Crawfordsville District Public Library: Cemetery Locator

If you are researching Cemeteries and the people buried there, in Montgomery County, Indiana, a useful resource is the Crawfordsville Public Library website Cemetery Locator page:-

via Crawfordsville District Public Library: Cemetery Locator.

Michaels Cemetery – rural Montgomery County, IN

Michaels Cemetery is located on County Road 250 South, locally also known as Offield Monument Road, in Union township, south of the small unincorporated town of Yountsville, in Montgomery County, Indiana.

Montgomery County was formed in 1823. It was named in honor of Richard Montgomery, an American Revolutionary War general killed in 1775 while attempting to capture Quebec City, Canada, in the Battle of Quebec.
The first county election was held in March 1823. 61 people voted in that first election. The first three county commissioners were elected – William Offield, James Blevins and John McCollough – who then ordered that the first jail and courthouse be built. County website http://montgomeryco.net/

Montgomery County (Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montgomery_County,_Indiana is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2010, the population was 38,124. The county seat is Crawfordsville. The county is divided into 11 townships which provide local services. Union Township is one of those eleven townships in Montgomery County, containing the County seat, Crawfordsville. As of the 2010 census, its population was 24,587 and it contained 10,723 housing units. Wabash College is located in Crawfordsville in this township.

According to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Township,_Montgomery_County,_Indiana Union Township contains nineteen cemeteries, including this one.

According to the name sign, provided by the Township, there are approximately 14 graves in this cemetery, but Find A Grave http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=85916 lists 16.

http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMKZP4_Michaels_Cemetery_rural_Montgomery_County_IN

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North Fork Coal Creek – Mellott, IN

This is is a bolted Warren through truss bridge, crossing the north fork of Coal Creek, north west of the town of Mellott, in Richland Township, Fountain County, Indiana.

It is located on Country Road North 500 East, north of Blacktop Road. According to Bridgehunter http://bridgehunter.com/in/fountain/2300075/ it was built about 1910, by the Attica Bridge Co, of nearby Attica, Indiana.

Its length is approximately 94 feet. It has a wooden deck, similar to the covered bridges that are fairly common in Indiana.

The condition of this interesting old bridge is poor, some of the cross braces are broken, and it needs some TLC.

Mellott is a town in Richland Township, Fountain County, Indiana, United States. The population was 197 at the 2010 census. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mellott,_Indiana

Richland Township is one of eleven townships in Fountain County, Indiana, United States. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richland_Township,_Fountain_County,_Indiana

Fountain County lies in the western part of the U.S. state of Indiana on the east side of the Wabash River. The county was officially established in 1826 and was the 53rd in Indiana. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fountain_County,_Indiana

http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMM18R_North_Fork_Coal_Creek_Mellott_IN

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IOOF Cemetery – Crawfordsville, IN

The IOOF, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Cemetery, was established in 1824, in Crawfordsville, Indiana. According to Find A Grave http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=85485 there are 384 interments.

The cemetery is situated on a wooded hill, between two sets of houses, just off of Grant Avenue, in Crawfordsville. This is in a nice peaceful location, all you can hear are birds, and the occasional lawn mower from the neighboring houses. It is just north west of the Oak Hill Grant Avenue Cemetery site, and south of the Wabash College campus.

According to the name sign, at the entrance, it contains veterans of the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War and World War 1.

Odd Fellows on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independent_Order_of_Odd_Fellows

Crawfordsville is a city in Union Township, Montgomery County, Indiana, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 15,915. The city is the county seat of Montgomery County. It is home to Wabash College, which was ranked by Forbes as #12 in the United States for undergraduate studies in 2008. Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crawfordsville,_Indiana

http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMKXHP_IOOF_Cemetery_Crawfordsville_IN
http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMKXHW_IOOF_Cemetery_Crawfordsville_IN

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Albert R Swaim memorial

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This is an unusual monument, in the shape of a musical organ. It is marking the grave of Albert R. Swaim. This can be found in the Bethany Cemetery, to the east of the town of Marshall, Indiana. Memorial Text: Albert R. Swaim, Born Oct. 28, 1843, Died Jan. 10, 1893.

According to the Find A Grave memorial page http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=5662820 “The 1870 and 1880 census shows him as a music teacher from a large farming family dating back to the 1840’s in Indiana.”

I checked the 1880 census details on Ancestry.com http://ancstry.me/1uifAFf and found the following:

1880 United States Federal Census about Albert Swaim

Name: Albert Swaim

Age: 37

Birth Year: abt 1843

Birthplace: Indiana

Home in 1880: Howard, Parke, Indiana

Race: White

Gender: Male

Relation to Head of House: Brother

Marital Status: Single

Father’s Birthplace: North Carolina

Mother’s Birthplace: Indiana

Occupation: Music Teacher

Household Members:

Name Age

James C. Swaim 24

Nancy B. Swaim 21

Emma E. Swaim 19

Louettie Swaim 16

Thomas Banta 15

Albert Swaim 37

Bethany Cemetery, is a well tended cemetery located on the north side of Indiana State Road 236, approximately one mile east of the town of Marshall, Indiana.

According to Find A Grave http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=84311 there are currently 711 interments.

Marshall is a town in Washington Township, Parke County, Indiana, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 324. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall,_In

Old Baptist Cemetery, Newtown, Indiana

Old Baptist Cemetery, Fountain County, IN

As you travel north, on old SR 55, from Wingate, through Newtown, and on towards Rob Roy and Attica, you will come across a sharp right hand curve in the road. On the left is a small country road, and over to your left, if the corn is not too high, or even not there, you will see a cemetery, about half a mile away.
That is Old Baptist Cemetery.

The Old Baptist Cemetery was established in 1811, in Richland Township, Fountain County, Indiana.  

Richland Township has seven cemeteries. Wikipedia

It is situated west of the small town of Newtown, and just south of Indiana State Road 55.

It contains 642 interments, according to Find A Grave.

This is a well kept and cared for rural cemetery, surrounded by fields, with a fairly new white vinyl fence, gate and sign.

We found six Zinc or White Bronze memorials in this cemetery.

Fielding Slusser DSCF8660 Washington and Permelia Rice Edward C Rice Abednego Rice & son Frank Willam and Elizabeth Stephens

Then and Now – the former M E Church in Wingate, Indiana

Because of an old postcard I had seen on my county’s library website, showing the old Wingate M E Church, in Wingate, Indiana. I figured it would make a good “then and now” waymark. http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMG81G_Former_Wingate_M_E_Church_Wingate_IN_USA

The old picture is from a postcard, from about 1910.

The description from the Library website:-

The Wingate Methodist Episcopal
Church (also known as the Wingate M. E. Church) is pictured. Much of the
church building is obscured by trees. Digitized copies of this and other
postcards were provided by Jane Lyle, February 2011.

These pictures were both taken at the junction of Main and Main Cross streets, in  downtown Wingate, Indiana. Taken from the south west corner, looking north east.

 http://history.cdpl.lib.in.us/images/pc061-2.jpg

The M. E. Church, in Wingate, IN C.1910

 

The M. E. Church, in Wingate, IN, November 23rd 2012

 

The former Methodist Episcopal Church, now known as the New Hope Chapel, is located on Wingate, Indiana, at the junction of Main and Main Cross Streets.

If you compare the two pictures, you can see that there was a spire on the building, in 1910, as well as three entrance doors showing. There is only one entrance showing in the now picture, and the spire has been removed.

I located another similar postcard (below), also on the Crawfordsville Public Library website. It shows the Church and Parsonage, to the north of the church. That is now a house, seen on the left of the church, but is still there today.

The description from the Library website:-

Wingate (Ind.) M. E. Church
and Parsonage. Sent to Della Fine, Wallace, Ind. [Dear Della. I that you
had left the country. Why don’t you come up. Come when you have a vacation.
R. J.] Postmarked Nov 22, 19–.

http://history.cdpl.lib.in.us/images/pc061-1.jpg

Veedersburg, Indiana Town Clock

Veedersburg, Indiana Town Clock by cjp02
Veedersburg, Indiana Town Clock, a photo by cjp02 on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Seen on Sunday, November 14th, 2010. This is the town clock, on US 136, just west of the traffic lights at the Main Street junction.

1862 Cannon JMW No. 425

1862 Cannon JMW No. 425 by cjp02
1862 Cannon JMW No. 425, a photo by cjp02 on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Seen at the 52nd Annual 4th of July Celebration in the City Park, in Covington, Indiana, Saturday June 30th, 2012. The Annual Klassic Kar, Truck and Motorcycle Show is sponsored by two of the local radio stations, KOOL FM 92.9 and KISS Country Radio FM 103.1. The organizers announced that there was a storm headed towards the show area during the car show. There was thunder and lightning nearby, therefore some participants left early.

The website for Covington’s July 4th Celebrations is www.covingtonfourthofjuly.org

For information about other car shows and events going on around our area check out www.aroundourarea.com

1940’s International Harvester M-2 57mm Carriage Gun

Via Flickr:
Seen at the Annual Mainstreet Cruise In and Street Dance, held at the Parke County Court House, in Rockville, Indiana, June 2nd, 2012.

Waymarking FAQ

The Basics

What is waymarking?

Waymarking is a way to mark unique locations on the planet and give them a voice. While GPS technology allows us to pinpoint any location on the planet, mark the location, and share it with others, Waymarking is the toolset for categorizing and adding unique information for that location. Groundspeak’s slogan is “The Language of Location” and our goal is to give people the tools to help others share and discover unique and interesting locations on the planet. We invite you to share your part of the world with us through Waymarking.com.

What is a waymark?

A waymark is a physical location on the planet marked by coordinates (latitude/longitude) and contains unique information defined by its waymark category. An outdoor maze category, for example, could contain information like price of admission and days of operation, while a statue category may describe the artist’s medium and date of dedication.

via Waymarking FAQ.

White Bronze Cemetery Monuments

White Bronze Cemetery Monuments

Greenlawn Cemetry, Wingate, IN

The John and Ephriam Luse monument, at Greenlawn Cemetery, Wingate, Indiana.

I found several interesting web pages detailing the history of White Bronze Cemetery Monuments, that are actually made from pure Zinc. They look like marble, with a greyish white color, with a hint of blue. These beautiful monuments and stones were made in Connecticut, for only about 40 years, from about 1874 until 1914, but can be seen across most of the United States, and Canada. They are fairly rare, and but even have their own Waymarking.com category…

http://www.waymarking.com/cat/details.aspx?f=1&guid=210ed699-7c91-403b-9b64-3020fe994b86

I am going to be looking out for some of these to photograph and waymark …

Other websites of interest:-

(Clicking these links will open a new window)

http://gombessa.tripod.com/scienceleadstheway/id8.html

http://familytrees.wordpress.com/2008/07/01/tombstone-tuesday-zinc-or-white-bronze/

http://www.uni.edu/connors/metalmon.htm

http://vintageviews.org/vv-tl/pages/Cem_Monuments.htm

http://tombstone-treasuresbeyondbones.blogspot.com/2011/09/history-of-white-bronze.html?m=1

http://agraveinterest.blogspot.com/2012/06/white-bronze-monument-of-quality.html?m-1

http://www.civilwarmonument.org/monumental_bronze.htm

Then and Now, downtown Morocco, IN

On Saturday November 24th, 2012 we went to look around my wife’s old home town of Morocco, and Kentland, both in Newton County, in Indiana. I got to take some nice pictures, and co-ordinates to Waymark some of the town’s features.

This was partly because we had to drop her brother off at his home in Fowler, and partly because of an old postcard I had seen on Flickr, showing downtown Morocco, covered in snow, from about 1908. I asked my wife if the stores shown were still there, she recognized the location, but was unsure of the look of the area nowadays. I figured it would make a good “then and now” waymark, if nothing else.

These pictures were taken at the junction of State and Clay streets in downtown Morocco, Indiana. Taken from the south west corner, looking north east.

Old postcard scan

Morocco, IN in 1908

Morocco, IN in 2012

The pictures taken November 2012, are uploaded to Flickr

in Kentland, IN

and Morocco, IN

Then and Now, Gymnasium, Wingate, IN

Because I had seen, an old postcard, on my county’s library website, showing the old Gymnasium in Wingate, Indiana. I figured it would make a good “then and now” waymark. http://history.cdpl.lib.in.us/images/pc061-3.jpg

The old picture is from a postcard, that was mailed in 1928, from Wingate to Indianapolis, IN.

The description from the Library website:-

This barn was used by Wingate High School as a practice gymnasium for their state championship-winning basketball teams. The postcard was addressed to Mildred Burdon at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana, and the stamp was canceled in Wingate on 1928-10-30. The note on the back of the postcard reads, “Wingate, Ind. – 1928-10-28 – Dear Mildred, Hope you will ? better. So you can return home soon. From John Greenburg.” Digitized copies of this and other postcards were provided by Jane Lyle, February 2011.

These pictures were both taken at the junction of Main Cross and High streets in downtown Wingate, Indiana. Taken from the north east corner, looking south, southeast

The Gymnasium in Wingate, IN C.1928

The Gymnasium in Wingate, IN,November 23rd 2012

The gymnasium is located next to the US Post Office in Wingate, or rather, as the gym was there first, the Post Office is located next to the Old Gymnasium. On the far left of both pictures, you can see the back, lean to porch of an old house, that is there.

As I write this, in November 2012, the old gymnasium is up for sale,