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Tuesday, April 7, 2020
  • Before fame, fortune ‘Beebsie’ was C’ville’s own
    Thursday, April 2, 2020 5:40 AM
    Have any of you ever read the delightful children’s book How Joe the Bear and Sam the Mouse Got Together? It’s my all-time favorite. It tells a wonderful story about how two fellas who are totally different finally discover (they couldn’t ride bikes because one rode fast and one rode slow for example) something that the two of them could do – eat ice cream . . . together!
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  • Karen hits Brick Wall . . . sort of
    Thursday, March 26, 2020 7:39 AM
    Recently, I was checking the Brick Wall section of the Montgomery County GenWeb page (ingenweb.org/inmontgomery – please give credit to the page if you use anything from it) and realized my own “brick wall” I solved many moons ago was still on there so I took it off but got to thinking perhaps it would be a good ATC story, so here goes – enjoy!
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  • Karen decides to tells you about her "Gpa' HAP"
    Thursday, March 19, 2020 3:57 AM
    Hiram Austin Pratt died 35 years before I was born but his life has influenced me as if he were my father or grandpa’. It all began when a gal from my high school years contacted me asking if I would like some old diaries that her mother had saved from being destroyed (well there were more than 50 years but only 15 spared) when her mom’s boss librarian thought they were useless and she was burning them in order to have more room for books. Pam’s mom couldn’t stand it and pulled some of them out of the fire before they got burned at all. She had kept them for probably 25 years and when she passed away and Pam was going through her items she found them and thought of me, feeling they were extremely important to the town, ancestors of anyone he mentioned, town happenings …
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  • Part two of one of our most interesting men
    Thursday, March 12, 2020 3:48 AM
    So continuing today is the story of one of Crawfordsville’s amazing men, Edmund Otis Hovey. Last week you learned he served as librarian, professor, trustee, and treasure to the infant Wabash, selecting its first three presidents and serving the school for 44 years. Wait! There’s more! As librarian, he catalogued thousands of books leaving the collection in perfect shape for his predecessor, Alex Thomson. He superintended the structure of most of the early buildings including Forest, South, Center Halls and the Armory (Hovey Hall). Because of his farming background, he gathered boys to replace the decaying old forest trees with elm, maple and beech trees. Under his suggestion the first college band was formed.
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  • Edmund Otis Hovey – one of county’s most interesting men
    Thursday, March 5, 2020 4:12 AM
    This week’s ATC features one of MoCo’s most fascinating men, a fellow born way back in 1801 (July 15th) at East Hanover, New Hampshire. His immigrant ancestor, Daniel, hailed from Essex County, England and he knew his ancestry further back to 1600. I have no doubt each through those generations was equally as impressive as our featured man, Edmund Otis Hovey.
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  • Baldwin ladies, quite a quartet
    Thursday, February 27, 2020 3:45 AM
    Although the Baldwin Ladies’ Quartette seemed to have no particular beginning as so many of the girls sang together way back in high school, in church and at various entertainments through all the 1890s, a little before and some after, the group began in the mid-1890s. Mainly, this was because each was an amazing performer in her own right, and they were friends and loved to get together, especially in the name of music!
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  • The intriguing, twisting and overall happy tale of a Ladoga doctor
    Thursday, February 20, 2020 3:45 AM
    Always, always, always since I began researching Montgomery County History some 40 years ago, I’ve had a fascination with two items, especially. One is the towns, villages, spots in the road and with some help from friends have gathered over 500 of these places. The second leads us to our subject today, early county doctors, one in particular for this article, the man with unusual names, and one of the first Ladoga physicians.
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  • 28 years in law enforcement and this gal loved 'em all
    Thursday, February 13, 2020 2:16 AM
    This peppy ‘lil gal spent 28 years in law enforcement, including four years in what is currently the old jail museum. Her four daughters agree it was the best place they lived while growing up. She loved being the matron there, especially cooking for everyone. Prisoners and everyone ate the same thing, and it had to be something they could eat with a spoon, as forks and knives could be used as weapons. Casseroles and soups were always good to do (homemade of course) – she said the grocery store owners were wonderful letting her know about sales and on Saturday night (not open on Sunday) they’d call and tell her to come get the left-over bread.
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  • Murder in air with Karen this week
    Thursday, February 6, 2020 3:11 AM
    EDITOR’S NOTE: I have never been able to write fiction; well, that is unless I can find something non-fiction to jumpstart my creative juices, then watch out! Example: a friend of mine (Lena – photo thanks) told me about her ancestor being killed at the Yount’s Woolen Mill one night when he was guarding the place. There were no accounts of the happening as none of our newspapers went back that far; thus, I researched our area to find out about the economics of the times and came up with a plan. Whether it is anywhere near what happened or not, it makes for a great tale – hope you enjoy it and next time you’re in need of an idea for a story, check out your ancestors and ya’ might find a great one just waiting to be written. Also note: this is one of the entries in my Montgomery Murder Mysteries that I’d still love to get published, someday when I have some extra bucks – lol. Read on – Lost Love.
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  • Where there’s no progression,
there is certainly regression!
    Wednesday, January 29, 2020 9:13 PM
    Oliver Charles McLoed was a Progressive, both in politics and his personal life. His philosophy most certainly was that “where there is no progression, there is certainly regression,” because the world never stands still; life never stops. Something else he wholeheartedly believed in was, “If you discover you’re on the wrong road, then lose no time getting off it,” and get yourself on the right track. What great ways to view life!
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  • From Crawfordsville Female Seminary to Utah, Romania Bunnell made name for herself
    Wednesday, January 22, 2020 7:34 PM
    What do you do when you have two amazing females and only one place for a “County Connection” article in the Montgomery Memories? Ahhh, I’m blessed as I was able to save this one for an Around The County. This gal was indeed way ahead of her times and although MoCo can’t actually claim her as our own, she did live here and attended school here for a few years before going on out into the world to make one major big hit for the ladies.
    Born August 8th in Washington County, Indiana, 1839, to Luther and Hester (Mendenhall) Bunnell, their daughter, Romania, came to Crawfordsville to the Female Seminary probably about 1852, from their home in Clear Creek, Ohio. She studied here until 1855 when her mother decided to go to the Salt Lake Valley, Romania following.
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  • Talking with Richard and Eileen Bowen was music to my ears
    Wednesday, January 15, 2020 6:12 PM
    Can’t imagine music in Crawfordsville without these two wonderful folks and so happy to have finally met them while eating a lovely breakfast at The Breakfast Company. Wabash brought this couple to our fair city in 2001 and we’ve been blessed since.
    Native-born Pennsylvanians, he grew-up in York County, active in music and theatre in high school (with a rich baritone voice) then on to the small, Lebanon Valley College where at age 19, he directed his first church choir. They laughed as they said people swore that they could tell what type of chocolate was being made each morning by the smell coming from the close little city of Hershey, PA. Since college, he has headed-up at least ten church choirs in various sizes, from 30 members to 3,000.
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  • Spend a year taking the ancestor challenge
    Wednesday, January 8, 2020 10:47 PM
    On the Indiana Genealogy Facebook page I monitor, I asked a Group Gab question of what genealogical goals (or resolutions) did people have for the year. One member had an amazing idea and that was to do a 52 week challenge of writing up an ancestor a week. I loved it, so am going to try to do just that. Here’s an example if you want to grab the idea!
    Although this ancestor isn’t one I could truly say I’m proud of, he is fascinating and has been a source of entertainment now and again. Born the first day of August in 1815 in Ontario County, New York, he moved with his parents, Simeon and Hester Ann (Helms) Smith to Sullivan County in 1818 and ten years later to Parke County where the family stayed, Simeon helping to build the courthouse there.
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  • Life right here in the ‘20s . . . 1920s
    Wednesday, January 1, 2020 8:10 PM
    Haven’t you wondered what was happening 100 years ago here in MoCo? Of course you have, so read on! The year began with Emory King, Fire Chief giving his yearly report saying there were 138 runs the previous year with 23,150 feet of hose laid and 1,359 feet of ladders raised. The total loss from fires was $8,087.14 however that was on property valued at $222,850 so job well done! However, by the 6th, two runs for 1920 had already been tallied.
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  • Thursday, December 19, 2019 4:00 AM
    A fascination with the water be it Sugar Creek, the Wabash or one of the two rivers in Paducah, Kentucky, he lived the good life, almost always in his homemade houseboats with his beloved family. Such was the story of one of Crawfordsville’s well-loved artists, Walter Sies. 
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