FLIM-FLAM MAN VISITS GRANTSVILLE IN 1895

(09/07/2017)

Excerpted from transcription by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 6/11/1895

Last Thursday, about 2:30 p.m., a stranger having the appearances of a stock dealer, rode into our town and called at the J.T. Waldo & Co. Livery, Feed and Sale Stables.

The man asked to hire a rig to go to George W. Hardman's farm on Barnes' Run.

He wanted to leave the horse that he was riding at Waldo's stable. Mr. Waldo went to some trouble to fit him out with a rig which he took and started on his journey, saying that he would probably not be back until the next day.

The next day came around and Mr. Waldo was surprised to find that it was the third horse hired from Creston to this town, a distance of sixteen miles, and in each case the man made a different statement as to where he was going.

After keeping the telephone wire hot for an hour or two, making inquiry about the man who gave his name as Wright, Waldo decided to follow him up and try to get his horse and buggy back.

Salathiel Stump and A.S. Poling, two others who had been flim-flamed out of a horse and board bill, each sent or came up to Grantsville and paid for feeding their horses and took them back.

This story concluded: "Waldo is in hot pursuit, and, if he should find his man, something may drop."


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