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Kristine Louise Swinehart

Kristine Louise Swinehart

Kristine Louise Swinehart (1853 – 1914) was a side show bearded lady freak for the Boelman family circus from 1876 through 1911.) She was born Kristine Louise Baker – the daughter of Mister Baker & Margaret Foote. She was an original Siamese twin joined at the privates by her twin brother, Duane. An early surgical procedure separated them shortly after birth. At age 11 Kristine, better known as Kriss, began sprouting whiskers. She immediately joined the Boelman family circus out of Portage, Michigan where she was a star attraction for many years. In fact, Kriss married Alfred Boelman, the owner of the circus, & when he died Kriss married his brother, Jerry Boelman. When Jerry died Kriss then married Carl Swinefoote of Manton, Michigan. Little is known about Kriss’s history. She did have a brother, Duane & a sister, Coco & a daughter Jassonnette. Any information anyone else may have concerning Kristine Louise Swinehart would be greatly appreciated.

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