DICK TWO TON BAKER
At the Lake Bluff Children's Orphanage
"My name is Kraig Moreland. I'm doing a film
documentary on a children's orphanage that was in
Lake Bluff Illinois from 1894 to 1969. I interviewed a
73-year-old yesterday who grew up around the
orphanage because both her parents worked there.
She told a story of Two Ton Baker during the
interview. I guess he would come and entertain the
kids at the orphanage. I've found some pictures of
this in a scrap book at our historical center, [which I've attached]....
"She also told a story
that the kids were invited for a special show and
one of the girls from the orphanage was invited by
Two Ton Baker to come up on stage and sit on his
lap. Her reply, 'No.' And he replied back, 'No? Why
not?' and she said, 'Because your tummy is already
sitting on it.'"
The performance shown here was on March 10, 1945, at the Lake Bluff Orphanage 50th Anniversary party.
The entertainers were, besides Two Ton Baker, Wally Maz--the clown, Lee Phillips--magician and Dick Good--doubletalk and general entertainment.
All photos courtesy of the Vliet Museum of Lake Bluff History.
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