Farrier Knife

1930s | Old Jim the Workhorse

Old Jim the Workhorse

Farrier Knife

Farrier’s Knife, c. 1936. Gift of Earl Weinstock

This tool was used to trim Old Jim’s hooves. The hardworking horse needed the care; he never took a day off. From 1936 to the end of the decade, he held the last dray horse license in the Village of Winnetka. Autos had largely replaced horses in daily life, but the Winnetka Coal and Lumber Company’s workhorse could get to places cars could not:

“Jim did very much of the most difficult work during icy weather when the roads were too slippery… or thru muddy roads knee deep and so soft that autos could not pull a pound.” – Frank Windes

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