Friday, August 18, 2017

David CARTER dies in Plainfield (1881)

submitted by Karen Zach:

Source: Crawfordsville Star (Crawfordsville, Indiana) - issue of Thursday, June 2, 1881 - page 3:

The Barnhill boys, George Hadley and Lew Hornaday, with their families, went to Plainfield on Saturday evening to attend the funeral of their grandfather, David Carter, recently a visitor in this city, who died in Plainfield on Friday, aged 88 years.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Grace (GREENLEE) WALTON dies in Danville (1977)

submitted by Karen Zach:

Source: Crawfordsville Journal Review (Crawfordsville, Indiana) - issue of Thursday, June 30, 1977:

NORTH SALEM – Grace Walton, 77, of North Salem, died at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Hendricks County Hospital. She had been in failing health. A graduate of New Winchester High School, Mrs. Walton was a member of the North Salem Christian Church and North Marion Club. She was born April 26, 1900, a daughter of T. A. and Verna Owens Greenlee. She married William Hobart Walton in November, 1909. Surviving are a son, Paul, of North Vernon; a brother Howard Greenlee of Danville; five sisters, Maxine Hopper of Jamestown, Lorene Seaman of Evansville, Lydia Beck of Bowling Green, Ohio; Marion Jefferies of Hemet, Calif., and Doris Johnston of North Brook, Ill.; and five grandchildren. Two brothers, Phillip and George Greenlee, preceded her in death. Services will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Porter Funeral Home here with the Rev. Earl Davis officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in North Salem. Friends may call at the funeral home 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

List of North Salem High School seniors in 1964 added

An index of the students in grade 12 at North Salem High School in 1964 has been added to the school records section of the Hendricks County GenWeb site. This index was compiled from the North Salem High School 1964 yearbook, The Echo. This yearbook is in the collection of the Danville library.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Danville library's genealogy group to discuss immigration research

The Danville library's genealogy group, Genealogy Nuts, will meet on Monday, September 11 at 1:30 pm in the library's program room. Steve Smith will give a presentation, "Coming to America," about immigration research. The meeting is free and open to the public.

For more information on the group, please contact the library's Indiana Room -

Monday, August 14, 2017

Plainfield genealogy group to discuss tuberculosis in Indiana

The Family History Hounds genealogy group will meet on Thursday, September 7 from 1 to 3 pm at the Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library. The meeting will be held upstairs in the library's meeting rooms. Meredith Thompson will present a program, "Tuberculosis in Indiana: A Perpetual Plague."

If you are interested in the group, or have questions, please contact Plainfield library's Indiana Room - e-mail or phone (317) 839-6602 extension 2114.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Hendricks County estate index updated for 1983

An index of the Hendricks County estate cases that had legal notices published in Hendricks County newspapers has been updated to include notices from the Plainfield Messenger for 1983. This index is in the probate records section of the Hendricks County GenWeb site.

This index now covers these Hendricks County newspapers:
  • Clayton Commercial - 1945; 1948 through 1952 [scattered issues]
  • Coatesville Herald - 1945 through 1961 (the newspaper stopped being published in 1961)
  • Danville Gazette - 1945 through 1986
  • The Republican (Danville) - 1945 through 1986
  • The Friday Caller (Plainfield) - 1945 through 1956 (the newspaper stopped being published in 1956)
  • Plainfield Messenger - 1945 through 1952; 1983 through 1986
This index currently covers 1945 through 1986; more newspapers and more years will be added later.

This may not be a comprehensive list of all of the Hendricks County estate cases for this time period; legal notices could be filed in any newspaper in the county.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Plainfield's Van Buren Elm Tree cut down (1945)

source: The Friday Caller (Plainfield, Indiana) - issue of Thursday, September 6, 1945 - page 1, columns 2-4:

According to a newspaper article, in September 1945 a famous tree in Plainfield was finally cut down by the workers from the Indiana State Highway Commission, after it was condemned. The "Van Buren Elm" had stood on the grounds of the Quaker Western Yearly Meeting House at the southwest corner of State Road 267 and US 40 in Plainfield. In June 1843, President Martin Van Buren was passing by in a stagecoach, when he fell out into mud at the base of the tree, leading to Congress giving money to improve the condition of the National Road. This tree then become a stop for souvenir hunters who took pieces out of it, and in August 1928 it was badly damaged by a tornado.

Today there is a plaque marking the site.