Friday, December 4, 2015

Electric Railway Line and Racetrack Updates

To my earlier post about the Logansport, Hammond & Chicago Traction Co. buying right-of-way from the McAuliffes, I have added a couple of 1903 news items.

An unrelated item in the "Local Drifts" Hobart Gazette of June 12, 1903, caught my eye: "Those desiring stand or other privileges in the grove near the race track for the Fourth, should apply at once to B.W. Strattan." Doesn't that sound as if the racetrack is in or near Hobart? — that would mean that Hobart had a horse racetrack long before it had a motorcycle racetrack. I seem to remember an even earlier story that suggested likewise, but I can't lay my hands on the cite at the moment.


Suzi E. said...

He did have that beautiful horse...maybe he raced it. There is also mention of a Bullock in association with Strattan in the next column, I see. Coincidently, my great grandfather had stock in some horse, according to the list of his assets when he died, I don't know if it was raced or used for stud.

Ainsworthiana said...

I missed that the first time through. "Their race track west of town." Hmm.