Florence Clara Engford, 92, a former Plover woman whose family ran a traveling circus, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2001, at Jefferson Meadows Care Center in Baraboo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Plover United Methodist Church in Plover, with the Rev. Diego Orsini officiating. Burial will be in Plover Cemetery.
Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church until the services.
Jensen-Jinsky Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Miss Engford was born Jan. 1, 1909, in Milwaukee, a daughter of the late Robert and Amanda Engford. She moved to Plover with her parents in 1923.
She was a lifelong member of Plover United Methodist Church in Plover. For many years she sang in the choir there.
In the 1920s and 1930s she was a part of the “Engford Family Shows,” a family circus that traveled throughout Wisconsin. The Wisconsin State Historical Society recognized the Engford Family Shows as a pioneer in the motorized circus equipment industry and one of the first to tour Wisconsin in 1920 with motorized circus equipment.
She also worked for Weber Fly Tying Co. in Stevens Point.
The family home was built in 1850 by Miner Strope, a pioneer attorney and judge. It is the county’s oldest house for which the age can be verified. The house was moved from Post Road in Plover to Heritage Park in Plover for historical preservation.
Survivors include one nephew, David (Mona) Engford, Baraboo; and one niece, Ruthie (Frank) Clark, Sarasota, Fla.
She was also preceded in death by one brother, Harry.