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Historical Commencement Programs for Indiana High Schools

Historical Commencement Programs for Indiana High Schools

Commencement programs are the official schedule for the ceremony graduates take part of. We normally call these graduation ceremonies today, but in actuality, they are commencement ceremonies, since walking down the aisle doesn’t guarantee you are actually graduating. Keep that in mind when viewing the following commencement ceremonies for Howard and Morgan counties, which were recently uploaded by the Indiana Genealogical Society and which they have digitized and provided free for anyone.

The First Murder Trial in Newton County Indiana

Although the celebrated criminal trial to which I would call attention, was held at Bunkum, across the state line, it deserves mention as a part of local history. Several of the persons actually participating in the trial afterward became citizens of Newton county. Furthermore, county and state lines did not form arbitrary divisions as they do at present. Bunkum was the center of a community of which Newton county was only a part.

Indian Occupation of Newton County, Indiana

Indian Occupation of Newton County, Indiana

in July 1827, what is now the city of Chicago was a settlement of six or seven American families, a number of half-breeds, and a few vagabond Indians. At that time the Winnebago Indians were gathering in the neighborhood of Green Bay, threatening to attack and destroy the few white settlements established along the lakes. Gurdon S. Hubbard was a resident of Chicago and the owner of trading posts, established along the Iroquois river where the towns of Middleport and Bunkum were afterward located, and also of a trading post on the Kankakee river in Newton county, afterward known as Blue Grass, near the present site of the town of Thayer.

Bethel-Blocher Methodist Church Cemetery

Bethel-Blocher Methodist Church Cemetery

The land where this cemetery is located was entered (patented) March 17, 1837, by Daniel Reynolds. Not many years later a log church was built thereon and a graveyard was set aside for burials. Next we find where on October 24, 1846, Alexander T. Robertson deeded a...

Black Cemetery, Lexington Indiana

Black Cemetery, Lexington Indiana

This long-neglected cemetery has been cleaned, restored and fenced by the Scott County cemetery Commission. It is located in Lexington Township, just west of county road 900 E. It is in the southeast quarter of Section 27, T. 3N., R. 8E. This tract of 160 acres was entered Dec.29, 1829, by Rev. Calvin W. Ruter, a pioneer Christian preacher. In 1889 the land was owned by Ann Black, hence the name of the cemetery today. There are only seven marked graves, but we were able to count over 25 graves marked only by rough head and flat stones, and sunken spots in the ground.

Beavers Cemetery, Lexington Indiana

Beavers Cemetery, Lexington Indiana

Abandoned since 1915, this isolated cemetery on the Scott County Jefferson County Line, is on a hilltop in a heavily wooded area, accessible only via a slate bottom creek in dry weather; otherwise, through weed-grown fields. It is .7 mile south of State Road 56, off Road 1233W.

Soldiers Relief Fund

Soldiers Relief Fund Boonville Enquirer, Warrick County, Indiana, 186? List of Allowances ordered to be paid out of the Soldiers Relief Fund. (from a publicized rendering of county accounts)

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