June 17, 1875, Saline, Kansas (USA): Our vigilant sheriff captured a horse their by the name of Clark at Bavaria, last evening, and brought him to the jail, late in the night. He had been disturbing horse flesh on Chapman’s creek. The other part of his name was not I.F.

There will be a grand display of horses at the Fourth of July celebration. Owners of fast horses from Russell, Ellsworth, Dickinson, Ottawa, Lincoln and McPherson counties have signified their intention to enter their respective horses for races. The first race will take place at 11 o’clock, a.m.

An exciting horse race took place near the fair grounds last Saturday. D. F. Donegan’s “Nellie,” W. R. Geis’ “Dapple” and Judge Beebe’s “Old Gray” were the participants in the turf doings. It was a straight, quarter mile track, and the race was won by Mr. Donegan’s “Nellie”. She came in several feet ahead and handled herself gorgeously.

Originally published by The Saline County Journal, June 17, 1875, Saline, Kansas (USA)

(Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons, “Horse Thief” by George Caleb Bingham, 1852)