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Streets Were Named to Honor Local Veterans

Looking Back article by Rose H. McIlveen July 14, 1984 Two of Bloomington’s streets were named for military veterans, who served in different wars. Grimes Lane is named for Major Silas Grimes, the youngest of 13 children whose parents settled in Clear Creek Township in 1816. He was born on the family’s 160-acre farm and

Ellettsville Was Almost Logan

Looking Back by Ruth L. Huff May 19, 1984 In 1890 the residents of Ellettsville were in an uproar because the Monon railroad was trying to change the name of their village to Logan. The exact reason for the change was unclear. Perhaps the railroad preferred the shorter name in order to facilitate their record

Wet or Dry? Alcoholic Beverages Stirred a Controversy in Early 1900s

This is part of a continued series of Looking Back articles from the Herald Times written throughout the 1980s depicting earlier life in Monroe County By Rose McIlveen Oct 2, 1983 “We must soon again confront a controversy that will array friends against each other, cause dissension in the churches, and bitter strife among our

‘If You Thought ’78 Was Bad…’

By Rose McIlveen Jan 7, 1984 Say “blizzard” to a Monroe Countian who was around 66 years ago, and you probably hear – with embellishments – a first-hand account of the blizzard of 1918. It wasn’t exactly one of the better aspects of the “good ole days.” The facts – as reported in the Weekly

Divorce Once Major News

By Rose H. McIlveen Sept 24 1983 Treatment of Divorce – 1920s style – in the Bloomington Evening World was a far cry from the tactful avoidance of that particular legal matter today. Only a casual glance at the front page of the Evening World indicates the difference in page make-up style and editorial policy. It was, admittedly,

Began With Bicycle: Traffic Long a Problem

We’ll be frequently highlighting old “Looking Back” articles which were a long-standing column in the paper reflecting on earlier life in Monroe County . By Rose H. McIlveen Sept 10, 1983 Ever since Monroe Countians figured out that using some kind of vehicle was preferable to walking, traffic has been a problem here. Consider, for

The Monroe County “Turkey King”

Turkey Story Turns Out To Be a Real “Tail” of Woe by Herbert Skirvin Jan 8, 1983 Every time I sit down to a holiday feast, I think of Harry A. Axtell, Monroe County’s turkey king of long ago. I also recall a narrow escape I had from a vicious gobbler, bent on committing mayhem. As

Missing Murder Case: Where Did Mrs. William Holder Go? (Part 2)

By Grace Donahue The Murder Trial for Mrs. Gladys Holder began on September 21, 1925. Holder was pleading not guilty,  claiming that the gun went off in an “accidental matter.” The case against her seemed tough- she shot  Daniel Arwine “Reckless” Honeycutt Jr., and Honeycutt died. The court went through a particularly  dramatic trial, as

Missing Murder Case: Where Did Mrs. Holder Go?

Blog post by Grace Donahue On May 20, 1925, local auto mechanic and wrestler, Daniel Arwine “Reckless” Honeycutt Jr. was  murdered. And the cause? A simple dispute over a car. Honeycutt Jr. had gone to the home of William  Holder, whom he had recently sold a car to. Only Holder had not been keeping up

A Century of Monroe County Maps

Blog post by Dave Nord   In 1815 Arthur Henrie, a surveyor employed by the U.S. government, drew a set of maps of a part of Indiana Territory lying between the watersheds of the west and east forks of the White River. Those maps, based on systematic, on-the-ground surveys, were the first professional maps of

Looking Beyond the Photos in High School Yearbooks

Blog by Rod Spaw “On January 27, the basketball girls won the first trophy which Unionville ever possessed. They accomplished this feat by defeating both the Gosport girls and the referees. …” Or so declared the Unionville High School yearbook of 1934. As much a part of adolescence as roller rinks and puppy love, the

Bloomington: The Center of Population

Blog post by Rod Spaw Bloomington leaders celebrated when the city was designated in the 1910 Census as the mean center of population for the United States. It gave them a powerful tool for promoting commercial investment in Bloomington. As calculated by the Census Bureau, the mean center is the point of balance if every

Horace Kearney’s Attempted Crossing of Dunn Meadow

Blog by Rod Spaw In Drawer 3, Unit N of Hallway Storage on the third floor of the Monroe County History Center is a scarred and scuffed piece of bamboo measuring 9 ¼ inches long by 1 ¼ inches in diameter. If not for the paper label glued to it, the hollow tube might be

Henry J. Feltus, A Newspaper Editor of the “Old School”

Blog post by Rod Spaw Viewing events through a political or ideological lens did not start with the internet, Fox News or MSNBC. It was not uncommon, in fact, for newspapers throughout much of U.S. history to rely on political patronage for their success. Even when the advertising model of business took over in the

Whetsell’s Shoe Store

Blog post by Hilary Fleck While looking through our postcard collection, I found this photo postcard of Whetsell’s Shoe Store with an amazing reflection in the store window of the County Courthouse. I looked through the directories in our Research Library and discovered that the store was located on the south side of the square