Marking a Piece of History in Veedersburg

Marking a Piece of History in Veedersburg, IN

Marking a Piece of History in Veedersburg, IN

Indiana Racing Memorial Association Board Members Dick Mittman, Howdy Bell, Mark Eutsler, Brian Hasler and Bob Gates pose in front of the group’s 10th historic marker in Veedersburg. In 1909, Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Carl Fisher ordered 3.5 million bricks — 3.2 million of which were installed on the racing surface — from the Wabash Clay Company in Veedersburg at a cost of 13 cents each. The building in which he signed the contract is still standing about a half mile south of the historic marker.  The company delivered the bricks in 63 days. IRMA Co-Founders Eutsler and Hasler are holding a panoramic photo of the company and its workers all of whom are identified. It was a gift to IRMA from the Town of Veedersburg. Following the unveiling a tour of the 22-acre site on which 26 kilns once stood was conducted by current owner Mark Carr.

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Where history meets military service

Spec. Joey Bloomer, left, and Sgt. Matthew Gregory of the Army National Guard, Military Funeral Honors, fold a 48 star U.S. flag during a military service for Patrick Flynn Wednesday, November 11, 2015, at St. Mary’s Cemetery. In the background are Pfc. James Davis and Father Ambrose Ziegler. Flynn served in the Civil War with the 2nd New York Cavalry. (Photo: John Terhune/Journal & Courier)

Lafayette, Indiana November 11, 2015.

Under a bright sun and in between gentle gusts of wind, about 20 people gathered Wednesday afternoon to honor someone none of them had ever met.

The focal point was a brand new gray military-style gravestone that sat on a hill next to the woods on an edge of St. Mary’s Cemetery. “Patrick Flynn,” it read in part, “Co I 2 NY CAV.” Along with the birth and death dates, the words pointed to Flynn’s service fighting for the Union in the Civil War.

The marker belongs to the great-grandfather of Cathy Ferguson, a lifetime Lafayette resident. Her family — including a few veterans — and friends attended the military service. Ferguson worked with her nephew, Fred Bolander, to obtain a stone through Tippecanoe County’s veteran’s services, a headstone that would replace the heavily faded one that had stood for more than a century.

But there’s more to the story than that.

Flynn’s previous stone, Ferguson said, was turned backward, faced the woods and was in an area removed from the rest of his family. No one is completely sure why. While her uncle paid to have it turned around about 20 years ago, she said the family believed Flynn might not have properly been honored for his service because of its initial position.

So she contacted Sgt. Matthew Gregory, the team leader of the Lafayette division of Military Funeral Honors, and decided to have a service honoring her great-grandfather.

“Family history is important to me, and … we’re just a close family,” Ferguson said. “So it was just something we wanted to do, and my niece suggested, ‘Why don’t we get a service?’ So it kind of snowballed into that.”

“I feel every soldier deserves his honors. We don’t ever leave anyone behind,” Gregory said. “That soldier served this country and sacrificed a lot.”

Four members of the armed services carried out the military honors — First Sgt. Paul Sabol of the Indiana Guard Reserve played taps, and servicemen presented a late 19th-century replica flag to Ferguson. Father Ambrose Ziegler, who travels around the area performing services, blessed the gravestone and delivered prayers. His remarks centered on the importance of remembering a war fought on U.S. soil and keeping the country strong from within through prayer, positivity and love.

“Sometimes we forget the price that many, many people — men, women and youth — have to pay so that there can be peace,” Ziegler said.

Flynn was born in Toronto in 1842 to parents from Ireland, according to a family history pamphlet compiled by Ferguson’s uncle. In August of 1861, Flynn enlisted for the Union as a private in the Capt. Naylor’s Company, the Harris Light Cavalry — which later became the 2nd New York Cavalry Regiment — in Lafayette.

According to the family records, he served until June 1863 and received a bounty before rejoining the same company in December of the same year. An undated article from the Morning Journal mentions Flynn and several others receiving medals for bravery for serving in the battle of Gettysburg. He stayed in the army until June 1865 and spent a long stint of time in the hospital, though records don’t indicate whether his illness stemmed from war injuries.

After the war ended in the spring of 1865, Flynn served in different posts in the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization for Union veterans, the records stated. He settled in Lafayette, built a home on Romig Street, and worked for J.B. Felley Hardware store and in the draying business.

The story of Flynn’s death garnered a front-page spot in the Lafayette Daily Courier, according to the records. He, his wife Bridget and son Owen died of asphyxiation while heating their home in January 1899. According to the article, the gas in the stove was turned on and the damper was turned down to keep heat from traveling up the chimney. But the damper’s opening was clogged with soot, which trapped the gas inside. The three were found several days later by Ferguson’s grandfather and police.

In the process of obtaining a new gravestone for Flynn and researching his story, Ferguson said she has learned more about the Civil War than when she was in school. And she looks forward to finding out more.

To read more about this story, visit the Lafayette Journal & Courier website

Iconic Lyons Music sign removed

Phantom Neon Signs and Graphics employees prepare to remove the iconic Lyons Music sign from its North Green Street location.

Phantom Neon Signs and Graphics employees prepare to remove the iconic Lyons Music sign from its North Green Street location.

Crawfordsville, Indiana, Wednesday, October 7, 2015

An iconic sign was lowered from its long-time, downtown perch. On Tuesday, the Lyons Music sign was removed from the front of 210 S. Green St., not to be discarded, but to be made to turn on again.

The plan is to have Phantom Neon Signs and Graphics restore the piece. Once in working order, the sign will be placed on display at the Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County.

Bernard and Robin Thompson, who bought the building that formerly housed the music store, and most recently a sewing machine shop, understood the sign represented many memories centered around music for many local residents. Many people remember buying instruments, instrument accessories and sheet music at the store.

“When we bought the building I told my husband that this sign means a lot to the people in the Crawfordsville area,” Robin said. “It hit me that we should give it to the Carnegie Museum. Looking down at the sign from the upstairs apartment we could tell it was in good shape considering how old it is.”

Crawfordsville Main Street board member Becky Hurt watched as the sign was lowered to the ground. She is happy the sign is being saved.

“I think this is marvelous that Phantom Neon can save this sign,” Hurt said. “And then, to be able to see it light up again at the museum is wonderful. I am so thankful the Thompsons are saving it and donating it for all to enjoy again. I remember having the Strand Theater sign all lit up and the Lyons Music sign lit up right on the same street. Lyons Music Store had the best selection of sheet music that you would find anywhere.”

Robin, who also is a Crawfordsville Main Street board member, has memories of taking music lessons inside the store.

“When I was a student at Tuttle Middle School we would meet our music director, Connie Meek, at Lyons Music Store,” Robin said. “We would work on our musical pieces in preparation for the contests at DePauw University.”

Taking down the sign down drew a lot of attention. Many people stopped to take photos on their phones. One motorist in particular stopped the vehicle and jumped out to find out what was going on. The man was Crawfordsville resident Rick Lyon. He asked what was going to happen to the sign, and was relieved to learn it would have a new home at the museum.

“My dad’s cousin owned the store, and if the sign was going to be junked, I was going to take it to save it,” he said. “I am thrilled with the plan that will see the sign end up in the museum. That is just great.”

The building will soon house a bakery, Maxine’s on Green. It will specialize in sweet baked goods.

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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
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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

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.

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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 …

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The Alamo Christian Church, August 29th, 1920.

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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

Home Hospital, Lafayette, IN, before demolition

The former Home Hospital in Lafayette, Indiana has been closed. The approximately 20 acre site has been sold to an, Indianapolis based, group of investors, Columbian Park Redevelopment LLC.

The hospital building is due for demolition starting in January of 2013. As I type this, they have started with internal demolition and Asbestos removal. Before the external demolition is started, they plan to erect an 8 foot high security fence around the property.

Before the fence is erected, or the building was demolished, I took the opportunity to get some pictures of it.

These are some of the pictures, taken on January 5th, 2013. I tried to get pictures from most angles around the site. There are 30 in total.


Home Hospital, Lafayette, IN - a set on Flickr

Home Hospital, Lafayette, IN - a set on Flickr

Home Hospital, Lafayette, IN - a set on Flickr

To see the rest of the 30 pictures taken at Home Hospital, Lafayette, IN ( a set on Flickr) CLICK HERE

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,