Illustration of four dark-skinned men in suits with a group fantastical creatures at their feet. Al G. Field's Minstrels were organized in 1886, and gave their first performance at Marion, Ohio, October 6, 1886. It met with instant success and popularity and has been the leading troupe ever since. Even while spending a vacation on his farm (Maple Villa Farm), fourteen miles from Columbus, Ohio, surrounded by everything to make the farmer's heart glad, he was plotting and planning something out of the ordinary to place in his entertainment. That he succeeded is amply proved by the capacity business enjoyed everywhere by this great popular troupe, made so by his hard work and unremitting attention to all details.