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

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

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