Historical Society plans program on Horse Thief Detective Association

A program on the Horse Thief Detective Association will be presented during the Sept. 19 meeting of the Huntington County Historical Society.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Huntington County Historical Museum, 315 Court St., Huntington. Light refreshments will be served after the meeting.

Researcher Paul Craig says the Horse Thief Detective Association, which originated in England in 1770, became active in Indiana in the 1840s. Rural families paid an annual membership fee to the association, which would track thieves across county and state lines in the event of the theft of a horse - an animal that was vital for transportation, bringing food and providing an income for a family.

Divisions of the association were established in Huntington County in the early to mid 1900s, Craig says, with Salamonie Township reporting 80 members, Little River (Roanoke) reporting 25 members. Other communities participated as well.