Constitution and By-Laws of the Monroe Horse Ranger Company, Monroe, Ohio, Butler County
Constitution and By-Laws of the Monroe Horse Ranger Company, Monroe, Ohio, Butler County
Constitution and By-Laws of the Monroe Horse Ranger Company, Monroe, Ohio, Butler County

Constitution and By-Laws of the Monroe Horse Ranger Company, Monroe, Ohio, Butler County

Middletown, Ohio: Journal Printing Company, 1911.

ime, Law, & Justice. 6 x 4 inches, 16, [1] pp, in stapled wrappers with illustration of a horse on the front. Very good, with some general handling wear. The Monroe Horse Ranger Company was organized under an 1887 Ohio law that allowed "any number of persons, not less than fifteen...to become incorporated for the purpose of apprehending and convicting horse-thieves and other felons." Such companies were allowed to arrest without a warrant anyone they believed had committed a felony and to detain the person until a legal warrant could be secured. According to the Preamble, the Monroe company was formed (in 1901) because "frequent breaches of the peace have occurred, and depredations have been committed on the property of many of our citizens, which evils have already arrived at an alarming extent and are apparently on the increase, endangering not only the peace, morals, and property, but even the lives of our citizens." It appears that this was essentially a mutual aid society that offered protection only to its own members and (despite the expressed concern for morals and human lives) was primarily occupied with apprehending horse thieves. An interesting example of a state-sanctioned vigilante group formed in the absence of a municipal police presence. Not found in OCLC.

Item #21112

Price: $200.00

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