David Heighway Tag

Noblesville Music Hall By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Noblesville has seen a variety of performance venues over the years.  The first was the “City Hall” (a space above where Smith Jewelers and Noble Coffee and Tea is today) in the 1870’s.  Then Leonard Wild built his first...

A Young Inventor By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian With the opening of the Ignite Makerspace in the Fishers library, it’s a good time to talk about a young man named George McDonald (1880-1947) who set a high bar for homebuilt science experiments.  Although he spent most of...

Asa P. Robertson, Noblesville Maker By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian With the 500 mile race just around the corner and the opening of Ignite, the new maker’s space at the Fishers Library, I thought I would look at a local maker who built his own automobiles, Asa...

The First Chinese Immigrants to Hamilton County By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian While Hamilton County has people of many different nationalities living here today, at one time it was rare enough to be reported in the news.  The Ledger reported on December 14, 1883 that, “A Chinaman,...

Eva Stewart: NHS’s First African American Graduate By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Since we are right between Black History Month and Women’s History Month, it’s worth looking at an African American woman who was important to the history of Noblesville.  Eva Stewart was the first African American...

Ringing in 1875 in Fishers Switch By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian I’ve done several posts on the raucous nature of early Fishers – here, here, here, here, here, and here - but it’s important to remember that there were other, more innocent times, when people just enjoyed each other’s company. In one post, I quoted...

A Holiday Recap in 1879 By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Taking a deep breath after Christmas and looking at the impact of the day is nothing new.  The December 27, 1879, edition of the Hamilton County Democrat had a review of celebrations that had gone on around...

Christmas in 1869 By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian With the local newspapers now available online, I decided to check for information about early Christmas celebrations.  The earliest mentions that I’ve found are in the Ledger during the month of December, 1869.   These are advertisements and notices of...

A Christmas Movie By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Historical documents can take a lot of different forms.  In 1935, the Noblesville Kiwanis club created a movie of their charitable work.  It was filmed by member Bert Cresson and was shown around central Indiana for few years.  Then...

A Poetic Mystery By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian With the new arts district in Noblesville, there is an impetus to start cataloging area arts figures.  While celebrities like Rex Stout are important, it’s worthwhile to go exploring for lesser known people.  I’ve mentioned writers like John Wise,...