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Bentonville in Adams County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Bentonville Anti-Horse Thief Society

Bentonville Anti-Horse Thief Society Marker image. Click for full size.
By John Swank, September 15, 2012
1. Bentonville Anti-Horse Thief Society Marker
Inscription.  Originally a vigilante group, the Anti-Horse Thief Society was formed here in March 1853 by area landowners to recover stolen horses and prosecute the thieves. Horse theft was a serious offense in the antebellum era. Trustees nominated a captain and riders who received a $10 reward upon the capture of a thief or a stolen horse. As horses lost their importance in society in the early 1900's, the organization evolved into a social club. It's annual banquet, held each April, celebrates the continuity of this Adam's County tradition.
Erected 2001 by The Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, The Bentonville Anti-horse Thief Society, and the Ohio Historical Association. (Marker Number 10-1.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsFraternal or Sororal Organizations. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
Location. 38° 44.999′ N, 83° 36.755′ W. Marker is in Bentonville
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, Ohio, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Leedem Street, on the right when traveling north on U.S. 41. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bentonville OH 45105, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Massie’s Station (approx. 4.3 miles away); Israel Donalson / Manchester Founders Cemetery (approx. 4.3 miles away); Manchester (approx. 4.4 miles away); Manchester, Ohio (approx. 4.4 miles away); Pioneer County Seat / Camp Hamer (approx. 4˝ miles away); Lafferty Funeral Collection (approx. 4˝ miles away); Bradford Tavern (approx. 4.7 miles away); Cowboy Copas / The Oklahoma Cowboy (approx. 4.7 miles away).
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Council Grove Minute Men - First Horse Theft Detective Association
Credits. This page was last revised on June 15, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 17, 2012, by John Swank of Piqua, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,082 times since then and 87 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on September 17, 2012, by John Swank of Piqua, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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Jul. 5, 2020