The Pulling Match

  In the summer of 1863 William George Hickman, or George, as he is known in the following documents, was arrested at age 19 for gambling.  This may not seem like a newsworthy story, since it was later found that he was innocent of the charge.  But several others were involved in the incident:  George B. Ogilvie, his son William, Alex Beckstead, and James Breniger.  These documents from the Utah State Archives are especially interesting because they throw light on a relationship he had with others who were, along with George's father Bill Hickman, involved a few weeks later in staking Utah's first mining claim (2) in Bingham Canyon.  Biographies of these men may be seen by clicking here.

Teritory of Utah         }Certificate of Trial,
Great Salt Lake County       }and conviction, for betting
August 22nd 1863         }a wager at a pulling match
On the 15th day of august A.D. 1863, a com-
plaint was filed before the undersigned, justice
of the peace for Mill Creek precinct, by George
B. Ogilvie of Great Salt Lake county, setting forth
that on the 13th day of August A.D. 1863, on South
Cottonwood, James Breniger, George Hickman and
William Ogilvie did engage in betting a wager
on a pulling match between a span of horses and
a yoke of oxen.  A warrant was thereupon ifsued,
and the parties aragned for trial.  James Breni-
ger plead guilty, also William Ogilvie, (per his
father George B. Ogilvie as proxy,) plead guilty.
George Hickman plead not guilty, and upon
examination of witnefses was found not guilty
and discharged.  Breniger was fined (8) eight
dollars and half of the cost.  Ogilvie was fined
(4) four dollars and half of the cost.
[reverse side of same page?]
the proceeding     in the case therein refered to
John G. Snedaker
Justice of the peace
Mill Creek precinct
Know all men by these presents, that I
Alexander Beckstead of the county of Great Salt
Lake teritory of Utah, am held and
firmly bound unto the people of the
teritory of Utah,
in the sum of two thousand dollars
lawful money of the United States, to be
paid to the said people of the United
States in the teritory of Utah, their agents,
or officers: for which payment, well and
truly to be mad, I bind myself, my heirs,
executors, and administrators, and each of them
firmly by these presents.  Seald with my seal,
Dated the twenty second day of August one thous
and eight hundred and sixty three.
  The condition of the above obligation
is such, whereas, a warrant was issued, on
the fifteenth day of August A.D. 1863
upon the affidavid of George B Ogilvie
[there must be more]
Teritory of UtahJustices Court
G.S.L. CountyMill Creek District
August 15th A.D. 1863
This certifies that I hereby acknowledge myself
indeptded indebted to the people of the United
States in the Teritory of Utah in the penal sum
of five hundred dollars to be collected off any my
goods chattels and pofsefsions, on condition that I fail
to appear at the next September regular term of the probate
court in and for Great Salt Lake county, to
give evidence in a suit there pending, wherein
The People of the United States in the Teritory of
Utah are plaintiff, and George James Brenigen
defendant; otherwise this obligation to be null and void
Dongel    +    Adamson, South Cottonwood, G.S.L. county
       his mark
George B Ogilvie, Bingham Kanyon, G.S.L. county
[Part of the page was missing, likely restoration in brackets:]

[I hereb]y certify that the forgoing recognizance was
[   ?  ] read and signed befor me.  Given under my
[hand] this fifteenth day of August A.D. 1863
John G. Snedeker
Justice of the peace

[the following was written sideways on the same page:]

Adamson and Georg B.
Ogilvie witnefses in the
Case of the people v.s.
James Breniger

Utah State Archives
Salt Lake County Probate Court
Series 373: Civil and Criminal Case Files

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To learn more about William George Hickman, click here.
To read biographies of those involved in this incident, click here.
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