Westfield Washington Historical Society & Museum

Westfield Washington Historical Society & Museum We are promoting the history of Westfield and Washington Township in Hamilton County. Posts by Michael Kobrowski - mek unless otherwise marked.

Diana Peyton - dp or Terry Carrithers - tc. We are promoting the history of Westfield and Washington Township in Hamilton County Indiana. The mission of the Westfield Washington Historical Museum is:
·To promote Westfield & Washington Township through the creation and maintenance of a museum and associated projects;

·To preserve the history of Westfield Washington Township for current & future ge

Diana Peyton - dp or Terry Carrithers - tc. We are promoting the history of Westfield and Washington Township in Hamilton County Indiana. The mission of the Westfield Washington Historical Museum is:
·To promote Westfield & Washington Township through the creation and maintenance of a museum and associated projects;

·To preserve the history of Westfield Washington Township for current & future ge

Operating as usual

Seems relevant even if it is historic - Michael K: Douglas Island News 11/15/1918 (Douglas, Alaska), pp1"Do not disregar...
09/14/2021

Seems relevant even if it is historic - Michael K: Douglas Island News 11/15/1918 (Douglas, Alaska), pp1
"Do not disregard the advice of a specialist just because you do not understand".

Seems relevant even if it is historic - Michael K: Douglas Island News 11/15/1918 (Douglas, Alaska), pp1
"Do not disregard the advice of a specialist just because you do not understand".

Sorry, due to a health issue of a board member and out of overabundance of safety, we have to cancel this event on Septe...
09/11/2021

Sorry, due to a health issue of a board member and out of overabundance of safety, we have to cancel this event on September 18th. We will let you know when we reschedule the groundbreaking! We apologize.:

Groundbreaking!!! We are excited to announce the groundbreaking for the 1835 Barker cabin. Please join us Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 10:00 am. Parking is available behind City Hall at 130 Penn Street. Ceremony will take place beside City Hall at 136 Penn Street on the site of where the cabin will be reconstructed. Please join us for this historical occasion.

Sorry, due to a health issue of a board member and out of overabundance of safety, we have to cancel this event on September 18th. We will let you know when we reschedule the groundbreaking! We apologize.:

Groundbreaking!!! We are excited to announce the groundbreaking for the 1835 Barker cabin. Please join us Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 10:00 am. Parking is available behind City Hall at 130 Penn Street. Ceremony will take place beside City Hall at 136 Penn Street on the site of where the cabin will be reconstructed. Please join us for this historical occasion.

Just can't stop looking at this map the Indiana State Library posted earlier. Here a copy/paste of Hamilton County, incl...
09/08/2021

Just can't stop looking at this map the Indiana State Library posted earlier. Here a copy/paste of Hamilton County, including Westfield! But look at it yourself! #1838 #Westfieldis4yearsold! Michael K
https://bit.ly/3yCcG4g

Just can't stop looking at this map the Indiana State Library posted earlier. Here a copy/paste of Hamilton County, including Westfield! But look at it yourself! #1838 #Westfieldis4yearsold! Michael K
https://bit.ly/3yCcG4g

Loving this map! Click on the link and zoom in to Hamilton County and Westfield and Washington Township!! Amazing!
09/08/2021

Loving this map! Click on the link and zoom in to Hamilton County and Westfield and Washington Township!! Amazing!

This 1838 map of Indiana by cartographer Joseph Hutchins Colton, a preeminent American mapmaker of the 19th century, is part of ISL's Indiana Map Collection. It was recently restored in our conservation lab. The map was cleaned, filled and stabilized. We were able to capture a high-quality scan in two parts and stitch them together digitally. The map is now available online for viewing and download. https://bit.ly/3yCcG4g #Indiana #map

Important updates here! Follow/favorite/like this page! Michael K - Visit Hamilton County, Indiana
09/06/2021

Important updates here! Follow/favorite/like this page! Michael K - Visit Hamilton County, Indiana

Hey everyone!
We want to invite you to be a part of the Hamilton County Bicentennial in 2023.
Here's the scoop:

What: A celebration of 200 years (and beyond!) of Hamilton County history
When: The entire year of 2023
Where: In every single township, town, and city of Hamilton County
Who: Anyone who calls Hamilton County home, past, present, or future

Our website, with more information, will be launching next week! Follow us and stay tuned to learn more. #hamcoturn200

09/04/2021

Happy Labor Day weekend! As always our museum is closed on holiday weekends!

Today's #ArchivesHashtagParty makes we want to post something. 2007.3.234 A side door of a dark sedan, with a reflection...
09/03/2021

Today's #ArchivesHashtagParty makes we want to post something. 2007.3.234 A side door of a dark sedan, with a reflection of a woman sitting on a chair. - From a donation by Janice Young from the Talbert Family. The young woman taking the picture is probably Marcia Talbert, she took a lot of the photos and appeared in a lot of them. Anybody know what kind of car this is? - Michael K

Today's #ArchivesHashtagParty makes we want to post something. 2007.3.234 A side door of a dark sedan, with a reflection of a woman sitting on a chair. - From a donation by Janice Young from the Talbert Family. The young woman taking the picture is probably Marcia Talbert, she took a lot of the photos and appeared in a lot of them. Anybody know what kind of car this is? - Michael K

This gorgeous building in our neighboring county is still on the list of #10MostEndangered - really hoping someone comes...
08/25/2021

This gorgeous building in our neighboring county is still on the list of #10MostEndangered - really hoping someone comes forward and rescues it and uses it for something great! Very fast to get to from Westfield - someone interested? - Michael K Indiana Landmarks

08/17/2021
08/11/2021

Story from when our Westfield resident Thomas J. Lindley was Sheriff. Wild Wild West Hamilton County! Article by Paula Dunn for the Noblesville Times #sheriff #Lindley #law #northandsouth

From Time to Thyme

By Paula Dunn

The Civil War may have officially ended in 1865, but that didn’t put a stop to the hostility people in this area felt toward the South. You can tell that by reading about an incident described in an August 10, 1870, Hamilton County Register article with the headline, “Great Excitement! Kentucky Rebels Invade Indiana.”

On the morning of August 4, 1870, two prominent Noblesville residents, Joseph R. Gray and Thomas J. Kane, received a telegram from a Tipton acquaintance, William Stivers.

Stivers warned the men that “a party of Kentucky rebs” with a Union man in their custody would soon be passing through Noblesville on the way to Kentucky. He advised Gray and Kane to have Judge Garver, Sheriff Thomas J. Lindley and a posse meet the train in order to free the captive, Moses Ray.

Ray was charged with the 1862 murder of Dr. Hezekiah Evans in Garrard County, Kentucky. Dr. Evans, a southern sympathizer, had been killed on his way home after visiting the Confederate camp following the battle of Perryville.

Because Ray had backed the Union cause, Stivers was afraid Ray wouldn’t get a fair hearing in Kentucky and was being taken straight to certain death.

Why Ray was charged with the murder in the first place is a little hazy.

Although Ray admitted to having killed Confederate bushwhackers (guerrilla fighters) in self defense during the war, he maintained that he wasn’t present when Dr. Evans, one of the leaders of the bushwhackers, was shot.

I couldn’t find any newspaper articles that disputed Ray’s claim and it should be noted that Dr. Evans was no innocent. He’d been involved in a sometimes bloody vendetta with another family since 1829. It’s possible his murder could have been connected to that feud.

In any event, when Sheriff Lindley and his posse boarded the train at the Noblesville depot, they found Ray guarded by a party of armed men that included the Howard County sheriff, his two deputies, the editor of the Kokomo Democrat, one of Dr. Evans’ sons and Dr. Evans’ brother-in-law, Dr. Henry Clay Cole.

(Ray was actually a Clinton County resident, but the Howard County sheriff had made the arrest because the Clinton County sheriff declined to have anything to do with the business.)

The Noblesville men’s blood was up. They weren’t about to allow “Howard County roughs and cut-throats” to kidnap a Union man and take him to Kentucky for the crime of killing a rebel.

One thing led to another and there was “quite a set-to” between the two groups, with the Noblesville posse somehow managing to come out on top despite only being armed with their fists . . . well, and the rock that hit the Howard County sheriff in the head.

Ray was taken off the train and into the courthouse. A few hours later, he was set free when a dispatch was received from Indiana’s Governor Conrad Baker revoking the order for his arrest.

Dr. Evans’ son, the only real Kentuckian present, left town in a hurry, walking to New Britton (near Fishers) rather than sticking around for the next train through Noblesville.

Needless to say, relations between Noblesville and Kokomo were a little tense following the incident, but the Noblesville men got to keep the guns they’d confiscated as trophies of the affair and apparently Ray was never bothered again.

Note: The public is invited to attend a dedication ceremony held by the Horseshoe Prairie Chapter of the DAR in honor of Revolutionary War veteran Davis Whelchel. It will take place Saturday, August 14th, at 10:30 a.m. at the Whelchel Cemetery, east of 116th Street and Olio Road. (You can park near the Ace and Goodwill stores.)

08/09/2021

Barker 1835 cabin update:

Covid put a stop work on the Nicholas Barker cabin. Some of our members actually got sick from it and we lost one member. This pause pushed our our place in the cabin master’s schedule to next spring but gave us time for researching and acquiring information. We have been cleaning and auditing the logs and have as of last Friday received the replacement logs for those that were beyond repair. We are in the process of preparing the site, permitting and getting ready for the foundation in early fall. The logs are scheduled to be raised early next spring at which time the memorial bricks will be produced. We are still selling the bricks and they will be installed the final phase of cabin completion. It has been very disheartening to have the reconstruction put on hold but we are glad it is back on track. It’s really going to be worth the wait. Please watch for our upcoming ground breaking announcement and join us for this historical beginning to bring the Barker cabin back to life. Thank you.

Missed the 1 Year Anniversary of our most popular post! Picture of Intersection of the past! Still getting likes and com...
08/08/2021

Missed the 1 Year Anniversary of our most popular post! Picture of Intersection of the past! Still getting likes and comments on this one!

Going through old pictures we (Nicole & Michael K) took. Some of you might remember this intersection? :-)
Update: Wow, this really has gone big for us! Please like our page, check out our website http://www.wwhs.us/ and feel free to purchase a book or donate on our secure online shop! https://wwhs-512798.square.site/

What I was really looking for, since it is Band Day at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center was the Westfield Sc...
08/06/2021

What I was really looking for, since it is Band Day at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center was the Westfield School song! Glory To Old Westfield - also by Byford F. Inman! Westfield Washington Schools WHS Lantern - Michael K

If anybody has a copy in better shape, we would like it for sure!
https://hub.catalogit.app/4415/folder/b69a3e70-3079-11eb-bf86-47cf234c474c/entry/9aac5ac0-2dfb-11eb-8afe-c36686951776

What I was really looking for, since it is Band Day at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center was the Westfield School song! Glory To Old Westfield - also by Byford F. Inman! Westfield Washington Schools WHS Lantern - Michael K

If anybody has a copy in better shape, we would like it for sure!
https://hub.catalogit.app/4415/folder/b69a3e70-3079-11eb-bf86-47cf234c474c/entry/9aac5ac0-2dfb-11eb-8afe-c36686951776

Never know what you find doing research. Found this item by Byford F. Inman and Eugene E. Noel  in the Library of Congre...
08/06/2021
Back in the U.S.A song

Never know what you find doing research. Found this item by Byford F. Inman and Eugene E. Noel in the Library of Congress collection (Michael K):

https://www.loc.gov/item/2013568076/

Here the same item in our collection - 2007.7.285 - of course from Camilla Allen Axelrod Collection:
https://hub.catalogit.app/4415/folder/b69a3e70-3079-11eb-bf86-47cf234c474c/entry/5c2fd2d0-2d25-11eb-8afe-c36686951776

Notated Music. print | 1 score (3 pages) ; 35 cm | words by Byford F. Inman ; music by Eugene E. Noel. (Statement Of Responsibility). For voice and piano. Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site. (Additional Physical Form). Staff notation. (Language). Print (Form). Unmedia...

Board meeting done. News to come soon. Moon is out.
07/21/2021

Board meeting done. News to come soon. Moon is out.

Board meeting done. News to come soon. Moon is out.

Gotta love doing research and accessioning! Was adding names to a fantastic oral history map Paul Brown created recollec...
07/17/2021

Gotta love doing research and accessioning! Was adding names to a fantastic oral history map Paul Brown created recollecting Westfield in the 1880s (more on that later 2021.10.1). Came across a name of a Doctor I didn't recognize. B. F. Coffin. Benjamin Franklin Coffin as it turns out. Doctor in Westfield from about 1860-1889. Died 1898 in a train accident. He was the father of Mrs. Leonard Wild of Noblesville - the very prominent citizen that built an Opera house for his wife (I seem to remember he had two wives (not at the same time, not sure which one he built it for....) ! Hamilton County Historical Society Old Sheriff’s Residence and Jail Below from Dec 30 1898 Hamilton County Ledger. - Michael K

Gotta love doing research and accessioning! Was adding names to a fantastic oral history map Paul Brown created recollecting Westfield in the 1880s (more on that later 2021.10.1). Came across a name of a Doctor I didn't recognize. B. F. Coffin. Benjamin Franklin Coffin as it turns out. Doctor in Westfield from about 1860-1889. Died 1898 in a train accident. He was the father of Mrs. Leonard Wild of Noblesville - the very prominent citizen that built an Opera house for his wife (I seem to remember he had two wives (not at the same time, not sure which one he built it for....) ! Hamilton County Historical Society Old Sheriff’s Residence and Jail Below from Dec 30 1898 Hamilton County Ledger. - Michael K

We are open 10a-2p today!
07/17/2021

We are open 10a-2p today!

(sorry, had to reshare as I fixed a typo and picture and tags went away...bad FB...) Thank you Trinity House Academy vis...
07/08/2021

(sorry, had to reshare as I fixed a typo and picture and tags went away...bad FB...)
Thank you Trinity House Academy visiting us at the Westfield Washington Historical Society & Museum where we gave a program about history and had them visit our museum as well, before they went further north to our friends at Roberts Settlement. In between they also got an amazing program from Amanda Smith from the Hamilton County Parks and Recreation and visited Bray Family Homestead Park - I think this was a great addition to an already full day they had! More pictures to come! Thanks also to our Jim Peyton, Steve Osborne that where there to help and our intern Megan Morrison that helped with the presentation and education/engaging our visitors! Thanks! - Michael K

Trinity House Academy visit at our historic site in Atlanta, IN. We wish you great success in achieving your goals.

Found this interesting letter on a history related webpage and was just going to repost it, but they have too many ads f...
06/11/2021
The Project Gutenberg eBook of The Freedmen's Book, by L. Maria Child.

Found this interesting letter on a history related webpage and was just going to repost it, but they have too many ads for my like, so I decided to repost it. - Michael K

TITLE: Jourdon Anderson to his old master, 1865

Context: In July 1865, a few months after the end of the Civil War, Colonel P. H. Anderson wrote a letter to his former and now freed slave Jordan Anderson asking him to come back and work on the Tennessee plantation which had been left in disarray from the war. It has been described as a rare example of documented "slave humor" of the period and its deadpan style has been compared to the satire of Mark Twain.
Source: Reprinted in Lydia Maria Child, The Freedmen’s Book (Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1865), 265– 67. (Here the full book: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/38479/38479-h/38479-h.htm)

Dayton, Ohio, August 7, 1865 To My Old Master, Colonel P.H. Anderson, Big Spring, Tennessee

Sir: I got your letter and was glad to find you had not forgotten Jourdon, and that you wanted me to come back and live with you again, promising to do better for me than anybody else can. I have often felt uneasy about you. I thought the Yankees would have hung you long before this for harboring Rebs they found at your house. I suppose they never heard about your going to Col. Martin’s to kill the Union soldier that was left by his company in their stable. Although you shot at me twice before I left you, I did not want to hear of your being hurt, and am glad you are still living. It would do me good to go back to the dear old home again and see Miss Mary and Miss Martha and Allen, Esther, Green, and Lee. Give my love to them all, and tell them I hope we will meet in the better world, if not in this. I would have gone back to see you all when I was working in the Nashville Hospital, but one of the neighbors told me Henry intended to shoot me if he ever got a chance. I want to know particularly what the good chance is you propose to give me. I am doing tolerably well here; I get $25 a month, with victuals and clothing; have a comfortable home for Mandy, —the folks here call her Mrs. Anderson),—and the children—Milly, Jane and Grundy—go to school and are learning well; the teacher says Grundy has a head for a preacher. They go to Sunday- School, and Mandy and me attend church regularly. We are kindly treated; sometimes we overhear others saying, “Them colored people were slaves” down in Tennessee. The children feel hurt when they hear such remarks, but I tell them it was no disgrace in Tennessee to belong to Col. Anderson. Many darkies would have been proud, as I used to be, to call you master.
Now, if you will write and say what wages you will give me, I will be better able to decide whether it would be to my advantage to move back again. As to my freedom, which you say I can have, there is nothing to be gained on that score, as I got my free papers in 1864 from the Provost- Marshal- General of the Department of Nashville. Mandy says she would be afraid to go back without some proof that you are sincerely disposed to treat us justly and kindly; and we have concluded to test your sincerity by asking you to send us our wages for the time we served you. This will make us forget and forgive old scores, and rely on your justice and friendship in the future. I served you faithfully for thirty-two years and Mandy twenty years. At twenty-five dollars a month for me, and two dollars a week for Mandy, our earnings would amount to eleven thousand six hundred and eighty dollars. Add to this the interest for the time our wages has been kept back and deduct what you paid for our clothing and three doctor’s visits to me, and pulling a tooth for Mandy, and the balance will show what we are in justice entitled to.

Please send the money by Adams Express, in care of V. Winters, Esq., Dayton, Ohio. If you fail to pay us for faithful labors in the past we can have little faith in your promises in the future. We trust the good Maker has opened your eyes to the wrongs which you and your fathers have done to me and my fathers, in making us toil for you for generations without recompense. Here I draw my wages every Saturday night, but in Tennessee there was never any pay-day for the Negroes any more than for the horses and cows. Surely there will be a day of reckoning for those who defraud the laborer of his hire. In answering this letter please state if there would be any safety for my Milly and Jane, who are now grown up and both good-looking girls. You know how it was with Matilda and Catherine. I would rather stay here and starve, and die if it comes to that, than have my girls brought to shame by the violence and wickedness of their young masters. You will also please state if there has been any schools opened for the colored children in your neighborhood, the great desire of my life now is to give my children an education, and have them form virtuous habits.

P.S. —Say howdy to George Carter, and thank him for taking the pistol from you when you were shooting at me. From your old servant, Jourdon Anderson

Source: Reprinted in Lydia Maria Child, The Freedmen’s Book (Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1865), 265– 67.

Sir: I got your letter, and was glad to find that you had not forgotten Jourdon, and that you wanted me to come back and live with you again, promising to do better for me than anybody else can. I have often felt uneasy about you. I thought the Yankees would have hung you long before this, for harbo...

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Great job!
I am a great-great grandson of Dr. Julius Benson. He was featured in a presentation in 2014 by Bruce Hansen and posted to YouTube. In that presentation, Mr. Hansen referred to a family living in Westfield that has an original copy of the estate sale upon Dr. Benson's death. I have been researching Dr. Benson for years and would really appreciate getting a copy of this document for my records. Or if anyone has any other documents, photos, etc. for the Benson family please contact me. My email is [email protected]
Still strong!!
I'm not sure who these people are (or if this is in Westfield). I purchased a film camera from the old antique store ((when attached to Big Hoffa's) to find a roll still in the camera. These two images were the only ones that developed from the roll. If anyone can Identify these people, I would love for them to see this memory.
My brother and I were members of the first Westfield Cub Scouts in 1973.
Do you keep old high school yearbooks? Looking for 1972 Westfield HS Yearbook.
Join in on the excitement with your Historical Society by joining or renewing your membership today. Watch for a letter from us with your renewal form enclosed and return it asap. If you have moved drop by the Museum any Saturday and update your address and renew your membership. We want everyone to join us in the excitement of the cabin restoration. PM
I am a descendant of Nancy Trotter Fisher who died in May 1890 at the county farm. Do you have any records from the county farm? In 1880 Nancy was living in Iowa with a nephew, but she evidently moved back to Hamilton County before her death which was reported in the Noblesville Ledger. I also descend from Elias and Mary Carey Barker. My grandmother, Nina Barker Losw was born in Westfield. Any info would be appreciated. Dorothy Low Grimsley
The pretty one: top row, 3rd to the right is my Grandma (Blazier) Foland. This picture hung is her farmhouse for years. She purchased it at an auction the school had and then it was sold in the auction my Dad had of Grandma's estate in 2010.
As Mayor of Westfield, I will collaborate with the Westfield Preservation Alliance, the Westfield Washington Historical Society and Museum, and the City Council to ensure that Westfield maximizes its ability to preserve it's rich history. To this end, my administration will leverage the opportunities made available through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Preservation and Archaeology, including grants from the Historical Preservation Fund. https://www.in.gov/dnr/historic/3671.htm I will work to balance our city's growth and new development with proactive efforts to preserve and maintain Westfield's historical significance in central Indiana.
From a Hortonville kid. You may have seen this before but love the picture.