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Saturday, January 16, 2021
  • 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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  • Crawfordsville lady always had a smile on her face
    Thursday, December 24, 2020 4:00 AM
    Definitely, I would title this tribute, “She always had a smile on her face,” and that she did, even after teaching school for 38 years. Great feat, I’d say! Born in Logansport, July 23, 1906, Grace “Maude” Arthur spent most of her life in Crawfordsville, graduating from high school here in 1924.  
    Her father, Elijah Abraham Arthur was a well-loved and known Presbyterian minister. He was born in Daviess County, Indiana 31 July 1870 and passed away right here in Crawfordsville Sept 4, 1943 after retiring and living here several years. 
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  • Talking about a Valentine before Christmas is over
    Thursday, December 17, 2020 4:00 AM
    Sometimes when I read an old newspaper, I find an interesting subject who did something amazing, possibly had a sad death, or if I am looking at a yearbook, I might notice a name that fascinates me and that is exactly what happened this week. Sue Ann Ford gave us some old Crawfordsville year books to add to the Montgomery County Gen Web project and when Jim got finished scanning one, he gave it to me to peruse.
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  • "Will the Real George Washington, please stand up?"
    Thursday, December 10, 2020 4:00 AM
    Although I never totally confirmed a middle name for my fellow this week, nor a first name for his father, fairly positive that my guy, Dr. George Dewey’s middle name is Washington and his father, Washington’s first name is George. Stands to reason, anyway, and one time, I did find George listed as a Junior. Definitely, there were thousands of George Washingtons running around in those years, but no specific confirmation other than Washington for his dad and George (once or twice with a W.) for Dr. Dewey himself.
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  • This Boone County man's name was a household prayer
    Thursday, December 3, 2020 4:00 AM
    Not far into Boone County William H. Burroughs was born August 19, 1849 to William M. and Evaline Sanford Burroughs almost exactly a year after their marriage. It was William’s second marriage and William H. joined other siblings with two others (Thomas and Sarah) later joining him. His father was a farmer near the Hazelrigg area and William H. grew up learning a great deal about that career. His schooling as a boy mainly was through an academy in Lebanon. His first love was decidedly teaching which he did for a dozen years, until health sent him another direction. 
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  • Those close said a great and good man has gone
    Thursday, November 26, 2020 4:00 AM
    Just one week before this man passed away, he was teetering along the street, in full knowledge of his death nearing, just as happy as he ever was, in pain, but nary a word of complaining was uttered. Up to several days past that time, at the age of a couple months shy of 60, he was still taking care of his patients, fully aware of his own faltering health.
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  • This C’villian took him a “bonny bride” from Paris, Ky.
    Thursday, November 19, 2020 4:00 AM
    William Wasson Goltra carried his mother’s maiden name – makes genealogy easier for sure and his Goltra family goes way back in America to a barber named Oliver who hailed from William Shakespeare’s hometown (Stratford on the Avon in England). The name has various spellings of Galtry, Goltry, Gallterry and Galtra being the most common. 
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  • A Quaker Elder spanning half a century and more
    Thursday, November 12, 2020 4:00 AM
    When I think of this last name, Rhett comes to mind – unusual name, unusual fellow. Well, we had a Butler right here in Montgomery County with an unusual first name, too and he was an amazing man, as well. Mahlon Butler was born in Dinwiddie County, Virginia the third day of the year 1821 (also found the 27th). He was the son of Lemuel and Jane (Durham) Butler from the same area of Dinwiddie County. Lemuel had at least five brothers and two sisters most of whom came here as well. 
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  • 1940 Census Taker did not live a blessed life
    Thursday, November 5, 2020 4:00 AM
    Several census takers have been the topic of my articles this year and today is no exception to the overall aspect. However, I've mainly featured census takers, men and women of 1900 or earlier. This fellow tallied the Wayne Township census of 1940, though. 
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  • A family blessed with faith, hope and love!
    Thursday, October 29, 2020 4:00 AM
    Although this couple doesn’t have deep roots in our county, or even our country, they dwelled in Crawfordsville just shy of four decades, raised some of their dozen children here and are buried in Oak Hill cemetery among many of their friends, some of Crawfordsville’s best!
    James Coyle was born in Cootehill, Caven County, Ireland October 23 in 1818 and taken to Canada by his parents when just a tyke.
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  • Meet one of Montgomery County's first Cattle barons
    Thursday, October 22, 2020 4:00 AM
    So, just who was William Bryant? Martha Ellen Flaningam and I set-out to find just that. (Note: Martha heads-up a great Facebook page for Sugar Creek Township and hoping perhaps this article may also land there). First, we discovered that a William Bryant entered through government grants just shy of 1,000 acres of land in Sugar Creek Township beginning in February of 1831 and still purchasing land grant property up through September of 1838 (totalling 11 grants which is fairly unusual), mainly in Sugar Creek but also in Madison Township touching his SC land. This land was just at the edge of Montgomery County, directly across the road from Tippecanoe County and this William and his son would purchase land there as well. William was from Ross County, Ohio and before that time, likely Petersburg (West) Virginia.
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  • Rebuilding the stairway to Heaven one brick at a time
    Thursday, October 15, 2020 4:00 AM
    After visiting one afternoon recently with our guest this week, my husband, Jim, summed-up Frank Barr’s life with this comment, “He is rebuilding the stairway to Heaven through a lifetime of service.”  
    Frank most assuredly says that his strong work ethics were cultured while growing-up on a farm in central Ohio. Literally, Frank was from the geographical center of Ohio in a town called Centerburg Early on, he lived with his grandparents and had many interesting memories, including taking Queenie and Dixie, their horses, down to the creek each evening for their drink of water.
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  • He was part of Civil War - for seven days
    Thursday, October 8, 2020 4:00 AM
    Well, I began tallying info on this fellow because the census year is about to finish-up and I’ve just become totally fascinated with the census takers of long ago, so trying to highlight a few of them. Then, I was just completely compelled with him, his family and his life. Joseph Milton Watkins was born July 16 in 1842 and passed away 24 April 1914, the oldest son of James F. Watkins and Louisa Scott. 
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