Farmer’s Institute Cemetery makes a $10,000 restoration investment

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Farmer’s Institute Cemetery Association paid a cemetery restoration company called Stone Huggers to clean, restore, and repair about 50 grave stones.

Source: Farmer’s Institute Cemetery makes a $10,000 restoration investment

Star Food Market has another crash

Star Food Market has another crash.

Thanks to Rick at townofwingate.org, for the picture

http://townofwingate.org/2015/07/30/star-mart-has-another-accident/

via Star Food Market has another crash.

Rotary bringing little libraries to Montgomery County

From the Crawfordsville Journal Review website  VISIT LINK

Bob Cox bcox@jrpress.com | Posted: Saturday, August 9, 2014 1:15 am

Uncle Ike

Uncle Ike Hale

Information copied from a post on a Facebook Group Memories of Wingate, Indiana

The facts were then checked using Ancestry.com Census listings.

“Uncle Ike

Isaac Hale, or “Uncle Ike” or “Ole Ike” as he was fondly called, was
a runaway slave. He spent the last years of his life on the Hays
Brothers farm north of Wingate. He is buried in Greenlawn Cemetery.

Uncle Ike entertained his young friends by telling them exciting
tales about life in the south where he was a slave. No doubt, their
favorite tale was that of his escape from a large plantation located
in southwestern Tennessee south of Memphis. This was during the
Civil War when Sherman’s Army was occupying the territory.

The Slave master directed all of the slaves to stay in their
quarters as the Union army approached. The compound was surrounded
by a high board wall. The slaves were told that great harm would
come to them if they left the quarters. The Yankees were described
as devils.

Ike and his good friend Wiley Jones couldn’t believe what the slave
master said and decided to do some checking for themselves. They
climbed a tree where they could see the Yankee soldiers marching by
and decided the stories were not true. After their suspicions were
confirmed they made plans to run away.

One night when everyone was asleep, Ike stole his master’s saddle
from under the bed. The two men then took the best horse and rode
off for the Union lines. The horse was an important part of their
escape plans. Ike and Wiley had heard that the Union Army would
accept runaways if they brought along a horse. The slaves discovered
this was true, and soon found themselves a part of Sherman’s forces.

Will Custer, an Uncle of William Hays, an officer in Sherman’s Army
made friends with Ike and gave him a job as his packboy. During
battles Ike rode with the supply train and carried Custer’s knapsack
and provisions.”

When the war ended, Will Custer brought Ike and Wiley home with him
to Homer, Illinois. Wiley became a barber and had a shop until his
death. Ike took a job in the country with James Hays, Custer’s
brother-in-law. Ike then worked for Ben Custer until Custer died.

At this time Ike asked William Hays if he could live on his farm.
Uncle Ike stayed with the hays family the rest of his life first a
Homer, then in Warren County, Indiana and finally in Coal Creek
Township.

Copied from: The Wingate News Bicentennial Celebration from June,
1976″

Wingate - Uncle Ike field on Hays farm

Wingate – Uncle Ike field on Hays farm

The photo of the empty field shows where Uncle Ike lived. His house
was located on the hill in the background and the structure stood
empty for many years. The field is still empty and is located
on the former Harold Hays farm north of the Bane farm equipment
dealership about 1/2 mile behind where Harold’s house once stood.

Uncle Ike Isaac Hale 1932 Runaway Slave

Uncle Ike
Isaac Hale
1932
Runaway Slave

Uncle Ike Isaac Hale 1932 Runaway Slave

Uncle Ike
Isaac Hale
1932
Runaway Slave

Uncle Ike’s gravesite is located in the Greenlawn Cemetery, beneath
the tree, along the fence, in the northeast area of the cemetery.
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Ancestry.com – 1910 Census

Name:     Isaac Hale

[Isaac Hall]

Age in 1910:     65

Birth Year:     abt 1845

Birthplace:     Mississippi

Home in 1910:     Vance, Vermilion, Illinois

Race:     Black

Gender:     Male

Relation to Head of House:     Hired Man

Marital Status:     Divorced

Father’s Birthplace:     Mississippi

Mother’s Birthplace:     Mississippi

Household Members:

Name     Age

William S Hays     47

Jennie D Hays     26

Harold M Hays     2

Lawrance J Hays     0

[8/12] (8 Months)

Isaac Hale     65

Alice M Brown     22

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Ancestry.com – 1930 Census

Name:     Isaac Hale

Gender:     Male

Birth Year:     abt 1843

Birthplace:     Mississippi

Race:     Negro (Black)

[Black]

Home in 1930:     Coal Creek, Montgomery, Indiana

Map of Home:     View Map

Marital Status:     Widowed

Relation to Head of House:     Retired Servant
(Servant)

[Relative; Servant (Other Relative)]

Father’s Birthplace:     Mississippi

Mother’s Birthplace:     Mississippi

Household Members:

Name     Age

William Hays     66

Jennie D Hays     44

Harold Hays     21

Lawrence Hays     20

Helene Hays     18

Isaac Hale     87

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

Site revamp

I have decided to change the focus of this blog. I do not have the time to devote to two blogs, so I have combined this one with Indiana Local History., another blog I have.

To that end, the focus is now on local history, and also local events “Around Our Area”

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The former Soller-Baker funeral home, in Lafayette, Indiana.

The former Soller-Baker funeral home, in Lafayette, Indiana. The former Soller-Baker funeral home, in Lafayette, Indiana. The former Soller-Baker funeral home, in Lafayette, Indiana. This once beautiful, Queen Anne style mansion, has stood on this site, at the corner of Fourth and Alabama Streets, near downtown Lafayette, Indiana,  since 1865.

As of today, Memorial Day, May 26th, 2013, it is awaiting demolition. It had served as a private residence, then in 1929, it was used as the Soller-Baker funeral home. It has stood empty since 1996. It was scheduled for renovation as apartments, or condo’s, but the project was abandoned when it became cost-prohibitive, in 2009. Eventually, the City of Lafayette, eventually bought it, with plans to demolish it and redevelop the site. There have been many additions to the original mansion, whilst it was a funeral home. The brick additions are due to be dismantled first, starting June 4th, the main part of the mansion, about a week later.

Some history of this house, that I found by online research:-

In 1842-1843, John H. Newman and his brother-in-law Abraham Miller established a brewery in the south part of Lafayette near the Wabash & Erie Canal. Miller died shortly afterward and Newman operated the brewery for several years. In December, 1856, Newman purchased a $3,500 piece of property on the east side of Illinois (now Fourth) street south of Alabama Street from James Spears, on which he built his new brewery in 1857.

At about the same time, Newman built a large Italianate brick house with a cupola adjacent to the brewery, on the southeast corner of Fourth and Alabama Streets.

John Newman died on September 1, 1888. In 1895, George A. Bohrer bought out the Newman heirs for the sum of $12,000, acquiring the Spring Brewery and the adjacent Newman House. The house was heavily remodeled for his son, Edward F. Bohrer (who was soon to marry Miss Jennie Powers), with the addition of bay windows, a turret, a large porch, a third floor, and a completely new interior.

Prohibition went into effect in Indiana at midnight on April 2, 1918, closing both Thieme & Wagner and the George A. Bohrer Brewing Co. The George A. Bohrer Bottling Works remained open until about 1929. About that time the Bohrer Products Co., apparently a successor to the brewery, began manufacturing ice cream, selling soda water, and distributing “Cereal Beverages.” The company seems to have lasted until about 1928.

https://www.indystar.com/article/BY/20130328/NEWS02/303280024/Demolitions-hold-promise-of-future-Lafayette-development

http://n2avg.com/?p=703

http://www.jconline.com/article/20130523/NEWS/305230039/Centennial-Neighborhood-eyesores-razed-by-August

http://www.b-levi.com/lafayette/breweries/bohrer.php

 

Sugar Creek flood, April 19th, 2013

Flood water by the Lafayette Avenue road bridge over Sugar Creek, April 19th, 2013.

Flood water by the Lafayette Avenue road bridge over Sugar Creek, April 19th, 2013.

Flood water by the Lafayette Avenue road bridge over Sugar Creek, April 19th, 2013.

Flood water by the Lafayette Avenue road bridge over Sugar Creek, April 19th, 2013.

Creekside Lodge restaurant surrounded by flood water

Creekside Lodge restaurant surrounded by flood water

Creekside Lodge restaurant surrounded by flood water

Creekside Lodge restaurant surrounded by flood water

Creekside Lodge restaurant surrounded by flood water

Creekside Lodge restaurant surrounded by flood water

Creekside Lodge restaurant surrounded by flood water

Creekside Lodge restaurant surrounded by flood water

Elston Park, April 19, 2013.

Elston Park, April 19, 2013.

Elston Park, under water, April 19, 2013.

Elston Park, under water, April 19, 2013.

Elston Park, under water, April 19, 2013.

Elston Park, under water, April 19, 2013.

The historic flooding of Sugar Creek, seen at the Lafayette Avenue road bridge, over Sugar Creek, in Crawfordsville, Indiana, April 19th, 2013. The road was closed to vehicular traffic, because the water level was almost up to the top of the arches, under the bridge. The Elston Softball park was closed, because it was under water, and the Creekside Lodge restaurant and lodge, was surrounded by water.

In an article in the local newspaper, the Journal Review, of Monday April 22nd, it quotes the National Weather service;

“According to the National Weather service, Sugar Creek crested Friday afternoon [April 19th] at 15.31 feet, making it the second worst flooding event since March 27, 1913, when the creek crested at 17.30 feet. Flood stage is considered at 8.0 feet.”

These pictures were taken on the Friday afternoon, around the time the creek crested.

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 Alamo Christian Church in Alamo, Indiana

I came across an old photograph, on the Indiana Gen Web genealogy website, whilst researching the the old Alamo Christian Church, in Alamo, Indiana.

I figured this, with the current photo, would make a good Then and Now waymark.

The old picture is a photograph, that according to the website, says the  5th Sunday in August 1920. Upon further research, August 1920 did indeed have 5 Sundays, the 5th one being the 29th. So this was taken on August 29th, 1920.

The Alamo Christian Church is located in the small town of Alamo, in Ripley Township, Montgomery County, Indiana.
As of the 2010 Census, the population of Alamo was listed as 66 people.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alamo,_Indiana

Both these pictures were taken from Madison Street looking northwest. The church is located on the corner of Madison Street and CR 825W.

I like the old cars in front of the church …

Alamo Christian Church small 5th-sund-aug-1920

The Alamo Christian Church, August 29th, 1920.

DSCF8584

The Alamo Christian Church, in Alamo, IN, Sunday March 17th, 2013

If you compare the two pictures, you can see that there was a chimney or flue on the building, in 1920. There are two entrances showing in the now picture, the entrance has been added onto, and one of the side windows has been removed.

I located another similar postcard (below), also on the same website. This appears to maybe be a view of the back of the same church building, although considerably earlier than the 1920 picture.  Alamo church-of-christ small

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

Then and Now, Big 4 Arch, Crawfordsville, IN

The old picture for this Then and Now, is from a postcard, from about 1909.

These pictures were both taken of the railroad arch, over Jennison Street, on the west side of Crawfordsville, Indiana. Taken from the south side, of the arch, looking north.

I did not have a copy of the old picture with me, therefore the perspective is a little different.

Crawfordsville Big Four Arch bridge 1909

The Big Four Arch, Crawfordsville, In, C.1909

Big 4 Arch, Crawfordsville, IN

The Big Four Arch, Crawfordsville, In, January 19th, 2013.

Big 4 Arch, Crawfordsville, IN

Big 4 Arch, Crawfordsville, IN

The Stone Arch bridge over Big 4 Arch Road/Dry Branch Creek on Former Conrail Railroad/Peoria Eastern Railroad. The railroad arch spans Jennison Street, which, on the south and west side of the arch becomes Big 4 Arch road. It is situated north east of the Animal Welfare League, in Crawfordsville.

Bridge Hunter page

Big 4 Rail Road on Wikipedia

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.