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Caulder, William Francis "Jelly"

(born: 1915  -  died: 2001) 

William F. Caulder was a farrier for more than 45 years. He was well respected for the work he did for some of the biggest names in the horse industry. He put shoes on horses at a number of local farms and at race tracks such as Lexington (KY) Standardbred and Churchill Downs. Caulder was inducted into the International Horseshoers Association and in 1991 honored by the Bluegrass Horseshoers Association.

Caulder was also active in the community, serving as chair of the Lexington-Fayette County Commission on Human Rights and working with the Robert H. Williams Cultural Center. A graduate of the old Dunbar High School, he attended Clark College (later merged with Atlanta University to form Clark Atlanta University) in Atlanta for one year. Caulder was a World War II veteran, enlisting in Cincinnati, OH on August 22, 1942.

Caulder born in Lexington, was the son of William and Julia Caulder, according to the 1930 U.S. Federal Census.

For more information see J. Hewlett, "William F. 'Jelly' Caulder, 86 - Retired farrier to equine stars," Lexington Herald-Leader, 8/16/2011, p. B2; and "Retired blacksmith William F. Caulder Dead" at the Bloodhorse website.

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NKAA Entry: Robert H. Williams Children's Home and Cultural Center
NKAA Entry: Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (Lexington, KY)
NKAA Source: Lexington herald-leader (newspaper)

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