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Monkey business; Recalling Ennis’ own Simian wonder

Randy Bryan Bigham


Local photographer Henry (H.A.) Maresh made his mark with a popular W. Ennis Ave. studio that served

this city for nearly 50 years, from 1916 to 1963. But he also provided unexpected entertainment for

hundreds of townspeople who crowded around the backyard fence of his home at the corner of E.

Crockett and Kaufman streets to see the family’s special pet – a monkey named Buddy.

“The Maresh family home became the focal point for the town and surrounding area, and had frequent

visitors in the late 1930s and early ‘40s,” confirmed Maresh’s granddaughter Mary Ann (Novy)

Lamkin.”The Mareshes’ son Alphonse (Al) had become a merchant Marine after graduating from Ennis

High in 1934, and on one of his trips to Africa he purchased and brought home a Patas monkey. A large

cage was built in the Maresh backyard to house Buddy. It was located on the Kaufman Street side, which

at that time was Highway 75, the main thoroughfare to Dallas.”


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