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.


Founding of Roachdale This article provides only a brief history of Roachdale and its founding. Detailed information can be obtained in a recently published book on Roachdale by local author Malcolm Romine, or by visiting the Roachdale-Franklin Township Library. Other facts and interesting information on Roachdale has been covered in previous articles. Prior to 1880, residents of north central Putnam County received their mail at Ashby’s Mills, which became a post office in 1857 or at Carpentersville, which had a post office beginning in 1854 when the Louisville, New Albany and Chicago began running through there. As noted in the 1864 map of Putnam County, Forest Home, with an Ashby’s Mill p

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