Tall orders, part 6

Series: Random Thoughts | Story 29

When the Civil War ended, Confederate army veteran Martin Van Buren Bates moved from his native Kentucky across the Ohio River into the southern part of the state that shares a name with that waterway.

Bates settled near Cincinnati where he lived when not touring with a local circus. Soon, however, he moved over 200 miles northeast and bought a 130-acre farm near the village of Seville, Ohio.

Eventually, the circus took Bates to Halifax, Nova Scotia. One of the locals who came to see the so-called “Kentucky Giant” was a young woman named Anna Swan.

As impossible as it seems, Swan was even tall...


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