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home : columnists : paula dunn January 16, 2018

Potter, antiques and a little Strawtown history
You can't really walk anywhere in Strawtown without setting foot on historic ground - and I'm not just talking about Strawtown Koteewi Park. There's a lot of history in Strawtown itself.

Take the building on State Road 37 that houses Strawtown Pottery and Antiques. It started out over 80 years ago as a general store owned by a man named Ollie Stage.

Friday, January 12, 2018
Skate for health - Eat for pleasure
You don't hear much about roller skating these days, but it used to be a fairly popular pastime in Hamilton County.

Back in the late 19th and 20th centuries, there were lots of roller rinks around. Some were indoor rinks like the Heiny skating rink, which was located near Noblesville's railroad depot in the early 1900s, or the Coliseum at Cicero's Magnetic Springs Park during the 1920s.

Friday, January 5, 2018
Saluting our Notable Nineties (AND Sensational Centenarians)
Well, we've made it to the end of another year and it's time once again to honor our Notable Nineties, as well as our Sensational Centenarians. (Much as I would like to take the credit for coming up with the "Sensational Centenarians" tag, that belongs to a source who prefers to remain anonymous.)

If you have any corrections to the list, please let me know.

Friday, December 29, 2017
It's been a difficult year
This certainly has been a hard 12 months to take.

If anybody had asked me to name the people I thought most personified Noblesville during my lifetime, Irving Heath, Don Roberts, Don Jellison, and Garrick Mallery would have been right up there at the top of the list.

Friday, December 15, 2017
Carl Fogelsong, the Armstrongs, the Indiana Condensed Milk Factory and More
I think we're overdue for a reader column!

Remember the Clancy's column and how I said Clancy's founder, Carl Fogelsong, was dedicated to community service? I've got another story to prove that.

Back in 1974 a Noblesville High School senior was hired to run a children's tennis program for the Noblesville Parks Department. At the end of the session, he wanted to create a tournament for the kids, but there was no money available for anything like that.

Friday, December 8, 2017
I have something new to be thankful for this Thanksgiving - well, technically I have two new someBODIES to be thankful for.

Last month, I visited a friend I hadn't seen in several years who just happens to volunteer at an animal shelter.

I was still mourning my cat, Chloe, and had absolutely NO intention of adopting anybody yet, but my friend wanted me to see her shelter's new building and I agreed, thinking it might be a way of starting - just starting, mind you - to get myself psyched to go looking for a new furry companion.

Friday, November 17, 2017
Fighting to free the world
Since Veterans Day is tomorrow, and this year marks the 100th anniversary of America's entrance in World War I, it seemed appropriate to devote this week's column to some of the Hamilton County soldiers from that war.

Back then, the Noblesville Daily Ledger often published letters written by servicemen fighting overseas to their friends and relatives at home. As with World War II, all communications were censored, so no dates or places were mentioned and there were few details of actual fighting, but the letters still managed to give some idea of what the local boys were experiencing.

Friday, November 10, 2017
The return of a taste of heaven
Oh man, the news that Clancy's is coming back to town sure stirs up memories!

Okay, technically the restaurant will be the "Grindstone Public House" and it's supposed to be more of a Grindstone Charley's than a Clancy's, but still, Toppers will be back and there's nothing that says "Clancy's" more than a Topper!

Friday, November 3, 2017
The Creature of Horseshoe Bend and other tales (tails?)
I recently saw where Bigfoot was spotted again in California. As far as I know, Hamilton County can't claim any Bigfoot sightings, but over the years we've had our share of mysterious creatures wandering about.

The Jan. 3, 1924 Noblesville Daily Ledger told of a strange animal terrorizing northeastern Hamilton County and southeastern Tipton County with its weird cries.

That mystery was soon solved - more or less - when the beast was shot by a homeowner who caught it peering through his window.

Thursday, October 26, 2017
August fogs and wooly worms and Persimmon seeds, Oh! My
The good thing about this time of year is that I can start thinking about running up to Gatewood's to replenish my persimmon pulp supply.

The bad thing is, it's time once again to try to figure out what the heck the weather signs are telling us about the coming winter.

First on the agenda is counting the number of fogs in August. Since I went on vacation then, I got that information from my cousin, the Dancing Librarian. (Don't worry, she's qualified. Her grandmother, Sheridan's Clara Hoover, was THE local expert on interpreting weather signs.)

Friday, October 20, 2017

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