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home : columnists : paula dunn December 17, 2014

Dillinger, Dirty Helen and the Noblesville Milling Co.
It's time for some reader feedback!

Barbara Crawford passed along the information, via my cousin, Rosanna Dunn, that one of John Dillinger's cousins used to live not too far from here, and that Dillinger was known to visit her.

(Having been raised in Indianapolis and Mooresville, Dillinger had a number of relatives in central Indiana.)

Friday, December 12, 2014
Cat (and dog and bird) tales from the Dancing Librarian
As some of you know, I had foot surgery in early October and have been hobbling around on one leg for several weeks. (Who knew a simple trip to the bathroom could be such an adventure?)
Friday, December 5, 2014
Strawtown in its heyday
A trip to Strawtown a while back reminded me I haven't really written much about that historic Hamilton County town.

Strawtown's story actually begins with two other communities.

The first village in the area was Stevensburg or Stevensburgh, about two miles upriver from present-day Strawtown. I use the term "village" loosely, though. Stevensburg's only buildings seem to have been Isaac Stevens' mill, constructed in 1827, and a post office.

Friday, November 28, 2014
Noblesville's flour power
With Thanksgiving next week, this seemed a good time to pass along a couple of recipes I ran across in the old Noblesville Daily Ledger microfilm.

Cornbread and biscuit recipes aren't usually noteworthy, but these have quite a history. They appeared in 1929 Noblesville Milling Company ads - back in the days when Noblesville was known for its mills.

Friday, November 21, 2014
He's everywhere! He's everywhere!
In the weeks leading up to John Dillinger's bloody end outside Chicago's Biograph Theater on July 22, 1934, people around the country were going a little Dillinger-crazy.

All the places Public Enemy No. 1 was spotted and the banks he supposedly robbed remind me of the tagline of the old "Chickenman" radio series - "He's everywhere! He's everywhere!"

Friday, November 14, 2014
John Dillinger's not-so-excellent Hamilton County adventure
John Dillinger's not-so-excellent Hamilton County adventure

Having raised the subject of John Dillinger a few weeks ago, I decided I really ought to elaborate on the infamous Hoosier bank robber's "visit" to Hamilton County.

Friday, November 7, 2014
Great 'balls of fire' and other spooky tales
If you've ever been on one of the Noblesville or Westfield ghost walks or the Howling Hamilton County bus tour run by Historic Indiana Ghost Walks & Tours, you're probably familiar with the county's best known ghost stories, but I've run across a few tales in the old newspapers I bet you've never heard before, like the one in the April 29, 1892, Noblesville Democrat.
Friday, October 31, 2014
Whether or not we're ready, winter is coming
I really thought this would be a fairly easy column to write. I planned on just passing along people's observations on the color of the wooly worms this fall, plus a couple of other weather signs, and figured we'd have our forecast for the coming winter.
Friday, October 24, 2014
The county seat of Hamilton County.... Westfield?
Can you imagine Westfield as the county seat instead of Noblesville? It could have happened.

Back in March of 1875, a petition was being circulated to relocate the county government to Westfield. Had signatures been collected from 55 percent of the legal voters and a few other conditions been met, the county seat would have been required by state law to move.

Friday, October 17, 2014
The category is 'Hamilton County's Most Wanted'
Dee DEE dee dee, dee DEE dee . . .

Yes, it's time once again to play that game that I'm not naming in order to keep a certain television game show host from turning up at my door with a lawsuit (or an insurance policy.)

You know how this is done - I provide the answer and you come up with the question. As always, there's no money to be won, just the satisfaction of testing your knowledge of Hamilton County history.

Friday, October 10, 2014
Paula Dunn: Noblesville's parks that never were
Reading about the new Federal Hill Park to be constructed west of White River between Logan and Conner streets, I couldn't help reflecting on how much times have changed.

Friday, October 3, 2014
The history of Hamilton County, times 5
I've mentioned the county histories so many times, I thought I really ought to devote a column to them. If you're interested in local history, they're a good place to start.

Friday, September 26, 2014
More on the mysterious Mr. Polk
You may recall a while back I devoted a couple of columns to Josiah F. Polk, the man who, along with William Conner, founded Noblesville.

I've continued to track down information about our mysterious Mr. Polk, and have uncovered more interesting tidbits about his life that I thought were worth setting down for the record.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

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