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Monday, June 17, 2019
  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One – Ora Jefferson Hartley
    Monday, June 17, 2019 3:49 AM
    Our soldier this week was born in Crawfordsville October 29th in the year 1874 and was in the Spanish American War Co M, 158th Indiana Infantry, serving from the first days of June until almost the end of the year in 1898. Although he lived here for his first couple of decades, as he went throughout his life, he lived in several different places. 
    A son of Thomas Ellis Hartley and Margaret “Pauline” Sloan, his father’s family came directly from Greene County, Pennsylvania while his mother’s family hailed from Indiana at least a couple of generations before his birth. She had one brother, Ellis which seemed to be a family name on both sides of Ora’s family, as was Jefferson. Ora Jefferson had one sister, Eva who died in her late teens. He would take care of his parents the rest of their lives, they following him to all the various towns where he worked. 
    On his WWI draft registration, Ora was listed as being of medium height, stout build, and had blue eyes and black hair. At that time, he was living in Chicago as an undertaker, his life’s work, then for the Boystron Brothers in Cottage Grove. Much of his life was spent in this city, but again, he traveled around, too. 
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  • Thursday, June 13, 2019 12:31 AM
    To begin this week’s article, let’s say that my couple was recently in the news as partners in Dancing With the Stars. What they took away from that experience was that it’s all right to be pushed out of your comfort zone because sometimes it turns out with an awesome ending (from her) and that it was just another interesting experience for him! 
    The story of how they became involved in dancing is quite cute as it started with her seeing a free lesson coupon and begging him to go. Took some pleading, but finally he gave in (“Fine!”) saying just that lesson, but he is the one who really took to ball room dancing, so when there was a special on four lessons for $50, they went for that and are still going after three years and dearly loving it! His dad clogged and danced on old wooden roller skates plus he turns everything into basketball moves (learn a new dance routine – hey, that’s like a pick’n’roll). So, think he’s a natural. Especially since his body doesn’t do what’s required for good basketball playing or martial arts (he had six years) anymore, dancing lets him still be semi-athletic. Last year, their instructor’s partner piddled out right at the end and she asked him to dance with her. He’d have loved to except it was their daughter’s wedding day, so he had to beg out but promised to be involved the next year. Well, good choice, as their rendition of a tango received the “most sultry dance” award which embarrassed their son but they laughed saying, “We still got it!” 
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One – Harry Keenan Lee
    Monday, June 10, 2019 1:02 AM
    Pure happenstance was the prompter for this soldier’s tombstone. Kim Hancock was requested via findagrave to snap a photo in Oak Hill cemetery. She is pretty much busy all day every day helping someone in some way in their quest for family and taking tombstone photos is one of those ways. When she was walking through OH, she noticed a little metal grave marker. It dated back to (at this time) 40 years and still nice as can be. This is quite unusual as they are most often replaced or torn out. He was of a perfect time frame to have been in the war, but when she checked he was not listed in the service people to receive flags. Nagging at her, she did more research and found that Harry Keenan Lee was indeed a soldier and now is on the list to receive a flag and better yet, is now Etched In Stone. 
    Thinking his middle name was a family name from a grandmother or whomever, Kim nor I really found that it was, but it’s so unusual that we did look up the origin of the name and find that it is Irish and means “ancient!” Certainly he didn’t live to be that status, however. 
    Harry was small in stature (5’8”, 160#) but had a mighty big job during WWII. When he left for the service, he worked as a painter at Circle City Decorating Company in Indianapolis. Then, he became a plane painter. On his separation papers, he was noted as to have gone to high school but “building trades Indiana four years” was also on the sheet. In fact, he painted in various capacities for the rest of his life. Light complected, he was also described in his draft papers as having brown hair and brown eyes. 
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  • Thursday, June 6, 2019 4:00 AM
    This week’s gal had my granddaughter in school and I had her niece. Played cards some with her for many years, but only got to know him through that, so was thankful they said yes to an interview recently. Had a good time in their lovely home, and a blast laughing with the both of them.
    In fact, they built their home and have lived there 30 years. They visited open houses and chose various aspects of a home they liked, then he designed it. The gorgeous yard is both of them. “I buy the beauties and he plants them,” she told me. She loves it and enjoys working in it, “But I’m getting tired. It’s just too much!” Besides this gorgeous place they really love spending time in Florida where they’ve gone since 1978. 
    Although my guests are quite planted in Montgomery County, neither are from here, but instead are from the Region and the state of NY. She graduated from Washington HS in South Bend where she played volleyball, basketball and was in student council. She attended St. Adalbert’s, a Catholic School for the first eight years. During high school she was a popcorn girl at the State Theatre. “It was awesome as we could go to other (three total, including Granada and Avon) theatres to watch the new movies.” Also, it was fun to work in downtown South Bend!
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One – Harvey See
    Monday, June 3, 2019 11:06 AM
    This fellow is the first “bronze” marker for our soldiers in the Etched in Stone series. Born in Denver, in Miami County, Indiana he married a local gal and spent much of his adult life here in Crawfordsville. George Harvey See, known to friends as Harvey, was born June 18th in 1892 and passed away December 4th 1965 as he entered a taxi cab. His parents were Walter Fernando and Alice Ikenbury See and they are buried in Denver, Indiana. There was a sister, Alverna and two brothers, Carl and Walter in the See family. 
    At age 25, Harvey enlisted in the Marines in Indianapolis and went immediately to Paris Island, SC. His wife, Zelma Abigail Jackson (born July 13, 1897 at Young’s Chapel in Montgomery County) daughter of David Chambers and Eliza Jane Messmore Jackson had to sign a waiver stating she knew he was enlisting and she was giving her consent to do what was needed at home while he served. On his registration he was listed with brown eyes, light hair and medium build and height. Also, he was listed as a farmer on his draft registration but as a clerk (in Peru) when he enlisted.
    Kim Hancock received many papers on this man and we had quite a blast checking them out. One was literally a complete description. On the personal description paper, he is listed as having dark brown eyes, light brown hair, florid complexion and his height was specific at 67 ¾ “. He weighed 144 pounds His mean circumference was 35” and expansion 4”. His vision in both eyes was 20/20. Any inedible or permanent markings were listed as “S” in ½ of nose S in ½ right knee; S ¼ D left knee and posteriorly he had a PM on his right shoulder. Not exactly sure what that all meant but it is much more detailed and noteworthy in this paper than the normal WWI Draft listings that is noted above.
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  • Friday, May 31, 2019 1:15 AM
    This week’s gal and I used to walk around Waveland together. There wasn’t much to do in our little town and we both enjoyed walking. In fact, she ambled in from outside of Waveland about a mile then walked more with me. When I noted that in our evening together, her husband laughed and called us street walkers. Okay, in a sense we were but basically it was pure exercise, readers!
    He grew-up in Parke County, graduating from Turkey Run HS where he was active in FFA and drama club, but worked most of the time for Bud McCormick, Crowder’s Body Shop and Cooper’s Implements. His father was a mechanic and he basically picked it up from him and where he worked. Today, he owns his own machine shop and engine repair. Busy all the time! They also raise Bob White quails, native to our area. I asked him what they did with the quail and he answered, sell them to eat, for the eggs, to release and some people hunt them. I was in awe!
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One – William H. Lynn
    Tuesday, May 28, 2019 12:50 AM
    Ironically, the day the Crawfordsville Star should have announced the death of this soldier, instead there was an advertisement asking any party to come into William H. Lynn’s Store to examine prices. In time for Christmas, he had received 250 barrels of choice apples which he had stored in his cellar. More ironically, the same ad appeared two days after Christmas, well after his death. 
    However, on page ten of the same paper, there was a fairly nice article about him, stating that he was “a man of kind heart, full of public enterprise and was an active and successful business man,” a well-known grocer. 
    He was sick a few days but it was not thought a serious condition. Once the sickness progressed, it was a mere matter of hours when he died of congestion of the lungs early in the morning on December 16, 1883. A large stockholder in the Citizens National Bank he was married to Linnie Marie Heath, daughter of Col. D.N. Heath. 
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  • This gal is as Sugar Creek Township as any one can be
    Thursday, May 23, 2019 4:00 AM
    A North Montgomery graduate, this week’s guest was an honor student. Her interests there included the newspaper and yearbook, plus she did make-up for plays. “I’m about as Sugar Creek Township as anyone can be,” she noted, having been born just down the road from where she currently lives. Her mother first saw the world in Sugar Creek Township, as well, and her father not too far away in Franklin Township. Boots, Rice, Fisher, Waugh, Corns, Saulbury, Turnipseed, Kious, and Chaney are family names in the Darlington area. These are some of the earliest and most prominent families in that portion of the county.
    Paternally, the family dates back in America to the early 1700s in Gloucester County, New Jersey and they came to Montgomery County in 1830. However, at least one of her maternal side dates to Montgomery County as late as the mid-1870s. The great grandfather, Nathan Turnipseed, was born in Highland County, Ohio, was a farmer and bred livestock. A township trustee and active member of the Odd Fellows and Potato Creek Methodist Church, he died at age 58. His wife carried on the farm and the stock and was said to have owned an extreme business sense. It was this family that drew me to our guest this week as I have watched the progress of the restoration of her great grandparent’s family home, built in 1862 probably by master carpenter, Eula Murphy. Dave Peterson likely had it built since he was the owner in that year. My guest’s family purchased the home and farm from Peterson.
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  • Monday, May 20, 2019 2:34 AM
    My guest this week mesmerized me when she subbed for us at card club recently with her tales of her family surviving a major tornado. I just had to ask her to let me interview her and was so thrilled she said yes! 
    April 11, 1965, the home of our guest began to shake. She had just touched a rattley window. It broke to pieces at her finger tips. Her father had just entered the house when the tornado hit. There was no time to move the heavy table in the dining room from over the cellar entry so she, her father, brother, sister and little dog huddled-up as tight as could be, together, in their living room to literally ride-out the storm. Luckily, that room was part of the original home that was a sturdy log house. The dining room (where the cellar door was) and kitchen were add-ons. Those rooms would soon have straw driven into the walls. Afterwards, they looked up and the roof of their home was gone. The cement block barn their father had left just a few minutes before had the air sucked out of it and the blocks collapsed in. So many ifs created a sanctuary and they were all okay, other than shaken. Their mother (our then 15 year old was actually her boss) had been at work in Dover. Luckily, she too was okay. Their horse trough was found in someone’s attic six miles away. The tornado was of F4 magnitude with two deaths and 13 injuries, plus ¼ million dollars damage. Even though her family lost their beloved home, she said, “We were some of the lucky ones!” The family moved afterwards to a house north of Shannondale with a lined drive of Pine trees. These type make a whistley, brash noise in the wind and for the longest time the family panicked when there was even a slight breeze because of their experience and the loud ruckus made by the wind through the pines.
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One – William “Alvin” Rominger
    Tuesday, May 14, 2019 4:00 AM
    James Keeney and Karam Hughes had seven awesome children, one who was extremely intelligent and did so much for our community (Jere) as editor of one of the favorite publications ever, The Crawfordsville Star. He worked for and owned other newspapers as well. James Madison Keeney was a painter with his sons and a newspaper editor as well. Elizabeth married Absalom Harrison and seem to have disappeared. Henry Keeney was a veteran of the Indian Wars and lived in Linden, being one of their physicians. Mary Keeney married a Brown and had two children but unknown what happened to that family, either. Susan Keeney married Norman Rominger then William Perry McCoy and her sister Jane married Norman’s brother, Jacob, sons of Jacob Rominger. It is Jane’s son, William “Alvin” who is our soldier today.
    The Rominger men seemed to have died quite young, our soldier being the oldest in quite a string, passing away the young age of 50. Gpa’ Jacob was 35 years old as was his son, Jacob, the father to our soldier and one other son, James Madison, whom we wrote-up in July 2018 and was just 40. His father’s brother, Norman above, died in his 20s. 
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  • Our guest chose to be poor so she could raise their children
    Thursday, May 9, 2019 4:00 AM
    Crawfordsville lured this week’s guest here twice in separate job-related incidents. She grew-up in Ft. Wayne, graduating from North Side in a class of 800, in just one of Ft. Wayne’s seven high schools. Baby boomers made the schools so extremely overcrowded. “We were in a school equipped for 500 and we had 2500. Classes were at staggered times (7-11; 8-12; 8-3) so being in sports or other activities was a difficult matter, presenting multiple trips back for meetings and such. She said she was literally in nothing (but Key Club one year) because there were just too many kids in the various multiple activities. However, she does admit that even now she wishes she’d have worked on stage crews in musicals. Other than that, there are really no regrets because her life goals were to become a wife and mother and those she accomplished with great finesse!
    She grew-up with a brother and sister, with just the brother left in Ft. Wayne. Both her parents were only children. Her father passed away when she was seven and mother when she was 30, so the big family of her husband’s was a bit scary. However, she loved them all. “I was like a daughter to his mom, and we were very close!”
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One – Paul Couger
    Monday, May 6, 2019 4:00 AM
    Our soldier this week was 26 years old when he married 22-year-old Mary May McLoed, daughter of Oliver Charles and Mary Myers McLoed. Her mother was passed and her father stood-up with the couple who were married in Crawfordsville by Rev. Moss on March 5, in 1918. It was a first marriage for both. Although Mary was born in Anderson, Indiana, her father’s family lived in the country near Browns Valley. 
    Immediately, they moved to her father’s farm, but he soon joined the Navy. “Not long afterward, the Armistice was signed and he returned.” They were devoted to each other and she loved her home. With a sweet and pleasant personality, their home was a gathering place for many affairs. Sadly, ill health brought her death six years after they were wed. His parents loved her dearly, as well. 
    Five years after Mary May’s death, Paul Couger married another area girl, Corrine Fisher born July 13, 1894 in Waveland and passing Nov 3, 1983 in Crawfordsville, just a year and a couple of days after her husband. As far as is known, he had no children. He was the son of Ira and Rosie Cope Couger, the third child of ten, having sisters May, Ruth, Agnes, Clara, Donna, Natalia and Mary Frances, plus two brothers, Otis and Charles. Names tied into this family are: Layne, Zook, Nixon, Armantrout, and Martin. 
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  • He makes amazing flint pieces; she makes exquisite porcelain dolls
    Thursday, May 2, 2019 4:00 AM
    My couple knew each other from her 8th grade year on but they “didn’t have anything to do with each other,” and even went to the same small church. She went to Crawfordsville schools through 7th grade, then came to Waveland where she followed him (1962) graduating in 1963. They both worked on the yearbook, but of course different years. He ran track, was in chorus, and FFA and was stage manager for the plays. She was in the plays, pep club, paper staff, student council, and won the Commerce Award. 
    Upon his graduation, he and his brother, Jim and Jim Thomas went to the service together and were lucky enough to stay together through their time which included Vietnam service. He served as an Airman in the Navy.
    When he returned home, he went to see his good pal, Paul Busenbark but Paul wasn’t home, so he visited with Paul’s mom. She suggested he go visit a certain gal in town.
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One – Ebenezer Harrison (Harry) Morgan
    Monday, April 29, 2019 4:00 AM
    This week’s soldier was born July 25, 1836 in the town of Dixon, Ohio to Nathaniel and Amelia (Hopper, her parents Albert and Martha Harrison – note her maiden name) Morgan. This Nathaniel has given me fits in my own personal Morgan research as my ancestor is Nathaniel, having lived in this area and about the same age. Besides these two there was an earlier Nathaniel Morgan prominent in the county. However, this Nathaniel Morgan was born in New Jersey (mine in Kentucky) in 1807 and was one of the oldest residents of the city when he passed away Feb 6th in 1885 at almost 78 years old, aged for the time. 
    He was a contractor and builder, his son, Ebenezer Harrison (Harry) Morgan, our soldier, following in his father’s footsteps. Sadly, Harry’s mother passed away when he was just 17, the oldest of the five Morgan children (Harry, Charles, Martha, Sarah Jane and William W.). This was the same time the family came to Montgomery County, assumedly for a contracting job for Nathaniel. Whether Amelia died in Ohio as they were preparing to come to Indiana (5 March 1854) or after they came here, it is unknown but she is buried in Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati. They had married there on September 24, 1835. Nathaniel remarried, lived out the rest of his years here, and is buried at the IOOF Cemetery. 
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  • Thursday, April 25, 2019 4:00 AM
    This week’s fellow and I go way back to grade school. Although he is a year younger, we sang in choir together, were in business classes and have always been buds. So, obviously he attended Waveland school clear through. He played piano for the choir plus sang tenor as well. On the yearbook staff, he earned two salesmanship awards and worked on the school paper. In his class play, he immediately remembered being, “Butcher Boy Bean,” but couldn’t remember the name of the performance! Didn’t see it in the yearbook, either. Also, he served as his class treasurer.
    Very active in 4-H, he missed his 10-years because he went to college early. While in 4-H, he received the County Achievement Award and was a Jr-Leader. He took hogs, rabbits, soil conservation, wildlife, forestry and was a state fair champion in gardening. 
    During these younger years, he played piano at Freedom Baptist Church and served as president of the BYF. Currently, he and his family are members of the Russellville Community Church where he has served as an Elder for many years. 
    From WHS, he went on to ISU, receiving a bachelors and masters in four years, majoring in Elementary Education along with many music electives. He went back then and achieved his administrations’ license. “It took a lot of energy.” I queried why education? “Well, I love children, and all subjects. Elementary Ed fulfilled that, and I desired to help mold minds toward being good people!”
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