Clyde “Tiny” Hicks


Born in 1919, Illinous native Clyde “Tiny” Hicks got with it in 1945 when he joined the Standard Shows in Wyoming as a fat man”. Claims about his weight ranged from over 500 lbs to a whopping 762. Later, he worked for Ringling Bros. sideshow, and for Ward Hall at Madison Square Garden and regional tours. Hall reported he couldn’t get Tiny to take any bookings in the South under the superstitious belief that the South was “no good for fat shows” (he’d once had a minor brush with the law there). Tiny was a fixture in the sideshow world for 20 years before retiring to his hometown in Warren, Illinois.

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  1. Oscar Stone told me about Tiny Hicks. They lived in Apple River/Warren area from ’72 until ’79. The name “Chic” sounds familiar to me also. Dad was an avid fisherman and was amazed to meet Tiny while he was fishing from a boat. Does that sound right to you?


  2. tiny hicks was my dads first cousin,charlie bird of freeport il,i used to hang around chic and tiny when i was a kid every weekend,we live east of freeport and my dads brother lived in warren,roy bird yea i remember tiny, he was a big man!


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