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Wednesday, January 29, 2020
  • From Crawfordsville Female Seminary to Utah, Romania Bunnell made name for herself
    Wednesday, January 22, 2020 7:34 PM
    What do you do when you have two amazing females and only one place for a “County Connection” article in the Montgomery Memories? Ahhh, I’m blessed as I was able to save this one for an Around The County. This gal was indeed way ahead of her times and although MoCo can’t actually claim her as our own, she did live here and attended school here for a few years before going on out into the world to make one major big hit for the ladies.
    Born August 8th in Washington County, Indiana, 1839, to Luther and Hester (Mendenhall) Bunnell, their daughter, Romania, came to Crawfordsville to the Female Seminary probably about 1852, from their home in Clear Creek, Ohio. She studied here until 1855 when her mother decided to go to the Salt Lake Valley, Romania following.
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  • Talking with Richard and Eileen Bowen was music to my ears
    Wednesday, January 15, 2020 6:12 PM
    Can’t imagine music in Crawfordsville without these two wonderful folks and so happy to have finally met them while eating a lovely breakfast at The Breakfast Company. Wabash brought this couple to our fair city in 2001 and we’ve been blessed since.
    Native-born Pennsylvanians, he grew-up in York County, active in music and theatre in high school (with a rich baritone voice) then on to the small, Lebanon Valley College where at age 19, he directed his first church choir. They laughed as they said people swore that they could tell what type of chocolate was being made each morning by the smell coming from the close little city of Hershey, PA. Since college, he has headed-up at least ten church choirs in various sizes, from 30 members to 3,000.
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  • Spend a year taking the ancestor challenge
    Wednesday, January 8, 2020 10:47 PM
    On the Indiana Genealogy Facebook page I monitor, I asked a Group Gab question of what genealogical goals (or resolutions) did people have for the year. One member had an amazing idea and that was to do a 52 week challenge of writing up an ancestor a week. I loved it, so am going to try to do just that. Here’s an example if you want to grab the idea!
    Although this ancestor isn’t one I could truly say I’m proud of, he is fascinating and has been a source of entertainment now and again. Born the first day of August in 1815 in Ontario County, New York, he moved with his parents, Simeon and Hester Ann (Helms) Smith to Sullivan County in 1818 and ten years later to Parke County where the family stayed, Simeon helping to build the courthouse there.
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  • Life right here in the ‘20s . . . 1920s
    Wednesday, January 1, 2020 8:10 PM
    Haven’t you wondered what was happening 100 years ago here in MoCo? Of course you have, so read on! The year began with Emory King, Fire Chief giving his yearly report saying there were 138 runs the previous year with 23,150 feet of hose laid and 1,359 feet of ladders raised. The total loss from fires was $8,087.14 however that was on property valued at $222,850 so job well done! However, by the 6th, two runs for 1920 had already been tallied.
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  • Thursday, December 19, 2019 4:00 AM
    A fascination with the water be it Sugar Creek, the Wabash or one of the two rivers in Paducah, Kentucky, he lived the good life, almost always in his homemade houseboats with his beloved family. Such was the story of one of Crawfordsville’s well-loved artists, Walter Sies. 
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  • Census info: Future . . . and past
    Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:29 AM
    Lately, the scuttlebutt on the Indiana Genealogy Facebook page naturally has centered around the 2020 census. Some are readying to be enumerators; others want to know what will be included for genealogical purposes (like we’ll be around to see it released in 75 years) and still others have shown us handwriting examples of their ancestors who were census workers in the distant past.
    So, in honor of the upcoming census year, I thought I’d start with my favorite one and tell you about those men who took the enumerations in Montgomery County during July 1859-July 1860.
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  • Meharrys were givers from Montgomery County’s past
    Thursday, November 21, 2019 4:00 AM
    Those of us who grew up in Montgomery County know about as much about the Wallaces, Lanes, Elstons and such as we do about Abe Lincoln or George Washington; however, there is another (well probably lots more really) who deserves a great deal of glory in the annals of MoCo! I suppose many of you have heard of the Meharrys but may not know the amazing philanthropy involved with that name. I’m including Alexander Jr’s findagrave photo as I’ve seen several other family men and they all resemble this handsome fellow. 
    It all began with Alexander Meharry born in Ireland 5 August 1763. A good and righteous family, his folks were driven from their Scottish birthright property by Papist persecutors and ended-up in County Cavan, Ireland. Alexander married Jane Francis there in early 1794 and almost immediately embarked in a tumultuous 13-week voyage landing on the shores of New York. From there they removed to Lancaster County, PA. In Connersville, that state, Hugh, their first child was born two days before Valentine’s in 1797 on a rented farm. The next year they settled in Adams County, Ohio where the whole family suffered dreadfully with the ague as well as lost every ear of their first crop of corn due to an early and complete freeze. Then life smoothed out and all was well. In that place, the rest of their eight children were born, six more sons and one daughter: Thomas, Mary, James, Jesse, David, Samuel and Alex. In fact, Jane was carrying Alex when on the way home from a camp meeting, riding his favorite horse along, discussing their religious get-together, a huge Oak tree fell in the road with one of the large limbs breaking Alex’s skull (21 June 1813). Jane’s oldest was barely 16. The others left were 14, 12, 10, 8, 5 and 3. Plus, don’t forget the one on the way. Can you imagine?
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  • It’s classy camo for this wedding
    Thursday, November 14, 2019 4:00 AM
    It was back to my fav interviewing spot this week to meet a fun, nifty couple. Neither are Montgomery-born, but he graduated from Southmont and she graduated from nearby McCutcheon where she was active in Girl Scouts, 4-H, softball (an outfielder and clean-up batter) and played oboe in band. In 4-H she took foods, sewing, child development, and forestry mainly but one year did ten projects much to her momma’s chagrin. He was a football player for Mr. Coudret, plus had played tuba and wrestled a year. Born in Champaign, Ill., he moved to Thomasboro through 8th grade and came here in 9th grade where he lived in the famed painter, TC Steele’s boyhood home for a time. After marriage, they lived in Waveland until not long ago when they moved closer to Crawfordsville. We had a great time at Pizza Hut – I enjoyed ‘em immensely! What a great young couple.
    Before he even graduated from high school, he had a job at Raybestos, hired by my brother, even. He hadn’t realized I was a Bazzani so that was fun to fill-out information about all the side ways we have connected and hardly realized it. For instance, he coached their son, Austin, in soccer from Kindergarten-6th grade and coached our grandson, AJ, too, so we enjoyed catching-up on AJ being a Navy Nuke, now and Austin as a security guard. They also have an 11-year-old daughter, Camden who is “going on 30,” as he says. As a 6th grader at South, she swims, golfs and just finished the Addams Family musical, having a blast in that! So, he worked at Raybestos for 18 years as a tool and die maker. When Raybestos was having troubles (“Getting goofy”) he decided to look for another job. 
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  • A man from strong and good stock
    Thursday, November 7, 2019 2:43 AM
    Montgomery County has been extremely blessed to having so many talented writers and artists, and I was recently asked about one of the latter. Yes, I had heard of the man, but couldn’t really tell Bev much concerning him.
    As soon as I got home, I checked my very large (320,000+) people database, mainly area ones and I had him in there with a census record or two but nothing to really give me a feel of who he really was. So, the search began and what a fun and interesting one it turned out to be.
    Fred Nelson Vance was a native-born Montgomery Countian, viewing his first peak at the world on a somewhat artistic date even, 8-8-80. Born to a talented artist and intellectual reader, George M. and Josephine Nelson Vance, he was the only one of their three children to live to adulthood. Sadly, since Fred had no children, the talent stopped there or perhaps there is a cousin or two still spreading beauty? 
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  • It All Began With Eve
    Thursday, October 31, 2019 4:00 AM
    This week I’m featuring a most interesting local gal who loves to travel, especially to the Tennessee Mountains but can’t go anywhere much because of all her babies. She sleeps very little … because of her babies. Although she has two grown, tame ones of her own, these babies are wild ones. In fact, she is a certified Wildlife Rehabilitator.
    Having grown up in the country, she was always around animals of all kinds and forever had a fascination and love for them. People would ask her as a youngster about what to do in a certain situation in regards to their animals. Definitely, she’s a natural, plus has studied and read about them since back in childhood days. That’s not her only interest in reading, though, as she loves Nicholas Sparks, an occasional mystery as long as it’s not scary and some history such as the Holocaust. Plus animals, of course! 
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  • Cpl. Brown etched In stone
    Monday, October 28, 2019 12:13 AM
    Philip “Mark” Brown, buried in Oak Hill Cemetery is our soldier this week, joining Co D of the 116th (at age 20) where he was a corporal, serving the whole six months of the 116th’s existence. The 116th was active from Aug. 17, 1863 to March the 2nd the next year and lead the Morgan, Hines and Newburg raids, plus fought in at least the Battle of Blue Springs, Walker’s Ford, Pogue’s Run and a few skirmishes.
    Although more than one source said they only lost one man in battle and 64 to disease (average about 11 per month, which is mind blowing), the 1881 Beckwith History for Montgomery County had more than a dozen listed as KIA, plus William Gillian dying in Andersonville Prison. Quite a difference in information. The group spent most of the time in Eastern Tennessee. Mark Brown would become a pensioner for his part in the Civil War.
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  • How many towns in Montgomery County? 513!
    Thursday, October 24, 2019 4:00 AM
    513. Get that and it’s still growing! That is the number of the towns in Montgomery County found so far. Granted, many of them were just little whistle stops for the railroad or an area with 3-4 homes that someone tagged with the name of the oldest person living there, but all in all, these are places with at least some habitation throughout the 196 years of our county’s existence. 
    Probably I’ve been working on the little collection for at least 15 years and likely a couple over that, and it’s not just me, I’ve had lots of help (especially once I hit the first 100 it peaked a great interest), daughter Suzie, Jerry Turner, Dellie Craig, Kim Hancock, who have all contributed multiple ones, plus others sending me 2-3 they’ve found, all totaling that 513. The majority (although I’m working on updating the page to make it a bit easier to peruse – see the bottom to find the long list) can be found on my Montgomery GenWeb page ( although I’ve found a few yet that aren’t mentioned there. 
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  • Sunday, October 20, 2019 4:00 AM
    Although our soldier began receiving an old age pension for his three years service in the Civil War (Co H, 116th US Colored Volunteer Infantry) he didn’t accept the fact that he was old. Thus, he ran for public office – several times. Born near Frankfort, Kentucky, the day after Christmas in 1829, he appeared here after the war with determination to make an impression upon our fair city and that he did.
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  • Diving through time Karen gets 1890ish photo album to peruse
    Thursday, October 17, 2019 4:00 AM
    Recently, I was given a beautiful, old (1890ish) photo album (thanks so very much to Jeanie W) and my sweet hubs scanned it. You can see it here: It is in pretty good shape for being a century plus old and the majority of the pictures scanned very well. There were 40 photos Jim added to the GenWeb site and I’m so excited to have this addition to share.
    There are family photos, baby pictures, wedding ones and several adult individuals, as well. There is no indication of the owner or who the people (except in a few cases) are but definitely major hints as to who others could be.
    A dozen or so photographers are represented, but many are taken by the Willis family here in Crawfordsville. Other C’ville ones include the Nicholsons, Lawson & Ficken and HW Clark. Information about where and when these photographers existed are also on the website. A couple are from Indianapolis, Paris, Ill. and Brecken, Mo., even. 
    Two photos of Bert and Charles Hulvey are in the album, one of them as younger boys (see photo) ages maybe 10 and 13 and one I’d say in their 30s, possibly one as older men. Fairly sure several other photos of them as individuals and with families are also in the album.
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  • Monday, October 14, 2019 4:00 AM
    Such a sad story for this week’s soldier, one with a different twist, too! Kim Hancock didn’t order his stone, she found it. She discovered it while in the O’Neall cemetery at Yountsville. The stone was perfectly buried an inch under the ground. An unbroken, beautiful 18 x 45 memorial to a brave young man who fought in Company E, in the 72nd Indiana, better known as Wilder’s Brigade. 
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