The man who kept the cows that gave Columbus its onetime nickname of "Cow Town" will be profiled on Sunday March 6, during a special presentation being put on by the Clintonville Historical Society.

The man who kept the cows that gave Columbus its onetime nickname of "Cow Town" will be profiled on Sunday March 6, during a special presentation being put on by the Clintonville Historical Society.

Historian, collector and author Richard E. Barrett will present a history of Dr. Samuel B. Hartman at the Clintonville Woman's Club, 3951 N. High St.

Tickets to the event must be purchased in advance and are limited. Tickets are $25 for members of the Clintonville Historical Society or the Clintonville Woman's Club, $30 for nonmembers.

The doors will open at 12:30 p.m. after which lunch will be served. Barrett's presentation is scheduled to begin at approximately 1:15, followed by a question and answer period. The program will be over at around 2:30.

"Have you ever heard of Columbus being called Cow Town?" Clintonville Historical Society president Mary Rodgers wrote in announcing the special program. "Dr. Samuel B. Hartman was a skilled surgeon and inventor of medical equipment and tonics. His elixir, Peruna, was manufactured in Columbus. In 1903, he began to acquire land south of downtown. Quite quickly, he had amassed 4,000 acres on both sides of U.S. 23. On this land, he operated the United States' largest farm. The farm included a sizeable dairy operation. Visitors from the south would know that they were nearing Columbus when they saw Hartman's cows "

In addition to the farm, Dr. Hartman owned the Hartman office building and theater as well as the Hartman Hotel. He had considerable private holdings in coal operations in southeastern Ohio.

"At one time, he was the richest man in the city," according to Rodgers.

Presenter Barrett has written several books about Columbus, including "Columbus, Ohio, 1898-1950 Vintage Postcards," "Columbus, 1860-1910" and "Columbus, 1910-1970."

"He has studied the life of Dr. Hartman and has prepared a wonderful presentation for us," according to Rodgers.

To obtain tickets contact Rodgers at 657-6854 or visit Moxie's at 3339 N. High St.

This event will serve as the March meeting of the Clintonville Historical Society. There will not be a meeting on March 8.