Linn MO
Thomas J W 37
" Effie 40
" Jessie 16 (Jesse Edgar Thomas 1903-1960)
" Harry 14 (Harry Dwaine Thomas 1905-1965)
" Lamen 12 (Lawrence Everett Thomas 1908-?)
" Irene 10 (1909-?)
" Harold 8
" Eva 6 (Eva Rosella Thomas 1913-1984)
" Mabel 4 3/12 (Mabel Mary Thomas 1915-1962)
" Vivian 1 6/12 (Vivian Marcus Thomas 1917-1991)
all born in MO
1930 census Parson Creek, Linn MO
Thomas James W 49
" Effie E 52
" Harold G 18
" Mabel M 14
" Vivian M 11
all born in MO
A newspaper article names her as "the former Mabel Thomas Dean" which indicates to me that she was married to a Mr Dean before she married Pinkie. Did she have children?
She has two sisters, Mrs Irene Grime (Meadville) and Mrs Emma Bowman (Sumner), and a brother Harry D Thomas Jr. How can a brother be named Harry D Thomas Jr, when the father is not named Harry D Thomas? Maybe Mabel's mother was married to two different Thomases?
from the Chillicothe Constitution 10-20-1949 page 4
MABELL BARNES, STUNT RIDER, IS VERY ILL
Word has been received that a former resident, Mrs. Mabell Barnes, is seriously ill at the University of Kansas hospital in Kansas City KS. Mrs. Barnes, the wife of Pinky Barnes, is a trick rider with her husband in circuses and shows. A sister is Mrs Byron Grimes of Meadville. Her brother, Harry D Thomas Jr of Sharpsburg KY is at his sister's bedside.
from the Albuquerque Journal 11-15-1962
FORMER CIRCUS STARDIES IN OVERHEATED TRAILER
Kansas City, MO - A former circus star, whose career as a trick rider was ended by a fall that left her a helpless invalid, suffocated Wednesday in an over-heated house-trailer.
The coroner listed her as Mabel M Baronski, 47. Circus fans knew her years ago as Mabel Barnes, whose brightly colored western attire and prancing horse enlivened circus parades along many main streets across the nation.
Her husband, Pinky Barnes, who gave up his own career beneath the big top in order to take care of his pretty wife, returned from work early Wednesday to find the trailer "stifling hot", and his wife dead.
Pinky said he did not know what he will do now. "It may be pretty late, but I think I'll go back to show business," he said.
Twelve years had passed since Pinky quit circus life. "She couldn't travel anymore, and I couldn't leave her," he recalled. But he continued to work with dogs and horses while they lived on what he earned by driving a taxicab 10 hours a day, training horses for other people and teaching other people's youngsters to ride.
"I'm breaking in a dog and pony act now," he said. "Mainly I was doing it because it pepped Mabel up. It's white horses and white dogs and I think I'll work Mabel's name into the act's title some way."
This article was published in several newspapers, including the Press-Telegram (Long Beach CA)
Oct 15 1949 Billboard Magazine, page 71
Mabel Barnes, menage rider and cowgirl in the Wild West on the Kelly-Miller circus, injured her spinal column wile practicing on a swinging ladder at Warren IL, reports Pinky Barnes, who adds that she is almost paralyzed and not expected to live. Pinky is at her bedside at the St Francis Hospital, Freeport IL.
James Walker Thomas (1882 - 1965)
Effie Elizabeth Davis Thomas (1879 - 1961)
Bernard R Baranoski (1900 - 1968)
Irene Jennie Thomas Grime (1909 - 1998)*
Emma Rosella Thomas Bowman (1913 - 1984)*
Mabel Mary Thomas Baranoski (1915 - 1962)
Maintained by: Larry
Originally Created by: Deb
Record added: Aug 09, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 74679832