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home : columnists : paula dunn June 25, 2017


Lucky Teter, Norman Norell, saving the Nickel Plate and more
More reader feedback!

After the column on Lucky Teter ran, Mike Reed emailed to say his grandfather, Frank Reed, and Lucky (known as "Earl" then) were both members of Noblesville High School's class of 1919.

Mike sent me a photo of a page from the 1919 NHS yearbook showing that year's basketball team. Frank and Earl/Lucky played on the first string.
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Friday, June 23, 2017
Confessions of a Catnip Cultivator
Having written mostly about local history lately, I figured it was probably high time (thyme?) for me to do a garden column and renew my credentials as Jerry Snyder's "Young (HA!) Gardener Friend."

I've been fascinated by herbs ever since I first encountered them growing outside William Conner's kitchen when I worked at Conner Prairie.

Friday, June 16, 2017
More on Noblesville's Early Jewish families
Continuing with Noblesville's early Jewish families . . .

When Harry Levinson left for Indianapolis in 1905, he sold his store to Moses Haas of Tipton.

Moses was a Civil War veteran who originally came from Germany. He'd had a retail clothing business in Tipton since 1871, M. Haas & Sons, and after he bought the Levinson store, he operated it as a branch of his Tipton establishment, placing his son, Albert, in charge.

Friday, June 9, 2017
Noblesville's early Jewish families
When it comes to religion, Noblesville has always been predominantly Protestant. However, over the years a handful of Jewish families have also made their homes here, despite the closest synagogue being several miles away.

Although few in number, those families have produced several individuals who've played significant roles in making Noblesville the city it is today.

The first Jewish residents to leave their mark were Newman Levinson and his wife, Minnie.

Friday, June 2, 2017
The secret language of cemeteries
Many of you will probably be heading to one or more of our local cemeteries this weekend to decorate graves for Memorial Day.

While you're there, take a moment and look around. I can pretty much guarantee you'll spot some fascinating and unusual monuments, especially if the cemetery has burials from the 19th century.

Friday, May 26, 2017
When Lucky chased the checkered flag
Eighty years ago this month, Hamilton County was buzzing with excitement over the news that the first ever locally-owned car was set to race in the 1937 Indianapolis 500.

If you guessed Lucky Teter had something to do with that, you'd be right.

Friday, May 19, 2017
A "Dynamite" story about Noblesville's First Methodist Episcopal Church
I've seen a number of odd newspaper stories while researching this column, but I don't think an article ever made me sit back and say "WHAAAT???" quite like the one I recently stumbled across which told of Noblesville's First Methodist Church being on a communist "hit list."
Thursday, May 11, 2017
'Just a regular restaurant for regular folks'
Having written about Syd's a few months ago, I thought I probably should devote a column to the other eatery on the courthouse square which qualifies as a Noblesville institution - the Uptown Cafe, or as it's officially known these days, the Sunrise Café @ Uptown.
Friday, May 5, 2017
Lagoon Lodge, little libraries and lots more
It's officially spring - Gatewood's is open again!

When I picked up my onion sets, Bruce Gatewood passed along a bit of cautionary weather lore I'd never heard - the day it thunders in February, it will frost in May. (Yikes! When WERE those storms last February?)

Friday, April 21, 2017
Licking Germany 'To a Frazzle'
You're probably already aware that this month marks 100 years since the United States entered World War I.

"The war to end war" had actually been going on in Europe since July of 1914, but the United States was officially neutral until Germany sank several U.S. merchant ships and attempted to get Mexico to join in the conflict against us.

President Woodrow Wilson finally asked Congress for a formal declaration of war against Germany on April 6, 1917.

In the d

Friday, April 14, 2017
Choo Choo Choose the Nickel Plate Railroad
Having devoted a column to the history of Seminary Park, it seemed only right to also provide a little historical background on our other endangered historic site, the Nickel Plate Railroad.

What we know as the Nickel Plate began as the Peru & Indianapolis Railroad. It was the first railroad laid in Hamilton County, and one of the first in Indiana.
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Friday, April 7, 2017
Rosie the Riveter" (Katheryn Thompson) Celebrates 100 Years!
Believe it or not, we've got another Notable Ninety turning 100! My cousin, Rosanna Dunn, alerted me to the fact her friend, Katheryn Thompson, will be 100 next week.

Katheryn, who was born in the Zionsville area, but spent most of her life in Sheridan and Noblesville, has some interesting tales to relate about her 100 years.

Some of Katheryn's earliest childhood memories are of walking to her one-room schoolhouse out in the country.

Friday, March 31, 2017



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