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home : columnists : paula dunn April 30, 2016

Boxley, or Boxleytown, or . . . Aberdeen?
I've already written a bit about Boxley, but since that was before I started doing the "tour" of Hamilton County's smallest communities, we're going to revisit that town this week.

Boxley was laid out in 1836 by Dr. Thomas P. and Addison Boxley, the oldest sons of George Boxley, Adams Township's first settler.

You'd think the origin of its name would be pretty straightforward, but there's a little more to it than that.

Friday, April 29, 2016
Little Houses on the (Horseshoe) Prairie
Continuing the story of Horseshoe Prairie in 1819 . . .

After choosing the location for their new home, the settlers went to work felling trees and cutting logs to build a cabin.

Friday, April 22, 2016
Two presidential visits
A few weeks ago when I wrote about Hamilton County's glass factories, I touched on Benjamin Harrison's Oct. 19,1894 visit. Since that was an official speaking tour, I felt it deserved more than the casual mention it received in that column.

The former president (Harrison left office in 1893) had just returned from a similar two-day journey through the southern part of the state the previous week. Noblesville was the first stop on the northern leg of his tour. The Indianapolis News reported that Harrison arrived here that morning in a private rail car, accompanied by friends, reporters and the Noblesville reception committee. He was greeted by a sea of streamers and American flags, and by lithographs of his image in the courthouse windows.

Friday, April 8, 2016
Noblesville's Narrow Escape
As you know, I get some of my column ideas by browsing the old newspaper microfilm at the library. That's what happened this week.

I recently came across a story on the front page of a 1977 Noblesville Daily Ledger that made my hair stand on end. The headline reads "Misguided Missile Lands In Noblesville."

Friday, April 1, 2016
A stroll down a Westfield memory lane
As I wrote last week, Larry Cloud of Chattanooga, Tenn., recently sent me so many memories of his years growing up in Westfield, I quickly realized I could easily fill an entire column with them . . . so I did.

Among the things Larry mentioned was the old Westfield school building on State Road 32 that he attended as a child in the 1950s. It housed all 12 grades.

Friday, March 25, 2016
A March medley of reader comments
Time for some reader feedback - and more!

After the Lincoln column ran, Ramona Trubey emailed to say her mother's grandfather worked as an errand boy in Lincoln's Springfield, Ill., law office. He carried messages all over town for the future president!

Friday, March 18, 2016
Hamilton County's 'Glass Act' comes to a close
When I started working on last week's column about Hamilton County's glass factories, I had no idea it would end up being a two-parter. I hadn't realized how many factories had been located here, nor had I anticipated running into so many interesting little tidbits of information.

For example, the factories must not have been all work. An 1896 Indianapolis Journal article mentions a Baker's Corner political rally attended by the Sheridan and Cicero McKinley Clubs - AND the Washington Glass Co.'s 30-piece drum corps.

Friday, March 11, 2016
Hamilton County's 'Glass Act'
When you start naming important Hamilton County industries, glass making probably isn't one that immediately comes to mind.

Had you lived in the 1890s and early 1900s, however, it would have been a whole different ballgame.

Friday, March 4, 2016
A visit to Roberts Settlement
This week, in honor of Black History Month, we're going to take our tour of Hamilton County's smallest populated areas up to Roberts Settlement on 276th Street, just east of U.S. 31.
Friday, February 19, 2016
Happy birthday, Mr. Lincoln!
I would have loved to have observed Abraham Lincoln's birthday today by writing about him visiting Hamilton County. Unfortunately, Honest Abe never set foot here.

However, he did come pretty close to this county more than once.

Friday, February 12, 2016
Hamilton County's first bank
Banks are such a part of our lives today; it might surprise you to learn Hamilton County didn't have one for the first 48 years of its existence.

During those early days, people with large sums of money took the train to Indianapolis and deposited their funds in one of that city's banks. According to Haines' 1915 county history, this was common enough that the Indianapolis banks sometimes kept a side door open until late in the evening for customers forced to take the late train.

Friday, February 5, 2016

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