Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Parkersburg: July 31, 1911

When you are driving south on US 231 this summer, just before you leave the county, you will go through a small town named Parkersburg. Imagine what your route would look like on July 31, 1911, as shown in this photograph. On the back of the photo it is written: "Henry Fall (on horse) stops for a drink at the famed Parkersburg Springs, which was a favorite spot for travelers. The store in the background was owned by John and Jack Flanigan."

The spring (left side of the picture) has "Good Water" written on it, on the photograph.

This photograph (7 x 12 cm.) was donated by Lee Salome Burket in 2005.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Shaver's Hatchery

Noel Shaver raised turkeys and chickens and piloted his own plane to deliver these animals. When Shaver decided to build a new structure (after 19 years in unpretentious quarters) he chose the lot at the corner of Market and Walnut (in 2014 this building serves as the NAPA store). Shaver held the conviction that absolute honesty is a prime necessity and that his advertisement had to be completely truthful! His integrity kept clients returning for years. On May 18, 1949 Shaver read a statement before the Committee on Agriculture House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. as the President of International Baby Chick Association with the theme of building a Utopia for the American farmer is an impossible goal. Shaver worked endlessly to create the perfect environment for the baby chicks and turkeys.

The building in the process of construction

Shaver Hatchery 22 November 1946 on opening day
Horace Mann School can be seen in the background.  In the completed building picture you can see the Consoer's Standard Service Gas Station at the corner of Walnut and Market.  This link will take you to the library Image database.  Here you can search for more Shaver's Hatchery photographs.

Friday, July 25, 2014

July 26-27, 1958: the record-setting Malcolm Ross

Commander Malcolm D. Ross is being awarded his first Distinguished Flying Cross (he was awarded two) in this photograph. The following is the caption on the back of the photograph: "Naval Balloonist Commander Ross Receives Distinguished Flying Cross -- Commander Malcolm D. Ross USNR naval balloon pilot receives the Distinguished Flying Cross from James H. Wakelin, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for research and development. Mrs. Ross, the commander's wife, and daughter Jane witnessed the August 25 ceremony. The citation was awarded "For extraordinary achievement in aerial flight as command pilot of a two man navy balloon and gondola during a daring an hazardous ascent into the upper stratosphere on 26-27 July 1958. In addition to setting a new unofficial world endurance record for sustained flight into the stratosphere of thirty-four hours and thirty-nine minutes, he also successfully completed approximately twenty-seven other scientific experiments conducted aloft as a scheduled part of the flight. Attracting widespread public attention and acclaim. By his outstanding professional skill, courage and inspiring efforts, Commander Ross made a highly significant contribution to man's scientific conquest of space." This Official U.S. Navy Photo was donated to the library by Marjorie Ross, Malcolm Ross' widow, November 2010. This photograph is in a set with p168-962 to 977.

Malcolm Ross graduated from Linden High School in1936.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Snoddy Draining Pond being built

The horses were used to pull heavy pipe to help with trenching.
Featured here is a ditch being built. The photo stated it was a Draining Pond (Snoddy) and was two miles north of Alamo. If this is the case, it is probably in the early 1900s. In 1911 Isaac Davis still owned 280 acres north of Alamo. By 1917, his daughter Jessie D. Snoddy (married Samuel Alfred Snoddy in 1897) was listed as the owner. Thus, this digging probably occurred in Section 14 of Ripley Township. In 1928, Henry Lee, Charles King, and Edwin Mason are listed as owning these 280 acres. Later, Roscoe Elmore owned this area. The land is currently owned by Dean and Edith Rush (and originally purchased in 1829 by Hiram Powell). If anyone recognizes any of these men (or if you know where this was definitely built) please let us know at the Crawfordsville Library 765-362-2242 x 117.

Monday, July 21, 2014

2579th Company CCC Camp, SCS-3, Waveland in 1937

If you have never heard of the CCC or Civilian Conservation Corps, it is an interesting piece of America's History.  In March1937 this photograph was taken at Shades State Park near Waveland, Indiana. These men were employed to assist in projects to beautify and better the surroundings. During the New Deal the CCC employed unmarried men, ages 18-25, during 1933-1942 as a public work relief program.  Three billion trees were planted, 800 parks constructed, public roadways built in remote areas, service buildings erected, and State Parks were upgraded. Thus, when you visit Shades State Park, think of these men who likely helped blaze a trail, secure a ravine, or dig a pond.
The men at Shades on March 11, 1937

The Image Database contains the pictures related to the CCC and lists the men at the camp during this time.
The Recreation Hall.  Photographs donated by Angie Jeffers.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Alexander Henderson, 95 year old of Wayne Township

Alexander Henderson, known as Uncle Alex, was a beloved member of the Waynetown area. He was born in North Carolina in 1815, but lived in Indiana by 1828. Henderson was a farmer with $12,000 in Real Estate Value (Land in Sec 4 of Wayne) and $2,000 in Personal Estate in 1870; was a member of the Methodist Church; and was an uncompromising Democrat. Uncle Alex was quoted as saying, "I am a man of very steady habits. I rise at 4 o'clock, winter and summer. Never took a drink of whiskey, never a chew of tobacco, never smoked a cigar, never fired a gun, and never owed a store bill over night in my life." At the time of his death in March 1911 he was the oldest man in Wayne Township probably due to his sturdy Quaker stock. Since he was a farmer, his family was large, but he was left with only five living children (he lost his wife thirteen years prior) by 1911.
Photo provided by Shirley Fruits

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Yountsville Bridge construction in the 1940s

The original Yountsville Bridge (or at least the original bridge there is record of) was built in 1858 by Henry (and/or Aaron) Wolff and was considered a burr, double tunnel bridge. It was one of the highest ever built and reached 40 feet above the creek bed. 
Original covered bridge

Two hundred thirty-five people paid $3,635.50 to cover the cost. This structure was over 160 feet long (plus 11 feet of overhang on each end). For 87 years this covered bridge carried passengers to and from Yountsville. By the 1940s it was apparent this piece of history would need to make way for a more solid structure.

Below is the bridge being built in the 1940s.  Notice the men on the bridge and the scaffolding being raised. Ironically, in 1979 extensive repairs were made to ensure the safety of this structure.
This structure cost $246,364.50 more than the covered bridge.