Charlie Holt with Horse Drawn Mower in Miller Park, 1918

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Where: 1935 Tremont Rd, Upper Arlington, OH 43212, USA

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When: 01 June 1918

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This image from the June 1918 Norwester magazine shows Charlie Holt driving a horse drawn mower across Miller Park. Mr. Holt was a well-known figure in the Upper Arlington community who helped mow the parks and plow the streets. He would frequently give children rides on the mower pulled by his mule named Jenny. Children of the village were also fond of riding with him on the snow plow, which was described in the book History of Upper Arlington as having "a V-shaped platform and steel runners" and was also pulled by a horse. Charlie's son, Alfred Holt, was the village's first mailman.

The home of King Thompson, 1930 Cambridge Boulevard, can be seen in the background of this photograph. There were also several nearby large and prosperous farms in the Scioto River Valley before and during its development. One was the farm of James T. and Esther Everett Miller. Henry Miller, their son, studied agriculture at the nearby Ohio State University and used his knowledge to manage the farm. The Millers raised prize Guernsey cattle, hogs, sheep and poultry. In addition, they raised Percheron horses imported from France. Portions of the Miller Farm were sold in 1913 to the Thompson brothers (King and Ben) for the development of Upper Arlington. The Miller family also donated the land that was used for Miller Park.

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Identifier: hinw08p015i02
Date (yyyy-mm-dd): c. 1918-06
Original Dimensions: 6.9 cm x 4.0 cm
Format: Black and White Halftone Photograph
Source: Norwester, June 1918, page 15
Original Publisher: Upper Arlington Community (Ohio)
Location/s: Upper Arlington (USA, Ohio, Franklin County)
Repository: Upper Arlington Historical Society
Digital Publisher: UA Archives - Upper Arlington Public Library

Credit: UA Archives - Upper Arlington Public Library (Repository: UA Historical Society)


Owner: UA Archives | Upper Arlington History
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    • 04/Mar/2010 16:13:46

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Monochrome & Sepia Horse Shots !, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    UA Archives | Upper Arlington History

    • 04/Mar/2010 17:31:19

    Glad you like it!

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    • 08/Jul/2010 16:23:41

    A salutary reminder of how important the horse as a draught animal remained deep into the era of mechanized farming.

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    UA Archives | Upper Arlington History

    • 08/Jul/2010 20:33:11

    Thanks, that's an excellent point!

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    • 08/Mar/2016 09:39:37

    Similar but not the same machine []