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home : columnists : paula dunn September 24, 2017


Tackling a little NHS football field history
Homecoming last week started me thinking about Noblesville high school football fields of the past. There have probably been more than you realize.

Unfortunately, the really early years of NHS football are a little hard to research. During the first decades of the 20th century, football wasn't nearly as big as baseball and basketball, and the games weren't always written up in the newspaper.
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Friday, September 22, 2017
Mr. Polk went to Washington (And so did I)
Last month, thanks to some very nice friends, I was able to take a vacation on the east coast, part of which was spent in the Washington, D. C. area with my college roommate and her husband.

In between catching up with my roommate and playing tourist, I managed to slip in a little Josiah F. Polk fieldwork.
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Friday, September 15, 2017
Beck's Hybrids are seeding the future
I've been an avid gardener for most of my life, but I'm basically a city girl and I don't know beans about farming. (Okay, that was bad, but I couldn't resist.)

I was able to correct some of my ignorance recently, though, when I got the opportunity to attend Becknology Days at Beck's Hybrids near Atlanta, Indiana.

Friday, September 8, 2017
Lucky Teter, Acorn Farm, telephones and a mystery solved
Time to catch up with readers again!

Remember Paul Coverdale's question about the unfinished limestone ranch home on State Road 19, just north of 206th Street? I think we finally have an answer to that mystery.

It all boils down to legal trouble.

Friday, September 1, 2017
Eugene L. Brown takes on the phone company
I recently called my local phone company to question some information about my long distance carrier which they'd included on their bill.

Since they only supply my local service, the customer service rep just kept repeating they didn't handle my long distance and knew nothing about it - never mind that they clearly had a record of my long distance carrier since they'd put that information on the bill they'd just sent me.

Friday, August 18, 2017
Back to school ... In the 60s
I can't believe school is in session already. Man, have things changed since I was growing up here in the 1960s.

I remember my mother said on several occasions that Dale Swanson (the Noblesville School Superintendent in those days) once told her Noblesville students would never start school before Labor Day as long as he was in charge.

And we never did.

Friday, August 4, 2017
The sweet life at Acorn Farm
I think I first heard about Herb and Dee Sweet from Betty Gerrard (Betsy Birdwhistle.) Betty became friends with the Sweet's daughter, Judee Sweet, when they worked together at Conner Prairie.

Judee eventually left the museum and went on to create the character of Hoosier pioneer woodswoman, "Buckeye." As half of the duo of "Buckeye and Molly," and later "Buckeye and Hollow Bones," she's performed at school, corporate and social gatherings all over Indiana, as well as at the Pioneer Village at the State Fair.

Friday, July 28, 2017
On the air (In more ways than one)
What do a radio station, a television station, birds and the Bible all have in common?

No, that's not the start of a joke or riddle. I'm dead serious.

The answer is Dr. Wendell Hansen.

Don't feel bad if you didn't know that. I didn't know it myself until just recently. This turned out to be one of those columns that took an unexpected left turn.

REALLY unexpected.

Friday, July 21, 2017
The Joseph family's burglar
A few weeks ago when I wrote about Noblesville's early Jewish families, I didn't have room to get into too much detail about Louis N. Joseph and there's a good bit more to be said about him.

As I noted previously, he was one of the wealthiest men in Hamilton County in his day. Besides running the J. Joseph & Co. clothing store on the south side of the courthouse square (you can still see the "Joseph" at the top of the building,) he had a lot of other business interests in this county, as well as some in Shelbyville and Indianapolis.

Friday, July 14, 2017
Judge Vestal's OTHER bicentennial predictions
Continuing with life in Hamilton County during the Bicentennial year of 1976 (as told to the Noblesville Kiwanis Club by Judge Meade Vestal in 1940!) . . .

Last week I covered some of the judge's less-than-accurate predictions. He made other guesses about the future, however, and some of those were either right on target or came unbelievably close.

Friday, July 7, 2017
Judge Vestal's predictions for the Bicentennial Year
I originally planned to write a column with some Fourth of July or patriotic theme this week, but while scanning the old newspapers for an idea, I ran across a story that was just too good to ignore. It might not be about the Fourth of July, but it does concern this country's Bicentennial.

Sort of.

Friday, June 30, 2017



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