Tuesday, May 31, 2016

South of Deepriver

Thank goodness for these South of Deepriver columns, they save me from having to write a real post.

2016-5-31. South of Deepriver 8-10-1922
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Hobart News 10 Aug. 1922.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Wildflowers of Ainsworth: Cursed Crowfoot

The black sheep of the Buttercup family. Ranunculus sceleratus: five yellow petals and one bad attitude.

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(In the lower right of that picture, you can see some ragwort not quite blooming yet.)

It's called cursed crowfoot because its sap is toxic enough to cause skin blisters. According to Jack Sanders, "Swallowing just two drops of the juice is said to be enough to kill a person by severely inflaming the alimentary canal."

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Not very good pictures, I know. Better pictures and more information can be found here.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Hugh aka Hubert Hahn

Since we were just discussing Hubert Hahn, let's take a look at a photo of him as a yout'. He is the kid in the front row with crossed arms and an expression on his face as if he's just daring you to say something.

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

The people in this photo are identified by notes on the back, apparently written by Hubert/Hugh himself.

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"Your dad" would be Edward Hahn, the youngest of the Hahn boys.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


This is not the first barn dance I've heard of at the Houck farm, which I believe was in Winfield Township, but it's the first jaw-breaking I've heard of there. The alleged jawbreaker was one of the Hahn boys who had lived on the McAuliffe farm, but by 1922 I expect he was out on his own. Kenneth Humes had long ago left a finger in Ainsworth.

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"Local Drifts." Hobart Gazette 11 Aug. 1922.

Elsewhere, news of other acquaintances … Mrs. A.G. Ingram had been born Anne Fleck.

If I've got the right Triebesses, these are Julius and Sophia Triebess, who were living in Chicago while renting their Ainsworth-area farm. I leave it to people with more time than I have to figure out exactly how Sophia was Mrs. Christ Passow's niece, if they are interested.

I believe the farm Harve Carey was moving back to consisted of 160 acres in southeast Portage Township, Porter County.

The Epps family was recently bereaved.

And on his small farm in Union Township, Jacob Yager was breaking his back again picking strawberries.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Wildflowers of Ainsworth: Wild Hyacinth

I had tons of work to do, but I said — I won't repeat exactly what I said, and then I took the dogs for a long stroll in Deep River County Park and found some wildflowers I hadn't seen before. Exhibit 1: wild hyacinths.

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The long, narrow leaves belong to the wild hyacinths, which have only basal leaves.

Hyacinths are named after the young Greek fellow who died after being accidentally hit on the head by a discus (but now I'm finding out that foul play on the part of the West Wind is suspected).

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This one hasn't even begun to bloom:

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They bloom, and then fade, from the bottom up.

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Charles Rosenquist

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Image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.

Here is Charles Rosenquist, father of Ruby Tonagel, riding shotgun in the Tonagels' delivery truck. We don't have a date on this photograph.

Charles died October 19, 1953, at the age of 81. His obituary gave a brief sketch of his life:
Rosenquist was born in Sweden, March 13, 1872, and came to the United States when he was 16. He was a farmer in the vicinity of Chesterton until 1938, when he retired and went to live with his daughter, Mrs. Ruby Tonagel, in Ainsworth. Rosenquist's wife preceded him in death several years ago.

Besides Mrs. Tonagel, he is survived by two other daughters, Mrs. Ester Fridh, South Bend, and Mrs. Hazel Young, Chesterton. Also surviving are a sister, Glenda Peterson, Chicago, and six grandchildren.
*Charles is buried in Chesterton Cemetery … but his wife, Amanda, is not; that is to say, she is not recorded there on findagrave.com. I can't find an obituary for her, nor even any official record of her death. (Findagrave.com does show an Amanda Rosenquist, 1874-1949, buried in Kansas. Our Amanda was probably born in 1876 or '77, but as we know people sometimes get dates wrong on grave markers. More research is needed.)

There was a Charles H. Rosenquist in Porter County, born ten years earlier than our Charles M., and we must not allow him to confuse us.**

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Eldon Harms, looking at this photo, remembered the delivery truck as being blue. He also said that the telephone number on the side ending in "3" may mean it was a party line, and a call to the Tonagels would ring thrice.

*"Former Chesterton Area Farmer Dies in S.B. Hospital." Vidette-Messenger (Valparaiso, Ind.) 20 Oct. 1953.
**Any more than we are already, I mean.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Well Disguised Frogs of Ainsworth

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What's that you say — you can't see any frog? Just a disgusting pile of bird droppings?