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Saturday, August 18, 2018

  • When her 2nd son started to college, she did too
    Thursday, August 16, 2018 1:41 AM
    I’d have to say that I laughed almost all the way through this interview, and had never met this gal. Always admired her work and seen her around, but I believe it was the first time we officially met and she’s awesome! Although she has had her heart aches as we all have, she looks at life with humor and you’ll read some examples as you peruse this article.
    She grew-up in rural Allen County where she took 4-H. Her mom made her take cooking, food preservation and sewing since that’s what you do on a farm. A graduate in a class of a little over 200 (small for Allen County) at Heritage High School, she was involved with speech, drama and band. She met her hubs in high school, and went to work in a factory afterwards, then waited tables while he went to college. They landed in Crawfordsville when he went to work at CS Oats Accounting Corp., and he now owns the company, expanding from here with branches in Veedersburg and Lebanon. They’ve stayed in C’ville because, “We love the hometown atmosphere and friendliness of everyone.” 
    One not particularly funny (okay, I laughed) but interesting item is that they are both Lutherans, raised their three children to be Lutheran, but Justin who lives in Harrison, Ohio is a pastor in the United Methodist Church, married to Melissa and has Ashlyn, 11, Jeffrey, 6. Son Bryce lives in Darby, Kansas and is a Youth Pastor in the UMC, married to Stephanie and has Evan, age 5 and Elise 20 months. The last of their crew is, Jourdan Anoka who is a geoscientist and lives in Denver.
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One - David Divine “Dude” Sloan
    Monday, August 13, 2018 4:00 AM
    One of the most interesting of our soldiers is David Divine “Dude” Sloan born in Crawfordsville October 19, 1890. At 5’9”, brown hair, dark skin, brown eyes, he was a good looking young man. Not only a CHS graduate (class of 1908), he finished Wabash College as well, where he worked on the school newspaper and gave the commencement oration. 
    The son of John J. and Laura Divine (her father, David Divine) Sloan, he came from a long line of impressive Montgomery Countians, including Henry Ristine, the progenitor of the Ristine family (and the first member of the State Legislature from Montgomery County) in the area, as well as John Jay Sloan, a local well-known and loved physician, who came on horseback to Crawfordsville from New Jersey at age 25. Add his impressive Gpa’ Divine, who did excellent carpentry work in the city. Dude’s father was a farmer, and grocer but had gone to Horton, Montana where he had purchased a ranch. Upon graduating, Dude went west to work with his father for a few years. From the ranch life he enlisted in the Army in October of 1917, receiving part of his training at Camp Lewis in Washington state, then stationed for a short while at Charlotte, NC from where he was sent overseas, sailing in April of 1918. Shortly before departing, he spent a few days in Crawfordsville, visiting relatives and the college.
    It was believed that the battle he died in was his first one, according to letters he sent home not long before his demise. He was killed in Sergy, France, that July (30th) “going forward with his squad of automatic riflemen,” coming to a bridge over a small river and attacked by German machine gunners. He was a member of the 47th Infantry of the 4th Division. 
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  • She has an unusual way of giving to our county
    Thursday, August 9, 2018 4:00 AM
    My gal this week moved around some when young, including a stint at her grandparents’ farm in her late teens, but has lived in her current home for exactly four decades. In fact, her father and uncle redid it for her. Everywhere she has lived, though, has been in or near her hometown of Ladoga.
    Speaking of this, three branches of her family tree goes back 8-generations here; Zimmerman, Smith and Kinkead. To enhance this neat fact, she has Nancy Jane Zimmerman on her mom and dad’s sides, two distinct ladies, however.
    She was pretty excited as she told me she graduated with the last class from Ladoga High School where she was active in band, choir, drama and watching sports. 
    Her grandfather served as the town superintendent for 15 years, her father the same job for 35 years, plus the long-time fire chief, a grand uncle was sheriff, a brother-in-law on the town board, her sister the town clerk and a nephew the Sheriff of Montgomery County. Actually, the list goes on … and on … but you should see the active work of her family in not only Ladoga but in the county, as well. She’s no slouch herself as you will see. 
    Bet you’d not be surprised if I told you one of her major interests is genealogy? She also enjoys reading, particularly Christian books and mysteries. At other times, she loves tromping in the woods, being with family and friends, relaxing on her porch and visiting the school every Friday and on grandparent day where she’s happy to be gma’ to anyone without one there!
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One - Everett Endicott
    Monday, August 6, 2018 4:00 AM
    The Endicott name is well-known in Montgomery County. William Harrison Endicott, progenitor of the county’s Endicotts was born October 24, 1794 in North Carolina and passed away two days after Christmas in 1859. He married Mary Ann Ross on May 12, 1818 in Cynthiana (Harrison County), Kentucky. They likely had daughters as well but sons, George Washington; Benjamin H; Milton and Henry J. are the children known at present. George Washington married a cousin, Amanda in September of 1856. He went off to the Civil War. They had at least two sons, but Mahlon (one of my Poor Farm fellows) and his wife, Emma McCullough had Everett who is our subject today.
    Mr. Endicott ranks as a first in our Etched articles, first for being a WWII Veteran and the second he is the newest, dying in 1996. Everett went to the war freely, enlisting when WWII was just being talked about. At 5’8” he was not particularly tall, but fit and slim at 140 pounds. Born in Darlington two days before the end of 1912, he carried blue eyes and had dark brown hair at the time he joined-up.
    At age 22, Everett had married Mildred Bishop (age 20) on March 29th in 1934. Sadly, she lived but two years, dying of tb June 1, 1936 at the oh so young age of 22 years 4 months 16 days. They had a son, Everett Ray Jr., whom Mahlon and Everett raised for a few years, until Everett married Jewell Mae Lower whose husband, Chester Caldwell had died the previous year (1940). Everett and Jewell were married for over 40 years before her death.
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  • A Waveland gal is Karen’s guest this week
    Thursday, August 2, 2018 4:00 AM
    Well, I would have to say that my gal this week is friendly, cheery, and quite a people person. Good thing, since she has two businesses, both “people pleasing” ones. I sure love her work, and as I stepped into her shop, she greeted me with specific comments from two of her earlier customers about how excited our Down On The Farm play was. She remembered exactly what her patrons had said to pass on to me. One was, “Tell them they have to take it on tour and let the people know about the great piece of history regarding the county poor farms.” So, my face-off with my horrid hair began in a pretty good light. When she said, “KAREN! I guess,” to my query about interviewing her for my ATC article, it became clear that it was going to be a great day!
    This gal attended Waveland grade school and graduated from Southmont, “Where I majored in social aspects.” Rarely did she miss a ball game. “Anytime there was fun to be had, I was there.” 
    Having started working at the young age of 13 at the F&F Mart at Waveland, Charlie Herron hired her for that first job, “And, I loved it,” she said. Most of this time, she also babysat for several local families. During early high school, she worked at RR Donnelley’s on Glenn Street in the book return area. Mainly, this was with other high school students, so they could work in the summer and after school, which I thought would be a super job, but she said it mainly just taught her that, “Factory life is not for me!”
    In her later high school time, she worked for Teri Rush at Studio 234 where Teri taught her how to wash hair and do nails. She basically ended-up being the nail person but needed the license so attended P.J.’s Beauty School after high school, then went back to work with Teri for quite awhile until she got her own shop which she had in several places. For the last several years, she has had her beauty shop and other business, Clayton Photography (the third owner and has owned it for a dozen years or more now, finding out she was good by taking lots of pictures when her son was born) in the home where her grandparents’ lived right outside of Waveland, so handy for me. Although I’ve not had her take my picture (seen many though and they are great), do think she does a great job on impossible hair! 
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One –  Hiram Waite
    Monday, July 30, 2018 4:00 AM
    The last name (Waite) of this man made it fun to delve into records. Dr. Arthur Waite killed his father-in-law in the early 1900s. Colorado in the mid 1890s had a Gov. Waite, then there was Supreme Court Justice Waite from Indianapolis. In fact, there was another Dr. Hiram Waite who was also a dentist (like our fellow) but from New York.
    Our Civil War soldier, Hiram Waite is likely some relation (with such an unusual last name) to all of these. However, he was a bear to track as in his own life happenings, yet his CW affairs were not. On February 4, 1864, he joined up for the war as a member of Company K of the 15th Illinois from Chicago which later merged with the 10th. Of medium height for the time, he stood at 5’8”, was brown eyed, dark-complected and had brown hair. His unit mainly served as scouts and guards in Louisiana and Georgia, where he contracted a “disease of the heart.” While Company K controlled New Orleans, it was said to be the “quietest city of the South.” With his group, he mustered out in Louisville, Kentucky July 15, 1865.
    Conflicting information has him born in Ohio while other sources say Kentucky. After the war he studied and became a dentist then the next year on the 25th of January in 1866, married Anna Tanner. The ceremony occurred in Bartholomew County, Indiana and was performed by a Justice of the Peace (Joseph E. Mitchell). They came to Crawfordsville where it would be nice to report that they lived happily ever after, but pretty sure that was not the case. 
    Parenting four children, their son William died quite young. Their son Oscar was in and out of trouble with the law and passed away in the state mental hospital. As far as I have found, their daughters, Grace and Cora lived and married fairly well but seemed to pull the wool over their eyes in regards to their parents’ relationship.
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  • Most people love their last name
    Thursday, July 26, 2018 4:00 AM
    Quite active in sports, these two met because of women’s softball. He was the new coach of her team, and she was late and mad. Her son had gotten into trouble so she jumped out of the car at the St. Bernard’s practice field, apologizing. He had been divorced two years and wasn’t looking for a gal, she six years. Tons were praying that she would find a wonderful man. That worked, as it was a rainy season and they spent some time in the dugout talking, realizing just what they wanted, each other. They also noted several times that their relationship is “God’s Gift!” Perhaps her red dress, red car and red face helped clinch the deal, too! 
    They were both born here, but he spent the majority of his early years in Tucson, Arizona where he graduated from Amphitheater High School in 1983. A soccer player, he was also in martial arts and enjoyed competitions in choir and drama. In 1985, he headed back to our area because there were no jobs out there. His dad said, “Give it a year through all the seasons.” He did and is still here where he has worked for Acuity Brands Lighting for 30 years as a Professional Material Handler, driving a fork lift on the receiving dock. 
    She is a Southmont graduate (1984) where she was active in sports, particularly basketball and track. Working at Lake Waveland was her first big-time job. My dad, Fred Bazzani and Mike Cook, “taught me so much,” emphasizing she did everything from cleaning, picking up trash, and even winching people out of the mud. From high school, she went on to Ivy Tech and became a dental assistant, but really didn’t like it, so decided to work with little ones under the shelter of a church, now for 22 years. She still loves it and says, “I’ll be physically done long before mentally finished because of all the lifting.” She loves molding minds while she gets paid to play! She began this career with Guiding Light Child Care Ministry until it closed then went with the original staff that started New Beginnings Child Care with Woodland Heights, currently renting off the Crawfordsville schools in the John Beard Elementary building. 
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One – Hendricks Family
    Monday, July 23, 2018 4:00 AM
    This week is a family affair, featuring Civil War soldier, Allen Hendricks (born in Putnam County Sept 5, 1836) and his two Spanish American War sons, Charles Allen (born June 13, 1872) and Jacob (born Feb 9, 1877), both born in Montgomery County.
    Allen worked his whole life as a Wagon Maker and went to the Danville, Illinois Veterans’ Home some time before death there on May 5, 1925. In the census previous to his demise, he was retired and living on his own income, thus the wagon business which was evidently lucrative in its time.
    He was one of the last survivors of Lew Wallace’s 11th Indiana Volunteers and went “to his reward, joining the ranks of his comrades long since bivouacked,” on “fame’s eternal campground.” Getting his stone was a bit different than others Kim Hancock and Suzi Petrey have sent in as he died after 1917. The government requires a signature of a living relative from this date to present, so Kim did some sleuthing and discovered a great, great, great niece, Kathy Phelps from Texas to sign so thanks KP.
    Originally joining the group for the short (3-months) service on October 21, in 1862, upon its end, he reenlisted and actually went well beyond completing his Civil War active duty August 4, 1865. Donaldson, Shiloh, Vicksburg, Raymond, Winchester and Ceder Creek are some of the raucous battles in which he participated, although he was a firm believer to never boast about the experience, the trials and hardships of war. This I’m sure also reflects his quiet demeanor.
    As with others in his regiment, he was forced to borrow from his commanding officer, Lew Wallace. As was Lew’s norm, he insisted the word of one of his men was all he needed, yet Al was bothered with that and worked furiously to clear the debt. The general remarked that, “I’ve seen your metal tested in hundreds of ways on the march and battle where I depended on you as I know you are also a good, honest Crawfordsville neighbor and you can depend on me.” 
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  • He was a basketball freak; she in a Moped gang
    Thursday, July 19, 2018 4:00 AM
    Although our gal this week was born in Connecticut where her father was stationed in the Navy, she is a North Montgomery graduate. Her hubs is a C’villian through and through, a grad of CHS where he played basketball and track. 
    However, he told me he never “ran in track,” but instead was only a high jumper and he loved it! He was class president his junior and senior years and was in Spanish Club and Student government. 
    The wrap-up to her high school career was a normal one, whereas his turned in to an insane whirlwind. The last few weeks before and after graduation presented a baby, prom, an 18th birthday, graduation, working for us at Zach’s, detassling, delivering papers, then a new job at Heritage Products and flying to Florida with a baby. The family portrait featured the little one all dressed-up in a Tuxedo Onsie! There would be four more to follow the dressed-up ‘lil fellow, totaling five for him. 
    Her life was a bit more laid back with only one daughter. It was in fact his oldest daughter and her daughter who pushed them together. They had known each other slightly as the girls were both in basketball and thus they officially met at a parent meeting. Another connection is that she was his mailman and knew he must be a good person (no bill collections). Although his children weren’t little when she was asked to be his wife, still she was taking on a great deal of responsibility. “It was scary, especially the laundry part!” But, he was a good guy and so funny, that she decided to take the plunge.
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One - James W. Bennett,
    Monday, July 16, 2018 4:00 AM
    Born in Fayette County, Kentucky, this soldier could easily have been on the Confederate side in the Civil War, but instead fought with Co C 40th Indiana, where he mustered in with many of our county on December 6, 1861. Although he lost an eye in the service and, because of it, was mustered out in May 1864, he returned to Montgomery County where his parents, John and Sarah Poynts Bennett, had brought their five children (our soldier, James William, being their oldest), doubling that number after arriving here. Only four total of the Bennett children would grow to adulthood and few of them had any or many children. Names associated with this family are: Galey; Armentrout; Davis and Gilliland. 
    Evidently, James W. Bennett, had been home for a furlough as he married Lydia M. Britton in March (10th), 1864 shortly before he was wounded in May. They had one child, Minnie born in February 1870, but it is unknown what happened to Minnie. I find no marriages, deaths, or anything relating to her but I am assuming she died young. Lydia died but no tombstone could be found, but he is listed as “widowed.” In the next census, he is remarried to Amanda Gardner (22 Oct 1877 Fountain County) and they have a son, James William Bennett. The younger never married so there were no children to carry on the Bennett name on his side, and only one brother, Rice who died at age 23 had one son, Edgar. Not sure if there are Bennetts descending from him today in our area, or not. James and Amanda divorced and she raised their young son, James William, who became a stage manager for many years at the Central Theater Company in Danville. He lived with and took care of his mother. 
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  • Five times he mentioned that conies used to be 17 cents
    Thursday, July 12, 2018 4:00 AM
    Been chasing my guest this week for quite some time. Finally nabbed him. Known him for years - great customers at Zach’s Family Restaurant and he reminded me four or five times that conies used to be 17 cents. 
    A 1966 graduate of New Market High School, my guest told me he was more a “farm boy,” than a school boy, meaning that although his grades were fine, he wasn’t in sports and such, because he would much rather be home on the farm. Since his parents owned 600 acres, a pretty big farm at the time, as well as having cattle, sheep and hogs, he was needed to help.
    After graduation, he worked awhile at Montgomery Wards, then joined the Army, spending a year in Viet Nam as an MP doing compound security. He finished his service years in Arlington, Virginia, after getting married when he not only accumulated a wife, but a 1969 Mustang Mach One as well. He still has both, and their 50th anniversary is coming up in about a year. Working with the Army Security Agency they spent a couple of years in Virginia. In October of 1971, he had surgery and finally was mustered out of the service the first day of the year in 1972. 
    Being that farm boy, he wanted to go home, although he noted that he had good experiences in the service, saw many places, met great people and learned so much, especially to carry him on to his career. Home became a small farm house that he and wife Meg rented from a family friend. They loved it, and he asked every month when he paid the rent to purchase the land and home. Then, about the time they had decided they were never going to get that house, the gal said, “Okay.” Guess what! They’re still there! 
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  • Almost two decades in MoCo and very well known
    Friday, July 6, 2018 4:00 AM
    Even though this little gal has only lived in Montgomery County 16 and a half years this week, she is very well known in the area. This is due to so many reasons, including interesting careers, several children, her personality, helpfulness and beauty. They also have an anniversary this month, being their 21st year married.
    Raised in Danville, Illinois, she dated her husband in high school. They went separate ways, marrying someone else and each having three children, then when they reunited after ten years and were married, they added one ours to the yours and mine. “I can’t believe you have seven children,” a lady at church once said. She jokingly (I think) stated, “I’m in denial!” Really, though it doesn’t matter who is who, or even how many, as they are a perfectly blended family. 
    After his military career (Army, in the First Gulf War 1989-90, in heavy Afghanistanian battle and she consider he was lucky to return unscathed) he went to Indianapolis, and that is where they lived (Fishers) when they headed to Waveland just before Christmas one year to check on her grandmother. “Nothing happens by accident,” she told me, and likely so, as the group didn’t get as far as Waveland. She saw a sign on Highway 47 stating there was a large house (remember seven kids) on acreage with a dog kennel for sale by owner. “Turn! Let’s go see our new home!” They bought it a couple of days later, wanting to get away from a big city environment after 9-11. “Now, I love MoCo, and you couldn’t drag me away if you tried.” 
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One - Madison Rominger
    Monday, July 2, 2018 4:00 AM
    James Madison Rominger this week, a Civil War soldier. He was born in Montgomery County November 20, 1840 and died shy of his 40th birthday on September 30, 1880. The son of Jacob and Jane Keeney Rominger, his father was born in the Moravian settlement of Friedland, in Surry County NC on Aug 19, 1813. Jane and Jacob married in Montgomery County on the 19th day of April in 1836. Jacob Rominger’s brother, Herman (Norman?) Rominger married Jane’s sister, Susan who lived to be 97 years old. Both Jacob and the brother died about 1844.
    Left with two small boys, “Madison” and his brother, Alvin (also a Civil War soldier who died young as well) Jane married Nathaniel Hamilton. Strangely they divorced the following April but remarried in August of that same year. Jane and Susan were sisters to Jere Keeney, long-time editor of local newspapers. Their parents were James Keeney and Karam Hughes. 
    The Rominger brothers (Jacob and Herman) were sons of Jacob, who died, leaving his young wife, Elisabeth Clauss, pregnant with Madison’s father, Jacob. Jacob who died (born Christmas Eve, 1778) March 16, 1813 was the only known child of Johann Martin Rominger and Elizabeth Snyder, then the next generation of Romingers were born in Winterlingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany (Michael and Anna Anton) and passed in Forsyth County NC after spending some time in a German Colony in Lincoln County, Maine. 
    The Rominger boys were raised with the Hamilton children, Rilen (Tude) and Nathaniel, their half brothers, and Nathaniel’s children by Indiana Sutton (Isaac, Elizabeth, Francis, Eliza and Mary), although Nathaniel too died just a few short years after their remarriages. 
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  • This family is proud of their ancestors and "honor their sacrifices"
    Thursday, June 28, 2018 4:00 AM
    Today, we have another South/North combination, she a Southmont graduate, he graduating from North Putnam. In fact, they met just one month after she graduated in 1985, he having finished school two years earlier. He was working with a friend, Marcia Cummings, and asked if she knew anyone who would want to go out with him. Her first suggestion didn’t work, but he tried again. They were supposed to meet on the 4th of July, but he called her early and said, “Look for someone tall!” That was an understatement at 6’6” with heeled cowboy. Ready for this? There is a foot and a half between them, but that didn’t deter her from finding out what’s in his equally large heart.
    They were engaged shortly afterward and nine months later married. That was 32 years ago this month. He is a fork operator at Pace and has been there 29 years. She is head cook at Hose Elementary. You’ll meet their two children and two grands a little later, but let’s suffice to say they all love history. Recently, they went to Culpepper, Virginia and visited several awesome historical places, including Gettysburg, Betsy Ross’s home and Philadelphia. 
    I met this gal via Facebook, first on the Crawfordsville - Montgomery County History page, later on the Fountain County, Indiana Genealogy FB site, that county where her Delps, Blacketer, Newnum, Redenbaugh, Algood, Shoafs, Myers and more originated. His family have deep roots in Putnam County, in the Fincastle, Roachdale, Raccoon area, and include names: Voyles, Lofton, Obenchain, Flaur, Perkins and Woodrum. Parke and Montgomery Counties are also important to these two.
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One - Lawrence Green
    Monday, June 25, 2018 4:00 AM
    As you’ve noticed, the main thrust for this article is Civil War Soldiers who do not have gravestones. Kim Hancock (concerned citizen and a great researcher/genealogist/historian) and Suzi Petrey (who runs the office at the Oak Hill Cemetery, also concerned citizen and researcher) have been working on the cemeteries owned by Oak Hill and after finding that a soldier does not have a stone, plow into and finish paper work, make the order with the government and then when it is received, the stone is put in the proper place via cemetery plot records.
    However, this week we have a WWI soldier, Lawrence Green, (Kim’s 1st WWI marker) who is buried in what most of us know as the Masonic Cemetery (Oak Hill, Grant Avenue). Of course, he had no stone, so Kim and Suzi went to work on it. Although occasionally, I’ll help in the research, my job is to let you all know of the man behind the stone. Lawrence Green was a hard one to find, but we do know some things about him.
    His birth occurred in Sideview, Montgomery County, Kentucky on the third day of the year in 1895, a little over 20 years after his parents’ marriage. Sideview is located six miles from Mt. Sterling. His father was George Green and mother Susan Johnson who were married when she was 17 and he 24, two days before Christmas in 1875. They were both born in the same area of Kentucky. Lawrence had three brothers and three sisters. It is suspicioned few of the family married as when he passed away on April 27, 1942, he was survived by just one niece, Thelma Cousins. 
    For sure, Lawrence did not marry. Described as a Negro with Black Eyes, Black Hair and Black Complexion, he died of a rheumatic heart he had had for 10 years, rheumatic fever actually listed as the cause of his death. He could read and write some, but his signature was quite scratchy. This was not unusual for that era, however.
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