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be forcibly impressed with Jackson Township, who have been
over any considerable portion as I have been. My feet have
become' somewhat flimiliar with the roads and by-paths, us
houses, streams, churches, cemeteries and citizens. I have no
desire to dispute what Dr. Rodman said.

Among the persons called upon were: Aramon Heady,
Simon Emmert, Peter Deweese, Wm. Reese, J. M. Nicely, Dr.
Burk, Johnson Heath, Sol. Searing, J. M. Shelley, J. ^I"
Martin, AVilliam Nicely. Wash. Emmert, W. II. Coombs, J.
H. Kibbey, Elijah Jackson, Wash. Shockley, W. C. Crump,
W. H. Hostetter, and others.

To all the above and others I am under lasting obligations.

In after life it will be a pleasure to call up tho«e with whom I

. have become acquainted in Jackson Township. Its cosy

homes, rolling hills, pleasant valleys and the grandest forest

(Mrs. Ashley's) I have ever seen in any county. Although 1


saw many of your citizens under unfavorable surroundings^
harvesting and threshing, I have usually found them gentle-
men. I can call up no one -who in the slightest way turned
the cold shoulder. Should this continue throughout the
county I will never regret having undertaken to write its early
history. I found as a rule good farming, as the threshing
now going on attests, corn well tended, and in fact everything
denotins: ^ood husbandrv. As a ladv remarked to me recent-
ly, and one who had traveled extensively, that any one who
could not make a living here could not any place. This state
of things I hope may long continue to the people of your
township, and the bountiful harvest just being gathered may
never be less.



There is in this locality two things that strikes one favor-
ably ; the vast prairies and good school houses, and, i might
say, its many churches. No township of its size has so many
houses of worship — seven, if I count right. I was lucky in
finding such a good place to stop as George W. Scotts' and
his pleasant family, who so kindly entertained me under
unfavorable circumstances (the wheat threshers being here at
the time), George is one of the old settlers in Harrison. I
called on Flemming Dickerson in the southeast corner. He
has been here nearly fifty years; is well informed in pioneer
matters; is seventy-five years of age, and is keeping up
remarkably well. I am thankful to R. B. Zimmerman and
wife for a good dinner. They have a splendid brick house,
good farm, and live at home. They know how to act when a
stranger enters their home. In this locality I found two old
Mexican soldiers — J. L. Smith and J. W. Letcher, Ix^th well
informed men, looking over the hill, tlie slope of which, let
us hope, leads to a better place.

Near the west line I found the Worly boys, who are very


intelligent gentlemen. They are iutereslefl in the pioneer
life of Boone. AYilliam Higgins is well located here. He
has fine builflings, is among the best farmers, and his wife, as
well as Mrs. Zimmerman, are the daughters of Daniel Stoner.
of Hendricks County, and who at one time owned nearly
1 000 acres of land in Harrison Township, and yet, I think.
owns some land here. Seth Goodwin is one of the old ciii-
^ens here. I believe I spoke of him and Daniel Turner in a
former letter. Don't fail to see them when in Harrison.
There are many tasteful residences here, among them those '>r
James B. Shirley, Zimmerman, Higgins, AYilliam Lindsay,
Oeorge Shirley and William Black. Isaac Smith keeps the
store and post'office at New Brunswick. "W. H. Grouse is the
wagon maker. He is one of the pioneers, and is in my respect
a thorough gentleman. In a former letter I mentioned 'Squire
Johnson, 'Squire Boyd, and the Dinsmores.

The wheat harvest just threshed is fine, and will average
some twenty bushels to the acre. The corn looks well, but is
certainly cut short on account of the drouth. The county
ticket recently nominated gives good satisfaction here among
the Democrats. George W. Scott, I think, will carry his
party straight in full, as he is well liked.

I passed the spot where the Logan cabin stood in early
times. It was among the first in Harrison Township, and
was opposite where 'Squire Acton now lives. It was then a
dreary looking place— fifty years ago. Mrs. Logan, after
stopping a short time in this pioneer cabin, went ro visit her
folks in an old county, and never returned to Boone again.
Harrison will contribute its part to the early times in Boone.
iind ils citizens have given me a very generous support in sub-
.«criptions and other matters, looking to the publication of the
work. There is one thing abinit Harrison I do not like, that
is its rattlesnakes, or its reported ones. One man said seven
were killed in one oat field. I dreamed of snakes when
<3own there, but did not see any. I went too fast across the




A year ago when I thought of writing up the early life
and times of Boone. I thought when in this township it would
be a pleasure to call on 'Squire Lucas, at whose house I staid
all night forty-two years ago. But I learned of his death,
which occurred in Putnam County a few months since. Henry
Fairchild is another old friend, who is yet living but not here.
Revs. Good, Rudasill and Henkle were among the early
preachers of this township, all of whom I have heard speak.
All are now dead. Forty-two years has brought changes not
a few — some of a sorrowful nature; others quite the reverse.
Beautiful farms are now where then an almost unbroken wil-
derness existed. On inquiring I learned that most of the
iirst settlers are either dead or moved away. Some of the
Neeses, Ben Booher, Solomon Burk, the Laughncrs, Isen-
hoiirs and Dulins are found, North of ^yhitestown you will
tind G. B. Dulin and Samuel West, who have been here a long
time. They are well located on the pike. A night at each
place was pleasantly spent. West, A. M. Laugh ner, Jacob
Ottinger, Lewis Hauser, Isaac Isenhour, Andrew Laughner
reside here. I am under special obligations to Isaac Isenhour
and family for kindness while at their house; also to Jacob
Ottinger. A. M. Laughner has a fine locatioiv on the railroad,
and it is said that near his house is the highest point on the
road between Indianapolis and the lakes. South, about two
miles, you will find George Hauser, ex-county clerk. He
lives at home, and has a fine farm. Thanks to him for favors.
A. Neese, one mile south, is well located, has been here some
forty years. Opposite is Ben Booher, one of the old pioneers.
He has a large farm and splendid house.

Dr. Hardy, in town, has a good practice. He has come to
«tay. H. Roberts keeps the hotel. He was a soldier in the


late war. Rev. Barb is the pastor of the Lutheran Churr-h
at Whitestown. The school house here is all that is required,
and children are all well dressed, and flocking to this as Avell
other schools in the township. Samuel Good, the trustee, has
everything in good shape for the winter campaign. F. M.
Moody is here attending- the "click" of the telegraph, and
other duties of the station. I find The Pioneer on many tables
throughout. One man told me he could hardly keep house
without it. All of the above take interest in our vv-ork, and
to one and all I am thankful for favors.

While here I learned of the nomination of my old friend,
B. F. Ham, for congress. Thirty years ago I first got
acquainted with him in ]Nradison County — met him in his
cabin home, and later in the better, and yet later in his
brick mansion ; all the time the same gentleman, hospitable
almost to a fault. Ben is well qualified for the place; well
posted on state and national matters; a friend to the people
and an enemy to monopolists. Should he be elected he will
represent the people well. May write you again from Worth.




The annual meeting of old settlers was held here Thursday
last. Jamestown has been fortunate the past summer in hav-
ing fine weather for its celebrations. If a day had been
ordered for the above meeting a better one could not have
beea obtained, no mud nor dust, not too hot nor too cold, but
everything combined to make the meeting a success. It was
held in the beautiful grove of Anderson Trotter, adjoining
town. Nature has done much here in her gift of beautv. It
seems it was especially fitted up for meetings of this kind.
Plenty of shade and water. It siiould be kept as a yearly re-
sort for the old people of Boone, Hendricks and Montgomery


-couuties, to meet and rehearse the old, old stories of bygone
days. At about 10 a. m. the meetino; "was called to order by
the president, Daudridge Tucker. Prayer by D. W. Jessie.

Upon the stage were the following aged persons: George
Threldkeld, Madison Erskin, Dr. Burk, Samuel Penry, James
Evans, Mr. Strickland, William Elder, Mrs. Caldwell, Mrs.
Ragsdale, Mrs. ^yhiteman, Mr. and Mrs. William Nicely,
Elijah Day, Wra. Williamson, Wesley Peck, George Snider,
William Sellors, Dr. Orear, John Edwards, Henry Airhart
and Edward Chambers.

After some good music bv the Jamestown band the follow-
ing spoke, occupying from ten to fifteen minutes each, compar-
ing the past with the present of early times, hardships en-
dured, toils passed by. Some of the speakers were quite old,
bent with age, yet there was noticeable a flash of youth of the
eye as they referred to matters fifty and sixty years ago. They
were listened to with great attention throughout. First, Will-
iam Elder, Christoph Walkup, J. H. Davis, Dr. Porter, Rev.
Lawhon, John Edwards, Noah Chitwood, Mr, Peck and

Some old-time relics were shown, such as books, Indian
trinkets, from the field of Custer's defeat, etc. The meeting
throughout was of deep interest, to all. It was noticeable that
the greetings were of that earnest kind that we hope will con-
tinue to take place here annually for time to come. Keep
them up; don't let the old fires of fathers go out; keep alive
the deeds they did in the morning of our now grand day.

I noticed on the ground the fi)llowing candidates: Dr.
Porter, W. C. Crump, Xat. Titus, J. S. LaFollette, Mike
Iveefe, C. M. Wvnkoop, J. S. Harrison, J. II. Kelly, Jacob
Miller, T.J. McCann, Dr. Reagan, F. M. Moody and John
Huber, the "Flying Dutchman," who was at home, and well
■did he come to the front in setting a splendid table, }>resided
over by his estimable wifi, and this table gathered not only
Democrats, but ilepublicans and Grcenbackers, all in the best
of humor, plenty ior all and as free as the air.


After the speaking the following officers were elected for
the uext year: Prosident, Dr. George L. Burk ; vice-presi-
dents, Christopher ^Yalkup, S. Davidson and George Wren ;
secretary, Isaac Palmer. After the conclusion of the ceremo-
'■nies the people were loth to quit the ground, lingering to
shake hands and say good by. About 1,000 persons wn-e
present, all well dressed, and the best order prevailed.




Sampson Bowen, one of the pioneers of Jefferson, you will
find one mile southeast of Dover, pleasantly located ; is a good
talker, well posted on early life in Boone County. Mrs. B. is
a sister of Dr. Burk, of Jamestown, and daughter of the late
Samuel Burk, of this township, I was kindly cared for at
their hospitable home.

Samuel Hollingsworth, living in the north part of the
township, has been here a long time. He and his aged com-
panion are enjoying the repose of life after having battled with
the early life in Jefferson,

Mrs. Cain, a lady of some seventy years, is living with her
son William, just south of Hazelrigg Station. She has been
citizen here fifty years. Her husband has been dead a few-

Mrs. Harris, another pioneer lady, just north, has been
here over fifty years, and is well informed in the early events
of the locality.

Manuel Heistand, one of the early settlers of Jefferson, ira-;
been here forty-two years. He has a good farm and enjoys
life ; is one of those clever geutlomeu you meet only occa-

Van Riggins, who was recently hurt by falling off of a


wagon, has one of the finest locations in the county, splendid
orchard and everything denoting thrift.

J. F. Ilouth, just north, has a fine house, good farm, and is
a o:ood farmer. He was in the kite M'ar.

South you will find Sylvester Reveal. He came from
Hamilton County a few years ago, settled in the \voods, and
has forty acres of tip-top land.

Adjoining is James McDuffy, a retired sciiool teacher,
quietly farming. He reads The Pioneer, and is posted on
things in general.

John Kramer, eighty years of age, lives near the Mount
Zion Church. Pie lives with his two interesting grand-

Mount Zion Church, one of the landmarks, is being torn
down and will be replaced with a more modern structure.

George Farlow, of Dover, another octogenarian, to use his
own expression, has been through the Hint mill. His wife is
also a sister of Dr. Burk.

"Wash Irwin, just west, is living on the old homestead
where his father lived many years, but now lives in Dover.
The two old men, Mr. Farlow and Mr. Irwin, are highly re-
spected in and about Dover.

Mrs. Jackson, north of Dover, has been here fifty-three
years. Her husband died a few years ago. He was at one
time county commissioner of the county.

AV. \Y. Hollingsworth, near Hazelrigg Station, is a chn-er
gentleman-. He takes an interest, as well as all the above, in
"Early Life and Times in Boone."

John Hysong, near the Washington Township line, is well
located -near the railroad. He was also a good soldier — I
think in the IGth Regiment.

AY. W. Trout, just in the e^ga of Washington, living on
the old Hazelrigg flirm, is just the place to stop, from the fact
the bill is paid. He was blowing up stumps on his well-
cultivated farm.

West on the township line you will find Riley Taylor, one


of the best farmers in the county. He is as fine a conversa-
tionalist as one will find. Near his house is the cemetery, and
^vhe^e some of his family are buried, and where you will find
some of the finest monuments in the county.
'• The store at the station, kept by Mr. S. Klepher, is well
patronized, and he has come to stay. He has a good room
and a fine dwelling house.

I have taken fifty orders for our work in Jefferson. ^ly
association on ray part among the people here has been pleas-
ant, and I am under obligations to many for their interest and
kindness. I found twelve persons who have passed the
ei"-htieth mile post. Two had gone ten miles farther. Jeffcr-
so'n certainly is the land of the old people. I will go from
here to Wor'th, skipping Center for Mr. Spahr, who will look
up our interest there when through with Sugar Creek, where
he is now.


Perhaps no road in Indiana was traveled more than the
Michigan road, from Indianapolis to Logansport, in early
days, and certainly no tavern was more popular than the Eagle
Village Hotel, though there were many shingles hanging out
as far'^back as 1845, and a few later. They are now all gone,
or at lea.-,t but few remain. Begin at Indianapolis; the fir.-'t
one was "Foland's," neaf Crown Hill; Simeon Head's, ?')ud^i
of Augusta; " Goldsburg's," in Augusta; ''George Alton's"
ll-mifc house, and Noble Davis, ju, t north. Opposite N<.b!o
Davis, Mr. Patterson kept; and on the White River hill, iUc
miles north of the capital city, :^Ir. Rridgford kept. I f'lgot
to mention liim in the right place. Then we come to the
Eagle Village Hotel, kept many years by Polly Lariinore. I
. think her husband, Daniel Larimore, started it in 1834 He
<iying, she kept on till about the year 18-18, when it was kept





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by George Craft, Joseph Larimore (her son), and others,
always keeping up its good record, till finally it went down
about the year 1855. It was a two story frame, and, for the
times, a good building. Its bar room was large, with a fire-
place, and around the crackling fire many were the good jokes
told, and many were the good tables set in its ample dining
room. Some have eaten at it who afterwards became promi-
nent, such as Schuyler Colfax, D. D. Pratt, G. W. Fitch, Jesse
D. Bright, H. P. Biddle, John Pettit, (all in the United States
Senate,) and others. I boarded there and sat at the table with
all or nearly all of the above.

North of Eagle Village the following kept tavern : Jacob
Hoover, Ben. Cox, Mr. Cotton ; and at Xortiifield, Jacob Tip-
ton kept many years; north or Northfield, Mr. Smith and Mr.
Lane kept.

The stage line from Indianapolis to Logansport ran daily,
and mostly with four horses, and they were all needed, for the
roads during the winter were terrible. It was on this road
that the story originated about the passengers walking and
carrying rails to pry the stage out of the mud holes. They
changed horses at the Eagle Village Hotel, and passengers got
dinner there. The old, slow-plodding stage and the taverns
are things of the past. The stage driver's horn, once musical,
has been supplanted with the engine whistle.



I call to mind two gala days, mingled with sadness, at
Eagle Village. Both were similar occasions, and only a few
days apart. The first was the boys from Logansport, under the
leadership of Gen. Tipton. It was a beautiful evening when
It was reported that they would arrive in our village and stav
all night. There was hustling about in hot haste. To give


entertainment to 100 persons was no little matter. They
were, however, all accommodated, from two to ten staying ai
each house, and about twenty each at the two hotels. The}' were
halted in front of the hotel, and the captain would tell four to
go with this man, two with this, and so on till all were quart-
ered. I think as many more could have been cared for. Six
came to our house. One of them wanted to stay at the hotel.
He was a fine-haired chap, as most of them were clerks and
young fellows from Logansport, and did not know the hard
times that awaited him. Not half of this gay company return-
ed. The company from Delphi followed soon, under Gen.
Milroy. We had a little better notice of their coming, and
the Eagle Village Light Infantry, then in its zenith, went out
to meet them in the vicinity of Xorthfield, returning near
night with bayonets glistening and flags flying, drums beating.
etc. The men were quartered the same way as those from
Logansport. The village was full of enthusiasm, men, women
and children keeping time to the general enthusiasm that per-
vaded ns all. Our home company was worked up to such an
extent that a vote was taken and it was resolved to go to the
front, but their services were not needed, and they did not go
nor do I call to mind a single man that went from the village
During the summer of 1880 I was in Carroll County, and saw
a few of the boys, or rather old men, who stayed all night at
the village in 1847. It was this company that suffered terri-
bly with sickness, and not more than one-fourth got baek. I
was four years too young to go to the Mexican war. I f'-'h
big enough when the soldiers referred to above were at the
village. The fire had ample time to die out till 1861 came
around, and I wast just the right age, and I was like the man
who was hunting a man to whip him. Late in the day he met
a friend and said he had found his man. If the roll was called
of these 200 men how many do you suppose would answer to
their names to-day ?



The few hours I was in your vicinity last week were cer-
tainly very pleasant ones, full of interest to me in looking
into the faces of those who I was acquainted witli in years
past. Here and there are old landmarks of the past to be
seen in and about Eagle Village and Zionsville. Dye's old
mill-race is, I see, still visible, but the old mill and its ponder-
ous wheel are gone. Forty-two years ago I rode up to the old
mill with grist tied on. It was my "debut." Jake Dye was
there in all his glory, ready for fun as he always was. His
first salutation was: "Boy, what in h — 1 do you want?" I
stammered out that I had come to mill. He took my sack
and I went to warm at an old cracked stove. There were
several older boys there parching corn. Jake saw there was
a chance for fun. He went and got his hand full of flour,
stuck it under my nose and said : "Boy, smell this;" then he
dashed all of it in my eyebrows, eyes and hair. I rushed out,
half scared to death, and washed the flour out as best I could.
And this was how I was initiated in going to mill. As I
crossed the old mill-race the other day, it was suggested to my
mind. Yet the old mill is gone but Jake is living. I hope
his last days may be pleasant and the sands of life not run out
for years to come.

I called to see my old friends, Mr. and Mrs. Pitzer, with
whom I got acquainted in Eagle Village in 1845, in the prime
of life. I passed a pleasant hour at their pleasant home.
Time has dealt gently with them, though their heads are white
and age is settling over them, gliding gently dovyn the stream
of time

I accepted an invitation to dinner with Major B. M. Greg-
ory, at his splendid home, where he and his excellent wife know
all about genuine hospitality. I got acquainted with Ben at
the Old Augusta camp ground, in 1843. Some older boys got


US to fight, but it was a bloodless oue, aud we have been warm
friends since.

I stayed over night with I. N, Cotton, four miles from
Zionsville. AVe crossed the plains together in 1852, and I
wanted to talk over old times and set around the camp fires
again before they go out forever. He has a pleasant home,
nestled among the hills of the creek, fish ponds and bee stands
alternating around. This was the second time we met since
1852. Mr. Cotton is one of the best farmers in the county
aud is well posted on the grand subject. He aud his interest-
ing family gave me a hearty welcome at their home.

I was glad to notice the general thrift and improvement
that is noticeable all over the county, though many of the old
landmarks have disappeared aud old citizens gone, it is but
history repeating itself, and the things of to-day will soon be
those of to-morrow. I never visit Zionsville without visiting
the beautiful little cemetery just across the creek, for it is there
where some dear friends are sleeping, I think it makes us
better to visit the graves of loved ones, lovse sight of the world
for awhile and be reminded of the swiftness of time. Let us
keep the graves of our friends green.



It was in the year 1846 the Odd Fellows organized a lodge
in Eagle Village. There was at that time considerable oppo-
sition to the order, and the result was, as is always the case, it
flourished, and in two or three years a good lodge was built
up. Thomas P. Miller built a two-story frame, fronting on
the street, some forty feet long, and over this was the hall,
making the building three stories high. The hall was com-
pleted first, and continued this way for some time, standing
upon stilts, as it were, for the underj)art was not even weather-
boarded for two years. There were large letters on the front


of the hall which read: "Odd Fellows' Hall." The letters
were cut out by John Lowe, now of Lebanon. This, with the
odd-looking buildinc^, attracted the general attention ot travel-
ers, who were plenty then on the Michigan road. Yes, there
was strong opposition to the order. Many hard things were
said and done pro and con. At one time things looked like
a little domestic war would result. Strange things were seen
and heard, especially on the night of meetings. One woman
declared she saw one of the members carrying up hay to feed

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