Jimmy may have posted this news article with Sophrona and Annie at the 1902 GAH at Live Birds (NOT at Interstate Park)? Can he or anyone confirm the source please? Duncan Curry was a sports writer for the New York Journal and Advertiser.
Since this thread was started I have acquired the solid gold watch that was given to H.C. Hirschey from the Hazard Powder Company that sponsored him.
The watch works great, keeps great time, and is a thing of beauty. The 456 is in diamonds and represents how many entries were in the 1902 GAH Live Bird Tournament. I just happened to stumble on it and snapped it up as quick as I could.
Los Angeles Herald, April 8,1902
H. C. Hirschy of Minneapolis, who won the Grand American handicap Saturday.
The handicap winner Is a short, rather thin young man and in sporting parlance a great "jollier." Hirschy Is a clever wood engraver and has the stock of his Smith shotgun carved into all manner of fanciful designs. He formerly traveled for the Robin Hood Powder company, but of late he has been representing the Hunter Arms company on the road.
Hirschy formerly made a practice of traveling all over the northwest to the various tournaments, and he was a welcome visitor wherever he might care to go—a genial sportsman, a good loser and a good fellow generally. All who know him are glad he won the handicap.