Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A.B. Colkitt Buys an Olds Roadster

This sales contract somehow found its way into Eva Thompson's collection.

2017-9-20. EvaT055
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Image courtesy of Eldon Harms.

My best guess at the identify of this person is an Alfred Colkitt who shows up in a Gary city directory in 1920:

2017-9-20. 1920 Gary directory
(Click on image to enlarge) U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.

… and who gave his name to a draft board in 1942 as Alford Byron Colkitt (WWII Army Enlistment Records).

But what connection did Mr. Colkitt have to the Thompsons, that his auto sales contract should end up in their hands? — I do not know. The contract was inside an envelope addressed to Nancy Thompson in Hobart, postmarked in December 1933 from Nappannee, Indiana. Was it sent to her in that envelope, or did that envelope just turn out to be a convenient storage place?

In looking around for an image of a 1921 Oldsmobile Roadster, I discovered that something similar to Alfred's car, modified into a truck, was the vehicle that carried the Beverly Hillbillies.

I also learned that a 1921 Olds Roadster was involved in the development of the "automobile exception to the Fourth Amendment search warrant rule, … less formally referred to as the Carroll doctrine."

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Toothed Spurge

This is not a wildflower of Ainsworth. This is a wildflower of the first rest stop on I-65 south of Ainsworth.

2017-9-17. Toothed spurge colony
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It is called Toothed Spurge.

2017-9-17. Toothed spurge

It likes to hang out in farmers' field, so no wonder I found it among all that Indiana farmland.

It has tiny and unimpressive blossoms.

2017-9-17. Toothed spurge blossoms

So far as I can tell, it serves no purpose except its own existence.

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Of course, I was heading down to Purdue U. Veterinary Teaching Hospital when I took these pictures. I took a couple more pictures in Lafayette.

Here's a mural called Sunday morning Wabash River, painted by Zach Medler, after Seurat.

2017-9-17. Sunday Morning Wabash River

And the flowchart outside Main Street Books.

2017-9-17. Flowchart

(I was not charged for this picture since I bought some books.)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Work ID and Chauffeur Badge, 1936

A collection of photos and other items relating to the Fleck and Halfman families of Ross Township has come to the Merrillville/Ross Twp. Historical Society through the Fleck family. The collection includes this photo ID (undated) used on the job by Nicholas Fleck, Jr. (1887-1955):

2017-9-14. N. Fleck Jr. work ID
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Images courtesy of the Merrillville/Ross Twp. Historical Society.

And here is the badge he wore as a truck driver in 1936:

2017-9-14. N. Fleck Jr. work badge

A family legend holds that Nicholas, as an employee of the Lake County Highway Department, worked on building Broadway up to the steel mills; the family is now researching to try to determine whether that's true, or just a good story. Neither the ID nor the badge indicates who his employer was when he used them.

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Although I have mentioned the Flecks of Hobart several times already in the blog, I find I have neglected the Flecks of Ross Township. They are related, all being descended from Peter and Anna Fleck. Our truck driver's father, Nicholas Fleck Sr., was the brother of the Michael Fleck who ran a coal business in Hobart (and whose ledgers I expect to be indexing sometime in the future).

Nicholas Sr., born circa 1854, married Frances Wilde in 1876 (Indiana Marriage Collection). The two of them, with a young daughter, were farming in Hobart Township (near his father and brother) when the 1880 Census was taken. By the 1900 Census, their family had grown to nine children, including Nicholas Jr.; they were farming in Calumet Township.

The family first shows up in Ross Township in the 1910 Census, farming their own land, with five of their children still at home. Judging by their neighbors, the Flecks were on the land that showed up as theirs in the 1926 Plat Book:

2017-9-14. Fleck 1926
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The 1908 Plat Map shows different ownership, so unless that map lagged behind purchases and sales, the Flecks bought their Ross Township farm between 1908 and 1910. On the south, the Grand Trunk Railroad cut across their land; on the north it was Turkey Creek. Today, the old Fleck farm is occupied by some businesses and part of Hidden Lake Park.

Although in 1910 Nicholas Jr. was described as single, when he shows up in the 1920 Census with a wife (née Anna Halfman), their children include an eleven-year-old son. I have not been able to find a marriage record for Nicholas Jr. and Anna, so I don't know how to explain that. Nicholas and Anna were farming rented land near his father's farm — or maybe part of it?

Nicholas Jr. seems to have been among those who quit farming in the 1920s. In the 1930 Census he described himself as a truck driver for a hardware store. He and Anna, with their nine children, were living on rented property in Ross Township described as being in the "north corner of [the] township, east of Broadway," which could still be the old Fleck farm. The year after that census, another daughter joined the family. In the 1940 Census, Nicholas Jr. said he was a clerk at a hardware store. His death certificate (1955) gives his occupation as "truck driver," his employer as "Highway Dept." — but does not specify which highway department, and he died in LaPorte County.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Harnessed Tiger Moth

This critter came to visit my porch light a few weeks ago.

Tiger moth
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I believe it's a Harnessed Tiger Moth.

My moth book has information about how to catch nocturnal moths and put them in the refrigerator overnight so they get sluggish and you can photograph them properly in daylight. Where do people get the time to do stuff like that?

I hope to be back to historical posting soon.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Kitten Cuteness

Here are some cute pictures to look at until I can get myself in gear.

Eliza is looking much better than when she first came home. You can still see where they shaved her legs to put in the IVs.

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Every four hours, a syringe feeding.

Eliza syringe feeding

Here's Mama Emily, who doesn't like having her picture taken:

Mama Emily

Freewheelin' Franklin, an ankle-biter:

Franklin scratching up my ankle

Travis, a mighty mouser:

Travis caught a mouse

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Sick-Kitten Break

This is Eliza, my foster kitten.

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This is Eliza's daily schedule of medication and feeding:

Eliza schedule

And that's why I have to take a break from blogging.

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[9/14/2017 update] Sadly, little Eliza didn't make it, in spite of our best efforts. She was a sweetheart and in her short life was loved by many people.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Truss Bridge on the Old Lincoln Highway

Courtesy of Daniel Kleine, here are some photos taken circa October 1981 showing the truss bridge that used to carry the old Lincoln Highway (East 73rd Avenue) across the Deep River.

2017-8-21. Bridge 1
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Photographs by Daniel Kleine. Used with permission.

The photographer and subject are in Deep River County Park.

2017-8-21. Bridge 2

2017-8-21. Bridge 3

A similar bridge carried Ainsworth Road over the river when I first moved out here in 1990. It was soon replaced — around 1991, I think, but I was pretty oblivious to my surroundings back then. I do not know when the bridge in the photos was replaced.

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Here's my attempt at the "now" part of a then-and-now, rendered difficult by the lush vegetation of August:

2017-8-21. Block of concrete near the Deep River bridge
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The block of concrete is still there. The railroad-tie stairs are gone.

You can just catch a glimpse of the new bridge through the greenery.

2017-8-21. New bridge over Deep River

About ten feet north of the new bridge stands the crumbling abutment of an old bridge.

2017-8-21. Abutment

That, I am told, held a wooden bridge that was replaced after the mill-pond dam broke — which may refer to the 1922 break — but since this is third-hand information, told to me by someone who heard it from someone who has since died, I'm stating it as legend rather than fact.

Friday, August 18, 2017

A Mysterious Case

Or: When an Amateur Historian Runs Out of Microfilm Material

I have been too busy to get over to the library and read more in the 1923 newspapers, so I have to post random things, such as from the digitizing project (which is a part of what's been keeping me busy).

In the Union Sunday School records of August 1868, I came across a Madora Case:

2017-8-18. USUN1868-053, 054
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Image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.

I had not encountered Madora before, but naturally I wondered if she was one of the Ross Township Cases.

After some quick research, all I can say is: maybe.

We first find Madora in Ross Township in the 1860 Census, where she is four years old. Her father, Hiram A. Case, is a 36-year-old farm laborer. Her mother, Amanda, is 26. Her sister Eunice is 7.

Also is the household is a 21-year-old Derias Case, who surely can't be Hiram and Amanda's son. In the 1850 Census, we find a ten-year-old Darias in the household of David and Daty Case … who live near the young married couple, Hiram and Amanda. All of this suggests a family relationship between Hiram and Darias — perhaps they were brothers? But I can't find a record to prove that.

Looking forward to the 1870 Census, we find our Madora Case, along with Eunice and a little seven-year-old Hiram, in Joliet, Illinois; Amanda is there, with her new husband, C.J. Coburn — Cornelius J., that is, whom she married in Lake County in either 1865 or 1868, depending on which record in the Indiana Marriage Collection you want to believe.

So something happened to the elder Hiram … but we're not sure exactly what. Turning to Alice Flora Smedstad's book, Soldiers & Veterans Memorialized at the Merrillville Cemetery, we learn that Hiram enlisted in the 99th Indiana Regiment during the Civil War. Per the official regimental history, he died on March 10, 1863. Around that time, Alice reports, the 99th was near LaGrange, Tennessee, guarding a railroad. "Conditions were very hard and over fifty men died of typhoid fever. Most likely this group included Hiram Case."

According to the Northwest Indiana Genealogical Society's index of Ross Township Cemeteries, there was a grave marker in the Merrillville Cemetery bearing the name of Hiram Case, but without birth or death dates, so it could possibly be for another Hiram. On a recent visit to the cemetery I could not find the grave marker at all.

The widowed Amanda Case, with three minor children to support, likely could not afford to bring Hiram's body back from Tennessee. If she placed a stone in the cemetery, it probably marked his memory, not his earthly resting place.

As for Madora, I believe she married Byron S. Frey of Joliet in 1871* and never returned to this area.

Finding out for sure how these Cases were related to the other Cases, not to mention what exactly happened to Hiram, would require more research than I have time for.


* Illinois, Marriage Index, 1860-1920 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015.
Original data: Illinois State Marriage Records. Online index. Illinois State Public Record Offices.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

What Is This Name????

USUN1868-091, 092
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Image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.

This page in the Union Sunday School record book probably dates to 1869.

The surname name looks like "Heterman" or "Hetirnan" or something, but I can't find anything resembling that in the 1870 or 1860 census. As for the first name, I'm not sure if it's "Fritz" or "Trity," the latter of which sounds like a nickname for — what?

How am I supposed to index when people won't write legibly?

(On the other hand, it's nice to see little six-year-old Calvin Shearer going to Sunday School.)

Monday, August 14, 2017

More Glass-Plate IDs

C.K. Melin has been looking over the glass-plate negatives and has come up with more possible identifications, which I have noted in the applicable posts: Town Cousins and Odd Man Out.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Lumber and Groceries of Yore

The news of Allie Mason's death in February 1923 including some new information (new to me!) about Hobart's past.

2017-8-12. Alfaretta Dickerson Mason obit
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Hobart Gazette 23 Feb. 1923.

From the Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths Index, we learn that Allie's given name was Alfaretta. Her father was David Dickerson; her mother's maiden name was Tilitha McClosky.

Going by the 1895 Sanborn map, I guess the Dickerson lumber yard/grocery was about where the American Legion post is now — 208 S. Linda Street.

In one of the Hobart Township Trustee's account ledgers that I've indexed, we find D.H. Dickerson supplying a broom for a school in 1874 …

2017-8-12. Dickerson HTTA1859-075-18740212
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Image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.

… and in 1875, lumber for a bridge over Duck Creek.

2017-8-12. Dickerson HTTA1859-083-18750319
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Image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.

And in the Indiana Marriage Collection, we find Alferetta Dickerson marrying George D. Mason on March 6, 1877.

If the Dickersons did indeed move to Hobart in the 1860s and were still around in the mid-1870s, you would expect to find them in Hobart in the 1870 Census … but instead we find them in Allen County, Ohio: David H. and Talitha, with daughters Marietta and Alfaretta, and sons Franklin and Wellington. In the 1880 Census, Talitha, now widowed, is living in Putnam County, Ohio. Marietta, unmarried, is still with her; so are the married Alfaretta and her two-year-old daughter, Grace (where's George?), as well as two male boarders.

I can't find the Dickerson family at all in the 1860 Census.

My theory is that the Dickersons moved to Hobart only for a few years between 1870 and 1880. More than forty years later, someone's memory misplaced the Dickersons in the 1860s.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Mary Munch's Sorrows

I can't figure out Mary Munch. In my notes I find a report[1] from the autumn of 1922 that the barn at her home "in South Hobart" had burned, although the fire department managed to save the house and the chicken coop; the fire was allegedly caused in her absence by her son-in-law burning rubbish. If she had a son-in-law, she must have had a daughter. But I can't find her daughter in a census.

A few weeks later, Mary traveled to Battle Creek, Michigan, to bring her son to a hospital in Gary.

2017-8-9. Mary Munch
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Hobart Gazette 24 Nov. 1922.

Her son's surname being Wilson suggests a previous marriage, but in the 1910 Census, Mary Munch is described as being in her first marriage, and having no living children. In the 1920 Census, Mary was widowed and no questions about children were asked.

Joseph Wilson died December 23, 1922 (Indiana Death Certificates). The informant was Mary Munch, who gave her maiden name as Mary Maurice and Joseph's father's name as Paul Wilson. I can't find the Wilson family in the 1900 Census, the earliest place I would have any hope of finding them (since Joseph was born in 1891). The death certificate states that Joseph was married to a Josephine, about whom I know nothing.

After the loss of her son, Mary had a little more than a month of peace before she was caught up in a Prohibition raid.

2017-8-9. Still raid
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Hobart News 22 Feb. 1923.

According to the next day's Gazette, Mary claimed she was only storing the unused still on her place as a favor to Nick Drakulich.[2] If that was true, then she suffered for a crime without having had the fun or the profit from it.

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Over in the right-hand column of that Feb. 22 News, we see that Mary was not the only one having bad times that week. The old Wesley Spencer homestead may have been on Center Street near the Nickel Plate tracks — that location seems to be associated with the Spencer name. And I never heard of Thomas Scott before, but I can't help but be interested in a suicide whose wife, according to her death certificate, died of "acute alcoholism."

I'm a bit confused about what Paul Newman was planning to build (left-hand column above). That sounds like the building on the southeast corner of Third and Center, but the county records don't give 1923 as the year it was built. The 1922 Sanborn map shows a substantial building already there.

[1] "Barn Burns in South Hobart," Hobart Gazette 3 Nov. 1922.
[2] "Locate Two Stills," Hobart Gazette 23 Feb. 1923.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Huldah Shearer's Mother

This is Augusta Juhnke Lewin …

2017-8-5. sb125-a
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Images courtesy of Eldon Harms.

… or, as notes on the back identify her, Huldah Shearer's mother, and Ma's second cousin.

2017-8-5. sb125-b

Now, who was "Ma"? Antonia Rossow? Minnie Rossow Harms? All I know is that Minnie's maternal grandmother's maiden name was Juhnke (and thank goodness I wrote that down because I would never have remembered it otherwise).

There is no date for this photograph. The stamp box on the back was in use between 1908-1924. I am inclined to place the photo circa 1910, based on Augusta's apparent age — she was born in 1841, and here I would say she looks about 70. The bodice of her dress is a timeless black silk that an elderly lady might have worn anytime in the later 19th or early 20th century.

I ought to have posted this photo back when I posted her obituary … but honestly, I forgot I had it.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Henry Paulus Buys the Business

After owning and operating Ainsworth's general store for almost eight years, Charles and Amelia Goldman sold their business (but not their building) in February 1923 to a newcomer named Henry Paulus.

2017-7-31. Henry Paulus buys Ainsworth store
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Hobart Gazette 16 Feb. 1923.

If I've found the right place on modern-day maps, Cook, Indiana, was just west of Cedar Lake (and is now part of the Town of Cedar Lake). I'm going to have to take the newspapers' word for it, because I can't locate Henry Paulus in Hanover or Center Townships. For that matter, I've spent a ridiculous amount of time already trying to trace him anywhere. You wouldn't think "Henry Paulus" was such a common name.

Here's one place where I know I've got the right Henry J. Paulus:

2017-7-31. Ainsworth Postmasters
(Click on image to enlarge) U.S., Appointments of U. S. Postmasters, 1832-1971 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832-1971. NARA Microfilm Publication, M841, 145 rolls. Records of the Post Office Department, Record Group Number 28. Washington, D.C.: National Archives.

(This answers the question of why I could never find a first name for the "Mr. Pintz" listed in Along the Route — because he was Max Mintz.)

Anyway, from what I've been able to piece together so far: Henry Joseph Paulus was born December 19, 1882[1] — thus missing the 1880 census. He might be the "Henry Paulis" who shows up in the 1900 Census as coachman to the family of H.A. and Minna Kirchhoff, who were somewhat socially prominent (to judge by their daughter's wedding announcement). In 1903, Henry married Theresa Osburg.[2] By the 1910 Census they had a six-year-old son, Ambrose. (Henry seems to be unemployed, but I have a hard time believing that.) The 1920 Census shows them still in Chicago, now with another son (Urban) and a daughter (Irene); Henry is a salesman.

And the next we hear of him, it's 1923 and he's in Ainsworth. Ainsworth! — what could possibly bring him down here? A desire for fresh country air? And when did he have time to go run a store in Cook, Indiana?

We already know he stayed only a few years here. I've found Henry and Theresa, I believe, in a 1928 Hammond city directory, and then the 1930 Census shows them back in Chicago, where Henry ran a hardware store. They stay there until 1935 (or later), but moved to California for the 1940 Census. And, as that 1944 Vidette-Messenger article says, Henry ran his hardware store in Los Angeles. I believe he died in California on May 31, 1961.[3]

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According to the Hobart News, the Goldmans found their "desirable house" to be Frank Clifford's house in Hobart Park ("Local and Personal," 22 Feb. 1923).

[1] WWII Army Enlistment Records.
[2] Cook County, Illinois Marriages Index.
[3] California, Death Index, 1940-1997 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: State of California. California Death Index, 1940-1997. Sacramento, CA, USA: State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Wildflowers of Ainsworth: Galinsoga

I found these by accident. While driving along Ainsworth Road, I had been noticing tall spikes of blue-violet flowers growing on the wood's edge in Deep River County Park land, and wondered if they were something I hadn't identified yet — it's hard to tell what a flower is when you're just driving by. Finally yesterday I parked the car and walked along the road for a better look, only to find that they were a re-run (Tall Bellflower). Well, that was a waste of time … until I happened to look down and notice, right next to the road, an unfamiliar low-growing plant with tiny blossoms of white, toothed petals and a yellow central disk.

Galinsoga 1
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Galinsoga 2

For more information, including the origin of the name, visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Hobart From the Bayou ca. 1913

To create this postcard, the photographer captured some scenic beauty that we don't care about, and a glimpse of downtown Hobart that we do care about.

2017-7-25. Hobart from Bayou
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We can easily identify some of the buildings.

2017-7-25. Hobart from Bayou detail

The postcard was sent from Wheeler on May 1, 1913.

2017-7-25. Hobart from Bayou verso

The message reads:
Dear sister Annie if you havent made definit plans, come down here for Sun or as soon as it suits you. This is with Nellies consent & she says dont bring any work & I say dont carry your suit case from depot Ill get it & if you have the rye maybe your girls can use it & you just bring the bran & two or three old teacups if you can spare them. N- hasnt been so well for a couple of weeks & I told her to see you again. Mollie Pevant
I have not been able to identify Mollie or Nellie, nor the recipient, Mrs. Annie R. Congdon. It was Annie, perhaps, who scrawled across the address: "I just cant go — wrote her of our plan same I wrote you."

Friday, July 21, 2017

Kenneth Humes Puts a Ring on His Finger

After winning $100 in damages for his lost finger, Kenneth Humes could afford to buy a nice set of wedding rings, I suppose.

2017-7-21. Kenneth Humes marriage
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Hobart News 15 Feb. 1923.

I still don't know exactly where the Humes residence was, or is, if it's still standing. Nor do I know where the Bradley garage was — but it might have had something to do with Charles Bradley.

An item in the "Local and Personal" column of the same issue reports that a sister of Kenneth who married a William Hill came to town for the happy occasion. As far as I know, Edwin and Carrie Humes' only daughter was Gladys … but Gladys shows up in the 1930 Census, married, with the surname Stevens (living with her parents; husband not recorded in the household), and with a child old enough to have been very young in 1923, surname also Stevens. Hm!

2017-7-21. Grace Nelson

I hope Grace Nelson got well in time to attend the program at the W.H. Haan School.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Death of Henry Shearer

This veteran of the Great War died an untimely death in January 1923. He was laid to rest in Hobart Cemetery.

2017-7-18. Henry Shearer obit
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Hobart Gazette 9 Feb. 1923.

I am confused about what, if any, relation he had to the other Shearers I've written about. I used to think that his father, Jeronomy, was also known as Jerome and thus was the father of Ainsworth's own Calvin C. Shearer — evidently I was mistaken about that.*

His mother's maiden name being Perry leads me to wonder if she was related to Harriet Perry Chester Casbon. But I am going to have to get a faster internet connection or a better computer before I can figure that out.

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Beneath Henry's obituary we find a tribute to little Ramie Schumacher.
*However, I now think that Calvin Shearer's father, Jerome, was the brother of Cora Shearer Maybaum's grandfather, Daniel (Porter and Lake Counties (Goodspeed/Blanchard), 1860 Census).

Saturday, July 15, 2017

White-banded Telphusa

I do not have time to go looking for moths, but this one came to me. It was sitting on a flower catalog in front of my computer. I think it's a white-banded telphusa. Very small; usually 5-7 mm long per Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America.

2017-7-15. White-banded telphusa
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The room was too dark for me to get a good picture. I had some idea of carrying it on the catalog to a spot near a window, but it flew away before I could do any such thing.

Usually when I try to type "moth" I automatically type "mother."

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Walter Davis Quits Farming

It's February 1923 — February; a good time to decide you want to join the crowd who've quit farming, and let someone else have a chance at the Krull farm for the spring planting.

2017-7-12. Walter Davis quits farming
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Hobart News 8 Feb. 1923.

I just saw that reference to Ainsworth in the farm's location and thought I had better include this, but I have no idea who Walter Davis was. Never heard of him before. I think he might be the guy whose name was transcribed as "Havis" on, in which case the 1920 Census recorded him living with his wife, Edna, and their four children in Winfield Township, farming rented land. Maybe the Krull farm; I don't know. His eldest son might be the Leslie Davis whose Ford touring car made it into a "South of Deepriver" column in the summer of 1922, when Leslie was about 17.

If so, then by 1930 Walter Davis, true to his word, was in Crown Point not farming, and I have a feeling I need not pay any more attention to him.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Wildflowers of Ainsworth: Dame's Violet

2017-7-8. DV 1
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Not so much wild as "escaped from cultivation," according to Newcomb's Wildflower Guide. But all cultivated flowers are descended from wildflowers, so these were just completing the circle.

The few specimens in my field are in a thicket of other wildflowers, which makes it hard to photograph the whole plant.

2017-7-8. DV 2

If you drive along S.R. 149 in Porter County (not far north of 130) in May, you will see areas where the side of the road is painted in shades of violet, and I think these flowers are the painters.

A close-up of the leaves:

2017-7-8. DV 3

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Sarah Graham and Isaac Crisman

Early in February 1923, two old-timers passed out of this new world.

Sarah Graham was the mother of Ross Graham, among others. (The "Julian Moran" in her obituary is a misprint for "Julia.") She is buried in Maplewood Cemetery.

2017-7-5. Sarah Graham, Isaac Crisman obits
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Hobart News 8 Feb. 1923.

Isaac Crisman was more socially prominent; he even had a town named after him. He is buried in McCool Cemetery. He must be some relation to John Crisman of Deep River, but I don't have time to figure it out.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Nuts to You

While indexing the Hobart Historical Society's earliest Union Sunday School record book, which appears to begin in 1868, I came across this page. Some earnest person carefully recorded something (attendance?) about these young* Sunday scholars … and then some irreverent person came and scrawled "nuts to you" and perhaps left those smudges with his or her dirty hands.

2017-7-2. USUN1868-009, 010 - nuts to you
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Image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.

The expression, "nuts to you," seems out of place in 1868. We know it was in use in 1930s-40s — I keep running across this example:
"Please eliminate the expression 'nuts to you' from Egbert's speech." [Request from the Hays Office regarding the script of "The Bank Dick," 1940]**
However, my internet research doesn't turn up any information about how far before 1940 it goes back. So I shouldn't jump to conclusions. But I picture a bored 13-year-old circa 1940 nosing around in the attic when the adults were away, finding this ancient record of good little children, and writing something impertinent for the sheer fun of it.

*Just to look at a few: John Shearer would have been about 12 years old in 1868; George Shearer, 10; John Frank, 11 (he was the son of William and Salinda Frank; and Simeon Brown, 13.