Choctaw Memorial Hospital, 1405 East Kirk Street Hugo, Oklahoma

Circus Day of Service to Memorial Hospital

This article was originally published in the Hugo Daily News on March 17, 1950.

The afternoon performance of the Stevens Brothers Circus drew capacity crowd and the night performance a near capacity crowd, with many attending the Square Dance at the Hugo Armory last night. Newcomb Rice, dance instructor of Southeastern State College, served as caller.

The Hugo-Choctaw County Junior Chamber of Commerce had booths at both the circus and the Hugo Armory and a sizable sum for the Choctaw County Memorial Hospital has been raised, according to a joint announcement from Edinger, president, and Vester V. Songer, state delegate.

The parade through downtown Hugo yesterday has been described as the best and longest parade ever held for Circus Round-Up. The many citizens attending the Stevens Brothers Circus also pressed themselves as being weel pleased with the performances.

Guests were Rep. Mike Mon..., Rev. Bill Alexander; Buck Cook, commissioner of charities and .. .; Senator H. D. Binns, Coal candidate for corporation commission; Frank Douglas, Oklahoma City, candidate for governor;

H. L. Hines, Muskogee, US Marshall and his chief deputy Allen Stanfield, Ada. Dr. Henry G. Bennett, president of Oklahoma A and M College, was unable to be present because of climatic conditions of water which prevented him from leaving there by plane.

Quite a number of guests from ... Daily Brother Circus and Hagen Brothers Circus were also present. Paul Raley of the Ringling Brother Circus, Sarasota, Florida, was also present along with F. E. Schmitz, manager of the Gainesville Circus Gainesville, Texas.

Special guests were Fred Shaw postmaster, Oklahoma City; A. Morton Smith, editor, Daily Register, Gainesville, Texas; Al McLaughlin and Ray Parr of the Daily Oklahoman staff; Ben Truitt and Joe Stephens, photographer and writer for the Life And Time Magazine. Article posted with permission from HDN.