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Mabel Stark/Struppi Hanneford

Hello, Kim:

Struppi was married to Circus Producer Tommy Hanneford, thus a Hanneford by marriage. Poodles was Tommy's uncle. Struppi worked a tiger act for several seasons, after a long career as a top single trapeze performer. Tommy died, and Struppi continues to produce the Royal Hanneford Circus, a show always known for extaordinary quality. Mabel's closest friends for 30 years were the character actor Parley Baer and his wife Ernestine Clarke Baer. Ernestine was the daughter of flying trapeze pioneer Ernest Clarke and Elizabeth Rebecca Hanneford, sister of Poodles. Mabel introduced me to the Baers at Jungleland, in 1966, and I am friends with their daughter, Kim, who grew up knowing "Auntie Mabel". I am only tonight, 10 April 2010, finding your reply. You are welcome to contact me at, or PO Box 6226, Lancaster CA 93539-6226. Cordially yours, Roger Smith


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