|1910 - Bee Ho joins California Frank's All-Star Wild West|
|Bee Ho and Ada appear in several newspaper articles and photos with the Miller Brother's 101 Ranch as early as 1908. They appear with California Frank's Wild West Show in the archives of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum under the search term "Bee Ho". The archive lists the photo as circa 1925 but I believe this date is not correct. I believe it is probably closer to 1911 based on my research.|
|On January 4, 1911, a letter presumably from one of the Miller Brothers was written to their partner, Edward Arlington. It discusses a prospective business deal with California Frank as well as the fact that Bee Ho and Ada had left California Frank's show, leaving him without a headlining act. See the full text of the letter below the scans.|
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|Text of letter to Edward Arlington|
I note what you say with reference to the five car show deal with Californai Frank and would be very glad if I could see it in the light you do, but regret I am unable to do so. My candid opinion is that, under the most favorable conditions, the deal would be a loser, although it might figure out good on paper, and I would prefer spending the money against the opposition than going into this deal.
I appreciate your offering to let me in without putting in any money, as well as not standing any chance to lose, but I believe I know California Frank better than you do and I don't think, when the show-down would come, that he would have the money to put up the draft stock and besides, it will take quite a bit of money to get the harness, canvas, light and a world of other things that you don't figure on when we go to frame up.
Mr. George Arlington and I went over this matter thoroughly and discussed it pro and con and we both reached the same conclusion I have.
E. A. p. 2
There are so many things to look after and to be trusted to other people back and forth and you know how scarce and hard reliable people are to be found, and I feel sure as I told you when we talked this matter over the last time that the opposition would use it strong against us that it was all the same show and was divided up, which I am sure would damage us
I feel that, if we put forth our best and hardest energies and concentrate all of our forces to making this show make money, that we will be the gainers in the end.
California Frank, as you know, has lost Wenona as well as Ada Sommerville and Bee Gray, so he has no features with his outfit.
I arrived home safely and found all well and the stock doing fine. The weather has been very cold for the last few days, but looks as though it would warm up now. I have just received the second notice from the St. Paul Railroad case. I presume they will also serve papers on you.
With kindest regards, I am