Nov. 11, 1891 Magnolia Columbia County Arkansas, USA
Sep. 26, 1972 Gainesville 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.
Inscription: 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.