“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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 ante-bellum 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.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 38° 44.999′ N, 83° 36.755′ W. Marker is in Bentonville, 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.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Presbyterian Church (approx. 4.8 miles away); Buckeye Station (approx. 5.2 miles away); Byrd Township World War I DAR Monument (approx. 6.7 miles away); Decatur Civil War Monument (approx. 6.7 miles away); Historic Decatur / A. N. Marquis and Who’s Who (approx. 6.7 miles away); Zane Trace (approx. 9.6 miles away); La Fayette's Visit to Maysville (approx. 10.7 miles away in Kentucky); Limestone Landing (approx. 10.7 miles away in Kentucky).
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Council Grove Minute Men - First Horse Theft Detective Association
Categories. AnimalsFraternal or Sororal Organizations
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 17, 2012, by John Swank of Piqua, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,885 times since then and 86 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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