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  • Subject (Images): Circus performers
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    • John and Mariah Nail Mertz

    • 1883
    • Davie County Public Library
    • Mocksville native Mariah Elizabeth Nail stood only 36 inches tall and weighed 48 pounds. She traveled throughout the United States and Europe with the circus as one of the world's smallest women. She met her diminutive husband, Major John Mertz,...
    • John Mertz (Major)

    • 1920; 1921; 1922; 1923; 1924; 1925; 1926; 1927; 1928; 1929
    • Davie County Public Library
    • John Mertz, born in Austria in 1853, joined the circus at age 21.
    • John and Mariah Mertz

    • 2009
    • Davie County Public Library
    • Nail, a native of Mocksville, married Mertz in Louisville, Kentucky on August 16, 1883. After traveling for many years with the circus, Mertz reportedly asked Nail if she would like to become engaged and travel together. The clerk of court asked...
    • Charles "Red" Sells

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    • Davie County Public Library
    • Cicero W. Sell, living in Cooleemee, lured by the smell of grease paint and the roar of the crowds, ran away and joined the Sparks Circus. He became the world famous clown Charles W. "Red" Sells. Sells later worked for the Ringling Brothers...

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