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GENEALOGY COLLECTION



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ALVORD'S HISTORY



NOBLE COUNTY . INDIANA



SAMUEL E. ALVORD.

fi1 ,1*

t\)0 V I.A TO WHICH IS APPENDED



A Comprehensive Compendium of Local Biography — Memoirs of Represent vnvi

Men and Women of the County, whose Works of Merit

have made their names imperishable.



ILLUSTRATED



Embellished with Portraits of Well Known Residents of Noble County, Ind.



LOGANSPORT, IND. \

F. Bowen, Publisher.
1902.



1233398

PREFACE.



IN laying Alvord's History of Noble county, Indiana, before its patrons, the publisher
takes pardonable pride in the fact that he has fulfilled conscientiously every
promise made in the prospectus and points with pleasure to the neatness of the
typography; the quality of paper upon which the work is printed, and the elegance
and durability of its binding.

As to its contents the patrons have already had an opportunity of approving of
their biographies before they were placed in type, while the illustrative department
is the ne plus ultra of the art.

The History of Noble county, by Samuel E. Alvord, gives an accurate
and minute history of the county, derived or deduced from the acts of the true
creators thereof, as depicted in their biographies, from the day of the pioneers to
the present time, and biography is, in fact, the true source of all social and political
history.

To those who have been uniformly obliging, and have kindly interested them-
selves in the success of this work, volunteering information and data, which has been
very helpful in preparing this work, I desire to express my grateful and profound
acknowledgment of their valued services.

Respectfully,

B. F. BOWEN, Publisher.



CONTENTS



PAGE

Introductory 17

CHAPTER I.

Geology 19

Geology of Northern and
Northeastern Indiana, in-
cluding Noble County 20

Glaciers and their actions 21

Section of drift 24

Under the drift 24

The Flora of the county 25

The Catalogue 26

Flora of Noble County, by W.

B. YanGorder 26

Forest trees 27

Shrubs 27

Climbing or twining shrubs. . . 27

Original Inhabitants 27

The Mound Builders . . 28

Mounds and Relics 29

A Big Indian 31

A Pre-Historic Battle 32

General Harrison 34

CHAPTER II.

Pre-Organic History 36

Noble County, the Local Heart 36
Explorations and Claims —

French and English 37

Early English Discoveries and

Claims 37

Conflicting Theories 38

The Situation in 1600 — Indian

Tribes 39

The Hurons 41

The Natural Nation 41

The St. Francis Tribe 42



PAGE

The Delawares 42

The Sacs and Foxes 43

The Chippewas 44

The Shawnees 44

The Family of Tecumseh 44

The Dakotas, or Sioux 45

The Pottawatomies 45

Pokagon 45

The Minnewas 46

Champlain, Governor of New

France 47

The First Battle 47

The Brighter Side 49

First Act of English-F"rench

Conflict 50

The Dutch Involved 51

Games at Tushuway, and In-
dian Battle 51

Garangula's Speech 54

King William's War 55

The Final Struggle 57

Sir William Johnson 58

Battle of Lake George 58

Hendrick's Dream 59

Johnson's Dream 59

Pontiac's " Conspiracy " 60

Clark's Expedition 62

After the Revolution 64

The Noble County Indians... 64
General W. H. Harrison's Re-
port 64

Major Forsyth's Statement 65

The Miamis 65

The Miami Confederacy 67

St. Clair's Defeat 68

Campaign of General Anthony

Wayne 68



PAGE

The Treaty of Greenville 69

General Harrison's Treaties.. 70

The First Settlers 72

John Knight 74

Samuel Tibbott 74

Mysterious Disappearance.... 75

Entries of Lands 76

Order of Settlement 78

Entries of the Year 1832 79

Early Settlers 82

Thomas Storey 84

Amanda J. Flint 85

Christina M. Shultz 85

Oliver Harp, Sr 86

Nancy (Young) Holmes 86

Rachel (Rohrerj Galloway 87

John River 88

John Baughman 89

John Jacob Shultz 90

Samuel Foster 90

Mrs. Susan Gillet 91

Mrs. Elizabeth (Morrell) Ger-

ber 91

Silas Doty 92

Zenas J. Wright 94

Judson Wright 95

Sarah Hitler 95

The Press of Noble County... 96

Homer King 97

Samuel E. Alvord as a Biogra-
pher 102

Mercy (Hopkins) Baker 104

Leonard Lyon 106

Obituary of Horace H.Warner 106

Christian Foster 107

John L. Foster 109

Corodon Warner 110



12



CONTENTS.



Martha Isbell

John Washington Kline. . .
Speculative Entries of Land in

1832

City of Kendallville

Schools

Churches

William Mitchell

Luke Diggins

Samuel Minot

Thomas Evans

George Baker



PAGE





PAGE

F. & H. Tabor 119

Mitchell & Hitchcock 119

Artimus Doggins 120

Kendallville Newspapers 120

Railroads 122

Horse Thieves and Blacklegs. 127
The Fort Wayne and Lima

Plank Road/. 129

Brown's Tavern 129

Reminiscences by John Mitch-
ell 130

Wild Hay or Marsh Grass. . . . 132



PAGE

Browse 133

Elections In Wayne Township 133
Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too, or

the Barbecue at North Port

in 1840 134

Carrying the Election Returns

to Port Mitchell in 1840 135

Kendallville Postmasters 135

O. W. Jefferds (Letters) 135

Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too

(Campaign Song) 135

Noble County in the Civil War 136



INDEX



PAGE

Alvord, Nathan 147

Alvord, Samuel E 145

Adair, Prof. E. L 317

Adair, John N 317

Alexander, G.P 163

Allman, William P 595

Asman, Henry C 313

Axtell, William A 495

Bailey, Joseph 205

Baker, William S 399

Baker, James R 360

Baker, William H 430

Baker, J. E 250

Baker, Fred W 566

Banta, Len A 271

Banta, Albert 271

Barber, Isaac 492

Barnum, A 404

Barnum, Piatt 404

Barr, Robert P 248

Barhan, Christian 404

Bassett, P. B 435

Bause, James M 231

Bechtel, H. E 411

Bechtel, Jacob N 411

Bell, Harry 211

Beyer, C. C 577

Beymer, Thomas 305

Blackman.S 431

Black, J. D 172

Black, J. D 407

Black, F. W.,M. D 374

Black, J. W 439

Black, Owen 172

Blackman, Elisha 431

Bliss, Charles W 196

Bliss, William 196



Bluhm, Henry F 562

Bhihm, Ernest 223

Bluhm, Fred L 223

Bonham, J. M 409

Bonham, William 409

Bordner, Albert S 403

Bortner, Charles 456

Boughey, John E 457

Bowen, M. M 505

Bowen, Rev. O. W 262

Bowen, William E 262

Bowman, B. F 406

Bowman, Jonas 406

Bowsher, Boston 386

Breninger, George F 397

Brillhart, Samuel B 571

Broughton, William 550

Broughton, F. H., M. D 548

Boughey, Benjamin 457

Brouse, Curtis 541

Brown, William A 335

Brown, John 335

Buchanan, J. Edgar 221

Buckle?, Robert H 415

Budd, Thomas E 473

Busz, Henry L 235

Busz, Jacob 316

Busz, Simon W 316

Buttermore, George 359

Campbell, Archy 255

Campbell, Donald 255

Campbell, D. L 328

Cary, William W 452

Cary, Abram.: 452

Childs, James N 517

Childs, John 519

] Christie, Hon. O. W 151



PAGE

Christie, Collins M 151

Clapp, Hon. William M 168

Clapp, Charles M 172

Clapp, William F 171

Cleland, J. W 437

Cochran, William A 308

Cochran, Alfred 308

Cochran, Francis 415

Cockley. JohnH 233

Cole, James R 441

Conley, Lewis 590

Conlogue, J. S 244

Cook, John 283

Cornell, H. R 271

Cornell, William A 271

Croft, B. F 425

Cramer, Conrad 601

Cramer, Harrison 601

Cramer, William L 349

Curry, Andrew 406

Damy, D. E , 381

DeCamp, John N 550

Ueibele, John 368

Denney, Hon. J. M '.. 188

Diley, Edward 388

Drain, D. B 414

Drain, |. R 292

Drake, D. H 251

Dunning, Jesse L 274

Dull, John 284

DePew, E.W..M.D 346

Dye, Daniel 530

Eagles, L. B 334

Eagles, N.P 183

Edmonds, Henry W 182

Ellinger, William 422



I N D E X.



Fetter, J. C 491

Fenton, William 421

Fisher, Captain Eden H 508

Fuller, F.C 348

Fuller, Robert 348

Francisco, William 598

Franks, Spurgeon C 569

Franks, Abram 358

Franks, William H., M. D. . . . 269

Franks, Michael 269

Franks, Samuel 269

Franks, William 412

Frick, Joseph 210

Cants, Hon. Adam ] 74

Cants, Samuel 174

Gandy, F. L 445

Gants, John, M. D 378

Gappinger, Fred 460

Gallup, Rufus B 491

Gardner, H 521

Card, Scott 292

Gault, John E 203

Gerber, Hon. E. B 416

Gerver, Reuben C 310

Gibson, Adam G 296

Gill, Charles W 323

Gill, Abraham 323

Gloyd, George W . . . , 341

Graves, Mrs. C. R 343

Graves, John T 304

Graves, James D 344

Graham, Jacob L 564

Green, Sheldon W 306

Green, James C 307

Green, Porter 397

Green, William T., M. D 471

Green, Samuel J 471

Griffin, Charles 269'

Grossman, H. M 503

Gump, Rev. Jeremiah 569

Haas, John 525

Haines, Robert S 545

Haines, Jacob M 551

Hanev, A. E 224

Hardendorf, A 268

Harting, Ephraim 288

Harkless, J. A 242

Harvey, James N 303

Harvey, George 303

Hays, J. W., M. D 366

Hays, Samuel L 232

Hays, William D 236



PAGE

Hays, Levi 236

Heffner, George W 246

Henry, Gabriel S 432

Henry, John L 432

Herendeen, George A 317

Hindbaugh, John S 282

Hitchcock, Don K 220

Hoak, Daniel 266

Hoak, Harvey E 266

Hosier, William H 272

Hostetter, George H 389

Hooper, John S 520

Holsinger, William T 526

Holsinger, Charles F 579

Holsinger, J. F 392

Hoffman, A. C 410

Hoffman, John 410

Hoffman, Adam 411

Hoffman, John H 560

Huber, T 301

Huston, Thomas A 294

Huston, William 463

Huston, William W 295

Huston, John 296

Huston, E. E 412

Hussey, Martin L 212

H uber, Frederick 427

Huntsberger, Jonas 591

Inks, C. V 398

Inscho, George W 455

Inscho, H. A. C 454

Inscho, Robert 455

Imes, Thomas L 198

Imes, William 197

Imes, William A 199

Jacobs, A. M 191

Johnson, F. E 523

Jones, Col. John A 536

Jones, Pomeroy E 536

Jourdan, David 285

Jourdan, Samuel 322

Jourdan, Stephen 323

Keehn, Jonathan 312

Keifer, George 279

Kelly, John D 540

Kelly, James B 541

Keller, Jacob 483

Kenney, John 419

Ktrr, Robert D 370

Kesler, T. P 489

Kimmell, Cyrus 311



PAGE

Kimmeil, Joseph C 311

Kimmell, Hon. Orlando 203

King, H. L 464

King, Ira M 480

Kilgore, Jerome 390

Kitt, fohn M 332

Kitt, John P 332

Kirkpatrick, Alexander 434

Kirkpatrick, H. W 434

Kline, John W 450

Knepper, Hon. E. W., M. D.. . 263

Knepper, Jacob 263

Knepper, William 207

Knox, John Q 466

Koher, W.0 355

Koher, Christian M . . . 356

Krantz, Michael 466

Kriwitz, E. W 511

Kriwitz, Frederick 516

Krueger, H 524

Kuhn, Bayard T 444

Lang, Julius 214

Lasho, William J 572

Latimer, John 429

Latta, James T 354

LeC ount, James A 357

LeCount, William 357

Lemmon, S. W., M. D 426

Lindsey, Hiram C 449

Lindsey, Jacob F 460

Locker, E. A 485

Lock, Jesse E 462

Longfellow, David S 280

Longfellow, Joseph 281

Loy, David 413

Lovett, Rev. William W 580

Lovett, Rodman 582

Lower, John A 267

Lower, Daniel 301

Magnuson, Peter 596

Marshall, Joseph W 238

Mawhorter, A. E 305

Mawhorter, William 306

Mawhorter, Rev. Thomas J . . . 592

Metz, William F 391

Metz, Aaron 391

Mill, r, John B 475

Miller, Lawrence 476

Miller, John 588

Miller, A. U 342

Miller, John W 229

Mitchell, William 153



I N D E X.



15





PAGE




PAGE




PAGE


Mitchell, John


.... 1.52


Park, Henry I


... 252


Shaefer, William G


.. 384


Mitchell, Andrew


. . . . 153


Park, Wesley


... 253




. . 384


Morr, John W., M. 1)


.... 228


Pepple, Albert


... 568


Shaw, Thomas


.. 482


Moore, Joseph Howard. . .


.... 558


Pepple, William


... 569


Shifaly, John


.. 499


Moore, Joseph P


.... 558


Peck, Silas Burton


... 294


Singrey, William H


.. 249


Moore, Frederick B


. . . 247


Pence, I. W


... 359


Simon, Charles


.. 448


Moore, Joseph M


.... 375


Perry, George


... 597


Simon, Christopher C


.. 496


Moore, John M


. ... 422


Phillips, C. B


... 259


Simpson, William


... 381


Moses, Seymour


... 418


Pierce, Ebenezer, Sr


... 297


Shobe, W. A., M. D


.. 350


.Morris, A.J


.... 336


Pierce. E. C


... 296


Showalter, David


.. 343


Morris, James


... 337
... 371
... 312


Pierce, J. C

Pierce, M. G


... 298




. .. 380




Skeels, William

Skillen, Hon. W. W


.. 314
.. 510


Musser, Daniel H


Pike, Samuel


... 262


Myers, William R


... 344


Piper, George W


... 240


Slabaugh, Christian E


.. 385


Myers, Samuel


.... 344


Poem, This New Country. .


... 508


Smith, Simeon


.. 331






Pollock, f. T


... 279


Smith, Abram H


.. 423




.... 376
... 535


Portner, Daniel

Poppy, George W


. .. 529
... 478






McCray, Hon. Hiram


Smith, J. W


.. 283


McCray, Homer


... 393


Poppy, Augustus


... 479


Smith, John A


.. 283


McCray, Eimer E


... 533


Poyser, Alonzo T


... 446


Smith, Jacob


.. 237


McDonald, J. E

McEwen, William A


. .. 187
... 205


Prickett, Thomas

Prickett, Jacob


. .. 165
. .. 165






Sower, Daniel L


.. 276


McEwen, William


... 205


Pricketl, Jacob V


... 573


Sower, Elias


.. 279


McEwen, Will H


... 21(5






Spencer, E. B

Spencer, Samuel C


.. 324


McFarland, L


... 405


Randall, Edwin


... 532


. . 325


McLaughlin, J. A


.. 160


Randall, S. K


. .. 532


Steel, J. G


.. 438


Mc Means, Caleb W


... 194


Ransom, Sandius


. .. 343


Stewart, John L


.. 599








. .. 429


Sunday, Peter A


.. 258


Newnam, Asbury


... 288


Rarick, Jacob

Reidenbach, John

Reidenbach, Philip

•Reidenbach, Jacob

Reiff, N.G., M. D


. . . 429


Strater, George


... 181


Newnam, N. B


... 512


. .. 231


Strater, John F


.. 181


Nichols Charles W


... 470


. .. 231


Stumbaugh, John


.. 383


Nichols, George

Noe, Jeremiah B


... 470
... 319


. .. 600
. . . 482


Sweet, J. W


.. 453


Noe, Aaron


... 319


Renkenberger, John B

Rendel, William


. .. 583


Tate, James


.. 264


Norris, William


... 291
... 372


. 479
... 314


1 ate, John

Taylor, Hon. V. R


.. 264


North, Charles


Roof, George W


.. 556


Ohlwine, Samuel


... 338


Ross, William

Ross, Frank

Roscoe, Hon. James

Roscoe, Levi


.. 167
.. 168
.. 192

.. 192


Teal, J. M., D. D. S


.. 553




195


Thompson, E. G

Truelove, Thomas R


.. 402
.. 587


Ott, Abraham

Ott, Cornelius


... 396
... 451


Ott, [ohn


... 459




. 261










Ott, Thomas M


... 561


Rumbaugh, George


.. 260


Yeazev, William M., M. D.


.. 566


Ott, Jesse


.... 396


Rumbaugh, William


.. 262




.. 495


Owen, M. F..


... 256


Rumbaugh, Willard


.. 582


Vought, John C


.. 352


Palmer, John W


... 442


Schermerhorn, f. M


.. 487


Wadsworth, Eihu


.. 321


Palmer, Henry


... 442


Schlabach, William M.. ..


.. 365


Waldron, Jacob


.. 329




... 289
... 287




.. 284


Waldron, William

Walters, John E


. . 329


Pancake, John


Schlotterback, Gideon


284


.. 585


Pancake, lohn E


... 289


Schlotterback, Henrv


.. 298


Walker, George


.. 387






Seaburg, J. C

Seymoure, C. A., M. D. . . .








Parker, A. S., M. D


... 320


.. 218


Walker, John


.. 275


Parker, Rial


... 322


Seymoure, Mclntyre


.. 218


Walling, D. C


.. 176



INDEX.



PAGE

Walling, James S 177

Waterhouse, C. G. R 493

Weaver, William 226

Weimer, Simon 458

Weston, Thomas B 500

Weir, John 469

Weir, Elijah W 469

Wheeler, Truman 326

White, Nathan 353

Whonsetler, Solomon L 565

Whonsetler, Daniel M. ....... 586

Whonsetler, S. P 591

Winstead, Noah 227



PAGE

Wittmer, John J 291

Wittmer, Benjamin 291

Williams, W.S..M.D 184

Williams, Nathan, M. D 184

Wilson, John H 300

Wolf, Henry 395

Wolf, Jacob 395

Wolf, Washington 400

Woodruff, C. A., M. D 330

Woodruff. George W 477

Wood, Hon. Harrison 200

Wood, Hon. Harrison, Address 538
Wood, F. P 208



PAGE

Wood, Niah 208

Worden, William E 468

Worden, L. G 468

Wright, James W 574

Yarian, Moses 557

Yeiser, Samuel 476

Young, Thomas J 474

Young, J. R 443

Zimmerman, Hon. J. C 161

Zimmerman, Daniel B 161

Zimmerman, H. G 273



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NTRODUCTORY.



THE cordiality with which the an-
nouncement of a furthcoming history of No-
ble count}' has been welcomed by all classes
of the people, shows not only a general rec-
ognition of the want of a complete work of
this character, but also* the prevalence of an
intellectual taste and culture well befitting
the descendants of a band of pioneers whose
mental fiber was as line and strong as their
their will was indomitable, and their physi-
cal energies powerful.

The general plan of the history embraces
a natural succession or order of events and
developments. The story of the formative
periods, translated by geological science;
the flora — that is, the trees, plants and flow
ers; the first human inhabitants, including
some discoveries of mounds and relics of
pre-historic ages; the Indians first discov-
ered here, and considerations of the ques-
tions whether or not they may have been
descendants oi the race of the "Mound
Builders," which will be Covered by the first
chapter. Extracts appear, taken from offi-
cial geological reports and from Professor
VanGorder's work on the "flora" or Noble
county, giving a complete catalogue of the
native trees, plants and flowers, copied by
his permission. This is a must valuable and
instructive feature; and the whole chapter is



of great interest and value on account of the
scientific nature of its contents. Tabular
exhibits of the underlying strata, to a depth
of over one thousand feet, are given, as
taken from the borings of the Albion Gas
Company by Professor W. B. VanGorder
all that was possible in the space at disposal,
of accurate and reliable information con-
cerning the structure of the districts, its
superstructive and garniture of forests and
flowers and its revealed evidences of a pre-
historic people.

The second chapter embraces a brief re-
view of the contests between the French and
English colonies under their respective
home governments, with their native allies,,
for supremacy over the vast and fertile re-
gions of the Ohio and Mississippi valleys —
especially of the magnificent territory known!
as the "Great Northwest," a continued
struggle of nearl}' two hundred years, inclu-
sive of the final conflicts of the American
colonies with the English government, and
also with the Indians. The history of these
two centuries of rivalry, aggression, warfare
anil bloodshed, is intensely interesting and
thrilling to the student of history when con-
templated, in the light of the transcendent
importance of the principles involved and the
ends in view. But to present it in full



ALVORD'S HISTORY OF NOBLE COUNTY, INDIANA.



would not be possible or pertinent to the
history of Noble county; therefore the ac-
count in which was are most directly in-
ested can be taken up with the results of
Gen. George Roger Clark's campaign
against the Indians in the northwest terri-
tory, and specially in that section which be-
came known in subsequent years as Indiana
and Illinois.

The history proper of the district em-
braced in the boundaries of Noble county
will cover a period of sixty-five years, in
which the leading purposes will be to* present
a concrete biography; to depict the char-
acters, and relate the experiences, and chron-
icle the deeds and triumphs of the pioneers
and their descendants and successors. To
tell the truth about and thus do justice to the
people who have by the sheer force of in-
herent physical and mental energy trans-
formed a gloomy wilderness into a paradise
of fertile, cultivated fields, intersected with
over a thousand miles of highways: land-
scapes of cultivated beauty, adorned by
numerous temples of learning and religion;
thousands of comfortable and artistic rural
homes ; well-built cities and towns ; graceful
and substantial bridges; manufactories and
busy marts of trade; splendid county build-
ings, not excelled by any rural district in the



state, not even by those whose location and
natural advantages are vastly superior, and
whose organization and settlement preceded
Noble's many years and all this great ac-
complishment crowned by freedom from
county debt; while the tone of intellectual
and spiritual culture evinces an upward pro-
gress that has more than kept even pace
with the wonderful material development.
Included in this chapter will be a history of
native effort in the field of invention, and
also' the specialties in science. This chapter
is thus specially mentioned, because it is a
novel, though important feature of a unity
history.

Education, religion, schools, churches,
impersonal history of crime, its consequences
and influences upon the public weal — includ-
ing the thrilling incidents and events of the
"Regulator" agitation; courts and lawyers,
their personnel and characteristics; county
offices and official business; township officers
and township business; statistics; history of
Noble county's part in the terrible drama of
the Civil war ; Grand Army organizations ;
Agricultural Associations ; Granges. Fairs ;
in short, a thorough history of the county
throughout the course of its development;
supplemented by separate township, town
and city histories.



ALVORD'S HISTORY



OF



NOBLE COUNTY, INDIANA



CHAPTER I



•Geology — Formative Agencies — Glacial Action and Deposits — Character of
Soils — Underlying Strata — Physical Geography — Fauna and Flora — Land-
scape Effects — Human Occupants — Supposed Remains of Prehistoric Peo-
ple — Mounds and Contents — American Indians — Savage Life and Character



The story of geology is naturally the
first chapter in human history. The earth
was created before man ; the stage was pre-
pared before the actors appeared.

"In the beginning, God created the
heaven and the earth ; and the earth was
without form and void, and darkness was
upon the face of the deep ; * * :|: and
God said let the waters under the heaven
be gathered together unto one place, and let
the dry land appear; and it was so; * *
and God said, let us make man in our im-
age, after our likeness ; * * * so God
created man in His own image; in the image
of God, created He him; male and female
created He them," etc.

In accordance with this natural order
some brief account of the formative process
— of the geological genesis of the land of
Noble county seems to be, if not essential.



at least appropriate as a beginning of its
history. Nor is it a subject of curious in-
quiry only; for in the economic phase of
geological science many important factors
of human advancement are found.

The alluring region of contemplative
speculation and theory concerning the sub-
lime eons of the creation has been fully ex-
plored and has yielded glorious fruits in
higher and broader conceptions of creative
omnipotence; the inconceivable immensity,
of the lapse of ages; the stupendous archi-
tecture of the planetary system, and the ever
beneficent tendency of creative wisdom and
power. And though the contemplation of
these tremendous processes at first staggers
the imagination and overwhelms the soul
with indefinable awe and a sense of helpless-
ness to comprehend anything but a sublime
and illimitable greatness and omnipotence,



ALVORD'S HISTORY OF NOBLE COUNTY, INDIANA.



at last science comes to the aid of the swirl-
ing soul and concentrates and directs our at-
tention to the defined footsteps of the ages
and the recorded evidences of their work.

Each creative period left clews to its
labyrinthian secrets — an index to its auto-
biography, in its strata and their composi-
tion, posture and markings. Geology con-
sults this index, translates the mystic annals
and follows the clews ; names the period,
and describes the operations of the giant
agencies ; reveals the treasures latent in the
composition of soils or hidden in subter-
ranean matrices — riches and blessings;
germs of human happiness and progression,
deposited and implanted in inexhaustible
profusion and variety for the benefit and
glory of God's appointed viceroy — man.

GEOLOGY OF NORTHERN AND NORTHEAST-
ERN INDIANA, INCLUDING NOBLE
COUNTY.

A geological survey of the State of In-
diana was made during the year 1873 by the
State Geologist, Hon. E. T. Cox, assisted
by Professors John Collett, W. W. Borden
and Dr. G. M. Levette. Dr. Levette, an ac-
complished scientist, explored northern and
northeastern Indiana, and reported the
counties of DeKalb, Steuben, LaGrange,
Noble, Elkhart, St. Joseph and LaPorte.
His report, as embodied in the Fifth Annual



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