Wabash County Chronicles: From Native Americans to Industry

Overview

Just about fifty years before lights atop the courthouse put Wabash in the record books, a gang of squirrels came marauding through the area, denuding the trees and crops. Of course, the farmers fought back with guns; the kids with clubs. This happened just about the time of the Irish canal worker infighting; those boys attacked one another with everything they had. Oh, and there are the unexplained monster sightings and things of that nature. But really, it's not all bizarre. After all, Wabash was the first ...

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Overview

Just about fifty years before lights atop the courthouse put Wabash in the record books, a gang of squirrels came marauding through the area, denuding the trees and crops. Of course, the farmers fought back with guns; the kids with clubs. This happened just about the time of the Irish canal worker infighting; those boys attacked one another with everything they had. Oh, and there are the unexplained monster sightings and things of that nature. But really, it's not all bizarre. After all, Wabash was the first electrically lighted city, and there are scores of heroes and important businesses. There's just so much to hear about. Come along with authors Ron Woodward and Gladys Harvey as they share the strange and important history of this old Indiana county.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596299344
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 3/28/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,446,561
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

Part I Historical Tales

Hanging Rock 15

Nature Gone Wild 17

Kerr Lock 19

Horse Racing in the Canal 22

The Irish War in Wabash County 23

Early Education 24

Schools of Long Ago 26

Wabash County Home 29

After the Canals Came the Trains 32

Riding the Rails 34

Need for an Orphans Home 37

Follow the Drinkin' Gourd 40

Fiddle Contests 42

Life at Camp Wabash 45

From One-Horse Plows to Diesel Farming 49

Roller Skating Becomes All the Rage 53

An Early Halloween 54

A Wild Ride 56

Wabash County's Love Affair 58

A Night at the Movies 60

Wabash's First Hospital 63

The Ku Klux Klan in Wabash 66

Snowballs but No Snow: Bloomers and Basketball 68

Civilian Conservation Corps 69

Wabash Women Served in War Times 71

Wabash County Cheer Club, Inc. 73

Part II Events and Happenings

From Out of Nowhere 79

Local Indian Sites 80

The Little Cuss from Wabash 82

Rowdy Wabash 84

The Day Local Doctors Became Body Snatchers 86

Violent Deaths in Wabash County 88

Snakes in Early Wabash 90

The Monster at Laketon 92

A Haunted House and Mysterious Sites at Puckerbrush 93

The Tombstone that Moves 95

Part III People

The Hannah Thorpe Story 101

Frances Slocum 102

Indian Trader Samuel McClure and Life with the Indians 105

Captain Gess, Mighty Indian Fighter 107

First Wabash Resident to Enlist in the Civil War 109

Adelaide Steele Baylor 111

Medical Heroes: The Wagner Brothers 112

A Martyr to Science 114

Loren M. Berry 115

Homer G. Davisson, Painter of the Mississinewa 118

Wabash Cartoonist Draws Sweeney Character 121

Part IV Places

Lost Towns of Wabash 125

Prosperous Liberty Mills 128

History of Servia (New Madison) 133

How Silver Creek Got Its Name 136

Part V Business and Industry

First Industry in Wabash County 141

South Wabash Rural Home Cure 143

Industries Put Wabash on the Map 145

Wabash Screen Door Company 150

The Button Factory in Wabash 151

About the Authors 155

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