Central Park in Fairfield Iowa

Settler's Day, Fairfield.

c. 1905 Old Settler’s Day.

Elephants in Fairfield, Iowa parade.

Indian Elephants in the Sells-Floto Circus Parade heading south on Court Street in Fairfield, Iowa, in 1910. In the background are buildings on the north side of the Square. Anyone want to run away and join the circus?

The photographer was Ernest U. Peasley, a 26-year-old drug salesman who would open a novelty store on the east side of the square at 57-59 S. Main by 1911.

For the picture’s date and the name of the circus and the photographer, we are indebted to the June 25, 1964 Daily Ledger Historical Edition (celebrating Fairfield’s 125th anniversary), which reprinted a copy of the photograph.

1910 Native American in Fairfield Iowa parade.

1910 Native American in Fairfield Iowa parade.
A Native American rider the Sells-Floto Circus Parade heading south on Court Street in Fairfield, Iowa, in 1910. In the background are buildings on the north side of the Square.

The photographer was Ernest U. Peasley, a 26-year-old drug salesman who would open a novelty store on the east side of the square at 57-59 S. Court by 1911.

For the picture’s date and the name of the circus and the photographer, we are indebted to the June 25, 1964 Daily Ledger Historical Edition (celebrating Fairfield’s 125th anniversary), which reprinted some of this series of photographs.