Saturday, December 31, 2011

Surname Saturday : Fisher

The FISHER surname is in Eileen's maternal line.  The origins are unknown at this time.

Stories and history :

Ahnentafel # 53: Patsey Fisher (1813-1850).  Patsey was born June 11, 1813, probably in Brown County, Ohio.  She married Hugh Allen Ballentine Peeples.  They raised 9 children, living in Miami County, Indiana and Marshall County, Indiana.  Patsey died March 19, 1850 in Marshall County, Indiana and is buried in the Washington-Lawson Cemetery in Union Township.

Ahnentafel # 106: Daniel Fisher (1790-1833).  Daniel was born July 7, 1790.  He married Susannah Reeves (1789-1855) on August 6, 1812.  Susannah was born November 8, 1789.  They raised 7 children in Brown County, Ohio.  After Daniel's death, the remainder moved to Indiana.  Susannah died October 26, 1855 in Marshall County, Indiana.  Daniel died December 7, 1833.

Ahnentafel # 212: George Fisher (1753-1833). George was born in 1753.  He married Mary ________ (1764-1852).  They lived in Byrd Township, Brown County, Ohio.  Mary died September 26, 1852 in Byrd Township, Brown County, Ohio.  George died 1833 in Byrd Township, Brown County, Ohio.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


After a few years with the same old tagline, I believe that it’s time to create a new one for this blog.  Perhaps not many people pay attention to the tagline, but I want to make it the 30-second elevator speech for the TJLGenes blog.

Currently, the tagline reads :

Genealogy & family history research.  Chronicle of my research of my family lines, including lines of my children and step-children.  Maternal lines include a mix of Scots-Irish and English Quakers; paternal line has Swiss, German and French.

However, I feel that with a new year comes a new focus – not only on my lines and those of my wife, but aid to others who may be connected through collateral lines.  In the coming year, there will be more posts containing bits of “cousin bait” that I hope will create connections and spark new research; more personal genealogy for my future descendants, and more posts about my trials and errors in research that may helps someone avoid similar mistakes.

The new tagline will be :

A collection of genealogical nuggets for fellow researchers; cousin bait for our extended families and breadcrumbs for future descendants…
Hopefully the new tagline will be more reflective of what the blog is becoming, or more accurately, what I would like it to be.

Monday, December 26, 2011

The Birth of a New Tradition?

We may have seen the beginning of a new holiday tradition in my family with this year's Christmas gifts.  I cannot remember when I've had more fun getting together and sharing a laugh than this year at my parents.

After eating dinner, my nieces were eager to open their presents from grandma and grandpa, and we all enjoyed watching them tear into the wrapping paper excitedly.  But the biggest surprises were yet to come, when mom and dad gave each of us - myself, my brother and my sister - a special "gift" from our past.

With both parents now retired, they have begun the process of downsizing years of accumulation.  As I've written about before, some of the stuff has been sold at rummages, given away or thrown away if it had no value.  My parents had a tendency to save sentimental items from our childhood, and over the last year or so as they clean out boxes they've given us some real treats from our past.

Last year at Christmas they surprised me with my favorite teddy bear from when I was a baby.  This year they expanded the concept of "blasts from the past" to my brother and sister, and I believe we may have witnessed the birth of a new tradition.

When mom prefaced the giving of the gift with the comment: "If you don't want this, you don't have to keep it.", we knew it would be something interesting.

As the oldest, I went first.  It's almost hard to describe the gift if you aren't there to see it.  When I was around ten years old, I was involved in a youth choir event called the "Rainbow Express", organized by the Gaither's.  It was the story of Noah and other biblical promises of God.  When the program was over, mom took a t-shirt I wore that had the emblem of the program, turned it into a life-size doll that looked a bit like me, and had it mounted on a piece of wood paneling.  I honestly didn't remember this happening, but there was a Polaroid photograph taken of me standing with this doll.  Apparently, mom has kept this doll for the past 30-plus years in her "doll room."  This Christmas it was time to give it to me as a gift.

Needless to say, this gift caused a lot of laughs from my brother, sister, wife and in-laws.  Lots of comments like - "are you going to cry?" and "what in the world?"  Especially when I began to sing one of the songs from the program.  It was the song "Begat", and of course, was about genealogy.  That brought even more laughs.

My brother Jason was next, and he was hesitant to open his gift.  He received two things, one was an old wrestling trophy from 1985, the other was an old toy fire engine he used to play with as a kid. I believe it is die cast - had an extension ladder and everything, and was in great shape.  Jason is now a volunteer fireman, so it seemed appropriate that he played with this firetruck when he was a little boy.

My sister Michelle's gift made her girls howl with laughter, it was a stuffed Big Bird doll from Sesame Street that she used to carry around as a kid.  Boy, was that thing worn out.  I can remember her carrying it, I'm sure there are pictures somewhere of her with it.  Now it sort of looks like a dog's old chew toy.

We all had a great time laughing and speculating what each of us might get next year from our past.  I think that I can only go up from here.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Greetings

Merry Xmas and Joyous New Year

The Leonhard's

If you can't go to Ind. Xmas, come over here we are cooking for the folks.

This card was part of the collection of cards and postcards saved by paternal great-uncle and aunt, Clarence and Vera (Haley) Stuber.

I'm not sure which Leonhard family sent this, nor the relationship.  The Haley and Leonhard family did intermarry, and both were from Noble Twp., Jay County, Indiana.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve - 1983 edition

The last Christmas Eve we had with my maternal grandmother, Bonnie Mae (LAMBERTSON) WRIGHT, was one of the coldest in my memory.  At the time, grandma was living with us and suffering from cancer.  When Christmas Eve came around, she wanted to visit her sister, Ruby, in nearby Anderson.  The weather was something frightful, I believe the windchill was negative 20-something and we had near white-out blizzard conditions.  Nevertheless, we all piled into the car and made the trip.

Ruby (Lambertson) Walsh, Bonnie (Lambertson) Wright, 24 Dec 1983
Grandma was really looking ill in this picture.  It came from the collection that cousin Mike Walsh had.  He also had a few other pictures of my immediate family from this visit on Christmas Eve.

Travis (standing), Michelle & Jason LeMaster, 24 December 1983
Michelle & Jason LeMaster, 24 December 1983
Jason LeMaster (looking bored) 24 December 1983

We always had a good time at Bob & Ruby's, enjoyed the good food and visiting with family.  They always treated us like we were their grandchildren.

Surname Saturday : Recap of Corinne's Lines

This post is a recap of Surname Saturday posts of Corinne's family lines.  Taking a six-generation view of her pedigree chart, these are the families in her line.

  • MILLER Vanderburgh County, IN>Posey County, IN>Hesse-Darmstadt
  • SCHAFER Vanderburgh County, IN>Hesse-Darmstadt
  • SCHAEFFER Vanderburgh County, IN>Louisiana>Bavaria
  • RIEBER Vanderburgh County, IN>Louisiana>Germany
  • BOYER/BORROR Warrick County, IN>Franklin County, OH>Hardy County, VA>Germany
  • FOLLOWAY Warrick County, IN>Kentucky
  • WILLIAMS Warrick County, IN
  • WILD/WILDT Vanderburgh County, IN>Jefferson County, KY>Hesse-Darmstadt
  • DEUTSCH Vanderburgh County, IN>Saxony
  • DAMM Vanderburgh County, IN>Wabash County, IL>Bavaria
  • SCHNIEDER Vanderburgh County, IN
  • MIGUET Vanderburgh County, IN>Buchanan County, IA>France
  • JARRETT Buchanan County, IA>Koscuisko County, IN>Virginia
  • SAUER Vanderburgh County, IN>Pennsylvania
  • RITT Vanderburgh County, IN>Baden
Surname Saturday – create a post in which you discuss a surname and mention its origins, its geographical location(s) and how it fits into your genealogy research. Surname Saturday is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.

A Happy Christmas

Best wishes of your teacher

Sarah Watkins

Vera Haley

This postcard was part of the collection of my paternal great-aunt, Vera Haley. Apparently it was given to her by her teacher at Christmas.

Friday, December 23, 2011

A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Miss Vera Haley
Portland Ind.
R.R. 9


Will be over Thursday eve to go up to the school at Noble.


This postcard, postmarked December 23, 1908 at Portland, Indiana, was sent to my paternal great-aunt, Vera Haley.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Cordial Wish

Mrs. Clarence Stuber
Spencerville, Ohio

Wishing you & hubby a Merry Xmas.  Am in Midland now so write to me here.  Why don't you send me a line, Have written you cards several times.


This postcard, postmarked Midland, Michigan, December 22, 1922, was part of the collection of cards of my paternal great-uncle and aunt, Clarence and Vera (Haley) Stuber.

I have not yet identified "Beck" yet, but Vera's aunt and uncle, Arthur and Carrie Mae (Haley) Graves, did live in Midland during this time.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Merry Christmas

Dec. 24, 1918 -

Dear Sis. & Bro. -

Tues. Morn. Rec'd your letter yesterday don't get your letters now untill 2nd day.  We are all well.  We sent your X'mas box yesterday.  Geo. Metzner hasn't arrived yet.  May hear from him today.  Fred Young is improving can sit up in bed some.  Flu is not much better.  There was four broke out with it at Metzner  school.  Gay Bergman & Elizabeth Sherman were two of them.  The girls don't have to go to school this week.  Have vacation.  Ruth is anxious for Santa to come.

From Sis.  CEH

Mrs. Clarence Stuber
Spencerville, Ohio
R.F.D # 5

This postcard, postmarked December 24, 1918 in Portland, Indiana, was sent to my paternal great-aunt, Vera (Haley) Stuber, by her sister, Clara Elnora Haley.

The Ruth mentioned is my grandmother, Ruth Haley.  The George Metzner mentioned is an unidentified Metzner relative.  Gay Bergman was a distant relative of the family through the Metzner side, and was a contemporary of Vera.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Wish

Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Stuber
Spencerville, Ohio

Dec. 22, 1929

A Merry Christmas to you all

Mr. & Mrs. Geo Metzner

This postcard, postmarked Belmore, Ohio, December 22, 1929, was part of the collection of my paternal great-uncle and aunt, Clarence and Vera (Haley) Stuber.

Which George Metzner family is this from? Vera's great-uncle and aunt, George W. and Elizabeth Metzner, lived in the Belmore area, but he died in 1875.  Belmore is in Putnam County, Ohio.  Another mystery to sort out.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Black Sheep Sunday : Officers on Trail of Bank Robbers

Source: Evansville Journal, Evansville, Indiana, March 11, 1925, page 1


NEW HARMONY, March 11 - Charles Chamberlain, farmer living near Griffin, reported late today that he had been held up last night by four men in a grey Hudson coach at the Wabash river, six miles south of Griffin, and was commanded to tell them where they could obtain a boat to cross the river.  He claimed that the robbers gave him $80 and told him to keep quiet.

NEW HARMONY, March 11 - Scattering of guards along every road in southern Indiana with orders to "shoot to kill" marked Wednesday's developments in the state-wide search for four bank robbers who looted the New Harmony Bank and Trust company here Tuesday afternoon and escaped with $9,000 in cash and bonds in a grey Hudson coach, after locking customers and employees in the bank safe.

The trail of the bandits was picked up by authorities late Tuesday at Wadesville, through which the robbers passed on their way north from New Harmony.  The Hudson coach in which they escaped was later seen at Poseyville going toward Wilson switch late Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities temporarily lost the trail here, being uncertain whether the robbers went west into Illinois or continued along the Indiana road.

No further word of the movements of the bandit car was obtained until Wednesday morning when it was again seen with the four men at King's station, in Gibson county.  Police officers and deputy sheriffs were immediately rushed to the vicinity but no trace of the robbers could be found when they arrived.

Peace officers throughout the middle west have been wired descriptions of the men and the car with orders to "take no chances," placing them under arrest.

It is believed that the bandits are headed toward Chicago.  Officials in nearby counties are of the opinion that the coach is stolen and that it will be abandoned before the thieves are captured.

The robbery was perpetrated shortly before 4 o'clock Tuesday afternoon.  Four persons, Frank Steelman, secretary and treasurer; Mrs. Grace Schluz, assistant cashier; Rev. J.A. Sumwalt and John Watson, were in the bank when the robbers appeared.

According to Steelman, all four of the men, who were apparently all under 30 and unusually rough in appearance, entered the building at once.  When Steelman went to inquire what the first member, who entered his private office wanted, he was covered with two automatic pistols.  The second robber then covered the assistant cashier, the third Watson and the minister.  The fourth bandit stood guard at the doorway.

When Steelman failed to comply with their orders to open the safe door, one of them struck him with the butt of his gun, rendering him partially unconscious.  The rest then gathered all the available currency and bonds from various drawers.  When ordered to open the safe, the assistant cashier complied and all four of the occupants of the bank were imprisoned in it while the robbers made their escape in the auto, the motor of which had been left running.

Before making their escape, the robbers encountered Frank Steelman, son of the secretary, who was imprisoned at the point of a gun in a rear room in the bank.

He managed to escape shortly after the robbers had left and quickly released the prisoners in the bank.  Telephone and telegraph messages were sent to authorities throughout the vicinity.

William Wade, town marshal, was standing in front of the bank, along with Sheriff John Hollen, of Gibson county, less than 10 minutes before the robbery.  They had just left the vicinity when the bandits appeared.  Sheriff Hollen was visiting in the city at the time, and according to his statement, could not have been more than a block away when the robbery was effected.

A check of the bank's stock Wednesday showed that the bandits had escaped with $4,800 in cash, $300 in gold and $4,000 in negotiable bonds.  The loss was entirely covered by insurance, officials said Wednesday.

This article is another in a series of stories of Indiana bank robberies by a group of robbers, led by my paternal cousin, Harry PIERPONT (1902-1934).  Harry later became famous as a member of the "Terror Gang" with John Dillinger.  These earlier robberies terrorized Indiana during 1924-25.

Postcard: Best Christmas Wishes

Huron, Ohio, December 18, 1911

Miss Vera Haley, Portland, Ind. R.F.D. 9

Dear Cousin: At this Christmas time, the gladdest and merriest of all the year. I hope it may be joyous and my health and good cheer attend you always.  How is Baby? I hope she is better, and all the rest?  We are all well.  Love to all.  Your cousin, Evalyn

This postcard was sent to my paternal great aunt, Vera (HALEY) STUBER (1890-1987) by her cousin, Evalyn R. HALEY (1885-    ), daughter of Benjamin & Louise (HUTTENBOCKER) HALEY.

The baby referred to in the postcard is Vera's younger sister, Ruth, my paternal grandmother, born in April of 1911.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Surname Saturday : Recap of Eileen's Family Lines

This post is a recap of Surname Saturday posts of Eileen's family lines.  Taking a six-generation view of her pedigree chart, these are the families in her line, with a few lines unknown at this point:

  • CUMMINGS Lawrence County, AR>Winston County, AL>North Carolina
  • IVEY Butler County, MO>McCracken County, KY>Marshall County, KY>Virginia
  • PEFLEY Wabash County, IN>Preble County, OH>Botetourt County, VA>Lancaster County, PA>Switzerland
  • ROOF Botetourt County, VA
  • DUFFEY Wabash County, IN>Hocking County, OH>Champaign County, OH>Pennsylvania
  • FREEZE Champaign County, OH>Shennandoah County, VA
  • PEEPLES Marshall County, IN>Miami County, IN>North Carolina
  • FISHER Miami County, IN>Brown County, OH
  • LEWIS Wabash County, IN>Huntington County, IN>Henry County, IN>Montgomery County, OH>Canada
  • RINEHART Henry County, IN>Preble County, OH>Chester County, PA>Switzerland
  • COOK Wabash County, IN>South Carolina
  • SILLS Wabash County, IN>Champaign County, OH>Bedford County, Pennsylvania>Hesse-Darmstadt
  • GRIMES Champaign County, OH>Clearfield County, PA
Surname Saturday – create a post in which you discuss a surname and mention its origins, its geographical location(s) and how it fits into your genealogy research. Surname Saturday is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

At Taylor U. Cage Meeting

Anderson Herald, Anderson, Indiana, July 30, 1961, page  10

At Taylor U. Cage Meeting

ALEXANDRIA - Charles and Phillip High, sons of Mr. and Mrs. John High, have been attending a basketball camp at Taylor University.

Among the well-known Indiana personalities at the camp are Max Bell, a former local coach now at Elkhart, Joe Platt of Kokomo and Dick and Tom Van Arsdale from Indianapolis.

Harry Pierpont's Grave

Tuesday morning I drove to Indianapolis and visited the gravesite of Harry Pierpont and other members of the family.  The cemetery was easy to find, not too far off from I-70 as you come through downtown Indianapolis.

I stopped at the cemetery offices, located at 435 West Troy Ave, and obtained a copy of the plot map to show me exactly where the members of the family were buried.  The offices are actually located at nearby Calvary Cemetery, approximately a mile or so from Holy Cross and St. Joseph cemeteries.

The red marks show the location of the Pierpont plot.  There are actually two plots, side by side.  The grave markers are rather plain, not elevated.  If you didn't know who you were looking for, it would be easy to overlook.

Earlier correspondence with the cemetery revealed the following information about the burials of Harry, Lena, Fred and Gilbert:

Hi Travis,  here is the information that you have requested.

Lena died on 10/21/1958, at the age of 75, she lived in Lakeville, Indiana, she belong to Sacred Heart parish, her next of kin was Joseph Pierpont and he apparently paid for the funeral expenses, her funeral was held through Kirby Mortuary. There are other family members buried at this same location. Here is a list of their names:

Fern Pierpont, age 19, died Aug. 7, 1919
Harry Pierpont, age 32, died Oct. 17, 1934
Lena Pierpont, age 75, died Oct. 25, 1958
Joseph Pierpont, age 80, died Oct. 6, 1961

All these family members are buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Section 3-G, Lot 252, Lena is in grave 2.

Hopefully I have helped you, if you need anything else, please feel free to contact me.
By the way FYI, we have just opened a new area in Holy Cross in which can be purchased for family burial until sold out.
If you are interested in knowing more about this new area,  just let me know. We haven’t had any burial for sale for 25 years, now we do until it’s sold out.

Denise Ruell

Denise Ruell
Family Service Advisor

435 W. Troy Avenue
Indianapolis, In 46225

Tel: 317-784-4439

Fax: 317-789-0360

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Five Things I Learned On My Last Research Trip

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, I took a couple of mental health days from work to do some much needed genealogy research. Monday, I was in Fort Wayne, Indiana at the Allen County Public Library.  Tuesday, I was able to visit the Indiana State Archives in Indianapolis.

Not only was I able to make some good finds, I learned a few things about planning my future trips:

1. The stomach matters: Packing a lunch or finding a place to eat nearby to where you are researching is important.  Sometimes I can get so engrossed in the genealogy "zone" that food doesn't seem important, until it is.  By that time, either I'm ready to pass out from hunger or have to cut my research short.  On Monday, I violated this rule and didn't pack a lunch, or leave the building to eat.  I started researching at 9 a.m., and by about 2:30 p.m., the hunger pains were beginning to overtake me.  On Tuesday, I had learned my lesson and packed a couple of sandwiches so I could go out to my car for lunch.

2. You cannot plan for every contingency: Copiers will jam, microfilm readers will be broken, roads will be under construction.  Dealing with these issues has more to do with handling my temper and frustration issues than anything else.

3. Staying focused is harder than it seems: Too often, I can easily get sidetracked from my plan of attack, especially when I'm at a new research location or it has been awhile since I've been there.  Walking past a stack of books, I catch myself reading the bindings, wondering "didn't I have some family in that locale?"  If I'm not careful, I'm soon down a rabbit hole, researching some collateral line that wasn't part of my main goal for the trip.

4. Eating an elephant takes many small bites: Trying to do marathon research sessions and gathering information on multiple lines in one trip isn't practical. Better to plan out what lines and what sources you are going to research before taking the trip.  Using my "to-do" list in my Rootsmagic software and online library catalogs really helped me handle this on my latest trip.

5. Sometimes the last second shot brings victory: Just when you're about to wrap it up for the day seems like the time when you check that one last source and make a great find!  On Monday, right as I was about to leave - I spotted a source on the stacks, played a hunch, and found information that I wouldn't have suspected to have been in the Fort Wayne library.

I'll be sharing some of my finds in upcoming posts, but here is a synopsis of what I found:

Monday, Allen County Public Library: Researched obituaries from microfilmed copies of the Evangelical Messenger and located over a dozen obituaries of paternal ancestors; located death notice of Fern Pierpont in Indiananapolis News; researched arrest of Harry Pierpont and Thaddeus Skeer in Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette issues of 1925; copied information from published genealogies on Eileen's Rinehart line and my Alderman/Luark connection

Tuesday, St. Joseph Cemetery, Indianapolis: Visited cemetery office and located plot map; photographed tombstones of Pierpont family

Tuesday, Indiana State Archives: Researched Dillinger gang files relating to Harry Pierpont and obtained copies; including correspondence from his mother to the warden, governor, etc. asking for his release.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

John High In Hospital

Anderson Herald, Anderson, Indiana, April 5, 1961, page 3


John High, who was injured in an auto accident last week in Grant County, is a patient at St. John's Hospital, Anderson.

John High, my maternal great-uncle, was apparently injured in an auto accident in the spring of 1961.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Deed Transfer: Wright to High

Anderson Herald, Anderson, Indiana, June 21, 1969, page  16

Deed Transfers
As Shown in Madison County Recorder's Office

Virgil L. Wright to John M. High and wife, South Side, Alexandria.

Black Sheep Sunday: Posey Bank Bandits Get $10,000

Source: Evansville Courier, Evansville, Indiana March 11, 1925 page 1.



Four Unmasked Men Loot Trust Company of Cash and Bonds


Four Occupants of Building Locked In Vault; Robbers Flee in Auto

New Harmony March 10 - Four unmasked men held up the New Harmony Bank and Trust company shortly before four o'clock this afternoon, beat one of the officials of the company with the butt end of an automatic pistol, locked the four occupants of the bank in the vault, and escaped with $10,000 in cash and bonds.  The men fled in a large grey sedan, going in the general direction of Evansville on the Wadesville road.

So quietly did the bandits work that the quiet little town was unaware a bank holdup had occurred until an hour after the happening.

Four persons, Frank Steelman, secretary and treasurer, Mrs. Greg Schultz, assistant cashier, the Rev. J.A. Sumwalt, and John Watson were in the bank at the time.

Driving quietly up to the building, the four men left the motor of their car running and walked into the bank.  Three of them entered the cashier's room while one stood guard at the door.  With guns drawn, the bandits commanded the occupants of the bank to hold up their hands, then forced them to lie on the floor, face downward, while they scooped up all available cash in the cash drawer and on the counter.

Locked in Safe

Steelman was then ordered to open the steel safe in the vault, and when he refused was struck over the head with the butt of a revolver in the hands of one of the bandits.  He sustained a severe scalp wound.

Mrs. Schultz, assistant cashier, opened the door of the safe, which contained $4,000 in bonds.  The robbers emptied the safe.

All four were then ordered into the vault and the doors closed behind them.  Mrs. Schultz, overcome by the excitement, fainted and has been in a serious condition since, being under the care of a physician.

On leaving the bank, the bandits encountered Leslie Steelman, son of the secretary-treasurer, at the door.  The youth was forced at the point of a gun to enter a room at the rear of the building.  The bandits then fled in the awaiting machine, going in the direction of Evansville.

Young Steelman, within a minute after the bandits departed, opened the vault and released those imprisoned and telephones and telegraphs flashed the news to police authorities in adjoining cities and towns.

Frank Steelman, secretary and treasurer of the bank, said: "There were only four of us in the bank when the bandits entered.  Mrs. Schultz and I, and two patrons.  I was at the window of one of the cages and Mrs. Schultz was at the window of another.  The Rev. Mr. Sumwalt was at a counter.  The other patron in the bank was John Watson, ferryman.

Tells Story of Robbery

"I noticed a young man walk into the bank and enter my private office.  I walked to the door to see what he wanted and found myself covered with two automatics.  Another young man was behind him.  He immediately covered Mrs. Schultz.  The third covered the two customers while the fourth stood guard at the entrance.

"We were all forced to lie down on the floor, face downward, while the men rifled the cash drawer and took all the money on the counter.  There was about $6,000 in cash there at the time.

"They then told me to open the steel safe in the vault.  I replied that I couldn't do it and one of them struck me with the butt of an automatic causing a severe scalp wound.  Mrs. Schultz then opened the safe and then dropped to the floor in a faint.

"In the safe was about $4,000 in bonds.

"The four of us were then commanded to enter the vault.  They took the keys from us and locked the gates.  On leaving, they met my son, Leslie, at the door.  One of them covered him and took him to the rear of the building where they locked him in a room.  They then left the building, entered their car, and sped away.

"We called to Leslie and he opened the gates behind which we were locked.  I don't believe the bandits car could have been out of town by the time we got busy on the telephones calling the authorities of neighboring towns.

Escape In Grey Sedan

The car they were driving was a large grey sedan and was seen near Wadesville a few minutes after the robbery.

The story of the robbery, told by the Rev. Mr. Sumwalt coincides with that of Steelman.  The pastor said he was a customer in the bank when the robbers entered.  He said he did not see them enter the building.

"The first thing I knew of the affair was when I felt a gun punched into my ribs.  I looked up and the man holding the gun on me commanded me to hold up my hands.  I then saw the others in the bank covered.  I was forced to lie down on the floor with my face downward as were the others.  After the cash had been scooped up we were all locked up in the vault.  We were released by Leslie Steelman, son of Frank Steelman.

The loss is fully covered by insurance, Steelman said last night.

"We carried ____ insurance", Steelman said.  "I always provided for to cover _____ [last sentences illegible copy]

This article is another in a series of stories of Indiana bank robberies by a group of robbers, led by my paternal cousin, Harry PIERPONT (1902-1934).  Harry later became famous as a member of the "Terror Gang" with John Dillinger.  These earlier robberies terrorized Indiana during 1924-25.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Only Shop In Point Isabel Is A Draw

undated, Marion Chronicle-Tribune, Marion, Indiana

Crossroads town also can boast new fire station

Point Isabel - Billie Conaway, 65, runs the only shop in town.  

And it's not a typical, run-of-the-mill place, either.  The building, nestled on the corner of Ind. 26 and Ind. 13, is home to a giant garage sale.

Guests can find hubcaps, Christmas ornaments, a sink, clothes and much more as they weave around piles of unusual artifacts scattered inside and outside the building.

"People love going through old boxes," Conaway said as she warmed herself Sunday in front of a wooden stove that heats the building.  "They think they are going to find some treasure or some antiques.  Who knows?  Maybe they will."

The unnamed business attracts a good number of customers because of its location, according to Conaway.

But the same can't be said for the town.

What many people do when they approach the busy highway intersection in town is just keep driving.

"There's not much to do here," said LP Cummings, 72.  "It's pretty quiet out here other than the traffic and those semis that are awfully noisy."

Cummings and his wife, Edith, own two acres in town.  The land is used for gardening and a small pond that Cummings stocks with bass, bluegill and crappies.

"I don't know how many people live around here," the 12-year resident said as he counted the number of neighbors on his fingers.  "Maybe 15.  Maybe a few more.  There's only a few houses, no big businesses.  It's just a quiet place."

Other than traffic, nothing much ever happens around Point Isabel.  It's been a quiet little place ever since it was first established in 1859.

The post office closed shortly after it opened and residents now receive their mail through Fairmount.

Point Isabel was named for an Ohio town of the same name.

Across the street from Conaway's rummage sale business is the town's new volunteer fire department firehouse.  It was dedicated earlier this year and houses four fire trucks.  The volunteer fire department first opened its doors July 18, 1948.

"But I like it here," Cummings said.  "I wouldn't live anyplace else if I had a choice.  I like the rural area.  It feels good to be out in the open."

This undated article, likely from the Marion Chronicle-Tribune, quotes my father-in-law, Luther Patrick Cummings (1926-2004).

Friday, December 09, 2011

Winner of Free Storm Door

Aluminum Center, Inc. advertisement, Anderson Herald, Anderson, Indiana, May 23, 1963, page 15

Looks like great-grandpa Virgil WRIGHT was a winner!  At least in 1963 of a free storm door.  This was part of an advertisement in the Anderson Herald by the Aluminum Center, Inc. of Anderson.  Having just replaced my storm door, I can appreciate a free one!

The ad states the Aluminum Center was located at 1419 Main Street in Anderson.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

FindAGrave Success: Phillip D. LeMasters (d. 1869)

Thanks to FindAGrave volunteer, Natalie Herdman, I now have a photograph of the tombstone of Phillip D. LeMASTERS (1869-1869), the infant son of Luman Walker and Mary Keziah (CHEW) LeMASTERS.  Phillip is buried in the Webster Cemetery in Darke County, Ohio.

My database shows his dates of birth and death are January 28, 1869 and May 1, 1869.  However, the memorial states death date November 5, 1869.  Hard to read, but they may be correct.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: The Wright grandchildren

Mother & Dad Wright, grandchildren

This is a photo of my maternal great-grandparents, Virgil Lee and Edna Muriel "Peach" (PIERCE) WRIGHT, taken with their grandchildren, circa 1946.  The photo came from the collection of cousin Charlie High.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Black Sheep Sunday: To Identify Bank Crooks

Source: Wabash Plain-Dealer, Wabash, Indiana, April 3, 1925


Detroit suspects not same as entered Laketon Bank say cashier and assistant

     The Detroit bandits who have been identified as the robbers of the Kokomo bank and who are being brought to Kokomo, are not the men who robbed the laketon bank, according to a telegram received from Sheriff Summerland, now at Detroit, by the Plain Dealer.
     The message read as follows:  “Am leaving for Kokomo tonight with Pierpoint, Skeer, Louise Brunner, and Hayes.  All identified by Kokomo bankers.  Recovered $5200 Liberty bonds and $850 cash taken from Kokomo.  Bright and Miss Ogden cannot identify these men on Laketon job.  Two Kokomo officers with me.”

Failed to identify Men

E.L. Bright, cashier of the Laketon bank, and Mrs. Violet Ogden assistant cashier, accompanied Sheriff Summerland and the Kokomo men to Detroit yesterday afternoon.  A.E. Gorton, cashier of the South Kokomo bank which was robbed, and Vernon Shaw, a customer in the bank, went to Detroit and easily identified the men as those who did the Kokomo robbing.
     Those taken to Kokomo are:  Harry Pierpoint; alias Frank Mason of Indianapolis; Thadeus “Ted” Skeer, 24, of Fort Wayne; Miss Louise Brunner, 22 years old, Skeer’s sweetheat, also of Fort Wayne.

Loot is Found

     Pierpont was found with $1,000 on his person and bonds and securities totally $5,100 were uncovered in the apartment where the trio was found.  The loot originally amounted to $9,100 in negotiable securities and about $2,000 in Liberty bonds.
     Suspicion was directed toward Skeer, it is said, when it was learned that the machine used by the bandits had been stolen in Ft. Wayne a few days before.
     He was suspected of the automobile theft, and when  the robbery was reported, police began working on the theory that he was implicated.  The machine was tolen from John L. Anguish, Boy Scout executive here.

This follow up article to the robbery of the Laketon bank, highlights that the cashier failed to identify Harry PIERPONT (1902-1934) as one of the robbers.

Sunday Supper : Snowball cake

Snowball cake

Makes 12 servings

Bonnie Wright liked coconut and this was a favorite dessert of hers that she liked to take to pitch-ins at church.  This dessert needs to set overnight or freeze until you're ready for it.  

    3 packages Knox gelatin                                        
    4 tablespoons cold water                                       
    1 cup boiling water                                            
    2 tablespoons lemon juice                                      
    1 cup sugar                                                    
    1 16-ounce can crushed pineapple ( drained?)                   
    3 8-ounce cartons cool whip                                    
    1 stale or second-day angel food cake                          
    1 cup coconut                                                  
    1/2 cup chopped nuts                                           
    Maraschino cherry     

Mix gelatin in cold water until dissolved.   Add boiling water, lemon juice, sugar, and pineapple.   Set until partly jellied in refrigerator.   Tear up in small pieces the angel food cake.   Fold 2 (8oz) cartons of cool whip and cake into gelatin mixture.   Put in a 9x13 pan.  Set overnight or freeze until you are ready for it.   Mix 1 cup coconut and 1 (8oz) carton of Cool Whip.  Frost cake.   Sprinkle coconut on top and decorate with maraschino cherries.

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