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Barnhart, John D. And Donald F. Carmony, INDIANA FROM FRONTIER TO INDUSTRIAL COMMONWEALTH. 1979. Reprint by Unigraphic, Inc. (Evansville, Indiana) of the 1954 4-volume Lewis Historical Publishing Company (New York) edition. Complete in two volumes. Condition: excellent. Heavy blue cloth covers, silver gilt lettering on spine. Volume One: 422 pages. Volume Two: 621 pages. Maps, photographs, extensive page-end notes, bibliography, index.


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Lafever, Carolyn. WAYNE COUNTY INDIANA: The Battles for the Courthouse. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Charleston: The History Press, 2010). 6x9. Over 45 images. 144 pages.
~~~ The residents of Wayne County, Indiana, have battled about the county seat location since its formation in 1810. There have been three county seats and six courthouses. The disagreement—started between settlers from Salisbury and Centerville—was bitterly debated in the Indiana Territory legislature. Although Salisbury was the first county seat, it was moved to Centerville soon after Indiana’s ratification as a state, and Salisbury faded into a lost town. For fifty-two years, Centerville maintained power, building two courthouses and a jail, until Richmond asserted its dominance in the state legislature. The struggle for the reins of power in Wayne County was Indiana’s longest-running feud, igniting untold amounts of community pride. Join Wayne County historian Carolyn Lafever as she shares this story of conflict and courthouses, from tumultuous beginning to peaceful end.


Woodward, Ron and Gladys Harvey. WABASH COUNTY CHRONICLES: Raucous, Quirky and Essential Tales. . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Charleston: The History Press, 2010). 6x9. Over 30 images. 160 pages.

~~~ Just about fifty years before lights atop the courthouse put Wabash in the record books, a gang of squirrels came marauding through the area, denuding the trees and crops. Of course, the farmers fought back with guns; the kids with clubs. This happened just about the time of the Irish canal worker infighting; those boys attacked one another with everything they had. Oh, and there are the unexplained monster sightings and things of that nature. But really, it’s not all bizarre. After all, Wabash was the first electrically lighted city, and there are scores of heroes and important businesses. There’s just so much to hear about. Come along with authors Ron Woodward and Gladys Harvey as they share the strange and important history of this old Indiana county.


Teas, Thomas Scattergood and Capt James Riley, EARLY TRAVELERS TO FORT WAYNE. Fort Wayne, Indiana: Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County, 1953. First Edition. Pamphlet, Staple-Bound. book:Very Good. Pamphlet is in nice condition except for a slight bump and slight water-stain line along upper right corner of front cover. Damage is inconspicuous. Pamphlet otherwise clean & tight. Line drawings. 26 pages. Introduction reads as follows: "The letter written by Captain James Riley in 1819 and the journal kept by Thomas Scattergood Teas in 1821 are among the rather scanty source materials describing the Fort Wayne area on the eve of white settlement. The conditions related began to change immediately thereafter: within a quarter of a century, the land had been settled and the Wabash-Erie Canal completed; much of the timber had been destroyed, and a considerable portion of the arable land cultivated. These eyewitnesses were among the last to see the virgin land. Essentially, their reports are reprinted as published, except that the staff of the Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County has reconciled grammar, punctuation, and spelling with current practice."


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