Heritage Honoree

Quad City Times – By Bill Wundram   
Dolly Jacobs likely was a toddler
the first time she saw Davenport. She might have played in the grass in a big circus lot in the 3000 block of Rockingham Road. She was a circus kid. Her dad, Lou Jacobs, was a legendary circus clown and the first living American to have his image on a U.S. postage stamp. Her mom was a fashion model turned flyer (aerialist) with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. By the time she was a teen, Dolly was riding elephants. Eventually, she learned the difficult Roman rings and flying. The little girl who once a regular performer in Davenport still performs high in the big top in Sarasota, Fla. And now, she is a world ambassador for the circus as an art form… MORE