In 1901, 31 year-old Chiquita, apparently a native of Cuba, was an experienced entertainer at fairs and expositions. Her claim to fame was her size; at the height of 26" and weighing 18.5 pounds, she was described as "fully developed and a little beauty." She also spoke 7 languages.
At the Exposition, Chiquita's concession was run by Frank Bostock who owned a number of concessions on the South Midway. Her principle act was to hold daily receptions (8:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.) in her Chiquita-sized drawing room where guests who paid the requisite $.15 could ask her questions and marvel at her beautiful gowns, admire gifts she received of jewelry, gems and bric-a-brac. She also showed off her collection of rare old lace.
In 1900, President McKinley presented her with a Chiquita-sized landau with appropriatedly-sized horses. But at the Exposition she was presented with her own electric automobile, which she rode during the summer in all the parades featuring Midway performers.
According to reports, Chiquita had acquired as much as $100,000 in personal fortune during her years on the circuit. Despite being referred to as the "Pan-American mascot," she seems to have exercised a great deal of autonomy concerning her life and activities. And, on November 1, she married a 17 year-old teenager from Erie, Pennsylvania, causing great excitement for her new husband's family and Frank Bostock, who had planned to take her show with him directly to the Charleston Exposition. It is unclear from the following article how much her new husband actually knew about his Chiquita:
The story does not end here and the NEWS followed up on November 8 and November 9 with results of legal action taken by Chiquita's husband and his family, freshly arrived from Erie. Chiquita was free to stay with Bostock or leave with her new husband but apparently chose to remain with Bostock's troupe. It appears that young "Tony" may have been sincere about his love for Chiquita, but the object of his affections had her eyes on continuing financial successes.
Nothing more is known of the civil suit filed by Woeckener, or of Chiquita after she left Buffalo with Bostock for Charleston.
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