Monday, September 1, 2014

Nickel Plate Section Crew

Here we have two photos of a Nickel Plate section crew from Hobart.

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Images courtesy of E.H.


The reason we have these two photos is because, as I mentioned earlier, Lester Harms married the widow of Noland White. She retained these photos from her first husband's days as a railroad section worker.

Noland's older brother, John, was the section foreman.

The Whites came from a farming family in Pulaski County, Indiana. John was born in 1884 and Noland circa 1902. The earliest I can place them in Hobart is 1930. By then John (already a section foreman) was living with his wife, Bessie, and their 20-year-old daughter on Lake Street in Hobart. His household included his brother William and his wife (her name was Bessie, too — confusing!). William worked as a section hand, probably in John's crew. Noland, also a section hand, rented a separate residence; in 1930 he was still single, but the following year he would marry Mathilda Prochno.

The two photos above have no identifying notes — their present owner recognized them as section crews and knew about the Whites' connection with the Nickel Plate. Since I have no photos of John or William, I have no hope of recognizing them, if they are pictured here. I have three not-very-good photos of Noland (which I will get around to posting eventually), and on the basis of those, I would say that if Noland is in those photos at all — in the first one, he may be the guy second from the left, or second from the right; in the second photo, he might be the guy standing on the car with his hands on his hips. In both cases, though, I'm really not sure.

1900 Census.
1910 Census.
1920 Census.
1930 Census.
1940 Census.
♦ "Noland White To Be Buried Saturday." Hobart Gazette 5 Apr. 1945.
WWII Army Enlistment Records.

Friday, August 29, 2014

"Gangrenous Appendicitis"

Back on the Chester farm, the peaceful June of 1921 ended with an attack of appendicitis:

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From the Hobart Gazette 1 July 1921.

"The young man had been hard at work all day Saturday previous and had been sick but about six hours," according to the News, which gave his condition the scary name of "gangrenous appendicitis."

But when Charles and Constance brought their son home on July 6, just a week and a half after his surgery, he was "reported in fine condition."

♦ "Additional Local News." Hobart Gazette 8 July 1921.
♦ "Local and Personal." Hobart News 30 June 1921; 7 July 1921
♦ "Local Drifts." Hobart Gazette 1 July 1921.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Milkweed Tussock Moth Larvae of Ainsworth

I was checking a milkweed for Monarch larvae. Found these guys instead.

Milkweed Tussock Moth
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They are going to grow up to be Milkweed Tussock Moths.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Milk House

The story about the new Gruel barn in Monday's post mentioned a plan for a new milk house as well, "built of hollow tile … 34x36 feet." That reminded me that I have a picture I haven't posted yet, which comes from the "John Gruel Farm" envelope found among Lillie Newman Barnes' keepsakes, and which may be of that milk house.

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Image courtesy of Diane Barnes.

That looks like hollow tile to me, and I suppose the width could be 34 feet, especially if you were measuring across the center of the interior. Not a positive ID, but possible.

The marvelous new barn is almost completely hidden behind this possible milk house — you can just see the top of the silo on the north side of the barn, and one of the cupolas.

When I was out there last spring photographing the former site of the barn, I took a picture of the shed that now stands approximately where the (possible) milk house stood.

2014-8-27. River Pointe mystery shed

I have spent a lot of time since then trying to convince myself that it's the same building, just with a lot of remodeling. I haven't quite succeeded, but I shall keep trying.

Monday, August 25, 2014

For Stud Service, Go to Mike O'Hearn's House

We haven't heard from our old friend Mike O'Hearn since 1918. Now we find him offering the stud services of a golden sorrel stallion — apparently at his own property, where you venture at your risk.

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From the Hobart Gazette 24 June 1921.

In the next column, we get some details about the Gruel cow barn, which has been under construction for nearly a month.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Belly Up to the Bar

Here are some unidentified men enjoying a glass of beer served by an unidentified bartender in an unidentified bar at an unknown date. It's still a great picture.

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Image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society and Tom Rainford.

Since it's from the Rainford collection, one of those men might be Herman or Louis Rossow (Ida's brothers), but I can't say I recognize anyone.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Abscess on the Brain

I can't find the Harold Guernsey, Otis' son, in the 1920 census — not even in Montana, which is where his brother William had to go to fetch him when he became dangerously sick in June of 1921. Harold was about 21 years old at this time.

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Images from the Hobart News 23 June 1921.

All the other news on this page is much more pleasant, including an ice-cream social at the home of Arthur and Mary Strong, south of Deep River; and in Crown Point, a party for Elmer Bullock's 18th birthday.

In the left-hand column we find notices of an upcoming show based on the popular comic strip, The Gumps. The fact that it would be held under a "big rainproof tent" is alarming to those of us who know what waterproofed tents could do when they caught fire. But no reports of disaster came out of "Henpecked Andy" in this case.

2014-8-21. Ad for entertainment featuring the 'Gumps'