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George W. Souers

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George W. Souers

Posted: 6 Aug 2006 9:33PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Souers, Ryan & King
"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 561-62

George W. Souers. Among the local industries of Huntington, probably none has gained greater fame over the country than the stables of George W. Souers & Sons, importers and breeders of Percheron, Belgian and Coach horses. These stables are located in the city of Huntington, at 601-949 West Matilda street. No finer horses of their kind can be found in the world than those imported or bred through the Souers stables at Huntington. Mr. Souers is an expert in the care and handling of horses, and has been in the business practically all his life, and has made his skill and judgment the basis of a really great and growing business which has been not least among the factors that gives Huntington a reputation in the outside world.

The Souers family were among the first settlers of Rock Creek township, in Huntington county, where George W. Souers was born September 15, 1864. His parents were Joseph R. and Mary (Ryan) Souers, and his father was a farmer and stockman, and at one time a well known breeder of shorthorn cattle. The grandfather was a native of Pennsylvania, and the great-grandfather was born in Germany, settling in Pennsylvania, and afterward living in Ohio and Indiana.

George W. Souers secured an excellent education, and his thorough schooling, combined with his natural adaptability to his present work, has enabled him to excel and reach a position of foremost importance in his special line of activity. The country schools supplied his first advantages, and afterward he was for four years a student in the National Normal University at Lebanon, Ohio. On leaving school he returned home, and for several years raised and handled horses for light harness purposes. Later his attention was given to draft horses, and with the accumulation of experience and capital his enterprise broadened to a field of international scope. Mr. Souers’ reputation as a horseman is almost as well known aboard as in this country. For years he has made purchases of Percheron and Belgian horses and also Coach horses in the best stables of Germany, Belgium and France. No expense or care has been sparred in the importation of these animals. The shipments were made in the best and fastest live stock vessels, and at times they have been brought across the ocean on the finest passenger steamers, being shipped from the ports of Antwerp and London, the usual shipment being from one hundred to one hundred and twenty-five head, and on arriving in New York City, they were brought by express to the Souers stables in Huntington. The stables are fitted with every accommodation for the care and handling of horses. From Huntington the animals are shipped to all parts of the Union.

The Souers horse barns perhaps are the finest in America, and are located in the corporate limits of Huntington. The Main structure is three stories in height, with a tile roof, and ground dimensions of sixty by one hundred and fifty feet. The stalls and floors are of reinforced concrete construction, and sanitation is almost as perfect in this barn as in a home. The prevalent colors of the horses are black, roan, grey, bay and chestnut. Mr. Souers has for a number of years employed an expert to care for his horses. At times when it has been desired to fatten the animals, systematic feeding has brought an increase in weight of one hundred pounds per week. They have been exhibited at International and State Fairs and have competed favorably with the best imported in the country.

Mr. Souers is the possessor of valuable real estate, and several farms in Huntington county. He is an all around horseman, devoting his thoughts and capital to that line of business until he has become thoroughly versed in every department belonging to the purchase and sale of his noted horses.

On September 24, 1884, Mr. Souers married Miss Ida King, daughter of Samuel King, a native of Huntington county and a prominent farmer of the county. They are the parents of two sons who are associated with their father in business. Carl K., now does much of the purchasing abroad, and began making trips to the old country in his nineteenth year. While a young man, he is old in the business, and each year makes from two to three trips to foreign stables. Glenn, the other son, is at home assisting in the management of the stables. He is also a good judge of horses and a very capable young business man.

Mr. Souers is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Methodist Episcopal church and a member of the building committee having in charge the erection of the new church building. His home is a fine residence on North Jefferson street, one of the best in Huntington.

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