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Tuesday, October 16, 2018
  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One - Walter Allen Moore
    Monday, October 15, 2018 4:00 AM
    Walter Allen Moore was the oldest of nine children born to John A. (Allen?) Moore and Eliza Ann Swim. John had been born in Bristol County, Massachusetts but came to Montgomery when fairly young. Eliza was born in Whitesville. Both her parents had unusual names, Cornelius and Penthacilla. Walter was one of three sons, the rest daughters. Strangely, four of these were married to different family Moores. Kind of a genealogical nightmare, really! As a bit of a note, his mother’s name was probably not pronounced swim as in go to the pool and take a dip, but with a double e sound. This I surmise because of various spellings. 
    Walter was born August 3, 1867 near Waveland. Although he spent several years up north (Dekalb, Indiana and Benton Harbor, Michigan) with a well-established blacksmithing business, he died “back home again” in Montgomery County at 107 North Street. His story is a bit different than most, as he was originally in the Indiana National Guard in Crawfordsville but asked for a discharge so that he might join the regular Army to fight in the Spanish-American War. This was done. 
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  • He’s accomplished his bucket list. Hers, they’re too busy to tackle
    Thursday, October 11, 2018 4:00 AM

    Just happened by this couple’s gorgeous house on a computer run. So glad they said yes to an added attraction, an interview for ATC while I was there. One nifty item I’d like to say is that although they are over 60, they’re practically newlyweds, and are so happy having great fun together in their eve of life!

    A Montmorenci graduate, he wasn’t real into activities since he worked at a Marsh Grocery clear through high school. He grew-up in a fairly large Catholic family of three sisters and a brother. Having attended St. Ann’s his whole lifetime they now go to St. Bernard’s often, too. Their beautiful wedding occurred at St. A’s on July 1st, 2016. See, newlyweds!!
    She was extremely active in band, choir, FFA, 4-H and Job’s Daughters. Two brothers (Bill some of you may know as he worked at RRD for many years and Don who lived in the Danville area) and other family grew-up in the big town of Carpentersville where her grandfather had a nifty store for decades.
    It was the Redwood Inn as a waitress for her after high school, then RRD for a couple of years, then she was a stay-at-home mom. At age 50, she decided to start her own business and did remarkably well with many under her. For 16 years, she sold Home & Garden Party items, some really nifty stuff. A friend of ours began her own business, a flower shop at age 50, as well, so they laugh together about not knowing what you really want to do until the 5th decade of life!

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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One - Ben Cline
    Monday, October 8, 2018 4:00 AM
    Road blocks. So many road blocks prevented a good article full of interesting information about our soldier this week, but I’ll tell you the little we know.
    So, today, we present another of our colored soldiers, Benjamin Cline. Ben was born in Charleston, South Carolina, as were his parents. We do not know if he was a slave, but since he joined the 8th US Colored Troops in Columbus, Indiana, I’d think not. However, his service was fairly short lived, having joined in late January 1865 and mustered out with the company on November 10, 1865. Capt. Blythe Hymes signed him up. As far as is known, it is unlikely he saw any battles, but he marched a great deal, down from Philadelphia to the Rio Grande in Texas where they were on active duty at the end of the war. Then back again north for discharge. A bit of discrepancies about his age showed-up when he is listed for a years’ time at 19 in the Company Description Book but 20 when he enlisted which was earlier. He received $100 bounty when he mustered.
    One of the interesting commanders of the 8th was Col. Samuel Chapman Armstrong, made a general at the close of the war. He was the first principal of an African American Normal School. It is believed Ben could write and it was possible he received some education there. Armstrong was born and raised in Hawaii, the 6th of ten children. When Sam’s father died when Sam was 21, he left Hawaii and came to the states to college, then war. His men loved him and he loved his men. A man named Stansifer was Ben’s Captain. 
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  • From banging the weedeater in frustration, she's now a guru
    Thursday, October 4, 2018 4:00 AM
    Although our guest this week grew-up a little here and a bit there she has lived back home again in MoCo for many years, yet away for awhile, too. She attended Carmel for some of her high school years, but is a CHS graduate where she was active in SSS, musicals and plays and spoke at graduation, not because she was Valedictorian or Salutatorian but because that was the year they decided to choose speakers. She attended DePauw, her husband Notre Dame but they both switched to Purdue and graduated. They lived in Rochester, NY and Columbus, Ohio but ended back up at Crawfordsville where she worked in the family business, while raising her three children, Eliza (who ironically lives in Carmel and is an attorney), Nathan who lives in Avon and is an English Teacher and Isaac who sells lab supplies and majored in Genetics. She said “others” raised her children as they spent a great deal of time with their uncles and grandparents. Quite excited as well she should be about her three grandsons and three granddaughters! 
    Her degree was in Secondary English but she was determined to become a lawyer, and when this gal puts her mind to something, it’s done. Obtaining her law degree from IUPUI Law School, she practiced law in our area for 30 years but is now retired. Well, I say retired, but she is so active she’s nonstop work. 
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  • Remeet our 1963 Miss Montgomery County in this week's article
    Thursday, September 27, 2018 4:00 AM
    I was so excited to meet this lady a few weeks ago at the Ladoga Normal Museum. Besides that, I was thrilled to get to know her as I adored her mother. Her mother and I rode to ISU together when I was 32 and Mom was 60. What a lady to admire and I’m feeling that with the daughter. 
    Our guest this week went to New Market all 12 years, although she’s been as much associated with Ladoga as the former town. Her family’s farm was even south of Ladoga, so she knew a great many Canners as well as Flyers. Roots are deep in Montgomery County with the Busers and Bakers. Born in the old Culver Hospital, she grew up on the old Goodbar Farm southwest of Ladoga. She, mom, dad and three brothers (David, now retired from Allison; Kenny, retired from RR Donnelley and Wesley who still lives on the farm and is a trucker) had a happy life! 
    While at New Market, she was in many speech contests and gave dramatic readings. She was Literary Editor of the Yearbook and involved in band and chorus where her resounding alto voice rang out. Then, in 1963, she was Miss Montgomery County and she still remembered her yellow tea-length dress that was flouncy and soft. Her sponsor was Dellekamp’s Department Store and Susie Dellekamp went to the banquet with her at Wabash College. The Dellekamp Store was the center of our guest’s speech. That said, it was obvious she was active in 4-H where she took baking and sewing. “No animals, as my dad didn’t think that was lady-like!”
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One – John S. Ewing
    Monday, September 24, 2018 4:00 AM
    Company H, Indiana 16th Infantry is the unit John Ewing signed up to serve from, being 44 years of age. It can only be guessed that the rigors of such a life left a permanent mark on his health as about 20 years later, in a hotel in Belleview (Shelby County), Illinois about the midnight hour of 11-11-1881, he choked to death. There were rumors he was shot, and that is a possibility (choking to death, yep) but cannot find any proof to that. 
    His dying act was to leave a note that, he “lay down his burdens by the wayside,” and that his mind had been hard thinking on the immortality of his soul. Also, makes you wonder if he took his own life, poison could choke ya’ to death but still give time to write a note. He went on to ask the good Lord to take mercy on his “dear wife and children.” Signed -- Prof. J.S. Ewing. John S. Ewing, our soldier, was educated at West Point, and was wounded at the battle of Chickamauga according to the Stearns Genealogy by Avis Stearns VanWagenen. It is also known that his uncle was the famed Thomas Ewing, the first US Secretary of the Interior and an Ohio Senator. Quite a colorful character, for sure. Thomas’ grandfather was a Revolutionary War soldier, thus bringing in the love of his country all the way for today’s soldier, John S. Ewing.
    However, so many questions are still unanswered about this interesting man. Ironically, we know more about him than some coming-up in the Etched In Stone articles. For one item, we have quite a bit of knowledge about his dear wife, Sarah C. Stearns, whose mother, Jane, was a niece of the famed Davy Crockett. From what I’ve learned about this amazing lady, Sarah Stearns Ewing, she was an innovative leader, worker and persevered through problems to come-out a winner in the end. Also, Sarah received his pension beginning April 7 in 1883. 
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  • Although both good workers, he just can't stop
    Thursday, September 20, 2018 4:00 AM
    When I called this couple, she answered the phone. I said, “Hey, I have a question for you!” She quickly replied, “No, we’re not going in the restaurant business with you!” We both laughed so hard, as it’s definitely not something we either want to get back into. Obviously, though, she didn’t tell me no to an interview and I’m so glad as we had an absolute blast!
    Hubs and I met them at Pizza Hut and learned some fun tidbits. In fact, he brought me a bright yellow sheet of paper and handed to me. At first, I thought he’d written my article. Instead, it was a most interesting list of jobs he’d had. His first, at age 12, was a “grounds keeper” at the Lydia Crawford estate. Hmmm, did he mow her yard?
    Certainly, there was a wide variety of interesting jobs and careers, some of which were a car detailer, feed salesman, a dog (chinchilla) and fish breeder (betta splenden), custom service rep at RRD (textbooks), quality control manager at Harper & Row, a club house manager, restaurant owner and had his own construction company. Obviously, a versatile man, he did it all quite well. “I love to work,” and he likes to have fun when doing so. Yet, he expects the same from others. 
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  •  She works at making beautiful angels; he just works
    Thursday, September 13, 2018 4:00 AM
    Oh goodness, it’s a double up week. Never done that before but decided I’m going to present you this couple, anyway. Guess a few years back when it was their 50th anniversary, I wrote an ATC article about them but didn’t interview them so none of us naturally remembered it. Remembered an anniversary article, but not that it was an ATC one. So, I did interview them, got home, looked up the anniversary article and made the discovery, but they’re old friends, we had fun and I asked them a lot of different questions this time that even I didn’t know answers to. So here goes and promise not to do that again. Sorry, but enjoy! An FYI, if you have contact information for someone you feel would be a good subject for an ATC and they’d not mind, do let me know. Love meeting new folks and sharing their lives in ATC!
    She was 15, he 19. He just called her up and asked her to go to the Waveland Fish Fry. Really, she wasn’t supposed to date until 16, but since they were double dating with her cousin, dad relented, and so it began. Curfew was a strict 10 o’clock, though.
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One - Charles M. Doyle
    Monday, September 10, 2018 4:00 AM
    It was all over a woman! In fact, a married one at that. The Doyle family (sons of Allen and Nancy Teeter Doyle, plus sister, Frances) was reasonably well liked in the community, one brother, Elza being a local policeman and another brother, William, a contractor, yet another one, Allen a carpenter. Two sons, John M. and Isaac Newton had gone to Iowa. In fact, their youngest brother, Charles M. “Charley” worked (as a painter) with the brothers prior to going off to war, volunteering April 28, 1898 at Indianapolis and discharged the following January 17th. Listed as 5’7”, with blue eyes, brown hair and fair complexion, he was a good man; well, that is as long as he wasn’t drinking!
    All the way around, the drinking presented the problem in this sad case of one of our unmarked soldiers. Charley’s unit, the 16th US Infantry was in the battle Cuba’s San Juan Hill. This was the battle Teddy Roosevelt noted was great fun, and “We had a bully of a fight!” Assuredly, Charley would have seen much in those months he was gone to war. Perhaps this is what drove him to drink upon his return, because he was otherwise well liked, just noted to be mean when he was inebriated. 
    Thus, he was in the bottle when he met (perhaps for the first time) Frank Parrish who had a great vendetta against a man named Joe Douglas, whose wife (Phroney), Parrish had been “seeing,” if you know what I mean. Joe and Charley knew each other somewhat and had no quarrel, so it seemed odd that Charley would accompany Parrish. Remember, though, Charley had been drinking. Parrish had threatened Douglas more than once, saying he would beat him until he was dead. 
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  • His customers are life long friends - read all about it
    Thursday, September 6, 2018 4:00 AM
    Known this fellow for a few decades. Met him through genealogy and we love to talk the subject. In fact, during our interview, we discovered we are cousins, both going back to Edward I, who is a story all in his own right. My friend said, “Get him and you get everybody important!” So, we laughed at being Royal Cousins! 
    Speaking of stories, my guest has an interesting one, having been born in the old Culver Hospital 74 years and one day before our interview. I asked how he had celebrated his birthday the day before and the answer was that he had spent it with his surgical nurse niece Juana, her husband, Jason Gilliland and their son. Went to Creekside where he had never been, so it was a nice time. His family is small, including a sister, Marsha, another niece Julie and nephew, Chad, plus four great nephews, Chase, Brayden, Jimmy and Ian and great niece, Lyra.
    Back to the awesome birth story, he came into view at 6 pounds 6 ounce. Must have been long, too, as his mother said he was limp like a rag. He’s still thin and sure doesn’t look half a decade older than me.
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One - James Owens
    Monday, September 3, 2018 4:00 AM
    In Row E, Section 6, Oak Hill Cemetery, a fella’ who drove Kim Hancock around several corners before she could find enough proof for the government stone, finally rests in peace. James W. Owens served in the 1st Regiment of the Indiana Volunteer Infantry of Co. K. and was mustered in June 19, 1846 at New Albany, Indiana by Colonel Samuel Church, mustered out June 14 of the following year in New Orleans. Owens served as their 1st Lt. during the Mexican War. Many from Montgomery County suffered severe hardships (which I’ve written about a couple of other times) with this group. 
    Born in Kentucky to John and Catherine Woods Owens (both Virginians), his birth occurred on December 14, in 1813 and he died one month shy of his 80th birthday in Crawfordsville, one of our poor farmers. Here, he had dwelled for quite some time because of “unsoundness of the mind,” which seemed odd since the year before he had signed the same type of papers for one of his fellow Mexican War soldier friends. Both had “property,” and Kim and I have wondered if they had “property,” then why was there not enough money to provide a tombstone? Besides that, what happened to the property itself? 
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  • Their uncles were back-to-back sheriffs
    Thursday, August 30, 2018 4:00 AM
    These two have the most fascinating backgrounds in common. I especially enjoyed the fact that a grandfather each owned a local grocery store, his “in the Nibble,” and hers on the corner of Mill and College. She would go down and “work” when she was little, gpa’ always finding something for her to do for her pay, “candy.” Sixlets, still brings back those great times. Now, his gpa’ did one up and for “working” he got an ice cream drum stick!
    Both are CHS graduates. She was active in Sunshine, worked in the Counselor’s office, the school book store and took Spanish for four years which has come in handy. He was in football, basketball, and track. While in high school, she did a lot of babysitting while he worked at the Ben Hur Nursing Home (mowed yards and did detasseling as well as had a paper route), where he said he learned to appreciate life more.
    She has a brother and had a sister who passed away in 2012. He has one sister in Arizona (great vacation spot) and their sisters were super good friends in school, but never introduced them then or later. Another item in common is that both uncles were sheriffs, back to back even. 
    At the point they met, they were both frugal, he from habit, she because as a single mom she had to be. Both were divorced, he fairly recently. Neither, and I mean neither, wanted to get serious, but he kind of wanted someone to just run around with and have fun. She thought, “Oh, I’ll give it a try!” 
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  • Monday, August 27, 2018 4:00 AM
    Henry Warren’s age varied ten years, mainly pointing to about 1841-42. Kim Hancock had to choose a date when ordering the government stone, so she sent him in as born in 1842, where most of the research pointed. Since his obituary states that he was a slave for 30 years, I feel he was born earlier, as 1842 would indicate more like 20 years, and since one record (1900 census) stated he was born in October of 1833, that would make it about 30 years when he joined up to fight for our country in the 28th US Colored Infantry (Co D) of Indiana. Thus, right or wrong, we’ll go for that date of Henry’s birth. There is no doubt of the date of his death August 15, 1919 which took place at the Soldiers Home in Danville, Illinois where he had lived the last three years of his life.
    Although there are certainly major age differences in couples, Lucinda Luther, Henry’s wife was born in 1832, which is another reason I put Henry’s birth earlier making them about the same age, otherwise he’d be ten or so years younger. She passed away years earlier than he (11 Feb 1882 at age 49 or 50) at their home in Crawfordsville, not sick a day. Died of heart failure. She and Henry were devout Christians, both being members of the African American Church in Crawfordsville. She was born in Illinois, he in McLean County, Kentucky. It is unknown how they met or when they married, but that they were married for a few years before her death. Highly unlikely they had children as they would have been in their 40s. 
    Also unknown is if the two women who were left money (Christine Martine and Eva Wray) in “Uncle Henry’s” (most of the older, respected colored folks in the county were called uncle or aunt; it did not particularly specify relationships) will were relation or simply someone he was trying to help. Seems that way in the article in the Crawfordsville Review on August 19, 1919 (Christine, whom he raised). He also gave money to their church, bequeathing it to the trustees to be used as they saw fit. If there was money left, the girls would split it. He had planned his demise with care. He left word of what he wanted done with his burial at Oak Hill, complete with military honors. 
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  • These two strive for at least one kindness a day
    Thursday, August 23, 2018 4:00 AM
    During the years I’ve written this column, I’ve never gotten an answer quite like this one when I’ve asked how long someone has been together: 12 Years 7 Months 13 Days. I’ll bet he could even have told me how many hours and minutes (a walking encyclopedia in many aspects). Loved it! Their lives, separate and together, have been extremely interesting and their love story sweet and amazing. Read on!
    His father wound-up in Winchester, Indiana in an orphanage and at age four was “adopted-out” by Fred McGaughey in the Russellville area. At age 18, dad was shocked to find out his name wasn’t Cecil McGaughey at all. When a family preacher came around, he looked enough like Cecil to be his twin. The large Dumbo-like ears was the giveaway in discovering the two were brothers. My guest considers himself lucky he didn’t inherit the wild hearing organs.
    Our fella’ this week was the oldest of nine children and at age 18, joined the Army. His father literally poached, gathering fish and deer meat to feed the family. Consequently, his last name does not shed the best light in Putnam County and when our lady told her parents whom she had met on Yahoo personals, her dad wasn’t happy. However, he got to know him as the fine man he is and loves and appreciates him, now. In fact, when we had early supper at PH, they had been to her parents’ home helping put on a roof, “one to last her 87-year-old daddy’s lifetime.” 
    I have admired her photo journalism, and she has worked in that capacity for over four decades, first at high school sports, and featuring senior pictures, weddings, puppies, babies, you name it. In the 1980s, she was hired by the Journal Review as a freelance photojournalist. “My camera bag became a tech kit to fix a booboo at a ball game or assist with injuries at a bad car wreck.” All well, she then took pictures, even capitalizing on EMT classes because of the odd situations. 
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One - William and Lawrence Broach
    Sunday, August 19, 2018 10:41 PM
    Two brothers were blessed to be Etched In Stone recently, thanks to Kim Hancock and Suzi Petrey who are carefully combing the Oak Hill cemeteries for veterans without grave markers. William Jacob and Lawrence Edward Broach were sons of William Clayburt and Olive Belle Campbell Broach, and grew-up in Crawfordsville on Mill Street. 
    William J. was born February 21st in 1920 at 11:30 at night, following three sisters, Thelma, Opal and Hazel. His brother, Lawrence E. followed the next year at 3:13 in the afternoon, both delivered by Dr. F.A. Dennis and both born at 708 S. Mill.
    They attended school in Crawfordsville, then not long before the war, went with their parents to North Salem where they also attended, but neither ever finished. They were laborers and living with their sister, Hazel and her husband, Burl Reiter in the Russellville area in the census prior to enlisting in the service. 
    The younger of the two joined-up first at Ft. Ben and is tallied as being from Hendricks County on 11 July 1942. He was much bigger than his older brother. Lawrence listed as 5’9” and weighing 150 pounds whereas William was but 5’4” and 131 pounds when he enlisted October 15th of the same year. 
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