History of the city of Evansville and Vanderburg County, Indiana

VOLUME I

 

Table of Contents

CHAPTER I.
THE PIONEER SETTLERS THE GAME ON WHICH THEY LIVED THE BUFFALO AND WHY IT IS ON THE STATE SEAL THE FIVE TRIBES OF INDIANS AND WHERE THEY LIVED THE FIRST DEEDS TO THIS SECTION HUNTING GAME EARLY TRAPS WAYS OF HUNTING GAME TRICKS OF DEER PASSING OF THE BUFFALO FOX HUNTING WILD BEES WILD HOGS BEARS 5

CHAPTER II.
THE FIRST PIONEER PIERRE BROUILLETTE WAS SIMPLY A TRADER THE ADVENT OF HUGH M'GARY HOW HE HAPPENED TO LOCATE THE HOOSIER TONGUE HOW THE FIRST HOMES WERE BUILT PRIMITIVE UTENSILS OUR PIONEER MOTHERS PIONEER CITIZENS GETTING SALT EARLY THRESHING AND CORN GRINDING WORK WITHOUT NAILS FIRST HARNESS AND BRIDLES 20

CHAPTER III.
EARLY EVANSVILLE THE FIRST STAGE COACH FIRST STORES AND PROFESSIONAL MEN ITS APPEARANCE IN 182O EARLY TRANSPORTATION THE OLD STAGES FLATBOATING HOW THE PRODUCE WAS SOLD 31

CHAPTER IV.
THE FIRST BOOM ITS FAILURE THE CRISIS OF 1837 MR. CLARK'S LETTERS CENSUS OF 1838 NFLUX OF NEW BLOOD INCREASED TO 4,000 POPULATION BECAME A GREAT SHIPPING POINT THE FIRST WHARF THE CANAL AND ITS FAILURE 43

CHAPTER V.
AS SEEN BY A WOMAN THE WAY CHILDREN WERE BROUGHT UP EARLY SOCIETY PURSUED BY WOLVES HOW THEY RODE NO SOCIAL DISTINCTIONS HOW THEY COURTED THE SIMPLE COSTUMES THE OLD SHAWLS 52

CHAPTER VI.
HUGH M'GARY HE WAS THE ACTUAL FOUNDER HIS PURCHASE OF THE ORIGINAL GROUND STARTING OF THE FERRY HIS STORE AND THE FIRST POST-OFFICE GENERAL EVANS COMES INCORPORATION OF THE TOWN M'GARY'S TROUBLE WHY HE LEFT HERE 58

CHAPTER VII.
THE FIRST FARMS AND HOW OBTAINED HOW THIS PART OF THE STATE WAS DIVIDED THE TWO FIRST BUYERS DECREASE IN VALUE OF LANDS WHAT THE PIONEERS WORE THEIR RIFLES HOW CLOTHES WERE MADE HOW THE WOMEN WORKED WORK AND FUN MY OWN REMEMBRANCES "WHISKY ROW" THE OLD TIME FIRST STREET OTHER LOCALITIES FIREMEN'S DAY KNIGHT ERRANTRY, ETC 65

CHAPTER VIII.
EARLY SPORTS AND PASTIMES CRACK SHOTS THE BOONES TOM JACK HUDSPETH EARLY DIET WHY WOMEN WERE HEALTHY A VISITING DRESS "HOME-MADE" CLOTHING DRESS COLORS SHOES EARLY ILLUMINATION OUR GRANDMOTHERS' COMBS OLD-TIME BOYS THEIR CLOTHING STRANGE WAYS THE DIFFERENT "TIMES" FRUIT AND WATERMELONS THEIR GAMES 82

CHAPTER IX.
EARLY LOUNGING PLACES WHERE THE OLD CITIZENS USED TO MEET AND TALK THE OLD RESTAURANTS, CIGAR STORES, AND BILLIARD ROOMS THE START OF THE LOTTIE THE FIRST BRASS BANDS THE COMING OF GEO. W. WARREN WARREN'S BAND WM. R. BAKER HOW THE BANDS STARTED SUNSET PARK OLD TIME AMUSEMENTS THE FIRST THEATRE EARLY MINSTRELS THE QUILTING BEE AND THE SEWING SOCIETY AMATEUR SHOWS THE CHURCHES WAKE UP TWO AMATEUR OPERA COMPANIES THE SECOND PERFORMANCE OLD MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS PRESENT PLACES 95

CHAPTER X.
OLD TIME BALL GAMES TOWN BALL HOW THE STAID MERCHANTS PLAYED THE FIRST SEMI-PRO TEAM FIRST REAL TEAM AN OLD BATTERY OLD FIGHTERS BAD MEN AND BRAVE MEN COOL NERVE ENOUGH MEANT ENOUGH MILK SICKNESS, THE TERROR OF THE PIONEERS A VERITABLE POISON FROM WHICH THERE WAS NO ESCAPE 106

CHAPTER XI.
PIONEER WEDDINGS THEIR CRUDENESS HUMBLE START IN LIFE THE WEDDING DANCE AFTER THE FEAST HOW THEY STARTED FOR HOME HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF CHANGES IN PLOWS THE FATHER OF THE PLOW INDUSTRY, "FATHER URIL" THE INCREASE OF THE VULCAN WORKS WHAT MR. BLOUNT HAS DONE AND MY TRIBUTE TO A MAN WHO DESERVES IT STEAMBOATS OF THE OLD TIME RISE AND FALL THEIR GREAT FUTURE HAPPY TIMES ON BOATS THE WITCHERY OF NIGHT 119

CHAPTER XII.
BEGINS TO GROW THE PASSING OF LAMASCO HARD TIMES THE BIG ROLLING MILL THE CUSTOM HOUSE THE ST. GEORGE HOTEL AND THE BIG DANCE THE FIRST BOOMERS, HEIDELBACH AND ELSAS A BUILDING BOOM THE 1880 CENSUS BORING FOR GAS THE WONDERFUL LUMBER MARKET, THE GREATEST IN THE WORLD WHAT WE PRODUCE THE BIG RAFTS THE PIONEER LUMBER KING PLANTING FOR THE FUTURE THE WONDERFUL FURNITURE TRADE THE BIG CONSOLIDATION 133

CHAPTER XIII.
THE FIRST STREET CARS THEIR SIMPLICITY HORSES GIVE WAY TO MULES, THEN TO ELECTRICITY ASPHALT FROM TRINIDAD PITCH LAKE THE WHOLESALE TRADE HOW IT PROSPERED DURING THE WAR OLD TIME DRUMMERS DECLINE OF JOBBING TRADE HOW WE COLLECTED DEBTS OLD COUNTY FAIRS AND HORSES GOLDSMITH MAID AND JUDGE FULLERTON THE FIGURE EIGHT TRACK THE BIG FAIR GROUND THE HOOSIER 152

CHAPTER XIV.
SLAVERY DAYS THE UNDERGROUND CONDITION OF SLAVES THE TRICKS OF THE SLAVE THIEVES SEVERAL STOLEN NEAR HERE THE NEGRO QUESTION HANDLED WITHOUT GLOVES HE BELONGS ON THE FARM AND NOT IN TOWN A LITTLE EDUCATION OFTEN MAKES HIM A FOOL 164

CHAPTER XV.
COURT HOUSES AND JAILS CRUDENESS OF THE FIRST ATTEMPTS TWO NEW COURT HOUSES HUME REDMON'S DEATH SITE OF THE PRESENT COURT HOUSE THE JAILS SOME OF THE INMATES A NEGRO FIEND AND A JACK-LEG LAWYER THE FIRST RAILROADS SLICK WORK RAILROAD WIND P. D. & E. SHOPS THE SMOOTH-TONGUED VENNER 183

CHAPTER XVI.
EARLY FIRE ENGINES THE POLITICAL SYSTEM ADVENT OF METROPOLITAN SYSTEM FIRE HORSES AND HOW THEY ARE TRAINED NEEDS OF THE DEPARTMENT OLD-TIME OFFICIALS THE AUTO WILL TAKE THE PLACE OF THE HORSE PUBLIC PARKS THE FIRST ATTEMPTS HOW SUNSET PARK HAS GROWN "MODESTY FORBIDS" COOK'S PARK CHANCES FOR THE FUTURE I99

CHAPTER XVII.
THE HOSPITABLE CITY SO KNOWN EVEN IN THE LONG AGO HALF NORTH AND HALF SOUTH AND REALLY A SOUTHERN CITY OPEN ARMS AND OPEN HEARTS NO ISOLATION HERE VIEWS OF MISS RUNCIE MY ANGEL MOTHER 219

CHAPTER XVIII.
THE FOURTH OF JULY SHOOTING THE ANVIL PARADES AND BARBECUES DECLINE OF THE ODIOUS FIRECRACKER BANKS OF EVANSVILLE THE OLD CANAL BANK NEVER A FAILURE HERE THE NEWSPAPERS THE EARLY PRESSES THE JOURNAL AND ITS FORTUNES THE COURIER OTHER PAPERS 23O

CHAPTER XIX.
OUR SCHOOLS THE FIRST ATTEMPTS COUNTRY LOG SCHOOLS WITH WANDERING TEACHERS FIRE HOUSES USED IN EVANSVILLE "DADDY KNIGHT" PRIVATE SCHOOLS THE MORE MODERN SCHOOLS A BEAUTIFUL AND THOROUGH SYSTEM DIFFERENCE IN TEACHERS 252

CHAPTER XX.
THE LABOR QUESTION ADVICE FROM AN OUTSIDER LABOR DAY LABOR TROUBLES PRACTICALLY UNKNOWN MORALS OF EVANSVILLE IT IS REALLY A GOOD CITY A MORAL WAVE OVER THE ENTIRE COUNTRY WORK OF HON. JOHN W. BOEHNE AND HON. JOHN J. NOLAN "CHARLIE" HEILMAN MEANS RIGHT HEATING AND LIGHTING ADVANTAGE OF GAS FOR COOKING THE NEW HEAT AND LIGHTING CO., AND WHAT IT WILL MEAN 265

CHAPTER XXI.
EVANSVILLE IN THE WARS ALWAYS READY TO RESPOND THE MEXICAN WAR FIRE EATING (?) BANDS SUTLERS WHO FOUGHT AND BLED (?) AND NOW DRAW PENSIONS THE CIVIL WAR HOME GUARDS THE OLD HOSPITAL STILL STANDING NEWS OF THE WAR THE SURRENDER THE DEATH OF LINCOLN EXTRACT FROM COL. JAMES SHANKLIN'S SPEECH THE DIFFERENT EVANSVILLE COMPANIES A LIST OF THE NAMES SEVERAL WAR RECORDS SOME PLAIN TRUTH THE MAINE, AND SOME PLAIN TALK FOR WHICH THE AUTHOR IS PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE 273

CHAPTER XXII.
OUR CHURCHES HOW THEY SPRANG FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS EVERY CREED NOW REPRESENTED THE OLD CIRCUIT RIDERS THE METHODISTS WERE FIRST THE OLD LOG CHURCH THE VARIOUS SHIFTS FOR HOLDING MEETINGS THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND ITS MISSIONS THE JEWISH TEMPLES AND OTHER CHURCHES 31O

CHAPTER XXIII.
THE MAYORS OF EVANSVILLE THE COMMON COUNCILS COUNTY OFFICIALS VARIOUS SERVANTS (?) OF THE PEOPLE A COMPLETE LIST COUNTY WORK A MISTAKEN IDEA SOME OF THE OLD "FAIRIES" WHOM I KNEW PEANUT POLITICS 327

CHAPTER XXIV.
FRATERNAL AND BENEVOLENT ORDERS THE BEGINNING OF MASONRY AND ODD FELLOWSHIP OTHER ORDERS ST. MARY'S HOSPITAL THE ORPHAN ASYLUMS THE OUTING FARM 355

CHAPTER XXV.
OUR CEMETERIES AND THEIR BEAUTIFUL LOCATIONS CARE OF THE POOR VARIOUS ATTEMPTS AT FARMING THE POOR OLD TIME METHODS 371

CHAPTER XXVI.
POULTRY AND PET STOCK ASSOCIATION THE HUMANE SOCIETY EVANSVILLE POULTRY AND PET STOCK ASSOCIATION 377

CHAPTER XXVII.
HOW EACH TOWNSHIP WAS STARTED THE SMALL EARLY SETTLEMENTS INFLUX OF ENGLISH AND GERMAN FARMERS HOW EACH SETTLEMENT HAD ITS CHURCH POOR AND HAPHAZARD FARMING THE FLIGHT OF THE SQUATTERS THE ADVENT OF HIGH-CLASS FARMING THE PRODUCTIVE SOIL BACK OF EVANSVILLE INCREASE IN VALUES 381

CHAPTER XXVIII.
THE GREATER EVANSVILLE "THE CITY OF OPPORTUNITIES" HOW SHE HAS PASSED THE DIVIDING LINE WE HAVE ONLY TO WAIT HOW EARLY INDUSTRIES HAVE GROWN INFLUX OF NEW ONES THE CHEAPEST FUEL ON EARTH THE GREAT GATEWAY TO THE SOUTH WHAT THE LOCKS AND DAMS WILL DO THE PANAMA CANAL EXTRACTS FROM SPEECHES OF VARIOUS WELL-POSTED MEN 4OO

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In all histories of Evansville that are extant it seems to be assumed that Hugh McGary came from some point in Kentucky in a canoe, and landed at the old Elm Tree which stood near the foot of what is now Division street and first saw the site of the Evansville of today.