SAM WATKINS

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Sam Watkins’ Lit­tle Grove Stock Farm in cen­tral Illi­nois, about 1892. In front of the mag­nif­i­cent barn and well-main­tained fences are fam­ily, hired hands, brood­mares and stal­lions. From the left, num­bered:

Sam’s daugh­ter Hat­tie Watkins Thompson on a mare nick­named “Old Bird” (who might in re­al­ity be Nora M, Sam’s old­est brood­mare).

Hitched mare (might be the twoyear-old Mol­lie D, Nora M’s daugh­ter said to be by TB Ten­nyson but prob­a­bly ac­tu­ally by Dan Tucker).

In the chaise are Sam’s son Wal­ter with tod­dlers Lil­lian and Marie Thompson, Sam’s grand­daugh­ters.

Doc Thompson, Sam’s son-in-law, hus­band of Hat­tie; hold­ing the very fast mare Butt Cut. The cu­ri­ous foal at foot, sniff­ing at the wagon wheel, might be Hi Henry.

Hired hand Crit At­ter­bury hold­ing brood­mare Bird; the foal at foot might be Pira (by Duke of the High­lands).

Sam’s cousin Hugh Watkins.

Sam’s son Edgar hold­ing the stal­lion Dan Tucker.

Sam Watkins hold­ing the stal­lion The Hero.

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