Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Do you recognize the location? If not, read on!
Committee members for the Flower Lovers' Club look on as Robert McClarren (librarian) turns over the last spadeful of earth around a Norway maple tree presented to the Crawfordsville Public Library by the club, in celebration of Arbor Day, April 19.
Reading left to right: Mrs. Julian Carter, Mrs. F.V. Howell, Mr. McClarren, librarian, Mrs. Leslie Widener, chairman of the committee, and Mrs. D. C. Graham, president of the club.
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Can you figure out where this was taken (on April 6, 1911)?
This photograph was taken at the corner of Main St. and Water St. at the laying of the marble cornerstone for the Ben-Hur Building. The ceremony was attended by a large group of delegates of the fraternal organization, gathered from across the country. The original Supreme Tribe of Ben-Hur building can be seen on the opposite corner near the middle of the photograph. This photograph of the event was discovered placed behind a framed artwork in Tennessee by Delores Fleming. This photograph was originally the property of Doris Carney, whose husband's grandfather, Wright B. Carney, can be seen holding the Tennessee sign in the right third of the photograph.
Posted by CDPL at 11:12 AM
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Why did an ex-president come to Crawfordsville? If you want to know, you can find the answer in Hidden History of Montgomery County by Jodie Steelman Wilson, Emily Griffin, and Rebecca McDole (the author of the chapter "Campaigning in Crawfordsville," which has the answer to the question). This book is available for loan or for purchase at the library!
Image loaned to CDPL by John Kummings and Mary Kummings for digitization.
By the way, this house still exists and sits proudly on the corner of Pike and Wallace.
Posted by CDPL at 6:42 AM
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
This ledger, stored in the CDPL archives, gives us an inside view of the Montgomery County Library – in 1827! The fee for an annual membership at that time was was 75 cents, and members included Benjamin Ristine and Isaac C. Elston, founder of Elston Bank, who bought the site of Lafayette, Indiana, for $240 in 1825 with his business partners. The detail page shows I. C. Elston was charged a fifty-cent fine in 1827 for “an injury to book.” Another line of the ledger (not shown) for 1828 shows a subscriber by the name of John Beard, for whom the local school was named. Sanford Cox’s diary listed the local residents circa 1825, and several of these listed library subscribers had arrived in the county before 1825: the Cox, McCullough, and Catterlin families.
Posted by CDPL at 3:00 AM
Monday, March 16, 2015
The Irish-American Clark family of Crawfordsville is well recorded after a large collection of family photographs was donated to the library a few years ago. This circa-1880 photograph shows Irish immigrants to Crawfordsville, John Clark (third from left), Richard Clark (next to right), and Thomas Clark (last on right). The sons of John Clark stand to the left of the photograph: Thomas Clark (far left), and Jess Clark. John Clark married Mary Slattery, another Irish immigrant, in 1857 in Crawfordsville. Thanks to all those generous people who donate photographs and documents to preserve the history of Montgomery County!
Posted by CDPL at 9:00 AM
Monday, March 9, 2015
In the detail below, you can see the date "1824" carved into the stick.
Posted by CDPL at 2:18 PM
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Annual Triangular Debate, March 6, 1914. Crawfordsville beat Frankfort with the team of Byrl Enoch (Rebuttal), Harvey Breaks, Walter Remley and Norvin Baker (Alternate). Crawfordsville beat Lebanon with the team of Lewis (Louis) Spilman (Rebuttal), Ray Harris, Carter Henry, Raymond Merrell (Alternate).
Two years later, we can find some of the same boys!
Posted by CDPL at 10:34 AM