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AKINS, Everett "Shorty"
Akins joined an air circus in 1921 and went on tour. His act included jumping from one plane to another in the air, walking on the wings, and swinging from a trapeze beneath the plane. During an air show in Farley, Iowa where he was attempting a triple plane change in mid-air, Akins' hands became numb from the cold. (2) When he could not climb back into the plane, Akins had to be rescued by another plane that flew beneath him and cut him free of the rope from which he hung. The same year he was playing catcher for the Studebakers, a local BASEBALL team.
In 1926 Akins operated a gymnasium on O'Hagen Street and gave wrestling and boxing lessons. He also did steeplejack work with his brother. In 1933 he joined the physical department of the YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION (Y.M.C.A.) as an instructor in tumbling and apparatus work. His class was held Thursday evening from 8:00-9:30 p.m.
In 1934 Akinbs joined with other local businessmen including Harold H. "Buck" Kunz who served as president to form the DUBUQUE AMUSEMENT CORPORATION. The company purchased the dance hall at UNION PARK, dismantled the building, moved it to a site near the airport on Sageville Road, and reassembled it. (3) This became MELODY MILL. (4)CARNEGIE-STOUT PUBLIC LIBRARY because it had more "stories" than any other building in Dubuque.
See: STAR TAXI
1. "The Year's Events," Telegraph Herald, January 2, 1921, p. 14. Online: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=3BReAAAAIBAJ&sjid=FWANAAAAIBAJ&pg=5778,2845061&dq=human+fly+dubuque&hl=en
2. "Big Air Meet and Circus at Farley, Iowa," Telegraph HeraldItalic text, Sept. 18, 1921, p. 9. Online: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=-5RSAAAAIBAJ&sjid=8MsMAAAAIBAJ&pg=3818,7143286&dq=human+fly+dubuque&hl=en
3. "Union Park Hall Dance Hall Dismantled; Moved to Airport," Telegraph Herald and Times Journal, Feb. 18,, 1934, p. 3. Online: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Y75BAAAAIBAJ&sjid=xakMAAAAIBAJ&pg=3656,3198470&dq=dubuque+amusement+corporation&hl=en
4. "Huge Dance Palace and Cabaret Will Blaze with Lights and Music," Telegraph Herald, Aug. 5, 1934, p. 6. Online: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Rc5BAAAAIBAJ&sjid=2akMAAAAIBAJ&pg=3055,4522125&dq=everett+akins+dubuque&hl=en