The horses were used to pull heavy pipe to help with trenching.
Featured here is a ditch being built. The photo stated it was a Draining Pond (Snoddy) and was two miles north of Alamo. If this is the case, it is probably in the early 1900s. In 1911 Isaac Davis still owned 280 acres north of Alamo. By 1917, his daughter Jessie D. Snoddy (married Samuel Alfred Snoddy in 1897) was listed as the owner. Thus, this digging probably occurred in Section 14 of Ripley Township. In 1928, Henry Lee, Charles King, and Edwin Mason are listed as owning these 280 acres. Later, Roscoe Elmore owned this area. The land is currently owned by Dean and Edith Rush (and originally purchased in 1829 by Hiram Powell). If anyone recognizes any of these men (or if you know where this was definitely built) please let us know at the Crawfordsville Library 765-362-2242 x 117.