Friday, April 17, 2015

Vietnam Casualities

Lawrence County Men Killed in Action in Vietnam from Lawrence County:
Larry D. Carrell, Lawrenceville
Barry Cullison, Lawrenceville
James K. Hughes, Lawrenceville
Larry W. Jones, Bridgeport
Clyde E Long Jr. Bridgeport
Keith F. Sharp, Sumner
Donald R. Shoulders, Lawrenceville
Harold V. Smith, Bridgeport


            The Lawrence County Historical Society will hold its monthly program meeting on Monday, April 27, at 7:00 p.m. at the museum in Lawrenceville.  Featured speakers will be Jody Buchanan and Larry Whitmer, who will present a program on the military experiences of Private Jacob Adams, of Company H, of the 7th U. S. Cavalry.  Private Adams was with Captain Frederick Benteen’s battalion when a detachment of the 7th Cavalry under the command of General George Armstrong Custer was annihilated at Little Big Horn.  Adams was among the first to reach the scene of the battle, and he recorded his recollections in a privately printed memoir.  Ms. Buchanan is the great-granddaughter of Private Adams, who lived out his post military years in Vincennes, Indiana.  An exhibit of artifacts and other materials relating to the frontier wars will accompany the presentation.  Admission is free and the public is invited.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Murder of George Barker 1877

George Barker

February 25, 1877

 George Barker

 George Barker, age 29, was living with his wife, Lucinda Barker and two small children in Russellville in 1870.  Seven years later he was dead, killed by two blows of an ax handle to his head. His skull was fractured in the assault. James Broyles was arrested for the slaying. 

The above is an entry in a book we are writing about murders in Lawrence County.  Going through the court records we could not find what the outcome of this case was though. 

Thanks to D.  Foote of Robinson for researching in the Robinson Constitution newspaper for the following additional information: 


May 10, 1877
The Governor has offered  a $200 reward for James Broyles who murdered George Barbee at Russellville, some two months ago.

FEB 20, 1879
Boyles of Russellville, was acquitted of the murder of Barton  in Lawrence Co. court this week.

Even though the names of the victim and the "alleged murderer" have different spellings it appears to be the same incident.  

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Never Try to Con a Methodist

(From D. Foote’s research in the Robinson Constitution)

MARCH 13, 1879
The Sheriff of Lawrence County brought two prisoners to this place on yesterday for trial who are indicted as "three card monte men." they will probably be tried today.

MARCH 27, 1879
The Three-card monte men who Sheriff Lindsay took to the penitentiary, last week, said they would never "tackle" a Methodist preacher again, as they had but little money and would always "squeal.

Ed. Note: Three card monte is a confidence game in which the victim, or mark, is tricked into betting a sum of money, on the assumption that they can find the money card among three face-down playing cards. It is the same as the shell game except that cards are used instead of shells

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Paul Grabbe and the 'flaming bomb'

Vincennes Sun Commercial  March 2, 1982
Paul F Grabbe, 70, of 411 McKinney Road, died Saturday morning at the Good Samaritan Hospital. A native of Freelandville, he was born Oct 13, 1911, son of William and Minnie Neidringhaus Grabbe.He was a retired captain and veteran, having served during WWII. He was shop foreman 25 years for Bruce Kixmiller Inc, and then co-owner and manager of the Pike Automotive Supply at Petersburg.  He retired in 1974. He was survived by his wife, Naomi-Cantwell Grabbe, a brother, sister and several nieces and nephews.

Donated in his name to the Society were his captain's bars and an Ordnance Corps pin. 

From the US Army Ordnance Corps and School website

The Ordnance branch is one of the oldest branches of the US Army founded on May 14, 1812, even though the duties and responsibilities of the profession date back to the colonial era. The Mission of the Ordnance Dept was to provide and furnish ordnance (ie weapons) for the military. During the Civil War, the Ordnance Dept was called upon to arm and equip an army of unprecedented size. (Interestingly enough women were especially sought after to work in the ammunition plants due to the contemporary perception that a woman’s nimble and petite fingers worked better at assembling paper rifle cartridges.)   During WWII the corps established a bomb disposal squad. 

The Shell and Flame (nicknamed the flaming bomb) insignia is considered the oldest branch insignia in the US Army, dating back to 1832.  It represents  an iron hand grenade with a powder charge and a fuse which had to be lit before throwing. 
We are beginning to inventory our military items.  If you are interested in helping us please send an email 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Russellville 1877-1881

News of Russellville 1877 - 1881 from the Robinson Constitution, a newspaper published during that time.

(River Boat)

Nov 29, 1877
Wm Pinkstaff has just completed the building of a boat at Russellville which will plough the Wabash.

 (But according to the paper 4 months later…..)

Mar 21, 1878
The Pinkstaff boat which has been running between Russellville and Vincennes, the past few months, was tied up at Vincennes, last week, by H.H. Flusher, of Hutsonville, for debt.

Sept 21, 1881
The little Wabash steamer, "JOE SEGNER", has been condemned and ordered sold at Lawrenceville on the 4th of October

Oct 12, 1881
Capt. Tindolph, of Vincennes bought the steamer "Jo Segner" which was sold at Lawrenceville by a U.S. Marshall. (Note 2 spellings of boat Jo.)

(Further research is required to determine if the Joe/Jo Segner is the same boat built by Wm Pinkstaff.)

(Flouring Mill)

Jan 9, 1879
The Russellville flouring mill was burned to the ground a few nights since. The loss is heavy.

Feb 6, 1879
Russellville is quite a monotonous place since the mill has been destroyed, and unless they can get a saloon there, day of grace in near at hand.

           From  the Tri-County History published in 1883, pg 271:  The present frame two-story, two-run flouring mill, erected by George W. Toreman in 1881 is a rebuilding of that put up by T J Kyle in 1855, which was burned in 1880. 

(Ed: So two thoughts come to mind.  One: What was REALLY going on at that Mill?  and Two: the History book was a year off on the date of the fire.)

(Post Office  The Russellville Post office was established in 1835.)

Dec 13, 1877
The Russellville post office will be moved to Heathsville owing to some irregularities. ( Hmmm…)

And then there were the stories of the “good mailman” and the bad mailman”...

Feb 2, 1881
The mail carrier enroute from Lawrenceville to Palestine arrested a horse thief last Wednesday night, at James Richey's, where the fellow had stopped for the night. The property stolen (two fine horses and sleigh) were found in his possession. The thief and horses were taken to Russellville and given up to the Sheriff of Lawrence County.

Oct 12, 1881
Two fellows named Garing and Sister, the latter formerly a mail carrier between Lawrenceville and Palestine, were arrested last week charged with making repeated attempts at wrecking trains on the O. & M. railroad east of Lawrenceville. They were held for their appearance at the next term of the Lawrence circuit court.

(Russellville Lodge A.F. & A. M)

May 15, 1879

Russellville Lodge A.F. & A.M. met in regular communication Wednesday night last.

Thanks to D Foote for the research.   By the way, the Society has NO photos of Russellville...anyone out there who can help us remedy this problem?

Saturday, April 11, 2015

1936 Farm Program

1936 Farm Program

The Board of the Corn, Hog and Wheat Program, now the ASCS board, in August of 1936 were from left—Dorothea Crews, H.O. Tedford, Lovella Benson, Edwin Schrader, C. G. Benson, Anna Mae Mahrenholz and Bryan Campell.  

If your family album has any photos to add to our website-Photo Collection--Agriculture please scan them and send them in.  

Friday, April 10, 2015

Sumner, Bond and Allison News 1903

Lawrenceville Republican Thursday January 15, 1903

Sumner News

  • Henry Hazelton returned from Chicago Friday after disposing of three car loads of stock. 
  • Coal is getting scarce in Sumner.  The Globe Mills have been compelled to burn wood the past week.  Both of our coal dealers have orders but for some cause or other, are unable to get coal. 
  • W.  S. Hoopes has resigned his position as clerk at Thomas F Hoopes’ Store and is going into the insurance business.  He had fitted up a suite of rooms upstairs in the Westall building where he will be found always ready to “write up” for those wanting insurance. 
  • Captain E C Davis, an old and respected veteran of the Civil War, died at his family residence in this city Tuesday morning at 8 o’clock. Cap, as he was generally called, was about 71 years old and has been in very poor health for several weeks.  He leaves a wife and two daughters, Mrs. Lewis Hennon, of Vincennes, and Mrs. Sherman Jones of this city.  (Sumner)

Bond Twp News: 

  • Nearly every school in Bond township has been dismissed on account of small pox. One or two cases are reported in Pinkstaff. Flat Rock would not have the Birds smallpox; they thought it was not pure so they had some imported from Chicago. 

 Allison News: 

  • The merry music of the sleigh bells was heard on the Allison Prairie Sunday and Monday.  
  • Several of the farmers on the Prairie are marketing their corn at 40 cents per bushel at Vincennes.
  • Dr. A J Meskimen had his buggy demolished Sunday by Glen Boles’ horse becoming frightened and running into it.  
  • W.E. Gerhart, traveling salesman for Golden West Celery & Produce Co, spent a few days with relatives on the Prairie last week. 

Obit:  After several months illness of consumption,  Knox Lanterman died Sunday noon at age 47.  A short funeral service was held at the house Tuesday morning conducted by Rev. A. Litherland assisted by Rev P. C. Carlin. Interment was made at White House Cemetery. 

Thanks to D Allen for this research.

Saturday afternoon Lawrenceville will host a car show on the square.  The museum will be open in the afternoon so after you walk around and look at the cars, stop and visit with us....or buy a book.  Mother's Day is coming and you know your mom or aunt would just love a copy of Lawrence Lore!