Hubert called the other day. He was real upbeat. Most of the time he calls when he needs cheering up. Lois died a few years back, he is lonely and can see the cemetery where she is from his home. He has made all his final arrangements and we will be notified if he dies. He doesn’t like to talk about Carnival life anymore…but he does talk about Lois, his neices in Iowa, fishing and life in Oklahoma.
I understand that Hubert was different when he was younger.
He had a wife named Wanda and two children. One day Hubert caught his wife with another man. Hubert had a gun and he shot Wanda in the leg. Hubert went to prison. They got divorced. Hubert was estranged from his children…and as far as I know he still is.
Hubert married Lois after he got out of the slammer. Hubert went back out on the road. He was the best “Wheel Man” you could find. Far Guy worked the top of the wheel for him, a very dangerous job. They were with Merriams for years. Lois worked in the Office and was in charge of the Ticket Sellers. They left Merriams in 1971. They went over to Midway of Fun. We went to vist them in Winter Quarters near Detroit Lakes Minnesota.
After a few years they bought a Swinging Gym and went independent. I am not quite sure what happened next…somehow they were bilked out of a bunch of money. They retreated to Oklahoma. I lost touch with them for a number of years. Then one day I wrote a letter to the Cafe in a small town near where I thought they lived, the mailman happened to be in the Cafe and dropped the letter off for them…the phone rang later that day. We had a wonderful phone visit…and many more after that!
Lois asked me to help locate Hubert’s children. I helped to locate them, they wanted nothing to do with their father. That made me sad, and it made Lois sad too…but there was nothing we could do about it…we never told Hubert of the search or the outcome.
In my opinion those kids are missing out on knowing a better version of their Dad. Time is getting short as Hubert is now in his 80’s.
A photo I took from on top of the Slide in 1970 or 1971. The Trabant is out in front. The Boss is at the controls. On the left is a Side Show, Swingin Gym and the Wheel. On the right is the Office Trailer, Kenny’s Joint (Darts), unknown joint and the Hot Wagon. This photo was taken in Schuyler Nebraska with a little Swinger Polaroid Camera.