Here’s Another Roberts Settlement Success Story

Despite its small size and rural setting, the African American farming community of Roberts Settlement produced a number of successful professionals — doctors, lawyers, ministers, politicians, businessmen and especially, educators. More educators came out of Roberts Settlement than any other profession, a feat that’s all the more impressive when you consider that most of the…

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Do You Remember? . . . 10th and Pleasant

My friend, Pam Ferber, recently gave me some newspaper clippings her late mother, Pat Gibbs, had saved. Pat was very interested in genealogy and local history, and she’d cut out a LOT of articles. Among Pat’s clippings are some titled “Remember When?” and “Do You Remember?” A little research revealed that this was a feature…

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The Wit and Wisdom of Betsy Birdwhistle

It always saddens me when I go through the obituaries and find a name I need to remove from the Notable Nineties list. It’s even worse, however, when I have to remove one of our Sensational Centenarians. This past year I had to take two Sensational Centenarians off the list, both of whom were friends…

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2022’s Notable Nineties & Sensational Centenarians

Once again it’s time to honor our Notable Nineties (and a few “graduates” who’ve become Sensational Centenarians!) If you follow this column regularly, you’ll know all this already, but in case you’re a new reader — the Notable Nineties is something Jerry Snyder thought up several years ago when she was writing her column for…

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Christmas of 1874 in Hamilton County

When I was working on the Thanksgiving column, I noticed the January 1, 1875 Noblesville Ledger contained accounts of several Christmas celebrations around Hamilton County in 1874. I thought it was interesting to read about the differences and similarities between Christmas then and now. In Noblesville, the holiday was observed with both public and private…

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Bird Watching at Cool Creek

Attention bird watchers — it’s almost time for the Christmas Bird Count! You may recall the column about the Christmas Bird Count I wrote a few years ago, but just to refresh everyone’s memory — the CBC is a project the National Audubon Society has undertaken annually for 121 years. From December 14 through January…

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Cookies for Christmas!

Okay, I’ll confess. I didn’t have time to do any in depth research this week, so, this being the season for holiday pitch-ins and parties, I decided to raid my recipe files for some easy cookie recipes. I got this one from a clerk I worked with at Speedway Public Library in the 1980s. She…

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The First Airport in Hamilton County

Today, Hamilton County has several small airports, both public and private, but back in 1945 there was only one and I’ll lay odds most people don’t know where it was located. Fishers? Carmel? Noblesville? Nope. It was Sheridan. In February of 1945, the United States Department of Commerce notified the Town of Sheridan that Blackhawk…

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