Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The once majestic Ben Hur building

We recently received a donation of a photograph that shows the Ben Hur building not long after it was completed in 1911. Note that the lower level is not yet girdled by black marble, which was added in a 1940s renovation.

This undated photograph must be from spring 1913 at the earliest. How do we know? For one thing, the flag on the side of the building has 48 stars -- and Arizona entered the Union as the 48th state in February 1912. But the movie posters show by the Princess Theater (just to the right of the Ben Hur building) provide the final clues.One poster advertises "The Winning of White Dove," a short that was released on 30 November 1912. Another poster shows "Struggle of Hearts," a short released on 3 December 1912. This is not a winter scene, so we can assume the photo was taken sometime in 1913 during warmer weather. If we have time, we may eventually look through our old newspapers to see what even caused the decoration of the Ben Hur building, and when these two shorts were advertised in town.

Donated in the name of Thomas D. Stewart.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

This day in May, 1887. The same train?

 A train engine on its tracks. Five men pose in front (two stand on the cow catcher). A date is written on the reverse of the photograph: May 12, '97

Unfortunately, we have no other identifying information!A date is at least a starting point for figuring out an unidentified scene.

We also have another similar photograph, but with nothing written on it... and it appears to be the same scene, perhaps taken the same day. What do you think? What could be the occasion?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Spring Cleaning 1928

Spring cleaning is an annual task that has been with us for generations. Have you ever taken any pictures of your spring cleaning? We are fortunate to have a glimpse into the Terry family life in 1928, as seen in this photo.On the photo was written:

"1928. Spring cleaning. Clayton with the help from Lowell, Leslie & Mary Florence."

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 see it!

The children are outside of Home Place, on a rug. Clayton Terry (standing) holds a broom. Lowell Terry and Leslie Terry (kneeling) beat the rug with wire tools.Mary Florence Terry sits on the rug, seemingly amused by her brothers. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Who was John Remley?

Are you interested in knowing about one of the county's first settlers -- who walked here from Ohio in 1825 to settle? If so, come to the 2nd floor of the Crawfordsville District Public Library to check out our new display. Find out all about John Remley and his numerous descendants. Take a look at the Remley family Bible, along with the walking stick Remley used on the way here...and much more. We protect your heritage and want to share it with you!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Do you remember this school?

Do you remember this school?
We have been gathering some older pictures of local schools for a display, and have chosen some nice scenes to share. Until recent years, Crawfordsville has been able to support many schools, and if you have been a resident of this town, you certainly remember the old ones...and the "new" ones. In the 1960s, many of the schools were rebuilt after the original building was demolished (such as Willson and Mills). Some schools had no predecessor, however, such as the one shown here. Do you remember it? It has been recently re-modeled -- but you may be able to recognize it even if you didn't attend this version! This school is Hose (Laura G. Hose Elementary school, still at 800 Fairview Avenue).

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Getting ready for Arbor Day...1957!

Here is an image published in the Journal Review on April 17, 1957.

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.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Where was this taken? Guess!

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.