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  • Tiny was a big entertainer
    Tuesday, July 31, 2012 10:00 PM
    The Crawfordsville District Public Library recently acquired an original photograph of broadcast announcer Tiny Ruffner in an NBC studio. Edmund "Tiny" Birch Ruffner was born in Crawfordsville in November 1899. Ruffner's father, Albert, worked as a printer for the Journal Review until 1902, when he uprooted the family to Seattle, Washington, where he became the editor of the Ballard News. Albert and Rebecca Ann Birch, Tiny's mother, were married in Crawfordsville in 1890 and lived at 207 Jennison Street.
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  • Tuesday, July 31, 2012 10:00 PM
    On the banks of the Little Raccoon,

    when the forest still dominated,

    bobcats still screamed,

    Native Americans still tread,

    and the trace was just a scar in the forest,

    a vote was held in Fairview. ...
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  • Dedication of July, 2012, edition
    Tuesday, July 31, 2012 10:00 PM
    I met Professor James J. Barnes (Jim) many years ago when I worked at the old Crawfordsville Public Library. Always interesting to talk to, Jim often gave me challenges in regards to local history. Some Friday nights, I would spend the whole evening working on a "Dr. Barnes' question." Sometimes the query was even left over from the day shift. Always, though, it was an enjoyable test of my librarianship. Dr. Barnes served many years as head of the History Department at Wabash College. Rare was the Wabash boy (if he had any interest in history at all) who did not take multiple Barnes classes. Dr. Barnes hires readers and tallies that information into his own little database, his brain. What an impressive memory! Wife, Patience (Plummer) Barnes is and has been his right-hand woman. She and Jim have co-authored numerous articles and books, especially about Hitler and the German era. Their history of Dr. Martha Hutchings for the local historical society is extremely interesting and presents Dr. Martha as the impressive, generous woman that she was.
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  • Monday, July 30, 2012 10:00 PM
    Around 1901, my great-great-grandparents, Fred and Mollie (Ross) Humphreys took their only child, one-year-old daughter Edith, to Willis Studios in Crawfordsville. Edith was propped up on a wicker chair where she stood with her chubby hand clutched in a little fist while the photographer took her picture. In 1902, William and Marcelia (Ash) Hamilton took their six-month-old son Wayne to Willis Studios. The same wicker chair was draped with a piece of fabric, leaving the decorative chair back exposed, and Wayne sat to have his photograph taken.
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  • Monday, July 30, 2012 10:00 PM
    The year was 1953 near Alamo and I was about eight years old. I broke my right wrist. My brothers and I were running and catching a knot on the end of a rope and flying into the air and back before letting go and dropping to the ground on the grass below. One of my brothers decided to tie another knot over the one we were grabbing which made it double in size and much too large for me to get a good grasp. Well I was running full force jumped and grabbed the knot but not being able to get a good grip, I was lifted off the ground and flew off the end of the big knot and landed on the road on a good sized rock. Time stood still for me. Not a sound was made by anybody and everything seemed to be in slow motion for a while and then my brother's and a friend were hovering over me asking if I was okay. Nope, I had a broken arm.
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  • Monday, July 30, 2012 10:00 PM
    As a (retired) school teacher, I purported constantly to my students to set goals and follow through. Genealogy is no different. In fact, I set my first five genealogy goals at age 23 - just yesterday. Okay in truth, it took me probably another 23 years to accomplish those goals, but as I would tell my students, persevere. That is exactly what it took, for all five.
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  • Monday, July 30, 2012 10:00 PM
    When I was asked to share my background with our readers, I thought it would be fun, but to tell the truth, I never expected the lesson it eventually taught me.
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  • Thursday, May 3, 2012 10:00 PM
    A new face in our artistic community. Kenn Clark is currently featured by Athens of Indiana Arts.
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  • Thursday, May 3, 2012 10:00 PM
    The following "Memories of Mr. Lincoln" were spoken or written by Joanna Elston Lane and were found at Lane Place. She and Senator Henry S. Lane had Lane Place built in 1845 and lived there for the remainder of their lives. The document was not dated, so we can only assume that she either wrote them, or told them to her niece, Helen Elston Smith, before her death in 1914.
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  • Thursday, May 3, 2012 10:00 PM
    MUSHROOM/EGG SCRAMBLE



    10 EGGS (WHISK WITH MILK)

    1/4 CUP MILK

    1/2 POUND WILD INDIANA MUSHROOMS (we liked the sponge gray or yellow mushrooms best)
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  • Thursday, May 3, 2012 10:00 PM
    I think the greatest lesson I learned through my years in Hollywood, by my experience as an actress, and later as a photographer, is to have learned the definition of success according to my wants and needs.
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  • Thursday, May 3, 2012 10:00 PM
    When my brothers and I were little we were at the mercy of our parents on where we grew up. I remember one move from Alamo when we moved to the farm about one-half mile out of town and the house that I actually grew up in. It was an old farm house with no running water, no indoor bathroom, an old wood stove to keep warm in the winter and a couple of fans to keep cool in the summer. I just remember all the fun times, people that came to visit and all the love that flowed through our family.
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  • Hidden History of Montgomery County Reaches the Shelves!
    Thursday, May 3, 2012 10:00 PM
    I have mentioned several times recently that three of my staff members at the Crawfordsville District Public Library were busy writing a book for The History Press: "Hidden History of Montgomery County, Indiana."
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  • Dedication of the April, 2012, edition
    Thursday, May 3, 2012 10:00 PM
    Bridgie Brelsford ranks among the gurus of Montgomery County history, especially where Indians are concerned. Hours upon hours were spent to write her Indians of Montgomery County. Great stories and exceptional information are contained in this fine reference work.
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  • Thursday, May 3, 2012 10:00 PM
    It had been awhile since I enjoyed a day at the West Central Indiana Genealogy Research Library, but I did recently have a super genealogical day with my pal, Betty Dotson.
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