While researching microfifm at the P.H. Sullivan Museum on ...
While researching microfifm at the P.H.
Sullivan Museum on construction progress of the
Indianapolis $ Northwestern interurban line
through Zionsville, I came across v‘arious reports
about this and that.
These activities, which occurred in the early
years of this century, give us a rare peek at the
lives of the good citizens of Zionsville.
This point of view is no longer obtainable by
word of mouth for the remaining nonagenarians
or centenarians were too young at the time to
have clear memories.
Thank goodness the museum has most of the
old issues of Tlw Ziotwillr Tinws on microfilm,
or else we’d have lost much that helps us better
understand our ancestors and their world. Note
that each passage is reprinted here exactly as it
originally appeared.
I’ll begin with Christmas Day in 1902: Editor.
Cal. Gault reported th$t the Honorable I.N.
Cotton received second premium from the
I~z&nct Fm-m~- for an article published in its e
“experience department.”
His submission was titled. “How Should the
Farmer Be Employed During the Long Winter
Evenings.‘.
1 was particularly intrigued by several of
Cotton’s suggestions *‘,.. Organize a farmer’s
dub or agricultural society. where you can rub
against your neighbors. for ‘iron sharpeneth
iron.’ Many a man has had his bump of self-con-
ceit rubbed down by coming in contact with a fel-
lowman. You can meet in the school-house or at
your house or at some neighbors. . ..*
The new stone bridge over Little Eagle creek, on the Michigan road, has just been completed and the
We must not forget the intelIectua1 man and
above cut is a very fair representation of it. The bridge is built of lime stone laid in cement and is a solid
what better time can we find than those long win-
piece of masonry. The length of the bridge is near one hundred feet, the middle arch being 28 feet long
and the end arches each 23 feet. This location of the bridge is one that has caused much trouble, owing
ter evenings wden all nature is hushed and the s
to the course of the creek where it crosses the road and former bridges have sooner or later given way
family is housed by the fireside, Then is the time
to the ravages of high water. The bridge has solid stone roadbed covered with gravel and there is noth-
to drink at the fountain of knowledge. read your
ing to rust or get out of repair.
daily paper% your agricultural paper and your
-From the Oct. 31, 1901, edition of The Zionsville Times.
magazines. Let some one of the f;tmily read

doud for n time. while the rest listen aild ask
win or loose, was all that could be given under the the Christian Church on July 4 at 2 p.m., where
questkms and discuss them. circumstances.
they would hear Dr.
‘We must not forget the social side of our
“The boxing
Charles B. Newman
nature. Hitch up to your bob-sled or big wagon
was
g o o d
a n d
speak on “Our Heritage
and call on semi &ighbor in the evening and take
pleased everyone.
and its Obligations.”
the whole family. . . .
Not one but felt
A u c t i o n e e r CO.
“Some one asks, -What shall we read?’ While
that he got his
Tribbett announced a
1 would have some fiction. do not read that alone.
money’s worth in
public sale at the farm
Read biographies and history. especially the his-
either part of the
of George Neese, to be
tory of your own country, You have no right to
entertainment.”
held on Saturday, Sept.
turn your children out upon the world in igno-
In May 1903,
26. Located 2-l/2 miles
rance. These long evenings are your opportunities
readers
learned
Joan P. Lyons
northwest of Zionsville,
for training them intellectually, morally, socially
that “Bert Smith
the farm’s livestock and
and religiously. Give your children society, but I
a n d
daughter,
equipment list speaks
know of no one who has a better right to say what
Irene, Mr. and
volumes about farms of
that society shall be than father and mother. :..”
Mrs. M.D. Harvey.
the early century:.
It was announced in the April 23, 1903 issue of a n d
daughter,
“One two-year-old
“The Times” that the “athletic entertainment,” a
Maude, and Miss Imo Brendel went to
coach filly, two work mares, four milk ‘cows,
wrestling match. held at the town hall the previ-
Indianapolis yesterday to attend Gentry’s dog and L three with calves and one dry, three yearling
ous Monday evenin,0 was a success and was
pony show.”
‘steers, one yearling heifer, one two-year-old
enjoyed by a large audience. The i-eport stated:
The July 2, 1903, edition included a list of
Short-Horn bull, fifty head of hogs, one two-year-
“Mr. Steinmetz and Mr. Bush not only looked
defendants appearing before Town Clerk John F.
old Chester White boar, two young boars, three
to beg splendid specimens of man-hood, but
Brendel. Without listing names, it is interesting to
brood sows, six gilts, all eligible to register, thir-
proved the same b$ forty-five minutes’ hard
note one intoxication case received a fine and
ty-three head of spring pigs, binder, mower, corn
wrestling without a fall. In a lively mix-up Mr.
cost of $18.20, two men who harbored untaxed
planter, hay rake, disc harrow, riding cultivator,
Bush was accidentally hurt and the match was
dogs were each fined $10, and one man who
spike tooth harrow, nineteen acres of corn in the
declared a draw by Mansor Neidlinger, the
assaulted another was fined $7.50.
field, and other things. Credit at 10 months.”
referie. This, while not as satisfactory as a clean
In the same issue, townspeople were invited to
Next week: Mom this and that.
*