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R. R. Seymour, for W. H. Cunningham, of
James Vanse, for Isaac Cunningham, of Kent'y 8
Mr. Felix Renick, and his assistants, Messrs. E. J. Harness and Josiah Renick, proceeded to England, and made a careful examination of much of the improved stock of that country, purchased from some of the most celebrated and successful breeders of cattle in England about nineteen, at various prices, consisting of bulls and cows, of the thorough-bred shorthorned Durham stock. They brought these to Ohio, and returned in time to exhibit them at the Agricultural Society of Ross county, on the 31st day of October, 1834.
This stock of English cattle was kept together, under the care of an agent, by said company, and they increased the number, by additional importations from England, until the 20th day of October, A. D. 1836; when the cattle imported, as well as the natural increase thereof since the 31st October, 1834, were sold at public auction, under regulationsadopted by the company.
The following extract, from "The Scioto Gazette of October 26, 1836," will show the names of the purchasers, and the prices the stock brought at public sale:
GREAT SALE OF DURHAM STOCK,
Imported by the Ohio company for importing English cattle in the years 1834, 1835, and 1836, held at Indian Creek farm, the residence of Felix Renick, esq., agent of the said company, in Ross county, on the 29th day of October, 1836. The stock of the company was in fine condition, and in great demand.
Notwithstanding the high prices at which the cattle were sold, some of them exchanged owners immediately, at very considerable advances; and, for others, more than 50 per cent. on their cost was offered and refused.
Reformer, a bull, not sound, sold to John T. Webb, of Ross
Matchem, a bull, sold to Abraham Renick, of Kentucky, for
Young Waterloo, a bull, sold to R. D. Lilley, of Highland county,
Duke of York, a bull, sold to R. R. Seymour, of Ross county,
Experiment, a bull, sold to James M. Trimble, of Highland
Comet Halley, a bull, sold to R. R. Seymour, of Ross county,
Nimrod, a bull, sold to Elias Florence, of Pickaway county, O.,
Duke of Norfolk, a bull, sold to Robert Stewart, of Ross county,
Davy Crockett, a bull, sold to Peter L. Ayres, of O., for -
Independence, a bull, sold to Hegler and Peterson, of Ross county, O., for
1,400 1,095 575
Perry, a bull, sold to William H. Creighton, of Madison county,
* Goliah, a bull, sold to Isaac V. Cunningham, of Scioto county, for
Paragon, a bull, presented by the company to Felix Renick, esq., their agent.
Powhattan, a bull, sold to George Renick, sen., of Ross county,
Rantipole, a bull, sold to Arthur Watts, of Ross county, O., for -
Blossom, a cow, sold to R. R. Seymour, of Ross county, O., for 1,000 Flora, and her calf, Powhattan, were sold to George Renick, sen., of Ross county, O., for
Lily of the Valley of Tees, sold to Thomas Huston, of Pickaway county, O., for
Matilda, sold to Arthur Watts, of Ross county, for
Lady Colling, (it is doubted whether this cow will ever be a
Lilac, sold to Elias Florence, of Pickaway county, O.,
Moss Rose, sold to Jonathan Renick, of Pickaway county, for
Illustrious, sold to Abraham Renick. of Kentucky, for
JOHN L. TAYLOR,
Secretary of the Ohio Importing Company.
On the 1st of April, 1837, at a meeting of said company at Chillicothe, upon a settlement of the business of the company, a dividend of
$280 per share was declared on the 92 shares of the stock of said com pany, amounting to $25,760.
This company held their last meeting on the 15th April, 1837, and settled finally the business thereof, so far as was practicable, by ordering a second sale, which was held as follows:
"The highest prices yet."
A sale of seventeen head of improved short-horned cattle, belonging to the Ohio Company, being mostly of this year's importation, and the produce of others, took place at the Sugar Grove, in this town, on Tuesday last. The attendance was numerous, comprising a larger number of actual bidders than the previous sale. Among the individuals present who are pre-eminently noted for their agricultural enterprise, were Governor Vance, Ex-Governor Trimble, the Messrs. Renick, Mr. Sullivant-and, indeed, nearly all the large farmers of thisvalley and the adjacent country. The bidding was, consequently, very spirited, and the prices obtained for the cattle plainly show that the kind of stock sold is rapidly advancing in public estimation. By the follow-ing list from the auctioneer's book, our brethren of the press will discover that the cattle enumerated were even more highly valued than those of the sham sale they were of late parading in their colums, copied from the "Cincinnati Gazette:"
Acmon, three years eight months, M. L. Sullivant & Co., Columbus
Comet Halley, five years, George Renick & Co., Chillicothe · 2,500 Hazlewood, one year six months, Allen Trimble and R. R. Sey
Bouncer, one year seven months, John Walke, Pickaway county,
Powhattan, one year nineteen days, Harness Renick, Pickaway county, O.
Santa Anna, three months twenty-one days, Joseph C. Vance,
Flora, seven years six months, M. L. Sullivant, Columbus
Elizabeth, (and calf,) five years, J. & Wm. Vance, Champaign county, O.
Fidella, seven months eighteen days, Allen Trimble, Highland county, O.
Charlotte, four years seven months, Joseph G. White, Ross county, O.
Blush, two years nine months, John H. James, Champaign county, O.
Arabella, (and calf,) three years seven months, Arthur Watts,
Emily, two years eight months, Asahel Renick, Pickaway county, O.
Victoress, one year nine months, M. L. Sullivant, Columbus
Very great benefits have resulted to the country by the introduction of this improved English Durham stock into the State of Ohio by this company.
An improved breed of cattle throughout the State has resulted from crossing the English stock with the common stock existing at that time; and a very fine, large, and thrifty race of cattle in many parts of Ohio has been bred by this laudable enterprise. Some of their full-blood bulls and cows have been sold to farmers of the adjoining States; and thus the benefits of their importations have contributed largely to improve the stock of cattle in the western country.
Mr. George Renick, of Ross county, has bred, from a portion of the stock imported by said company, and the common cows of Ohio, a very fine race of cattle; and for the last six years, as he states, he has annually sold about 50 or 60; the average weight of which, at from three to four years old, was about 1,000 pounds net. Some of them weighed as much as 3,000 pounds, and one (older) as high as 3,400 pounds, gross.
Ex Governor Allen Trimble, of Highland county; Doctor Arthur Watts, of Ross county; M. L. Sullivant, Esq., of Franklin county-all well known as amongst the most successful farmers and stock-growers in Ohio-besides many others of this company-have contributed largely, by their skill and enterprise, to increase and diffuse the improved breed of cattle, resulting from the importations of the company, into every part of this State.
Doctor Watts, at the last agricultural exhibition in Ross county, in 1849, exhibited eight two-year-old steers, averaging 1,526 pounds each; and at the State agricultural fair at Cincinnati, held in 1850, he exhibited, amongst other cattle, one four-year-old steer, (full-blood Durham,) weighing 2,550 pounds, gross; and one three-year-old steer, weighing 2,220 pounds gross. These weights are given to show the enormous weight which this Durham stock of English cattle attain at an early age when bred by skilful and intelligent farmers; and they show, also, the great value of breeding from this stock to those who are engaged in furnishing the beef markets of our country.