Agnes <I>Black</I> Harkin

Agnes Black Harkin

Toronto, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Death 2 Aug 1974 (aged 90)
Arlington Heights, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 195333722 · View Source
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Agnes Harkin was a snake charmer with sideshows and carnivals from the about 1911 to 1919. She often went by the name Viola and performed with such shows as W. H. Coulter's Railroad Shows, Yankee Robinson Circus & Texas Bill's Wild West Annex, Sells-Floto-Buffalo Bill, Al. G. Barnes, Coop & Lent Circus, and Hagenbeck-Wallace.

Together with her husband, Joseph "Barney" Harkin, aka Barney Kruntz, the tattooed man, she owned an arcade on later a dime museum on South State Street in Chicago, the latter of which was purchased from famed magician Howard Thurston.

The Harkins spent the final years of their career exhibiting the embalmed body of a man purported to be John Wilkes Booth, notorious assassin of President Abraham Lincoln.

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  • Created by: Derin Bray
  • Added: 13 Dec 2018
  • Find A Grave Memorial 195333722
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Agnes Black Harkin (26 Apr 1884–2 Aug 1974), Find A Grave Memorial no. 195333722, citing Acacia Park Cemetery and Mausoleum, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Derin Bray (contributor 49551227) .