David Heighway Tag

Thanksgiving in 1890 By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Besides family dinner, Thanksgiving now brings to mind parades, football, and Black Friday sales.  In the past, however, it has been fairly somber.  Being rooted in the harvest celebration of the pilgrims at Plymouth and the first official proclamation...

An Unexpected Aerial Visitor By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian In the early days of aviation, balloon racing was a popular sport.  Unlike today’s hot-air balloons, they were hydrogen filled, a practice that continued until the Hindenburg disaster in 1937.  They appeared often in central Indiana because Carl...

Cynthiana – The First Geist Community By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian The area around Fishers and Geist is the site of some of the newest housing in Hamilton County, but it was actually settled very early.  A town in Fall Creek Township in one of the few...

A Follow-up on the “Beetle Flyer” By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Some time back, I did a post on Hamilton County’s only car company – the Fodrea-Malott Manufacturing Company.  At that time, there weren’t many details about the vehicle itself.  Now, some new information and a new...

A Ghost War By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian As people prepare for trick or treaters, we should look at a time in Noblesville in late 1890 when “ghosts” appeared and frightened several families.  The results were probably not what people had expected. Events are a little hard to...

Local Ghosts By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian In the last my blog post, I casually mentioned a Castleton ghost story.  It got an enthusiastic response, so I looked further into it.  It turns out that the owner of the property, Martin Garrison (1835-1935), lived in Hamilton County...

The Man Who Knew By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian While most people would be excited to be a part of one mystery, there was a local man who was part of two.  Richard Howard “Howe” Davidson (1829-1896) was a Noblesville businessman who ran a boot and shoe...

The Return of the White River Monster By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian It’s October and time to look at history stories that are creepy or just weird.  Regular readers will recall that some time ago, I did a post about the White River Serpent, (as opposed to...

Report From Fisher’s Switch – 1875 By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Report From Fisher’s Switch – 1875 I’ve done several posts about the wild early days of the town of Fishers – some of them can be found here, here, here, here, and here.  Now a first-hand report can...

Marching Societies By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Continuing to talk about Emancipation celebrations, it’s worth looking at the Victorian practice of organizing groups to add spectacle to an event.  These groups were usually politically oriented and were referred to as marching societies.  As African Americans became involved...

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