Tag Archives: Richmond Indiana

Friends and Neighbors

Every street has a multitude of stories.  As you drive through old neighborhoods you can feel the history, the countless moments that have occurred in the homes that line the streets.  Many of these stories are long forgotten, but some … Continue reading

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The Almighty Beaver

When I think of animals that have had an impact on American history, the horse, the dog or even the bison come to mind. But when you actually study the early history of our country, there’s no question which is … 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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It’s a Small World After All

We all know it’s a small world.  Most of us have had one experience or another that reinforces how close we are to each other, how little separates us. Family history proves the point again and again. The retrospective angle … Continue reading

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Death by Downturn

Economic downturns don’t necessarily cause an increase in the mortality rate.  In fact, depressions and recessions tend to increase the overall health of the general population. This seems counter-intuitive to me. My great grandfather, Edward H. Harris, Sr., died on … 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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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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