Description: This is a photograph of two horses shown from behind. The horses are wearing harnesses, most likely for a carriage or plow.
This photograph was taken by traveling photographer Albert J. Ewing, ca. 1896-1912. Like most of Ewing's work, it was likely taken in southeastern Ohio or central West Virginia. Born in 1870 in Washington County, Ohio, near Marietta, Ewing most likely began his photography career in the 1890s. The 1910 US Census and a 1912-1913 directory list him as a photographer. A negative signed “Ewing Brothers” and a picture with his younger brother, Frank, indicate that Frank may have joined the business. After 1916, directories list Albert as a salesman. He died in 1934.
The Ewing Collection consists of 5,055 glass plate negatives, each individually housed and numbered. Additionally, the collection includes approximately 450 modern contact prints made from the glass plate negatives. Subjects include infants and young children, elderly people, families, school and religious groups, animals and rural scenes. In 1982, the Ohio Historical Society received the collection, still housed in the original dry plate negative boxes purchased by Albert J. Ewing. A selection of the original glass plate negatives were exhibited for the first time in 2013 at the Ohio Historical Center. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL06379 Subjects: Ewing, Albert J. (1870-1934); Portrait photography--United States—History; Horses; Cultural Ohio--Art and Artists; Farming Places: Ohio; West Virginia
Bentonville Anti-Horse Thief Society marker photographSave
Description: The stone monument and signage captured in this image highlight one of Ohio’s more colorful law-enforcement organizations, the Bentonville Anti-Horse Thief Society. The monument consists of a stone base and shaft with a peaked top. The sign’s text reads: “1853 – 1961 / Bentonville Anti-Horse Thief Society of Adams County.” (It also includes a list of officers and trustees.) Above the sign is a bracketed on the top by the profile image of a horse and on the bottom by a single horseshoe.
During the nineteenth century, Ohioans relied on horses and mules for transportation and for farming. The theft of these valuable animals, a serious offense, was relatively common. To help protect their animals and prosecute thieves, residents of Bentonville, Ohio, formed the Bentonville Anti-Horse Thief Society, a vigilante group, in March 1853. Initially a designated group of members would ride in pursuit of suspected horse thieves and the stolen animals. If captured, the offenders were hung without a trial. The Society provided the captors with a ten-dollar reward, which they split among themselves. The Bentonville Anti-Horse Thief Society is the oldest continuously operating group dedicated to preventing the stealing of horses
As horses lost their former importance in society in the early 1900s, the organization evolved into a social club. Its annual banquet, held each April, celebrates the continuity of this Adams County tradition. Thousands of people belong to the group, including people from across the U.S. Membership is open to everyone, and people can become a lifetime member of the Society by simply paying a one-time fee of a dollar.
View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL06962 Subjects: Adams County (Ohio); Horses; Societies and clubs; Vigilantes; Crime; Law enforcement Places: Bentonville (Ohio); Adams County (Ohio)
Description: The English Duchess of Sutherland gave this inkwell to John Rarey in recognition of his gentle technique of taming horses. It is one of the many gifts that aristocratic and royal families in Europe and Russia gave to the horse trainer. It measures 7.67 by 1.57 inches (19.5 by 4 cm). John S. Rarey (1827-1866), a native of Groveport, Ohio, gained international fame using kindness, firmness and patience to train previously unmanageable horses. His innovative methods captured international attention and secured him invitations to tour Europe, Canada and Russia. In what was perhaps the most famous of his demonstrations, Rarey tamed a vicious horse named Cruiser in three hours. Rarey was given the horse as a reward for his skill. He then went on to exhibit Cruiser and his techniques throughout the U.S. and Europe. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: Om1439_1534949_001 Subjects: Plants and Animals; Horses; Horses--Training; Rarey, John Solomon, 1827-1866; Inkstands Places: Groveport (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)
Description: Cruiser wore this ornamental harness when John Solomon Rarey exhibited the horse before an audience. It measures 10 by 35 inches (25.5 by 80.9 cm), and is decorated with fringe with small brass seed beads. In what was perhaps the most famous of Rarey's demonstrations, he tamed a vicious horse named Cruiser in three hours. Rarey was given the horse as a reward for his skill. He then went on to exhibit Cruiser and his techniques throughout the U.S. and Europe. Rarey (1827-1866), a native of Groveport, Ohio, gained international fame using kindness, firmness and patience to train previously unmanageable horses. His innovative methods captured international attention and secured him invitations to tour Europe, Canada and Russia. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: Om1458_1535384_001 Subjects: Plants and Animals; Horses; Horses--Training; Rarey, John Solomon, 1827-1866; Harnesses Places: Groveport (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)
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