Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Grape Leaffolder Moth

A Grape Leaffolder was hanging around on my garage door at night, even though it is supposed to be a day-flying species.

2018-8-14. Grape Leaffolder
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This year my property is overrun with wild grapes — nice for anyone who wants to fold grape leaves. It is the behavior of the larva that gives this moth its name.

Better Grape-Leaffolder photos can be found here.

This moth was sharing the garage door with a frog that has suction cups on its feet:

2018-8-14. Frog with suction cups on its feet

That frog was at the top of the door.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

A Mill Saw for George Earle

This receipt dated April 13, 1846 was among some loose papers stored in a merchant's daybook from the 1840s belonging to the Hobart Historical Society. It shows "Mr. Matthews" making some purchases in a Chicago store: a mill saw and other building hardware (nails and a hammer, screws, door handles, sashes, a can of putty, and rectangles of glass).

2018-8-9. DayB1840 L-04
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Images courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.

Notes on the back of the receipt bring George Earle into it.

2018-8-9. DayB1840 L-05

The last line gives an amount "due P.G.M." I believe that is the Mr. Matthews of the receipt — Peter G. Matthews, who shows up now and then in the daybook's entries. One entry records his coming to board with the keeper of the daybook in February 1846. Here, in an entry from May 16, 1846, Peter is being reimbursed because he spent some of his own money on purchases for someone else in Chicago:

2018-8-9. DayB1840 160, 161 - Peter G. Matthews

In another entry on the right-hand page, P.G. Matthews buys a pair of boots for $2.00.

So this person was in the Hobart area, it seems, and was involved somehow in the building of George Earle's saw mill at Hobart; but I cannot identify him in any local census, or any other official record anywhere. An inscription on the flyleaf of another daybook (which I haven't even begun indexing) indicates that he came from Canada.

2018-8-9. DayB1848 000.2

Adding that information to the search on Ancestry.com doesn't help me. Peter G. Matthews remains a mystery.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Ainsworth Actors Hit the Big Time

In May 1923 the plucky thespians of Ainsworth took their production of The Brookdale Farm from the school basement to the bright lights in the big city of Hobart.

2018-8-6. Brookdale, Gazette, 5-25-1923
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Hobart Gazette, May 25, 1923.

The story in the left-hand column describing an ambitious project for 40 acres of summer homes on the south shore of Lake George probably explains the origin of the Patzel Lakeview Summer Resort subdivision.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Clover Looper Moth

Here's a common, unremarkable moth.

2018-8-5. Clover Looper moth
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The "looper" part of their name comes from the larvae, which are inchworm types that form loops with their bodies as they move.

If they like clover, I've got tons of it.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Another Klan Parade

One week after the big rally in Valpo, the Ku Klux Klan staged a smaller rally in Hobart, with a parade, burning crosses, and initiation ceremonies.

2018-8-2. Parade, News, 5-31-1923
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Hobart News, May 31, 1923.

The "field south of Michigan" Avenue, I'm guessing, would be where the sewage treatment plant is now. There was some open space on the west side of the southern end of Michigan Avenue, or at the bottom of Michigan between Cleveland and the Pennsy tracks, but I'm not sure either of those was large enough to be called a field.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Who Built the Bridge on the Tumbling Dam?

These guys did.

2018-7-30. DayB1840 220, 221
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Image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.

Construction was going on, apparently, in January 1849 — cold working conditions! I assume this is the tumbling dam at George Earle's grist mill in Hobart.

"Cady" might be Cady Preston, a 33-year-old Hobart resident who came from New York via Michigan, per the 1850 Census. He must have been good friends with the ledger-keeper to be on a first-name basis. (Another possibility is Samuel Cady, but thus far I've found him in the ledgers only up to 1840, and only in the 1840 Census.)

George Cregg (or Craig) has been showing up in the ledgers but I can't identify him in a census.

Mr. Bush's initials may have been O.E., per another entry in the ledger, but otherwise he is a mystery to me.

We've already met Jesse Albee.

"F. Eastling" was probably Ferdinand Eastling, one of five children in the family headed by Luther and Maria Eastling. (Judging by the ages of the older children, I'd say Maria was Luther's second wife.) They farmed the southeast quarter of Section 33, on the west side of County Line Road where it meets State Road 130 (Early Land Sales, Lake County), so when the Pittsburgh, Ft. Wayne & Chicago Railroad came through circa 1858, it cut through their land.

"S. Sigler" may have been either Samuel Sr. or Samuel Jr.

Per the 1850 Census, the Carothers family had a John Sr. and a John Jr. In January 1849, John Jr. was only 12 years old, so I'm inclined to think this entry is for John Sr. He was born in New York circa 1805, died in Hobart in 1864, and is buried in the Old Settlers Cemetery. (Also listed there are a George Carothers — probably John's son — and a Charles, whom I can't identify; they were both Civil War veterans.) John Carothers owned much of the southwest quarter of Section 30, so Old Ridge Road, as it moves from N. Lake Park Avenue to Wisconsin Street, crossed his land (Early Land Sales, Lake County).

Friday, July 27, 2018

Massive Klan Rally in Valparaiso

Saturday, May 19, 1923 saw a massive Ku Klux Klan rally in Valparaiso, involving not only Valpo citizens but also Klan members, new initiates, and observers from neighboring towns and as far away as Chicago and Indianapolis. Different sources reported estimates of their numbers that ranged from 10,000 to 60,000.[1]

2018-7-27. Klan, News, 5-24-1923
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Hobart News, May 24, 1923.

Not all of the observers were happy about the event, but any opposition was mentioned only in passing by the Valparaiso Vidette report of May 21, as reproduced in the Hobart Gazette:[2]
Both opponents and friends of the order took cognizance of the courteous conduct of the citizens of the town, visiting members of the organization and other visitors to the city. With all the crowds and congestion, boisterousness, heckling and rowdiness were at a minimum.

[1] The Klan's mouthpiece publication gave an estimate of 50,000 ("Valparaiso Scene of Huge Klan Gathering," The Fiery Cross (Indianapolis), May 25, 1923, digitized at www.newspaperarchive.com).
[2] "Valpo Hostess to Many Thousand Klansmen," Hobart Gazette, May 25, 1923.