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William Edmond "Buster Brown" Ansley
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Birth: Nov. 11, 1891
Columbia County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Sep. 26, 1972
Cooke County
Texas, USA

At age 17 he was 42 inches and weighted 40 pounds and was billed as the smallest man in the world. In 1910 he went to work for the Brown Shoe Company of St. Louis, promoting Buster Brown Shoes. He played the part of Buster Brown for 28 years, donning a blond wig, red suit, red hat, knickers, blue tie, white shirt with Buster Brown collar. He traveled with a Boston Terrier named Tige. He traveled 50,000 miles a year by train and playing all the major whistle stops. His stage presence also included "Hi! I'm Buster Brown; I live in a shoe, This is my dog Tige. He lives there, too."

He was known as the smallest Mason in the World. He was also a Knights Templar. 
Family links: 
  Edwin Purvis Ansley (1864 - 1915)
  Alda Elizabeth Merritt Ansley (1874 - 1931)
  William Edmond Ansley (1891 - 1972)
  Leo Ansley (1894 - 1972)*
  Dewey Hobson Ansley (1898 - 1912)*
  Abigail Gray Ansley Walker (1900 - 1986)*
*Calculated relationship
William Edmond Ansley (Nov 11 1888-Sept 26, 1972) Ansley traveled the country for 27 years promoting Buster Brown children's shoes with his dog Tige. From 1908 to 1935, the 42 in. dwarf appeared in a blonde wig, blue tie, red suit and hat, know as Buster Brown. He lived in Hugo until his death in 1972. "He was quite a Character."
Note: Ed was born in 1891, and was a small person, at age 26 he was 42 inches tall but he grew to 50 inches.
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Choctaw County
Oklahoma, USA
Maintained by: Reynolds Ansley
Originally Created by: Donald Burgess
Record added: Sep 02, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15580140
William Edmond Buster Brown Ansley
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William Edmond Buster Brown Ansley
Added by: Reynolds Ansley
William Edmond Buster Brown Ansley
Added by: Donald Burgess
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William Edmond "Buster Brown" Ansley is my grand uncle Ansley Line. He was the Littlest Mason in the World. Rest in the Peace of Our Lord. The dust shall return to the earth as it was and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. Amen. So mote it...(Read more)
- Reynolds Ansley
 Added: Oct. 11, 2015

- gecko
 Added: Sep. 9, 2015

- Sherry Goolsby, Genealogical Research
 Added: Aug. 31, 2015
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