Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Clarence and Hazel, Signing on the Line

Among several interesting donations made recently to the Merrillville/Ross Township Historical Society are two large, ornately bound books containing handwritten records of the Lake County government.

One is titled, "Record of Recognizance Bonds," and memorializes some of the law-breaking that went on in Lake County from 1877 through 1892. I have glanced through it and was delighted to find various interesting things like adultery, and assault and battery; also a mystifying crime described as "maintaining screens on Sunday" — I don't know what that means, but it was occasionally practiced in the early 1890s by familiar residents of Hobart. I suspect that maintaining screens had something to do with saloonkeeping, but I don't have time to figure that out.

More pertinent to today's post is the other book, titled, "Applications for Marriage License," covering just a single month: January 1922. And from that book, I present to you the marriage license applications of Clarence Schavey (one of the children of Henry Schavey, Sr., and thus a brother of Mable Schavey Breyfogle) and Hazel Comstock (about whom I know nothing).

2014-9-30. C. Schavey marriage license application
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Images courtesy of the Merrillville/Ross Township Historical Society.


2014-9-30. H. Comstock marriage license application

Monday, September 29, 2014

Car #19

A local railroad historian has shared with me some photographs he took of Gary Railways Car #19 at the Illinois Railway Museum:



This is one of the cars that operated on the Gary-Hobart line. Some of its parts of missing, but it still has its original paint.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

What the Wheat Beard Did

I mentioned that I had a few photos of Noland White; here is one of them, and you can judge for yourself whether he looks like any of the Nickel Plate section workers.

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Images courtesy of E. Harms.


Notes on the back:

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No date on the photo, but as we know, Noland died in 1945.

Poor horse! I had no idea that a wheat beard (aka brush, or awn) could be so dangerous.

Bill Prochno, who owned the horses, was Noland's father-in-law.

How the heck some photographer in Iowa got involved with this, I have no idea. I can find very little information on Geppert Studios.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Baby, Burn

Monday, July 11, 1921, was a day of joy the Kegebein farm, as Albert and Frieda Witt welcomed a baby boy into the world — their fifth child.

Tuesday was a day of disaster.

2014-9-26. Barn fires
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From the Hobart Gazette 15 July 1921.


Going into Hobart, Albert had actually seen the town's fire engine rush by him, never suspecting it was headed towards his own place. Perhaps someone telephoned Jim Chester, who lived on Water Street, and told him go find Albert; the Herman Neef residence, where Jim caught up with Albert, was on Lake Street.

It must have been a shock to the unnamed sister (in-law) staying with Frieda when she looked outside and saw the roof of the 36' x 66' barn all on fire, and she in charge of a sick woman and five children. The Bullock home to which Frieda was carried was probably the Claude and Mary Bullock farm on the bank of the Deep River.

With no fire hydrants in the area, the Hobart fire department had to rely on its "chemical engine." When its chemicals were exhausted, the house and new granary had been saved, but the wreckage of the barn and other buildings was still smoldering. The last of the fire was put out with a hose "attached to the feed pipe running from the creek [Deep River] to Ainsworth used in mixing concrete."

Frieda recovered, and so did the baby, whom they named — not Blaise, Incendio, or even Phoenix, but — Clyde.

(You will notice just above the newspaper report of the Kegebein fire, another barn fire in Hobart.)

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In local sporting events we have Hobart's Everett Newman triumphing at the Roby speedway, and a mercenary baseball team from Valpo.

2014-9-26. Everett Newman racing
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From the Hobart News 14 July 1921.



Additional Sources:
♦ "$5,000 Fire at the Kegebein Farm, Tuesday Afternoon." Hobart News 14 July 1921.
1920 Census.
1930 Census.
♦ "Births." Hobart Gazette 15 July 1921.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The McAuliffe Farmhouse, Take 2

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


Same farmhouse, different day. That is, it looks like a different day to me, but since neither photo is dated, who really knows? This one comes to us printed on an unused postcard, with a divided back (so it was printed after March 1907) but no stamp box or photographer's name that could help us date it further. What little I can see of the fashions suggests roughly the first decade of the 20th century.

And again, no one is identified.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Ice-Cream Plumbing

Our plumbing friends, Lee & Rhodes, got to spend some of their summer days inside Sherman Henderson's ice-cream factory.

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"Local Drifts." Hobart Gazette 8 July 1921.


The "Mrs. Wm. Carey" who mothered young picnickers at the campground was born Augusta Stolp; the widow of Henry Rossow, she became the second wife of William H. Carey in 1903, and was widowed again in 1916.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

You Can Have a Good Time in Hobart, Ind.

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Images courtesy of E.H.


… especially if you're with the right person. For Herman Harms, the right person would be Minnie Rossow.

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The postmark is March 3, 1913.