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Friday, October 18, 2019
  • Diving through time Karen gets 1890ish photo album to peruse
    Thursday, October 17, 2019 4:00 AM
    Recently, I was given a beautiful, old (1890ish) photo album (thanks so very much to Jeanie W) and my sweet hubs scanned it. You can see it here: It is in pretty good shape for being a century plus old and the majority of the pictures scanned very well. There were 40 photos Jim added to the GenWeb site and I’m so excited to have this addition to share.
    There are family photos, baby pictures, wedding ones and several adult individuals, as well. There is no indication of the owner or who the people (except in a few cases) are but definitely major hints as to who others could be.
    A dozen or so photographers are represented, but many are taken by the Willis family here in Crawfordsville. Other C’ville ones include the Nicholsons, Lawson & Ficken and HW Clark. Information about where and when these photographers existed are also on the website. A couple are from Indianapolis, Paris, Ill. and Brecken, Mo., even. 
    Two photos of Bert and Charles Hulvey are in the album, one of them as younger boys (see photo) ages maybe 10 and 13 and one I’d say in their 30s, possibly one as older men. Fairly sure several other photos of them as individuals and with families are also in the album.
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  • Monday, October 14, 2019 4:00 AM
    Such a sad story for this week’s soldier, one with a different twist, too! Kim Hancock didn’t order his stone, she found it. She discovered it while in the O’Neall cemetery at Yountsville. The stone was perfectly buried an inch under the ground. An unbroken, beautiful 18 x 45 memorial to a brave young man who fought in Company E, in the 72nd Indiana, better known as Wilder’s Brigade. 
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  • Thursday, October 10, 2019 4:00 AM
    Well, the reveal is immediate today! A few may say, “It’s about time she hangs up this article,” while others (hopefully, the majority) will be thinking, “Ahhhh, I will really miss trying to guess who Karen is writing about this week!”
    It has been a great haul, but honestly, I’m not 100% positive how long I’ve been writing, Around The County. If my calculations are about right, I’m a few weeks shy of ten years. Round it off to that, I’ve written about 520 articles, some about individuals, mainly couples and a few groups and families, so imagine close to 1,000 individuals. It’s been fun, real fun! Sadly, I know there are many more awesome folks in Montgomery County I missed out there! 
    My usual hang-out for interviewing was of course (my faithful readers will know this one) the Pizza Hut. The majority of the get-togethers were there, but the libraries were my meeting places, too (C’ville, Ladoga, Linden, Darlington and Waveland) as well as individual homes. There were others, even the neat little place where I work on Monday and Tuesday evenings (Italian Pie & Bakery in Waveland), Up The Creek, one was in a flower shop (and I’m highly allergic, plus have asthma so that was a bit scary) at a couple of ball games (hey, ya’ gotta’ catch ‘em where ya’ can) and the shocker to my grandkids (I’d never take them there) was I even met someone at McDonald’s. I’ll sure miss those places, especially PH.
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  • Monday, October 7, 2019 4:00 AM
    (James) A.B. Craig may be the Etched In Stone soldier with the least known information. He is in the listing of the American Legion soldiers’ graves to decorate under James Craig and is A.B. Craig in the Masonic (Oak Hill Grant Avenue) cemetery records. It simply said A.B. Craig interred May 21, 1900 and an S beside it which always indicates a soldier. No dates, no one to contact not even anything to do with payment or the kind of burial vault. Nothing, just the initials, last name and date he was buried (which is two days off by the way).
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  • Perhaps Karen got a bit off topic this time but read on to discover why
    Thursday, October 3, 2019 4:00 AM
    Ever been somewhere waiting on someone and they were already there wondering where you were? Bingo! That’s what happened this week at The Forum when I met my guests. I texted “I’m here,” after about 20 minutes. “We are, too!” Right behind me. So, we got together, and had a super time. I have known them through various aspects but this was the first time I really got to visit much with them in such an enjoyable time!
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  • Friday, September 27, 2019 5:00 AM
    Compassioniate. Tender-hearted. Sensitive. Sympathetic. Oh, the list goes on and every one of these synonyms holds true for Nickee Sillery and Misha Anderson, two co-workers at the Montgomery County Animal Welfare League. There are many others there, too but I’ve just recently met Nickee and heard so much about her co-boss, Misha. Their job is not an easy one, full of emotion and frustration, yet they both do it with a flair. These gals can not get enough praise for saving so many fur babies.
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  • Thursday, September 26, 2019 4:00 AM
    Their brothers were the best of friends so my couple knew each other clear through school.  They even occasionally were on the bus together, but she was two years ahead of him, plus weren’t in the same crowds.  He noted: “Well, she was a good girl and I wasn’t particularly a good boy!”  He wrestled; she was in band and 4-H.  
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One – James J. Vannice
    Monday, September 16, 2019 3:56 AM
    This week’s soldier’s family was super easy to find, from here going back to Mercer County, Kentucky then Somerset, New Jersey, then Kings County, New York and finally to Friesland in the Netherlands back to the early 1500s. However, the soldier was a whole different story. He was born the 5th day of April in 1832, joining brother David and sisters Mary, Martha and Margaret, children of Cornelius and Ann Adams Vannice. 
    James J. Vannice grew-up in Mercer County and attended the Mud Chapel church and school. His parents and grandparents on both sides are all buried right there. The Vannice children spread to Kansas, White County, Indiana, and Montgomery. Evidently after their parents’ deaths (he in June of 1846 and momma in December of the 1850 census year) they scattered out, his sister closest to him, Martha Jane Milligan coming to Montgomery County in the year 1854. 
    After the 1850 census JJ was not found by this researcher anyway. Possible reasons include he was easy to mix-up with James I. Vannice who was born a few days different and also a Civil War Soldier, and from Indiana (although buried in DesMoines Iowa), plus the spelling of the name got super crazy including Venice; VanNuys; Vanice; Vannice; Vanause; VanNice and Vanhoos. 
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  • Thursday, September 12, 2019 8:28 AM
    I literally grabbed this gal for an interview as we were riding home from our Retired Teacher’s Association meeting in Clinton where I gave a talk titled, Genealogy is for Everyone (she talked me into it) and she is our current president.  She was getting ready to go with her husband the next day to West Virginia to ride their Polaris RZRs in the hills and mountains.  They do it twice a year.  Whew, this interview was certainly a tight squeeze.  I wasn’t sure she was eligible as she lives just about a mile into Parke County but they own property in Montgomery so good enough for me.  Besides, she’s a Wavelandite by family and heart.
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  • Monday, September 9, 2019 4:00 AM
    Born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, on the eve of Valentine’s in 1916, the son of William John and Madeline Schindler Simpson, this week’s soldier really travelled the world and ended-up in Montgomery County, Indiana as a Wabash College basketball coach. Although I don’t know how the nickname came about, Clarence Charles Simpson was called “Snowy” by all of his friends. Both sides of his family were Irish, some of his grandparents having been born overseas. His father had various jobs, a laborer in a manufacturing plant, a department store shipper, but mainly he was an insurance agent for Western Southern Life. I believe Clarence was their only child and that he and his wife, Romaine Dimitt (don’t you love that name), had but one daughter, so a small family for sure. 
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  • Newlyweds at middleage, she expects 40 years out of it
    Thursday, September 5, 2019 1:13 PM
    It’s newlyweds this week and I sure enjoyed visiting with them at Pizza Hut. They’re so cute! About Valentine’s Day this year, they were discussing marriage in a nonchalant way, whether a big wedding, small or just whatever. They decided maybe they’d do a small one, but she told him first he had to ask her, so he turned toward her, said her name, following with a “Will ya’ marry me?” Evidently, she said yes but it didn’t stop him from his genealogical excursion to Europe. She stayed home planning the wedding!
    They had met several years earlier when their mutual awesome friend, Steve Suiter was fighting cancer. They saw each other during several hospital visits and became well-acquainted then later reacquainted and in May at Ladoga’s Old Normal they were married in a beautiful ceremony. I have known her for several years and was just thrilled when I saw the gorgeous Facebook photos of their happy time.
    They are madly in love and when I asked them about that topic, I in turn loved their answers. He noted that she is his intellectual and emotional equal and that he loved that she’s a giver, not a taker since he’d had so many of the latter in his life. She loved that he looked at her with a spark in his eye and that he was an intellect and owned so many passions. “We are thrilled to finally find this type love in life after we both have been through so many tragedies and sorrows.” 
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  • Our guests love to compare t-shirts - read to discover why
    Thursday, August 29, 2019 4:00 AM
    Well, I’ve met some amazing people in my various walks of life, but no one like today’s gals. My first introduction was via an e-mail from retired North Montgomery teacher, John Walker, who basically got these two remarkable ladies together. In fact, they meet every month for comradery (you’ll understand why here shortly) and when he told me their story, I was compelled to meet them, too. So, prepare to be amazed!
    Now, this week’s Around The County has another twist – the reveal is immediate – no fooling, meet Layton Pearson and Penny Carey right here, right now but read on for some wonderful details about these amazing gals’ lives! 
    They became friends in a most unusual way. Layton had graduated from North Montgomery in 2017 where she was a cheerleader and swimmer. Her favorite class was English with Mr. Walker and he was her swimming coach, as well. She said, “I was just mediocre!” I find that hard to believe! The next fall, she and a friend decided to go get a hammock to relax. They attached it on the friend’s porch. Trouble is, the pillars broke on September 23rd (yep, she’s ready for a first anniversary here) and demolished her leg. First thought was it wasn’t too awful, but it was bad, really bad! 
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  • This week's fellow is quite a case - makes Karen laugh!
    Thursday, August 22, 2019 4:00 AM
    This young man I watched grow-up and he always has a grin and usually a hug for me when I see him. Certainly, it’s always an enjoyable time as was our visit at Pizza Hut. I was teasing him about flirting with waitresses Dodie and Jana when hubs and I walked in to meet with him and all three laughed saying that they were just reminiscing of him hiring them over a quarter of a century ago. I had forgotten he was a manager back in his puphood days. In fact, he began working at our local PH when he was a senior at CHS and stayed there eight years.
    However, it was always his dream to teach and coach but his mom discouraged him with several solid reasons; thus, he veered to PU in pre-med since he loved science. After working at PH and having a couple of sales jobs he knew to switch majors to business in which he later received his degree. Currently for a decade, he has worked for Ricoh, a company that sells copiers, printers, software and such. Although he does some of his job at home and can mainly make his own schedule, he is often on the road. He says watching the amazing evolution of the product, plus getting to know so many people in various places keeps it all interesting. 
    With his flexible schedule, he was able for more than a dozen years to accomplish half of his desire and actually of course teaches along with the coaching. More on that later!
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One – Jacob Francis Trinkle and his son Alvin Eugene
    Monday, August 19, 2019 4:00 AM
    Today, we have father and son soldiers; Jacob Francis Trinkle, an Army Vet and his son, Alvin Eugene who served in the Navy. The Trinkle family originated from Germany, came to Indiana in 1826 (Fountain County) via Virginia and Ohio, and worked in various capacities as carpenters, farmers, grocerymen, laborers, as well as other careers. Jacob himself retired from Hysters after many years while Alvin worked at Hoosier Crown, drove a truck and worked in construction.
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  • Karen's guest has a unique hobby
    Thursday, August 15, 2019 4:00 AM
    This week, I was lucky enough to interview one of Waveland’s library assistance. The library was super busy Friday and she just acted like answering my questions was no biggee between helping probably a dozen kiddos, close to that in adults, and a few phone calls in just the hour and a half I was there. At her job, she does what the other library aides do, the above, as well as check books in and out, put them away, make copies and the like, but she also has a couple of specialties – the Nourish program and the Library’s Facebook page. She mainly works Thursday and Friday but other times as well. Always as sweet as can be (as are all the gals) she is super lively and the kids especially adore her – she got several hugs and smiles with all she came in contact. In fact her hubby says, “Well, I am married to Captain Kangaroo!” 
    She says of all the various aspects of her life, having kids is the best thing she’s ever done. She wants her kids to travel, see things and meet all kinds of people. Certainly, in her walks of life, she has done that and her future plans include doing much more of it. 
    Having grown-up in a somewhat big Midwest Indiana city, Sheridan, she graduated from Sheridan HS. I said, “Oh, yeah, that’s the town with a big listing of things on their water tower.” Her answer: “Yes, we have the highest Single A State Championships.” While at SHS, she was editor of the newspaper, active in the Cheer Block, Sunshine Society and played volleyball and basketball in high school plus softball when younger. Her favorite class there was journalism and says she probably should have gone into that but she does do a little bit of that with her library job. She has one sister and two brothers. Two of them live in Sheridan and one in Kirkland so still near. 
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