Our subject this week rests with the best of C’ville

One of the most interesting families in the area was the Talbot family and much has been written about Capt. Henry Harp Talbot (son of Courtney and Elizabeth Harp) but I’d like to tell ya’ today about his first cousin, Jesse Nicholas Talbot, son of Coleman and Druscilla Bowles. Coleman and Courtney were sons of…

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That dread disease of long ago

Several of you who follow my work, also likely know I write an OTD on the Crawfordsville and Montgomery County History Facebook page, highlighting something that happened each day in our county’s history. As I was working on the February OTD entries, I met this family and was so saddened by them, that I wondered…

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Karen notes “Oh those Common Names” regarding Thomas Hall & Family

First one to admit this, but I sometimes avoid common names when I’m searching a subject for an article, but I’ve been avoiding this fella’ and his wife for quite awhile now. So, it’s time! Thomas Hall I expected right away was going to be a challenge and certainly I was not disappointed in that…

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From Karen . . .

Ahhh, those Christmases past! Do you have special ones? I sure do! Overall memories, too, like when my dad was the rural mail carrier at Waveland and we’d have the table completely full of homemade gifts (Mitchell’s cherry pie the best ever every holiday), the year our son didn’t believe and one of the greatest…

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Born, raised and lived here

Tragedies followed this Montgomery Countian through life The Ball commonality seems to equal blue eyes The Ball family in MoCo has indeed been my subject before; however, this is the first I’ve researched this particular one and may even be the first I’ve heard of him. His father, Thomas Zopher Ball was a farmer in…

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Karen up a tree – two family trees

Just love this picture from the Crawfordsville District Public Library’s database and wanted to tell you today about two local families who were in the barber world, some in this photo. The Ransdell and Rogers families both had several members to remain here and others who went elsewhere, but almost all remained in the barbering…

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Ms. Mattie’s life ended in a most dramatic way

Current medicine marvels me and prompted this article as I’m more than sure this situation likely would never have happened with the proper medications of today’s world.  Instead, you’ll read about a tragedy versus a happy ending. Meet our dramatist, Mattie Griffin Canary.  In my teen years, she would have been described as one hot…

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Some of C’ville’s best were Presbyterian Church leaders – this one, too

By Karen Zach Ten families centered in Rice’s Fort near Washington County, PA (near present day Pittsburg) on Short Creek for protection from Native American Indians during uprisings. It was there, young Henry Rice fell in love and married Elizabeth Leffler whose father was with the group. His brother, Daniel married her sister, Anna Margaret…

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This local soldier had one of the most unique funerals in our county

By Karen Zach An interesting, but far too short of a life was that of John Clark Maxwell’s.  His desire was to serve his country and that he did in back-to-back enlistments. Born on a farm near Crawfordsville, he joined a large family with two full brothers, George and Ira (who died as a teen),…

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Here comes the judge . . . with Karen right behind

By Karen Zach Three aspects regarding James Ford Harney were discussed in his lengthy obituary in the Crawfordsville Weekly Journal, all helpful in realizing this man may have been Montgomery County’s greatest ever! In the obituary, he was tagged as one of “nature’s noblemen – stalwart in body, stalwart in mind and stalwart in spirit.”…

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