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Just a FUN little diddy - from Jerry Turner and here's his explanation : 5 bill my dad received from the old Bank cigar store many years ago. Regretfully he sold it but here is a picture of it. The interesting thing about the bill is that it has Crawfordsville Indiana on the bill itself issued from the Citizens National Bank. 1929 was the year it was issued and it has the signatures of the cashier and president of the bank



From: Wesley Wilson Date: Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 11:47 AM Subject: Fwd: Release: Historical Crawfordsville Land Office Index Now Available Online To: Date: Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 9:49 AM Subject: Release: Historical Crawfordsville Land Office Index Now Available Online To: INDIANAPOLIS (February 27, 2013) – New material from the Crawfordsville Land Office has been made available through the nationally-recognized Indiana Digital Archives ( The Crawfordsville Land Office Index includes more than 38,000 records of purchases of public lands from Benton, Boone, Carroll, Clay, Clinton, Fountain, Hendricks, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Tippecanoe, Vermillion, Warren, and White Counties. Sales of public land at the Crawfordsville Land Office began in September of 1820 and continued until 1853. Thanks to Jodie & Dellie at CDPL for passing this on!

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Many of these C'ville photos & post cards are from Bill Boone -
he's been super generous in helping build the town photo albums -
thanks soooo very, very much, Bill :) kz

1976 (Bi-Centennial Parade - see Parade - 1976)

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-- B --

Bank Cigar Store (looking East on Main - thanks Ron Keedy for this one)

Basketball Team - marked 1915 - is this a YMCA team (seem older than HS boys so guessing it might have been the first one) - a HS team? - team for a group/business (know one of the teams was for the Coffin factory and others in the area abut a few years later perhaps ?? _ HELP

Ben Hur Insurance Home

Ben Hur Terminal - thanks Lynn R for this one

Ben Hur Building at night

Ben Hur Building with cars (thanks so much to the Birch family)

Ben Hur Drive-in-theater -- thanks so much to Ron Keedy for this one - how many of ya' remember going there? What fun !

B.F. Goodrich

Bicentennial - see Parade - 1976 Bicentennial

Big Four Arch - picture 2 -- Jerry Turner, a great historian just (8-16-2015) sent me this regarding the building of Big Four --Source: Crawfordsville Sunday Star (September 2, 1901) "The arch was completed at 5:30 pm on Friday August 30 with the last stone set. A metal box was inserted into the stone that had the following writing: 'A. J. Yawger, the contractor acting as the master of ceremonies on the conclusion of his work: Bridge 91 West P. & E. RR over Dry Branch, Crawfordsville IND. Completed Aug. 30, 1901 J. A. Barnard - Gen. Manager C. A. Paquette - Superintendent M. A. Neville - Engr’. M of W. F. C. Lingenfelter - - Ass’t Eng’r J. E. Perry - - - - - Inspector J. W. Markley - - Supt. B.& B. D. Kiley - - - Supt. Tracks Yawger & Battefeld - - Contractors E. M. Coughlan - - Superintendent H. Bierman - - - - Mason Last Ston set at 5:30 P.M. A.J. Yawger, Master of Ceremonies No life was lost and no injuries sustained by anyone in the dangerous work. Not a train was delayed and yet work has been one of the great gravity. Bridge superintendent Markley, largely responsible for the work, should feel proud of the successfully completion of thegreat contract'”

Big Four (photo from the Birch family with back side of post card here - thanks so much ) - boy & his dog - love it !!

Big Four Depot - color

Billman Buggies (about 1888?)

Bischof Store, outside display - thanks, Bill Boone!

Bischof Store, inside - thanks, Bill Boone! -- and this one is a pic of Louis advertising

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CEL&P - Crawfordsville Electric Light & Power - certainly can see here what the flood of 2013 looked like in case you can't remember :) Picture graciously given by Alex Livengood, the photographer - great picture, buddy ! kbz

Camp Rotary Ampitheater - thanks Ron Keedy

Carnegie Library, Crawfordsville

Center Presbyterian Church -- 2013 pic by Angie Todd - thanks Angie!

Central School Building (CHS) with dome - thanks Bill Boone !!

Central School - different view (thanks BB)

Central School - drawing (via BB)

Central HS - thanks again, BB!!

Central HS - another view

Central HS - in orange, must have been the color of the year :) Thanks Bill ! CHS graduation - 1915 (thanks BB)

CHS - side view

CHS - 1903 tribute to Grace Lambert

CHS - probably a class or school play - possibly a play elsewhere - Lloyd Wisehart is against the flag and directly to his left is Paul Manson. Both born 1897 so if they were 16-17 years old this would be about 1914-1915 range. - Love to know more about this picture - it's so cool. - thanks to Bill Boone

CHS Sheet Metal Class, 1921

CHS Girls PE - about 1921, also

CHS Home Ec Class, 1921

CHS Band, abt 1917 (thanks BB)

CHS Band, 1930-31 (via BB)

CHS Band, 1936 Ladoga Centennial (thanks to Shortridge family via Mary Jo Mensie) - scroll down on page in link to Crawfordsville High School - see pics under there :)

CHS - Musical at Music Hall (no names/title - but thanks muches to Bill Boone) - 1914-1920 range

Cadet Corps -- CHS - 1917 - another great pic sent by Bill Boone !!

CHS - Military Band - about this time frame, too - 1917-1918 - again, thanks to Bill Boone ! You rock, BB

Christian Church

Circus Day -- front (thanks muches to my awesome brother, Larry B for this nifty postcard)

Circus Day -- back (to Mr. PP Ellis, Clarks Hill, Ind from OHE

Citizen Bank - Elston Bank - First National - Clements - Perry Lewis ads on front of the 1930 Crawfordsville City Directory - thanks to Teddy Alfrey

Clements Agency - see Citizen Bank

Coney Island (- see below) -- this was on the southeast corner at the intersection of Market & Washington Streets (about 1950) - photo provided by Mike Long :) He's super adding pics for the site ! Greatly appreciated!

"Country Club (Lew Wallace's get-away place he called Water
Babble that later became the Country Club)"
-- BB's photo?

Country Club - pool, 1916

Courthouse, 1st - thanks muches, Bill Boone !!

Courthouse - current with tower - thanks, BB

Courthouse - old pic with tower - wagons all around - thanks to my awesome brother, Larry B (via Bill B)

Courthouse in background with bell tower (approx. 1945)

Courthouse with interurban? -- thanks again to my awesome bro, Larry B (via Bill B)

Covington Hill - looks downright treacherous - thanks BB

Crawford Hotel -- thanks again to the great historian, Mike Long :)

Crawfordsville Band (I was going through some old photos of my father's cousin, Arthur Wayne Vancleave (1903-1984) and found this. Wayne did play for the Crawfordsville Band and he played the clarinet. Wayne may be the one in the middle of the front row. Do you think this is the Crawfordsville Band? Go ahead and print this out for the library collection.
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Crawfordsville Building - 1947 - 1949 (thanks Steve Mason) -- ANYONE know the story of this building - is it burning? Being torn down? Just open on a hot summer night? Where is it?

Crawfordsville Band - diff from above - thanks Bill Boone

Crawfordsville Casket Company - basketball team - this was one of my fav pictures in my Crawfordsville: Athens of Indiana book - kbz

Crawfordsville Power Plant

Crawfordsville Public Library book mobile - I was Children's librarian for several years there in the late 1980s and although I didn't have a book mobile, I did take books to several places, including nursing homes, offices and the like. Here is Helen Harvey (probably about 1960 ?) wife of Robert Harvey - Raymond Cedars is in the truck and Ernest Wray behind Helen. - thanks Ron Keedy for this nifty look at the old C'ville library and its programs. kbz

Crawfordsville State Bank, Christmas Card (thanks muches BB)

Crawfordsville Welcome Sign - 2013 (thanks Angie)

Culver Union Hospital - View #1

Culver Union Hospital - View #2

Culver Union Hospital - View #3

Culver Union Hospital -- taken December 2013 (thanks Ron Keedy - this is so sad) -- view 2 - fuller view of front. You can see the ones above for the beauty of the place :) If I'm seeing this one right, it's the new part in the back. Thanks RK :)

Culver Union Hospital, View Below

Culver Union Hospital - 1st one

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Dairy Queen - wish I had a pic of the old, old DQ but this is the one just abandoned in 2013 - where US 231 (Washington Street) and 47 intersect - close to the SW corner - thanks to Mike Long

Dickerson & Co. Grocery -SouthWest Corner of Market & Washington -- thanks so much to Martha Harms for all of these cool Dickerson's pictures -- THANKS THANKS Martha !!! Greatly appreciated

Dickerson Grocery - corner of Main & Washington (before 1904 - George Dickerson Jr. is in the middle of the aisle) - thanks again Martha !!

Dickerson Store - Mystery --

WHERE OH WHERE CAN THIS GROCERY BE?? Martha Harms did not think she would be able to find where this store is but looks like the mystery is solved -- click to see larger of whole explanation.

Dickerson - George Jr. in some type of meeting - Odd Fellows Lodge perhaps?

Digger's Cafe - downtown C'ville 2013 (thanks Ron Keedy) - Diggers two -- cook Daryl Gouge and waitress Brandy Walker -- Diggers - outside - great job, Ron :)

Donnelley, RR - Tower

Donnelley, RR (Sloan Street plant - very early - thanks Ron Keedy - great one :)

Downtown, looking west on Main - snow - about 1980 - thanks muches to Teddy Alfrey for this and all his great pictures :)

Downtown, late 1949 or Jan 1, 1950 (with no coats, etc. seems wrong and more like when the film was developed) - thanks Ron Keedy. You can see the Sportsman Shop; Resoner's ... neat pic

Dreyer's Drug Store (Gold & Blue hangout housed here - 1/2 block from Old HS) and today, what the building looks like - thanks Ron K

Dye's Feed & Grain (where it was for several years - thanks Ron Keedy -- this is on Franklin right over the rr tracks north of Tuttle school (Crawfordsville Middle School soon to be - Dec 2013)

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Elston Bank -- see Citizen Bank

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First Methodist Church

First National Bank - see Citizen Bank

Frances Wooden - Northside Rec Center (whoops, not sure if Mike Long or Ron Keedy furnished this - Ron I think )-- read also the piece from my Crawfordsville: Athens of Indiana book about Frances - kbz -- such an amazing lady !! You can also read a biography of Frances that I wrote for my book, Crawfordsville: Athens of Indiana.

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GAR - 1909 Encampment (Grand Army of the Republic) -- thanks Lynn R for this cool pic

Gold & Blue - this is the current 2013 building where the old Gold & Blue soda fountain/snack shot place in the 1950-60s. Thanks muches to Ron Keedy one find photographer who loves to take local history shots - I can surely find a pic of it in the olden days somewhere :) kbz


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Heating Plan (before CELP)

Henry S. Lane Home -- view 2 - view 3

Herron, Mistress (either Rebecca Young Herron or more than likely, Ada Patton Herron)

Home, William HERRON

Home, Dr. William Gray SWANK - 400 E. Market Street - here's the information from Mary Jo M - this is awesome -- 1913 or so.," My great grandfather, William Gray Swank, was a physician, trained in Lamar, Missouri. His wife, my great grandmother was Mary Jell Gale Swank. They had 4 chidren - Charles, Roy Fray, Robert Deane, and my grandmother, Nelle May"

Home, 1st in C'ville

Home of Maurice Thompson

House of Seymour - a nifty craft shop on South Washington Street where The Bowery is today. Thanks so very very much to Neil Snyder for these two pictures whose grandparents had House of Seymour. Inside view

Hy-Tex Brick (truck with Lester Utterback) - thanks muches to Jim Hall

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Idle Hour Roller Rink (thanks to Teddy Alfrey - he has been sooo helpful with these great photos:) - note Teddy says Chicago is a type of skates and yes, this is the one on the point where Wendy's restaurant is in 2014.

Interurban - article via - THI&E

Interurban pic of lady handing conductor her ticket - Crawfordsville, Indiana - thanks so very very much to Dean & Edith Rush :) -- close-up of a car - unknown man beside

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Jail, see Montgomery County Jail

Jolley Restaurant

Journal-Review Staff, 1897

Junction Hotel -- thanks muches to Jerry T - this is what he has to say about the JH -- I found a drawing of the Junction Hotel. This is at Ames Junction and by the drawing the hotel was located to the southeast of the junction. It had 2 stories, a lunch room and drawing room on the ground floor and probably sleeping rooms on the top floor. It had a nice platform along the west and north side. I ought to just write a poem and story about the hotel. lol I wonder how anyone could get any sleep with three railroads running right by place. It was probably just used by the railroad men when they stayed overnight. Dad was telling me that my Grandfather (Who tended the engines at the junction) had an office in a building located and that the train crews would come into Crawfordsville and spend the night there while the engines were turned around and serviced for the next day. When they referred to "the junction" in the old days this was the neighborhood they were talking about and probably the area to the southwest. This drawing is from about 1900 so the on the Sat. photo the Vandaila RR line is not shown south of Sommers factory. Its just a spur line now to Raybestos. Nothing on the location now but dirt. wonder what kind of things could be found digging around in that dirt?

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Kimball (piano) Company - thanks muches to Mike Long

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Lane Place, see Henry S. Lane Home

Leavenworth home - 1000 S. Grant -- from Larry Barragree - This photo was sent to me by Bill Leavenworth, grandson of Annie and Clarence Leavenworth who reside in Searsmont, ME. Bill's father was the son of Annie and Clarence, lost his life in WW 2. Bill and his mother continued living with the grandparents until Bill's mother remarried and moved away. The house was demolished in either the 60s or early 70s. The person standing on the porch is Dr. Leavenworth. Before living at this residence the Leavenworths resided in what would become the R R Donnelley Resident Manager's residence of many years afterward. If I recall correctly Bill said it was the original Ristine house, original structure constructed in 1854. The Leavenworths were very interesting and educated people. He was I believe the head of the Romance Languages Dept. at Wabash. Annie was a poet, writer and the first woman to teach at Wabash for 1 year 1918. . There was also a really neat barn on the property but sadly it also has been torn down. -- Thanks so much Larry :)

Lew Wallace Study

Log Cabin Inn - nifty place to eat (at least 1950s and very early 1960s) right by Sugar Creek, across from the Yountsville Spring and in seeing range to the Yountsville Covered Bridge - thanks so much to Dean & Edith Rush -- see also Yountsville Bridge


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Mail Carriers, 1917 (left to right: James Hamilton; Stanley Jones; William Daggett; Charles Mote; Frank Clements; Albert Yount; Ollie C. Watson; Myrtle Skimore (substitute for John Skidmore); K. William and the last one on right is unknown. What a super nifty picture - my dad was a mail carrier from 1948-1980 something at Waveland and his circumstances were hard enough but imagine taking mail in a foot of snow with the horses - YIKES. kbz - thanks soooooo very much to Mike Long for this one :)

Manson, Paul two left of flag

Masonic Temple - old - 1916 b/w view

Masonic Temple, colored view (see above)

Methodist Church - see also First Methodist Church

Methodist Church - about 1865

Methodist Church - 1923 basketball team -- (L-R): Ross Belford Jolley; Glenn Robertson; Ernie Warren Manage;r Mr. Bowers with Trophy (possibly W. A. Bowers ?) Guy McDaniels; Clayton Eylers; (Charles ?) Ingersoll

Milligan Memorial Presbyterian Church tile - thanks muches to Ron Keedy

Mills School

Montgomery County Jail - View 1

Montgomery County Jail - View 2

Municipal Building, thanks BB

Music - Hall between 1888-1908 from an old city directory that I am soooo sorry, missed the date :( kbz

Myers, Paul J. (Chiropractor - 1920 - thanks to Bill Boone)

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(The) Nautical Knot, CHS play -- Cast -- Cover - Overview of play -- Orchestra, etc.

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Old Jail Museum picture -- explanation sign --collage -- another pic -- jail sign -- on Angie Todd's recent trip (June 2013) to C'ville she took these nice pics and shared with us :)

Opera House - see Strand Theater

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Parade - see Stagecoach

Parade -- C'ville looking west on Main about 1900 - shows Interurban station; hotels; etc.

Parade - about 1948 (thanks Steve Mason)

Parade - 1976 Bicentennial (thanks Rob Sosbe for all)

-- General DeBard

-- Float (WOTM)

-- Float (One Nation Under GOD)

-- Rotary (cycles)1

-- Rotary (cycles)2

Patriotic Sons of America building - another view (thanks Ron Keedy) - yet another view - Ron

Perry Lewis - see Citizen Bank

Play ? CHS? Unknown play - but two people are known - Lloyd Wisehart by flag and Paul Manson next to him

Post Office

Postcard Collection by Jeff Scism - wow, Jeff!!

Power Plant - see Crawfordsville Power Plant

Presbyterian Church - see Center

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-- R --

R - Bee Furniture (looking East on Main) - thanks, Ron K

Reasoner's Jewelry -- I believe Mike Long is who to thank - but could be Teddy Alfrey or Ron Keedy :) All three are awesome sharing - thanks guys !! You're my history heroes ! Pretty sure this is Teddy's photo about 1974 -- this is where Allen's little restaurant is today - January 2014 - it was a bank and a couple of other businesses throughout its years too. The old Bank Vault is still in the building and is used for a tiny party room - FUN. Note the old fashioned traffic lights.

James Whitcomb Riley - Lew Wallace

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Saint Bernard's Catholic Church

Saint Charles Academy (+ Catholic Church)

Schools -- view the various schools of the city by clicking on Schools
-- look for individual school, i.e., Mills; Smartsburg...

Sherwin Williams - B.F. Goodrich - POS of A building - looking south on Washington Street - about 1945 - thanks Ron K.

Sherwood Place - home of Maurice Thompson, local author

Silver shanty & Tilney's Shoe Repair - thanks to Ron Keedy

Snyder, John (desk at Supreme Tribe of Ben Hur) - this is sooo cool - thanks to Bill B

Soapmaking - love to know the couple

Sosbe, Bob - Shell station -- see also "People" Sosbe, Bob (thanks so much to his son, Rob for this and several other awesome C'ville pictures -- note the neat places in the background -- Perry Lewis Ford :McFarland-Miller Monuments; Everett Payvey's; Froedge's; Paulines' Thelma's Gril. This particular pic was probably taken in the early to mid- 1950s - 127 W. Market Street

Sperry Bridge -- what a wonderful, clear, nice pic of Sperry Bridge shared by Bill Boone - thanks muches BB

Stagecoach - could be in a parade - thanks, BB - this is a nifty picture

Strand Theater - inside, thanks Bill - neat picture - fairly sure this is the switch-over from the old Opera House to the Strand :)

SUGAR CREEK -- Gale-Swank 099 has a caption "about 1913, Monon bridge across Sugar Creek, Crawfordsville, Ind. Wm G Swank with oars, William Asbury Swank behind him, I think. Facing W G may be his wife, Mary Jell Gale Swank." William Asbury Swank was the son of William G Swank's brother, Jacob Swank. This was a favorite recreation spot for my family. There are many pictures of the bridge, boats and water. I remember as a very small girl, taking the train to Crawfordsville from Kansas City just before the Monon stopped running. (from Mary Jo Mensie)

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College Street, looking West

Corner (NE) of Washington & Market, 1913 (at least Hubs & I think so - anyone disagree, let me know - this is thanks to Mary Jo M :) Greatly appreciated

Green & Market (NW corner)

Main, looking East

Main, East of Green

Main, Looking East (colored post card)

Main, Looking West

Main, different view (thanks, BB)

Main, from Walnut

Market, looking South on Washington - about 1950- thanks, Bill

Washington Street, from Main (thanks Lynn R for this :)

Washington Street (thanks Bill B)

Water Street (thanks, BB)


Sugar Creek (with boat houses - thanks, BB)

Supreme Tribe of Ben Hur - see also John Snyder

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Thelma's Restaurant (also named Pauline's and who knows what else - as Ron Keedy jokes, Alice's Restaurant too?) -- 2013 - thanks Ron K

Thompson, Maurice (home - see Home)

Tilney Shoe Repair - see Silver Shanty

Train Depot -- on Franklin Street near Tuttle school - 2013 - thanks Ron K

Tuttle School

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-- V --

-- W --

-- Wabash College Album

Wabash Building - Waugh Hall, replaced by new science building - Thanks, BB

Wabash College, view above

Wabash Entrance, about 1920

Wabash Faculty, 1871

Wabash - about 1865 - see below

Wabash Chapel

Wabash College, Aerial View

Wabash Community Center

Wabash Southall looking north

Wallace, Lew - James Whitcomb Riley

Wallace, Lew - see Lew Wallace Study

Wallace, Lew (Study, etc.) - view 2

Wallace, Lew (his home)

Wallace, Lew (home in color - see below) - little blurry - don't know where it came from but it's awesome

Wallace, Lew (his fishpond)

Wallace, Lew (Monument - tombstone)


Water Babble (Lew Wallace's hide-out :) Later the Country Club

Water Wagon 1 (Warner Clothier advertisement) thanks JDG -- this is probably about 1901 perhaps during the Price Wars of that time and is on the SouthWest corner of Market & Washington where Francis & Mount was for many years -- Water Wagon 2 in a parade?? This is by the courthouse and assumedly the same time frame - thanks to Jerry T

Willis Grocery - Washington looking down it from Market

Willson School - yep, the ol castle :) - this is from the CDPL site - if you've not checked their image file it's awesome !!!

Willson School #2 -- on this site - not sure where I got it, sorry

Winding Road (anyone know where this is???)

Wisehart, Lloyd - by flag - thanks, BB

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YMCA Gym (inside) - thanks, Bill Boone

YMCA - thanks, BB

YMCA - 1888

YMCA, inside - as it was ready to be torn down :( - thanks Bill

YMCA (outside)-- different view- about 1900-main street, looking West - thanks Bill B

YMCA team perhaps - see below - 1915 (men look older than high schoolers so guessing YMCA) - if we could figure out there this building was ... ??

YMCA - colored postcard - thanks brother Lar

Yountsville Spring -- 5-24-1914 - Frank Vancleave & Cora & Vora Terry - thanks so much to Ron Keedy for this cool picture

Yountsville Bridge -thanks to the Rush family for this one :)

Yountsville Bridge -- link to one of the niftiest pics I've seen of it -- via Crawfordsville District Library :)

Yountsville Bridge - thanks Ron K -- this has the old Log Cabin Inn in the background

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