Bowie knife fighting instruction by Louis Juan Ohnimus (1890)

“The subject of the article, Louis Juan Ohnimus was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on October 27, 1857. His family had moved to California when he was twelve years old. By circa 1880 Ohnimus had taken up a position as the Superintendant of Woodward’s Gardens, a large botanical garden/zoo/museum/amusement park complex in San Francisco’s Mission District. He had the reputation of being an athletic outdoorsman and animal-catcher with years of experience in the wilderness, and also seems to have been considered a local authority in exotic weaponry; another San Francisco Examiner article details his expertise with the riata (lariat).”

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