1930s | Old Jim the Workhorse

Top: Old Jim. Bottom: 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.

Old Jim the Workhorse, narrated by Mary Trieschmann

“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