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1894 Fire Leaves Stinesville in Ashes

Blog post by Randi Richardson Fourteen miles northwest of Bloomington lies the little town of Stinesville, Indiana.  Founded in 1855, Stinesville was once a hub of Indiana’s stone industry.  By the early 1900s, the Hoadley Limestone Mill was the town’s primary employer, and when the mill was destroyed by fire in 1916, the town went

Nancy Streets’ Close Encounter with the Roll-O-Rama Skating Rink

Blog post by Randi Richardson Nancy Streets wasn’t just an ordinary somebody.  Her father was a dentist in South Bend and she attended South Bend schools along with her two older brothers.  Following her graduation, she enrolled as a freshman at IU-Bloomington and joined a sorority.  In 1958, as a beautiful sophomore majoring in Speech

Bloomington Women City Clerks 1935-2021

Blog post by Glenda Murray Come see the exhibit, “See Her Run,” about women who have been elected to public office in Bloomington and Monroe County. This article focuses on one office over time–the office of city clerk-treasurer which became the office of the city clerk in the 1960s. Since 1935, the person who has

Stardust

Blog post by Randi Richardson On a moonlit night, under a star-studded sky, a melancholy, young man sat on the spooning wall situated on the south side of campus along Third Street.  It was late summer before the students returned to campus for the fall semester of 1927.  All was quiet as he pondered his

The Neeld Family and Bloomington’s Historic Courthouse Square

Blog post by Wayne Hastings For me personally, the courthouse square has always been strongly linked to how I  perceive Bloomington, Indiana’s quality of place. The shops, restaurants, and festivities held  around the courthouse have forged memories and life experiences that I will likely recite once I  reach old age. Recently, the spread of the

The Life and Times of Hattie (Dunihoo) Herold Parks

Blog post by Randi Richardson Harriett “Hattie” M. Dunihoo was one of the very few children from Monroe County to ever be placed at the state-supported Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s Home in Knightstown, Indiana, about 40 miles west of Indianapolis.  The home was established in 1866 for the children of veterans and active members of the military.

A Nursing Spotlight: Edna Hardacre

Blog post by Hilary Fleck If the past twelve months have shown us anything, it is that the dedication of nurses to care for their patients is never ending. One such dedicated nurse was Enda (Ferguson) Hardacre, an enlisted Red Cross nurse serving with the U.S. Navy during World War 1. Edna was born in

Snuffing Out a Killer

The summer of 1952 wasn’t just another summer.  Swimming pools and movie theaters closed.  Children were kept inside their homes by frightened parents. No doubt about it, people were scared.  They had every right to be.  It was an epidemic year for polio.  According to one study, the only thing they feared more than polio in 1952 was

Beryl Hovious and Public Enemy No. 1

Blog post by Randi Richardson In 1924 John Dillinger, a petty criminal and resident of Mooresville, Indiana, was found guilty of a bungled robbery attempt and an assault on a local grocer.  Unable to afford a lawyer, the court threw the book at him.  He was sentenced from 10 to 21 years in prison.  Although John’s

Art in the Dome

Blog post by Randi Richardson Art in and around Bloomington is available in abundance; some of the oldest art, freely and readily accessed by the public, is that in the courthouse dome.  It is the work of Gustav Adolph Brand (1862-1944). County commissioners and a committee of Bloomington citizens composed of Henry Gentry, J. D. Showers, Fred

Rediscovering Hendricksville Pottery: New Exhibit in Education Room

Blog post by Wayne Hastings Introduction to the Stuff Lying Around Your House Have you ever taken the time to really study the stuff lying around your house? Attentively looking at the things my family just ended up with has become a recent hobby of mine. A question as simple as “where did this come

GREAT APPLE PIE BRINGS SUCCESS TO BLOOMINGTON BUSINESSMAN

Blog post by Randi Richardson Mention the name Boxman around Bloomington today and most people will conjure up an image and, perhaps, a memory of Player’s Pub on South Walnut, a dilapidated property the owner would like to raze against the wishes of the Bloomington Historical Preservation Commission. Many people from Monroe County have either

The Racial Integration of Bloomington in the 1940s

Blog post by Randi Richardson Several months ago I watched an Oscar-winning movie, Green Book, from the comfort of my home with ear phones and captions so I didn’t miss a word.  The move is based on the true story of two men, an Italian-American named Anthony Vallelonga aka Tony Lip, and an African American, Don Shirley, a gifted

Saving the Bell

Blog Post by Randi Richardson Bill Griffy, the watchman at the engine house on the northeast corner of the square, sat outside as he often did on hot summer nights catching what little breeze he could.  It was Wednesday, June 14, 1899, a few minutes after 1 AM.  Other than an attack by a hungry

REMINISCING AT THE 1921 SKIRVIN FAMILY REUNION

Blog post by Randi Richardson Family reunions bring families together with bountiful tables and information to share.  On August 28, 1921, descendants of George and Elizabeth “Betsy” (Smith) Skirvin got together for a family reunion in a shady grove about four and a half miles east of Bloomington. George and Betsy reportedly settled that part

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