Lou's story takes place in Bloomington, IL. The date is 1918 and
World War II is in progress. Anna, Hattie's daughter, is a "single"
mom raising two children, Vic and Ida Lou.
Ida Lou is short for Florida Louise.
Mickey King, an aerialist, who
was trained by Eddie Ward was the inspiration for Ida Lou.
Ms. King's real name is Marie
Florida Gerturde Comeau.
Ms. King was 95 when Mrs. Kirby
Although Ms. King no longer has
her crazy quilt costume, she did have a trunk full of quilts.
The Biech Candy Factory, where
Vic works, is still an important part of Bloomington's economy.
Eddie Ward's winter home in Bloomington
became the Grand Hotel. It was a popular restaurant that was decorated
with circus memorabilia. It was torn down the summer of 2002.
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