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“Flashlight Party” – 1899

Charlie Nieman is the man in the center right with the girl on his lap. The balding man in the upper right is a Beckman, who at some point was also the town cop.


It doesn’t seem that law and order were matters of great difficulty in 1890’s German-America. They appear to be having a good time, and in the event of excessive drinking, the horse often knew the way home. Collisions at the speed of a walking horse seldom had nasty consequences. Few farmers could afford the luxury of a saddle or carriage horse so the plow horse did double duty pulling the buggy.