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Monday, August 19, 2019
  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One – Jacob Francis Trinkle and his son Alvin Eugene
    Monday, August 19, 2019 4:00 AM
    Today, we have father and son soldiers; Jacob Francis Trinkle, an Army Vet and his son, Alvin Eugene who served in the Navy. The Trinkle family originated from Germany, came to Indiana in 1826 (Fountain County) via Virginia and Ohio, and worked in various capacities as carpenters, farmers, grocerymen, laborers, as well as other careers. Jacob himself retired from Hysters after many years while Alvin worked at Hoosier Crown, drove a truck and worked in construction.
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  • Karen's guest has a unique hobby
    Thursday, August 15, 2019 4:00 AM
    This week, I was lucky enough to interview one of Waveland’s library assistance. The library was super busy Friday and she just acted like answering my questions was no biggee between helping probably a dozen kiddos, close to that in adults, and a few phone calls in just the hour and a half I was there. At her job, she does what the other library aides do, the above, as well as check books in and out, put them away, make copies and the like, but she also has a couple of specialties – the Nourish program and the Library’s Facebook page. She mainly works Thursday and Friday but other times as well. Always as sweet as can be (as are all the gals) she is super lively and the kids especially adore her – she got several hugs and smiles with all she came in contact. In fact her hubby says, “Well, I am married to Captain Kangaroo!” 
    She says of all the various aspects of her life, having kids is the best thing she’s ever done. She wants her kids to travel, see things and meet all kinds of people. Certainly, in her walks of life, she has done that and her future plans include doing much more of it. 
    Having grown-up in a somewhat big Midwest Indiana city, Sheridan, she graduated from Sheridan HS. I said, “Oh, yeah, that’s the town with a big listing of things on their water tower.” Her answer: “Yes, we have the highest Single A State Championships.” While at SHS, she was editor of the newspaper, active in the Cheer Block, Sunshine Society and played volleyball and basketball in high school plus softball when younger. Her favorite class there was journalism and says she probably should have gone into that but she does do a little bit of that with her library job. She has one sister and two brothers. Two of them live in Sheridan and one in Kirkland so still near. 
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One – Carl Edwin Sandell
    Monday, August 12, 2019 4:00 AM
    Carl Edwin Sandell, our subject this week, served in the Korean War. Born in Wingate at 4:30 in the morning (on September 25th, 1927) his father was William Belmont Sandell who had been born in Chicago, Illinois, was 21, lived in Hillsboro and was listed as a bell hop. His mother Alice Marie Wilson was but 18. The Doctor was old enough to be a doctor (W.V. Stanfield) and was from Attica. Carl was their only child and they were divorced by the time Carl was two years old. His mother remarried and lived happily ever after until death did them part to William G. Burnett who was a long-time car salesman in the Lafayette area and who was Carl’s father figure. The couple had no children and both mother and father doted on Carl, who was a son of whom they could be proud.
    A Boy Scout, Carl was interested in meteorology when young and upon graduation from Lafayette Jefferson High School he began attending Purdue. His WWII Draft Registration confirmed he was a student and weighed 137 pounds at 5’10” so thin. Light complected with blue eyes, he had red hair as well and was quite a handsome man. 
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  • Our guest says: "It's God's Story; I'm just living it!"
    Thursday, August 8, 2019 4:00 AM
    My guest this week assured me she had a wonderful childhood but there was one rule they had to live by. No animals in the house! However, when the fish froze on the front porch, her dad ebbed somewhat and eventually they had cats, dogs and you name it, all inside. It’s pretty nifty that all the names in their family of five begin with a J, and they even had a dog named Jolly and a fish Jingle, although I’m not sure if it was Jingle on the porch. 
    She grew-up in Ladoga and of course, graduated from South. Not too involved at school, she did do baseball stats as there was a plethora of boys (she giggled, so did I) available on the large team. She also danced, Glenda Frees as her coach who encouraged her to go on to ISU and join the Sparkettes. The problem with that was it cost a great deal of money for the outfits, and extras. Now, since her dad loved all kinds of sports (including watching her dance) and he really didn’t think she would make the team (super stiff competition) he encouraged her to try. She’s a go-getter so certainly no surprise (well except to dad who had to fork out the money) she indeed made it and spent her college career on the team! 
    Upon her college graduation, her first job was at WCVL. It was a “great job, with great people.” She worked there for 18 years. From the radio she went to Comcast for a half decade but her job was downsized, then it was on to The Paper for a couple of years then did some managing at Macy’s for a couple more. Metronet next and that was more what she had been trained for in her sales degree at ISU. ACEL Plus and Metronet merged in 2015 and she is now Regional Manager of Customer service throughout Central Indiana and down through Lexington. With lots of travelling, as an empty nester, it gives her something to do. Her two cats left home aren’t much to handle, so it all works out beautifully. 
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One – McKinsey brothers
    Monday, August 5, 2019 4:00 AM
    Joseph, Mordecai, Jonathan and Francis Marion McKinsey were the third generation in America. Their father, David P. McKinsey was born the 25th day of March in 1781 in Newberry County, South Carolina. He passed away right here in Montgomery County May 24, 1855. “Frank’s” grandfather George W. McKinsey was born in Scotland March 26, 1752 and died in Waynesville, Ohio June 11, 1840. He married Sarah Thomas who died in South Carolina in 1807. George and Sarah had ten children, five daughters, five sons. Almost all of these were married in Warren County, Ohio but came on to central Indiana (Boone, Clinton, Montgomery and Fountain Counties) except Patrick, their youngest who remained in Ohio.
    David P. was the oldest of the ten McKinsey children. He is listed on findagrave as having been in the War of 1812, but I’m fairly sure this is incorrect as David was in Ohio at that point, plus the David in the Kentucky Mounted Infantry for a 3-month period died in Kentucky four years after Francis Marion’s father died in Montgomery County in 1855. Just an FYI. Be careful when researching and please don’t believe everything you see or read – check it out farther!
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  • Her wedding proposal stemmed from a tiller repair
    Thursday, August 1, 2019 4:00 AM
    Not sure I’d ever officially met this week’s guest but have been watching her work and we had a fun visit getting to know each other at (my family will faint) McDonald’s. She’s an area girl but her hub’s is from NJ, moving here with a girlfriend (who wanted to return to her beloved Indiana while visiting out there) who became his first wife, then later marrying this week’s guest. She was born at Culver Union Hospital in 1976. Dr. Sam Millis delivering her and her long time doctor she adored was Dr. Baird. 
    I told her I knew a little about them because of her Facebook page. She thought they were one of the very first on FB. They have one together because there were so few on FB that they didn’t have enough friends to have their own. Now, she says she sometimes has to force him on there to answer specific questions directed to him.
    Growing up in New Ross, she went to Walnut Elementary but her first year at Southmont, she became sick and had to stop school altogether due to colon troubles. Versus returning to South, it was decided she’d try Faith Christian Academy. She graduated from there. A go-getter, it was easy for her to forge ahead and even skip a grade, thus graduating just shy of her 17th birthday. “The graduation ceremony wasn’t quite the hoopla South or others have,” but she didn’t really care as she loved every minute of her education. 
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  • Soldier got it honestly
    Tuesday, July 30, 2019 4:00 AM
    This soldier, Charles H. Corey, received his occupation honestly from his father. His parents, Jason W. Corey and Sarah Powers, were from Meadville, in Crawford County, Pennsylvania, spent some time in Ohio and then on to Montgomery County, Indiana. Likely he also inherited his love for his country from his father as Jason was in the Black Hawk War.
    Both men were carpenters and his father somewhat of an inventor. On April 4, 1855, Jason W. Corey, represented by none other than Lew Wallace, applied for a patent for a spring-connecting rod that would allow clothes a freer arranging so that the clothes were not beaten up quite as much (prior to this lots of clothes ruined). Also signing the patent was John Shinn and BK Morselt. A lengthy description of how it all worked was found but is irrelevant to this story; however, just to know that both men were always working toward improvements in life was a pretty exciting find. Both could read and write impressive for the time, as well.
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One - Claude Edward Black
    Sunday, July 21, 2019 10:26 PM
    This man owned many nicknames, the two main ones being Tuck and Blackie. A WWII veteran, Claude Edward Black is this week’s Etched In Stone soldier. A father, he chose to go off to war, enlisting at Ft. Ben on November 17, 1942 and separating at Camp Atterbury over three years later on January 17, 1946. He had the usual immunizations of smallpox, typhus and tetanus and served in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre as well as the Phillipines. He received the WWII Victory Medal as well as one for Good Conduct. At 5’5” and 145# he had brown eyes, brown hair and two dependents when he went off to war in Battery C, the 233rd. 
    He had several jobs, including a farm laborer, RR Donnelley, State Highway and the Journal-Review, but mainly did construction work at the Old Brick Yard, and with Blackfords and Carroll Conner. 
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  • Karen's guest this week slept where Lincoln slept
    Thursday, July 18, 2019 4:00 AM
    Not many reading this article can say they attended a one-room school, but my guest sure can. In fact, it gets even more exciting. She shared the one-room with her brother and sister. Also, the school was on the road where Lincoln rode his circuit and was there then since it was built in 1851. It served for 105 years. She literally grew-up on Abe stories and has even slept in two homes where he stayed during his circuit riding years, one her Aunt Doris’ home in Monticello, Illinois. Clark school was but a half mile from her home and she walked almost everyday only occasionally in bad weather going by car. She played sports but when she moved to Waveland - no sports for girls. Her father had rented a farm from Elmer Priebe whose family was from the Waveland area. He didn’t think he’d like living anywhere in Indiana but when he saw the beautiful new home and white fence surrounding the property he fell in love with it. 
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  • He’s book smart and loves to learn – she just wanted out of school
    Thursday, July 11, 2019 4:00 AM
    Oh, my, these two didn’t like each other when they first met, but that was 25 years ago and they are absolutely adorable together today. They met at Fuji where she was an operator and he head of maintenance. She called that her machine wasn’t working, then proceeded to tell him what needed to be done to fix it. Obviously, that was his specialty and he didn’t need to be told so he thought she was bossy and sassy. He told her he could handle it, and of course, she thought he was egotistical. “Remember, there’s a fine line between love and hate!” Granted, I only spent a couple of hours with them, but I thought they were both simply amazing and I adore their son, so definitely, they’re good and were indeed leaving on an anniversary trip just a day or two after we met, so yep, it’s working!
    In fact, they were leaving for their 23rd anniversary trip. They said they’d always shared with the kids but it was now just going to be the two of ‘em – good luck you two! Their favorite things to do are always family-oriented, though, like cookouts and the vacations! They were married on the 4th of July and he said, “Well, it’s been fireworks ever since,” whether I remember or not! He says she’s heat and fire, but he loves it even though it annoys him! He does say that he’s about to get her under control (that with a laugh under his breath and one huge grin on his face)! 
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  • ETCHED IN STONE: One by One - Sarah Crockett Ewing
    Monday, July 8, 2019 4:00 AM
    Etched in Stone’s first lady had her stone set recently with a bit of a ceremony, too. It was Sarah Crockett Ewing who first started the small monetary collection for the Etched In Stone Project, because without a doubt she was a Civil War Nurse, but since she was technically not enlisted in the army, she could not receive a government stone. Thus, the fund was started in order to get her one. The Young Monument Company in Ladoga accepted the task of designing a headstone to match her husband’s which was also gotten via the EIS Project. A beautiful marker, the 72nd one in the Etched In Stone project, Sarah now rests in peace just in time for the 4th of July. Donations have also purchased two others proven but questionable for government proof, Riley Newlin and Richard Quigg. If you would like to donate, please send checks made out to Kimberly Hancock to Oak Hill – marked for Etched In Stone Project in the memo. 
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  • Karen's guests love music
    Thursday, July 4, 2019 12:30 AM
    These two fantabulous folks have been a part of my life for decades and don’t believe anyone reading this article could possibly believe how much I adore them both! We had an infinite amount of fun reminiscing for a couple of hours and want to thank them for opening their beautiful home for the visiting! They said they spend lots of time on their porches enjoying their birds, trees and really “country” feel even though they live in town but Ms. Highly Allergic here was glad to spend time in their beautiful dining room instead!
    These two will be enjoying their 67th wedding anniversary soon, having been married at Linden at her parents’ home on October 21, 1951. Not long after their marriage, he went to the Korean War for two years serving as a Supply Sargent, just 60 miles south of the line. She worked at Elston Bank while waiting on his return.
    She is a graduate of Linden HS and still returns to their Alumni Banquet whenever possible. She was in 4-H and Jr. Leaders, played trombone for eight years, was cheerleader and active in MYF. Add piano playing to her repertoire.
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  • Tuesday, July 2, 2019 11:54 PM
    A Not So Beautiful mind
    Out of Order, Stacey's Ramblings or still one of my favorites, Baschwit Crazy . . . These were just a few of the names thrown around when trying to decide a title for my column.
    Obviously, I ultimately settled on Wits End. I wanted something reflective of my personality and the craziness of my life. Although, any one of them would easily apply. My mind seems to be going 100 MPH at any given time. My thoughts are most definitely out of order, my mouth can ramble on once you get me talking and my personality can most certainly be described as crazy!
    However, it's my brain working at 1 a.m. that keeps me at my wits end! 
    While most are fast asleep, resting their mind and bodies for the upcoming day ahead . . . I find myself thinking of silly things like, “How do we know what a dinosaur sounds like?” “Is the S or the C silent in the word Scent?” Isn't it funny how we say things like, “our nose runs and feet smell?” “If a bunch of cats are piled up, is it still called a dog pile?”
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  • Tuesday, July 2, 2019 11:53 PM
    Hood Nelson was said to be jovial and to possess a kind heart. Many Montgomery Countians knew the man himself or at least his reputation as an eccentric, old war hero who spun amazing tales.
    Not a large man, he stood but 5’8”, was of medium build, had dark eyes, hair and complexion. He could read and write well which was fairly unusual during the mid 1800s. He was found in census records with various occupations, including farmer, day laborer, grocer and tinner.
    An intelligent man, he was often tinkering with inventing and was given credit for the idea which lead to the manufacturing of the Watson Cresting-lighting rod. 
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  • This week's gal enjoys gardening and Columbo
    Thursday, June 27, 2019 2:18 AM
    This ‘lil gal and I go back to when she was a teen and worked at Zach’s Family Restaurant. I was a young married gal (oh, wait, I still am) and she had come in to fill out an application. Jim was quite impressed with her older sister, Denise’s work and hired her on “my sister’s reputation,” she told me. Think she worked for us longer than Denise, though. She was a gorgeous thing and sweet as can be and I am serious when I say that hasn’t changed one bit. I’ve known her wonderful family just as long as we go back. They all used to come into the restaurant for conies and her dad has cut my hub’s hair for decades!
    Speaking of Zach’s Restaurant she noted that was the hardest job she’s ever had but still remained working for us a bit beyond high school. “Being a waitress lets you see the true person,” she said but she did love most of the regulars and said she even dumped coffee on an old fellow once and he was so gracious. What’s interesting about the job I think – ya’ just never know! She did say that she learned many life lessons there.
    Another job/hobby she began an interest in when she was just a kid. She wanted to take pictures. She loves to take pictures and was always borrowing her mother’s camera to do just that. However, mom insisted she only take black/white because colored film was too expensive. Well, she’s graduated considerably since that time and now takes pictures for hire and is especially awesome at snapping wedding pictures. Stay tuned for her Facebook and website pages.
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