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.

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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.

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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.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Hairstreak Butterfly

Here is some kind of Hairstreak on lesser daisy fleabane blossoms in my field.

2018-7-20. Hairstreak
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I think it's a Banded Hairstreak. As in the case of the Duskywing, it's appearing at the right time but the wrong county; however, my butterfly book shows it in both Porter and Newton Counties, so what's to stop it from flying over the Lake County line? Its larval hosts are walnuts and oaks; plenty of oaks around here, anyway.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Deep River's First Merchant, and His More Famous Brother

I'm glad I came across this page in one of our early ledgers, showing the ledger-keeper during the summer of 1848 somehow getting involved in plans for a new Porter County courthouse and seminary …

2018-7-17. DayB1840 202, 203
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Image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.

… because this information motivated me to go looking into Porter County history to find out if a new courthouse or a seminary had been built in 1848-9. The answer is no, but while poking around there I stumbled across the name of Joel Wicker, which I had seen on other pages of the ledger, so I started looking into him. That got interesting.

The earliest mention of Joel Hoxie Wicker I've found thus far in the ledgers is May 28, 1847:

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Image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.

It is significant that the ledger-keeper first wrote the initial C, then corrected it to J, but we'll get to that.

Various Porter County histories make glancing references to Joel Wicker — for example, he was "the first one to expose goods for sale in Deep River, in a building that was owned and just completed by John Wood, Sen."[1]

We also learn that Joel Wicker married into Porter County's pioneering Bailly family (of the Bailly homestead). His wife was a daughter of Joseph and Marie Bailly, named Josephine Hortense; she married Joel on July 23, 1849 per the Indiana Marriage Collection. The 1850 Census shows Joel and Hortense living in Chicago, in a household of other Wickers, only one of whom (a one-month-old infant) could possibly be a child of the marriage. I have no idea how the others were related. Unfortunately, Hortense did not live to be counted in the next census.

According to one former resident of Baillytown, Joel Wicker was more influential in developing that settlement than Joseph Bailly himself — buying some of Bailly's property after his death, operating a sawmill and a store at Baillytown, and recruiting Swedish immigrants from Chicago to come into Porter County, where they worked his sawmill and bought land from him to settle and raise their families.[2]

Now, remember that C on the ledger page above? That brings us to Joel's more famous brother, Charles Gustave. The earliest dated reference to him I've found so far in the ledgers is July 10, 1845.

2018-7-17. DayB1840 142, 143
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Image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.

We've all heard of the Wicker Park area in Chicago, have we not? Some sources[3] say it is named after both Charles and Joel Wicker — but only Charles gets a nine-foot-tall bronze statue! After Charles' death in 1890, someone went to the trouble of writing a fairly detailed and highly flattering biographical sketch;[4] if Joel ever received such treatment after his death in 1888, I haven't found evidence of it.

Per an entry on findagrave.com, Joel Wicker rests in Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, in an unmarked grave. As for his wife, who died in 1855, there seems to be some confusion as to whether she is buried in Chicago or in the Bailly Cemetery in Porter County,[5] but in any case her grave is likewise unmarked.

[1] A.G. Hardesty, Illustrated Historical Atlas of Porter County, Indiana, Valparaiso, Indiana: A. G. Hardesty (1876), transcribed here; see also Hubert M. Skinner, "Complete History of Porter County, Indiana," Valparaiso Messenger (Valparaiso, Ind.), Jan. 15, 1878, transcribed here.
[2] William T. Ahrendt, quoted in David McMahon, "Rediscovering a Swedish Ethnic Past: The National Park Service and Baillytown, Indiana," Swedish-American Historical Quarterly (Jan. 1997), pp. 26-52, reproduced here.
[3] See, e.g., "How the Neighborhoods Got Their Names" and "Ask Chicagoist: Who Put the 'Wicker' in Wicker Park?"
[4] Wyllys S. Abbot, "Hon. Chas. G. Wicker," Magazine of Western History (Oct. 1890), reproduced digitally here.
[5] See "Bailly Cemetery, Westchester Township."

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Tent to Tent in Three Generations

Maybe Grandpa George Earle did not actually sleep in a tent when he first came to the Liverpool area in the mid-1840s, but I'm sure he "roughed it" to some degree out of necessity. Here's Grandson George Earle, visiting the same area and roughing it for fun in 1923.

2018-7-14. Earle in a tent
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Hobart Gazette, May 18, 1923.

Does anyone know where Pine Street was (or is)? I can't find it on the present-day map.

Over in the right-hand column, we see that the campgrounds on the Yellowstone Trail (Cleveland Avenue) were open for another tourist seasons.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Class of 1923: Owen Crisman

Among the class of 1923 at Hobart High School was this inhabitant of the village of Deep River.

2018-7-11. Crisman, Owen - 1923
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Image from the Hobart High School Aurora yearbook of 1923 (Ainsworthiana collection).

The "old man" whose "flivver" he drove was John Crisman. Since Owen appears as "John O." in the 1920 Census, I gather that Owen was his middle name. He was the third John Crisman in a direct line — it's natural enough to want to distinguish oneself.

Owen's sister, Dorothea, had graduated in 1921.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Duskywing Skipper (Butterfly)

Found this thing hanging around my garden. It's some kind of Duskywing.

2018-7-8. Duskywing
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To me it looks most like a Wild Indigo Duskywing. The time (late June) was right, but according to my butterfly identification guide,[1] Wild Indigo Duskywings aren't found in Lake County. They are, however, found in Newton and Jasper Counties, just south of us. Furthermore, their larval hosts are yellow wild indigo and crown vetch; I've got tons of crown vetch and some yellow wild indigo around my property. So maybe they've gotten adventurous lately, moved northward and found the area hospitable.

[1] Jeffrey E. Belth, Butterflies of Indiana: A Field Guide, Indiana University Press (2013).

Thursday, July 5, 2018

John Dorman's Golf Course

This sounds like the beginning of what is now the Indian Ridge golf course.

2018-7-5. Golf
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Hobart Gazette, May 18, 1923.

The previous day's News had said the golf course was already laid out (as an afterthought to the news about his tuberculosis-free cattle). One of these two reports had to be mistaken.

2018-7-5. Golf
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Hobart News, May 17, 1923.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Queen of the Prairie

Several Queens of the Prairie (Queen of the Prairies?) are producing lovely pink blossoms in my pollinator habitat.

2018-7-2. QofP 1
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The Japanese beetles certainly like them.

2018-7-2. QofP 2

Some of the plants are five and a half feet tall.

2018-7-2. QofP 3

I have to admit I cheated with these insofar as I'm calling them wildflowers. They didn't just pop up in my yard — I bought them from Prairie Moon Nursery and planted them myself.

Friday, June 29, 2018

False Crocus Geometer Moth

This lovely fellow was lurking in the "Pollinator Habitat" part of my yard. Much of my property is pollinator habitat but only this part has a sign for a moth to read and say, "Hey, that's me!"

2018-6-29. False Crocus Geometer 1
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2018-6-29. False Crocus Geometer 2

If you want to see some better photos, go somewhere like here.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Burning Crosses

Several nights in early May 1923 were lit up with burning crosses in Ainsworth, Hobart, and East Gary (Lake Station).

2018-6-27. Burning Crosses
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"Local and Personal," Hobart News, May 10, 1923.

Since the Klan parade three months earlier had featured a burning cross, the writer probably understood the association. But we don't know if any of these displays were aimed at anyone in particular. (Henry Paulus, many years later, recalled a cross being burned on his lawn in 1924.)

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Above that item we find a description of a pretty nasty wreck that fortunately did not injure Ainsworth's Robert Harper.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Buyer's Remorse

It happens to all of us, sooner or later.

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Image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Frank Abel, Sr. and the Deep River Church

Frank Abel, Sr. (whose home I was discussing in my last post) had his portrait printed in the Gazette 1898 Souvenir Edition …

2018-6-21. Abel, Frank ca. 1898
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Image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.

… along with a very short bio:

2018-6-21. Abel, Frank text 1898
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Image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.

He was indeed active as a carpenter, and the newspapers often mentioned that he was building a barn or house or whatever for someone — most of which buildings I haven't been able to identify. One exception is the "new Deepriver church" that he built in 1904; while it didn't really register with me the first time I came across that information, what was the "new Deepriver church" is now the Deep River County Park Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

2018-6-21. Deep River Church
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Construction began in late July 1904[1] and continued through August at least. The church was finished, presumably, by late September, when the Gazette announced its dedication ceremony scheduled for October 2, 1904.[2]

[1] "General News Items," Hobart Gazette, July 29, 1904.
[2] "Church Dedication," Hobart Gazette, Sept. 30, 1904.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Old Abel Homestead

It's May 1923 and the end of an era: the farm owned for forty years by the Abel family of Hobart has been sold.

2018-6-17. Abel
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Hobart News, May 10, 1923.

The Gazette mentioned that the farm had been exchanged for a three-story flat building in Gary.

In the 1920 Census, Dan (yet another Abel carpenter, then 29 years old) and Tillie (24) were living with their mother, Caroline, on Cleveland Avenue. A 17-year-old granddaughter, Elizabeth Abel, was in the household as well — I don't know whose daughter she was. In 1921 Caroline died; Dan and Tillie moved back to the old farm, apparently; and the granddaughter went God knows where.

Here is the Abel farm as it appeared on the 1908 Plat Map:

2018-6-17. Abel 1908
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This suggests that the house on the southwest corner of the intersection of Eighth Street and S. Lake Park Avenue, which was built in 1895 per the county records, could be the old Abel house. We know the Abel house was standing by 1898, when it was photographed for the Gazette's Souvenir Edition:

2018-6-17. Abel, Frank house ca. 1898
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Image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society, Hobart, Indiana.

This photo doesn't resemble the house on the corner; however, Frank Abel made "extensive improvements" to the house in 1903,[1] and later owners may have made further changes.

By the end of the month, Dan and Tillie Abel were moving out of the old place for good.

2018-6-17. Abel
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Hobart News, May 31, 1922.

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The Stephen Dolato who bought the Abel land was a 50-year-old Polish immigrant (1920 Census). In partnership with his son, Frank,[2] he worked as a real-estate broker. Here they are listed in a 1922 Gary directory:

2018-6-17. Dolato 1922
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I expect Stephen bought the land for commercial purposes only, since he remained a resident of Gary (1930 Census).

[1] "Local Drifts," Hobart Gazette, Feb. 27, 1903.
[2] It appears he had at least one other son, Stephen Jr. (Indiana Death Certificates).

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Update to Land Ownership Page

I have updated the Land Ownership page (the permanent link is over on the right-hand side of the blog) to include the Winfield Township plat maps I have on hand: 1874, 1908, 1939, and 1950.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Overseer of the Poor

This page of the ledger shows that Lake County had an "Overseer of the Poor" in 1846.

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Image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.

I have no clue what relation the ledger-writer had to that office — that is, why money passed through his hands and got recorded in this ledger.

The only place I can find Joseph Haydon (who boarded this sick and penniless person) is in an 1854 record of marriage to Maria Phebe Green, in Lake County.

Sunday, June 10, 2018


Here we have an irreverent young person (I hope it was a young person) who ignored the tragic story in the next column in favor of exercising what he or she considered wit.

2018-6-10. Comedian
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Hobart News, May 3, 1923.

(Lew Wallace Watson was about 32 years old, a military veteran, and (I believe) the son of the Dr. Joseph C. Watson who delivered, among others, Elna Hazelgreen. He is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery.)

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In the same issue we find more sociable entertainment in another dance on the Houk farm.

2018-6-10. Houk

The only plat map of Winfield Township I have at the moment is from 1939, and it shows two different parcels under the Houk name. I shall have to track down other plat maps to try to determine where these dances took place. I seem to remember asking Eldon Harms if he'd ever heard of this dancing farm, and he had — if my memory is correct, the dances must have gone on for a number of years.

Given that the farm's owner goes by title of Dr. Houk, I think he might be Dr. William Houk, a physician living in Crown Point, now about 47 years of age (1920 Census). Why a doctor in Crown Point would own a farm in Winfield Township and give dances there, I do not know. But it appears he grew up on a farm (1880 Census), so perhaps had a nostalgic fondness for rural amusements and the money to indulge it.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Bird's Egg

I found this bird's egg in the middle of my back yard, too far from any tree to have simply fallen out of a nest. Maybe it was stolen from a nest by a bluejay,[1] who then dropped it.

Bird's egg 1
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Bird's egg 2

I have a book on bird's nests and eggs, but in this case I don't have a nest.

My best guess for this egg is either Eastern Meadowlark or Northern Cardinal.

[1] Bluejays are loud-mouthed jerks, but they certainly are pretty, aren't they?

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Old Dam Pilings

I took these photos last month on the downriver side of the Lake George dam. With the lake level so low at the time and no water going over the dam, you could see what appear to be timber pilings from a previous dam.

2018-6-6. Pilings 1
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2018-6-6. Pilings 2

2018-6-6. Pilings 3

2018-6-6. Pilings 4

But I don't know how far these date back.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

That Other Michael Foreman

Speaking of (apparently) unrelated local people with the same names, this "Michael Foreman" living "near Hobart" was not the Michael Foreman of Ainsworth.

2018-6-3. Foreman,
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"Local Drifts," Hobart Gazette, May 4, 1923.

Ainsworth's Michael Foreman was born in the U.S., and known as "Mike" mainly in newspaper items. In one census only (1900) he gives his name as Michael; all others record him as Helmuth.

The Porter County Michael's middle name was Helmuth, according to one source — his listing on findagrave.com — but I can't confirm that with any other source.

I myself got them confused at least once, when I noted down this item from the "Local Drifts" of the Hobart Gazette of October 30, 1908: "The Blake farm has been sold to Mike Foreman who lives on one of the Wolf farms." Now that sounds like the Porter County Mike Foreman.

I don't expect to trouble myself any further about the Porter County Mike Foreman.

Other items I have marked on the page above include a fire at the Mohl house — more commonly spelled Moehl. Back in 1921 when the Moehl houses were the subject of a legal dispute, they were described as being on Second Street, and I believe they were west of East Street. The Haxton creamery, as I understand it, is still standing on the east side of New Street, north of Third. So I'm a bit confused by the use of "adjoining" in this description. [Update: I was wrong about the former Haxton creamery's location; it stands on the east side of the alley between East and Center Streets, so the description in the newspaper item makes sense.]

The Mrs. Abel whose hospitalization is mentioned below that item was born Johanna Bruebach. She was the sister of Liza Bruebach and the widow of Frank Abel, Jr.[1]

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In the following week's Gazette, Helmuth "Mike" Foreman of Ainsworth had published this tribute to his late wife.

2018-6-3. Foreman
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Hobart Gazette, May 11, 1923.

[1] His death certificate from 1919 gives his marital status as divorced (Indiana Death Certificates).

Thursday, May 31, 2018

A Bull Named David Crockett

It's 1844, and a local man has named his bull after David Crockett … a folk hero even in Indiana, it seems.

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Image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.

H.D. Palmer was Dr. Henry Disberry Palmer, "the first graduate or regular physician to reside in Lake County," according to History of Lake County and the Calumet Region (which also says he was a judge for 17 years). At the approximate location of his home on 73rd Avenue is a historical marker that also credits him with being "a member of the underground railroad aiding escaped slaves." (The Indiana Historical Bureau reviewed that statement and found it unverifiable.[1])

Lake County Encyclopedia has a sketch of Dr. Palmer's life … which brings us back around to J.V. Johns, whose orphaned son Dr. Palmer reared to adulthood.

(And the second page in the image above brings us back to Richard Earle, if I'm not mistaken.)

[1] Investigating the history of the underground railroad in Indiana (or anywhere) must be frustrating, since this network was very loosely organized, operated in secret and kept no written records.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Moses Frank, Brickie

Among the siblings of F.F. Frank was a brother named Moses, who was born in Michigan in 1852, died in Hobart in 1874, and was buried in the Hobart Cemetery.

This is not that Moses Frank. This is the other Moses Frank of Hobart.

2018-5-27. Frank, Moses
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This Moses Frank was born in Canada in 1848. Per the 1910 Census, he came to the U.S. in 1862. He seems to have been in Indiana by 1865. I do not know whether he came directly to Hobart — and if so, he was away for several months in the Union Army, having joined as a substitute in March 1865[1] — but by 1868 he had been here long enough to court Sarah Peters, who married him the day after Valentine's Day (Indiana Marriage Collection).

2018-5-27. Frank, Sarah (Peters)

Sarah's parents were native to New York, then moved their family to Michigan where Sarah was born circa 1847, but moved back to New York by the 1850 Census and were still there in 1855.[2] When Moses arrived in Hobart, Sarah's family had been farming locally for at least two years (1860 Census).

The 1870 Census shows the young couple keeping house in Hobart; Moses worked as a "brick maker." Sarah's sister Debby, a dressmaker, is listed in that household.[3]

When the 1880 Census came around, Moses was still making bricks. He'd also made a couple of children (May Zaretta and Winfield). His mother, Hannah, lived in his home.

Sometime between 1880 and the 1900 Census, Moses left Hobart and brick-making forever. He and Sarah moved to Chicago and he went into the railroad-car-inspecting business. Moses died in 1917, Sarah in 1931, and both are buried in Chicago.

These photographs are undated (and I have failed to trace the photographer), but judging by Sarah's very full sleeves I'd say they were taken in the late 1890s.

If there is any family connection between this Moses Frank and the other Moses Frank, I have not uncovered it.

I guess the point is … once a brickie, not always a brickie. Or maybe there is no point, but I bought these photos a long time ago and so obviously I simply had to write a blog post about them. Yes, sometimes I even bore myself with this stuff.

[1] Historical Data Systems, comp. U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009.
[2] Ancestry.com. New York, State Census, 1855 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013. Original data: Census of the state of New York, for 1855. Microfilm. New York State Archives, Albany, New York.
[3] Deborah is also listed in the household of her parents, who were still farming near Hobart. By the 1880 Census, it appears that all members of the Peters family had either left the area or changed their surnames, except possibly brother George. After 1880, I lose all track of them.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Speaking Frankly

Since I learned that the house on the northeast corner of Linda and Eighth Streets was the Frank house, I have gotten interested in the Franks. Here is F.F. Frank getting his birthday in the news in 1923.

2018-5-24. Frank
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Hobart Gazette, April 27, 1923.

Since the item doesn't give his age, we have to do some research ... it turns out that per his Indiana Death Certificate, Franz Fredrick Frank (no wonder he went by his initials!) was born April 22, 1859 to William and Salinda Frank — who likely built the house at Linda and Eighth, in 1874 per the county records. So F.F. was celebrating his 64th birthday.

F.F. had married Lydia Bach in 1890 (Indiana Marriage Certificates), hence the Bach connection. Lydia's sister, Henrietta, married Henry Kuehl. As for a Mulfinger connection, I haven't looked into it and don't intend to, not with my slow internet!

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The story directly below the Frank birthday got me wondering where the Charles Berndt house was, and whether Charles was related to the Ainsworth-area Berndts. I believe the answer to the second question is yes, since it appears that Charles and John (Jr.) were children of John (Sr.) and Hannah (e.g., 1900 Census). (And their sister, Bertha, married a Rossow.)

To find Charles' house, we need to find a Berndt farm west of Hobart, beside the Nickel Plate tracks … like this:

2018-5-24 Berndt 1926
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From the 1926 Plat Book.

The home that sits on the east side of Liverpool Road, north of the railroad tracks, was built in 1923 according to the county records, so perhaps it was built by Charles to replace the one that burned down.