Hamilton County Tag

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...

Leota Fodrea By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian A few weeks ago, I did a post about the Noblesville playwright John Wise and the productions of his plays.  I mentioned that one of the reasons for the initial success of the plays was the woman who played the...

Women Running the Railroad: Station Agents By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian There has been a lot of local discussion of railroads lately and, since this is Women’s History Month I thought I might show how the railroads offered nineteenth century women some non-traditional roles – telegraph operators...

[caption id="attachment_20369" align="alignleft" width="188"] A picture of Olivia Roper taken from "The Future" article.[/caption] Beatrice O’Niel and “The Future” By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Thanks to La Vella Hyter and Bryan Glover for bringing this to my attention. As a follow up to last week’s community leader, Olivia Roper,...

Olivia Roper - Community Leader By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Although the community leaders that are covered in these posts about African American history tend to be male, there were women who were also prominent and had an impact.  One of these women was Olivia Roper. The Roper...

African American Church Buildings in Noblesville By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Hamilton County has had organized churches since the first settlers arrived, and this includes the Black community.  The oldest African American church building in the county is at Roberts Settlement.  There were two congregations in Noblesville,...

Thomas Murphy - An African American Pioneer By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian   Last year I did a post on the first known Black settler of Hamilton County – Pete Smith – who was also actually the first settler of Noblesville.  Now I’d like to look at the second Black...

Charles Dempsey - Buffalo Soldier By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian February is Black History Month, so I will be focusing my posts on the African American history of Noblesville and Hamilton County.  I thought would begin by looking at the life of a man that I mentioned...

John H. Wise - Noblesville Playwright By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian With the creation of the new Noblesville Cultural Arts District,   it’s good to look at the history of some of the different kinds of arts in town.  There has been quite a variety – in...

Marcus L. Hare and Grasslands Farm By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian To follow up on the trotting horses I discussed in the last post, this is a look at one of the most famous horse breeders and horse farms in Hamilton County.  It has special significance because...