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Monday, December 10, 2018
  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One – William D. Taylor
    Monday, December 10, 2018 4:00 AM
    So little is known about this week’s soldier. Evidently William D. Taylor owned a boarding house as he had 15 people living there, with nine different names and various occupations in the 1870 census. He owned $1,400 in real estate with $200 personal property in Ward 2 of Crawfordsville. Quite a fortune for a colored man at that time. 
    He joined the service on January 4, 1864 and remained in Co. D 28th Colored Infantry until July of 1865 when all the members of the company were discharged in Corpus Christi, Texas. Co. D consisted of mainly men from Marion, Montgomery, Orange, Vanderburgh and Vigo County, but only one of those that I saw, Corporal Abraham Richy, is noted as from Montgomery. About 95% say Marion County, but my guess is that means where they were when they joined. 
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  • No kids allowed in bed ... until Opal came along
    Thursday, December 6, 2018 4:00 AM
    These two work together every day. She teaches second; he the high-ability third graders. “We love going to work,” they chimed, indicating they have not only a passion for teaching and children, but life in general!
    She grew-up in Brazil and did dance and drill team, although she said she’s not particularly athletic or a girly-girl. He lived right across the street from where he teaches today. I particularly enjoyed how this man received his job. It was in his folks’ backyard at his college graduation open house. Bob Tandy shook his hand with an offer for employment! Still there, still loves it! 
    His life revolved around basketball and baseball. He has coached many of South’s 1,000 point men (he ranking quite high in points, as well), including his oldest son and wouldn’t doubt the younger two won’t accomplish that as well. Their whole family is involved today. The oldest of three, she has a brother and sister and he is the youngest of two sons. Stay tuned for information on their three C’s. 
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One – Harold Alfred Hanna
    Monday, December 3, 2018 4:00 AM
    Although Harold Alfred Hanna was born in Monmouth Illinois on August 27, 1893 he only began school there then returned back home again to Montgomery County, so to speak, as not only his parents but grands were all born and raised here.
    His father, Edward Everett (mother Alice Parker) was city treasurer in Monmouth, but when they returned, he owned a grocery and also was a mechanic. An only child, Harold aided his father in the store as clerk before entering service. 
    On Harold’s WWI registration he was described as being heavy set, of medium height and having blue eyes and light hair and living with his parents at 306 High Street in Crawfordsville. This home Harold would keep for a couple of decades himself, as his parents passed in 1925 and 1928.
    A bit more detail attached to his WWII registration in regards to his height (5’8”) and weight (195#) plus the notation that he was gassed in WWI made the comparison of the two drafts worthwhile.
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  • Been to Hawaii once, let's go again!
    Thursday, November 29, 2018 4:00 AM
    Hoopeston, Illinois, which is famous for the Stokely-Van Camp Company and the Miss National Sweetheart contest, as well as being the Sweet Corn Capital of the World, is the place of birth for this week’s lady. On to West Lebanon, Indiana and finally to the Romney area where she graduated from Southwestern HS, before she finally ended-up being one of ours, a true Montgomery Countian. 
    In high school, she was active in choir, especially The Seventeens, a group of six gals who sang. Then, she sang alto, but has now figured-out she was never an alto, but a born soprano. She also loved 4-H where she showed cattle and achieved some great sewing and baking projects. I can attest to her baking. I’ve been in card club with her for 20 or so years (she 15 years longer than me, but I subbed for part of that time, too) and her desserts are always totally amazing. 
    As you’ve figured, she grew-up on a farm, with a super mom and dad, two older brothers and two younger sisters. There was always something needed to be done and they just did it, which is probably where she got her great work ethics. So, yep, she is the middle child. Interestingly, it was mainly she and the boys until eleven years after her birth, the first of the sisters was born then another completing the family. Gerald, the oldest lives in Mace and is retired from RRD. Also retired from his own Appliance business in Monticello is brother, Joe. A funny story on Joe. His real name is Emory for their father, but the Doctor didn’t like the name and just tagged him Joe. It stuck! Deb, the 11-years-younger sister lives in Florida, and the youngest of the group is Penny, now passed on. 
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One – James Dunn
    Monday, November 26, 2018 4:00 AM
    Pre-death records, only a few lined obituary, a common name, even two others in our time frame and our county, and not particularly sure of finding him on a census record, James Dunn is a bit illusive, as you may have guessed here!
    We do know that he was born in Rochester, New York in late 1844 or early 1845 and was just 18 years old when he entered the service as a Private in the 63rd NY Infantry. One thing we could say for sure, is he was a lucky young man. He missed one of the 63rds battles, Fredericksburg, Virginia, where 5 were Killed in Action, 27 others wounded and four went missing. That battle had been nine days before he enlisted Christmas Eve in 1863 at Albany for the mandatory three-months’ service. He was discharged at Elmira, NY April 29, 1864 and three days afterwards at Chancellorsville, VA New York’s 63rd again lost men, three wounded, one dead and two missing. Altogether, his unit lost 202 men at Antietam, alone (more than 600 total), a battle he easily missed, so you see those lucky cards in his history? 
    Why and when he came to Montgomery County is unknown with so many Dunns, perhaps because of relatives? 
    Now, his obituary was a deep discussion on the Indiana Genealogy Facebook page but not sure just how it came out. Here’s the controversy. “He had been a sporting man of considerable note, and whatever may be said of his manner of life, his liberality and open-handed charity of the poor and suffering, wherever he was, were such as to create universal respect among those who knew him best.” 
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  • He likes people and God and particularly loves bringing them together
    Thursday, November 22, 2018 4:00 AM
    A good friend suggested I interview this man. Well, Jim and I thoroughly enjoyed our hour visit in his office. One reason this was such an interesting chat is that we had never met and we were impressed. One of his comments reflects my thought which is: “Find things in common with others and capitalize on them.” Kind of create a blending, I guess. Like it!
    Hagerstown High School near Richmond is where he graduated and grew-up in the tiny town of Greens Fork, a similar size to New Market. His father worked in a casket factory and Mom for Huffy Bikes. He was the oldest of three, having a brother and sister. A trumpet player, he was the drum major for his high school band. There, he excelled also in wrestling and cross country. Music is still important in his life.
    His senior prom date when he was 17 and she 15 turned-out to be the love of his life, and wife of 38 years. He beamed when he told us about her. Several pictures lined his office walls. She’s a cutie, wish we’d have met her, too. Maybe some day! Very emphatically, he told me, “She’s the better part of me!” 
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  • He won a scholarship to Wabash but declined as it was in his "back yard"
    Thursday, November 15, 2018 4:00 AM
    I met this week’s guest about 40 years ago. Genealogy, of course! He’s quite a guru and is admired by many around the world. In fact, he works on his own as well as working on many other peoples’ genealogy “all day, every day!” Ditto, here!
    His roots are deep in my little corner of Montgomery County. His ancestors include the Davidsons, Moores, Reynolds, and his own last name, of course. Most are buried in the small but beautiful Freedom Church cemetery on Highway 234. Yet, some of his families go back to English kings and even on to Charlemagne. He is cousins with Benjamin Franklin 23 ways and Thomas Macy of Nantucket Island fame is his grandfather through all five of Thomas’ children. 
    “I lived near Crawfordsville, and graduated from CHS, but was always on the farm,” he told me. At CHS he played football, basketball, and was in track as well as National Honor Society. As number seven in his class, he received a scholarship to Wabash but decided that was “in the back yard,” and went on to Rose Hulman instead. While there, at a dance, he met an adorable gal. “I transferred to ISU to be in all her classes in pre-med, just so she didn’t forget about me.” Thus they married, joined the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and he transferred on to Brigham Young University to finish up his education (well, the first leg). 
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One - Clyde Allen Klinger
    Monday, November 12, 2018 4:00 AM
    Spanish American War this week for our unsung hero, Clyde Allen Klinger. Born near Keyser, Indiana September 25, 1877, he was the son of Joe and Mary Steckley Klinger and grew-up with four sisters (Sina, Sarah, Blanche, Carrie) and a couple of brothers, Earl and Roy, in DeKalb County until the 1900 census when they lived in Fort Wayne on Guthrie Street. His father worked at an Electric Company while his brother, Earl was a sawyer. 
    There, Clyde learned the butcher trade which he followed his entire life. On a short review of the family, I find that they hailed from Dauphin County, PA. 
    Why the Klingers came to Montgomery County is unknown but Clyde married here at the Methodist Church on his 25th birthday to Mary Aikman, one year younger. The minister, Rev. S.W. Goss was quite busy that week with newlyweds. In the 1920 census, his father Joe lived with Clyde and family. 
    On his service registration, he is listed as 5’7 ½”, 168#, having light complexion with blue eyes and light hair. By the WWII registration, he had gray hair.
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  • These two live in the house Karen and Jim built
    Thursday, November 8, 2018 4:00 AM
    What a treat for me this week! Hubs and I picked-up a couple of pizzas from PH, then headed to the home we built in 1973 for our interview. Thrilling to see the beautiful, large trees Jim and our two kids planted and to view our home that suited us so perfectly at the time, but now fits their family. Love it! Our couple was most gracious showing us their home and think we all enjoyed not only the pizza but the camaraderie, as well. So, if ya’ know us, you already realize who our guests are this week. Either way, read on and learn about a couple of fun-filled, awesome young folks.
    We weren’t expecting it but received a bonus visiting with their youngest who was extremely excited about turning 16 this week. Happy birthday, James! He attends South (his mother’s alma-matre) where he is a Sophomore and active in FFA, musicals, loves X-Boxing and video photography but gave me to know, “We’re not discussing my sixth-grade horror movie!”
    Mom graduated with our daughter from South and was active in band, drama club and Royal Ambassadors. He graduated from South Putnam, was active in FFA, and even back then helping others as a volunteer ambulance driver. Always knew he wanted to do something in the medical field. They met toward the end of high school during a get-together of their churches. In fact, he soaped her car windows, then when she viewed the damage, he played the hero exclaiming, “Oh, let me clean those for you!” In a few weeks, she put on his jacket and found soap in the pockets. Busted! Seems like he’s been busted many times for his practical joking and it’s suspicious their son is dad’s duplicate in that aspect. The young one commented, “I’m ornery, aren’t I? I take after my dad!” Loved the camaraderie between these two!
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  • These two love being empty-nesters
    Thursday, November 1, 2018 4:00 AM
    Known this young lady since she was born and our fellow this week a bit prior to their wedding. Speaking of such, it was a beautiful one, other than it was a hot, hotter and hottest day. On August 14th, 1993, it was in the New Market Baptist Church. Besides being excruciatingly warm, the church was overloaded, people sitting in the aisles on chairs and standing room in the back. Just enough room, however, for the stunning bride with her long, white pouf-sleeved dress to meander down with her beloved daddy. The back of her dress was beautiful, shaped like a heart. Specifically, I asked him what colors they had used and he was stumped. With a bit of a grin, he answered, “Well, one had to be blue.” Giggled so hard when she said, “No, burgundy and emerald!” His turn. “Guess I didn’t get my favorite color in there, huh?” 
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One - John P. Britton
    Monday, October 29, 2018 4:00 AM
    The 20th Battery, Indiana Light Artillery was a different kind of unit as the infantry fighting boys. Organized in Indianapolis on September 19, 1862, men from ten different Indiana counties served together. Not many were from Montgomery, but John R. Britton was one. Often, his name is found John P. Britton, but his death record is clear that the middle initial is an R and other records indicate the same. 
    An interesting tidbit I could not crack in the short time allotted (maybe some day) one article I found stated his grandfather, Nathaniel fought in the War of 1812 at age 14. He’d be more like 40, but here definitely was a Nathan Britton who fought that could be him and Nathaniel received bounty land listing his captain as William Blair. Brittons were early Montgomery County settlers. In fact, there are four John Brittons alone buried in Montgomery County, two in Oak Hill. Oddly, the other John Britton had been getting the flag that should be our Civil War soldier’s. This John died in 1883 and his wife, Sarah Sparks burned to death in a fatal accident at her home in 1892. Kim and Suzy have that straightened out now and John R. Britton will be receiving one on Decoration Day. See photo. 
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  • Their yearly goal is not to turn on the furnace until Thanksgiving
    Thursday, October 25, 2018 4:00 AM
    After dating for four years their wedding was not only expected, but everyone was more than ready for it. A large group attended the festivities 35 years ago, “And, we still like each other,” they told hubs and me at a fun interview at Pizza Hut.
    Indeed, I thought I’d stump him when I asked their wedding colors, but he didn’t hesitate: “Maroon and gray!” Instead of a honeymoon, though, they purchased a house. In fact, they still live there. “He doesn’t like change,” she said, laughingly noting that’s why they’re still married. They’re so doggone cute together, I have no doubt it’s much more than that!
    He graduated from North where he played baseball and tennis (and basketball his freshman year). She graduated from CHS where she was quite active in musicals, choir, pep block and loved to go to any and all sports events. They told me he just had his 60th birthday. Wow, he looks so much younger – they both do, but no looking at their photo before you read their article, now!
    An odd question she asked me was whether I wrote in the margins of books I have as she noted her English teacher great aunt, Maude Arthur, did that - with quotes and comments galore. Guilty -- and I was happy to learn there were others like me! Whew!
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One - Peter Eshelman
    Sunday, October 21, 2018 9:48 PM
    The son of Henry Eshelman and Barbara Banner, our soldier this week is Peter Eshelman. There were at least two brothers and two sisters from this couple. Birth date: 29 May 1837 in Pennsylvania but the family was here long before the Civil War. Co. B of the 72nd Indiana was his unit and he mustered in for three years, many of whom were Montgomery County ones. 
    The unit was organized in Lafayette with Col. Abram O. Miller on July 22, 1862 but did not leave until August 17th going first to Lebanon, Ky. Most of their Civil War duties were in Kentucky and Tennessee. They were hot on the pursuit of Bragg throughout those two states and helped in the siege of Chattanooga. They were at the Battle of Stones River as well. I got a bit of a laugh as I perused those in his unit and one of the Corporals was Ben Herr (okay, I have a bit of oddball humor but I thought from Montgomery County and Ben Herr – yes, different spelling, but same name – was in his unit). 
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  • She likes reading or watching anything . . . unless it’s scary
    Thursday, October 18, 2018 4:00 AM
    Loved the answer to two of my questions given to my guest this week. Question: What do you like to read? Answer: Anything that’s not scary. Question: What movies do you watch? Answer: Anything that’s not scary! I can certainly relate! 
    Actually, since I really have not known our gal this week but briefly and recently, I learned a lot of fun facts. Number one is that since 5th grade she had no doubt that she was going to DePauw. She did indeed and loves that black and gold. Yet when she goes to a Wabash game, she dons the “red” (not particularly “Wabash” oriented but the same color) in honor of her fella, Henry Swift’s alma matre. However, she does sit with DePauw (in complete DePauw black and gold gala) during the Monon Bell Games, otherwise, Henry and Red go hand-in-hand. Thought it funny that she and Henry literally met “on the streets” of C’ville. A mutual friend introduced them as they met, and they discovered his older sister used to babysit her and her cousin, Molly. Henry is a CHS and Wabash grad (more below on that) and works with his father surveying.
    Think she knew I was a genealogy freak as she let me know that her history stemmed from the family bush instead of the family tree meaning that there are so many adoptions, steps, cousins and the like. Certainly, every single one of her family is a hard-working, intelligent person. I know a few of them and whole-heartedly agree with what she said. Her grandfather, Earl Elliott was a banker at Montgomery Savings and had a tie to Henry’s school, Wabash where he taught wood shop for awhile.
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One - Walter Allen Moore
    Monday, October 15, 2018 4:00 AM
    Walter Allen Moore was the oldest of nine children born to John A. (Allen?) Moore and Eliza Ann Swim. John had been born in Bristol County, Massachusetts but came to Montgomery when fairly young. Eliza was born in Whitesville. Both her parents had unusual names, Cornelius and Penthacilla. Walter was one of three sons, the rest daughters. Strangely, four of these were married to different family Moores. Kind of a genealogical nightmare, really! As a bit of a note, his mother’s name was probably not pronounced swim as in go to the pool and take a dip, but with a double e sound. This I surmise because of various spellings. 
    Walter was born August 3, 1867 near Waveland. Although he spent several years up north (Dekalb, Indiana and Benton Harbor, Michigan) with a well-established blacksmithing business, he died “back home again” in Montgomery County at 107 North Street. His story is a bit different than most, as he was originally in the Indiana National Guard in Crawfordsville but asked for a discharge so that he might join the regular Army to fight in the Spanish-American War. This was done. 
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