I've got some reader feedback this week - and some questions.

After the Boxley column ran, I heard from Fred Sturdevant, who grew up near there.

Fred recalled having seen some railroad-like ties in the bottom of Little Cicero Creek, just south of the first bend in Meridian/Armstrong Roads, between 261st and 266th Streets. He wondered if they could have been the remains of Boxley's grist mill.

I checked the 1866 map of Adams Township and it seems more likely to me those ties were connected to Boxley's saw mill. Does anyone know for sure what their purpose was?

Genealogists Merona and Bill Christopher noted that www.finchroots.com is a good website for information about the Finch family. (I actually used it to untangle the relationships between the Horseshoe Prairie Finches. Solomon Finch's brother, John, had three wives and 17 children!)

While we're talking Horseshoe Prairie - Kin Koerber wrote that his great-great-great grandfather, Henry Kinsey, bought the John Conner house in 1869.

According to Kin there's a family legend that Henry's wife, Sarah, made Henry promise three things on her deathbed in 1877 - that he wouldn't enter into the business agreement he was then considering, that he wouldn't sell the house and that he wouldn't remarry.

Shortly after Sarah died, an article in the Ledger announced that Henry was opening a "pork house" (a pork packing plant.) He financed the business by mortgaging his house and land.

Turns out Sarah was right to advise against the venture. Henry's business partners embezzled the money and skipped town. Henry ended up losing the house in 1882.

Henry also broke his third promise and remarried, but his wife later filed for divorce.

You can understand why Sarah was said to have come back to haunt Henry and why his family never bought him a gravestone!

Kin sent me a copy of a photo of the John Conner house, but it's not that good. He was wondering if anyone might have a better one they'd be willing to share. If so, let me know and I'll put you in touch with him.

Dr. David Dwyer passed along an interesting tale about a patient he had around 20 years ago, Pennie Russell.

Dr. Dwyer said Mr. Russell had trained national championship horses for Eli Lilly, and he remembers Mr. Russell telling him that during the 1920s some Hollywood big shot came here and picked out 20 of those horses to be used in a Rudolph Valentino movie. Dr. Dwyer thought the movie might have been "The Son of the Sheik."

Can anyone could confirm this story and maybe add some details? I've been unable to find anything about it.

I can, however, verify that Eli Lilly owned some Saddlebred horses in addition to his Percheron draft horses. They were kept at Fairmount Stables in Indianapolis, which was managed by Tillman Bubenzer.

I remember seeing the monument to Mr. Lilly's world champion five-gaited saddle horse, Jeb Stuart, at Conner Prairie when I worked there in the 1970s. Shrubbery had been allowed to grow up around it because it wasn't part of the museum's 1836 time period, but it was still visible if you knew where to look.

Note: On June 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the Hamilton County Master Gardeners Association is sponsoring "Tea in the Rose Garden" at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds as part of the Indianapolis Rose Society's "Rosefest." The tea and a rose display are free, but there is a $10 charge to attend the Rose Society's three afternoon lectures. For more information, visit www.indianapolisrosesociety.com.