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home : columnists : paula dunn October 19, 2017


Acorn Farm, cinder tracks, covered bridges and State Road 13
I've got more reader feedback this week!

Karen (Booker) Fuller wrote that she worked at the Acorn Farm Camp while she was in college during the early 1960s. As head counselor for "the Chipmunks" (the five year-old campers) she heard a LOT of camp songs. Karen not only remembers the song that begins "Do your ears hang low . . .," but all the hand motions that went with it!

Friday, October 13, 2017
Leslie Haines' 'Stop and Go' signals
Okay, I've been driving on roundabouts for a few years now and I can honestly say I'm no more fond of them today than I was when they first started sprouting up in this county like toadstools after an April rain.

I can handle the smaller, less busy ones, but I avoid those big ones like the plague. If I wanted to up my heart rate that much, I'd take up running again.

The roundabouts have, however, given me a greater appreciation for what drivers must have felt like in the early 1920s when they encountered their first traffic signals.

Friday, October 6, 2017
A bridge to the past
With the 18th annual Potter's Bridge Fall Festival set to take place this week, this seemed a good time to devote a column to a little Potter's Bridge history.

For those of you completely new to this area, Potter's Bridge is the only remaining covered bridge in Hamilton County. It's one of four that once spanned White River. (Besides Potter's Bridge, there was one at Strawtown, the Logan Street Bridge in Noblesville, and the Eller & Heady - later just "Eller" - Bridge at 116th Street.)

Friday, September 29, 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



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