Category Archives: Wayne County Indiana

Kissing Cousins

When my parents were moving toward marriage in the late 1960s, my grandfather became concerned that they might be related.  It was a reasonable concern.  Both my parents’ families had lived in the same small town of Richmond, Indiana for … Continue reading

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Recalculating…

Every writer of history has to deal with spoilers. Historians try to tell the story of something that’s already happened. If we’re lucky, our readers don’t know how the story ends. But as the creator of the narrative, we never … Continue reading

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What would Mr. Harris do?

This coming Saturday, I will be portraying my great grandfather, Edward H. Harris, Sr., at Tales from the Departed–a walking tour of Earlham Cemetery in Richmond, Indiana in which actors bring to life people buried there. My great grandfather had … Continue reading

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Why do we gather?

People gather together for all kinds of reasons.  Book clubs.  Bowling leagues.  Birthday parties.  Sometimes they come together regularly year after year, sometimes just for a short period of time.  Family reunions.  Girls’ nights out.  House parties.  We all find … Continue reading

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Insanity and the Election of 1856

Sometimes things just don’t make sense.  Every once in a while I come across a document or phrase that doesn’t jibe with what I know–or what I think I know.  It’s happened to me again, and I’d love to have … Continue reading

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The Tin Plate King

William Bateman Leeds was known as the “Tin Plate King” for his domination of the tin plate industry in late 19th-century America.  He began as a florist in Richmond, Indiana, but by the time he died in 1908 he had … Continue reading

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These Men Were Heroes Once

When Oran Perry, former commander of the 69th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, spoke at the seventh reunion held at Winchester, Indiana on August 27, 1891, he reminded everyone “These men were heroes once.” “It is a long way back to the … Continue reading

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