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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Just what DO you do with flat feet?

By Karen Zach Quite an interesting fellow was born in Montgomery County at 8 in the morning, the first child of Jesse and Inez (Shields) Cunningham. It was April 3rd in 1913. Jesse was 32 and a dairyman and as most women of the day, Inez was a housewife (and seven years younger than Jesse).…

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Meet Vilas Jacks, local corn husking champion

By Karen Zach Certainly, I’m not an expert in the farming world, but I know one of the most fun stories I’ve written relates to this topic. Several years ago, I was blessed to meet the son and granddaughter of Lawrence Pitzer who grew-up on a farm in Fountain County, won multiple state competitions and…

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Ruby Byrd Houlehan – full of sorrows but loving life

By Karen Zach Had such a great time enjoying Ruby Byrd Houlehan’s pictures given to the Crawfordsville District Public Library and stored in their image database.  From the photos, I became quite interested in Ruby. What a girl!  Ruby was a pretty, popular gal, and involved in a great deal. She was graduated from Crawfordsville…

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Karen just hop, hop, Hopping along this week

Ya’ just never know when or where or how I am going to come up with a subject to mold into an article or where you as a reader might see it. Fell upon this fellow while researching a lawyer for the upcoming Prosecuting Attorney November Montgomery Memories. So, meet Joseph Miller Hopping who is…

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Meet the Darlington Cooks – or at least some of ’em anyway

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Although this fellow was born in Montgomery County, it wasn’t ours (Maryland) but he sure fell in love with our area and stayed here almost his whole life.  Born April 27, 1808, by four years old the family of George W. Cook was in Clermont County, Ohio where his father, Absalom died after George had…

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Indiana’s Father of Churches was loved by his church flocks

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Well, this was different – I began researching a fellow I thought was interesting (George W. Cook) but while checking him out, I happened upon today’s subject, William T. (family trees on Ancestry say Thomas but I never found any proof to that) Warbinton.  Mainly he went by Rev. William T. Warbinton or Will to…

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