Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Hard Times by the Yard

It's October 1840, and everybody wants hard times.

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Images courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.



Fortunatus Daggett, Jacob Wolf, Jr., and Milton Wolf all bought three yards of hard times. I assume it's some kind of textile.

Lest we think that "hard times" is useful only three yards at a time, in comes Myiel Pierce to buy ten yards of it …

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… but on the next page, there's three yards again, going to Philander Sprague.

And just below Philander, a Daggett (Fortunatus?) buys some dog mittens. I'd like to pretend those were mittens for his doggies' paws, but a couple of entries on other pages make it clear that this store sold mittens made from dog hides.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Fast Time

Our friend Fred Rossow lost nearly all his cows in April 1923, as the tuberculosis testing of local herds finished up.

2018-4-20. Fast Time
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Hobart Gazette, April 20, 1923.


No one else lost as many in this round of testing, and most of the herds tested clean. "John Harnes" is a misprint for "John Harms."

There is so much material on this page! In the far-left column, Bess Hayward is selling off livestock and farming implements from her parents' estate.

In the next column, just below the cow-testing story, confusion arises from the inconsistent adoption of "fast time" — Daylight Saving Time. (And below that, yet another dance at the Niksches' Deep River Hall.)

In the right-hand column, we find an entertainment planned at the W.G. Haan School.

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From Plays of the 19th and 20th Centuries, Volume 27 (1884)

And at the bottom of the column, some Severance-Yager socializing. From the 1920 Census, it would appear that George (Sr.) and Agnes Severance, who always rented the farms they operated, had moved from their previous home, a Ross Township farm west of Hobart,[1] to land in southeastern Hobart Township: their neighbors are Malones, Ensigns and Fasels.

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I was able to confirm the Harnes/Harms misprint above through the News version of the cow-testing story. That paper also carried a story about Ruby Fisher's marriage to a Hobart chiropractor named Alfred[2] C. Wickham, whom I never heard of before …

2018-4-20. Fisher wedding
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Hobart News, April 19, 1923



… or after, either — I can't find them in the 1930 Census.

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[1] "Celebrate Silver Wedding," Hobart Gazette, July 20, 1917.
[2] Indiana Marriage Collection.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Distinguishing Colour

We have seen how the merchants keeping our historical ledgers recorded transactions when they did not know the customer's name: by noting some distinguishing characteristic, such as occupation, gender, age, or physical anomaly. In this case the distinguishing characteristic was skin color.

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Image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.



I believe that John Wolf, at whose direction the "coloured man" collected these purchases, was the son of Jacob Wolf, based on this statement in Porter and Lake Counties (Goodspeed-Blanchard): "In the spring of 1834, Jacob Wolf and family located in the solitudes of Portage with his family. His sons John, Jacob and E. Wolf were grown at the time."[1] I cannot find a separate household for John in the 1840 Census; he may have been living with his father, but since the census did not record anyone's name beyond the head of the household, it's hard to tell. Jacob Sr.'s household consisted of 13 people — five female and eight male, one of whom was a "free colored" man.[2]

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The census form used what is now the standard American spelling — colored — while the ledger-keeper used what we now think of as the British/Canadian spelling: coloured. That got me wondering whether the spelling could tell us anything about the ledger-keeper's native country. A little internet research convinced me that it probably couldn't tell us anything for certain: both styles were widely used on both sides of the Atlantic for the first two or three centuries of English-speaking settlement in the New World. (When I say "both styles," I don't mean to imply that people recognized two separate standards of spelling and used them interchangeably — the situation was more chaotic than that.) Noah Webster is generally credited with influencing the standard of "American" spelling, which he consciously chose because he preferred its simplicity. His first dictionary was published in 1806 and an expanded one in 1828. But I find it hard to believe that no one born in the U.S. after 1806 was ever taught to spell in what we now think of as the British way.

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[1] Jacob's son, Josephus, known to us now for his brick mansion, was still a minor in 1840.
[2] I have not been able to trace this man beyond the 1840 census, so I don't know his name, much less his story.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Calvin Scholler's Third Marriage

Calvin Scholler's experience with marriage had been heartbreaking so far — one young wife lost to influenza and another to cancer — but in April 1923 he decided to brave it once more.

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Hobart News, April 12, 1923.



The Gazette added, "The bride is formerly from Glascow [sic], Scotland, and a life-long friend of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce."[1]


Other mildly interesting items on that page include (in the left column) the Gem Theatre's ad for The Toll of the Sea, which made me learn a little more than I used to know about motion pictures in color.

In the next column, the top article concerns the future site of the Roosevelt Gym. The bottom article describes the newly formed Hobart Gun Club planning to meet "on the Jerry McAuliff[e] farm east of the city in the field formerly used as a motorcycle race track," which sounds as if the racetrack had fallen into disuse.

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[1] "Scholler-Young Nuptial," Hobart Gazette, April 13, 1923.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Missionary to Puerto Rico

While looking for something else, I came across this little item in the Hobart Gazette's "Local Drifts" of July 29, 1904: "Miss Clara Hazelgreen, of Lake Station, has decided to devote her future to missionary work and about September will leave for Porto Rico" (as Puerto Rico was often called in the early 20th century). The September 16, 1904 Gazette mentioned that Clara had departed earlier in that week.

This information reminded me of a photo in my Hazelgreen/Papka collection, on the back of which someone wrote: "Clara Hazelgreen in Porto Rico."

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And I had assumed she was on vacation there! — I'm so frivolous.

The time she spent in Puerto Rico would have been short of six years, since (as we already know) by 1910 she was in Seattle.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Chicken Thieves Again

As long as there are chickens, there will be chicken thieves. And there were plenty of chickens around Ainsworth in 1923.

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Hobart News, April 5, 1923.



Albert Witt lived just north of Ainsworth.

John Wojahn, a former Ainsworth-area farmer, was probably living in the village of Ainsworth, to judge by his neighbors in the 1920 Census and 1930 Census. He was retired — or so I thought, but that was quite a "hennery" for a village backyard.


Over in the next column, Ruby Fisher has been exhibiting her musicianship.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Capt. John and His 28 Muskrat Skins

My indexing work has reached the daybook that begins in 1840. On May 25 of that year, a mysterious figure who went by the moniker "Capt. John" appeared in the general store in Liverpool (or wherever it was) and deposited 28 muskrat skins as payment for 3 yards of lining (cloth, I assume) and credit toward future purchases.

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Images courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.



Early in June, Capt. John shows up to make more purchases on his muskrat-skin credit, and this entry suggests he actually has a last name, though I can't read it.

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I indexed that name as "Clooky?" — but it's written so small, after that sprawling "Capt. John," that I'm not entirely sure it's a name. Anyway, searching on that name doesn't get me anybody local in the 1840 Census.

About ten days later, Capt. John comes in and buys some lead.

Finally, on June 22 and 23, he makes his last muskrat-skin purchases:

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"… being balance due him on musk rat skins," says the June 23 entry. We shall have to wait and see if he gets more muskrat skins.

Letting my imagination go to work on these few hints about Capt. John … I get the impression of one of those eccentric characters who lived by themselves in the wilderness. Oh, that cloth he bought? — he's going to have one of the local farmers' wives sew that up for him in exchange for the fish he'll catch with those hooks he bought. His title of Captain suggests a military background — maybe a veteran of the War of 1812, or the Revolution?

Monday, April 2, 2018

Just Like Old Times

Now that they've cut down the hundreds of trees that had grown up around the Chester house (aka the Wasy house), the landscape looks a bit more the way it did when the first brick was laid.

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I don't know what plans led the park people to cut down those trees, but I took about 40 pictures of the Chester house in case it meets the same fate as the Crisman house.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter!

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A spot of color in the gray woods. I don't know how these crocuses found their way to the banks of the Deep River.

Friday, March 30, 2018

A Heavenly Exclamation Point

It is simply the natural course of events when an aged man, after a life of useful work, passes quietly to his rest; and so George Hayward's death on April 1, 1923, no doubt saddened but did not greatly surprise those he left behind.

2018-3-30. George Hayward obit
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Hobart Gazette, April 6, 1923.


Yes, that last sentence is a little surprising — it is not the usual course of events that the aged man's wife, who (according to another account) was too ill to know that he had died, should follow him out of this world just after his funeral; but thus it was with Mary Sykes Hayward.

2018-3-30. Mary Sykes Hayward obit
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Hobart Gazette, April 13, 1923.


The really astonishing event happened as Mary's funeral cortege left Hobart, heading southeast toward the Merrillville Cemetery.

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Hobart Gazette, April 13, 1923.


The barn may have been rebuilt again after the fire, but these days there is no barn on the old Hayward place. Still, if you've traveled along the Old Lincoln Highway east of Mississippi Street, you've probably noticed, on the north side of the road, the sturdy brick farmhouse where the Haywards lived and worked and raised their children for three decades.

2018-3-30. Hayward house Google street view
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Image from Google street view.



Additional Sources:
♦ "Mr. and Mrs. George Hayward Pass Away," Hobart News, April 5, 1923.
♦ "Mrs. Hayward Passes on," Hobart Gazette, April 6, 1923.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

"Cash at Centreville"

This ledger page recording transactions during the winter of 1846 reminds us that Merrillville was once Centreville.

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Image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.



The first marked transaction involves, I believe, Jacob Vanvolkenburg.[1] According to Early Land Sales, Lake County, in 1839 he bought 40 acres in St. John Township, right on its border with Ross Township. He shows up in Lake County in the 1840 Census, and while that census does not specify townships, I see among his neighbors other names that appear in our ledgers. By the 1850 Census he was living in Ross Township, describing himself as a millwright. The 1860 Census shows him still in Ross Township, now farming. His land lay in Section 19, according to the 1874 Plat Map,[2] — but by 1874 poor Jacob himself lay in Merrillville Cemetery, having died (according to the coroner's inquest) a cold and lonely death in October 1862.

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Crown Point Register, Oct. 30, 1862.



As for the second marked transaction, I am not entirely sure who A. Hoskins was: the Hobart area contained both an Alexander and an Ariel old enough to transact business in 1846.

Alexander bought land in Section 5, south of the town of Hobart, as early as 1843 (Early Land Sales, Lake County). He thus lived near Old Settlers Cemetery; and since his wife had been Emma L. Colburn (Indiana Marriage Collection), it would appear that the infant Allen Hoskins whom NWIGS recorded in that cemetery was theirs — "son of A. & E.L."

Ariel, on the other hand, lived slightly northeast of Hobart. Early Land Sales, Lake County records him buying land in Section 28 in 1848. I believe he shows up in my index once as "Rial Hoskins," so perhaps we're better off betting on Alexander as the "A. Hoskins" of the ledger.

Beyond that I know very little about either of them.

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[1] The name shows up in various spellings. I am using the spelling that appears in NWIGS' Ross Township Cemeteries listing.
[2] If I'm reading the plat map correctly, Jacob's land was on the northeast corner of the intersection of U.S. 30 and Whitcomb Street … but I'm not sure I'm reading it correctly.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Two Drunks and an Idiom

Following the close of the big liquor trial, we get a tidbit of information about the incident involving the Springman brothers — dating back, I suspect, to March 1921 — that somehow led to the parties involved getting mixed up with all those real wrongdoers in Gary.

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"Local and Personal," Hobart News, April 5, 1923.


I had never before heard the expression "to clean house" being used in this way, meaning … I'm not sure exactly what. To trash the place? To fight?


Elsewhere in the same column, some news of our acquaintances. James Chester went to a horse auction. Ezra Gilpin began standing watch at the Lake Street crossing of the EJ&E Railroad — we have already seen the pictures.

And Alfred Pierce found his final resting place in California.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Mary Ellen (Mellon) Halfman

2018-3-21. Mary Ellen (Mellon) Halfman 1
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Image courtesy of the Merrillville-Ross Township Historical Society.



About a year before the Civil War broke out, Mary Ellen Mellon became Mrs. Henry Halfman.

Her descendants compiled some notes to go with this photo, including the interesting fact that the land for what is now St. Peter and Paul Cemetery was donated to the church by her father.

2018-3-21. Mary Ellen (Mellon) Halfman 2
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Image courtesy of the Merrillville-Ross Township Historical Society.



Mary Ellen's obituary had little to add:

2018-3-21. Mary Ellen (Mellon) Halfman obit
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Hobart Gazette, June 3, 1910.



The portrait above is undated. Per the Chicago Historical Society's Chicago Photographers 1847 Through 1900 as Listed in Chicago City Directories (1958), John B. Wilson was at 389 State Street from 1887 through 1900 (excluding the year 1890), so Mary Ellen could be anywhere from 50 to 63 years old in that photo.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Now, About All Those Other Guys

Mayor Sherman Henderson's instructions to Police Chief Fred Rose in early April 1923 testified that, in spite of all those recent acquittals, plenty of people in Hobart were selling and buying vice in the form of liquor and gambling.

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Hobart News, April 5, 1923.


I had to ask Professor Google what punch boards are. In his letter, His Honor sounds as if he were still mad about losing money on them.[1]

In the left-hand column, we find another type of eradication underway, as local cattle were getting tested for tuberculosis, and many failing.


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[1] I'm kidding.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Henry Halfman

This is Henry Halfman, who farmed on the northeast corner of Broadway and 61st.

2018-3-15. Henry Halfman
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Image courtesy of the Merrillville-Ross Township Historical Society.



The photo is undated. Although I can't find a listing for the photography partnership of Iverson & Boyd, the Chicago Historical Society's index of photographers places Henry Iverson at 2176 Archer Avenue from 1881 to 1885. In that timeframe, Henry Halfman, who was born in 1837, would have been in his late forties, which looks about right.

For a sketch of his life, we turn to his obituary:

2018-3-15. Henry Halfman obit
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Hobart Gazette, March 24, 1905.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Not Guilty

The big Prohibition trial in Indianapolis in the spring of 1923 ended well for the locals — mostly. Mike Drakulich had pled guilty to one charge and was found guilty on another, but all the other Hobart defendants were acquitted: Fred Rose (marshal), Laurence Traeger (night marshal), George Fleck and William Busse (soft drink proprietors). ("Jury Renders Verdict of Guilty for 55 Conspirators," Hobart News, April 5, 1923.)

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On a totally unrelated note, Charles Sapper appeared at a meeting of the Hobart City Council and "notified the city that the fence around the abandoned cemetery near his place was in bad condition. St[reet] Com[missioner] Tyler was instructed to repair same." ("City Council Proceedings," Hobart News, April 5, 1923.) The cemetery in question was Old Settlers Cemetery. So Charles is telling us that by 1923 it was "abandoned" and neglected. Scanning over the NWIGS listing from its book of Hobart Township cemeteries, I find the most recent date of death for someone in that cemetery to be 1933, but he's an outlier. All the other death dates are before 1871.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

The Vanishing Albees

Jesse B. Albee was Hobart's second postmaster, appointed in 1854 to succeed George Earle.[1] A few years later he was elected Hobart Township Trustee; this page from the trustees' ledger records the beginning of his term in April 1859:

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Image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.



In the same book we find Jesse serving as a "school director," and "buylden" a new schoolhouse for the township. Elsewhere the book notes his services as a justice of the peace in 1873, giving him the customary title, "Squire":

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Image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.



I do not know how long he held the office of J.P. — at least until November 12, 1879, according to the 1874 Secretary of State's annual report.

In a book published in 1884, W.H. Rifenburg mentions Jesse as a member of the committee charged with overseeing the construction of the Unitarian church building.

All of this shows that Jesse B. Albee was a prominent figure in Hobart's early history.

And yet, as I noted in the post about his son's death, if he and any family members have their final resting place locally, exactly where is a mystery to me.

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The census records all agree that Jesse was born in Vermont circa 1815. Local historians cautiously say: "It would appear that Albee came to Hobart from Ohio sometime between 1843 and 1848"[2] without noting a source for that information. In my indexing work, I have encountered him conducting business locally as early as August 1846:

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Image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.



In the 1850 Census, Jesse shows up with his wife, Sarah (Hendershot),[3] whom he had married in Ohio in 1841,[4] and their two sons, Americus and Alonzo.

In 1851, Jesse bought the whole northwest quarter of Section 21, Twp. 36 N., Range 7 W. — 160 acres southeast of Lake Station on the county line (U.S. General Land Office Records, 1776-2015).

When Sarah Albee died is unknown — 1858 or later, it would seem, since the 1860 Census lists no wife in the household, but there is a two-year-old Jesse Junior. There is also a 25-year-old "domestic," Mary Hoff.

On January 29, 1861, Jesse (senior) married Emily Wilcox; on July 15, 1861, Mary Ann Pierce; and on May 25, 1864, Caroline (Spencer) Carpenter (Indiana Marriage Collection).[5]

In the 1870 Census, Jesse and Caroline are living near Lake Station with the two younger sons from his first marriage; the eight-year-old son from her previous marriage, James Carpenter; and the two sons they had together: four-year-old Clarence and an unnamed two-month-old boy.

The 1874 Plat Map shows Jesse owning nearly 160 acres in the next section north of his 1851 purchase (which by then was in other hands). Here I have marked his 1874 parcel on an image from the 1950 Plat Book so we can better see where it lay with respect to present-day streets:

2018-3-10. Albee 1874 marked on 1950
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Then comes the 1880 Census — and no Albees. That is to say, I can't find them in the census on Ancestry.com under any reasonable spelling of their name, not in Hobart Township or anywhere else. It's possible they were not counted, or the enumerator got their surname completely wrong — but I've also searched on their first names only, with no luck.[6]

And yet it seems that they had not left Hobart. Ballantyne and Adams state: "In the Hobart Township School enumeration for 1885 Jesse Albee is listed as having a son of school age (between 6 and 12)" and "Jesse Albee died in Hobart in 1886." I wish they'd given their source for that second item. I can't find anything to confirm it.

The year after Jesse's death, Caroline married Henry James in Lake County (Indiana Marriage Collection, the marriage being recorded under her middle name, Amelia). She died in 1903 (Indiana Death Certificates) and is buried in Hobart Cemetery — at least we've found one of them!


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[1] Dorothy Ballantyne and Robert Adams, Along the Route: A History of Hobart, Indiana, Post Offices and Postmasters, Hobart: The Hobart Historical Society, Inc. (1979, rev. 1992).
[2] Ibid., p. 12.
[3] Ballantyne and Roberts (p. 12) describe Sarah as a four-year-old daughter, but the image of the 1850 census on Ancestry.com clearly shows her age as 24, which, together with the Ohio marriage record, leads me to believe that she was Jesse's wife.
[4] Ancestry.com. Ohio, County Marriage Records, 1774-1993 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. Original data: Marriage Records. Ohio Marriages. Various Ohio County Courthouses.
[5] Caroline's maiden name was Spencer, per Ballantyne and Adams (p. 12), who add that she was the widow of James Carpenter, a Civil War casualty, and mother of James Carpenter Jr. — whose name I have often encountered in my reading; he sat on Hobart's town council and otherwise made a prominent citizen of himself in the early 20th century.
[6] If I had the time, I would just read through all of the Hobart Township 1880 census in search of something that could pass for the Albee family.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Saved for the Wrecking Ball

Thank goodness for the fine work of Hobart's fire department and its "most splendid motor fire truck" in March 1923 — or what would there have been to raze 17 years later?

2018-3-6. Fire at Hobart House
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Hobart Gazette, March 30, 1923.



The "Fasel fire" was the subject of an earlier post.

Notice Axel Strom's advertisement lower down in the right-hand column. I suppose he had to move all his things back from the Fleck residence.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Death of a Sunday Scholar

While indexing the Union Sunday School record book from the 1870s, I came across this draft of a resolution memorializing the late Clarence Spencer Albee.

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Image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.



That these people, so sadly familiar with the loss of children, should mention that Clarence was taken by "death in one of its most terrible forms" really makes me wonder what happened to the poor boy.

One might expect a fair copy of this undated draft to appear in the Sunday School minutes, giving us a rough date for Clarence's death, but so far I have not been able to find it.

Naturally, I set about trying to find out where he is buried … and got nowhere. Neither the NWIGS books of Hobart Township and Ross Township cemetery readings, nor findagrave.com record him. I believe he died in 1878, since the pages immediately before and after this resolution record events in 1878. The death records on Ancestry.com do not go back that far. Nor was there any newspaper in Hobart then that survives today. A search on two historical-newspaper sites[1] doesn't turn up anything. I expect I shall have to start scrolling through various other local microfilm someday, when I have time.

Clarence was born circa 1866 (1870 Census) to Jesse B. Albee and his fourth wife, Caroline (Spencer) Carpenter. Among his wives, Jesse had several offspring. But their final resting places, like Clarence's, are a mystery to me — and so is Jesse's, which is surprising given how prominent a figure he was locally in the mid-19th century.

I shall have to post a bit more about the Albee family in the future.

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[1] Newspaperarchive.com and Newspapers.com.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Updated Ledger Index

I have posted an updated draft to the Index to Hobart Historical Society Ledgers page. This new draft includes five more items: four Union Sunday School record books, beginning in 1873, 1888, 1889 and 1891, respectively; and one daybook recording business transactions beginning in 1836.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Not in Our Back Yard! (Smallpox, That Is)

2018-2-26. George Maybaum's Smallpox
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Hobart Gazette, March 30, 1923.



First question: where was "the Peddicord brick north of Cleveland avenue"? — near Illinois and Kelly Streets, apparently, but that doesn't narrow it down very much.

Second question: why did the Hobart Health Department think that neighborhood a better place for a smallpox patient than Lake Street? Less crowded, maybe?

George Maybaum was not one of the Ainsworth Maybaums, but we still hope he gets over his smallpox, don't we?[1]

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At the bottom of that column, we find William H. Wood & Son (Raymond, I believe) selling used Fords at their dealership in the village of Deep River. I've mentioned that enterprise at least once — more than once, I thought, but I can't find any other reference. According to my notes, it went back at least to 1916, when the "Local Drifts" column of the November 24 Gazette said: "Wm. H. Wood, the Deepriver merchant, who is sales agent for the Ford auto, is building a garage 40 by 60 feet for storage of new cars and a repair shop." I have been told that this business was located about where the fire department station is now.

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[1] SPOILER ALERT! — he did, according to the 1930 Census. The neighbors' objections were settled by moving George "to a smallpox barracks in Cook county, Ill." ("Local Drifts," Hobart Gazette, April 6, 1923), where presumably he was nursed back to health.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

High Water!

Since we've been dealing with flooding in past few days, it seems an appropriate time to post these photos, taken by Eldon Harms, of flooding in October 1954 (according to handwritten notes on the originals).

The first shows the bridge on 37th Avenue west of State Road 51, nearly swamped.

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Images courtesy of Eldon Harms.




The second shows State Road 51 north of 37th Avenue, well and truly swamped.

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Here's the tumble dam, tumbling like crazy.

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Here's the water treatment plant, getting the water treatment.

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And finally, this is the rear of 200 N. Main — then a NIPSCO office, now the Villa del Sol restaurant.

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Here is my own contribution, taken yesterday in Deep River County Park. The park's Facebook page had noted that the hiking trails were impassable, and truly it spoke — at least concerning the trails at the level of the river. This is the trail that passes under the Canadian National Railroad bridge. At the center of the photo you can see the handrail poking up from the rushing waters of the Deep River.

2018-2-22. Deep River at Grand Trunk bridge

Higher trails were flooded only in spots.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

"Dear Honey Lobey Dubby Sister"

Albin Hazelgreen, lasted glimpsed as a toddler, was a young man of 19 when he wrote this affectionate letter to his little sister, Elna, in 1902:

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He may have been away on a railroad-grading job with his father; the letter seems to come from a station in Cincinnati, Ohio, where H.S. Hazelgreen apparently spent considerable time around August of 1902.[1] Dated October 22, the letter reads as follows:
Dear Honey Lobey Dubby Sister Elna,

Tomorrow you will be eight years old so you must be a good girl now and help mamma and when I come home maybe I will give you a hug and a kiss.

Have you got your bicycle yet?

Here is some ribbon for you to play with.

Can you read this or must you get Esther [their sister] to.

Well Elna I guess I must kiss you good bye as it is time to go to work so be sure and answer this letter and not do as you did last.

By Bye

From Albin.
Between Albin's asking her not to let this letter go unanswered like the last one, and her father's chiding her for her illegible handwriting, I gather that the young Elna was not the best correspondent.

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[1] "Lake Pick-Ups," Hobart Gazette 29 Aug. 1902.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Happy Birthday, Julius; Goodbye, Hub

This mangled page from the Hobart News of March 29, 1923, tells us of Julius Wojahn's 68th birthday. He was born March 23, 1855, in Posen, Germany (Indiana Death Certificates).

2018-2-17. J. Wojahn birthday
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I have the impression that his residence was more in Ainsworth than "near" it. Among his neighbors in the 1920 Census are the names Lindborg, Foreman, Miller, Nelson (Lovisa), and Hunter.

Just below that item we find Carrie Raschka hosting 40 people from the Merrillville Study Club in her Hobart home.

At the bottom of the column — is this the end of The Hub forever?

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Horses in the Mist of Ainsworth
(Random Pointless Photos)

2018-2-15. Horses in the Mist
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Weird weather but it makes the horses look otherworldly.

This one came up to the fence and posed for a picture.

2018-2-15. Take my picture

Monday, February 12, 2018

Gary Railways Bus Schedule, 1952

From deep in the files of the Hobart Historical Society Museum comes this bus schedule showing how insignificant Ainsworth was in 1952.

2018-2-12. 1952-8-18 Gary Railways Bus Schedule - Westbound - Gary-Ainsworth
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Images courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.



2018-2-12. 1952-8-18 Gary Railways Bus Schedule - Eastbound - Gary-Ainsworth

This is the same company whose 1940 schedule I already posted.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Lushia Trumper Gordon

This is the last of the Gordon family obituaries that I have on hand. Lushia, aka Lucy, was the mother of E.R., among others.

2018-2-8. 2016-09-30. Lushia Gordon obit - Hobart News
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Hobart News, Sept. 30, 1926.



2018-2-8. 1926-10-01 Lushia Gordon - Hobart Gazette
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Hobart Gazette, Oct. 1, 1926.



The News gives her maiden name as Trumper, the Gazette as Trumber, and I couldn't tell you which is correct.

We catch a glimpse of Lushia in this 1881 photograph, where she is standing on the porch of her brick house, on the southwest corner of Center and Second Streets.

Like her sister-in-law, Hettie, she taught in Hobart's Union Sunday School.

The obituaries say that she was buried in Hobart Cemetery (and her death certificate indicates burial in Hobart), but neither the Northwest Indiana Genealogical Society's index of Hobart Township cemeteries nor findagrave.com records a grave marker for her, or her husband.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

South of Deepriver, March 29, 1923

My part-time job has been trying to be full-time lately. So here's a "South of Deepriver" column to save me the trouble of writing a real post.

2018-2-4. South of Deepriver 3-29-1923
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Hobart News, Mar. 29, 1923.




One thing these columns are good for is to remind me who's living in the area.