Meet the Author

Larry Tippin has served as County Historian since 2008. His interest in history grew out of extensive research of his family roots and restoration of pioneer cemeteries. A semi-retired CPA, Mr. Tippin has served in a variety of civic and professional organizations.


He was a founding member of the Central Indiana Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants and served as Chapter President and Regional Vice President of the National Association of Government Accountants. He has also served as Treasurer and President of the North Putnam Alumni Association, as a member of the Board of Directors of the local Heritage Preservation Society, Putnam County Museum and the Friends of the Roachdale Library.


Mr. Tippin has also recently written a book on the short life and tragic death of local girl Pearl Bryan, which is due to be published and available by October 2018.

Portland Mills, part 2

The Stores The focal point of a small community was typically the various stores and trading posts throughout its history. As noted in “Portland Mills Remembered” the first store was probably a trading post which had its beginning shortly before Samuel Steele and his son built a dam across Raccoon Creek and constructed the grist mill and sawmill in 1825, but this store may have been predated by an early trading post prior to 1820. The early settlers came to the mill, and while waiting for their corn and wheat to be milled, traded with Steele for needed items such as salt and calico. His trading business thrived, and he then built a new building to conduct his trading business. This was the b

Portland Mills, part 1

Several excellent publications exist regarding Portland Mills, such as “Portland Mills Remembered” 2001, by Don Harbison and Malcolm Romine. This book and several others are available at the Putnam County Museum. I am going to use parts of that publication, newspaper articles obtained from the Hoosier State Chronicles, and other sources, in an attempt to provide a brief overview. The history of Portland Mills is so rich and deep, I am going to need to split this into two separate posts. Look for part two in the near future. Portland Mills has the unique distinction of being in two counties and four different townships. It is within Clinton and Russell townships of Putnam County and also Unio

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