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<p>Walter Lingo was a resident of La Rue, Ohio. During the 1920s, he owned the Oorang Dog Kennels. Lingo used the kennels to breed Airedale dogs. He claimed that:</p>
<blockquote>The common man of Great Britain found it necessary to create a dog different from any other in existence. The bird dog became lost in the bush when at stand, the hound was too noisy and retrievers lack stamina. Therefore, these folks secretly experimented by a series of cross-breeding old types, including the otter hound, the old English sheep dog, the black and tan terrier, and the bulldog. From this melting pot resulted the Airedale, so named because he was first produced by the people along the dale of the Aire River between England and Scotland. The new dog combined the good qualities of his ancestors without their faults. It was a super dog. </blockquote>
<p>Based upon this information Lingo bred and sought to create an even more powerful type of stronger Airedale. His efforts resulted in the King Oorang breed of Airedale dogs. , which Lingo decribed the King Oorang described as the &quot;"world's great all-around dog.&quot;</p> <p>" Upon creating the King Oorang breed, Lingo embarked on a mail -order business, selling his puppies to people across North, Central, and South America. Many To continue the breeding process, he opened his own kennel known as the Oorang Kennel Company in the 1920s. Although these dogs were demanded worldwide, many of Lingo's neighbors described the Airedales as killers, prompting Lingo to enlist the aid of celebrities to endorse his dogsfor endorsements. Perhaps, Lingo's most famous supporter was Jim Thorpe, a Native American and 1920s celebrated athlete of the 1920sAmerican Indian decent. </p> <p>To help further promote his dogs, Lingo eventually created the Oorang Indians, . This was a professional football team , playing in the National Football League, based in La Rue, Ohio. The Jim Thorpe was hired as the team played in coach/player who organized the National Football League. Every member of squad and drafted the Indians actually players. He was instructed to only recruit competitors who were of Native American Indian heritage. The squad's most famous player was Jim Thorpe. Interestingly</p><p>Overall, the Oorang Indians cost Lingo one hundred dollars team was a publicity stunt to create, while his Airedale dogs sold for 150 dollars apieceamplify the Oorang dog kennel’s fame. The Indians only remained a team in the National Football League NFL for the 1922 and the 1923 seasons. Walter Lingo established the squad as a publicity stunt and named the team after his Oorang dog kennels. Interestingly, La Rue, Ohio is was and remains the smallest community to sponsor a National Football League franchise. The Indianswere mainly a traveling team who were meant to publicize the Airedale terriers; they went to the large metropolitan cities to expose the audiences to the dogs. However, however, never played a they did play one home game in the town of Marion, Ohio since La Rue, as all twenty of the team's games during the 1922 and 1923 seasons were away gameswas not large enough to have a football field. In the team's first season, the Indians finished twelfth in the league, with a record of two wins, six losses, and zero ties. The next season, the team finished eighteenth, with one win, ten losses, and zero ties. The Oorang Indians ceased to exist after the 1923 seasonwhen their novelty wore off.</p> <p>The Oorang Indians players did not only played just participate in footballgames. Lingo also required them to work in his kennels, caring for his dogs. He Players were also forced his players involved in half-time shows. For example, they had to parade around the football field with his dogs during half times, hoping that walking the terriers. The goal was to influence fans would to purchase his the dogsbefore they left the stadium. Finally, Lingo even had one of his players, Long Time Sleep, wrestle a bear during one half time. Many football historians credit Lingo with creating half-time shows.</p> <p>After the Oorang Indians' collapse, Lingo continued to sell his Airedale dogs. Unfortunately, the Great Depression struck in the 1930s, prompting Lingo to scale back his business. People could no longer afford the Airedales, prompting Lingo to have approximately three hundred puppies put to sleep in 1929 alone. He eventually tried to establish a business that manufactured items for dogs, but this venture failed to did not succeed. Lingo died in 1966.</p>
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