Aasen for the last couple of years- this on behalf of the Aasen
committee (they want to erect a statue, here in Norway) that
wanted more information about him. Their info was based on
"talk of the town" and they didn't know where he was buried.
His mother Kristi (said to be very tall) was a tall lady at the
time, but only 1880 mm. This based on medical journals prior to
her death and "talk of the town"
in Sheyenne, where she had her restaurant. She died of
consumption and was buried in Fargo.
John lived to be "only" 2134mm and based on the medical study by
Dr. H. Grey (The Minnesota Giant) from 1937- less than a year
before he passed away. This report include every detail from
weight, height to the lenght of he toes, fingers, arms, legs up
to the fact that he never shaved. His arms and upper body had
no hair. Pictures attached to this report shows Johan nude-
his body was weak, x-rays and all kinds of information. It also
gives information about his fathers father (said to be on
exhibition at The Chicago World fair 1893 as the Norwegian
Giant). I found that after Johan died at the Mendocino State
Hospital at 07.50 in the morning, they did an autopsy and sent
the body to Eversole Mortuary in Ukiah, the next morning.
Johan sister Evelyn was on her way from Montana, but was to late
to see him alive. According to Eversoles journals it was a
simple ceremony in the morning of the 3. of Aug.. and then the
body was shipped in a sealed container to Barnard in Missouri.
To Dr. Charles D. Humberd- the freak doctor, that became a
mentor in studies of giants. (Dr. Humberd was the only one to
measure Robert Wadlow in his latest years) according to people
of Barnard giant came and went in and out of the good doctors
house on second street. Wadlow, Earle, Mullen/Hite, Aasen and
many of the others. Johan gave his body to Humberd, and the doc
did his studies and later boiled the rest to get the skeleton.
Doctor Humberd had two skeletons on display in his living room
(picture attached), according to the lady that live in the house
to day, there are two hooks in the ceiling where the skeletons
The soft parts of Johns body was cremated and the ashes sent to
a Masonic ceremony at his final resting place at Forest Lawn
Memorial in Glendale CA.
Columbarium of Protection #12373
John traveled with many different circuses, also abroad. Between
1925 and 1935 he went with Shiners Circus to the Orient,
Australia, NZ, Europe and to Hawaii and South America. I have
lots of news clippings. His manager Wayne Barlow took John to
all kinds of markets, fairs and exhibitions all over before he
"settled" with his job at Sid Graumans Million Dollar Theater
on Broadway. John also worked in the Chinese Theater. He was
known to be very good playing his Harmonica. I know that he
often played "Stublin". Even if he did some small roles in
Charlie Chan at the Circus and The Bengal Tiger in 1936, the
last 4 years of his life was a mess of various hospital stays
and weakness. He dies poor. His low IQ was a possible reason
for his bad investments.
All his things was sent to his sister in Montana (she died in
1988) in a single steam-trunk. I'm going to make a
TV-documentary about John and his life, and we are going to the
US, later this year.
Above Images & Text Courtesy Ben Lonrusten - Norway
Johan Aasen lived from 1890 to 1938. At the time
of his adult life, he was reportedly the tallest
man in the World. To this date his exact height
is not known. News articles recorded him as tall
as 8 feet - 9 inches. It is still debated as to
how tall he was. It seems most reports would
exaggerate his height probably by including his
high-heel boots and hat in the measurement.
However, at around 8 feet, he was a formidable
man. To give you a sense of his size, the
standard height of a room in the US today is 8
feet. He would not have been able to wear his
hat or shoes and stand up straight in a room
this high. Another example of his extraordinary
height is that he would probably have been able
to "dunk" a basketball into a regulation
10-foot-high basketball hoop ... without
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