Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


March 24, 2010

Playing Catch-Up With Tidbits Of History

It’s way past time for a catch-up column and in the weeks ahead there will be more.

For a contrast in then and now look at these next two stories: Marc Haston sent a picture and story about the grave of Nancy Kerlin Barnett that’s called the Grave in the Middle of the Road. It’s south of Franklin, a mile east of Highway 31 on County Road 400S. The historical marker states, “Daniel G. Doty, 1846-1934 protected his grandmother’s grave by staying here with his gun while the county relocated this cemetery in order to build a road. A concrete slab was placed over the grave to protect the marker Aug. 8, 1912.”

It’s still on a little hill in the middle of the road with a historical marker. Each end of the hill is marked by a highway sign for a divided road (a picture of a median), and each has a cross in the center of it. Nancy’s husband William Barnett drowned in the Ohio River. It has been recorded that William was the great great great grandson of Pocahontas.

Today things are handled in a different manner. Russell Wilhoit sent news of a cemetery near Chicago that must abide by a judge’s ruling that the city can buy the 6.3-acre St. Johannes Cemetery. It’s in the way of a new O’Hare Airport runway. With the eminent domain law, the 900 “known graves” will now be relocated. It’s that “known graves,” that bothers me although I wouldn’t want someone holding a gun on any workers. I suppose when they find old unmarked graves they will also move them.

And speaking of Lou, Marc Haston found a photo of a GED certificate that Lou’s dad earned. “Lou’s dad attended public schools in Osgood during the teens and early 1920s and then went to St. Meinrad Seminary in southern Indiana to study for the Roman Catholic priesthood. He had trouble with Latin and subsequently dropped out.

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