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.

New Maysville - Part 2

We recently discussed the early history of New Maysville. We will not discuss some of the important events and people of this community. The historic New Maysville cemetery lies in two separate parts divided by county road 900 north in sections 26 and 35 of Jackson Township, just east of New Maysville. The original part is on the north side of the road and began sometime after 1830 with the burial of a daughter of Wilson Warford. Located on the south side of county road 900 north, the new part began with the burial of Rev. James J. Elrod in 1858. This part was deeded to the New Maysville Cemetery Company by Harriet Long, widow of Dr. William Long, in 1880 and was originally the same size and

New Maysville - Part 1

New Maysville was an early thriving community in sections 27 and 34 of Jackson Township, which is in Northeastern Putnam County. The history of this community is so vast, this will be split between two parts. Check back in a few days for part 2. A review of Malcom Romine’s recently released book on New Maysville is available at the Putnam County Museum and is a great resource. I am going to also list some sources at the end of this article which one can obtain online from the Hoosier State Chronicles, some of which predate the 1879 history of Putnam County and were almost certainly used as source materials for that publication. New Maysville was platted June 22, 1832 by Richard Biddle on lan

Blakesburg

Located in southeastern Russell Township, Blakesburg was one of the first settled communities in Putnam County. It had the second post office in the county, after Greencastle and was on one of the early tavern roads, which connected the taverns, or inns, of the communities. A history of Blakesburg by John Guilliams reported in the July 8, 1913 edition of the Greencastle Herald noted that the main road between Danville and Rockville in the early days passed through Blakesburg. One of the first non-natives to come to the area that would become Blakesburg was John Fosher. His father, Daniel Fosher, had come to America as an aide to his older brother, who was a Hessian hired by the English in fi

Fincastle

Fincastle is a small community ten miles north of Greencastle. It was platted May 17, 1839, about ten years after Blakesburg which was a little over a mile to the west. The 1864 business directory for Fincastle lists the dry goods and grocery store of Zaccheus Grider and also resident farmer Jacob Cord. Also noted in 1864 was the Christian Church on the north end of town, a school and residences of B. Harris, C. W. Twigg, J. Buntruant, J. Apple and M. Devaul. One of the prominent early families of the area was the Bridges family. Charles Boles Bridges came from Montgomery County, Kentucky, near Mt. Sterling, to Indiana in September of 1834, settling first near Parkersburg. He then bought the

Clinton Falls

The area we now know as Clinton Falls was apparently first called Booneville. North and west of here was an early timber industry, where remnants of what may have been foundations for cabins for the timber workers have been noted in several historical accounts. Collingwood Clark Grubb (who went by C. C. Grubb) came to the area about 1838 or 1839. On October 9, 1838, C. C. Grubb married Sophia Charlotte Webb in Shelby County, Kentucky. Sophia was the daughter of Richard and Nancy (Newgent) Webb, who are buried at the small Webb family cemetery which is about a mile and a half northwest of Clinton Falls in Clinton Township. Many of the Newgent’s are buried in a family cemetery bearing that nam

Gillespie / Lynch House

The Putnam County Museum currently has on display various paintings of noted Putnam County artist Elisha Cowgill. One of these paintings is of the historic Gillespie/Lynch home, located at 501 West Washington Street, Greencastle. In his painting, Cowgill casts a woman on the front porch, a man on the steps leading up to the home and four young boys sitting together on what looks like a mule. Cowgill liked to capture the historical significance of the items in his paintings in great detail, including representations of the people in their historical context. We will talk about the people in this painting, but first we will discover some interesting facts about the home itself and the people w

Swanksville

When I started this project of sharing the information on the old and often forgotten communities in Putnam County, I had some details for a couple dozen or so of these places. Many of these were noted on the older maps such as the 1864 Putnam County Map and the 1879 Putnam County Atlas. Then in my research I located the old record entitled “Postmasters 1832 to 1971” from the postal service. This record listed many communities not on any map, nor were they always described in any previously published histories. Thanks to the Hoosier State Chronicles and a lot of research of other documents, I have been able to determine the location of 49 different post offices that have existed at one time

Locust Grove School in Monroe Twp

There was once a high school called Locust Grove which was located in the southeast part of Section 23 of Monroe Township. This school, also called the Priest School or School No. 7, was about a quarter of a mile west of the railroad tracks on County Road 425N just east of 100E, and about halfway between Bainbridge and Brick Chapel. The only thing remaining that would indicate a school was ever at this place is the old sidewalk that went from the road to the school. Articles regarding Locust Grove were found under news from Locust Grove, Brick Chapel, Somerset and Tarbutton, which was apparently the community near the school. This school seemed to be fond of its sports, as there were several

Keytsville in Madison Township

Keytsville was a collection of homes and a few businesses on the Putnam/Parke County Line about eight miles west of Greencastle, and just west of Brunerstown. About a mile north of Keytsville was the village of Vivalia. Keytsville, sometimes referred to as Keyt’s Corner, does not show up on very many maps and was never platted, never had its own post office and is not included in the earlier histories of the county. Several local residents have stated that if one lived in this rural area a hundred years ago you would not need to come to the big city very often, as there were three general stores within a mile or so of each other, one each in Keytsville, Brunerstown and Vivalia. Many newspap

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