Thursday, December 15, 2016
Thursday, September 8, 2016
This is Susan B. Anthony circa 1855. I have no doubt, dear reader, that you know about her and I'm not even going to try to rehash what has been printed and posted by many more, way-better-qualified people than myself. Rather...I wish to share info and acknowledge some Cass County women who involved with this movement. Namely, Lois Wilson, Dora Smith, Sage Velle Fenton, and Anna Dunn Noland.
On December 7, 1908 a meeting was held in Logansport, Indiana. This meeting was organized and promoted by Dora (Mrs. Oliver P.) Smith, of 409 North Street. Her husband was a cigar maker and I can't help but picture him and "the boys" sitting around a table in the back of the cigar store talking about the little women and their little cause. Cute - aren't they? having meetings and imagining what politics is all about...just so long as they get home in time to make dinner and clean up the kitchen afterward.
- Born 1888
- Graduate of LHS 1907 - a member of the very first high school annual "The Tattler" staff.
- Graduate of Vassar 1911.
- Daughter of Charles O. Fenton and Carrie D. Taylor Fenton, followed in her father's footsteps as he put her in charge of the Logansport Times, of which he was owner.
- Champion of Women Suffrage and the Prohibition of liquor.
- She drowned while on vacation in Florida in 1916, as her fiancé and family watched in horror. She was 28.
Parade at Hebron, Indiana
Thursday, May 26, 2016
George H. Lynas was associated with his father’s - Dr. James B. Lynas - business - assuming presidency of the company in 1901 after "J. B.’s" death.
George H. Lynas died December 13, 1926.
George's brother, Will, sold the Dr. Lynas & Son business in 1938. It was finally dissolved as a business in 1965.
Friday, April 22, 2016
Nathan Stackhouse (1848-1939) was a member of one of Cass County, Indiana's pioneer families. He was born in 1848 in an area that became the Purdue University campus at West Lafayette. He came to eastern Cass County as a toddler, a year or two later. Before he died he was interviewed by the local newspapers and I, for one, as a historian, am so glad that he was able to share the following snippets of local history.
|A Canal packet boat.|
George Winter painting "Indians on The Eel River" 1850
The correct name for Country Club Island is Cedar Island. Nathan's wife's Uncle was the first white man who owned it, buying it from the US Government, which had of course obtained it from the Native Americans.
|Vintage post card image of a cliff at Cedar Island, Logansport, Indiana|
Cedar Island was a favorite place for family picnics. Large numbers of people from the city of Logansport would go to it on Sundays in carriages, buggies and canal boats. For a time there was a baseball diamond at the west end of the island. Later Charles Bowyer grew a watermelon patch on the site and even later it became home to Soloman Brandt's fine chickens and dogs.
Much later the Country Club bought it and converted the west end of the island into a lawn and built a clubhouse.
The "cliff" is about 30 feet high and is plainly visible from Cass Station Bridge. Solid limestone - it overlooks the ancient Indian ford.
Nathan in an interview in 1938 - his 90th birthday - "I distinctly recall the Indian trails of the area. I used them for many years before any wagon roads were built."
It might be good to mention here that one of Nathan's friends was Gabriel Godfroy, a Miami Tribe leader, son of Chief Francis Godfroy.
|Chief Francis Godfroy (1788-1840)|
"The Miami liked my family, especially my grandmother, very much. One of the trails led from the Mississinewa valley Indian towns past Pipe Creek Falls to the south side of Logansport. I often saw parties of as many as 15 to 20 Indians coming down this trail, sometimes on horseback, mostly on foot. They always marched in single file and at a dog-trot pace. Sometimes they brought their hunting dogs along."
"Sometimes the Indians would camp near to our home. Often they would dismount their ponies and command them to return to the Mississinewa country. The ponies were well trained and would follow the lead pony that had a small bell around its neck."
Nathan continued, "When the Indians were making a long trip they sometimes brought a cow or two along with them. My grandmother would send me out with a pail to get some milk. They not only let me milk their cow, they would insist that I fill the pail to the brim."
Though he never knew where they went after crossing the Wabash River, Nathan remembered an old Indian trail that led from near Onward to this ford at Cass Station, because just east it crossed a trail that passed his own home. He told of seeing mothers carrying babies on their backs, swaddled onto boards...an early type baby carrier.
|Golf course - Logansport Golf Club|
Most of the area of the Country Club - later the Logansport Golf Club - which now serves as a beautiful golf links was formerly a vast checkerboard of ponds, swamps and rocky hummocks.
More from Nathan's interview - "Though the Indians as a whole ceased living in Tipton Township a few still lingered and one fellow even worked for us for a long time. His name was Bannion, but we called him 'Billy'. He was short, but muscular and strong as an ox. He had long black hair which he wore tied back or braided. I think he liked us because we were a music-loving family, and he certainly loved music. He would play the fiddle for hours on end for our enjoyment. But he was a good worker and valuable to have around the farm.
|Photo images courtesy Miami of Ohio|
We knew and understood the Miami - understood much that was meaningless to our less informed neighbors. For example, we knew that if the Indians were wearing red handkerchiefs around their foreheads they were on their way to visit somebody. That is, we knew they weren't out on a hunting expedition."
JUDGE DYKEMAN SUPPLIES A STEER TO FEED A LARGE PARTY
"One time the Miami were planning a big barbecue near Peru (Indiana, in neighboring Miami County) but were having trouble gathering enough steers to roast for the occasion. They came down into our region to hunt for steers. Judge (David) Dykeman, who had several on his Washington Township place - Dykeman's Spring - cheerfully donated a steer to them. Gabriel Godfroy and one other Indian came to get this steer. We helped them lasso and load it. As a reward for our assistance, we were guests of Gabriel Godfroy himself at the gathering."
Nathan Stackhouse lived out his days in Tipton Township, Cass County, Indiana. He died in June, 1939.
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Otto Kraus came to Logansport in 1869. He worked at a clothing store. Otto's brother, Max, came to town about 1870 and opened Kraus Brothers Clothing store. In 1886 Otto organized and sponsored a semi-pro baseball team, naming the team the Ottos.
|1910 Ottos - back row right end is Johnny "Red" Corriden|
|In the 1914 season - the ball field.|
|1914 postcard image taken at a practice "Wainscott Behind The Bat"|
Friday, April 1, 2016
The first "home" was in the former home of Judge William Z. Stuart at what is now 216-218 Wheatland Avenue, Logansport, IN when at the close of the Civil War a group of local women cared for 3 or 4 children.
The second home was on the southwest corner of Melbourne Avenue and Wilkinson Street.
The Orphan's Home was organized under Indiana state law of February 1870. A temporary organization was formed and on February 1, 1878 the name Orphan's Home Association was adopted. Around this time a legislative act was passed that provided County Commissioners in several counties to establish orphans' homes.
In 1882 the Cass County Commission bought the former Lewis Chamberlain Home* at 1339 Pleasant Hill for $2500 with $500 in improvements.
*Note - Logansport Attorney Lewis Chamberlain - a native of New Jersey - built the home in 1867 on Pleasant Hill but soon vacated because his wife did not appreciate living so far away from the downtown.
Monday, January 18, 2016
Before it was an apartment building.
The previous owners were Frank and Helen Bott. He was Vice President of Bridge City Candy Company on 4th Street - she taught music. By 1935 the property was vacant and remained vacant until 1941. It was described as "more than a handy man's special". A. J. Meyers' trade skills came into play.