Monday, November 12, 2012

Dogcatcher History

Long time readers here know that I have an interest in the History of my Profession. Thanks to online archives of various publications I can find all sorts of stuff about the people who did my job in the past, and how they went about doing it.

Lots of it is heartbreaking. Lots of it is enlightening. Lots of it is familiar.

And some of it is funny.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, June 20, 1897

Charles Sahr, official dogcatcher for the town of Newtown, arrested Richard J. Frost, the Chief of the Newtown Fire Department, for interfering with him in his duties. Sahr was driving along Seventh Street, where Frost lives, when a large Newfoundland Dog ran into the road. The dog catcher made a jump for the animal and the Chief made a jump for the dog catcher and caught him.

Frost held the dog catcher fast and would not allow him to catch the dog, which escaped. Sahr then placed Frost under arrest and drove him all over town on top of the dog catcher's wagon, which was filled with dogs. After he had completed his rounds of the different villages, Sahr too Frost to Justice Brush's court, but the judge was not at home. He then went to Justice Shumacher, but he was out also.

After Frost had promised the dog catcher that he would not interfere with him again, Sahr let him go home under the promise.

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