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Ennis Snake Oil

In 1972 a comedy act call “Col. Ennis’ Medicine Show” was staged on the current site of the Ennis Public Library, then known as Cerf Heritage Park, named for the home of Mamie Cerf that once stood there. The performance was one of many programs planned to commemorate Ennis’ centennial as a city. The press release for the Col. Ennis show claimed the snake oil to be promoted was made up of “Ellis County rattlesnakes, hummingbird tongues, buzzard eggs and mule’s milk.” The unnamed actor playing Col. Ennis said in an interview that he only came “in an attempt to help suffering mankind.” Does anyone have photos from this funny event? And does anybody know who portrayed the character of Col. Ennis?

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