In honor of our CAA Winter Conference, which takes place next week in Minnesota (St. Paul), I offer the following story and photos, from the July 1905 issue of Bit & Spur:


"an attractive tandem from the handsome private stable of George W. Peavey, Minneapolis, Minn." ... from the cover of the July 1905 issue of Bit & Spur


An Elaborate Minneapolis Stable

Among the many handsome private stables which are part of the menage of the wealth of the Queen City of the Northwest — Minneapolis — none are more imposing in character or more faultlessly set up than the recently outfitted establishment of Geo. W. Peavey of Park avenue. With a decided taste for horses, and their proper accoutrements, and unlimited means to gratify his fancy, it is only within the last year, however, that Mr. Peavey has furnished his stable on a scale as complete and lavish as now marks his establishment. The new modern structure is of pressed brick, the main entrance breaking its center in imposing dignity. To the left is the stable proper and hitching room, with walls of glazed white brick, and polished cross-beamed ceilings. The four single and two box stalls are abundantly lighted and ventilated by broad low windows running in groups of two above their length, the stalls being fitted with sanitary stall drains and enameled accessories. Runway and floors are of hard pressed brick. The coach and harness rooms to the left of the entrance have floors and dadoes of hardwood,  and splendid lighting facilities, the harness room being handsomely furnished in mission furniture, with its complement of bit cabinets and whip racks, etc.

Elaborate quarters for coachmen and grooms occupy the second floor. The stable is modern in every sense that heat, light, ventilating and mechanical skill can contrive. The stable colors of black and yellow appear in the entire stable furnishings, from the dress blankets of the horses blazoned with their yellow monogram, “G.W.P.,” to the markings of the stable buckets. The day clothing of the horses is fawn color with black trimmings, upholstering of the vehicles black, and liveries same color. The horses include a pair of chestnut cobs and a gigster purchased from that purveyor of fancy harness horses, W. C. Bryant, of Marion, Iowa; also a 16.1 bay gelding of lofty type for single brougham use. The cobs are well suited to tandem use, and the gigster is a high all round actor.

Though still incomplete from Mr. Peavey’s critical standpoint, the coach room contains a smart dogcart, a single and an extension brougham, runabout, Goddard gig, trap, and several other modish turnouts. Both Mr. and Mrs. Peavey are good whips and often drive tandem, and will ship part of their stable to their summer home, “Highcroft,” at Minnetonka, for the summer.

In Joseph Nightingale, Mr. Peavey has the smartest of caretakers, who not only looks fit on the box but whose careful hand is shown in the preciseness of his stable decorations, and the genuine cleverness of his sporting pictures in sand, which point the hallmarks of his profession before each vehicle on the polished coach room floor.


interior views of Mr. Peavey's stable -- (top to bottom): "stalls and runway," "a bit of the harness room," and "in the coach room"