WELCOME TO HAPPY DAYS! Billy Bailey was a young farm boy in 1945, when he returned from World War II. With his great love for animals, he decided to put together a small group of them and travel as "Bailey's Animal Circus." Over the next few years, the circus grew. As it did, Billy began to feel sorry for all the animals in the show. They didn't belong in trucks and train cars, riding from town to town. They were being treated badly by trainers and even some of the people who came to see them. In 1950 Billy decided he couldn't put his animal friends through the daily grind of travel and hardship. He looked for an opportunity to purchase over a thousand acres of land somewhere and let the animals live a full and easy life of their own. He was able to buy a large area of land in New England that he knew would be perfect. The property had many ponds, lakes, and rolling hills, along with beautiful fields and forests. He knew the animals loved the four seasons of the year -- winter, spring, summer and fall. By then, he had dozens of animals ready to settle down, raise families and enjoy Happy Days forever. The leader of the group was one of the biggest elephants in the world. Al Elephant was called "Big Al" by all who knew him. He suggested that the new town set aside for animals only should be called "Happy Days," since all the animals, when hearing about the new town, said "Happy Days are here again!" It was the beginning of the first town in the world with animals of all nations living together in harmony and happiness. The building they put up was named after Billy Bailey. it was called "Bailey's Barn," and in later years it became the Town Hall. Many visitors to Happy Days refer to it as "Camelot," which was the legendary town where King Arthur lived. It is a place where only beauty and peace surround those who live there. Visit Happy Days often and you'll always leave with a smile on your face! Happy Days to All -- From Your Animal Friends.
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About the Author
Author Jack Orth was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1931. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and is a decorated Marine from the Korean War. He attended Boston University, and for many years was in the publishing business in Advertising Sales and Management. He and his wife, Sally, are retired in Florida. They have four children, three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Illustrator Mary Lou Sunshine was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, where she studied under Warren Hunter (The Hunter School of Art). She now resides in Albany, New York, where her artwork has been seen locally, as well as featured weekly for more than 20 years in a local newspaper, until her retirement. Working with Jack Orth, along with the great support of her family and friends, has made for many "Happy Days" indeed!