In 1852, John C. Hereth, a German immigrant who came to Indianapolis via Jefferson County, Indiana, opened a shop in downtown Indianapolis which sold anything needed to maintain a horse – at that time the main form of transportation.  John’s younger brother, Adam, joined him a short time later, and in the early 1860’s the name of the harness and saddle store was changed to Hereth and Bro.  Adam served in the Civil War in the Seventy-Ninth Regiment of the Indiana Volunteer Infantry.