Thursday, July 18, 2019

Greater Black-Letter Dart

I think what I've got here is a Greater Black-Letter Dart moth.

2019-07-18. Greater Black-letter Dart
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Just another moth in the grass that I had to stop my lawnmower to avoid running over. They are common from mid-spring through late fall, according to the Peterson Field Guide to Moths.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

William Raschka Still Busy in Ainsworth

Lest we forget that William Raschka was still doing business in Ainsworth in 1923, in spite of having sold his department store business long ago, here is an ad for his feed, grain, and fertilizer warehouse:

2019-07-14. Wheat growers, News, 8-16-1923
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Hobart News, Aug. 16, 1923.


In the left-hand column is the beginning of an article about the death of Kelly Norris. I find him interesting because (1) he might not have died if antibiotics had been available; and (2) his widow was the former Edith Busse. Here is the full story:

2019-07-14. Norris, News, 8-16-1923
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Hobart News, Aug. 16, 1923.


It is interesting to see the number of Hobart people who traveled with his remains to Lagrange, Indiana, including George Sauter and Fred Rose, Jr.

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Speaking of George Sauter — his mother, now Augusta Fiester, had a nice 62nd-birthday party on August 9, 1923.

2019-07-14. Fiester, News, 8-16-1923
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Hobart News, Aug. 16, 1923.


The Edward Sauter who attended was, I am sure, Edward Jr., not Edward Sr., Augusta's ex-husband. I have completed lost sight of Edward Sr. He was last seen in the 1920 Census, living in a rooming house at 1249 W. 103rd Street, Chicago, and working as a blacksmith, shoeing horses. I can't find him in the 1930 Census; can't even find a record of his death.

Above that item, the Pecks have returned from their hot and mosquito-ridden motor trip, and chosen to call it pleasant.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Crown-Tipped Coral

Found this interesting fungus while walking my dogs in the woods north of Big Maple Lake on a wet day.

2019-07-10. Crown-tipped coral 1
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2019-07-10. Crown-tipped coral 2

It looks a bit like Crown-Tipped Coral, but I'm not sure those really are "crowns" on top of each stalk. It might be Yellow-Tipped Coral. The first is edible, the second is poisonous.

Friday, July 5, 2019

There's Only One Merrillville?

I'm sure everyone who's done online research knows the pain of chasing down wild geese that happen to have the same name as your own goose. There are towns in Iowa and Nebraska called Ainsworth, and both of them still exist, unlike this little Ainsworth of mine, and they clog up my search results. And in looking for Hobart, Indiana, I keep turning up things about towns in Tasmania, New York, Oklahoma, and Washington. The good thing about Merrillville is that there's only one … or so I thought, until I saw the first item in this "South of Deepriver" column:

2019-07-05. SoDR, News, 8-9-1923
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Hobart News, Aug. 9, 1923.


Internet research fails to turn up the location of this town in Missouri. It does turn up references from the 19th century to a town called Merrellsville, but no one seems to know exactly where that town was. Google Maps, which identify such obscure places as my Ainsworth, don't acknowledge the existence of any Merrillville or Merrellsville in Missouri.

So if there is a Merrillville in Missouri, it keeps quiet. Very quiet.

Beyond that, the news south of Deepriver is not very thrilling.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Profane Language on the Streets

William H. Rifenburg was the Union Sunday School superintendent who, on September 23, 1877, had to lecture "the Boys on the disgrace some of them brought on the school by using profane language on the streets."

2019-07-01. USUN1873B 268, 269
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Image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.


William was then a vigorous man in his 40s, a Civil War veteran, former township trustee and justice of the peace,[1] so I imagine he was pretty impressive to these young people. Maybe he got them to stop using profane language for a week or two.


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[1] See his biographical sketch in the Lake County Encyclopedia: http://www.archive.org/stream/encyclopediaofge00ball#page/494/mode/2up

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Fowl Fraud

I don't know why I thought this story about a poultry-related scam was worth printing out … but print it out I did, and I'm not going to let 15 cents go to waste.

2019-06-27. Fowl, Gazette, 8-3-1923
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Hobart Gazette, Aug. 3, 1923.


Maybe I printed it out for the sake of the next story down, about Hobart travelers to Valparaiso being advised to take the Ainsworth route rather than the Yellowstone Trail, which was undergoing repairs.

The story in the middle column about the Gary hospital has so many familiar names that I can't talk about them all, but the one that jumps out at me is "W. Wagoner" — this reminds me that while reading the March 28, 1913 Gazette on microfilm recently (looking for other stuff), I came across the mention of Wilmont Wagoner, which in turn reminded me of that mysterious W.N. Wagoner who briefly operated the Ainsworth saloon and whose first name has eluded me. Well, now I have a theory: "W.N." = Wilmont Nelson. Can't prove it, of course, but who cares? Here's Wilmont Nelson Wagoner's death notice from 1938:

2019-06-27. W.n. wagoner, Hammond Times, 1938-09-11, p. 2
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Hammond Times, Sept. 11, 1938.


That story about the giant still at McCool is pretty interesting, too.


But getting back to the 1923 newspaper — over in the next column, George Hagerty's obituary reminds me that I've been seeing that name (Hagerty) here and there without really knowing who those people were. I think the son Albert is the one who lost his young wife to the Spanish influenza in January 1919. I wonder if this family has a connection to the George Haggerty/Hegerty who worked in the Reuben Bridle household in 1910 and attended Reuben's funeral in 1922? — but the age of that George in 1910 (24) doesn't match up to George Hagerty's son mentioned in the obituary, who was born in 1902 per the 1910 Census (which shows George Sr. living and working on his own farm).

Below that, Albert Orcutt's father has died.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Eyelash Cup Mushrooms

2019-06-22. Eyelash cups 1
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These mushrooms get their name from the short hair-like fringe around the cup.

They are small (.25" to .75") and low-growing. I think I would have missed them if I hadn't bent down to pull up some beggar tick plants, and would have missed them still if they weren't orange.

They grow in groups on rotten wood.

2019-06-22. Eyelash cups 2