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Royer, Archie, 1866-1956


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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Archie Royer, Sr. Collection

Identifier: RH-A-4037
Scope and Contents 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 Royer presumably met while touring with the Cole and Lockwood Circus in 1894. Cole was the son of one of the circus’ directors, and also served as the circus treasurer. He lived in New York at the time the letters were written. Royer’s letters all generally follow the same formula. Royer opened the letters...