In the biographical files of the
is an undated promotional item for Frank Shepherd, who was listed as “ America’s
Premier Single Trapeze Artist.” An article in the April 8, 1937 issue of the Sandusky Star Journal reported that Shepherd began his circus career when he was only fourteen years of age.
He performed with the Cole Brothers Circus, Ringling Brothers &
Barnum and Bailey Circus, and several smaller circuses. Mr. Shepherd was born
in 1893 in Huron, Ohio, and his family lived
in for several years. The Sandusky Register of June 5, 1938
reported that he was known for his appearances as the guest
artist at the popular gym circuses held by Sandusky City Schools. Sandusky, Ohio
In 1936, Mr. Shepherd was seriously injured in an accident in
He missed a connection on a double flip with heel catch, and was hospitalized
with two broken legs and two broken arms. He returned to the circus, but in
1943, he again was injured in a fall during a circus performance in Des Moines, Iowa .
That injury also was serious, and kept him in a wheelchair for several
years. Akron, Ohio