Monday, July 28, 2008

Drove a Horse to Death

New York, 1895

William Jones, colored, of Jamesport, hired a horse and wagon of Epher W. Tuthill on Thursday night to drive to Riverhead. After arriving in the village Jones hitched his rig in front of a saloon. Oliver Hicks and George Fisher took the horse and wagon and drove off to Moriches, Westhampton and Quogue, and while returning to Riverhead the horse dropped dead on the Quogue plains.

—The Long Island Farmer, Jamaica, NY, May 24, 1895, p. 1.

Note: I looked up Epher W. Tuthill online and there are references to him, like his middle name, Whitaker or Whittaker (one or two T's), when he was born, when he died, his first wife's name, his second wife's name, when they were married, his parents' names, her parents' names. But this little article above might be the only one that tells that he had a horse that dropped dead on the Quogue plains.

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