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A horse mill

Highland Township, mills, p. 48

Charles Beasley built the first and second distill-houses, and made whiskey.

Dr. Snyder built a little tub-wheel, water-mill, on the Mosquito branch, and afterwards sold it to George Walker. Walker’s mill ground about eight bushels of corn per day.

Old Sammy Jewell built a horse mill.

Jack Baber, Early History of Greene, Indiana: as taken from the official records, and compiled from authentic recollection, by pioneer settlers… (Worthington, Indiana: N.B. Milleson, 1875), 48; digital image, Internet Archive ( : accessed 7 Decmeber 2013).

A brother visits and a proof is found

Schiele, Michael - Visit by brother, 1889-10-24


Mrs. C. E. Fesler accompanied her aunt Mrs. Mills to Brazil last Monday – F. A. Horner, Eli Coopridger, D.W. David and Mr. Sedgwick went to the Capital on court business last Monday – Counterfeit silver coins are said to be numerously circulated in this community – Mrs. Nellie Bagott accompanied by her little daughter went to Brazil Monday – Daniel Kambler, an old citizen and for many years a resident of this township, died last lweek at the home of his sone in Wayne county, Illinois – John Schiele, of Olney, Illinois, has been visiting his brother Michael Schiele – Will Schultz thinks of relocating on Eel river, having an eye to the Connely farm – Last Sunday, two youths of this locality found a stranger lying by the railroad tracks, supposed to have been drunk, who proceeded to rifle the helpless man’s pockets. It was a bold, dastardly trick, and the young men were recognized by a lady who will identify them when the occasion demands.

“Clay City,” Brazil Democrat (Brazil, Indiana), 24 October 1889, p. 8, col. 2.

“John Schiele, of Olney, Illinois, has been visiting his brother Michael Schiele.” – It is only one sentence but it finally confirmed a relationship that has long been suspected. Both men were born in Germany, and died before death certificates were mandatory. Two census enumerations gave evidence to a possible relationship, but not definitive proof. In 1860, John was living in Michael’s household in Wadsworth, Medina County, Ohio. Since the early census records did not include relationships among household members, these relationships can only be inferred. Michael later moved to Clay County, Indiana, where he appeared on the 1870 census. John was no longer a member of Michael’s household, but he too had made the journey from Ohio and was living in the same Clay County township.

Now that it is known that John and Michael were in fact brothers, perhaps more evidence revealing their family origins in Germany may be not too far behind.

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Sunday’s Obituary – Nancy Mae (McCoy) Walker Kline

Kline, Nancy - Obituary, 1911

Terre Haute Tribune, May 31, 1911


By Special Correspondent.

CLAY CITY, May 31. – Mrs. Nancy Kline died at Lafayette yesterday at a private sanitarium of brain affection, aged 46 years. Her remains were brought here last night and taken to the home of her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Schiele. The funeral services were conducted at the home Wednesday morning, and burial at Greenwell cemetery. She leaves six children, Mrs. Ed Fouts and Roy Walker, of Lafayette, and, and four children by the name of Kline.

Walker, Theodore & Nancy - gravestone

Photograph taken by Seth Musselman (2013)

Nancy has been a recent subject of another blog post (Thriller Thursday – Attempted Murder and Suicide). While she survived the murder attempt when she was 18, she did not live a long life. Nancy was married twice. She outlived her first husband, Theodore Walker. Her second marriage to Stephen Kline appears to have been a rocky one.  They separated after several years of marriage and four children. Nancy moved with her children to Lafayette in the late 1910s. Stephen appears to have fought the separation and began proceedings to convict his wife of insanity. Nancy died very soon thereafter.

Court summons dated 1 May 1911

Court summons dated 1 May 1911

Nancy married Theodore Walker on 5 June 1888 in Clay County, Indiana. They had two known children: Charles Roy Walker (1889-1936) and Mae (Walker) Fouts (1891-1972). There may have been a third child.

She married second, Stephen M. Kline on 27 August 1896 in Clay County, Indiana. They had four children: Forrest S. Kline (1897?-1976), Inez (Kline) Ley (1899-1985), Paul H. Kline (1901-1994), and Russell R. Kline (1904-1927).

Schiele, Elizabeth with Nancy, Mae & baby Jack - c1910

Nancy with her mother Elizabeth, daughter Mae and grandson Jack, c1910

Special thanks are in order to Karen Brand for providing me with copies of the court summons and Jane Riley for the pictures of Nancy and her daughter Mae and a copy of Nancy’s obituary.

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Blue Monday (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Jan 11, 1943

Dear Mother,

Just another blue Monday – in fact a little more so because I’m stiff and sore from too much exercise at the beach. It’s like this a fellow goes out there and squats and bends picking up shells then walks a little ways further and the same thing over again and in the course of an hour it’s a pretty good class exercises. Then a swim afterwards and that’s just too much but the whole thing will wear off by tomorrow. Then in a few days will do the same thing again.

Dr. Loop of Lafayette is spending part of the day. He ate chow with us and is now out with someone else he became acquainted with. I think you probably have heard me talk of him.

So far today I’ve gotten a letter Christmas greeting combination from

[page 2] Uncle Wess written Dec. 10. Our other mail must be stacking up someplace around. I’ve said that so many times that I’m not going to mention mail anymore until it comes thru (Promise).

I’m still working on that shell thing for you. It’s another necklace [necklace]. I forgot to tell you those things may be rather fragile and won’t stand much wear and tear and in case the string breaks they have to be strung only from one end. You’ll understand if you ever try to string them. These I’m making now are the same way. As I told you before, it’s a harmless past time which I starta sorta get a kick out of s bear with me.

Fred is puttering around trying to fix the corners of our tent, so that it won’t leak. I guess that is the first you knew I lived in a tent again. We had complications in the hut so Dr. P., Fred and I moved into a modernized tent.  Everything modern but running water and toilet. Even the water runs for we have a big china

[page 3] picker [pitcher] the mess boy fills each morning. And it has a gauze cover to keep out the dust & flies. And we also have two stainless steel wash basins – nothing slow about that. And two steel lockers to keep our clothes in. My Blues are still in that pulman bag I bought in Norfolk. I put plenty of moth balls in with them and haven’t seen them for weeks. Hope they are still ok. Why we needed blues and whites is more than I can say but we have them just the same.

So far today it has been pleasant very little rain and considerable wind, but by evening it could be raining cat and dogs. It sometimes turns out like that. – – – Evening and not much rain – Just didn’t have one. The Chaplin was here for a short time and shot the bull but he didn’t stay long. He is a pretty good

[page 4] egg but not much on the sermons. I think he was used to preaching longer sermons than he is supposed to and to condense into 10 min or less is hard for him to do. We do sing lots and of course that adds to the service. The whole thing lasts about 45 min.

Dr. Loop gave me a pretty good idea where all the Drs. around Lafayette are located. He didn’t join the Navy until late in Oct. I believe he said. He knew about you being in the hospital. Well, I’ll have to stop writing so I’ll have room to put the address at the bottom – since I forgot to put it on the top.
So Solong
Love Daddy

Lt (jg) Yegerlehner MC USNR
Receiving Station
U.S. N.A.B.
Noumea New Caledonia
c/o Fleet P.O.
San Francisco Calif

P.S. The amount of money taxable after I got in the Navy was $1317.79. Dr. P. was writing his home and I thought I’d send this again. This is the correct amount.

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Bucket Baths are in vogue (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:


Dear Mother,

You should be able to smell me now for I’ve just had a bath from head to foot. The water has been off some 10-12 days and bucket baths were in vogue but somehow the water came on today so a good bath. The water supply has been temperamental and bathing has been irregular but luckily there aren’t many women around a good bucket of water on a hillside and a naked body is something.

So far today we scored a little mail – got a Christmas greeting from Tommy Thompson and family. That was dated Dec. 7. There is another delivery today so maybe things will be better. We hope.

Just had and am still having a glass of tomato juice. That is one thing

[page 2] we have very little of and I’m surprised because it is a good source of Vitamin C and most people like it. I think Fred & Dr. P. swiped this as they came from taking a bath. I took my bath first and then they went while I held forth.

I’ve been thinking about the number of bonds you are getting and other papers around there whether it wouldn’t be a good idea to rent a safety deposit box. First of all I don’t know how much the rental is but you might investigate or you might talk to Nick who has one I think and ask him about the cost. The boys each have a bond and with ours also it might be worthwhile. Along with all of our insurance policies, etc. The policies can be duplicated in case – but it would be better – Maybe this a just a wild

[page 3] thought of mine which I got from censoring a letter this morning. Do what you think best.

After writing you last night I wrote to Joe R. and to Clarence Y. but I still have several letters to answer. I’ve been stringing them out some. Ed Johnson hasn’t written for a long time. He wrote twice and I answered right the same day but maybe his letters this way are lost in the pile the same as yours. I’ll bet if those persons who have to handle the mail were out here for a while they would be a little more prompt but their job is a big one and around Christmas it’s much more than at other times.

And I just happened to think again. Have you received any the uniform money? I haven’t and if you have tell me in every letter until I reply back because I want to send a tracer thru again if

[page 4] it doesn’t show up. All the others that I knew at that time have gotten theirs long ago.

We have had pretty strong winds today but so far we are still on the hill. This is the time of year for storms. Just like July & Aug at home. Hope you haven’t been snow bound too much.

I can’t send you any more of our local papers because it has been discontinued because the editor has been transferred – even that bit of news isn’t available any more. Well, I’ll finish later but in case I forget – Lots of Love Daddy

P.S. Later – no mail – we had ½ dozen fried eggs bought them in the country and we pilfered onions  from and bread from the galley and did we eat – only the last egg was spoiled and it was mine so Dr. P. divided his with me. So long until tomorrow

Love again

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JAMA renewal (Gladys)

Letter transcription

Kentland Ind
Dec 14 – 1942

Dear Daddy,

This came thru the mail this morning and I thought I would just write my daily letter on the back and send it on. I don’t remember your mentioning the renewal for J.A.M.A. so thought I would let you handle it. I rec’d another card from the Army Exchange about a gift – that makes three, so you will know your orders are being filled. I do hope you get the gifts we sent you, because we have the ones you sent and are having sent and it won’t seem fair for you not to get ours. No letters today but will probably get two or three tomorrow. Mark is home yet this afternoon but he is normal as far as temp. is concerned, but it is so cold thought it would be better for him to stay home today. He has been very restless so will no doubt be more than ready to go to school tomorrow. It is still very cold. I haven’t been out much. Can’t take the baby out because it is so cold and there is so much snow and ice couldn’t get through with the buggy.

Krulls were here yesterday evening. They had all been over to the pond. Buddy was trying to learn to skate. They wanted to see the necklace and other things. Dorothy is coming out this afternoon to bring some flood light bulbs – we are going to try some pictures in the house.

If I didn’t know better I would think David is trying to cut teeth. He is trying to chew his thumb & drool. He has a preference for the left thumb and Mark is afraid he is going to be left handed. He sometimes goes to sleep sucking his thumb but not all the time. It is nearly 2 P.M. and he is getting hungry. – The Pause that refreshes – Just fed the baby and he is on the bath table kicking. If I can get a good picture of him this evening will make a few Christmas cards for the family & our special friends – I was looking over last year cards last night and the Beaver’s made last year folded up and made the envelope.

The Sunday School Class party is this Fri at Hufty’s. I am going to go if I can get someone to stay with the baby – If not attending to him for feeding & changing. He is a little spoiled this afternoon and doesn’t want to stay put very long at one time – He is getting so long he nearly fills the basket.

Love Mother

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World War II Veterans of Kentland (Part 1)

On my recent trip to New York City to see my father, I liberated his copy of the Kentland Newton County Centennial 1860-1960. The book contains pictures, stories and historical facts of Kentland, Indiana’s first 100 years.

Mrs. Rolland Ade wrote a piece titled “Kentland’s Participation in Wars.” Her summary of Kentland’s role in World War II states

“the home front again felt the many privations a war brings. We had sugar rationing and gas rationing and constant other reminders that we were at war. Kentland sons were again in army camps, and more and more were sent overseas.”

Mrs. Ade was correct. A large portion of Kentland’s eligible men (and a few women) served in World War II. The following is the first half of the list who served from Kentland:

Kentland's World War II veterans, part 1John Davis Ade
Kathryn Adair Ade
Ernest L. Anderson
Loyd Anderson
Alfred L. Apple
Charles C. Atwood
Wilford G. Bair
Delmo Baker
Claude M. Baker
J. Edward Barce
Ross Barr
Lonnie Beasley
Maurice D. Beckett
Daniel W. Bedinger
Samuel Beekman
Kenneth H. Beemer
William R. Beemer
Jesse E. Berry
Stillman S. Berry
Joe Bird
Edward Boldman
Frank Boldman
W.H. Bommershine
Jerimiah F. Bower
Maynard Bower
Raymond C. Bower
Richard J. Bower
William R. Bower
George H. Bowman
L. Carlin Brandt
Oris V. Brandt
Paul L. Branz
Lawrence Brees
W. McKinley Brees
Edward Britten
Paul J. Bruck
Kinnard J. Brunton
Wayne Bryant
Gerald Burge
Gerhard C. Burge
Glen E. Burton
Harold T. Burton
Keath S. Cady
Rolland R. Cady
Kenneth Cahill
Arvid J. Carlson
Reuben H. Carlson
Mathew C. Carton
Richard F. Carton
John J. Cassidy
Margaret Cassidy
Dale W. Center
James R. Chancellor
C. Vincent Clark
George K. Clark
Russell C. Clinton
Berle E. Cobb
Bert A. Cobb
Lowell A. Cole
Mary V. Cole
Robert G. Cole
Ralph E. Collen
Harold B. Collins
Gene Earl Cook
Jack Dean Cook
Richard R. Cooley
Glen R. Corbin
William J. Corbin
John R. Couch
Everett S. Cripe
Raymond G. Cripe
Delmar Curtis
Charles D. Daley
Bernard L. Datzman
James P. Datzman
Joseph A. Datzman
Andrew Dean
Richard DeLay
Charles E. DeLay
Vernon DeLay
Dwight L. Dennis
Delmar Denton
Walter E. Dewing
Edward J. Dieter
Howard Dolch Jr.
Carl J. Donahue
Oren W. Dowling
Lawrence A. Dunn
Marian C. Dunn
W.R. Duttenhaver
George W. Dye
James Dye
John R. Dye
Ernest Eason
John Eason
Russell D. Edwards
Charles P. Egan
James J. Egan Jr.
John J. Egan
Richard E. Egan
John K. Eiler
H. Mervin Ferguson
Lyman U. Ferguson
Roscoe A. Fisher
Robert Fitzgerald
G. Raymond Floyd
William Floyd
Lawrence Ford
Lowell H. Ford
Merl J. Ford
James M. Friedline
John R. Funk
Louis Funk
George Fuhrman
Gord G. Gadson
Lee E. Gadson
Max Glick
Darold F. Good
Eugene L. Good
Carl M. Graeber
Don S. Graeber
Rolland A. Graeber
Robert C. Graeber
Charles Hadley
Ezzell Hafstrom
Perry S. Hafstrom
Donald W. Hall
Duane A. Hall
Robert L. Hall
Parker D. Hancock
Chris B. Hanson
Gunnar Hanson
John C. Harlan
Bert W. Harrolle
Dallas C. Harvey
Robert C. Harvey
Andrew L. Haste
W. Kenneth Haste
Charles V. Hazel
Bluford L. Healy
Roy Heider
Delmar L. Henderson
L. Earl Henderson
Preston Henderson
Ralph Henderson
William J. Hendry Jr.
Howard W. Henry
Robert C. Hogle
William R. Hogle
Richard F. Holland
Morris W. Holley
R.S. Holloway
Robert Holloway
Robert Holmberg
Donald W. Hoover
Rolland M. Hoover
Martin F. Hopkins
Annabelle Hufty
H. Edson Hufty
Lyle Hunter
Bernard Hutchinson
Charles Hutchinson
Henry Jager
Dale Jones
Jesse Jones Jr.
Kenneth Jones
T. Arthur Kenney
Orville W. Kight
George D. Kindig
Lester Kindig