Friday, January 20, 2017

Martha Wood

Martha Beatty Wood has been so quiet all this time that I don't believe I've yet mentioned her name in this blog — though her husband, William (and indirectly her son, Raymond, who helped to run the Wood garage), and her daughter, Olive, have made several appearances.

Now it's November 1922, and Martha has quietly slipped away.

2017-1-20. Martha Wood obit
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Hobart Gazette 24 Nov. 1922.

In the left-hand column, we learn of the death of Lydia Clifford — another person I've never mentioned, but I have posted about three of her sisters: Mrs. Matilda Demmon, known as Tillie, had married Walter Demmon, who built the store in Merrillville; Carrie Chandler, with her husband Eugene, lived on a farm on Liverpool Road; and Emily had married Fred Shults (whose brother just recently quit farming).

Going by the 1920 Census and judging by their neighbors, I gather that Frank and Lydia Clifford owned a farm northwest of Ainsworth, but I haven't been able to find it on any plat map.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

First Installment of Ledger Index

I have finished indexing one ledger, so I have added a new page over there on the right with the beginning of the index.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Some Guy On an Aermotor Windmill

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Image courtesy of Eldon Harms.

This man could be Roney Sauter's saner cousin — I don't know; he is not identified. But the photo was among Eva Thompson's, so he may be a Thompson.

Eldon Harms told me that the windmill on the old Harms homestead was 65 feet tall, and when he was a kid he'd once had to climb the ladder like the guy in the photo — and then climb out onto an arm, too — to retrieve a kite tangled up in the framing.

To my surprise, the Aermotor Co. is still in business. Here is a video of a 1935 Aermotor windmill in action.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Ice Storms of Ainsworth

Here's an artsy photo to commemorate the Great Ice Storm of '17.

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… OK, it wasn't that great.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

John George Hoffman

John Hoffman came into Ross Township without so much as clothes on his back, and left it as the owner of four farms.

2017-1-10. John G. Hoffman obit
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Hobart Gazette 17 Nov. 1922.

We've already found one of his farms, in northeastern Ross Township: one-time home of the Sonntags, later owned by son Henry.

I'm not sure what counts as a farm, but the 1908 Plat Map seems to show five Hoffman farms just in the Turkey Creek area. But perhaps "J.G." wasn't John George.

2017-1-10. Hoffman 1908
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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Blogging Break

My desktop had a breakdown and is in the hospital. I'm taking a break.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

George with Scates

2017-1-5. George with scates
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Handwritten notes on the back of the original identify this young fellow as "George with scates" — no other information. Evidently this boy loved ice-skating.

The photographer being A. Haase, we can date the photo to sometime between late 1902 and 1913.

The Hobart area was crawling with young Georges during the first decade of the twentieth century, so I'm not even going to guess at his surname.

The painted backdrop looks similar to the one we've seen behind a couple of baseball players, which suggests they too might have been photographed by A. Haase. But I can't see enough of the backdrop to say whether it's identical, and again, we haven't answered the question whether such a backdrop would likely be unique.