Betty Eggland, Roland, recently read the 75 Years Ago Roland Record Files in the August 28 issue of the Story City Herald and noticed a small snippet about the Jay Gould Circus that came to Roland in August of 1938. Billed as a "Million Dollar Spectacle", Eggland elaborated on the news item by stating that the Goulds were based out of Glencoe, Minnesota, which was also her home town. The Goulds "were a large family and also owned a movie theater and a jewelry store in our town of about 3,500," said Eggland.
Glencoe is located about an hour west of Minneapolis, and Eggland said the daughters of Jay Gould would visit the local school during the winter months. "They would teach tap dancing to the students during the noon hour and after school, for free," Eggland said. "I was in 6th grade and we thought they were so beautiful! It was fun! They did it for many years. They also would put on their revue every spring and fall for the whole town."