Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Montgomery County (Indiana) Naturalization Records

We have a new database online, a database that we are excited to offer you! The library has some naturalization records from the 19th and early 20th centuries that will offer much help for genealogists researching their ancestors. So give the new database a look:

Montgomery County (Indiana) Naturalizations  (history.cdpl.lib.in.us/naturalization.html)

This index of naturalization records links to several types of digitized documents: transcriptions, photocopies of original documents, and original documents (when available) in .pdf or .jpg formats. Some names link to more than one document.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Do you recognize this street?

Postcard, circa 1913, showing the north side of Main Street, looking toward the Montgomery County Courthouse. The tallest building, in mid-photograph, is the Crawford Hotel. Tracks from the interurban or streetcar are visible in the road. Several buggies with horses are standing in the street. The postcard is addressed to Miss Marie Woerner, 2433 Central, Indianapolis, Indiana, and was mailed in August of 1913.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

July 21, 1914

"July 21, 1914, Papa (Charles) with the haywagon."

Charles Busenbark stands atop a large hay load in a wagon pulled by one horse. 

This image is from a family scrapbook loaned by Walter Terry; the pages were scanned by the library (August 2011). The scrapbook contains more than 600 photographs; 141 images were added to this database (series: 20110815). Most photographs are from Montgomery County, near Whitesville. A photocopy of the scrapbook is available in CDPL Local History if you want to thumb through it!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Crawfordsville c. 1920

You may recognize East Main Street, even though it is from the Crawfordsville of almost 100 years ago! We have recently come across an interesting booklet in our archives and have placed it in our image database. You can view several scenes from this booklet named "Crawfordsviille, Ind,. and Wabash College" (.pdf).

This 14-page booklet of scenes (photo-gravures) from Crawfordsville and Wabash College show styles in clothing and automobiles that suggest c. 1920 as a date. Scenes include: east Main Street, Crawfordsville High School, Ben Hur office building, Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), Masonic Temple, Mills Place, Wabash College campus (Center Hall), Wabash College campus (from Center Hall looking north to South Hall), Yandes Library, Gymnasium, Peck Scientific Hall, Lew Wallace Library and monument, Henry Lane Place, and the Country Club.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

1820 surveyor's ledger

An 1820s surveyor’s ledger was recently digitized and added to the library’s image database. The creator of the surveying workbook was David A. Shannon, who was at that time living in Kentucky. He came to Montgomery County in 1836 with his wife Nancy (Alexander) Shannon, and settled in Parkersburg.  He is known for surveying the town of Shannondale, which was named for him.  Shannon was also a Montgomery County member of the 1851 delegation to amend Indiana’s Constitution. You may view the entire surveyor’s workbook by searching the library’s image database at history.cdpl.lib.in.us/imagedb.html or going directly to the page here: Shannon Ledger

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

July 4, 1989

Our Local History archives contain many photos and documents, some of which date to the early years of the county. But don't think that our "history" is always long, long ago. We collect current and recent items because, some day, they will be "historical"!

This photograph was taken at the Summer Youth theater's presentation of "A Pocketful of Dreams" on July 4, 1989 (the Fourth of July) in Milligan Park. Maybe you were there...and in this photo? If so, you are archived at the Crawfordsville District Public Library for future generations.

If you are interested in contributing to our efforts at preserving the heritage of Montgomery County, contact the Reference & Local History Department (ref@cdpl.lib.in.us, 765-362-2242 ext 117).

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Lane Place...100 years ago

We have an extensive postcard collection of our area, many of which date from the turn of the 19th century. It is also interesting to read some of the used postcards to catch a quick glimpse of life long ago.

Here is a postcard of the The Henry S. Lane Place, Crawfordsville, Ind.  It was sent to Hilda Scheel, Earlville, Iowa, with this message: "We are staying just across the way from this house. They have a beautiful flower garden. Bertha." It was postmarked June 26, 1915 from Crawfordsville -- just about 100 years ago to this day! The next time you go past the Lane Place, take a look and imagine it in1915.

You can browse these postcards in our image database and see for yourself how things have changed...and how some things have remained the same.