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.

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 Town...

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 Romi...

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 communi...

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 a...

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. 


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 P...

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 eas...

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 Corn...

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 so...

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