Monday, September 26, 2016


Here's another photo of Noland White and one of his furry friends, this one named "Flash" according to the handwritten note at the bottom.

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Images courtesy of Eldon Harms.

A note on the back of the original gives the date as 1937. Eldon Harms identified the car as a Ford Model A, probably a 1930 or '31.

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Speaking of furry friends — mixed in with the other photos in the Lester Harms collection was this 1931 photo of Rin Tin Tin …

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… apparently a promotional item distributed by Chappel Bros., Inc., producers of the first canned dog food (according to this source).

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Cabbage White

This is a Cabbage White butterfly feeding on a wild aster.

2016-9-24. Cabbage White
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These things look pretty enough fluttering around the garden, but their caterpillars spent the summer demolishing my kale.

2016-9-24. Kale post-caterpillars

That's a kale leaf after the little green caterpillars got through with it.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Women Voters and a Woman Pioneer

The mid-term election of 1922 was approaching, which may be why the Ainsworth League of Women Voters planned a meeting in the W.G. Haan school; but then again, in those days people held meetings for any reason.

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"Local and Personal." Hobart News 21 Sept. 1922.

The death of Mrs. J.E. Small, mentioned at the bottom of that column, got a fuller treatment from the next day's Gazette.

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Hobart Gazette 22 Sept. 1922.

Her daughter, Mrs. Crisman — christened Elizabeth — was the wife of John Crisman, Sr., and the grandmother of Dorothea.

Mary Hardesty, the daughter with whom Mrs. Small had lived, was a widow (1920 Census), but I'm not sure of her deceased husband's name. It might have been Adolphus (Indiana Marriage Collection).

Mary Jane Riley Small rests in Mosier Cemetery.

In the pages above and elsewhere in old newspapers I have come across references to "Small's Crossing," and thus far nobody I've asked has known exactly where it was. Based on the people whose names came up in connection with Small's Crossing, I gathered it was in Porter County but not far from the village of Deep River. In common parlance around the turn of the 20th century, the name likely referred to a road crossing a railroad line near a piece of land owned by a Small. So, let's take a look at the plat map of Union Township, Porter County, in 1895, by which time all the railroads were in place:

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Image from, courtesy of Steven R. Shook.

There's a Small farm, there's the Grand Trunk Railroad, there's the road now known as N 725 W crossing the railroad. Just over the county line is the village of Deep River. I think this is a pretty good candidate for Small's Crossing. If you can find a better one, please let me know about it.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Family Picnic on the Milkweed

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Those two Milkweed-Bug adults look like parents caring for their young, but I would be surprised if that were actually the case. Insect parents involved in their children's lives are pretty rare.

Here's a couple other random pointless artsy pics … a dewy Sundrop:

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… and wild grapes growing on my old barn.

2016-9-20. Wild Grapes

Monday, September 19, 2016

Receipt from Smith & White

Here we have evidence that Timothy McAuliffe (senior, probably) paid his $1.00 for a year's subscription to the Hobart Gazette in 1896.

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Image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society and Jocelyn Hahn Johnson.

That is beautiful.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Yellowstone Trail Campground Report

Here's something for you Yellowstone-Trail fans …

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Hobart News 21 Sept. 1922

… and something for you baseball-and-ice-cream fans:

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Hobart News 21 Sept. 1922.

I wonder whether anyone in Hobart saved enough wrappers to get a baseball autographed by Babe Ruth. Such a baseball would sell for five figures these days, but even the ice-cream wrapper might be worth something.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Maple Spanworm

This moth getting into my house a couple weeks ago motivated me to buy a moth-identification book.*

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It belongs to the Geometer family. I believe it is a Large Maple Spanworm moth.

2016-9-16. Maple Spanworm 2

What I have learned just from paging through the guide is that there are more kinds of moths around here than I ever knew, and some of them have names as interesting as mushroom names, e.g., Wanton Pinion, Deceptive Snout, Confused Eusarca, The Bride, The Infant, and The Slowpoke.

*David Beadle & Seabrooke Leckie, Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2012).