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Hazel Mae Peck was born in Galveston around 1909. She moved with her family to Dallas as a young girl and graduated from North Dallas High School in 1927. Hazel went by her nickname, Bobby. In 1928, she won the "Miss Dallas" title but lost in the "Miss United States" competition in Galveston.
Bobby Peck spent most of her life in the entertainment business. She joined Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1933 as an acrobat and she worked for them for a year before returning to Dallas. In December 1935, she opened Club Midnight located on 3507 Oak Lawn at Lemmon Avenue. Peck later purchased Club Samovar at 2007 Elm and on March 6, 1936 reopened it as Club Midnight. Both Clubs were very successful, but her operations attracted the attention of law enforcement, which resulted in several charges against her in 1936, for the sale of liquor by the drink. Juries would repeatedly refuse to not convict Peck. Neither club appears in the 1937 city directory (perhaps due to legal troubles).
Peck later went back to performing with groups like the Hagenbeck-Wallace Show and Russel Brothers Show. She returned to Ringling Brothers in 1948 and married William McGough, a circus treasurer. She was married for 47 years. In 1950 she retired to Sachse, Texas and passed away April 27, 1997.
The Bobby Peck Collection contains materials relating to the career and life of Ms. Peck. The collection consists of clippings, a scrapbook, ephemera and photographs. Most of the collection is nightclub material dated 1935-1936 for Midnight Frolics and Club Midnight.
Photographs purchased from Jim Doster with the manuscript materials are located in the PA97-7 Collection. Loose news clippings from the front of the scrapbook were separated and placed in folders organized by date.
Bobby Peck photographs located in PA97-7 Jim Doster Collection.
Uncle Jake Sporting News March 7, 1936
This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Peck, Bobby (Hazel Mae Peck)
Club Midnight Midnight Frolics
Bobby Peck Scrapbook
MA07-13 Bobby Peck Scrapbook, Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division, Dallas Public Library
Purchased from Jim Doster in 2007.
Bryan McKinney and Jane Soutner