Early days in Jay County, IN, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales, factual data and personal biographies in this NEW 75 page 8.5" x 11" spiral-bound booklet, printed on 60 # opaque paper. The 75 page booklet is compiled from excerpts from three hard-to-find sources: the rare 1864 book History of Jay County Indiana written by M.J. Montgomery, An Illustrated History of the State of Indiana by DeWitt C. Goodrich et.al. (1875) and Indiana, a Guide to the Hoosier State, a 1941 WPA publication. The spiral bound booklet is 8.5" x 11" and is printed on 60# paper. A vinyl sheet protects the front cover. Past and present communities in this southwest Indiana county include: Bearcreek Township, Bryant, Dunkirk (part), Greene Township, Jackson Township, Jefferson Township, Knox Township, Madison Township, Noble Township, Penn Township, Pennville, Pike Township, Portland (County Seat), Redkey, Richland Township, Salamonia, Wabash Township, and Wayne Township. (Some of these may not be mentioned in the booklet.) Among the contents are: the First Settlers in Jay County, Fugitive Slaves, William Simmons -- Lost and Found; Nancy Hawkins and the Oldest Cabin; Pioneers of 1830; Settlers and Incidents; Wild Animals; Indians Fire-Hunting; Elections; Law suit; Schools; Organization of the County; Courts, Officers and Attorneys; Township History; Limberlost Church and the Rev. I.N. Taylor; Liber College; Farmers' Academy; and Jay County and the Civil War (17 pages, with excerpts from the Jay Torch-Light, troup movements, personal recollections, and many names); Gene Stratton Porter, authoress; and Elwood Haynes, inventor.
Jay County, IN
Sources: History of Jay County Indiana
Authors: M.J. Montgomery
Original Publication Year: 1864
Original Publisher: Church, Goodman, Cushing
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