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New genealogy book in the works

Social media was alive and well in the early 1900s in Harrison County. The local newspapers, The Corydon Democrat and Corydon Republican, each carried items of neighborhood news, such as who fell and broke an arm, a family having diphtheria, who was getting a divorce, who came back from college to spend time with a family. Both newspapers came out only once a week, as The Corydon Democrat still does, and both carried all the local news as well as a page of state news, usually the more quirky articles and also a number of pages of political discussion and speeches.

Both newspapers had their own strong opinions on what was going on in the country with whoever was in the White House.

These old newspapers make very interesting reading, and that is why a member of The Hoosier Elm chapter of DAR has abstracted some of the more unusual and exciting stories about Harrison County into a book titled “Exciting Times in Old Harrison County,” which contains articles and stories from the late 1800s up to 1905.

Reading this book is almost like peeking into the windows of the past to see what life was like back then. Some crime, runaway horses, snakes in the house, robberies and so many other stories all make for very interesting reading.

This is a soft-cover book, spiral bound and fully indexed to all names in the stories. It sells at the Frederick Porter Griffin genealogy library for $15.

A newer version, covering 1906 to 1910, is in the works, with articles from both newspapers. In the newer version are many of the same type of articles but more divorces are mentioned, horses and buggies are now confronting the automobiles on city streets and this version will have more articles about more modern issues like the number of train wrecks in a week and how many coroner’s inquests were done statewide in 1905. This book should be available in late spring.

Other genealogy books are also available for sale at the genealogy library.

All proceeds from book sales go to the projects of The Hoosier Elm chapter of DAR. All make interesting reading into the past of Harrison County more than 120 years ago.

The genealogy library is open to purchase these books from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The Daughters of the American Revolution is open for new membership to any woman over the age of 18 who can document her lineage to a Patriot of that time.

For more information or help starting your research, contact chapter registrar Lynne Keasling at 812-738-6921 or by email at [email protected].