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Sunday, April 11, 2021
  • 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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  • The local Burroff family loved all of their boys
    Thursday, March 4, 2021 4:00 AM
    The wife of a Brown Township farmer birthed our subject on November 28 in 1891, the oldest of their two sons. William McKinley Burroff would much later be joined by his brother Armour (May 30, 1906). They were sons of Tennessee born, Rufus Burroff and Parke Countian, Margaret Heacox. 
    Rufus Burroff had not lived in Montgomery County but a few years when he married Margaret, having been born in the Knoxville, Tennessee area with a few years’ stop in Kentucky. His father, William hailed from West Virginia and wife from NC so not sure why Rufus had the desire to come north but glad he did.
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  • A delightful and different ATC for you today
    Thursday, February 25, 2021 4:00 AM
    Let’s get this perfectly straight – I cannot write poetry – it is pathetic (ask any kid I ever taught in school) however, I appreciate aspects of poetry. To me, poetry must speak to you. The second thing is that it must relate to you in some way and when I read the poem, The Ones Who Came Before by Dianne Combs, I loved it, as it spoke to me loudly and clearly and I can relate to almost every word. I asked her if I could use it as I had an idea.
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  • Karen discovered a new cousin - two ways
    Thursday, February 18, 2021 4:00 AM
    Jackson Rudolph Valentine Ratcliff – now, how’s that for a name? He, too, is one of the 1924 graduates from CHS and he was a farm boy, so stood to reason he was in the Agriculture Club, Commercial Club as he wanted to go forth in business, Athletic Association and he enjoyed singing in the choir. His prophecy was that he would be an exceptional farmer working with others from the community at the new stock pavilion. In life, he wasn’t too far off from that in his future.
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  • Karen compares herself with this fine gentleman
    Thursday, February 11, 2021 4:00 AM
    Sometimes they wanted him, and sometimes not. That’s kind of the theme of this man’s lifetime and he led one fascinating life. Not really sure why I chose John Stout Zuck for the subject this week, but perhaps it was because he was an educator like me and his last name is the same number of letters – four – with two the same as mine. Or, I just fell into it. Anyway, read on for an interestin’ fellow! Hmmm, but maybe after I saw this photo from findagrave, added by Sandra Lennox, and saw that he is as handsome and unique as I am cute and crazy, bingo, had to write about him! 
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  • The Elmore Boys of '24 and their fascinating family
    Thursday, February 4, 2021 4:00 AM
    Many of you know I graduated from Waveland High School with 19 in my class; Jim (my husband) graduated in one of the biggest ever out of CHS (about 300 – WWII babies galore) but the class of 1924 out of CHS was somewhere in the middle – over 100 with some really brilliant, creative, intellectual folks. We had those too but we rarely had a duplicate name in one class unless there were twins and Waveland seemed to have quite a chunk of those.
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  • Today's guest was involved in many local affairs
    Thursday, January 28, 2021 4:00 AM
    John Jay Sloan was a beloved local doctor in Crawfordsville for over four and a half decades, being the third in Crawfordsville to set-up practice, plus he married into one of the most prestigious of our early families.  
    Mary Frances Ristine, at age 19 became the bride of the already well-established 31-year-old Doctor Sloan. Mary Frances was born April 17, 1823 in Madison and came with her family by a huge wagon drawn by six strong horses to C’ville that October where her father, the infamous Major Henry Ristine built a home on the northeastern corner of Market and Green, shortly afterwards, building Ristine House on East Main that did a fine business, a place to rest for many purchasing property at the land office. Henry Ristine also served three terms in the state legislature.
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  • This lady was one of C'villes Great dames
    Thursday, January 21, 2021 4:00 AM
    Deere. Glenn. Whittington. Davis. Rice. Names all my readers and anyone with interest in Brown Township have heard many times before. Question is: how do they tie together with another well-known Montgomery County name? All in the beautiful little lady, Mary Joel Whittington (born February 21, in 1901) daughter of William Tyre and Elva Jane Deere Whittington, (her father a well-known local trial lawyer, and her mother the daughter of Joel Deere, owner of the Deer’s Mill on Sugar Creek) who married General Mahlon Manson’s grandson, George Durham Manson (born July 3 in 1900). 
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  • He discovered "The String Bean Dance"
    Thursday, January 14, 2021 4:00 AM
    Caster Eugene Wilson, one of Crawfordsville’s own spent the majority of his life right here in our fair city before beginning his wintering in Boynton Beach, Florida in about 1965.  
    His WWII Draft card description described him to perfection, 5’10”, 145 pounds, blue eyes, brown hair with light complexion – that he was; however, they forgot to add – one heck of a great guy!
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  • Dentist leaves a deep impression on county
    Thursday, January 7, 2021 4:00 AM
    Although Elmer Washington Ream (love to say that name) was born in Huntington County, Indiana (Halloween day, 1862) he made a deep impression upon our fair city and county. Spending his younger years on his parents’ (David and Delilah) farm, he learned hard work, the love of God, music and to be kind. Growing up in a fairly large family (at least two brothers and two sisters), he had a happy childhood.
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  • She took her love, went forth and prospered!
    Thursday, December 31, 2020 4:00 AM
    How many of you grew-up in a musical family? I remember three or four in my hometown and loved to go to their homes and hear the music. Well, this week we have a gal who did indeed grow-up in this type of environment and it paid off well for her.  
    Martha Elizabeth Ream was the third of five children born to Elmer Washington Ream, who was not born here, but was a long-time well-admired local dentist in Crawfordsville and his wife Lula Brewer.
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