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DAR’s newest ‘Exciting Times’ book available

DAR’s newest ‘Exciting Times’ book available DAR’s newest ‘Exciting Times’ book available

The Hoosier Elm Daughters of the American Revolution has complied another book called “Exciting Times in Harrison County 1906 to 1910” and is a follow up to the first “Exciting Times” book which covers 1900 to 1905, done some years ago.

Both are full of interesting items placed in The Corydon Democrat, and this version has more trivia and editor’s opinions in it, said DAR member Lynne Keasling.

For example, in 1906 the speed limit in Corydon for those who owned an automobile was 6 miles and hour, she said. That was to not scare the horses and buggies in town. Accidents of this sort were very common as were railroad accidents, many with a number of fatalities.

This book covers robberies, knife fights, snakes in the house, attacks by birds, a baby found on a doorstep, elopements, lost-and-found people and, yes, “gypsies, tramps and thieves” and more.

Keasling said this book is just fun reading from start to finish as it is a peek into how life was in the early 1900s. There are really no obituaries in it as those are already in another book, she said, but a few are mentioned if they were of an unusual nature or took place in other locations that provide interest.

This book cost $22 and has a full name index. Both “Exciting Times” books are available at the Frederick Porter Griffin Center for Local History and Genealogy library in downtown Corydon.

Other books done that are of genealogical value and interest were “Harrison County Marital Adventures (Divorces, Adultery and Bigamy) 1809 to 1856” for $10, “Runaway Spouses, Divorces and Affairs (And Crimes!) of the Heart” for $8, “Harrison County Indiana Divorces 1856-1875” for $10 and the newest, “Harrison County Divorces 1875-1910” for $25.

Divorces were more rare in the earlier days but did still happen, Keasling said. All these divorces were taken from the original court records and often named the children. So, if in doing family genealogy you sometimes find a man or woman living alone or, most often, with their parents, consider looking for a divorce record, she said.