Sunday, July 31, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: Former Lizton Resident Marries in Scott County (1921)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, April 7, 1921 – page 5, column 6:

Thursday afternoon, March 24, at the Scottsburg Methodist Episcopal parsonage the marriage of Mr. Louise Monroe and Miss Dorothy Groover was solemnized, the Rev. J.H. Allen officiating. The bride is a charming young lady of eighteen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Groover, well known former residents of Union township, now living in Scott county, near Austin. She graduated from the grades in the Lizton school and attended high school at Scottsburg. Their marriage is the culmination of a war romance. Mr. Monroe is 20 years old, and enlisted in the army at the age of sixteen, serving with the 168th regiment, Rainbow Division, during the world war. He was in France, England, Belgium, [and] Luxemburg, having been overseas eighteen months. He was wounded in action, May 18, 1918. He was on the following fronts: Lorraine, Champagne, the Marn [sic] offensive, St. Mihiel and the Argonne Forest. In May, 1919, he came home on a furlough and the romance began. Their engagement was announced in November, 1920. Many friends extend best wishes for a long and happy life.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: Danville Marriage Was Bigamous (1921)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, September 29, 1921 – page 1, column 6:

James C.S. Nightingale and Goldie Fay Cummins were married in Danville, April 5. When he secured the license he said he had never been married. Authorities in Cleveland seem to have another opinion and Nightingale is serving a term in the work-house at Cleveland on a charge of child desertion, the child being seven months old. Prosecutor Hume is making arrangements to have the man brought to Danville to answer to the charge of bigamy. When he secured the license, Nightingale said he was a railroad man. His bride gave her residence as on a rural route of Indianapolis and her occupation as a bookkeeper.

Friday, July 29, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: Former North Salem Resident Murdered in Oregon (1921)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, December 22, 1921 – page 1, column 6:

Everett E. Davis, born at North Salem, was murdered in his cabin on his claim seven miles from Matalla, Ore. Robbery is believed to have been the motive for the crime, which was committed in November, but discovered only a few days ago. The coroner’s inquest showed t hat Mr. Davis had been struck from behind with an ax. He is survived by his father, Granville Davis, and several brothers living in Indianapolis. He was 37 years old, a graduate of Wabash college, then in the Federal forestry service and teacher in Montana. He resigned his school duties to enter the army and was overseas. Returning to America, he became a traveling salesman, but the condition of his health was such that he had to give up this employment. Then he entered the claim which was the scene of his death. The body is to be brought to North Salem for burial.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: Former Danville Resident Dies in Texas (1922)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, November 30, 1922 – page 3, column 4:

Harriet Armstrong, whose body was recently brought to this county from San Antonio, Tex., was born in Somerset, Ky., July 29, 1836. She came to Indiana with her parents when but a child and Nov. 2, 1854, she and Levi Armstrong were married. Five children were born to them, Mary Armstrong Bailey, Samantha Eva Armstrong, John S., Thomas A. and William A., the latter surviving. With him Mrs. Armstrong had made her home for thirteen years.

Until she went to Texas in 1909, Mrs. Armstrong had spent practically all her life in New Winchester and Danville. She was a member of the Christian church here and of the South Side Christian church in San Antonio. She was an invalid for many years and suffered greatly at times. Yet when the end came, she went away peacefully, aged 86 years, three months and five days. Her remains were accompanied to Indiana by her granddaughter, Mrs. Eva Bailey Hughes. Another granddaughter is Mrs. Rose Bailey Lewis, of Amboy, Ind., and a great grandson is Allen Bailey Lewis, of Amboy. Mrs. Armstrong was the last member of her father’s family. She was the widow of a civil war veteran and a beautiful silk flag was placed on her casket by Danville Auxiliary, Sons of Veterans.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: Avon/Washington Township Schools Information (1922)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, August 24, 1922 – page 3, column 3:

F.M. Sageser, principal of the Avon schools, has announced his teaching force for the coming year: school opens Sept. 11. Those on the high school faculty are George K. Jackson, science and manual training; Beulah Owens, foreign languages and mathematics; Mary Edwards, household art and English.

The grade teachers are Leslie Boicourt, seventh and eighth grades; Madge Herringlake, fifth and sixth grades; Mary Pritchett, third and fourth grades, and Beula Jones, first and second grades. The new teachers include Mr. Boicourt, of Monon; Mr. Jackson, of Jamestown, and Miss Mary Edwards, of Danville.

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, September 21, 1922 – page 7, column 4:

Schools of Washington township started in a very satisfactory manner with one one-room school, one two-room school and the Avon schools.

Shiloh is the one-room school with Miss Ruby Bradford teaching 25 pupils. Six Points has two rooms, with Miss Geraldine Jones and John F. Everett the teachers. The enrollment for the first week was 67.

Avon has more pupils than last year. The high school has an enrollment of 55 and the grades 132. The high school is steadily growing and in a few years should be able to take care of all the boys and girls in the township.

Mr. Cox, trustee, has employed a splendid faculty. There are four new teachers. Mr. Jackson, who taught in the Jamestown schools for four years, has physics, botany, physical geography and manual training. He has had two years’ work at the State Normal and is a graduate of Central Normal college. He comes very highly recommended.

Miss Mary Edwards, of Danville, who has charge of domestic science and English, is a graduate of Purdue. She comes direct from the university and is entering upon her work as if she were an experienced teacher.

Leslie Boicourt, the new teacher for the seventh and eighth grades, comes from Monon, where he taught successfully last year. He is the basketball coach and has been long interested in athletics.

Miss Mildred Christie, of Danville, is the music supervisor in the high school. She taught music and art most successfully in Danville last year.

It is hoped that each parent will feel the necessity of perfect co-operation and that every effort will be made to have the children in school promptly each day.

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: Brown Township Resident Dies in Clark County (1922)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, September 28, 1922 – page 8, column 3:

The body of Mrs. Rosanna Hendricks Case was laid to rest, Tuesday, in the Arbuckle cemetery in Brown township. She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Petty, in Clark county, Friday. She was born near Belleville, Feb. 8, 1844. She was left an orphan at the age of 12 and made her home with her brother and sister until April 7, 1861, when she and Peter Case were married. He died Dec. 31, 1912. To them were born nine children, five of whom have died. The surviving children are Murattie, of White county; Lo M., of Clark county; Mrs. Lora Martha Petty, of Clark county, and Mrs. Ruth Sparks, of Pittsboro. She united with the Bethesda Baptist church when a girl and lived a consistent Christian. She had been an invalid for eight years and had been cared for by her children. She was a kind and loving wife and mother and a good and obliging neighbor. She was a sister of the late Milton Hendricks, of Danville.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: Former Hendricks County Resident Dies in Henry County (1922)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, August 31, 1922 – page 4, column 3:

Simeon Morgason, several years ago a well-known farmer and stock raiser in this county, died at his home in Knightstown, Friday afternoon, from hardening of the arteries and complications. He was a Kentuckian by birth, but spent the greater part of his life in Indiana. He was in his eighty-second year, and leaves, beside the widow, who was Miss Nannie Stuart, a sister of Thomas Stuart, of this place, two grown sons, Thad, of Knightstown, and Walter, of Noblesville, and three grandchildren.

The funeral was Sunday afternoon from the late home of the deceased, with burial in the Knightstown cemetery. The funeral was largely attended by relatives, neighbors and friends, among whom were W.T. Stuart and daughter, Miss Leona; Mrs. Ann Miles and the Misses Elizabeth Anderson and Ella Arnold, of this place.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Surname Index to Probate Order Books Updated

Entries from the surname index included at the front of Hendricks County Probate Order Book Volume 15 (6 January 1890 - 28 March 1891) 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.

This is an ongoing project - currently the surname index covers the years 1868-1891.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: Former Danville Resident Dies in Detroit (1922)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, August 31, 1922 – page 4, column 3:

Fred Bonswer, age 41, who came here 15 years ago from Detroit as foreman of the construction crew building the traction line, died at his home in Detroit last week after a long illness. After the completion of the Danville traction, Bonswer continued to make his home here and was a rural route carrier from the Danville office under Postmaster Charles P. Hornaday. He was married to Miss Florence Curtis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Curtis, but his wife died a few months after their marriage. After a residence of several years here, Bonswer went to Detroit, where he married an old schoolmate, and they returned to Danville to live. Two years later they moved to Detroit, Mr. Bonswer having accepted a position with the Street Railway Company, where he since had been employed.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: Danville High School Graduates Attending College (1922)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, August 24, 1922 – page 8, column 4:

Exodus From Danville Starts Soon For Many Points

With vacation nearing a close, Danville’s young people will soon start an exodus for colleges and schools which carries them to many distant points as students and teachers. Most of those going will leave during the first and second weeks of September. Paul Pierson, Darwin Thomas and Estie Hunt will resume their work at Indiana university. Ben Barnett and Lawrence Franklin again will take up work at Purdue. Lorine Brill, Harold Cook and John Harvey will return to DePauw, and Homer Clark enters that institution as a Rector scholar.

James Francis, Claude Walls and Robert Armstrong, all graduates last May from Danville high school, will enter Wabash college. Miss Mary Agnes Showalter has a scholarship in romance languages, and will study in the East this fall. Charles Newman and Frank Christie will enter Indiana Dental college at Indianapolis. Robert Hollowell, Jr. will leave to complete his law course at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and Robert Pickard will enter as a freshman in the school of journalism. Ben Harrison will be an advanced student in medicine at the Indiana Medical college at Indianapolis. Miss Anne Martha Osborne will complete her work at Earlham college. Miss Mary Marguerite Dougan leaves the first of October to resume her work at National Park Seminary, Washington, D.C.

Others are planning to teach this fall, and leave soon for their schools. Miss Mary Edwards will teach at Avon, and Miss Jeanette Wilson at Lizton. Richard Prentice will teach at Batesville. Miss Kate DePew will be in the East Chicago schools this fall, and Miss Dorothy Hamrick will return as a teacher in the Noblesville high school.

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: Coatesville Resident Killed in Missouri Train Wreck (1922)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, August 10, 1922 – page 1, column 6:

Darius Masten, of Coatesville, timber inspector for the Pennsylvania company, was killed in the wreck at Sulphur Springs, Mo., on the Missouri Pacific road, Saturday night.

Mr. Masten was on his way home and was on the local train which was run into by the fast Texas express. The local train was composed of wooden cars. The express was an all-steel train. Mr. Masten was one of the thirty-eight killed.

Word reached Coatesville about 4 o’clock, Sunday morning, that Mr. Masten was one of the victims. His body arrived at Coatesville, Monday evening. The funeral was from his home, Tuesday afternoon, in charge of the Rev. John Cordrey. The Masons officiated at the grave. Interment was in the I.O.O. F. cemetery, Mr. Masten also being a member of that order.

He is survived by Mrs. Masten and two sisters and four brothers, one of the latter being John Masten, trustee of Clay township.

Friday, July 22, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: Eel River Township Resident Dies in Los Angeles (1922)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, October 12, 1922 – page 5, column 4:

John C. Trotter, a former citizen of Eel River township, died, Sept. 1, at the home of his son, Oliver, in Los Angeles, at the age of 88 years. He moved from this county many years ago to Missouri. In later years he lived in Denver, Colo., and Kansas City, Mo., until three years ago, when he went to Los Angeles. He was a brother of the late W.W. Trotter, James M. Trotter and Elizabeth Emmons, of Eel River township and Katharine Gardner, of Kansas City, Mo., all of whom have preceded him in death.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: Clayton High School Graduates Attending College (1962)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, August 9, 1962 – page 1, column 4:

Many students of Clayton High School are enrolled in the universities and colleges listed below for the 1962-63 school year.

Indiana State [University] – Pam Burns, Nancy Phillips, Maurice Wells, James Bryant, Earlden Chowning.

Fort Wayne College – Ronnie Cottongim.

Purdue University – Dennis Bowman, Barbara DeHaven, John DeLong, Bob Dickey, Don Duncan, Tronie Lawrence, Gene Nickels, Steve Thompson.

Olivet College – Jewell Ralph.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Teachers Database Updated

Entries from the 1940-1944 school years 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 1940-1963.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: Former County Clerk Dies in Washington State (1922)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, March 30, 1922 – page 1, column 6:

Once One of Best Known Men in County

William T. Haynes, at one time one of the best known men in Hendricks county, but for many years a citizen of the state of Washington, died last week in his Washington home of pneumonia in his 85th year. He is survived by five children and by Mrs. Haynes, his third wife.

Mr. Haynes was born in Clinton county, Ohio, Oct. 24, 1837, and came to Hendricks county with his parents in 1855. In 1860 he and Harriet A. Cash were married and four children were born to them – Harry, Charles, Agnes (now Mrs. Sissons) and Frank. Mrs. Haynes died April 6, 1875. In 1879, he and Eva Ferguson were married. To them was born one child, William.

In company with William T. Davis, Mr. Haynes built the first roller process mill in Hendricks county, the property which is now known as the Klondike mill. He served four years as clerk of the court. Of generous disposition and pleasing manners, he had a host of friends and is most kindly remembered in the county.

In 1888, in reduced circumstances because of unfortunate investments, he went to the far northwest in the hope of building up his fortune, and he succeeded in a satisfactory degree. He was elected county commissioner and served several terms, and he was then appointed to have charge of the government land office, a position which he held for several years. His second wife died there and he married a third time, his wife being a lady living in Washington.

The death of Mr. Haynes breaks a long list of those who have been clerk of the local court. The line is as follows: William F. Haynes, William R. McClelland, Enoch G. Hogate, David Hadley, Mel C. Masten, Zimri E. Dougan, John C. Taylor, James M. Adams, Charles E. Edwards, A.P.W. Bridges, and the present official, Alvin Woodward.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: Irish Immigrant Denied Right To Vote (1922)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, April 27, 1922 – page 1, column 2:

For over fifty years, Miles Hessian has been an industrious citizen of Middle township, amassing considerable property and rearing a family. For probably as long, he has been a voter. He was born in Ireland, but, having filed his intention of becoming a citizen, he was a voter although he never completed his naturalization. Monday, he appeared at the clerk’s office to take out his final papers and learned that under the new immigration laws he had to start the process of naturalization again. His first papers were of no value. Under the amendment to the constitution of Indiana, lately adopted, he can no longer vote in Indiana until he is a citizen of the United States. Consequently, after voting for half a century, Mr. Hessian will not vote again until he complies with the new laws, and this requires some time.

Friday, July 15, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: World War I Soldier's Body Brought Home (1922)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, March 9, 1922 – page 1, column 2:

Friday, the body of Corporal Burchard McClain arrived from France and was received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fielding McClain, friends, neighbors and former service men, who placed the body in the vault in the [Danville] South Cemetery to remain until arrangements are made for the funeral at Old Union in Boone county. An unauthenticated story is to the effect that Corporal McClain and a detail of five men on scout duty took refuge in a shell hole when being pressed by the Germans and all [were] killed but one who escaped. At any rate, the body of McClain and four other Americans were found in the shell hole, all having been shot to death.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Marriage Index Updated

Entries from Hendricks County Marriage Book Volume 41 (2 November 1979 - 25 November 1980) 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 1904-1980, as well as 1824-1848.

Monday, July 4, 2011

College Students Database Updated

Entries from the 1941, 1942 and 1943 school years 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 1941-1961.