Monday, May 30, 2011

Marriage Index Updated

Entries from Hendricks County Marriage Book Volume 39 (21 October 1977 - 11 November 1978) have been added to the database Index to Hendricks County Marriage Books, which is on the Hendricks County GenWeb site. It includes the names of the bride and groom, their date of marriage and the corresponding book and page number.

This index is in progress - so far it covers the period of 1904-1978, as well as 1824-1848.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDIT: Hendricks County Students Attending Indiana Colleges (1927)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, September 15, 1927 – page 1, column 3

Additions Printed To List of College and University Entrants

Below are printed additions to the list of county young folks who are entering college this month:

From Amo: Robert Gambold and Robert Knight have entered Purdue [University]; Blanche Shortridge and Florence Beck, Indiana [University]; Blanche McDaniel and Rose Mary Draper, [Indiana] State Normal [School].

From Clayton: Mrs. Helen Reitzel Phillips, Horace Anderson, Elvin Phillips, Louise Edmonson, Cecil Edmonson, Wilbert McCormick and Cornelia Edmonson have entered Purdue; Glen Tudor, Butler; Donis McClellan, Metropolitan and Butler; Audry Martin and Maurice Thompson, Central Normal [College]; Mary Beadle, Earlham [College]; Rose Jones, Franklin [College]; Marion Joyce, Indianapolis Teachers College; Shirley Worrell, Indiana [University].

From New Winchester: Margerite Kerns entered Earlham [College]; Geneva Goodwin, Muncie Normal [School]; Luzena Newman, Central Business College; Mrs. Nema Ramsey, Central Normal College.

From Coatesville: Blythe Osborn, Myron Phillips, Mary Phillips, Dorothy Whicker, Etheline Horn will enter Central Normal [College]; Elizabeth Rogers, Earlham [College]; Worth Hodson, Paul Stayton, Purdue [University].

From Stilesville: Harlan C. Cooper goes to the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis; Maurice Brewer, Frank Brewer and Edwin Johnson come to Central Normal [College]; Gilbert Rhea continues his study of medicine at Indiana [University]; Maurice Boyd, Lorene Hicks, Mildred Whicker, Purdue [University]; Gilbert Tribbett, DePauw [University]; Beatrice Vaughn has entered the Methodist Hospital school of nursing.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: Coatesville Man Dies In Iowa (1927)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, June 9, 1927 – page 7, column 4

Word comes to Hendricks county relatives of the death of Elias Nelson Grimes, Tuesday, May 31, at his home in Newton, Iowa. He had been in poor health for some time, and a stroke of apoplexy on the 20th hastened his passing. He was the son of Elias and Sarah Phillips Grimes, and was born on a farm near Coatesville, May 24, 1856. His younger years were spent in that community, and he will be remembered by a number of friends and relatives. He was of a kind and happy disposition, and made friends wherever he went.

Forty-six years ago, after the death of his mother, he and his father moved to Iowa and that state has been his home since that time.

He was united in marriage to Minnie Tice, at Pella, Iowa, on January 11, 1885. The widow with two daughters and one grandson are left to mourn their loss. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Susannah Kendall, of Indianapolis, who has been an invalid, confined to her bed for two years, and two brothers, John W. Grimes, of Long Beach, Cal., and Samuel B. Grimes, of Zionsville, Indiana.

Friday, May 27, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: Brown Township School Names Explained (1927)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, March 17, 1927 – page 2, column 3

Incidents That Made Them Peculiarly Their Own

When the announcement was made that “Sixty Cents” in Brown township had won the rural music memory contest, many people wanted to know how “Sixty Cents” received its name.

James W. Beck is authority on the history of Brown township where all the schools have more or less poetical names. Mr. Beck says the present school house at Sixty Cents is the third erected on that spot. It is a brick structure. The first was log and the second, frame. The frame building was erected about the close of the Civil war and when the builders pronounced it finished, a close examination showed that there was no lock for the door. A man present said he was on his way to Brownsburg and would bring back a lock. When he did so, he was asked what the lock cost and he said: “Sixty Cents.” And thus the school was named.

Mr. Beck says that other schools in Brown township have the following history. School No. 1 is called Bunkum and he thinks perhaps the proper spelling is Buncombe. The name traces back to North Carolina through the Gossett family which came from Buncombe.

School No. 2 is known as Beaver College because just across the road from it was a beaver dam. The signs of this dam are yet to be seen.

School No. 3 is Sixty Cents and No. 4 is Squankum but Mr. Beck is unable to give its history.

No. 5 is Sambo. The legend is that in an early day there was a teacher there by the name of Samuel Bough. A small boy on his way to school was stopped by a man who asked his teacher’s name and the boy replied: “Sam Bough.” And from this comes the name, “Sambo.”

No. 6 is Brown school, so named because the first coat of paint it received was brown.

No. 7 was “Greenwood” because it was located in a beautiful grove.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: Center Township School Land Sold (1929)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, March 14, 1929 – page 1, columns 4-5:

With the publication of a notice in last week’s and this week’s edition, concerning the sale of the land comprising what is known as the “Jordan” school district, members of bygone days, back as far as 1825 have been recalled. An investigation of court records, and records of the Downard & Taylor Abstracting Co., brings forth many interesting facts and names of leading men of the community at that time.

In the notice the same description of the land is used that is found in the original deeding of the land to the trustees of Center township, which deed was recorded on April 5, 1856. It showed that John D. Burks and his wife, Mary, conveyed the one acre of land contained in the tract now offered for sale, to the trustees of Center township, who were at that time, Enion Singer, Abraham Estes and Abraham Bland. Another name appearing on the record which is familiar to every one in Hendricks county, is that of P.S. Kennedy, justice of the peace at that time.

The land as recorded in the original deed, is in Deed Record No. 19, Page 451, and the description of the land in the notice read as follows:

“A part of the west half of the south-east quarter of section 1, township 15 north, range 1 west, bounded and described as follows, to-wit: Beginning at a point in the plank road where the lands of William Blanton, John D. Burks, Dan D. Hambleton and Moses Guynn corners, then running south on the line of said Hambleton’s lands, 20 rods; thence east on a line parallel with the plank road, 8 rods; thence north on a line parallel with Hambleton’s east line, 20 roads to the road; thence west along the center of said plank road, 8 roads to the place of beginning, estimated to contain one acre, more or less.”

Mention of the old plank road will bring to the minds of some few citizens of the county, the first road between Indianapolis and Danville, which was called the plank road because of its construction, made necessary by the bottomless condition of the roads during the spring and fall. More recent developments in the case of the old plank road, occurred when some of the old planks were dug up by workmen, repairing the gravel road which had replaced the plank road as the country became more populated. The present concrete road, of course, was a modern development of the last few years.

An inquiry into the first deed record, found the land originally belonging to one Basil Tout, who entered the west half of the southeast quarter in his name. This was recorded on May 10, 1831.

Basil Tout conveyed 80 acres to Geo. Burks on Aug. 30, 1834, while Geo. Burks, presumably the father of John D. Burks, conveyed the land to the latter named Burks on March 28, 1851. The tract of one acre of the 80 contained in the deed to John D. Burks was granted to Center township for school purposes on April 5, 1856. The land has remained in the hands of the trustees of Center township to the present time, when it will be sold to the highest bidder by Walter P. Hendrix, trustee, on March 28, just 78 years from the day it was conveyed to John Burks, the grantor of the land to the township. And thus passes, because of the trend of events, another rural school. Some well known men and women have taught at Jordan. Miss Jennie Craven, later Mrs. Samuel M. Ralston, taught one winter there in the brick building which burned a few years ago. She walked from Danville to the school and back each day. School wagons had not then been “invented.”

Monday, May 23, 2011

Teachers Database Updated

Entries from the 1945 school year have been added to the database Index to Teachers in Hendricks County Schools, which is on the Hendricks County GenWeb site. It is a list of all of the teachers in the county's schools, as published in area newspapers at the beginning of each school year by the county's schools superintendent. The list was comprised of the teacher's name and their location, and sometimes included the subjects they were teaching.

The database is in progress - it currently covers 1945-1963.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: North Salem Man Named Professor At Indiana University

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, May 23, 1929 – page 1, column 2:

Son of County To Return To His Native State

Professor Daniel Sommer Robinson, a son of Hendricks county, has been selected head of the department of philosophy at Indiana university, his work to begin next September.

Professor Robinson was born at North Salem, October 19, 1888, and is a son of Mr. and Mrs. William Robinson. He graduated from the North Salem high school in 1906, and received the degree, Bachelor of Arts, from Butler college in 1910. He was a student in the Yale Divinity school, 1910-13, where he received the degree Master of Arts in 1911, and Bachelor of Divinity in 1912. He was a student in Germany for a time in 1912-13. He was a student in Harvard university, 1914-1917 and received the degree, Doctor of Philosophy, from there in 1917. He married Miss Oma Glasburn, of Bargersville, in 1912. To this union were born three children, Daniel Sommer, deceased, Joan and Sydney Caroline.

Prof. Robinson was ordained in the Disciples ministry in 1910, was pastor of the Christian church in Billings, Montana, in 1913-14; South Congregational Church, Newport, N.H., 1917-18. He was instructor in philosophy, University of Wisconsin, 1919-20; assistant professor, 1920-21. He has been professor of philosophy in Miami university since 1922.

Miss Clarice Robinson, a sister of Professor Robinson, graduated from Indiana University in 1926, and is head of the commercial department in the Elkhart schools.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: Danville Man Married in Mishawaka (1929)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, April 11, 1929 – page 1, column 2:

This is the story that should have been written by John Spears, of the local staff of the paper, but as he is honey-mooning, the duty falls elsewhere in the office. Mr. Spears and Miss Helen Moore were married, Tuesday, at the home of Miss Moore in Mishawaka. Their license was issued in Indianapolis. Monday, Mr. Spears disappeared from this office without explanation. A telegram, yesterday, told the story. Their romance began at that Indiana headquarters for romances – DePauw university, and the wedding is the happy culmination. Friends of Mr. Spears are awaiting his arrival in Danville.

Friday, May 20, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: Bride For 1 Day Is Granted Divorce (1929)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, November 7, 1929 – page 1, column 3:

Frances E. Rushton, of Hendricks county, a bride of one day, was given a divorce from William Burton Rushton, convict, by Judge James P. Hughes, in the Putnam Circuit court, Saturday. The maiden name of Pettitt also was restored to the young woman.

The young bride plaintiff in the action, said she was married to the defendant in the Hendricks county jail, last February 26, and that on the following day he was sentenced to 1 to 10 years in the Indiana State Reformatory, when he pleaded guilty to vehicle taking. She has seen her husband but once since that time, she told the court.

After hearing the bride say she could not love or live with her convict husband after his release from the reformatory, Judge Hughes granted the divorce.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: Middle Township Man Was Never Declared Dead (1930)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, November 27, 1930 – page 1, column 6

In the issue of Nov. 13, these columns carried a story that Weasley Beaman voted in the recent election after he had been declared dead for the purpose of setting his father’s estate. The statement was an error although it reached this office in an apparently authentic form. Mr. Beaman called at the office, Monday, and stated that he was not declared dead legally or otherwise; that he has never been away from home for a period longer than one week and that was while on a visit. His vote never tied the score in the trustee’s election in Middle township. He did not vote the straight Democratic ticket but he did not vote for any Republican in the November election, 1930. He says the whole story is a fabrication as no Beaman of his family was ever declared dead that he ever heard of.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Surname Index To Probate Order Books Updated

Entries from the surname index included at the front of Hendricks County Probate Order Book Volume 14 (25 June 1888 - 30 November 1889) have been added to the database Surname Index to Hendricks County Probate Order Books, which is on the Hendricks County GenWeb site. The surname index was compiled by the clerk at the time they were writing the entries. It includes the subject of the probate case, the type of case (estate, guardianship, etc.), and the corresponding book and page number.

It is an ongoing project - currently the surname index covers the years 1871-1889.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

OBITUARY: Dr. Benjamin McCarty Logan (1874)

from the Cumberland [County, Illinois] Democrat, Majority Point - issue of Friday, June 12, 1874 - page 3, column 2)

Logan, Dr. B. M. died on June 11, 1874 at Brownsburg, Indiana, aged 66 years and 5 days. The deceased was the father of L.L. and William Logan of this place and was born in Brookville, Indiana in the year 1808. At the age of 22 years Mr. Logan commenced the study of medicine, which practice he followed for 38 years. In 1833 Mr. Logan removed with his family to Brownsburg, Indiana, where in connection with his profession he sold goods for many years. Dr. Logan was an excellent man, and although he never connected himself with any one church organization, he was a man of exemplary habits and the strictest morals, and no man ever died more sincerely regretted, or had more warm and devoted friends, than himself. His funeral was very largely attended by sympathizing friends and relatives whom came to pay their last testimonial to the worth of him who pased from this life to the reward of an honest and worthy man.

[Obituary submitted by Suzanne Miller]

Saturday, May 14, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: Schoolhouse in Washington Township Sold (1930)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, December 11, 1930 – page 5, column 5

Crafton school house in Washington township was sold at auction, Saturday. The following has been received from one of the community:

Gone But Not Forgotten
The White Lick Community club bids farewell to the old Crafton school house, district No. 4 in Washington township.

After being abandoned for three or four years the community conceived the idea of using it as a community meeting place.

The trustee being approached, gladly giving his consent, as he thought it a worthy move. The building being in bad condition we repaired it by putting in many window panes, fixing doors, putting on locks and other things needed. We then furnished it with chairs, tables, piano, stoves, curtains, dishes, cooking utensils, lights, song books, cleaned up the yard and kept it mowed, making it comfortable at a cost of several hundred dollars.

For seven years this club has met every months, besides many social entertainments, church programs and banquets given by other groups, always open to any worthwhile activity.

Our present trustee did not look on this club with favor. He sold the building and grounds in the face of a petition presented by the club, signed by 58 voters out of a possible 72 in the district, to hold the school house as a community center.

We feel our loss very keenly. The club is storing the furniture until they can find a suitable location.

Dear old Crofton, we tried so hard to save you. For seven years your friends have met with you and you have protected them and now we will look back on you with love and respect and recall the many happy times we have spent with you – Goodbye.

After the Court had denied an injunction designed to prevent the sale of the Crafton school by the trustee, the building was sold at auction to John Robinson for $280. Then to make it a full day for him, Mr. Robinson gave the Avon high school athletic association his check for $500.

Friday, May 13, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: Hendricks County Couple Divorced in Morgan County (1930)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, October 9, 1930 – page 5, column 4

(Martinsville Reporter)
The divorce case of Hattie Stevenson vs. Oscar Stevenson, venued here from Hendricks county, was tried on Wednesday in the Morgan circuit court. After the hearing of the evidence was concluded the plaintiff was granted a divorce, alimony in the sum of $6,000 and $500 for attorney fees. The plaintiff and defendant were divorce in 1917, but a few months later they remarried. The plaintiff charged the defendant with cruel treatment, alleged that he associated with other women, that he sold liquor to girls and boys, that he was convicted in Federal court of violation of the prohibition laws, was sentenced to sixty days in the Marion county jail, and was fined $300. The defendant filed a cross-complaint, alleging that the plaintiff was of a jealous nature, frequently left home, that she falsely accused him of intimacy with other women, falsely charged him with possession and sale of intoxicating liquor and conspired with other persons to the end that he was arrested and imprisoned on a charge of violating the prohibition laws and while he was in prison the plaintiff filed suit for divorce. A number of Hendricks county citizens were here as witnesses in the case and the hearing lasted most of the day.

Monday, May 9, 2011

College Students Database Updated

Entries from the 1950 school year have been added to the database Hendricks County Students Attending Indiana Colleges, which is on the Hendricks County GenWeb site. It is a listing of some of the students from Hendricks County who were either attending or graduating from various colleges in Indiana, as compiled from information sent by college officials to area newspapers. The list was comprised of the student's name, hometown and class, and sometimes included their major or the degree they were receiving.

The colleges that submitted information to the newspapers varied from year to year. Ball State University, Butler University, DePauw University, Earlham College, Indiana State University, Indiana University and Purdue University are among those who submitted information at one time or another.

The database is an ongoing project. It currently covers the period of 1944-1950 and 1953-1961.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: Danville Couple Weds At South Bend (1931)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, October 8, 1931 – page 1, column 6:

The marriage of Miss Naomi Kersey and Kenneth Arnold was solemnized, Sunday, at 1:30, in the M.E. parsonage in South Bend, Rev. Fred Longwell officiating. Miss Doris Brown and Morris Patterson were their attendants and the single ring ceremony was used.

The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Minta Kersey, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. R.T. Arnold, and both are graduates of Danville high school. They will make their home with Mr. and Mrs. R.T. Arnold, this winter. On their return, Sunday evening, they were guests of Morris Patterson at dinner at the home of Ross Brickert.

Friday, May 6, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: North Salem Teacher Weds (1931)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, September 3, 1931 – page 6, column 1:

Maurice Trotter, a teacher in the North Salem high school, and Miss Florence Trenter, of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., were united in marriage at the home of the bride’s parents, August 26. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Trenter. The marriage came as a complete surprise to Mr. Trotter’s many friends who extend their sincere congratulations.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: DePauw University Graduates from Hendricks County (1931)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) - issue of Thursday, May 14, 1931 – page 1, column 4

Students from this county to be graduated with the 1931 class at DePauw are:

Dalta Hodson, Amo, who majored in Home Economics and plans to teach.

Joseph William Ferree, 302 W. Main Street, Danville, who majored in Political Science. He is a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

Carl Heynen Martini, Coatesville, who majored in English composition.

Lois Cater Martini, Coatesville, who majored in Botany.

Willard Josephus Gambold, Coatesville, who majored in History and plans to teach. He is a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.

Esther Elizabeth McCord, Pittsboro, who majored in Latin and plans to teach. She is a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority.

Mary Catherine McCord, Pittsboro, who majored in Latin and plans to teach. She is a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority.

Kenneth Ivan Williams, Pittsboro, who majored in History.

Tillman Hadley, Hadley, who majored in Music and plans to teach. He is a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: Middle Township Trustee Election Determined By Straws (1931)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) - issue of Thursday, January 1, 1931 – page 1, column 2

Harold M. Knetzer, Republican, won the trusteeship of Middle township, Saturday morning, by being able to draw the long straw from a lot of ten. Mr. Knetzer is the present incumbent and in the recent election, he and David Surber, Democratic candidate, tied for election with 385 votes each. The election board did not decide who was the elected the night of the election and friends of Knetzer declared him elected since he was the present incumbent and that at the election no trustee had been elected to succeed him and the matter was dismissed at that time.

Evidently as the weeks passed, Mr. Surber began to think that he had as much right to the office as Knetzer. On Wednedsay, Dec. 17, he, through his attorneys, Blessing & Stevenson, filed a mandamus suit against the election board of Middle township composed of Evart Watson, Anson L. Jones and Hugh J. Woody, asking that they meet and cast lots to determine which candidate should receive the election. Friday morning, Judge Dougan ruled that this method be followed and that the election board meet Saturday morning and cast lots to determine the election.

One long and nine short straws were placed in a book and Knetzer and Surber drew in turn until the former pulled the lucky straw.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Marriage Index Updated

Entries from Hendricks County Marriage Book Volume 38 (22 August 1976 - 22 October 1977) have been added to the database Index to Hendricks County Marriage Books, which is on the Hendricks County GenWeb site. It includes the names of the bride and groom, their date of marriage and the corresponding book and page number.

This index is in progress - so far it covers the period of 1904-1977, as well as 1824-1848.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

OBITUARY: Merrill A. Shaw (1931)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) - issue of Thursday, January 1, 1931 – page 4, column 5

The body of Merrill A. Shaw was brought here, Friday, from California. The funeral was held Sunday morning at the Friends church with the Rev. Mrs. Harold in charge. The body was laid to rest in the Mill Creek cemetery with military honors by the local Post of the American Legion. He enlisted in the world war and was a musician assigned to headquarters company, 7th infantry, 3rd division, in France. His division became a part of the army of occupation in Germany following the armistice. MR. Shaw was mustered out of service in 1919 and after a year re-enlisted in the Marine Corps, served in China, and on a second assignment there became ill and was ordered to a hospital in the Philippines. Later he was sent to San Diego, Cal., and then to Mare Island Hospital, where he died. The widow, Mrs. Margaret B. Shaw, Washington, the parents, three brothers and a sister survive.