Highlights in History

Leonard Wild and his Buildings By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian William Conner may have established the city of Noblesville, but there is another person who is responsible for how much of it looks today.  Leonard Wild (1834-1909) could be considered Noblesville’s “master builder”. Wild was born in Germany...

Early Fishers - The Johnson-Evans Prize Fight By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian The rough nature of early Fishers sort of served a purpose in 19th century Hamilton County.  It was a place where things could happen to blow off steam.  If you couldn’t get away with something...

Noblesville’s Connection to the Harlem Renaissance – Mae Walker By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian A local arts group called Noblesville Interdisciplinary Creativity Expo, or NICE, is having a workshop based on literary materials on Tuesday, May 16th.  Some of the works that they will be looking at are...

Early Fishers - A Turkey Shoot Gets Out of Hand By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Continuing our study of the rough-and ready history of early Fishers, it’s interesting to note that trouble began not long after the town was founded in 1872.  The best example of this...

Robbing A Train – By Wrecking it By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian The town of Fishers and Delaware Township had a lively history prior to the First World War that has been largely forgotten.  I’ve talked about some of it before, such as the grave robbing trials...

The 1896 Noblesville Fish Kill By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian With Earth Day coming up on Saturday, this seems like a good time to look at a Hamilton County environmental failure and see what we might have learned from it.  Many people are familiar with the 1999...

Raymond C. Boyd – Big League Pitcher By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian With the opening of baseball season, here is a look at another Hamilton County player who made it to the big leagues – Raymond Boyd.  His Wikipedia entry is slim, but he did have a very...

Hamilton County in the Great War By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian April 6, 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the United States entry into the Great War, or as it’s called now, World War I.  President Woodrow Wilson had asked on April 3 for Congress to declare...

Berta Jones - Woman Playwright By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian I’d like to finish up Women’s History Month with the story of another creative woman from Hamilton County – Berta Jones.  She was born Alberta Haworth on February 21, 1877 to Albert Haworth and his wife Sarah...

Women’s baseball in Hamilton County By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian It’s the time of year to start talking about baseball and, since it happens to still be Women’s History Month, I thought I would look at early women’s baseball in the county.  Unfortunately, although we know it...

Both library locations will be closed on Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day.