An American Hometown: Terre Haute, Indiana, 1927

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They lived "green" out of necessity—walking to work, repairing everything from worn shoes to wristwatches, recycling milk bottles and packing containers. Music was largely heard live and most residential streets had shade trees. The nearby Wabash River—a repeated subject of story and song—transported Sunday picnickers to public parks. In the form of an old-fashioned city directory, An American Hometown celebrates a bygone American era, focusing on life in 1920s Terre Haute, Indiana. With artfully drawn ...

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They lived "green" out of necessity—walking to work, repairing everything from worn shoes to wristwatches, recycling milk bottles and packing containers. Music was largely heard live and most residential streets had shade trees. The nearby Wabash River—a repeated subject of story and song—transported Sunday picnickers to public parks. In the form of an old-fashioned city directory, An American Hometown celebrates a bygone American era, focusing on life in 1920s Terre Haute, Indiana. With artfully drawn biographical sketches and generously illustrated histories, noted musician, historian, and storyteller Tom Roznowski not only evokes a beauty worth remembering, but also brings to light just how many of our modern ideas of sustainable living are deeply rooted in the American tradition.

Indiana University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Jacob Jones
"Roznowski has the storyteller’s skill for isolating relevant detail and employing rhetorical flourish to illuminate both character and scene." —Jacob Jones, University of Maryland
On the Banks of the Wabash: a photograph album of Greater Terre Haute 1900-1950 - Dorothy W. Jerse
"Tom Roznowski uses an innovative way to capture the image of Terre Haute in 1927. The City Directory listings become a social history carried along by humor, deep feeling and a sense of national history. The prosperous and famous share the stage, as they should, with ordinary residents. Even those living at the County Poor Farm find their rightful place in the fabric of community." —Dorothy W. Jerse, On the Banks of the Wabash: a photograph album of Greater Terre Haute 1900-1950, 1983, IUP
Howard Mansfield
"Tom Roznowski has deployed the 1927 City Directory of Terre Haute like a mist net across time to catch a vanished place. An American Hometown is part Akenfield—Robert Blythe's portrait of an English village—and part Edgar Lee Master's Spoon River Anthology. Terre Haute, 1927, is more alive than many American cities today." —Howard Mansfield
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Tom Roznowski has deployed the 1927 City Directory of Terre Haute like a mist net across time to catch a vanished place. An American Hometown is part Akenfield—Robert Blythe's portrait of an English village—and part Edgar Lee Master's Spoon River Anthology. Terre Haute, 1927, is more alive than many American cities today.—Howard Mansfield
On the Banks of the Wabash: a photograph album of Greater Terre Haute 1900-1950
Tom Roznowski uses an innovative way to capture the image of Terre Haute in 1927. The City Directory listings become a social history carried along by humor, deep feeling and a sense of national history. The prosperous and famous share the stage, as they should, with ordinary residents. Even those living at the County Poor Farm find their rightful place in the fabric of community.—Dorothy W. Jerse, On the Banks of the Wabash: a photograph album of Greater Terre Haute 1900-1950, 1983, IUP

— Dorothy W. Jerse

Bloom Magazine
"Tom Roznowski brings the lost world of a city back to life, and in so doing asks us to re-imagine the way we live now." —Bloom Magazine
Bloom
"For Roznowski, the pursuit of the past is not an exercise in nostalgia, but an attempt to bring wisdom forward—to learn not just from our mistakes as a culture, but from the things we did right as well, and then left by the wayside in the 20th century's mad dash to a consumerist, automobile-centered society." —Bloom, February/March 2010
The Herald Times
"Roznowski is an evocative, romantic storyteller, and his research revives a simpler time and place not far from here." —
On The Banks Of The Wabash: A Photograph Album Of Greater Terre Haute 1900-1950
"Tom Roznowski uses an innovative way to capture the image of Terre Haute in 1927. The City Directory listings become a social history carried along by humor, deep feeling and a sense of national history. The prosperous and famous share the stage, as they should, with ordinary residents. Even those living at the County Poor Farm find their rightful place in the fabric of community." —Dorothy W. Jerse, On the Banks of the Wabash: a photograph album of Greater Terre Haute 1900-1950, 1983, IUP

— Dorothy W. Jerse

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253221292
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 11/12/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,130,358
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Roznowski, based in Bloomington, Indiana, is a writer and musician. He is host of Hometown, a radio program broadcast by NPR affiliate WFIU.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Contents
Foreword by Scott Russell Sanders
Acknowledgments

Introduction

Abel Manufacturing Company—to—Robert Axlander
Bachelor Club—to—Roxie Byrd
Barden Calloway—to—John Crowe
Daphne Confectionary—to—Lemon H. Dunn
Tilatha East—to—Mary Euriga
Ethel Failing—to—Emma Fyfe
James H. Gallian—to—Flora G. Gulick
Joseph A. Haddox—to—Frances Hughes
Josephine Ice—to—Abe Issac
Mary Jackman—to—William R. Joyce
Albert Kaeling—to—Lillian Kuhn
Minnie Mayme Lacy—to—Lena B. Lyda
Albert McBride—to—Ernestine Myers Dancing Academy
Agnes Nairn—to—North Baltimore Bottle Glass Company
Harry E. Oaf—to—James Osler
Mabel P. Paine—to—Arvella Pushback
The Quality Shop—to—Jacob Ryan
St. Joseph's Academy—to—Marcella Swim
Elmer E. Talbott—to—Alice Twadell
Jacob Umble—to—Alm Utz
Ohmer D. Vance—to—Robert T. Vrydagh
Clarence W. Wagner—to—John Wright
Ivan Yates—to—George A. Zwerner

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2011

    Very highly recommended - will keep your interest level high due to quicly changing subject matters.

    Coming from a guy who doesn't read many books, I literally could not put this book down because of the historical value alone. I grew up about 20 miles from Terre Haute, and reading this book gave me an interesting snapshot into a town I visited many times in my younger years. I still visit Terre Haute quite frequently, and will look at the town in a different light now that I've read Tom's book - great job!

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