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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

  • Friday, September 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    Two, two, two towns in one. Well, that’s what I did when I went to visit Linden. Decided I’d head through the country to New Richmond, too. Sorry, you don’t get them both in this article, but now, you know which one to look forward to, huh?
    Absolutely loved going in to town and being informed right off that Linden dates back to 1850 and has 718 people. Like Waveland’s 510, they come and go, but a close approximation, nonetheless. Was hoping to finally get to visit the Train Museum. This is one of the hub’s hobbies of long-ago, and I’ve been hoping to get him up there, but he works all the time they’re open. I just missed it by about an hour but decided instead of waiting I’d head on to NR.
    Visited the library, which I’d sign as the happening place of town and met a precious assistant librarian, Julie. She has worked there about six months but hung-out in there a lot previous to employment. Having grown-up in Minnesota, she and her husband went to Chicago for ten years. One day, she said, “That’s enough!” She wanted her children to grow-up where they could ride bikes, be safe and attend a small school. Currently, two are in college and one at Northridge. 
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  • She got her engagement ring on senior prom night
    Thursday, September 14, 2017 4:00 AM
    It seems like I’ve known my guest for-ever, as I can’t remember where I met her. Have just always liked and admired her, so here ya’ go with her story. I will say that it’s funny that when we got together at Steak & Shake, I asked her if she remembered how we met, and she said, ‘I don’t know, I’ve just known ya’ 4-ever!
    She grew-up in Crawfordsville, graduated from CHS and met her fella’ in high school. In fact, he had purchased her ring about Valentine’s, paid it off and gave it to her Senior Prom night after one of the dances. He was a year older, and they both worked at the Strand Theatre for several years during HS. He was an usher; she took the money. During high school, she was in band, one of 36 clarinetists out of a 100-piece band. 
    Her parents both grew-up in Montgomery County, as well, she a school teacher and her dad a bookkeeper for the Aluminum plant, Shirt Factory, and worked for Goodrich. In fact, her very first job was folding and stuffing the Indianapolis Star for her dad who was manager of routes. She was about 14 and several boys slightly older than her came each Sunday morning to get their papers and she got to enjoy the view. Great job, huh, girls?
    After my guest’s fiancé graduated, he went on to Purdue, where she joined him after her graduation. At age 20 and 21, they were married and remained so for 59 ½ years until his death last year. While going to PU, she worked as cashier at the Union, then was a college secretary for an office that sat-up for the North and South units to consolidate. She worked about 30 hours/week and took a full-load of classes. She graduated in El Ed while the hubs was an Industrial Arts Education major.
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  • These two have passion for life
    Thursday, September 07, 2017 4:00 AM
    So, how does a Connecticut Altar boy meet a CHS, NHS student? Raybestos that’s how! He grew-up attending Notre Dame HS that had a waiting list of 2,000 kids lined-up to go there. He played base-ball, football and said, “With that type of list, my goal was to pass!” He also had to hitchhike to and from school since it was 30 miles from his home. That wasn’t so bad since he met a lot of nice peo-ple, many who would stop because he had his ND jacket on. Even going home at night after a game, he never worried as, “We were safe in those days!”
    That actually led the three of us into a discussion about how things are indeed different from when we grew-up, but that there are still so many nice people around and lots of good is still being done!
    Although I just met him, our gal this week I’ve known for years. Her mother and my mother-in-law were close friends, loving so many of the same things. She’s a distant cousin to my son-in-law and our daughter was in her first wedding, registering people and gifts. I’ve always adored her folks and my little lady is absolutely precious.
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  •  Mom taught 'em basic chords, they flew from there
    Thursday, August 31, 2017 4:00 AM
    This column is a lot different from my norm, but don’t worry, you still get to guess. So, let me give some hints. Think music. Singing. Add three handsome men, all Southmont grads. One has moved away to a more Southern Indiana clime, while one lives in Crawfordsville and the other one still dwells right in the little town in the southwest corner of Montgomery County where they all grew-up.
    When I asked the “boys” (hey, they’re all younger than me) how long they’ve been singing together they asked the youngest one how old he was, then figured he started singing with ‘em when he was a couple of years old, so consequently, they came up with “close to 50 years.” 
    Mainly, they get their musical talent from their mom, who is one of 12 children and every one sings and/or plays the guitar. She said that she taught them the basic chords on the guitar and helped them with their pitches, then they flew from there. They get talent from dad, Ernie, too, as he sings and his father was in a quartet in the Waveland area that sang at many funerals and other happenings. When the mom’s side of the family come to her house every year at reunion time, there are about 100 people there and our trio entertains for a couple of hours. Ron Keedy (who was doing some preliminary work on their upcoming concert) asked them what their genre would be. They weren’t real sure themselves, but finally decided perhaps country-gospel. That’s what I had been thinking as I listened to them and enjoyed myself immensely. Mom, Iris, told me that they are wide ranged as they know a variety of songs by famous folks, but have written so many wonderful ones themselves. Although the boys said, hodge-podge, she used one of my all-time favorite words to describe ‘em perfectly ... eclectic. 
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  • Monday, August 28, 2017 4:00 AM
    No writer ever thinks she’ll be creating a piece about a grandson heading into brain surgery, but alas, that is the feat I was asked to propound. A few years ago, during a baseball game, our grandson Quentin Zach, went for a ball as catcher. When going after the ball, a fan also went to the edge of the entrance with the same intent. They collided. “Q” as almost everyone calls him, lost consciousness and did not return for quite some time. His mom rushed him to the hospital in Indianapolis and it was discovered that there was “something” on his brain, not from the bomping at the game, but an unknown shadow that had been there for some time.
    Problem was, no one knew what it was at the ER, so it was stated that he should see a brain specialist (sure there is a technical name for that, but it’s all we needed to know – that something was wrong). It was decided that the place, malfunction, questioning factor would be watched. That it was and it grew extremely slowly so there seemed to be no major worry. However, this year, it grew at a much bigger rate, and because of his young age, it was decided that it had to be fixed. 
    Someone told us to get another opinion. They didn’t know and we really didn’t either, that not only his specialist and his colleagues had gone over and over the x-rays and information, but they had taken the case to two conferences. Finally, it was unanimously agreed upon that what Q has is a CVM (cavernous veinous malformation). 
    Because of the growth in the CVM this last time to the doctor, they were amazed that Quentin had not had seizures, brain bleeds, headaches or passing out. There is little luck in this process, but at least he has had in this aspect. 
    Although Ms. Genealogist here has found no true documentation that Q has gotten this from others, as it is often genetic, he does have some great-great-grandfathers on his mom’s side who possibly from the symptoms I’ve read about, have had this. Guess there’s no real reason to speculate, he has it and it must be taken care of immediately.
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  • “Oh, nice to meet you,” she said and tootled off
    Thursday, August 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    He was impressed when he first met her, but she just said, “Oh, nice to meet you,” and tootled off when they were at Russellville Tri-County fair. She graduated with a class of about 140 from North Put and was a cheerleader, class officer, in the plays, track and FCA. He, a South grad with about 160 was in baseball and tennis. Any chance? Well, of course, or they’d not be my guests this week.
    Yes, she hung out at his cousin’s house a lot and knew of him and when she met him, she was in a hurry to go be with friends, yet she just kept thinking about him, and he, obviously her. That was literally 32 years ago when I interviewed them.
    They had actually seen each other long before the official meeting. They are 22 days apart and when she was cheerleader at Russellville and he played ball at Waveland, she cheered against him. Now, it’s all about cheering for him. Actually, they are cheerleaders for each other. Definitely, they’re on the same team. They were so in love that two weeks before they got married, a friend saw them in Russellville and asked them where they were going to live. They looked at each other and were like, “UHHHH!” Truly, it wasn’t important to them. They were just madly in love and wanted to be together. Still that way! Loved the part that when she went on a mission trip to Florida, he missed her so much that he painted her car, fixed the lights and drove it over to meet her in Russellville, then sat her down on a parking space and proposed. At just 20 years old, they knew what they wanted.
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  • Town Talkins - Mace
    Wednesday, August 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    This week I traveled to Mace for Town Talkins, mainly to see two of our grandsons who recently moved to this nifty little town. Quentin has a small business there, painting cars and brother, Stephen, is an amazing mechanic and does some side work in that aspect. The town dates back to February 1838, platted by Frederick Long, a circuit riding preacher. It coincides with the town of Fredericksburg, named for Long. In fact, the two were called twin cities and although within a half mile of each other, basically connected together. In fact, in the 1880s there was a third town connected to them, as well. The village of Little Bill was just south of Mace and named for William Galloway (Bill) who was a farmer and blacksmith. Marion Leak had a trapping business while Obed Galey was their carpenter; Capt. Eradic Allengood chopped wood and sold it while J.W. Strong ran a wood saw and Arch Martin took care of the gravel roads with Hig Brenton his assistant. Jail inspectors were Williams and Hugelheimer. 
    Mace itself was called Mace Station early on because of the 1850s railroad intersecting there. A village grew-up around this station and thus now we have Linnsburg. In fact, a woman platted this town. Susannah Fender Linn Mullen, did so in honor of her relatives, the Linn family. This may have taken the place of Little Bill as George Hugeheim was listed as its blacksmith in 1907. Linn Hall was built for various entertainments and a creamery was located across from the depot in this time frame. Manufacturing? Of course! A stave company, a wood turner and Conner’s Sawmill along with a grain elevator was there as well. 
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  • This gal's temporary job teaching lasted 12 years
    Thursday, August 17, 2017 4:00 AM
    We have an interesting tale this week. This gal and her husband were high school sweeties, but married others and went separate ways, always semi-staying in touch, as his wife was a good friend of my lady this week. His first wife passed away from cancer in ’86. My guest had been separated from her husband, Jack, for 10 years and was home in Waynetown taking a walk on 25. A blue car whizzed by, turned around and out jumped her now husband. Their hometown, past experiences and rekindled love brought a wedding as well as a wonderfully blended family which has lasted 27 years. Now, that’s a love story!
    My gal spent 43 years teaching and had already retired when called to teach temporarily at North. Well, that temp job lasted 12 years, but most of her sojourn was in the Chicago area where she taught choral music (at VanderCook College of Music; Thornridge HS; and Thornton Township HS), but she also did teach at Franklin-Simpson High in Kentucky and Russellville HS in Arizona. 
    My guest feels lucky that she had the same music teacher all 12 years at Waynetown, a woman I greatly admired, Mary Helen Loveless. A cousin, Elizabeth Kirkpatrick taught her voice and by third grade, she was whipping-off Chopin, Mozart and Beethoven. Singing, playing, and performing are certainly in her repertoire and she is amazing at them all. After meeting her, I’d need to add a ball of fun makes her an extremely special person to those she teaches, entertains and works with in performances. Or, like me, just meets!
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  •   Their three children are all talkative and into politics
    Thursday, August 10, 2017 4:00 AM
    Church! Great place to meet the mate. In fact, these two got together at the same place the hubs and I did – St. Bernard’s where they are still quite active today. In fact, one of his old girlfriends fixed ‘em up which might be a first in my how-they-met-tales. Certainly, I was lucky enough to spend some time with these two cuties. Known him since he was a tot and have loved her grandmother for decades so was glad to get to know her a bit better.
    He was a Southmont boy involved in swimming until a serious neck injury while diving put a stop to that. Once better, he stayed involved in basketball and baseball. Jim and I (at yes, Pizza Hut) heard him say he was a 9-year-4-H member. I laughed, “Not a 10-year-one?” He explained that his parents were pretty frustrated with him about it but that’s the decision he made. 
    Sports was what she loved in high school as well. She was involved as a cheerleader, plus she was on the softball and swim teams. She graduated from CHS in ’94, he three years before from South. For him, it was on to the Kelley School of Business at IU. They met when she was a senior at Marian College. Their 18th wedding anniversary will be about the time this article appears.
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  • Town Talkins - Alamo
    Wednesday, August 09, 2017 4:00 AM
    The top of the old school with its beautiful mural really the only part still pretty much intact, peeped out at me as I drove through Alamo the other day, going for a Town Talkins in Waynetown. Thought about it off and on about all day. On the way back through, that ‘ol place seriously beckoned me to stop. I just parked right on one of the streets that once had a restaurant, school, grocery store, gas station and many more people. The town came to life in my mind from when I was a teenager and many people lived in the town, bought from the store, went to school, and played games in the streets. 
    Today, the church, Mason/Eastern Star Lodge and super nice Fire Station that houses the still present, Post Office, plus the falling-down school is about all that is left of the place. Presently, there are about 66 people in town, but the homes seemed much cleaner and nicer (a few new tin roofs even) than the last time I was there. In fact, the Median House value is up to $48,363 from 2000 when it was not even $23,000. Same with the income, $20,400 up from $8,800. The town has six streets but is still considered (by city-data.com) as being 100 percent rural. The male/female population is split in half and the median resident age is 48 years old. 
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  • They circled around and landed back in C’ville
    Thursday, August 03, 2017 4:00 AM
    Who only knows what cousin I am to this gal, but we both go back to William the Conqueror and he has Davidsons; Sampsons; Benders; Lankfords; Harshbargers; Boohers and Hamptons in our area. In fact, he says, “I’m related to half of the people in Darlington.” 
    Although I wasn’t there to talk genealogy, we had a great time telling stories regarding the ancestors. My fav story was on his side when his ancestor came here and on the ship, her child died and was buried at sea. She was so distraught that (varying versions) she went up on the deck with a large black pot and jumped overboard (or it pulled her overboard) because of the child dying. Sailors saved her and the Harshbarger Iron Pot is I believe at the Montgomery County Historical Society. 
    Her family names include Davidson, also and Kerr and Cade with a maiden name of Coats. She is Scotch, Welch, German and English. One of her direct ancestors is Oliver Cromwell’s oldest daughter and Henry VII, too. He says he doesn’t have any braggable ones, just some interesting nice folks. Her mother’s goal was to get all five of her children through college and the plan was the oldest would graduate and help the next and so on, but that didn’t work exactly. 
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  • Town Talkins - Waynetown
    Monday, July 31, 2017 4:00 AM
    Had such a good time in Waynetown, first heading to the pool where I met Waylon and Jessie (who live on the county line just outside of town) and their aunt, Georgia Paxton from C’ville. They were playing in the splash pad area. I was fascinated as I’d never seen a splash pad before. What fun. There are little sprayers in the ground on a cement pad that splash up into the air, sometimes softly and at other times with more force. Learned while there that it’s darn near impossible to take a good picture outside in the sun with an iPhone. Couldn’t see a doggone thing. Was pretty sure I got a good one of the boys standing together splashing. Nope, I didn’t, but love this one I had no clue I even took. Surely shows what the splash pad can do. I got a little wet and had a blast! The pool was just opening at noon, so the kids and Aunt Georgia were on their way inside for more fun.
    Took my cue, and went to grab a bite to eat at the Pizza King. Although it has been in Waynetown since 1980, it is under new owners, two Montgomery Countians (Brad and Kathryn Fruits Eads) who went out to see the world, and came back again, and are now helping their community. The Texas BBQ was absolutely scrumptious. I eyed someone else’s salad and wished I’d gotten that along with it, but I was quite full eating about 5 potato chips and the sandwich, so it’s a salad next time, for sure!
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  • Town Talkins - Darlington
    Thursday, July 27, 2017 4:00 AM
    Definitely, this town’s name is perfect. I breezed in to “Darling”ton the other afternoon and was so warmly greeted, think I’d move right in if I didn’t already love my own hometown.
    As I was driving to the General Store, I passed the beautifully refurbished Fountain-Trust Bank. Dan Bever, whom I sat beside at the counter in the General Store and I struck-up a conversation. Dan, who has lived in Darlington since 1993 and loves his town, was extremely excited about the bank’s new look, telling me about the beautiful, ornate, old wood. “Why, they even have cookies and coffee. It’s so nice I could live there!”
    Owner Trisha Teague then introduced herself. Sweet lady who told me she got in the restaurant business because it came up for sale. She married Rick who retired from the military. Cute love story as they dated more than two decades before marrying, reconnecting years later.
    Next, I conversed with Rick about the service a little since I have grandson Dane in the Air National Guard and grandson AJ who by the time this appears will have just left for the Navy. A couple of others commented about someone they knew in various branches. I loved Rick’s comment: “Well, it doesn’t matter what branch they’re in, we all serve our country!”
    Kind of neat that in the day time, it’s the General Store/Bakery and then Pizzeria in the evenings. I was short on bucks, but my sweet tooth was crying for a piece of yummy-looking pie. Next time! 
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  •   It's home, work, repeat for these two
    Thursday, July 27, 2017 4:00 AM
    It’s a family joke in regards to how these two met. According to their then six-year-old, it’s this way: “My mommy was a dancer and Daddy was a drummer.” Although pretty funny, there’s truth in it, actually as they were both in Indian Dance Units. She noticed him first at Tecumseh Lodge of Indianapolis when doing a show. Although he was Assistant Scout Master at the time, she thought he was one of the kids because he looked so young, but at the Children’s Museum at another show they looked at each other, and literally heard the vibes of the beating tomtoms. Finally, a couple of months later, at the Feast of the Hunter’s Moon at Fort Ouiatenon her mom, who was secretary and taking information, began talking to him and it was then a done deal. Loved how they had a standing date every Sunday. 
    They most often did something out of doors and one beautiful day on the way to the Shades he gave her a drilled-out ring. She thought that was it, but on their adventure for the day, they went out to the edge on Prospect Point (even though she’s afraid of heights) where he really proposed. He jokingly told her if she said no, he’d chuck her over. Of course, she said yes, hugged him and cried. When they came off the point, all the people were smiling. They married 35 years ago this last April, so I guess it’s a good deal Mommy being a dancer, Daddy a drummer and that momma said yes at Prospect Point!
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  • Tuesday, July 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    Waveland – it’s a happening place! In fact, the new slogan being used is, “We’re family! We’re Waveland. It’s what we do!” They’re doing a lot, and it is so much fun to see the town growing in friendship and camaraderie.
    Last summer, the Farmers’ Markets began and recently, the second one for this summer happened! Delicious brownies, amazing Pecan Pie, wow homegrown potatoes and cucumbers, were my purchases, plus I bought a char-broiled burger for the hubs for supper and he said it was one of the best hamburgers he’d ever tasted. Pretty good compliment from a man who ran a restaurant for 40 years.
    Ron Keedy, a 50-year-projectionist, recently retired and with help from his, “Waveland family,” has put up a large wooden screen where, after the Farmers’ Market, a movie is shown. The last “Movie Under the Stars,” was Sing, which was appropriate that a “humanoid animal,” brings on the song to help save his theatre. The upcoming movie is July 28th is Hoosiers (Waveland Christians in Action Church). August 25th is Kong: Skull Island (R2G Sales). Don’t forget the Farmer’s Market and the great burgers cooked outside pre movie. Also upcoming in July is a fun event with the Brown Township 4-Hers (leader, Nicole Brann) helping to decorate rocks to be encircled around the large rock that was in the school yard for many moons. Sounds like fun! 
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