Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Arthur Oscar Lindauer (1867-1944) who was a trapeze performer

Arthur Oscar Lindauer (1867-1944) Actor and Circus Trapeze Performer under the name of Bandy and Tune (b. August 23, 1867, Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey, USA - d. March 15, 1944, 1:30 am, Grassland Hospital, Mount Pleasant, Valhalla, Westchester County, New York, USA)

Arthur was born in 1867 in Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey. He was the son of Charles Frederick Lindauer (1835-1921) and Anna Augusta Kershaw (1841-1931). His birth certificate has not been found in the New Jersey Archive.

Arthur's siblings include: Eloise Lindauer (1861-1935) who was born in Manhattan, New York and married an insurance worker named Maximillian S. Freudenberg I (1858-1921); Ada Lindauer (1868-?) who was born in Manhattan, New York; Anna Lindauer (1873-1956) who was born in Manhattan, New York and married Ira Massey; Harry Chauncey Lindauer I (1877-1923) who was born in New Jersey and married Hannah Shea (1884-?) and died of syphilis; and LeBaron Hart Lindauer (1879-1945) who was born in Manhattan, New York and married Catherine Harney (1878-1966).

Rye, New York:
In 1900 Arthur was living with his parents in Rye. Also living in the house was: LeBaron; Harry; Grover Dunne aka Grover Cleveland Lindauer; and Louis Miller (1887-?). In 1910 Oscar was a boarder at a house on Smith Street in Rye, and he listed his occupation as an "actor in theatre". In 1920 Oscar was again living with his parents at 209 Locust Avenue in Rye.

Bandy and Tune:
The oral family story that was passed down from Clara Freudenberg (1890-1959) to Selma Louise Freudenberg (1921- ) was that Anna Augusta Kershaw and Charles Lindauer, had twin sons that worked in the circus and were trapeze artists. One was called Arthur and his circus name was Bandy and his brother's circus name was Tune. Bandy and Tune traveled through Europe as circus performers. It was with great delight that in the 1900 census, Arthur listed his occupation as "trapeze performer" confirming this story. It is not known if Oscar had a twin brother. He had a brother, Harry, that died in 1921 of syphilis; and a brother, LeBaron, that worked as a gardener for a large estate in Rye.

Oscar never married and died in 1944 in Grassland Hospital in Mount Pleasant, Valhalla, New York. He was living with his brother, LeBaron, at 46 Orchard Avenue in Rye. The cause of death was a carcinoma of his right salivary gland. He was buried in Greenwood Union Cemetery in Rye, New York.