From Here To Over There : Fremont County In The Great War
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Bird Millman

Cañon City native and renowned high wire entertainer Bird Millman even did her part for the war effort by performing an aerial act in downtown New York City to help raise funds for the War Savings Stamp Committee. Her performance was covered in the New York Times.

Appearing under the auspices of the War Savings Stamp Committee Bird Millman, one of the stars of Barnum and Bailey's Circus, walked a tightrope stretched from the office of J.P. Morgan & Co to the Sub-Treasury Building. . . .after pirouetting up and down the rope several times, a throng of financial district workers showered her with contributions. Boy Scouts, delegations from the Women's Overseas Hospitals and members of other patriotic organizations made their way through the crowd selling stamps.

("Walk Rope In Wall St. Circus Star Wins Many Order for War Savings Stamps". New York Times; April 6, 1918; page 12).

"Bird" was born Jennadean Engleman in Cañon City in 1890. She performed with her parents on the vaudeville circuit. She went on to perform worldwide. She returned to the United States and starred in Ziegfeld Follies as well as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. She died in Cañon City in 1940. In 1961, she was inducted into Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Hall of Fame.
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