Old Timers Gazette
Buck Hoover


Which ship to England?
The following is an excerpt from a BB somewhere in Cyberspace.

101 Ranch, 1914, 17 July, 2005 - Does anyone have an idea which ship the 101 Ranch Wild West Show sailed on when it came to England in 1914, as I really need to check the passenger lists.


Reply: 19 July, 2005 - Dear Mike: The New York Times, May 1, 1914, Pg 5, reports: "In the steerage of the SS Philadelphia there will be more than fifty American Indians, who are going to London to take part in the "Wild West" show at the Anglo-American exposition by the 101 Ranch. Chief Yellow Thunder will be in charge of the Indians, among whom are Red Shirt, Little Bull, Spotted Weasel, Running Horse, and Spotted Horse. " You might want to note that on Friday, June 6, 1914, at 10 AM, the SS Philadelphia left New York with additional riders for the 101 Ranch. This included Luka Chkhartishvili and three other "Cossacks." Regards, and good luck. P.S. If you get a list of names, I would appreciate your sharing them with me.

Richard Georgian

Reply: 19 July, 2005 - If no one provides the answer, you might check weekly issues of "Billboard" or "New York Clipper" magazine for the information. If you can access the ProQuest website for the "New York Times," it's possible that a key word search within it might also provide the vessel's name. You might also check older and recent book-length histories of the Ranch for the desired information. A photo of the London set up is in "Billboard," July 25, 1914, page 4. The September 5 issue advised that the British government bought the horses for the war effort, taking 40 head. The show began to dwindle until the remainder of the horses were required. The outfit sailed for home about Sept. 1, with the rest following on the 10th. Another option is to wade through the Ranch files at the Univ. of Oklahoma at Norman. Chang Reynolds' extensive article about the first edition of the traveling 101 Ranch operation, in the Jan-Feb 1969 issue of "Bandwagon," doesn't provide an answer, but it has much other information of interest about the Millers and their various operations.

Fred Dahlinger