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Tuesday, April 23, 2019
  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One – Frederick “Howard” Ellis
    Monday, April 22, 2019 4:00 AM
    Such youngsters when married, this week’s soldier had just turned 18 and his wife, Mabel had just turned 16 when they were married on the 4th day of September in 1938 by Rev. John Servies. Frederick “Howard’ Ellis worked at the brick yards and she was a housewife. He worked there for a few years after their marriage. They had three children, Sonny, Don and Terri. Their child, Orville Joe “Sonny” died at age two, which is always hard on a marriage. Their other son passed away in 1991. 
    They divorced in 1952. He later married Grace Stewart. Mable was the daughter of Orville Alvin and Virgie Pearl Hunt Shoaf and passed away in October of 1997. She worked for many years at RR Donnelleys as a book binder and at GM Chevrolet as an assembly worker. At her death, she was married to Lawrence McGreath. 
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  • A Black Mercedes is the dream car for this week's guest
    Thursday, April 18, 2019 4:00 AM
    Today’s young man loves orange. You’ll know that when (no peeking) you see his photo. I was impressed with this fella’ as he was so at ease talking to these two old folks (yep at Pizza Hut with the hubs). In fact, he noted that his strongest point, is talking to people. His weak point is the same as mine, being too trusting! Mrs. Stump, his French teacher ranks as his favorite at CHS and French his favorite subject although he really loved his finance class. That’s good as that’s what he plans on majoring in at Valparaiso when he goes in the fall. Jim and I both really enjoyed getting to know my male senior choice this year for the Around The County article feature.
    We had lots of laughs when he told us his mom and dad don’t spoil him but both sets of grandparents’ have always gone above and beyond. He giggled. With that said, he noted that all four of his grandparents are his heroes, all being realistic and teaching him wonderful, solid and good life lessons. As per the folks, he contributed his strong work ethics to them. My heart melted when he added, “I respect them to no end!” Definitely, he is out-going like his mom and can be serious when he needs to be like dad. Also, he gets his love of hunting and fishing from dad and enjoys sharing music with mom. He is an only child of an only child and said that’s exactly what he wants. Very down to earth, he thinks he could only raise one right because he wants to give all his attention to that person, being involved with everything. Plus, being in financing, he realizes it’s expensive. Besides that, he wouldn’t want to listen to bickering if there was more than the one!
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  • Monday, April 15, 2019 4:00 AM
    Clarinda Rose Nicholson stated at the age of 100 that the hardest thing to endure throughout her 10x10 years was to watch her three sons, the youngest only 15, shoulder their muskets and go off to the Civil War. One of those three was Elihu Nicholson, one of our two soldiers featured this week receiving a new government stone for his part in that war. We also are featuring his son, James F. Nicholson who was a soldier in the Spanish-American War. Oddly, all three of Clarinda’s sons who went off to fight for the North died in the same year, two just hours apart and all two years before their mother who was hale and hearty up to the very last weeks of her life. 
    There was incorrect information about James F. on findagrave as he was confused with his uncle, Elihu’s brother, James F. Nicholson. James F. Nicholson in the Oak Hill Grant Avenue cemetery is the son and was not in the Civil War as was originally noted on findagrave but served in the Spanish American war. He was a Christmas baby, born eight days before in 1869 and passed away in December as well, Dec 9, 1910. The Civil War soldier, James F., Elihu’s brother, is buried in Illinois. Just a warning on grabbing information, check it out, please! 
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  • This week's gal has ridden her bike across Iowa 7 times
    Thursday, April 11, 2019 4:00 AM
    Had a fun girls’ night out last week. We had deep discussions, silly ones, kid and adult topics and through it all, I came to admire my guest even more so than when I entered the Pizza Hut that night.
    Actually, we’d never met before but I have followed her on FB for years. She’s also an aunt to our grandson’s girlfriend, Lizzie, whom we adore. (They also like our grandson, Stephen, as he’s an amazing mechanic and good kid). My gal is: a wife, mother, daughter, worker, believer, thriver, laugher, and perhaps above all, survivor. Certainly, her story is an amazing one!
    From Moline, Illinois, she said she was born a Sucker but identifies as a Hoosier. “I just love our little village!” We agree it’s a place where if there’s a problem, everyone pitches in! She attended John Deere Jr. High (of course) in Moline, moved to the Crawfordsville area where she went to Waynetown then graduated from North Montgomery. 
    At North, she was involved in several activities including gymnastics, swimming, Art, and the Office Education Association. She went on to Beauty School and worked for Harris’ for awhile but said she really wasn’t good at any of it. Currently, she works for Tyler Baer with Edward Jones, and has worked there for quite some time.
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One - Charles Julian Hoover
    Monday, April 8, 2019 4:00 AM
    As far as I’ve been able to tell, Charles Julian Hoover never lived here but now dwells here for eternity as he rests in peace at Oak Hill in the beautiful Montague crypt. Born in Indianapolis May 9, 1896, he lived the majority of his life there and passed away on March 16, 1976 at his long-time home at 3127 Winthrop.
    His parents were Charles Pearson and Sybil Jay Cox, he from Washington DC and she from the Darlington area. It is thought that Charles Sr. and Sybil probably met each other when he was here purchasing or buying coal for his father’s business. Charles Julian and his mother lived together his entire life and he never married, his father passing away from pneumonia when his son was just over five years old. Father Charles is buried in Washington DC with his parents. 
    Charles Julian is buried in the crypt with his uncle (married to his aunt Anna Estel Cox who was 22 years younger than Dr. Fred Montague (a doctor in the Civil War) who designed the crypt when he passed away and Estel had it built). Estel remarried another doctor but was buried with Dr. Fred in the crypt. Starr Montague was the son of Dr. Fred by another of his three wives and is the only other Montague buried there. Another aunt of Charles’ sister to Sybil and Estel, Maude Cox Hunt and her husband, Fred are also in the vault along with another Cox sister, Eunice Groom. Of course, Sybil is buried there as well, totaling eight people with one empty place. 
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  • Born in Kentucky, grew-up in Evansville, she says C'ville is home
    Thursday, April 4, 2019 4:00 AM
    My guest this week hails from Morganfield, Ky. She loved walking the ten blocks to school and the camaraderie it entailed. Church was in the middle of the grandparents and she spent a great deal of time with both sets. She took piano and accordion lessons and had so much fun with her 20 cousins (and get this, there were none on the other side of her family). At one point, she even lived at Camp Breckenridge on Jeep Road. Born four years to the date before the disastrous bombing, she likes to tell, “I’m older than Pearl Harbor!” Remembering that fourth birthday, she said the party plans were nixed as everyone stared into the radio and listened to every word said about the tragedy!
    Sometime after the war, her family moved to Evansville and she spent the rest of her growing up years there, but said she never really liked it that well. At least it was only an hour away from Morganfield. Of course, there was one wonderful happening in the city, and that was that she met her husband while living there.
    Although the girls had to wear jumpsuits while attending Memorial Catholic High School, she said the boys were allowed to wear regular clothes. Memorial had boys on one floor and girls on the other and the boys got out 15 minutes earlier. We laughed that they were encouraged to wed one of their own faith but didn’t let them even have classes together! 
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One - Lyman Thomas Clapp
    Monday, April 1, 2019 4:00 AM
    Paper work for this soldier, Lyman Thomas Clapp’s, tombstone was sent in not once, or twice, or even three times, but four. Once, $30 was charged to send Kim Hancock sheets of information on Clapp, but when it was received no name was on the papers so it was useless. However, as a last ditch effort, Kim and Suzi Petrey sent that letter along with the useless sheets without his name in and it was finally okayed. 
    Born on the first day of July in 1888, the son of Thomas Jefferson and Rebecca Childress Clapp, he grew-up in Hindsboro, Illinois, in a family with three brothers and three sisters. 
    A small man at 5’4” and 130# he had brown eyes and black hair. His WWI registration noted that he had weak eyes, but he went anyway, serving in the Medical Corps in a base hospital enlisting on 9-5-1918 and out of the service less than a year later on March 22nd. 
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  • This weeks' guest plans to walk on the ocean as well as sky dive
    Thursday, March 28, 2019 4:00 AM
    For the last few years, I’ve written an ATC article on a graduating senior or two, and this year is no exception, my first being today’s piece. I’ve known this kiddo for many years and watched her through her younger times up until today. She’s quite a talented lady, as are so many in her family.
    Although her great Uncle Terry, head of the Art Department at Lafayette Jeff for decades, taught her quite a bit in regards to art techniques, she has a natural ability from her paternal grandmother. Also, she took all the classes offered at CHS and won several awards, even designing this year’s NAHS t-shirts. Yes, she loves art, but is planning on majoring in Psychology at Purdue in the fall. She says, “There’s a solid money base coming in that way!” She is hoping to get involved in a Psychology Learning Community at PU, and eventually get her PsyD or PhD, not being real sure at this point whether to go into the psychological or medical part of psychology. Of course, after classes and working in various aspects of the field, that choice will be much more easily made.
    Last year, she was a News Anchor for Amino and did some writing for a K-Pop blog. Now, she is more interested in classical rock, and really all kinds of music … “but country.” 
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One - Arthur Robinson and Hiram Bettie Robinson
    Monday, March 25, 2019 4:00 AM
    This week we have first cousins, Arthur Robinson, son of John Thomas and Hiram Bettie Robinson, son of Hiram Cecil. John Thomas and Hiram Cecil were sons of Arthur and Bettie Burdette Robinson, both born in Lancaster, Garrard County, Kentucky, both migrated to Montgomery County where both worked for the wire mill. This family was large and patriotic, Hiram Cecil himself being in WWI and his son Hiram Bettie in WWII. 
    Arthur (son of John Thomas and Augusta Dunn) was born 2 Nov 1914, grew-up in Crawfordsville, and attended high school here. He passed away at the young age of 53 at the Himes Veteran’s Hospital in Chicago after a lengthy illness. In Marion County, on June 20, 1950, age 36, he married Essie Armour. Two daughters survived him, and a full brother, Julian with four half brothers and five half sisters. He was also close to his stepmother, Susie Baughman Robinson. He was fondly nicknamed Sarge. He served in the US Army. Arthur and Essie attended St. John’s AME Church here. When he registered for the WWII draft, he lived at 309 North Grant and worked for George Asimos, but nothing as to what type of work this was. Much taller than his cousin, he was 5’11” and weighed about the same. 
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  • Our guest’s paper route for 225 customers included the Nibble!
    Thursday, March 21, 2019 4:00 AM
    This week’s guest said he was tall and should have been in sports, but instead he played the sousaphone. “I wasn’t very good,” but they needed one for marching band. He fared much better as a bass in the choir. Admitting he was kind of a stinker, he told us a couple of tales, one being that they hassled one little crippled lady teacher so much that he and some other boys decided they better make amends at Christmas and got her a dozen roses. She cried! Another threatened that if he didn’t keep stop talking all the time, that he wasn’t going to be in the class play. He didn’t, and he wasn’t! 
    A native Crawfordsvillian, he first went to Mills school, then CHS. Upon graduation, he didn’t want to work at a factory, so it was to JC Penneys for a year. Quickly, he discovered no money there. On to Donnelleys where he worked for two decades. Then, major career change! More later.
    This fellow and I both had newspaper routes when teenagers. Believe I averaged about 80 customers throughout half of Waveland, while his route was from the College Street Drug Store down Wallace Avenue, Tuttle, the Nibble area, Elm and Mills streets up the railroad tracks, totalling 225 folks. I was amazed and besides that he was robbed (pick pocketed) twice totalling about $17, a good amount of money in those days. Thought it was cute that he stopped on Mill & Elmore at Abney’s Grocery and sidled up to the pot belly stove there to get warm. 
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  • Karen chooses a Chrysanthemum for this gal
    Thursday, March 14, 2019 4:00 AM
    Jory’s papaw took me to meet this great lady who will soon hit 10 x 10 and is as spry as I am at 10 x 3 off of that age! Of course, a party is being planned. I voted that was excitement ‘nuf but they always instigate something unique that she’s not done before. For her 96th birthday, she took a ride on a Gold Wing motorcycle, hopped right on and had a blast! Someone mentioned perhaps bailing out of an airplane? She turned-up her nose but when I suggested zip-lining, her eyes lit-up! So, who knows but she’s the kind of gal who will be thrilled with anything.
    When I queried her a couple of times about what invention she’s lived through that was the best, she said she’d have to pick water in the house because she isn’t afraid of work for sure but carrying gallons and gallons of water got really old! She loves the telephone, too, but noted that she could do without the television, rarely watching it and when she does, it’s shows like Wheel of Fortune that keeps her mind working. Loves doing Word Searches for the same reason!
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One - Bert Alfred Walton
    Monday, March 11, 2019 4:00 AM
    Bert Alfred Walton was an automobile mechanic for many years, born in Boone County, Indiana January 28, 1907 and passed away in Montgomery on November 7, 1978 shortly after noon with pneumonia. His home was at 903 Kentucky Street but he passed away at the Ben Hur Nursing Home. There is a reason Bert had no stone. Sadly, he was buried by the Welfare Department.
    He was not young (age 36) to enlist on the 6th day of the 6th month in 1943 (US Army) and he served until October 21st two years later when he received an honorable discharge. He grew-up in Boone County but lived in Montgomery the majority of his life. As far as I know, he had but one sister, Sylvia who married Oliver Riggins and died of lymphoma. They were children of Zachary Taylor and Pearl May Fields Walton. Taylor was a carpenter and laborer, spending several years working at a canning factory in Boone County. 
    “Bertie” as he was known to family and many others, married Leona Madge Harlan and they had two children, one dying young and the other was Richard Maurice, born at 10:30 in the morning on April 27, 1932, Dr. HA Kinnaman delivering him. Richard followed into his father’s footsteps as a mechanic as well, or at least that is what his occupation was when he married Wilamena Ritzlize in 1952. 
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  • Music and laughter are key to this man’s life
    Thursday, March 7, 2019 4:00 AM
    Do believe that my impromptu interviews are often my best and this week hubs and I ran into my guest at the China Buffet. Although I thought I’d interviewed him very early on for my ATC article, he said I’d not so my comment was, “Well, then let’s do this!” Since I’ve always loved his whole family, I got excited, and Jim of course, has known him for years as they were some of our best customers at Zach’s Family Restaurant. In fact, he noted that his enjoying root beers went way back to the B-K. 
    Speaking of the restaurant, his daughter was with him, and she had me laughing so hard telling about how she and her friends loved going in there. They’d be cruising around and see someone they knew in there, stop and talk them into supper. “Either my grandparents, someone else’s grandparents or some of my adopted grandparents (Bullerdicks, Thompsons …) would buy. I particularly loved a good, cold root beer!” She in turn thought it was hilarious that I don’t like root beer, but sure did enjoy those orange floats!
    Restaurants were important in this interview as his family owned a donut shop for three years, the best-ever in town, I do believe! In fact, he and his family were living in Ohio at the time, and his dad purchased the place to lure him back home. Later, he was one of the managers of our local Pizza Hut for 20 years.
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One - Wesley Warren Belden
    Monday, March 4, 2019 4:00 AM
    A WWI Army Vet, Wesley Warren Belden is our soldier this week and he certainly was a wanderer, almost always returning to his birth area of New Berlin in Chenango County, NY. However, he obviously passed away while here and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery.
    Our soldier this week was definitely born on August 1st. All records indicate such; however, he is listed in some sources as born in 1881 and other sources in ‘83, then ‘82 being on his Social Security listing, so for the purpose of our article today, he was born the 1st day of August in 1883, listed on war records. That said with a bit of question, of course. However, his birth place seems to definitely be in New Berlin, Chenango County, New York. 
    He was the son of Casson Jerome (son of Jerome the family liked naming for family members) and Mary Elizabeth Swaim Belden. Twice married, Wesley was twice divorced. He first married Lena Kern 5 October 1904 in Norwich, NY and in the 1905 census, is listed as a farm laborer. In various sources, he was a laborer, carpenter, house painter, builder…
    The next year, he and Lena moved to Parke County, Indiana where daughter, Edna Louise was born in late July. My first thought was, “Why in the world did they move to Parke County? Several people had the mother’s maiden name incorrect (Swim and Swain) but there are a lot of Swaims in Parke and thus that may be the reason, plus Mary Swaim Belden is buried in Marshall. 
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  • Karen’s guest this week is truly a good man!
    Thursday, February 28, 2019 4:00 AM
    My good fellow this week loves to garden, golf and do projects, but mainly, he just loves to work at his job. He has 40 employees under him and has worked at his company, starting two days after he graduated from high school. That was 42 years ago. 
    During his high school years, he worked for various farmers. He really wasn’t involved in much at North Montgomery where he graduated in 1977 because as you know, he loves to work. In fact, he worked his way up in his job to the Manager’s position, and he’s a good one, always looking for new ideas and ways to improve. More later on that topic!
    He and wife of an awesome name (first, maiden, last) have known each other since they were kids. Their parents were good friends. They have been married for 35 years. Her first name is the same as mine. YES! Her maiden is one of a past president. “I’m married to a Kennedy,” he loves to say. 
    Not a major joiner, he does belong to Rotary and is a third generation Mason. He’s hoping his son joins to make it a 4th. He loves reading non-fiction, biographies in particular of people he respects and can learn from, such as Jack Welsh and Lee Iacocca, tallying management and life ideas as he peruses. Sometimes he reads mysteries, as well.
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