Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Columns

February 12, 2014

Pat Smith: African Americans contributed much to Decatur County's history

(Continued)

Orlando Hood, veteran (Co. E, 23rd USCI), and wife Irene owned their home in the 300 block of East North Street and lived there for nearly 50 years. Born in 1841, he died in 1914 and was buried in Soldiers Circle at South Park. He was 56-years-old in 1907. Irene died in 1929 at age 92 and was buried in South Park.

George and Jane Edwards had four children and owned their home in 600 block of West Washington Street. He was custodian at the Baptist Church and a long-time employee as a millhand of the Garland Milling Company. They had four children and one daughter became an accomplished organist. George and Jane were 44 in 1907.

Sallie Mitchell, George Edwards’ sister, lived in the 1000 block of North Anderson Street. Mrs. Cora Hood and Mrs. Quincy Edmonds were daughters. A son, Charles “Bud” died young.

Thomas Gaines lived in the 500 block of East Washington Street. He lived here during 1907 and died in 1917.

The Jim and Sarah Wright family (daughters Sallie and Mary) and Sarah’s two daughters (Maude and Eleanor Primm) by an earlier marriage lived on South East Street across from where the paint store is now.

Marion and Jane White lived on South East Street across from the Catholic Church. Born in Tennessee, he had only one leg, possibly from a Civil War injury. As chef at the then-ritzy DeArmond Hotel he served grand meals. In 1907 he was 44-years-old. He died in 1913.

William C. Irvin is listed as pastor of the African Methodist Church in 1900, by 1907 Jasper Silar (or Siler) was pastor of the church. He and his wife Cordelia were still here in 1910.

Samuel T. Evans is listed in Records of Indiana Volunteers in the Spanish American War 1898 - 1899. His name is listed under E, page 349. Evans and his wife Frances are buried at South Park Cemetery. Evans enlisted in the 24th U.S. Infantry which was “all Negro unit” during the war. He was chosen to assume charge of a detail of six men that were to take a message to the General of the Spanish Forces that demanded the surrender at Aparri in North Luzon. Evans was cited for bravery and is said to have been the first American soldier to set foot on Aparri.

Evans died at the Greensburg Memorial hospital in January 1944 and was buried in South Park Cemetery Jan. 11, 1944 by the Wenning Porter Funeral Home.

 

 

Text Only
Columns
  • Why government openness matters Failing to share information makes us weaker. It enfeebles congressional oversight, which is a cornerstone of representative democracy and which, when aggressively carried out by fully informed legislators, can strengthen policy-making.One of the fun

    August 21, 2014

  • Ferguson is Everytown, U.S.A. The tragic killing of college-bound teenager Michael Brown has raised questions about the frequency with which police kill unarmed black men in America. The answer, unfortunately, is far too often.Just three months ago, on a warm April afternoon, a w

    August 21, 2014

  • Walking makes a comeback Just a few years ago, the idea that we could have a national conversation about walking might have seemed unlikely. After all, we’ve been walking forever. What’s there to talk about? As it turns out, plenty. As a number of groups cite a range of reas

    August 21, 2014

  • nei-gb082014-linda kennett column pic A collecting bonus? It's in the cards Remember the packs of sports trading cards from the 1970s and 80s? I recently stumbled across several boxes of them that I thought my son had taken when he bought his first home 15 years ago. But there they were, still in the closet and mixed among t

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • nei-gb082014-homemakers column file photo Summer has flown by It seems summer is nearly gone. The State Fair is over, the Power of the Past is gone for another year, and the children are back in school. It may be time to think about getting involved in making and donating some items for Riley Hospital. We alw

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pat Smith: Goofy golf raises breast cancer awareness Last week I stopped in to ask Susan Doerflinger Burkhart to please interpret a letter I received from an insurance company I had two or more years ago. As usual, she was able to ease my mind. While there she asked if I was going to play in the all-fe

    August 20, 2014

  • Craft brewers, vintners bring spirits to State Fair Brad Hawkins felt right at home hawking his beer at the Indiana State Fairgrounds last week.When Hawkins opened his Salt Creek Brewery in a converted filling station in tiny Needmore three years ago, some tee-totaling neighbors protested he was putti

    August 19, 2014

  • Back to the classroom These days, it seems like the summers are going by even faster than they did when I was a student! Just yesterday, the temperatures were beginning to warm up and children were hanging up their backpacks. Now, many of them are already back in the clas

    August 19, 2014

  • Our children and their children Let’s ponder “our children” and “their children.”First, Gov. Mike Pence made a wise call this past week when he ordered the Department of Child Services to begin reimbursing families who had adopted special needs children.A class action lawsuit filed

    August 19, 2014

  • Remember the joy Williams gave Ball State’s Wes Gehring, the author of dozens of books on Hollywood stars, says the apparent suicide of Robin Williams will not tarnish the comedian’s legendary achievements.Williams was found dead Monday in his California home. He was 63.“As the li

    August 16, 2014

Featured Ads
AP Video
Tit for Tat? McDonald's Shuttered in Moscow Life on the Professional Video Game Circuit TX Gov Perry in Washington: 'Confident' in Case Hospital Releases Two Missionaries Who Had Ebola Ramen Health Risks: The Dark Side of the Noodle NYC Doctor-in-chief Seeks Community Approach Indonesian Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters Raw: Shots Fired in Liberian Shantytown DOJ, Bank of America Reach Record Settlement Raw: Cubavision Airs Images of Fidel Castro Raw: Grief After Deadly Airstrikes in Gaza Officer Who Pointed Gun at Protesters Suspended Kathy Griffin Challenges Minaj to 'a Booty Off' Johnson: Six Arrests, No Tear Gas in Ferguson Raw: Rescue, Relief Efforts at Japan Landslide Cadavers, a Teen, and a Medical School Dream California Drought Stings Honeybees, Beekeepers Officer Who Pointed Gun at Protesters Suspended US Mission to Rescue Hostages in Syria Failed
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.