By Wayne Townsend on
4/20/2012 11:48 AM
When we recently were researching our current exhibit Beauty in the Beast, Dufferin County Museum & Archives staff found out that Dufferin animals were a little more diverse than the expected cows and sheep. This certainly proves a little historical digging can lead to some unexpected and interesting surprises.
Shelburne Free Press, December 22, 1927 - Monkeys and Clowns in Mulmur
“Wesley Gallaugher is at his brother’s home in Mulmur for the Christmas season and has with him the performing animals that have made for him a name as a novel showman clean across the continent” says the Alliston Herald. “The esemble includes 4 ponies, 5 dogs, 3 monkeys, 1 baboon, and 2 clowns. The animals perform some fascinating and wonderful tricks while the monkeys and the clowns keep the house in a continuous fit of laughter. Just at this time of year engagements for this line of entertainment are not readily obtained and Mr. Gallaugher took advantage of the slack season to spend a week on a tour of the Pacific coast...