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The History of Greene County Indiana 1884

An Excerpt of the "History of Sullivan and Greene Counties 1884"

CHAPTER

I

THE SURFACE FEATURES—SUBCARBONIFEROUS LIMESTONE—MASSIVE SANDSTONE—CARBONATE, LIMONITE AND SILICEOUS OXIDES OF IRON—ANALYTICAL TABLES—PERCENTAGE OF IRON—THE RICHLAND BLAST FURNACE—THE COUNTY COAL—CHEMICAL ANALYSIS SHOWING PERCENTAGE OF CARBON—COAL OF THE EASTERN AND THE WESTERN PARTS—FOSSILS —FIRE CLAY—ECONOMIC QUESTIONS—THE GLACIERS—QUICK-LIME— OCHER DEPOSITS—TIMBER, ETC.
CHAPTER

II

THE INDIAN OCCUPANCY-THE MIAMIS AND THE PIANKESHAWS-OTHER INDIAN TRIBES-CESSION TREATIES-EFFORTS OF CATHOLIC MISSIONARIES-THE MOUND-BUILDERS-THEIR BONES AND OTHER REMAINS-A PRE-HISTORIC FORTIFICATION-FIRST WHITE MAN IN GREENE COUNTY-ABORIGINAL CUSTOMS-INDIAN MURDERS-CONSPIRACIES-REMOVAL OF THE INDIANS WEST-THE MOUNDS AT WORTHINGTON-BURIAL VAULT -SECTION OF THE MOUNDS-A CHARNEL HOUSE-CRANIAL MEASUREMENTS-THE JAPANESE IDOL-CHEMICAL ANALYSIS-COPPER AXES, ETC., ETC.
CHAPTER

III

EVENTS PRIOR TO THE FORMATION OF GREENE COUNTY-THE CREATION ORGANIZATION-THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS' COURT-REPORT OF THE COUNTY SEAT COMMISSIONERS-FIRST OFFICERS-IMPORTANT ACTS OF THE BOARD-CREATION OF TOWNSHIPS-MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS-THE FIRST COUNTY SEAT-THE RELOCATION AT BLOOMFIELD-STATISTICS TREASURER'S REPORT-INTERESTING EVENTS-LOGAN, WHITE RIVER AND GUILFORD COUNTIES
CHAPTER

IV

EARLY LAND ENTRIES-THE COUNTY LIBRARY-TOWNSHIP LIBRARIES-CATALOGUE OF BOOKS-THE MCCLURE LIBRARY-THE COUNTY SEMI-' NARY-ITS FIELD OF USEFULNESS-POPULATION BY DECADES-VARIOUS ITEMS OF INTEREST-THE COUNTY PAUPERS-THE ASYLUM-TOWNSHIP BOUNDARY ALTERATIONS-THE COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY-ITS REORGANIZATION-RAILROADS-STATISTICS.
CHAPTER

V

THE COUNTY DRAINAGE-AGRICULTURAL SOCIETIES-EQUESTRIAN AND LIFE STOCK FAIRS-THE VARIOUS RE-ORGANIZATIONS-COUNTY FINANCES-STATEMENT OF RECEIPTS AND EXPENDITURES-BONDS AND BRIDGES-THE WABASH AND ERIE CANAL-ORIGIN OF THE SCHOOL FUNDS—SPECIAL SCHOOL REVENUE—STATISTICS—EARLY ACTION ON THE FREE SCHOOL SYSTEM--EARLY JUSTICES OF THE PEACE-CATALOGUE OF COUNTY OFFICERS-POLITICS-THE BALLOT OF PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS.
CHAPTER

VI

FIRST TERM OF THE CIRCUIT COURT—" FIAT JUSTICIA RUAT COELUM "EARLY PRACTICES—FIRST JURY TRIAL—FIRST NATURALIZATION PAPERS—THE MURDER OF ISAAC EDWARDS—SLANDER—FIRST COURT AT BLOOMFIELD—DIVORCE CASES—THE PROBATE COURT—PENSIONS—NEW COURT HOUSE—FIRST CASE "AD QUAD DAMNUM "—JOHN DOE VS. RICHARD ROE—EMINENT MEN—AN "AFFAIR OF HONOR"—THE ROUSSEAU'S—WOMAN'S RIGHTS—THE BLACK CREEK MILL DAM—THE MURDER OF PHOEBE GRAVES—MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS—THE MURDER OF WILLIAM WALKER—EXECUTION OF HIRAM BLEND—REMINISCENCES.
CHAPTER

VII

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS-JURISDICTION OF THE COURT-THE FIRST TERM-JUDGE HUGHES-HUMOROUS INCIDENTS-FIRST CASE OF BARRATRY-PECULIAR SUITS-THE MURDER OF JAMES RAINWATER-TRIAL OF DR. MEUSE-MURDER OF JOSHUA HOLDING ARREST OF WILLIAM BUCKNER-HIS ESCAPE-PERSONAL NOTES—THE BENNETT-PATTERSON SLANDER SUIT-OTHER CRIMINAL ACTS-MEMORIAL RESOLUTIONS ON TILE DEATH OF PRESIDENT LINCOLN-INCIDENTS-" THE. AUBURN-HAIRED CHILD OF DESTINY "-DEATHS OF EMINENT MEN-MURDER OF JACOB SICKLER-ARREST AND TRIAL OF JOHN ROSE-HIS CONVICTION AND PARDON-THE CARIS LAND CASES-MURDER OF ELIHU HARDIN-SENTENCE OF JOHN HUEY-CATALOGUE OF ATTORNEYS.
CHAPTER

VIII

THE COUNTY MILITIA-THE ANNUAL MUSTERS-SOLDIERS OF THE MEXICAN WAR-ROUSSEAU'S COMPANY-ROLL OF HONOR-PUBLIC SENTIMENT AT THE OUTBREAK OF THE REBELLION-OPENING SCENES OF THE WAR-FIRST WAR MEETING AT WORTHINGTON-THE MEETING AT BLOOMFIELD -THE FIRST -VOLUNTEERS-FORMATION OF COMPANIES-FIRST ORGANIZATION FOR THE WAR-CHEAT MOUNTAIN CAMPAIGN-INCIDENTS FROM THE FIELD-JUNCTION WITH THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC-THE VETERANS-PERSONAL RECORD- AND ROLL OF HONOR.

CHAPTER

IX

WAR HISTORY CONTINUED-THE SECOND COMPANY FOR THE FIELD-PERSONAL RECORD-CONTINUED ENLISTMENTS-THE FOURTH OF JULY-THE COMPANY OF CAPT. SQUIRE-INDIVIDUAL RECORD-OTHER COMPANIES FURNISHED—CAPT. BEATY'S MEN-RENEWED VOLUNTEERING-JUDGE CAVIN'S FAMILY-COMPANY OF CAPT. A. G. CAVINS-GODFREY SHRYER'S EFFORTS-SKETCH OF THE FIFTY-NINTH REGIMENT-COULSON'S BATTERY -THE FIFTIETH REGIMENT-MISCELLANEOUS WAR NOTES-FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS-ADDITIONAL ENLISTMENTS-THE COMPANY - OF CAPT. STARNES-OTHER VOLUNTEERS-ENROLLMENT OF THE MILITIA-BATTLE OF RICHMOND, .KY.-FIRST DRAFT OF THE WAR-COMPANY K ,EIGHTIETH REGIMENT-COMPANY K, EIGHTY-FIFTH REGIMENT.
 

CHAPTER

X

 

WAR HISTORY CONCLUDED—THE NINETY-SEVENTH REGIMENT—ITS MOVEMENTS—ADVANCE TO MEMPHIS—BATTLE OF MISSION RIDGE—LADIES IN CAMP—THE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN—BATTLE OF KENESAW MOUNTAIN—ON THE OCEAN—BURNING OF COLUMBIA—" HOMEWARD BOUND "— OFFICERS, FIELD AND STAFF—INDIVIDUAL RECORD OF THE COMPANIES—LOYALTY AND DISLOYALTY IN GREENE COUNTY—INTERESTING ITEMS—CAPT. BRYAN'S COMPANY—FOURTH OF JULY—RECRUITING—THE POLITICAL CAMPAIGN—THE SECOND DRAFT—SUMMARY OF MEN FURNISHED -LADIES' AND SOLDIERS' AID SOCIETIES—BOUNTY AND RELIEF.

CHAPTER

XI

 

RICHLAND TOWNSHIP-CREATION AND ORGANIZATION-THE FIRST OFFICERS -ROAD COMMISSIONERS-FIRST ROAD PROJECTED-PURCHASE OF LAND AND SETTLEMENT-INCIDENTS OF THE CHASE-THE VANSLYKES-AN INDIAN STRATEGY-EARLY INDUSTRIES, INCIDENTS, ETC.-BURLINGTON -BLOOMFIELD-DISPOSAL OF LOTS-RESIDENTS OF THE TOWN-BUSINESS ENTERPRISES-ADDITIONAL INDUSTRIES-MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS-BUSINESS MEN OF THE FORTIES-RESIDENTS-LATER BUSINESS ENTERPRISES—PRFSENT INDUSTRIAL PURSUITS—LATER MANUFACTORIES-THE BIG FIRE-BANKING-SECRET ASSOCIATIONS-SCHOOLS OF BLOOMFIELD-THE COUNTY SEMINARY-SCHOOLS OF THE SIXTIES AND SEVENTIES-THE TEACHERS' INSTITUTE-THE CHURCHES OF BLOOMFIELD-VAN BAYOU AND NEWTOWN-RICHLAND FURNACE-THE BLOOMFIELD PRESS.

CHAPTER

XII

 

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP-THE ERA OF SETTLEMENT-ORGANIZATION AND OFFICERS-EARLY EVENTS-A PIONEER WEDDING-TEA-TABLE ROCK INCIDENTS-COTTON CULTURE-DISTILLERIES, TANNERIES, ETC.-COUNTRY SCHOOLS-EARLY MINISTERS-JOHN O'BANYON-THE SHAKERS-OLD POINT COMMERCE-MERCHANTS, TRADE, ETC.-DECLINE OF POINT COMMERCE-EARLY RESIDENTS OF WORTHINGTON-DEVELOPMENT-PRESENT BUSINESS MEN-SUNDRY EVENTS-SECRET SOCIETIES-THE PORTER RIFLES-SOLDIERS RE-UNION-THE TELEPHONE-INCORPORATION-ORDINANCES-OFFICERS-THE SCHOOL BONDS-BANKING-THE PRESS JOHNSTOWN-W ATSONS-SCHOOLS OF POINT COMMERCE-SCHOOLS OF WORTHINGTON-CHURCHES, ETC.

CHAPTER

XIII

 

JACKSON TOWNSHIP-ORGANIZATION AND FIRST OFFICERS-PURCHASE OF LAND-COMING OF THE PIONEERS-STORIES OF ADVENTURE--BEAR HUNTERS-MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS OF INTEREST-THE EARLY SCHOOLS LATER EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES-OWENSBURG-MERCHANTS-MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS-SECRET SOCIETIES-THE TOWN SCHOOLS--THE CHURCHES OF OWENSBURG-NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISES.
 

CHAPTER

XIV

 

STOCKTON TOWNSHIP—HISTORICAL SKETCH, BY , MARTIN WINES—ORGANIZATION OF TILE TOWNSHIP REMINISCENCES—LINTON—MERCHANDISING —RESIDENTS AND INDUSTRIES—THE EARLY SCHOOLS—THE SCHOOL LAW—THE EARLY CHURCHES—DIFFUSION OF RELIGION.

CHAPTER

XV

 

TAYLOR TOWNSHIP-OLD PLUMMER TOWNSHIP –PLACE OF HOLDING ELECTIONS-LAND ENTRIES - THE PERMANENT SETTLEMENT - CORNELIUS WESTFALL - ANECDOTES - NOTED LOCALITIES-BEAR STORIES-MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS ENTERPRISES-TANNERIES - MILLS-SCOTLAND - MERCHANDISING - THE SCHOOLS - EDUCATION IN SCOTLAND -CHURCHES.
 

CHAPTER

XVI

 

BEECH CREEK TOWNSHIP—SURFACE FEATURES—TIMBER—MINERALS—EARLY SETTLEMENTS—EARLY SETTLERS—THE FIRST SCHOOLHOUSE—MR. GASTON'S LETTER—SETTLEMENT IN THE NORTHEAST—OTHER SETTLERS—SOLOMON WILKERSON'S VILLAGE—BEARDS AND POLITICS—ADDITIONAL PIONEERS—LIFE IN THE WOODS—OLD METHODS OF FARMING—VILLAGE OF SOLSBERRY—ITS CHURCHES AND SCHOOLS—NEWARK—MURDER OF OSBORN AND SIGNERS—LYNCH LAW—CHURCHES AND SCHOOLS.

CHAPTER

XVII

 

FAIRPLAY TOWNSHIP-NAMES OF SETTLERS-THE INDIANS-BEAR HUNTING BY INDIANS-THE SWEAT-HOUSES-INDIAN SCALP DANCES-OTHER INTERESTING EVENTS-VILLAGE OF FAIRPLAY-PLEASANT HILL AND DIXON STATION-LEARNING-CHURCHES-THE GERMAN SETTLEMENT.
 

CHAPTER

XVIII

 

CASS TOWNSHIP-COMING OF THE PIONEERS-THE EARLY PREACHERS MISCELLANEOUS INCIDENTS OF INTEREST-EARLY FARMING CUSTOMS -KING COTTON AND QUEEN TOBACCO-INCIDENTS OF THE CHASE - THE FIRST :NI A IL- INDUSTRIES-THE EARLY WEDDINGS-EARLY NEWBERRY- THE WAR AS11 & ERIE CANAL-NEWBERRY IN CANAL TIMES -SCHOOLS OF THE TOWNSHIP-ST. PETER'S CHURCH-THE METHODIST CHURCH-THE, CHURCH OF CHRIST-THE HIGH SCHOOL.
 
CHAPTER

XIX

STAFFORD TOWNSHIP-ORGANIZATION AND FIRST OFFICERS-EARLY CONDITION AND EVENTS-THE SETTLEMENT-MASSEY'S COTTON GIN-OTHER EARLY INDUSTRIES - HUNTING ANECDOTES - MISCELLANY - SCHOOLS AND CHURCHES-VILLAGE OF MARCO.
CHAPTER

XX

HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP-THE SURFACE AND SOIL-FIRST ELECTIONS AND OFFICERS-LIST OF PIONEERS-FIRST ORCHARD AND FIRST CHILD BORN-OTHER EVENTS OF INTEREST-THE FIRST SCHOOL-OTHER TERMS TAUGHT-MILLING ENTERPRISES-PREACHERS, CHURCHES, ETC.-PETITION OF MRS. SMITH-PIONEER CUSTOMS-A MILITIA COMPANY-FIRST MARRIAGE-CHURCHES-AN APPALLING ACCIDENT.
CHAPTER

XXI

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP-OFFICERS-LAND ENTRIES-THE ARRIVAL OF THE SETTLERS-TILE FIRST RESIDENT-THE HOMELY STRANGER AND TILE KETTLE-OTHER FACTS CONCERNING TILE FIRST SETTLEMENT-HUNTING. ANECDOTES-THE INDIAN AND THE WHISKY-OTHER ITEMS OF VALUE PIONEER INDUSTRIES-EDUCATION AND RELIGION-VILLAGE OF LYONS-THE MERCHANTS-RESIDENTS-INDUSTRIES.
CHAPTER

XXII

WRIGHT TOWNSHIP-FORMATION AND ORGANIZATION-SETTLEMENT BY PERMANENT RESIDENTS-WILD ANIMALS -SAD DEATH OF RICHARD WRIGHT -KILLING OF A PANTHER-SCRAPS OF INFORMATION-JASONVILLE POLITICAL HISTORY-SCHOOLS AND CHURCHES-MISCELLANEOUS NOTES.
 
CHAPTER

XXIII

GRANT TOWNSHIP-ORIGIN OF THE NAME-FORMATION-IMPORTANT EARLY EVENTS-DAVID OSBORN AND THE BEAR-WOLF TRAPS- SWITZ CITY-ITS IMPORTANCE AS A RAILROAD CENTER-SURVEY OF THE LOTS-THE MERCHANTS-SECRET SOCIETIES-THE TEACHERS OF THE TOWNSHIP-THE GRADED SCHOOL-ORGANIZATION OF RELIGIOUS CLASSES.
 
CHAPTER

XXIV

CENTER TOWNSHIP-OLD BURLINGAME TOWNSHIP-THE FIRST ELECTIONS AND OFFICERS-FIRST ENTRIES. OF LAND-THE PIONEERS-BEAR HUNTERS-HISTORICAL SCRAPS-VILLAGE OF JONESBOROUGH-MERCHANDISING-INCIDENT OF THE FEATHERS-CINCINNATI-BRIDGEPORT-TEACHERS AND SCHOOLS-PREACHERS AND CHURCHES.
 
CHAPTER

XXV

SMITH TOWNSHIP-SCAFFOLD PRAIRIE-ITS BEAUTY IN EARLY YEARS-TOWNSHIP FORMATION-ITS RE-DIVISION LATER-THE FIRST SETTLER, JESSE ELGIN-REMINISCENCES OF THE DAYHOFFS-DEER AND BUFFALO LICKS-WAGONING TO LOUISVILLE—FIRST SCHOOL TEACHERS DEER PETS-LONE TREE PRAIRIE-DEATH BY DAMPS-THE FIRST WEDDINGS -CHURCHES
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