“Ralph, The Story of Bogus Island.” Originally written by Jethro Hatch as a serial for the Newton County Enterprise, this romantic tale of old Beaver Lake country and the island that stood in its midst captures the essence of the era when the banditti made the island their home. Interwoven is a tale of a boy who was orphaned, raised by a family who lived near the lake, searches for the truth about who he is and where he originated, meets a girl, falls in love and the resulting adventures of his quest.
“Hoosier Hunting Grounds, or The Beaver Lake Trail.” Written in 1904 by Bill Bat, aka John Alter of Union Township, Jasper County is a work of fiction, based on fact, which depicts the life of trappers, horse thieves, counterfeiters, Indians and the wildlife of our area in 1840.
“An Archaeological Report On Newton County.” Written by Joseph E. Hiestand in 1951, and published originally by the Indiana Historical Bureau. There are more than 45 Indian villages and 51 campsites identified and described in this reprint of the original publication.
Postcards of Newton County Series includes 7 different views of the current and past Courthouse, one view of Bogus Island.
The Newton County Historical Coloring Book, volume one and two available! Line drawings suitable for coloring with captions using Newton County Landmarks drawn by local artists and a must for anyone interested in Newton County History. Suitable for youngsters and adults alike, this unique view of the county is informative, educational and a delight to view.
In observance of the Sesqucentennial of Newton County in 2010, the
society put together a pamphlet that listed several locations in the
county that were observed as historical landmarks. In conjunction with
publication of this pamphlet, the county officials had a new county map
commissioned, with the location of these markers highlighted on the
map. This map also includes cemeteries and other sites of signficance.
It can be used with our pamphlet for taking a driving tour of our
county. The maps are free and are available at the Resource Center in
Kentland, as well as the public libraries in the county.
The following is a list of the townships and sites marked with signage as well as included in the pamphlet with documentation of its historical significance:
Lake Township: the Big Ditch; the Conrad Bridge; Sumava; and Conrad.
McClellan Township: The Morgan-Tracy Cemetery; Beaver Lake; Bogus Island.
Beaver Township: The Government Center; The Blann Cabin; Turkey Foot Grove; Bull Foot Grove; The Scott-Lucas Home; The Cowichan Matrimonial Totem Pole; Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area.
Washington Township: The Old Log Church; Birthplace of First White Child; The County Home.
Jefferson Township: Home of John and Adeline Ade: the Birthplace of George Ade; The Second Newton County Courthouse; the Third and Present Courthouse; The Home of Former Governor Warren T. McCray; Arlan T. “Tom” Gott (pamphlet only); Newton County Stone Quarry.
Grant Township: Orchard Lake Stock Farm; McCray’s King of the Herfordshire: Perfection Fairfax; Eddie Condon (pamphlet only).
Iroquois Township: Birthplace of Warren T. McCray; The First Courthouse in the County; 1839; 51st Indiana Civil War Memorial Tablet; Hazelden – the Home of George Ade; George Ade’s Golf Course.
Jackson Township: Pilot Grove; the Amish Cemetery.
Colfax Township: Fair Oaks Dairy Adventure.
Lincoln Township: The American Chestnut Tree; American Eagle Flight 4184 Crash Site; Indian Gardens; The Original Site of the First Thayer Post Office; Natural Gas Wells; Crude Oil Wells; Diana Hunt Club; Fogli Hotel.
A history of the organization of the county; information regarding the platting of the towns; and other Newton County points of interest are also included in the pamphlet.
To order any of these publications, please contact the society by phone, 219-474-6944, r email email@example.com. They are also available at the Resource Center located at 310 E. Seymour, Kentland and Tri-County True Value in Roselawn.