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Monday, September 27, 2021
  • Indiana’s Father of Churches was loved by his church flocks
    Thursday, September 23, 2021 4:00 AM
    Well, this was different – I began researching a fellow I thought was interesting (George W. Cook) but while checking him out, I happened upon today’s subject, William T. (family trees on Ancestry say Thomas but I never found any proof to that) Warbinton. Mainly he went by Rev. William T. Warbinton or Will to his old local friends.
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  • Roots for today's couple was pure MoCo
    Thursday, September 16, 2021 4:00 AM
    In February, 1901, there was a Big Sale at Graham’s Busy Store with a tally of 14 store managers, surprisingly almost all single ladies heading up the departments. The general manager was SA Hatfield with Claud Crist, Domestic Manager; Bid Flynn, Linen; Pearl Kincaid, Notions; Mary Fell, Cloak and Suit; (Mrs.) Dora Hardee, White Goods; Brigetta Costella, Dress Goods; Jennie Cade, Millinery; Mary Riley, Curtains; Mary Fell’s sister, Lizzie, Fancy Art; Hattie Naylor, Underwear and Hosiery; and those heading-up the Men’s Areas were: Will Galey, Men’s Furnishings; WW Goltra, Shoes; and our subject, Hugh Kelsey, Carpet Department. 
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  • Principal - Superintendent - State Sup - ISU President - what an Educator
    Thursday, September 9, 2021 4:00 AM
    This man didn’t have deep Montgomery County roots; in fact he wasn’t even born here but he made a deep impression not only in our community but all over the state of Indiana as one of the best educational influences ever!
    His name actually called my personal attention to him as I’m not sure I ever heard it before – have you? Linnaeus Neal Hines was born in Carthage, Missouri on February 12th in 1871, on a short sojourn of his parents, coming to Indiana shortly after his birth. 
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  • In politics our feature's father was a radical spirit!
    Thursday, September 2, 2021 4:00 AM
    While perusing the 1988 Family Histories of Montgomery County, I saw a wonderful picture (click on the little dot under my photo) and a very short piece on Commodore Fink (also loved his name and had written a tiny bit when I wrote about his daughter, Alice LePage’s husband recently) so I decided to check this fella’ out further. Enjoyed it and hope you too will appreciate reading about Mr. Fink!
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  • The man with the strawberry birthmark
    Thursday, August 26, 2021 4:00 AM
    Take a stroll in the unique Freedom Church cemetery on the sharp corner going west on State Road 234 toward the Shades State Park and you will see just about every other stone is one with the name BAYLESS topping it off. There are about 60 buried there and 5-generations rest in peace in the old, quaint graveyard. My particular Bayless as this week’s feature, however, is Lester Ophar Bayless born right here in MoCo (Brown Township) the son of Elmer Ophar and Margaret (Maggie) Pearl Demoret Bayless.
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  • Bible leads Karen on a merry chase this week
    Thursday, August 19, 2021 4:00 AM
    I was about to give-up on the Bible when my merry chase finally calmed and I was ready to write about this fine fellow, Richard M. Bible. The researching began quite easily, actually, but about every other article I viewed seemed to present contradictory information in regards to the personality I had formed regarding Mr. Bible.
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  • He traveled the world and lived in Darlington
    Thursday, August 12, 2021 4:00 AM
    Sure you can guess the nationality of this man, especially by his first and last names – Jules Anthony LePage (also often found LaPage, just as French). Actually, Jules was born December 10th in 1849 in El Fife, Algeria, which was under French Rule. His father (Alfonse) was an engineer put in charge of the territory between the French and Moors. The area was extremely dangerous so Jules was taken back to Villers Cotterets to live with his grandparents which he did until his 16th birthday.
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  • Foster Fletcher made his own luck
    Thursday, August 5, 2021 4:00 AM
    I happened into this article by seeing a photo of Foster Alexander Fletcher on FindAGrave (thanks D. Stonebraker). I discovered too late for our Twins Montgomery Memories that Foster fathered two sets of twins. Since I was mesmerized by this good-looker, thought I’d just go ahead and research Foster and besides the twins, let ya’ all know about his feats and accomplishments.
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  • Karen says to Emily & Upton – “Bless your Hearts!”
    Thursday, July 29, 2021 4:00 AM
    One of Crawfordsville’s most delightful fellows was James “Upton” Keene and he had quite a life! I can’t even imagine, so read on and see if you can! 
    Born a slave in (likely Fayette County) Kentucky, on April 23 in 1824, his parents were owned by Courtney Talbot, thus he was given to Courtney’s son, Nicholas (Nick) when they were both boys. Oddly, they never had a master/slave relationship. So, does that leave friends? Well, yes, but they went way beyond that! In their own words, they were “kin folks,” bosom brothers.
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  • The lovely story of Grandmother Talbot
    Thursday, July 22, 2021 4:00 AM
    A grandmother to 29, this gal was referred to as Grandmother Talbot by everyone who knew her, as she was loving and generous to all. Born Elizabeth Harp (daughter of John and Leah Ritter Harp) in Fayette County, Kentucky, she married Courtney Talbot at age 18 (December 16, 1830). At her death, besides the 29 grandchildren, she left nine of her own 13 (Nicholas; Elizabeth; Emily; John; Margaret; Rebecca; Henry; Aria; Nancy; Franklin; Warren; Alice and Daniel) she bore. In fact, four sons (Nicholas; Henry; Joseph and DW) and two grandsons, Joseph and Scuyler Kennedy bore her to her grave, granddaughters carrying the many flowers from the funeral.
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  • Read all about it . . . the retirement of a MoCo name
    Thursday, July 15, 2021 4:00 AM
    The Busenbark name is known to almost anyone living today or ever having lived in Montgomery County. Yet, many of you may not recognize it in its original state. When the family entered MoCo, two brothers, Redding and James Busenbarrick (various spellings of that form) came here from Butler County, Ohio before Montgomery was even created, just as it was kind of being thought about and planned for. They each entered 180 acres on October 30th in 1822. 
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  • I love Lucy . . . VanCleave, that is . . . says Karen
    Thursday, July 8, 2021 4:00 AM
    Just wanted something a bit different for the article today and thought I’d find a VanCleave I hadn’t written about yet and up popped Lucy. Worked on her for awhile and then went to bed since I could relax a bit with the idea in my mind. Then the next morning I called up Lucy in my database and realized how many Lucy VanCleaves I had so get ready – you’re gonna’ meet ‘em all (well, those Montgomery County related) because I decided I love Lucy! 
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  • E.R Johnson: a man of biblical proportions
    Thursday, July 1, 2021 4:00 AM
    Elijah Rockwood Johnson – common last name with an unusual middle name (his mother was a Rockwood, of course) and fairly unusual first, but forever was known as E.R. Johnson. Rev. E.R. Johnson to be more technical was born across from Canada in Ogdensburg, New York on May 14, 1831, and married Canadian-born, Phoebe Christina Cameron February 2nd, 1852 who passed away in May following their 24th anniversary, after gifting him with ten children (losing only one of those).
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  • Karen holds interview with her yearly senior: Riley
    Thursday, June 24, 2021 4:00 AM
    It is my custom this time of year to interview a graduating male or female who has impressed me and well, I’ve watched this fellow grow from a backward, shy boy to a fine and impressive young man! He is one who tackles a leadership position (or any problem), accomplishes it with finesse, aiding others to do their utmost as friendships and knowledge are developed along the way.
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  • 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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