Thursday, September 18, 2014

White Church ... aka Dunkard, Dunker or the German Baptist

White Church, July 4, 1915
Around 1856 this church began organized meetings and would incorporate attendees from Montgomery, Tippecanoe, and Clinton Counties. At the time members (10) would meet in homes or in the school house. Records indicate the first people to be baptized (full-immersion) as "Dunkers" were Martin Bowers Sr., Edward Bowers, Eva Lowry, Martin Campbell, Esther Dunbar, Jesse Anderson, Ann McCarting, and Martin Bowers Jr.  A frame building 42' x 46' was erected in 1876 at the cost of $800.  The 1878 atlas shows the German Baptist Church on Martin Bowers' (the first minister) land, and by 1881 there were 35 members. Later, a brick structure (which cost $3,396.81) was built due to a fire (on April 20, 1893 which runied the old frame structure). By the early 1950s the German Baptist Church was no longer used. The church would have been located near the bend in 850 East and 1050 North in Sugar Creek Township.

Monday, September 15, 2014

September 15, 1908

This photo postcard shows a young woman holding a parasol, standing among many trees, which may be in front of the Wabash College Arboretum. The reverse of the postcard bears the message, "Dear Mrs. Chase We will be home the latter part of this week and can fully enjoy a rest. Looking forward to see you I am With best wishes Mrs. Burns." Addressed to Mrs. Jim Chase, Kalamazoo, Michigan. 

Postmarked September 15, 1908

In 1908, the only family named Burns in the city directory was P.H. and Zerelda Burns, with a daughter named Anna, who lived at 308 W. Wabash Avenue.

Was this Anna, standing in front of the family home on Wabash Ave. when the photo was taken?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Guthrie & Sons ... early Crawfordsville Commerce

Main Street looking East, 1878
William and Elizabeth Guthrie made Crawfordsville their home and raised their boys in this city. William was a butcher and two of his lads followed in his footsteps. Fount (Fountain B.) and his brother Silas W. worked together, while another brother became a printer. Fount passed away in 1895, and Silas continued the family trade until about 1907. Sadly, Silas and his second wife, Eliza Jane, died within five days of one another.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Crawfordsville's Graham Brothers, mid 1800s business



Graham Brothers store at the corner of Washington and Vernon
There were two Graham Brothers in business in Crawfordsville in the 19th century. Nathan and James Graham operated a dry goods and clothing business at the corner of Washington and Vernon (now Main Street).

According to the 1860 census, James owned $10,000 in real estate and $40,000 of personal estate, and by 1870 he owned $36,000 of real estate and $20,000 in personal estate.

Nathan Graham's son (Nathan L.) left this community at the age of 14 to travel with the Barnum and Bailey Circus. We don't know what became of him…

Friday, September 5, 2014

M.E. Clodfelter, an Alamo man

April 9, 1874 Clodfelter Marriage Certificate
M.E. (Marion Erasmus) Clodfelter was born in Putnam County on June 29, 1844 to Mathias and Mary Clodfelter. When he was a child, the family moved to a farm in Ripley Township. After attending the commons schools at Alamo, he attended the Waveland Acadamy and graduated in 1868.In 1874 he married Lucinda Myers (of Alamo).

Clodfelter  was the first county superintendent and was instrumental in establishing a new system of teaching and school work that formed the foundation for our early 20th-century school system. He was not only  a superintendent, however; he had also become an attorney by 1881 who was known for assisting the "common man." It was said that. Clodfelter was stern, yet full of mirthfulness; he never idled, yet to everyone he gave a smile.  Clodfelter was also known as having the highest of morals and ideals.

After he passed away in 1917, his wife lived with their daughter, Stella, until she suffered a fall in October 1940 and died at the age of 86.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Haines-Thompson Milling Company

Haines-Thompson was in business at least 1922-1934
 The Haines-Thompson Milling Company (which made flour) was located at the corner ("point") of Lafayette Avenue and Market Street.

Burt Haines was born in February 1893 near Wingate and graduated from CHS in 1911. He later married Lala Luster in May 1917 after he had served in WWI. Haines was an active member with Lodge No. 50 F.and A.M., American Legion, and First Christian Church.  He was the manager of the Haines-Thompson Milling Company for several years, but his health failed when he was still young, and he passed away at age 43.

Haines' partner, Leo L. Thompson, was born in 1887 near Ladoga. He married Pearl Reynolds in 1911. Thompson passed away in 1957.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Y.M.C.A. statistics from December 1890 in Crawfordsville

This Y.M.C.A. building held a tremendous amount of Crawfordsville and Indiana basketball history.  Recently, an article was found in the Crawfordsville Weekly Journal telling the statistics of visitors to the local Y.M.C.A. for the week ending December 27, 1890. There were 644 visitors with a daily average of 107. Almost 200 people visited the reading room (we would love to have a picture of that). The parlors and amusements room was slightly less with 139 attendees.  Only 45 people utilized the gymnasium, but there were three gymnasium classes offered. Eight-seven baths were taken, with a daily average of 14.  It is surprising to hear of all the amenities found in this building.

This building was erected in 1888 and was located where the current PNC building is located. There is a plaque at this site commemorating the location of the first indoor basketball game played in the state of Indiana.