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  • Hamilton County's Project Mercury Connections
    2/24/2021 Last week I wrote about a 1962 Noblesville Daily Ledger article that described local reactions to John Glenn’s historic Project Mercury mission.
    That inspired me to search the old newspapers to see what effect the other five Project Mercury space flights might have had on county residents.
    All I could find was one brief comment about Noblesville High School students exhibiting nervous excitement over Scott Carpenter’s flight. (Carpenter, the fourth American in space, went up in May, a few months after Glenn.)
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  • Godspeed, John Glenn on board the Friendship 7
    2/17/2021 I was having a hard time settling on a topic for this week’s column until I ran across a story in the February 21, 1962 Noblesville Daily Ledger that describes local reactions to astronaut John Glenn’s history-making flight on board the Friendship 7.
    Fifty-nine years ago next Saturday, Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth.
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  • The rebel with a cause
    2/3/2021 You may not be familiar with African American civil rights activist Rev. Ernest D. Butler because he lived here for just ten years over half a century ago, but you should be. Rev. Butler packed a lot into those years, and when he left, Noblesville was a different city.
    Butler and his wife, Mary, moved their seven children (an eighth would come along later) to Noblesville in the fall of 1949 when he took over the pulpit of the First Baptist Church, the church Rev. Barney Stone once led.
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  • What big teeth they had!
    1/27/2021 Back in 1968 I was lucky enough to be a member of the first eighth grade class in the new Noblesville Junior High School on the corner of 16th Street and Field Drive. (Today that building is Noblesville East Middle School.)
    It was great being in a brand new school after having spent the previous year in a structure so old it originally opened in 1900 as the city’s high school.
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  • Doc Kennicott's nightie, and other weirdness
    1/20/2021 I thought this week we could all use a distraction from the serious stuff that’s going on, so I dug into my files and pulled out some of the amusing and/or just plain weird items I’ve run across in the old newspapers.
    First up, the “chestnut bell.”
    The September 17, 1886 Republican Ledger called the chestnut bell the “latest and most recent craze that has struck the average smart Aleck and dude for a long time.” (Dude?!)
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  • Hamilton County's Black Gold
    1/13/2021 A few weeks ago Diane Whelchel of the newly formed Fishers Historical Society asked if I had any information about the small Fall Creek Township community of Olio. She noted that some Fishers residents called the nearby intersection of 116th Street and Olio Road “Oil Well Corner.”
    I was aware Olio once had an oil well, but that was about all I knew, so I decided to see what more I could find.
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  • Going shopping at the A&P grocery store
    1/6/2021 After I mentioned part of the old Western Auto store (now Noblesville Antiques on the Square) was once occupied by an A&P grocery, Pam Ferber emailed to say she thought she recalled the A&P having another downtown location.
    I had no memory of the A&P being downtown in our lifetimes at all, so I had to check that out. During that research, I realized I’d found another column.
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  • Honoring the Notable Nineties of 2020
    12/30/2020 We sure have endured a lot this year — a pandemic, a contentious election and a couple of car commercials that were mildly cute the first 100 times they ran, but now make me want to toss something at my TV screen. (Yeah, you know which ones.)
    But, we’ve finally made it to the end of 2020 and now it’s time to honor our Notable Nineties again.
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  • Paula gives us a "Way Back" Christmas parade
    12/23/2020 Feeling down because Noblesville’s annual Christmas parade was canceled this year because of the pandemic?
    Don’t worry, I have a solution. I’ve borrowed a time machine so we can go back to Dec. 1, 1962 to see Noblesville’s very first Christmas parade. 
    I got the contraption from this odd-looking dog and his little boy. The dog told me (yes, he talks!) they didn’t plan on doing any time traveling today because they’d be visiting friends. (I could have sworn he said something about a moose, a squirrel and Frostbite Falls, but maybe I misheard him.)
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  • Persimmon seeds, fat squirrels and Western Auto
    12/16/2020 More reader feedback this week!
    I received an updated persimmon seed forecast from Steve Owens.
    Back in October I asked Steve if he’d split some persimmon seeds so I could use his results in my winter weather forecast column. He obliged, but said he normally checks the seeds around Thanksgiving.
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