Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Visit to Indiana Dunes State Park

A Visit to Indiana Dunes State Park
A Visit to Indiana Dunes State Park

Indiana Dunes State Park, located on the shore of Lake Michigan, offers the sightseer unique opportunities for hiking, picnicking, camping and swimming. Prospective visitors can glean all the information they need to enjoy this beautiful, inimitable area to the fullest from this tourism guide.

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Hoosier Dusty Files - August 17, 1940 - Wendell Willkie Accepted The Republican Presidential Nomination At Elwood

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A Year of Indiana History - 2016

August 17, 1940 - Wendell Willkie Accepted The Republican Presidential Nomination At Elwood
Successful lawyer and businessman Wendell Wilkie received the Republican nomination for President in 1940. He went on to a sound electoral defeat, even though his 22,000,000 votes were more than previous Republican candidates received were.
Wendell Wilkie (February 18, 1892 – October 8, 1944)
Wilkie was the son of Herman and Henrietta (Trisch) Wilkie of Elwood, Indiana. Henrietta and Herman were both lawyers, with Henrietta being one of the first women lawyers in Indiana. Wilkie's first name was Lewis; however, he always went by his middle name, Wendell.
Education
Wilkie attended Culver Military Academy after his parents enrolled him there. Wilkie had shown a rebellious streak and walked with a stoop. His parents hoped Culver would eliminate both. He excelled at the Military School and went on to Indiana University where he continued to excel. He almost did not receive his diploma after giving a speech critical of IU during his commencement speech in front of the Indiana State Supreme Court in attendance in 1916. The University did grant the diploma.
Military
After graduation, he joined his parent’s law firm. When World War I broke out, he enlisted in the United States Army. The Army installed him in artillery school and he did not reach the front until late in 1918. He saw no action and was discharged in 1919.
Business
Before enlisting in the military, he had married Rushville librarian Edith Wilk. After his discharge, he considered a run for Congress but was dissuaded because at that time he was a Democrat and would be running in a Republican district. His mother convinced him to enter business, so he applied to Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio in the legal office. He got the job, but soon grew bored and joined an Akron law firm. He gained a reputation as a great trial lawyer and representative in cases involving public utilities. New York-based Commonwealth & Southern Corporation offered him a job in 1929, which he took and moved to New York. He rose quickly in that position and became president of that company in 1934. As president of Commonwealth & Southern, he began tangling with newly elected Franklin Roosevelt over the Tennessee Valley Authority's role in building dams and generating electricity. Their ensuing legal battle consumed several years and one meeting between Wilkie and Roosevelt. Commonwealth & Southern eventually lost the lawsuit and was forced to sell some of its assets to the Federal Government, but Wilkie drove a hard bargain for the purchase. The resulting publicity for him was favorable.
Politics
Wilkie had been an active Democrat for most of his life. His activism even led to his introduction of Democratic presidential nominee, Ohio Governor James M. Cox to an Akron campaign event in 1920. He had been active in the 1932 Democratic convention, becoming a delegate for Roosevelt's biggest rival for the nomination, Newton D. Baker. During 1938 and 1939, talk circulated of a Wilkie run for the Presidency. Most felt that Roosevelt would still run, but his popularity was lagging. On the eve of the 1940, election unemployment was still over 15% and the economy still not improved after eight years of Roosevelt's New Deal programs. War loomed on the horizon, as Adolph Hitler was on the move in Europe and the Japanese active in the Pacific. Wilkie had entertained visions of the Presidency. But he knew if Roosevelt decided to run for an unprecedented third term, he would win the nomination. Convinced that Roosevelt was anti-business and knowing his road to the Presidency was through the Republican Party, he quietly switched party affiliation in late 1939.
Dark Horse Candidate
Wilkie did not enter any primaries. The primaries at this time did not elect delegates; they merely served as what were called "beauty contests" to establish a candidate’s level of support. The real work of nominating was done at the convention. The Republican convention was in Philadelphia. Wilkie arrived with great fanfare in June and took rooms at the Benjamin Franklin Hotel. It was from there that he ran his campaign. After a good deal of political backroom deals, Wilkie emerged the nominee on the sixth ballot. Wilkie had gone from successful lawyer, businessman and Democratic activist to becoming the Republican nominee for President of the United States in 1940.
The Campaign
Wilkie had wanted the campaign to be about the economy, which was still faltering despite eight years of Roosevelt’s policies. Roosevelt wanted the campaign to be about the emerging conflict in Europe. Roosevelt had supported policies that lent aid to Great Britain in its battle against the Nazis. Wilkie had initially supported those efforts, which had contributed to his gaining the Republican nomination. The majority of Republicans during this time were isolationists, in direct contravention to his stance. When his campaign began faltering late in 1940, he switched to a more isolationist stance, to appeal to the majority of Republicans. He promised to keep the nation out of war, stating that Roosevelt would enter the war. Roosevelt countered when Wilkie's campaign started gaining more support. On election eve, national polls showed Wilkie with a four-point deficit, but gaining. However, Roosevelt went on to win 449 electoral votes to Wilkie's 82. The popular vote had been closer, 27,000,000 to 22,000,000.
Post Election
Wilkie contacted with a gracious concession speech that led Roosevelt to say, "I'm happy I've won, but I'm sorry Wendell lost." Wilkie soon threw his war support behind Roosevelt and became instrumental in much of the war effort. He planned a visit to Britain and visited with Roosevelt just prior to his inauguration speech. During the meeting, Roosevelt asked him to be his unofficial representative to the British. His work to aid Roosevelt in the war effort led to trips to Ireland as well. On his return, he testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in favor of Roosevelt's Lend-Lease policy. He also led an effort to repeal the Neutrality Act passed in the 1930's. His support was so much needed by Roosevelt that he sought to include him in his administration. However, Wilkie wanted to maintain his independence and declined. He did consider a run again in 1944, but pulled out after a bad showing in early primaries. He died in 1944 of heart problems.
This article excerpted from the author’s book:
Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites, Markers & Museums - East Central Edition

Indiana possesses a rich history that is fun to read and learn. This Hoosier Dusty Files is in an easy to read “this day in history format” and includes articles from the author's A Year in Indiana History series. Visitors may read the articles as they appear or purchase the book:
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hoosier Dusty Files - August 16, 1838 - Swiss Mennonites Arrive - Adams County

A Year of Indiana History - 2016
A Year of Indiana History - 2016

August 16, 1838 - Swiss Mennonites Arrive - Adams County
Persecuted in their native lands, many members of the Mennonite Church left Europe to settle in the New World where they could find a new life. Mennonites from Germany and the Netherlands began immigrating into Pennslyvannia in 1683 at the encouragement of Quaker William Penn. By the late 1830's Mennonite communities began migrating into northeast Indiana from Ohio.
Mennonites
The Mennonites are followers of Menno Simons, a religious reformer that lived from 1496 – 1561 the Friesland region of the Low Countries. After training as a Catholic priest, Simons gradually became disenchanted with the Church, in 1536 renounced his priestly vows. He joined the Anabaptist movement.  He became an influential leader among that group, forming a distinct theology that eventually became the Mennonite religion. Their religious beliefs frequently put them at odds with the Catholics and Lutherans that dominated Germany and the Netherlands. Persecution of Mennonites in Switzerland, as well as all of Europe, was severe as authorities often imprisoned and even killed many of them. Refusal to recant their belief often meant forced impressment into the military or even drowning.
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Amish in Indiana
Brothers Christian and Peter Baumgartner migrated from Wayne County, Ohio to Adams County, Indiana, arriving on August 16, 1838. The Amish community prospered and grew, thriving today across many counties in northern Indiana.
Swiss Heritage Village and Museum
The twenty-six acre village is the largest outdoor museum in northern Indiana. The museum seeks to preserve and interpret Mennonite culture in northern Indiana.
Swiss Heritage Village and Museum
1200 Swiss Way Box 88
Berne, IN
(260) 589-8007

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Hoosier Dusty Files - October 15, 1849 - Charity Dye - Indiana Author, Teacher - Born

A Year of Indiana History - 2016
A Year of Indiana History - 2016

October 15, 1849 - Charity Dye - Indiana Author, Teacher - Born
Charity Dye (Octobe 15, 1849 - July 19, 1921)
A native of Mason County, Kentucky, her family moved to Indianapolis, Indiana in 1873. She attended Indianapolis Normal College and began teaching at School 10 in the Indianapolis school system. A short time later, she received a transfer to Shortridge High School. Her teaching career would span thirty-seven years. She became renowned as an English teacher and was instrumental in forging poet James Whitcomb Riley's relationship with Shortridge High School. She became active in the women's suffrage movement and wrote several historical non-fiction books about Indiana.
Indiana Historical Commission
In 1915, the Indiana Historical Commission asked her to serve as a commissioner during the preparations for the Indiana Centennial celebration. She conceived the idea of having children write letters about the culture and history of their neighborhoods to exchange with other students. In addition, she wrote an entertaining weekly column for the Indianapolis Star that related tidbits about Indiana History. During her tenure on the Centennial Commission, she would give 152 addresses at schools, civic organizations, and clubs across the state.

Charity Dye Elementary School 27 is named in her honor. Indiana possesses a rich history that is fun to read and learn. This Hoosier Dusty Files is in an easy to read “this day in history format” and includes articles from the author's A Year in Indiana History series. Visitors may read the articles as they appear or purchase the book:
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Monday, August 14, 2017

August 14, 1816 - Doddridge Chappel Near Fort Milton, Forms


A Year of Indiana History - 2016
A Year of Indiana History - 2016

August 14, 1816 - Doddridge Chappel Near Fort Milton, Forms
Emmigrants from Pennslyvannia led by Philip Doddridge migrated to the Wayne County area, arriving on April 8, 1814. The nineteen pioneers that arrived held a prayer meeting to give thanks for their safe arrival. The arrivals included nine adults and ten children, one of whom was born during the long, grueling wagon trip through the frontier. Philip Doddridge (1737 - May 6, 1822)
The son of Joseph Doddridge and Mary Biggs, Phillip was native to Maryland. he married Mary Merricle Bickerstaff in 1767. The couple would have ten children. After arriving in Wayne County, Indiana the family established a farm. Phillip and his wife donated four acres of land to be used for the church and cemetary. Phillip was the first interred in the cemetery. The pioneers built a log church in 1816, which stood until they replaced it with a brick church in 1832. The congregation completed construction of the current church in 1876. The National Register of Historic Places listed Doddridge Chapel on National Register of Historic Places September 28, 2003.

 Indiana possesses a rich history that is fun to read and learn. This Hoosier Dusty Files is in an easy to read “this day in history format” and includes articles from the author's A Year in Indiana History series. Visitors may read the articles as they appear or purchase the book:
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Sunday, August 6, 2017

An Indiana History Story a Day – August

An Indiana History Story a Day - August
An Indiana History Story a Day - August

Indiana possesses a rich history that is fun to read and learn. An Indiana History Story a Day, like the Indiana Bicentennial History Series that preceded it, presents Indiana history in an easy to read “this day in history format” The thirty-one stories in the August edition include:
August 05, 1816 - First State Elections
August 07, 1791 - Battle of Kenapacomaqua
August 16, 1862 - 72nd Indiana Infantry Regiment Mustered
August 26, 1938 - Cornfield Conference Began
August 31, 1949 - Final Meeting of Grand Army of the Republic Soldiers - Civil War

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An Indiana History Story a Day – July


An Indiana History Story a Day – July
An Indiana History Story a Day – July

Indiana possesses a rich history that is fun to read and learn. An Indiana History Story a Day –July like the Indiana Bicentennial History Series that preceded it, presents Indiana history in an easy to read “this day in history format” The thirty-one stories in the July edition include:
July 04, 1778 - Clark Takes Kaskaskia Without Firing a Shot
July 8, 1863 - Morgan's Raiders Cross the Ohio River
July 16, 1907 - Orville Redenbacher Born
July 21, 1862 - New Albany Race Riots
July 29, 1861 - Formation of the 19th Indiana - Black Hat Brigade

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Batesville - Oldenburg Auto Tour


Batesville - Oldenburg Auto Tour
Batesville - Oldenburg Auto Tour 
Are you looking for a great vacation idea? This nifty little road trip takes the visitor from historic Metamora through the Village of Spires, Oldenburg and on to Batesville, Indiana. The auto tour continues through northern Ripley County and returns to Metamora, in Franklin County. Combine history, culture, wine tasting and marvelous dining in one fun trip.

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