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the goat. Chains were heard clanking and other thing?
equally erroneous-appearing now. But they were believed
then, and some went so far as to say they were a nest of horse
thieves. Among the first members were T. P. Miller, J. F.
Daugherty, Oel Thayer, James M. Lariraore, Joseph Larimore,
James Handly, Isaac L. Davenport, John "Welch, Dr. S. AY.
Rodman and others M'hose names I do not call to mind. Pre-
judice soon, however, died out, as it must in all such cases, for
when some might think such orders are wrong-doing, they are
devising ways and means to dry up the widow's tears and stop
the orphans' cries. As soon as their works are seen and felt
the opposition gives way and the good work goes on. I was
in early life prejudiced against secret orders. It took a long
time to out-live it. Though never an Odd Fellow, I belong
to an order none the less honorable and yet a little older, which
had the tendency to knock out the early and erroneous impres-
sions against secret orders. The old hall at the village has
gone a long time ago, but teachings of the order live green




The above house was built about fifty years ago, midway
between Eagle Village and Clarkstowu, and near where Little
Eagle crosses the Michigan road. The first time I was there
was in 1 8-45. Was there occasionally for several years after.


ward. It was well located, on a high piece of ground, and it
was for years a popular place for the Methodists to hold meet-
ings, and some of their strong as well as good men preached
there. As I passed by the place not long since, I could not
tiliscover any vestige of the old building. It was a hewed-log
house, some 30x50 feet. It would seat some 350 persons.
There is an old story told about the pulpit, or" rather how it
was paid for, the truth of which I do not vouch for. Two
prominent citizens, both high up in the art of swearing, agreed
between themselves that the one who could swear the most
profanely the other should pay for making the pulpit. It was
said the agreement was carried out. One man who went there
quite often, now dead, said : "No wonder Bethel don't flourish,
for the pulpit was cussed out." Be this as it may, the pulpit
was built and Bethel did flourish, and many good sermons
were preached from it. About the first time I ever heard the
late AY. TI. Goode was there, then in his younger days, and
when he had not reached his zenith. He died recently at
Richmond, Ind., after falling and breaking his leg. What a
grand man and preacher he ^vas.

Among those who were there early Mere F. M. Richmond,
Rev. Roll, A. Eddy, Joseph Marsee, George Duzan, George
Bowman, Sen., and others.

Among those whom I oftened listened to in praise and
exhortation were Mr. and Mrs. De Buler, Jacob Lakin, George
Lowe and wife, William and Henderson Bragg, Isaac L. Daven-
port, George Dye, !Mr. Stoneking, Thomas Blake, Sen., Mr.
Pryor Brock. All are dead but Mr. Allen Brock and Mrs.
Lowe, I think. The house was rather rough inside. The
.seats were only slabs,'without backs, and it was somewhat tire-
some to sit there two hours.

The architecture of our houses of worship has improved
more in proportion than the preaching, to my notion. 1
listened to the noted "boy preacher," Harrison, a few years
ago, in one of the fine churches in Indianapolis, or rather saw
him go through with his monkey actions. He could not hold


a candle to any of the above to preach. But then it suits the
people and they will go. But the doctrine that was preached
in old Bethel will live when the present way of worship is
forgotten. I believe in progression, but in truth are we pro-
gressing, is a serious question.



Though Union is one of the smallest townships in the
county, there is much to write about here. With its thousand
springs, its hills and rills, runs and streams, and with all its
productive soil, one can but touch on the variety of what
might be the theme of a long communication.

'Squire Marvin, so long and well known, is beautifully lo-
cated on the Michigan road about one mile north of Northfield,
overlooking Rosston, the two pikes, the valley of Eagle Creek,
and the iron bridge that spans it midway between his house
and Northfield. There are few handsomer places in the county
— certainly no better place to stop. Good music by Charley
and his sister. Call and see the 'Squire on the hill.

George and Nero Hollingsworth, northeast, adjoining the
Marion Township line, are well located — the latter in a splen-
did brick house, with a good farm. He lives at home. George
is farming, having quit teaching school. A niglit at his pleas-
ant home will convince any one that he and his wife know how
to entertain

Isaac Leap is keeping store at Rosston. He is from Perry
Township. He has a fair trade.

The Ross brothers, " Non and Nin," are here to stay — in
fact they have been here a long time. They are sons of the
late James Ross, one of the early settlers of Union. He and
his wife are buried at Crown Hill.

George Stephenson, south of Northfield, is a township


trustee. He has traveled extensively and is a good talker.
Don't fail to call on him when in Union.

John Murphy, just south, has a splendid situation, a good
farm, and one of the best poultry yards in the county. To
him belongs the credit of building the church house at North-
field known as the " Seventh-Day Adventist."

John Xew lives in Northfield, and has one of the finest
libraries in the county. He is a well informed gentleman.
Harvey New is teaching the school here, and is one of the
rising young men. George New, one and a half miles west,
near the junction of Mount's Run aud Eagle Creek, has a
pleasant situation, overlooking a beautiful little valley to the
south. He is teaching school in Union Township. He, with
the assisstance of his nephew, Harvey, have made a map, with
key attached, of the late war, which displays great talent in
its make-up. It has taken time and great pains to make this
beautiful and valuable map. It must be seen to be appreciated.
If a person was looking for a pleasant place to stop and
George's did not fill the bill they had better move on.

George Shelburn, just west of Northfield, has a productive
farm, and on of the cleverest families in Boone County.

J. H. Peters, situated on Mount's Run, has been here
nearly all his life. I am indebted to him and his family for

James Hughbanks, on the east line of the township, has
some of the best land in the county. He was formerly town-
ship trustee.

John A. Dulin, in the north part, is one of the best farmers
and stock men to be found anywhere. He has seven head of
fine horses, valued at as many thousand dollars; fine cattle,
fish pond, and in fact everything to denote plenty on every

North you will find Frank Woodard, v.'ho has a good word
for all, and here you will find without a doubt some of the
finest poultry in the county — turkeys by the hundred, white


as the drifting snow, and chickens as if rained down from
some fairy land. Gall and see Frank's poultry.

L. P. Shoemaker lives on the Xoblesville gravel road, in
the brick house. To say he is well, located is a mild way of
stating it. His aged mother-in-law, Mrs. Dulin, lives with
bim. She is near eighty years of age, and has been here over
fifty years.

A little further east you will find Uncle George Shoemaker,
a grand conversationalist, and at one time one of the largest
landholders in the county. Mr. S. is iu poor health at this
writing. He has been here fifty years. He and his aged
companion are enjoying the comforts of life.

Midway between L. P. and his father is Isaac Shoemaker,
who has a fine house and handsome surroundings. He has
just returned from a hunting trip to Michigan. Call and hear
him tell about killing seven deer, one otter and other game.

S. S. Davis, south of Big Springs, has been here many
years — is to the manor born. Is well informed on Boone
County matters.

Andrew Harvey, in the southeast part of Union, has been
here many years. Has just finished a fine barn and moved his
house out on the road. Is now much better located.

I find J. P. Stark in the school room, his fort, having
taught over sixteen years. He has a fine brick house, and a
good farm, on the pike.

Joseph Artman, on the north line, has been here twenty
years, and when I called he was gathering the golden corn, of
which he has plenty. In fact, he is a good farmer.

William Beeler, on Jackson Run, is one of those clever
men and can't help it. He has one of the finest gravel pits to
be found.

John Stephenson is alone in the world, but is making the
best of surroundings. He is near the Hamilton County line.

N. Lothlin, C. O. Dulin, Ed. Smith, Morris Maulove, W.
A. Kincaid and Oliver Harlan are among the young men met
in the township, all of whom patronize our work.


The schools are all in running order. I visited those of
Miss Hollingswor<h, Harvey Xew, J. P. Stark and George-
New. Bright, well-clad children flocking to school in every
direction certainly is no bad sight.

Among the old persons in Union are James Berry, James
New, John Kineaid (aged ninety-two), iSIrs. Koontz, Mrs.
Sedwick, Xewton Dooley, Wash. Hatton, Mrs. Dulin, Mrs.
Wysong and others.

The old Michigan road to me is of peculiar interest.
Forty-three years ago I was along here. There are a few land-
marks remaining. The old Jacob Jones' inn is intact, much the
same, with its big chimneys, where the old stage coach and
where the horses were exchanged. There are a few houses in
Xorthfield that were there then. Weslev Smith, or as we
called him, "Col." Smith, kept tavern near the north line of
Union. I was at his house in the winter of 1847 in company
with a party of sleighriders from Eagle Village, most of whom
are now dead. I thought while in Northfield of J. H. Eose,
Dr. Sara Hardy, Chance Cole, Dr. McLeod, and that grand
old man, Jacob Jones, who was thrice a pioneer — once in
Ohio, again in Indiana, and finally went to Oregon in 1852,
where he was at the head and front of a large delegation wiio
went from Northfield and vicinity. He finally died in his
western home a few years ago. I never pass his old home
without thinking of him. In many respects he was a good

There are many other matters I would very much like to
write about, but have already, I fear, overstepped the space I
could reasonably ask for.

To all whom I met in little Union during the past few
days I am thankful for their patronage and kindness.

I will write you from Clinton Township. Bare with me
two more letters and I will not bother those who from time to
time have thought my letters worth reading during the past
fifteen months.




It seems strange to write a letter to a newspaper
at Zionsville, for it seems not a great while ago there
was no town there, much less a printing office. I prom-
ised to -write something for your paper and would gladly do
so, but the fact is I am about out of ammunition, having written
twelve letters to the Pioneer, which has exhausted my little
fund in the reminiscence line. I want to say a word in mem-
ory of two honored pioneers of Eagle Creek who are now
dead, George Dye and Frederick Lowe. And when I say
they were pioneers I mean all that that word means. They
were to Boone County what Daniel Boone was to Kentucky;
bold, fearless, honest. Wliat one can say of one, either Mr.
D. or Mr. L., might be said of the other. Both came early,
both were religious men, raised large families, and contributed
largely of their time and means to build up a "good society."
Their houses were borh open not only for the poor " new
comer," but to the itinerant preacher who follows close in the
wake of civilization. The first time I ever saw Mr. Dye he
came to our house to see father about building a church in
Eagle Village. He had his trusty big rifle with him, weigh-
ing nineteen pounds. Yes. I said trusty, for once he got a
bead on a deer or turkey it was Uncle George's meat, sure.
That good old man did not live to see the church completed,
for he died about the year 1849 or 1850. He went to Leba-
non on some business and was taken sick and died. He was
not what we now call a polished man, but he was more than
that, he was useful. Early he built the Dye mill, which was
of untold usefulness to the early settlers. Don't forget George
Dye. Captain Lowe was a good man. His house was a place
for preaching in early days. I was there a long time ago.
He was a strong man in many respects, although feminine in


his make-up, and lived to a good old age. Captain Lowe's
word was as good as any man's that ever made tracks in Boone
County. He was also a great hunter, though his gun, per-
haps, was not as long or heavy as that of Mr. Dye. But I
would as soon have been shot at by one as the other in their
best days. No, don't forget Mr. Lowe either. Keep their
graves green, for in your infancy as a county they waited the
early advance of society with interest, done what they thought
was right, were always right on the moral questions. Mr.
Dye was a member of the M. E. Church, and Mr. Lowe of the
Christian. Mr. Dye came from" the Muskingum Rivei-, in
Ohio. I think Mr. Lowe was from North Carolina, but am
not positive of his nativity.



I was out on the Michigan road on Saturday last, in the
interest of ray work. Called on Henry M. Marvin, who has
been here many years. Has represented the county seven
years in the legislature. He is" pleasantly located on the hill
overlooking Northfield, Eagle Creek and the bridge that spans
it just south of his house. After dinner Miss Mariam and
brother gave some fine music on the organ and violin. Mr.
Marvin has one of the finest locations for a fish pond in the
county, and will soon, he says, improve it and stock it with

.George Stephenson, trustee, is about one mile south of
Northfield, and has a fine farm of 160 acres. George has
traveled much and is good company, having been a tourist in
Europe. Talks patent rights to perfection, and is himself thv:'
patentee of many good and useful inventions.

Mrs. Nichols, aged eighty-four, just south of the creek, is
yet living. She has been here over fifty years, and before the


Michigan road was cut out, and, I think, has lived on the
same farm ever since. She is the mother of the late Addison
Nichols, and Rue and Ol, of Zionsville, and Mrs. Martin
Burton, of Indianapolis, She is one of the few old citizens
who first came to Union Township.

James Dye and Jesse Lane are two old settlers who live in
Xorthlield. What they do not know of that place is not worth

As I passed along this old road I thought of the old stage
as it went lumbering in years past, and of Jacob Jones, Sr., as
I passed his old home. He was a good man. Three times
was he pioneer to as many counties, and he was useful wherever
he was. Jacob Tipton I thought of, with his coonskins
lashed on as he traveled the swamps of Boone, tax collector,
sheriff, etc.

Jacob Jones, Jr., is finely located on the road in Eagle
Township. Has been here nearly all his life, and, I think, is
the only one of this pioneer family now living in Boone
County. Mr. Jones takes interest in my work, and is the first
in the county to forward a history of his family to be pub-
lished in "Early Life and Times in Boone County."


I attended the Democratic convention here on Saturday last.
It was held in the court house yard. Fully two thousand
persons were present, and it was one of the best conducted
outdoor meetings I was ever at. James Shirley was president
and Mr> Higgins secretary. The ticket gives satisfaction as
far as I have heard. Thomas Shelburn, of Eagle,
bore his honors well and received the congratulations of his
friends with becoming modesty. Tom will be no dead weight
to carry in the coming campaign.

The opera house is being handsomely fitted up and will be
<ione in a few days, in time for the fair.


Work on the M. E. Church is progressing M'ell and will be
finished before cold weather. It will be quite an improvement
over the old building.

The fair grounds are being put in order, new buildings and
other improvements going on. Every effort will be made to
make this one of the best fairs ever held in the county.

Lebanon will soon be lighted with gas, as there is now go-
ing on movements in that direction. In fact, Lebanon is,
considering the times, on the boom. There is one thing this
city does need, and that is a good hotel building. Some one
ought to lead out and build one here and supply a long felt

I am getting along well with my work here. Have been
over the south tier of townships. Am meeting with encour-
agement thus far, and have hopes of its continuance.

The friends here of James Miller were sorry to hear of his
death, as it was somewhat unexpected.



The above township is the only one but what I have been
in in former years, and the only one that I was wholly unac-
quainted in, Mrs. A. C. Coombs being the only person that I
ever was at all acquainted with, and her not for thirty-five
years — then a little girl at Eagle Village. She is the daughter
of T. P. Miller, now of Indianapolis. Clinton is well watered
by. the streams of Mud Creek and Brown's Wonder, flowing a
little to the east of north, entering Sugar Creek about three
miles apart. Three churches in Elizaville, Hopewell in the
northwest, and Salem in the northeast, furnish places for the
people to worship. All very good sized and well-built edi-
fices. They consist of three Presbyterian, one Christian and
one Baptist. The cemeteries at Hopewell and Salem are quite


well cared for, kept in good order, and some tasteful monu-
ments mark tlie resting places of loved ones gone.

Elizaville has two active saw-mills, two stores, two black-
smith shops, two doctors, and in fact all the needed mechanics
that go to make up a lively little business center.

I passed by the old mill on Brown's Wonder, built in early
times by John Caldwell. It has been idle for several years.
His widow is living yet on the old homestead.

A. C. Coombs, long a citizen of Lebanon, has been here
several years. He lives in the southwest corner. He and his
wife, who so kindly cared for me, I will long remember.

^y. H. Evans was- boru here. His father was one of the
pioneers of Clinton.

Riley Colgrove, ex-sheriff, has been here twenty years. He
has a good farm and buildings, and enjoys life full as well as
his prototype, Charley Riley.

William Brenton, one of the live young men of Clinton,
has just completed and moved into his fine residence. I found
him grading and beautifying the surroundings.

F, C. Phillips, a little farther east, is here to stay; is well
informed on matters generally, and a night at his house was
pleasantly spent.

West of Mr. Brenton you w^ill find O. G. Curtis. His
father was an early settler. He is one of the men who reads
and does his own thinking.

Farther east is J. A. Powell, also one of the go-ahead
young farmers of Clinton. His wife is the daughter of John
M. Burns, so long and well known by the people of Boone
County in public and private life.

Riley Perkins, in the west part of the township, has a fine
farm and buildings, and is an independent thinker and voter.
We lack about one hundred thousand such men in Indiana.

Marion Caldwell is erecting a fine residence here. He is
one of the rising young men of Clinton.

Hiram Brenton and his aged wife live here. He is one of
the old pioneers, and was here before the town was laid out.


South you will fiacl Jack Robinson, also his aged father,
who lives with him. They are among the early citizens of

South and in sight, living in a brick house to the left, you
will find G. W. Silver. No better place to stop in Boone
County. No use of gold when you stop with silver.

West W. M. Evans resides. He is one of the go-ahead
young farmers, and has fine stock of all kinds — twenty-eight
head of hogs, some weighing from five to eight hundred pounds.

Near him you will find Jesse Swope, who has a good farm.
I found hira gathering the golden corn. He takes the Pioneer
and reads the news himself and to his interesting family.

I must not forget James A. McDonald and his aged com-
panion, who have battled with the early life in Clinton. He
has a fund of early events to tell around his hearthstone.
Don't pass hira by.

John R. McDonald, his son, is a young man of activity,
has splendid buildings and farm, could hardly get along witli-
out the Pioneer.

Frank Phillips, on the Strawtown road, has a fine farm and
buildings. His wife is the daughter of one of the Elder Cald-
wells. This is one of the interesting places in the county.

Ea-t, after passing J. A. Powell on the north, you will find
Hugh Sample, said to be the first child to see daylight up in
Clinton, fifty-two years ago. Whether this is a fact or not, a
night at his pleasant home will satisfy any one that Hugh has
been here long enough to know how to make one at home.

My work here is done. I have wandered up and down on
Brown's Wonder, got my feet muddy on Mud Creek and saw
no, tarrapins on Tarpin Creek.

Oh, yes I I must not forget Thomas Abernathy, eighty-
eight years of age. He and his aged wife are enjoying life up
here on Mud Creek now, as well as the past fifty years.

To all in Clinton Township I am thankful for attentions.
Riley Colgrove and ^Matthew McAlear are the only living
Mexican soldiers I find here. May they live long.




William C. Powell and Adam C. Kern, trustee, live in the
south part. The former is an old citizen. The latter also is
no stranger in Boone County. He has a fine tile factory, and
has the schools in line trim, if one may judge from passing
through. The school houses here are all of brfck, and of
good size and generally well located. Among the teachers
are Milton Caldwell, Miss White and Mr. Stafford.

Ephraim Davis, in the north part, has a fine farm and brick
house. He has been long a citizen of Boone, and is here to
stay. He has 240 acres of land. His father lives near Leb-
anon. Splendid dinner at the right time at his house.

Matthew McAlear, whom every person up here knows, has
been here many years.

J. A. Pavey, near by, is a young man who has beeu liere
all his life.

Widow Roberts, relict of the late Hiram Roberts, has been
living on Brown's Wonder fifty years. She knows all about
the hardships of a frontier life. Mr. Roberts was one of the
first school teachers in Clinton.

I must not forget James F. Downing. . He pointed out the
site of his father's rude cabin, built on Tarrepin Creek, sixty
years ago; also the place where the Indian hut stood near by.
To him and all others referred to above, and many others, I am
under lasting obligations for patronage and attentions. The
people here seem to be prosperous and contented, and good
husbandry crops out on every hand.



One dark, rainy night I knocked at the door of John Hig-

gins, after having lost my way and " cooned " the foot-log

near his house. I fully appreciated the genuine hospitality of

Mr. and Mrs. Hall. Here it was that our good editor found



his better if not big-ger half. Xear here is the precinct or
township house. It is of brick, and quite well located.

Adjoining the county south v.est you will find John Camp-
bell, who is one of the pioneers of AVashington. To him and
his son, S. E. Campbell, I am under special obligations.

Joseph Reese, son of Samuel Reese, one of the older citizens
here, is well located, with a brick house. He is on duty at
the court house.

Oliver Chambers, son of one of the pioneer families, lives
with his mother, aged eighty years. She has a vivid recollec-

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