Monday, June 16, 2014

A Frontier Wrestling Match

From "A Complete History of Fairfield County, Ohio" by Harvey Scott, 1877:

During the War of 1812, a rifle company was raised on Ewing's Run and adjacent settlements, which marched to Sandusky. David Ewing was its captain; Thomas Ewing, 1st Lieutenant; John Burton, 2nd Lieutenant. The company numbered from 80 to 100 men.
While encamped at Sandusky, this company was challenged to a wrestling match by a man of another company near by, who denominated himself "Cock of the Walk." The challenge was accepted, and the Ewing company came out best in every fall. Jacob Culp, of the latter company, threw his man three straight falls, thus securing the title "Cock of the Walk."