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home : columnists : paula dunn March 24, 2017


Coriander and Cilantro - An herbal duet in C
It's that time again - the Herb Society of Central Indiana's annual spring symposium will be held Saturday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds in Noblesville.

This year's theme is "Herbal Duet in C: Coriander/Cilantro" in honor of the International Herb Association's 2017 "Herb of the Year," coriander and cilantro.

Friday, March 24, 2017
Time for more reader responses!
Tom and Jacinta Stephenson would like to know about a tunnel rumored to have run under State Road 32 between the old Union State Bank and Pickett's Cafeteria in Westfield. They said their information came from an article about haunted places in Westfield which was published in the Ledger years ago.

I've got nothing. Does anyone have the article, or know anything about a tunnel there?

Friday, March 17, 2017
Before Seminary Park was Seminary Park
With all the uproar over Seminary Park possibly becoming a housing development, this seemed a good time to remind people what a historic site that small plot of ground is.

It began as "Block number six" in minister and educator Francis W. Emmons' 1838 addition to Noblesville.

The first building to occupy that space was the County Seminary, a two-story brick schoolhouse which opened in 1852. (A seminary in those days was simply any institute of higher learning.)

Friday, March 17, 2017
Cookies and camping with the Girl Scouts
Girl Scout cookie time always stirs up memories of my own Girl Scout days in the 1960s.

When I started as a Brownie, Ginny Cook (Mrs. Felix,) the mother of my classmate, Cyndi Cook, took on the job of leading us and we used to meet in the Cooks' basement.

On one occasion Congressman Richard L. Roudebush presented our troop with a flag that had flown over the U.S. Capitol. I'm afraid I remember being more impressed by the flag than I was by the fact we had a real U.S. Congressman attending our Brownie meeting . . . in a basement.

Friday, March 3, 2017
'Aunt Nan' Roberts - A 'Notable Ninety' of the past
In honor of Black History Month, I thought it would be appropriate to write about a lady who undoubtedly would have been one of our most celebrated Notable Nineties if she were alive today.

Nancy Elliott Roberts, affectionately known as "Aunt Nan" Roberts, could be described as "notable" on several counts.

Saturday, February 25, 2017
You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone
I've always tried to keep this column positive, but occasionally a situation arises that I cannot in good conscience ignore. This is one of those times.

There is an unfortunate trend these days to turn libraries into "community centers" and the Hamilton East Public Library has jumped in feet first.

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Bootleggers, Booze Hoisters and Blind Tigers, Oh My!
Last week I wrote how gleeful the temperance people were when Hamilton County voted to go "dry" in 1909's local option election. They thought by making the sale of alcoholic beverages illegal they'd be getting rid of a lot of drunkenness and crime.

The problem was, they underestimated the desire of some people for their liquor. All that was really accomplished was to send the liquor lovers underground. Bootlegging and "blind tigers" abounded after the election. (Blind tigers, also known as blind pigs or speakeasies, were illegal saloons.)

Friday, February 10, 2017
When Hamilton County went 'dry'
While scanning the old newspapers from the late 1800s and early 1900s, I've often noticed that the sale of alcoholic beverages was quite a hot button topic in those days.

It wasn't until I wrote the column on Syd's a few weeks ago, however, that I learned that Hamilton County was dry long before Prohibition. A special election held January 26,1909 decided the matter.

Friday, February 3, 2017
Two special ladies deserving of recognition
Remember when I said I was pretty sure at least one person on our Notable Nineties list was over 100?

Someone recently confirmed that for me, so I intended to put it in the column. Unfortunately, the person I had in mind, Isabelle Harger, passed away before I could get anything into print.
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Friday, January 27, 2017
A mammoth discovery at Clare
Believe it or not, I've got another Clare story!

A few weeks ago when I was at the library, Indiana Room clerk Sherri Bonham tipped me off to the tale of Clare's diplodocus.

If, at this point, you're wondering what a "diplodocus" is, don't worry. I had to look it up, too. (You're on your own with the pronunciation, though. "Dip-LOD-er-cus" seems the most common version, but I've found at least three others so far.)

Friday, January 20, 2017
Christmas, Weldy's and More Notable Nineties
The holiday columns sparked quite a response.

Marilyn Conner reminisced about several places in "old" Noblesville - the log cabin and old pool at Forest Park, Gran'Pa's candy store, Falvey's clothing store and all the stores on the courthouse square.

She said when she moved here in 1974, she couldn't wait to take her boys to Murphy's dime store so they could see the candy counter and the wooden floors!

The Christmas column stirred up warm winter memories for Julius "Jude" Lees. Jude lives in Oklahoma now, but grew up in Noblesville during the 1930s and '40s, back when the population was around 5,000.

Friday, January 13, 2017
A fond farewell to our 'Mr. Noblesville'
It always pains me to have to delete any name from the Notable Nineties list when someone passes on, but the last one I removed was especially difficult.

I've known who Irving Heath was pretty much my entire life - not because his daughter, Marilyn, was in my 4-H club, or because his wife, Rachel, taught English at Noblesville High School while I was a student there, but because of Irv was . . . well, Irv.

Friday, January 6, 2017
Happy New Year to our notable nineties! (And to everybody else, too!)
If you're a regular reader, you'll know I save the last column of each year to honor our Notable Nineties. However, for the benefit of newcomers, let me provide a little background information.

The Notable Nineties is something that began back when Jerry Snyder was writing her Times column, "Now and Then." Jerry noticed there were a lot of people in this county over the age of 90 and she thought that was (you know where I'm going with this, but I'm going to say it anyway) . . . notable.
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