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Sunday, June 20, 2021
  • This local judge has a unique final reminder to his life
    Thursday, June 17, 2021 4:00 AM
    Thomas Fleming Davidson was born in neighboring Fountain County, began his career there but lived several years, departed life and is buried in Crawfordsville.
    Growing up near Hillsboro and Waynetown, his father, Samuel Hughes Davidson was a saddler, tanner, farmer and miller. Thomas’ middle name comes from Samuel’s father, Fleming. Samuel married Mary Ann Bever, Samuel passing after their son, Mary Ann many years previously. 
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  • One of the Nifty Sugar Creekers- meet local Captain Byron Waugh
    Thursday, June 10, 2021 4:00 AM
    Strange, but I have been skirting around writing about this fellow for many years and when his great great granddaughter, Martha F. sent a letter that he had written from California to his daughter, her ancestor, I was quickly on the search because he needs to be better known to Montgomery Countians and maybe a few others who might peruse this article, as well.
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  • Karen takes us along on an introduction of Montgomery County's "tree-man"
    Thursday, June 3, 2021 4:00 AM
    When perusing the answers to a question (what did your gpa’ do for a hobby) I asked on the Crawfordsville/Montgomery County History Facebook page (preparing for an upcoming Montgomery Memories), and my favorite answer spoke to me that Carl Earnest “Kelly” Leonard – the “tree man” needed an ATC article featuring he and his treemanship.
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  • The man with the interesting middle name
    Thursday, May 27, 2021 4:00 AM
    This fellow has interested me for many years. I call him the man with the interesting middle name, Czerney. Determined to discover from where his name derived, I flunked! Couldn’t find a family member Czerney nor a minister or neighbor with the odd name. If I ever find it, I’ll let ya’ know!
    So, let’s meet Karl Czerney James, professionally known as Karl C, but to friends and relatives, he was plain ‘ol Casey! I first became interested in “Casey” when I saw his picture as county superintendent.
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  • Just where, oh where, was this man born?
    Thursday, May 20, 2021 4:00 AM
    Louise Winchell told me a precious story that so reminded me of this man’s situation. Louise went to a Catholic girls’ school and she said for all those years there were five or six girls who sat at lunch discussing their futures. Who they might marry or a job they could get or how many children they wanted. Louise said she’d never answer the children question except with, “I’ll take whatever the good Lord blesses me with!” When she told me that, she looked at me and said, “And, he didn’t think I needed any I guess!” 
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  • Story of Canine family goes back to Revolutionary days
    Thursday, May 13, 2021 4:00 AM
    Although this name has been spelled (in America) several ways, mainly it began as Conyn then to Carnine and in our area, Canine, and there were many Canines here. The father, Peter, was a Revolutionary Soldier (born November 16th, 1752 in Somerset County, New Jersey and died in Shelby County, Kentucky at the ripe old age of 88 (Feb 2, 1841). He served as an orderly and quartermaster sergeant. 
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  • Farmer, printer, salesman, writer, chiseler - Oh, what a man!
    Thursday, May 6, 2021 4:00 AM
    Yep! You’re right, I‘ve written about and around Isaac Ferris Wade more than once, but except for a new aspect in regards to his newspapership, this article will focus on other aspects of his life and long time career of monument-making!
    In fact, while researching for this topic, I discovered the story (vs. several quick mentions of it) I had pursued a time or two before. 
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  • Karen’s subject was sidelined by a lame horse and love
    Thursday, April 29, 2021 4:00 AM
    Almost didn’t write this article, as this man never lived in Montgomery County as far as I know, but he spent many an hour riding the dusty or snowy trails, administering to the sick, especially in the lower portion of our county. Well admired, he was not only a doctor here and in his own home area (Putnam County) but in Marion, Morgan, Hendricks, Parke, Vigo, and Clay. He was certainly a traveling man. 
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  • This man was born across from Lew Wallace
    Thursday, April 22, 2021 4:00 AM
    “A laugh, that’s all there is to life!” was the motto of our subject this week and his constant goal from his first job in the theater was to make people laugh. Wow and what an amazing job he did with that!  
    Born in our fair city, right across from Lew Wallace’s home, he noted: “not that it affects either of us.” He was the oldest child of three born to Julia (Peck) and William Hartman, Ferris Hartman was born probably laughing (on June 12, 1862). That activity is how he became so famous!
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  • Hartman was an ideal citizen, honorable, and a friend to all
    Thursday, April 15, 2021 4:00 AM
    While researching mechanics for our upcoming Montgomery Memories, I was planning on trying to find the first person mentioned as a mechanic and writing on him. Thus, I discovered David Wallace Hartman but not sure why he was listed as a mechanic because he was a painter, served in various capacities of government (township trustee for two terms which was the limit then) and at his death, was looking good for mayor. 
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  • Born on 4th of July - well almost, but he had spirit
    Thursday, April 8, 2021 4:00 AM
    Dellie Craig at the Crawfordsville District Public Library knew I’d love the picture of this man and equally as important, his license to practice medicine in Montgomery County. I’m a freak on our early doctors – love to research ‘em and find out what they did, if they saved someone in unusual circumstances, enjoy discovering their family members – well, you get it - I love to write their biographies.
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  • Henry goes down in the annals of MoCo Vancleaves
    Thursday, April 1, 2021 4:00 AM
    Henry Daniel Vancleave was the fourth son and sixth child of a family of seven, the children of Aaron and Elizabeth Hallett Vancleave. His two sisters were Cynthia and Mary. Milton Perry was the oldest brother, Thomas Florian next, Elijah Luther and the youngest William A.
    The Vancleaves were farmers in the Brown Township area near Freedom Church. The other Vancleave children married into some of the prominent families of that area, Denman, Payton, Everman and were mainly farmers although one brother was a carpenter and another a physician. 
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  • Which Washburn cousin is in which newspaper?
    Thursday, March 25, 2021 4:00 AM
    Many years ago, I did a book/pamphlet highlighting the early doctors (those born 1850 or before) of Montgomery County. I’ve added information in a working book I keep where I jot notes. One of those comments was to find out if the two Washburn doctors were relation. Did it and boy, was it fun!
    When I researched the physicians it was what I call “the old-fashioned way.” I had to physically get the microfilm out and look at the census records, birth records, obituaries and now a flip or two of the mouse puts me into Ancestry or on a GenWeb page or FindAGrave.
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  • This fella' was tagged as the Hermit of Indian Creek
    Thursday, March 18, 2021 4:00 AM
    The Kirkendall family comes from the same area many of my families centered into in New York during the mid-1600s but suffice to say the progenitor of the Indiana ones down in the hollars where Indian Creek meets Sugar Creek was a well-loved minister, Jacob and his wife, Anna Deere. His father was Richmond whose father was again Jacob a popular Kirkendall name. 
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  • A teacher’s life . . . well spent
    Thursday, March 11, 2021 4:00 AM
    Over a year ago, a friend gave me “A Chain of Memories,” a pamphlet-type booklet by Dan W. Murphy. I have picked it up several times, but not a poetry guru and it is basically a book of his poetry put together by a committee of his past students, but of items he had written. Of course, mainly in verse form. I laid it in front of my keyboard about two weeks ago so I would pick it up and peruse it. 
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