Archie Royer, Sr. (1866-1956) was born in Pottstown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, as Irwin Royer. As a vaudeville performer, acrobat, and circus clown he performed internationally and across the country with companies such as Ringling Brothers, Walter Main, and Cole and Lockwood. Archie married fellow performer Mizpah (McCoy) Selbini (1887-1955) in 1922. Mizpah died in February, 1955. Archie died September 20, 1956 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Both are buried in Monks Cemetery, Bangor, Van Buren County, Michigan. A son, Archie Jr., died in his youth.
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This collection consists of 12 letters from Archie Royer, a former circus clown and Van Buren County resident, to his friend and fellow circus performer Bert Cole in New York. The collection also contains two pages of poems apparently composed by Royer, and a drawing with writing in Spanish.The letters in this collection detail Royer’s life on his farm in the 1940s. They range in date from November 1941 to July 1948. They are all addressed to Bert Cole (1875-?), a friend whom...
Majority of material found within 1869-1956