Early days in Owen County, IN, are recalled through colorful tales and factual data, in this 67-page booklet compiled from excerpts from two rare books: Tales of Pioneers, History of Owen County by James Archer (1962) and Indiana, a Guide to the Hoosier State, a WPA publication from 1940. The new 67-page 8 1/2" x 11" spiral bound booklet is printed on 60# paper. A vinyl sheet protects the front cover. Among the many subjects discussed are: Indian History; Antiquities; Topography and Geology; Early Settlers; Organization of the county; Origin of names; Early events; Names of early officials; Acts of the County Board; John Foster, an early "noted character; the first jail; Early court cases (such as a man sent to jail for two years for stealing an ax); the fun-loving Southport girls, County expenditures; Newspapers; the Great Telegraph Feat; the Board of Health; Samuel Richards, an artist; Public Buildings, bridges, roads, etc.; County Fairs; a Detective Agency; Patrons of Husbandry; Attorneys; Hurricanes, etc.; Miltiary History -- Revolutionary War, Indian War of 1811, War of 1812, War with Mexico, Civil War with considerable detail including names of many who served in Company H and Company I Fourteenth Regiment Indiana Volunteers, Company B - First Heavy Artillery, Company B - 31st Indiana, Company A - 59th Indiana, Company F - 71st Indiana (6th Cavalry), Company B and Company H - 97th Indiana, Company G - 115th Indiana, and Company D - 149th Indiana; the GAR; the City of Spencer (county seat) with the names of purchases of lots at the first sale and names of early residents; Hotels, Schools, Churches; Secret Societies; Businesses; and Washington Township history by William Richards. The WPA excerpt includes brief stops at McCormick's Creek State Park, Spencer, Gosport, Freedom, etc.
Owen County, IN
Sources: History of Owen County, Indiana; Tales of Pioneers
Authors: James Archer
Original Publication Year: 1962
Original Publisher: Goodspeed Publishing Co.
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