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Col. Gordon ""Pawnee Bill"" Lillie and wife, Mary Emma
Col. Gordon ""Pawnee Bill"" Lillie and wife, Mary Emma
TitleCol. Gordon ""Pawnee Bill"" Lillie and wife, Mary Emma
SubjectBloomington, Illinois; Wild West Shows; Circus Performers; Marriage
DescriptionFrom 1888 to 1913 Colonel Gordon W. ""Pawnee Bill"" Lillie ""had his own extravaganzas billed as ""Pawnee Bill's Historic Wild West"" and ""Pawnee Bill's Great Far East"". An astute and sometimes sensational showman, he filled his arena with war-painted Indians, daring rescues, horsemanship, and marksmanship, including that of his wife, sharpshooter May Manning Lillie."" The golden wedding celebration of the Lillies included an Indian Ceremony. ""It will be celebrated in the pueblo at Taos with white friends and many Indians attending. The tribes of Pueblos, Navajos, and Sious will be represented...A marriage ceremony in the rites of the Indians as well as the orthodox rites of the whites will be used."" (Oklahoma Historical Society's Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, and The Sunday Pantagraph 30 Aug 1936)
CreatorUnknown
DateAugust 3, 1936
TypeImage
FormatPhotograph
Format.Digital.jpg
SourcePeople; Illinois Picture File 53
Digitization SpecificationsHP Scanjet 4070 Photosmark Scanner with HP Software
RightsThis image may be used freely, with attribution, for research, study and educational purposes. For permission to publish, distribute, or use this image for any other purpose, please contact the Bloomington Public Library, 205 E. Olive St., P.O. Box 3308, Bloomington, IL 61702-3308. Phone: 309.828.6091; Email: reference@bloomingtonlibrary.org
CollectionBloomington-Normal Local History Resources (Illinois Wesleyan University)
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