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Norman "Luke" Anderson
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Birth: Oct. 29, 1917
Emporia
Lyon County
Kansas, USA
Death: Feb. 14, 2004
Blythe
Riverside County
California, USA

NORMAN 'LUKE' ANDERSON WAS BORN IN A CIRCUS WAGON OUTSIDE OF EMPORIA, KANSAS WHERE HIS GRANDPARENTS FARMED. HIS FATHER HAD A WIDE WEST SHOW AND LATER A CIRCUS. AFTER HIS PARENTS DIVORCED, HIS MOTHER OWNED A CIRCUS. NORMAN ORGANIZED, OWNED AND RAN THE "CLYDE BATTIE CIRCUS" UNTIL WORLD WAR II BROKE OUT. HE JOINED THE SERVICE AND WAS A WEAPONS INSTRUCTOR. HE WAS AN ABSOLUTE CRACK SHOT. HE MARRIED FRANCES RAGSDALE WHO WAS FROM EMPORIA. THEY WERE PRECEIDED IN DEATH BY CLIFFORD.

NORMAN AND FRANCES DETERMINED THAT THE CIRCUS LIFE WAS NOT WHAT THEY WANTED FOR THEIR CHILDREN AND SOLD THE CIRCUS, BOUGHT RIVER FRONT PROPERTY IN BLYTHE, CALIFRONIA ON THE COLORADO RIVER. THEY RAN A STORE, CAMP GROUND AND LEASED BOATS. IT IS STILL CALLED THE 6TH AVE. PARK.


BANDWAGON
The Joural of the Circus Historical Society
January-February 1996

Artical on 'Luke' Anderson pages 20 thru 40. Luke was an icon in the circus world.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Laura May Doile Anderson (1894 - 1976)
 
 Spouse:
  Frances Ragsdale Anderson (1917 - 2003)*
 
 Children:
  Clinton Elliott Anderson (1949 - 2001)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Palo Verde Cemetery
Blythe
Riverside County
California, USA
 
Maintained by: Linda Doile Morris
Originally Created by: Diane (Taylor) Mitchell
Record added: Nov 02, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43854518
Norman Luke Anderson
Added by: Diane (Taylor) Mitchell
 
Norman Luke Anderson
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Norman, What a mess you left but I think that is what you intended.
-Anonymous
 Added: Mar. 23, 2012
 
 
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