Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Danville library's genealogy group to discuss publishing your family history

The Danville library's genealogy group, the Genealogy Nuts, will hold their monthly meeting on Monday, August 9 at 1 pm. The meeting will be held both virtually - via Zoom - and in-person for up to 30 attendees. Ron Darrah will talk about "Publishing Your Family History," where you will learn how to turn all that collected data into a readable family history without breaking the bank. Darrah has been a genealogical researcher for over 30 years and a lecturer since 1996. Currently, he is the Secretary/Newsletter Editor for the Genealogical Society of Marion County and is the Corresponding Secretary and Fellow of the Indiana Genealogical Society.

To attend the meeting either in-person or virtually via Zoom, you must pre-register via the events calendar on the library's website.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Danville library's genealogy group to discuss kitchen heirlooms

The Danville library's genealogy group, the Genealogy Nuts, will hold their monthly meeting on Monday, June 14 at 1 pm. The meeting will be held both virtually - via Zoom - and in-person for a limited number of attendees (10). The Indiana Room's Cindy Rutledge will talk about "Heirlooms From The Kitchen". "The heart of the home is the kitchen" is a familiar quotation. Many warm memories are associated with this room. The kitchen also contains many precious heirlooms that some may overlook. This presentation will look at kitchen heirlooms and how they may help with your genealogy research.

To attend the meeting either in-person or virtually via Zoom, you must pre-register via the events calendar on the library's website.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Danville library's genealogy group to meet in-person and virtually in April

 The Danville library's genealogy group, the Genealogy Nuts, will hold their monthly meeting on Monday, April 12 at 1 pm. The meeting will be held both virtually - via Zoom - and in-person for a limited number of attendees (4). The Indiana Room's Cindy Rutledge will talk about "Transcribing Historic Documents" - which are wonderful original sources, but can be hard to read. Cindy will give tips on ways to make it easier.

To attend the meeting either in-person or virtually via Zoom, you must pre-register via the events calendar on the library's website.

If you would like to be added to the Indiana Room's mailing list for news on programs and other genealogy/history information, please contact Cindy Rutledge - e-mail crutledge@dplindiana.org or phone (317) 745-2604.



Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Philip KREIGH dies near Stilesville (1905)

 source: Indianapolis Star, issue of Thursday, August 25, 1905 - page 5:

DOORS TOO SMALL FOR COFFIN

"Hoosier Fat Boy" Is Buried At His Home at Stilesville, Ind.

Danville, Ind., August 23 - Philip Kreigh, Indiana's largest man, who died of dropsy yesterday at his home near Stilesville, this county, was buried this afternoon. Kreigh was for many years a farmer of ordinary size and weight, but within the past ten years accumulated flesh so rapidly that his actual weight when in health was 526 pounds. His "show weight," when on exhibition, was 700 pounds.

For several years he traveled with Barnum & Bailey and Sells Bros. as the "Hoosier Fat Boy".

The casket in which Kreigh was buried was six feet long and four feet wide. The casing in the largest door in the house had to be removed to get the casket out, and it took double the usual number of pallbearers to handle it.


Thursday, October 22, 2020

Pittsboro resident Ellis PIERSON dies in Lebanon (1939)

 source: Indianapolis Star - issue of Sunday, April 23, 1939:

Lebanon, Ind., April 22 - Injuries suffered in a collision of two automobiles caused the death yesterday of Ellis Pierson, 65 years old, of near Pittsboro. His car collided with one driven by Donald Warren of Frankfort.


Sunday, October 18, 2020

Kate (VINCENT) PADDACK dies in Plainfield (1939)

source: Indianapolis Star, issue of Sunday, January 22, 1939 - page 10:


MRS. KATE PADDACK DIES AT PLAINFIELD

Plainfield, Ind. - January 21 - Mrs. Kate Paddack, 81 years old, died here today at the home of a daughter, Mrs. E.M. Dill, wife of the superintendent of the Indiana Boys' School. Mrs. Paddack had come here on a visit from her farm home, 12 miles south of Indianapolis.


Widely known in the Waverly and Greenwood vicinities, she was the daughter of Jeremiah and Mary Vincent. Her father was one of the first physicians in that section of Indiana, going by oxcart from Cincinnati, Ohio, to the Waverly community where he practiced for many years.


Mrs. Paddack, a widow, had lived in the farm home since her marriage 61 years ago. Besides Mrs. Dill, survivors include two other daughters, Mrs. Grace Zaring and Mrs. Willetta Dressler and a son, Vincent E. Paddack, all of near Greenwood.


Funeral services will be held at the farm residence Monday morning.

Monday, February 24, 2020

CANCELLED: Danville library to host book talk about Indiana Civil War unit

UPDATE: This program has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

The Danville Public Library will hold a book talk and signing by local author Jennifer Thompson on Saturday, March 28 at 10 am in the library's program room on the ground floor. Thompson is the author of Above Us or Around Us: The Story & Men of the Bloody Eighth. At the beginning of the Civil War, the Eighth Indiana Volunteer Infantry (with 784 men) organized for three months of service (April 25 - August 2). When the war did not end as quickly as expected, the regiment (with 1046 men) reorganized for three years of service. This presentation will provide a brief history of the three-month and three-year Eighth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, some problems faced in the regiment, and claims to fame and tragic endings of some of the soldiers.

Jenny Thompson graduated with a Bachelor;s in General Studies from IU in 2002 and a Masters in Military Studies - Civil War from AMU in 2006. She has served as the editor of the Hardtack since 2006. She is an adjunct History professor at American Public University System (American Military University and American Public University). On March 3, 2017, the Caroline Scott Harrison DAR Chapter presented her the "Woman in American History Award" for her outstanding work and accomplishments.

Thompson will have signed sets of her four volume book available for $70 (they are $95 on Amazon). If you want a set, please contact her at jkt60jet@gmail.com so she will know how many sets to bring to the program.

Pre-registration is required - register online via the events link on the library's website, or call (317) 745-2604.