Hidden History of Montgomery County, Indiana

Hidden History of Montgomery County, Indiana

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Overview

Montgomery County never fails to surprise the visitor with its unique and varied history. Even local residents are often unaware of some of their county heritage. Anyone who spends some time in Crawfordsville will eventually know about General Lew Wallace, author of the one-time bestseller Ben-Hur, as well as Senator Henry Lane, who helped found the Republican Party and get Abraham Lincoln nominated for the presidency. Wabash College was founded here in 1832 and is one of the two remaining all-male colleges in the nation — with the dubious honor of having fired Ezra Pound before he went on to fame as a poet. The Hidden History of Montgomery County will touch upon such topics but will also bring to light many of the area's other deserving stories.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609495220
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 04/01/2012
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jodie Steelman Wilson is a reference and local history librarian at the Crawfordsville District Public Library, Crawfordsville, Indiana. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a master's degree in library science from Indiana University, Indianapolis. She enjoys applying journalistic approaches to historical subjects to illuminate local history and has written for many publications. She lives with her husband, Michael, and daughters, Annie and Alison, in rural Indiana. Emily Griffin Winfrey is a reference and local history librarian at the Crawfordsville District Public Library in Crawfordsville, Indiana. She received a bachelor's degree in communication from Wingate University in Wingate, North Carolina, and a master's degree in library and information science from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Society of Indiana Archivists. She has written local history articles for Montgomery County Memories and Wabash Magazine. She lives with her husband, Russell, in Montgomery County. Rebecca McDole is a reference and local history librarian at the Crawfordsville District Public Library, Crawfordsville, Indiana, and also a bookseller at Barnes & Noble, Lafayette, Indiana. She received her bachelor's at Purdue in English/creative writing with a minor in history. She received her master's in library science from Indiana University, Indianapolis. Rebecca is a member of the American Library Association. She has published several articles in Montgomery County Memories and has several more in the queue.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 5

Introduction 7

The Highest Achiever of Linden High School 9

Spooks, Specters and Spirit Photographs 17

The Week Lana Turner Came to Town 23

Commodore Alf's Improbable Gourd Museum 31

Campaigning in Crawfordsville 37

Dying to Stay Married 47

"Lament of the Fire Laddies" 53

The Legacy of the Jewish Tailor of Crawfordsville 57

Maurine Watkins Makes Satire Out of Murder 67

America's First Airmail 73

Nellie Coutant, Forgotten Photographer 79

The Sad End of Comedian Ferris Hartman 87

Crawfordsville's Playwright: Kenyon Nicholson 95

From Actress to Author: Maude Snyder 101

The Courthouse Tower Is Going to Fall (or Is It?) 107

Crawfordsville's Thomas Edison: Shirl Herr 115

Disgraced Doctors 123

Carrie Nation Cleans Up Crawfordsville 131

Elizabeth Boynton Harbert and the Pursuit of Suffrage 135

Ruth Morgan and the Waveland Vigilantes Foil a Robbery 143

Wabash College's Football Fatality 151

Mary Oda Eglin, "Artist of the Army Air Corps" 157

Sources 165

Index 171

About the Authors 175

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