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Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe Newsletter

Newsletter Subtitle :  THE INDIANA COLLECTION


Month Day Year:  June 28, 2011














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John Palmer is here with SEVERAL sets of books from the thirty-eight CRAZY CRATES now divided, for your convenience, into topics you can choose to browse.  This set of books includes all the books that have an INDIANA CONNECTION.  Look over what he has to offer and give us a call at YOGS at (1-800-419-0200) with your choice(s).

When you find a book you would like to order, please note all the underlined material before you call us.  This helps us to make doubly sure we send you the right book. 


Between John's collection and Pat's shop we have well over a  thousand books in stock at all times.  As usual, the first to call gets the item. Most of these titles are "one-of-a-kind" finds, but for some titles we may have a limited additional quantity.  With the items John has, as with our regular material, you pay just $5 for shipping and handling no matter how many items you purchase that fit in one box.  All books on these crates are available as of June 10, 2011!  Thank you for shopping with us.  Remember, helping genealogists is what we do here!


CRAZY CRATE JP01-38:  Pat has removed all the books previously sold from these original 38 lists.  And all that appear here will be marked with the original price and a sales price that is 10% less!  In this day and age, every penny you can save helps you live better!


ART - THE INDIANA CONNECTION - CRAZY CRATE JP 1-38 BOOK 1:  A SIMPLE AND VITAL DESIGN.  THE STORY OF THE INDIANA POST OFFICE MURALS.  By John C. Carlisle.  Photography by Darryl Jones.  Indianapolis:  Indiana Historical Society.  1995.  93 pages.  Softcover.  In 1933, at the height of the depression, the Treasury Department's Advisory Committee on Fine Arts, along with its invited guests Eleanor Roosevelt and the directors of eight of the major art museums in the country, met in Washington, D. C. to develop plans for the employment of  unemployed artists.  By the end of the meeting, the Public Work of Art Projects, was a reality. The Civil Works Administration allocated money to employ artists to decorate public buildings and parks.  One of the major construction projects funded by the New Deal Congress included the erection of new post office buildings in many communities throughout the country.  The Post Office served as the most public of all public buildings, and this program of painting murals in post offices would allow the people all over the country to view at least one thing of beauty.   Thirty-seven mural commissions were executed for Indiana post offices, with thirty-six of them remaining in view today.   The art program gave artists the exposure and experience as well as income during difficult times.  When the federal patronage ended, some artists were still able to earn a livelihood with their artistic ability.  Many disappeared from the art scene and are virtually unknown today. This volume gives a brief history of the federal arts programs and then focuses on the histories of the thirty-six murals still evident in Indiana.  The color photography of Darryl Jones brings the murals to life and shows the detail and workmanship of these artists.  Close up details are shown on several of the murals, making a total of 71 color photographs of these historic treasures. This is an excellent addition for anyone who collects Post Office materials or is interested in 1930's art.  Price was: $15  -- 10% OFF SALE, NOW $13.50.





BUSINESS - THE INDIANA CONNECTION - CRAZY CRATE JP 1-38  BOOK 2: ALL IN A CENTURY. THE FIRST 100 YEARS OF ELI LILLY AND COMPANY. By E. J. Kahn Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana, Eli Lilly and Company, 1976. 211 pages. This book is an amiable look, by an outsider, at a corporation as it concluded a century of highly complex and diversified operations. On May 10, 1876, Col. Eli Lilly opened a small establishment for the principal purpose of producing medications to be dispensed by physicians rather than carnival sideshow barkers. It was a desperate gamble, but he had nothing to lose.  As a Yankee Army Officer, he had been captured during the Civil War and interred in a Confederate prison. In 1866, his wife died from complications resulting from pregnancy, leaving him with a 5-year-old son. Lilly tried to make a living as a cotton planter in Mississippi, but he went bankrupt. Returning north, he started two other businesses which failed. Beginning the pharmaceutical company with two employees, his sales were modest - less than a $1,000 a year. But the company did grow - slowly. At the time of his death in 1898, the company was selling over 2,000 products and sales came to over $300,000 per year. By 1974, when this book was written, the company had 23,000 employees and yearly sales were over $1 billion. Over a dozen photographs accompany the text.  Multiple copies are available.  Price was: $10  -- 10% OFF SALE, NOW $9.


BUSINESS - THE INDIANA CONNECTION CRAZY CRATE JP 1-38  BOOK 3: ELI LILLY: A LIFE, 1885-1977. By James H. Madison, Indianapolis, IN.  Indiana Historical Society. 1989. 342 pages. Hardcover.  Eli Lilly's long life extended over a wide range of endeavors in which he made major contributions. Under his active leadership, the company which his grandfather, (see above book) had created flourished and led the way in developing biomedical breakthroughs, including the development of insulin. Hard working, he developed other interests, including prehistoric archaeology, which he helped to financially support; history and historic preservation and art. Later in life, he gave away millions of dollars through the Lilly Endowment. In addition to financial involvement, Lilly also actively explored historical locations and led archaeological investigations as well as writing books and articles on the results of his investigations. Nearly 70 photographs enhance the text.  Multiple copies are available.  Price was: $15  -- 10% OFF SALE, NOW $13.50.


BUSINESS- THE INDIANA CONNECTION JP CRAZY CRATE JP1-38: BOOK 4: SCHLEIMANN IN INDIANAPOLIS.  Edited by Eli Lilly. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society. 1961. 95 pages. This book discusses the short time in which Heinrich Schleimann lived in Indianapolis.  Born in 1822 in Germany, he had been an adventurer, gold miner, sailor, and merchant. He had gathered a small fortune and married a Russian woman, who unfortunately, did not share his passion for travel and excitement. She remained in St. Petersburg.  Schleimann was passionate about learning languages, and had easily mastered Dutch, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese in only a few months. Later he learned Swedish and Polish. Then he learned Greek and became interested in archaeology. After compiling a major fortune, he liquidated his business career and devoted most of his time to archaeology. In 1869, Schleimann moved to Indianapolis to establish American citizenship, and also to divorce his Russian wife. After divorcing her, Schleimann vowed to leave American women alone and find a good Greek wife. He moved to Greece, found a Greek wife, pursued his archaeological hobby - and found the lost city of Troy! Price: $5.00 Price was: $5  -- 10% OFF SALE, NOW $4.50.


BUSINESS - THE INDIANA CONNECTION CRAZY CRATE JP 1-38  BOOK 5: NINETY YEARS AND GROWING. THE STORY OF LINCOLN NATIONAL. By Michael C. Hawfield. Indianapolis, Indiana. Guild Press of Indiana. 1995. 161 pages. Hardcover. This book examines the Lincoln National Corporation from its modest beginnings as 'that little company above the grocery store' to today's success as a $50 billion financial services corporation with global operations. It focuses on the people whose hard work and shared values have brought about the company's success. The book contains hundreds of photographs.  Price was: $10  -- 10% OFF SALE, NOW $9.


BUSINESS -THE INDIANA CONNECTION CRAZY CRATE JP 1-38  BOOK 6: DR. MILES. THE LIFE OF DR. FRANKLIN LAWRENCE MILES (1845-1929). By Martha M. Pickrell. Carmel, IN: Guild Press of Indiana. 1997. 131 pages. Softcover. Franklin Lawrence Miles was born in Olmstead Falls, Ohio, in 1845 and was one of three children of Charles Julius Miles and Electa Lawrence. Charles Julius Miles, was gone from the family for long periods of time, leaving Electa to cope with three young children.  Between May 1856 and January 1857, when he was 11 years old, Franklin's brother, sister and mother all died of various diseases. On her death bed, his mother made Lawrence promise to study science. Julius returned to the family in 1860 and took Franklin to Elkhart, Indiana, where some relatives of Charles had become successful merchants. An inquiring, inventive and practical person with a compassionate spirit, Franklin found Elkhart too confining and, after three years, attended various schools in the East, finally enrolling in the University of Michigan's medical school in Ann Arbor in the 1871/1872 academic year and graduating from Rush Medical College in Chicago in 1874. Later returning to Elkhart, he became a hard-working physician, stressing health education, writing many pamphlets on healthy living. He experimented with medical remedies, finally inventing a nerve tranquilizer, which he originally prepared on a stove in his home in Elkhart. His discoveries led to criticism of him by other physicians as a medical quack. But he never gave up on his experiments, finally discovering several remedies that helped him make his fame and fortune. His hometown experiments developed into Miles Laboratories, one of the major pharmaceutical manufacturers in the world.  Multiple copies are available.  Price was: $12  -- 10% OFF SALE, NOW $10.80.


BUSINESS-THE INDIANA CONNECTION CRAZY CRATE JP 1-38  BOOK 7: TURNING WHEELS: THE STUDEBAKER STORY. South Bend, Indiana: Studebaker Corporation. 1954. Reprinted 2002 by Michiana History Publications. 16 pages. Softcover (comic book style). "This is the story of a great American corporation, of blueprints and tools, of wheels and engines, of sleek automobiles and sturdy trucks. It is a story, too, of a community and of the men who keep the plant humming told though the life of a typical employee and his family.

Let's pick out one of these men and hear what he has to say. Let's get his story." This full-color comic book was a great promotional tool for the corporation, following the life of old Joe Powell (fictional character) and his family, beginning as a youngster visiting his father at the factory and following through his own life working for the company, his retirement, and the final joy of seeing his grandson join the company, where he would have a long, steady job. (In reality the plant was on its last legs and closed ten years later). Multiple copies are available.  Price was: $8  -- 10% OFF SALE, NOW $7.20.




COMMUNITIES THE INDIANA CONNECTION CRAZY CRATE JP 1-38  BOOK 8:  FROM THEN TIL NOW.  HISTORY OF McCUTCHANVILLE. By Kenneth P. McCutchan.  Indianapolis:   Indiana Historical Society.  1969.  259 pages.  Softcover.  Note:  there is a small section torn off of the bottom outside front corner.  The author is descended from the town's founders.  This book contains many anecdotes of the early days of the town, 21 chapters cover pioneer life, the post offices, McCutchanville School, little red school houses, early diseases and cures, highways and byways, the Methodist Church, neighboring churches, the Civil War, the Cemetery, civic clubs, government, Lake Talahi, old houses,  some old letters, excerpts from a diary and more.   The 17-page index covers over 1,200 entries.   

Price was: $10  -- 10% OFF SALE, NOW $9.


COMMUNITIES- THE INDIANA CONNECTION - CRAZY CRATE JP1-38: BOOK 9: SOUTH BEND, CROSSROADS OF COMMERCE.  By John Palmer. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing. 2003. 160 pages. Softcover. $25. South Bend, Indiana, stood at the crossroads of several major Native American trading routes long before the Europeans, led by the French, arrived from Canada and the East Coast to trade their furs. The city on the southern bend of the St. Joseph River soon became an important commercial center for settlers moving west. Eventually, the University of Notre Dame and the Studebaker Corporation would call the growing community home.  This book provides a general overview of South Bend from the time of the Ice Age, then chronologically through the early Native American settlements, conflict between Europeans and Native Americans over control of the fur trade and the eventual rise of Little Turtle and Tecumseh, who attempted to stop the American invasion of Native American lands, the first settlers in South Bend, the Civil War, the rise of industrialization in South Bend which resulted in the need for thousands of immigrant workers, slums, World War I, resentment against immigrants which resulted in the Ku Klux Klan rally in South Bend, Knute Rockne, John Dillinger's last bank robbery, World War II, the rise and fall of the Studebaker and Oliver companies, urban renewal, and new hope for the coming century.  John Palmer, the author or this book and the creator of these crazy crates,  helped develop the Local History/Genealogy Room of the St. Joseph County Library and worked in it for ten years. He is a member of the NorthernIndianaCenter for History and the South Bend Area Genealogical Society. His compelling narrative, complemented by David Blodgett's sketches of early pioneer life and vivid historic images, is an enlightening and entertaining portrayal of this important Indiana city.  The author will personally sign the book for you. Please let us know how you want it signed.  Price was: $25  -- 10% OFF SALE, NOW $22.50.  


COMMUNITIES- THE INDIANA CONNECTION CRAZY CRATE JP 1-38 BOOK 10:  SOUTH BEND REMEMBERED.  VOLUME 2. South Bend, IN:  South Bend Tribune.  2004.  160 pages.  Hardcover.  This second volume contains an excellent collection of local lore and provides an excellent resource on South Bend, Indiana, history.  This book contains mostly photographs of individuals or families, with short captions.  The earliest photograph is 1899 and the latest is 1976.  Photographs are not arranged in chapters but there is a loose arrangement by decades. 

Price was: $29.95  -- 10% OFF SALE, NOW $26.95.


COMMUNITIES - THE INDIANA CONNECTION CRAZY CRATE JP 1-38 BOOK 11: CENTENNIAL FARMS OF INDIANA.  Edited by M. Teresa Baer, Kathleen M. Breen and Judith O. McMullen.  With Genealogical Indexes by Ruth Dorrel.   Indianapolis:  Indiana Historical Society.  2003.  122 pages.  Softcover.  In 1947, in conjunction with PurdueUniversity, the Indiana Historical Society began a program, originally called Pioneer Farms, to honor families who had owned a particular farm for one hundred years or longer.  At that time about 45 percent of Indiana's population was still rural.  Nearly 700 family farms were identified in this study.   This book takes the results of that survey and makes the information available to everyone.  Genealogists will especially like the format, which includes three detailed alphabetical indexes, including an index to the name of the original land owners of the farms and the dates they purchased the property, an index to the descendants currently owning the farm, and an index to the counties in which the farms are located.  Over sixty historic farm photographs accompany this book.  Price was: $25  -- 10% OFF SALE, NOW $22.50.


COMMUNITIES THE INDIANA CONNECTION CRAZY CRATE JP 1-38  BOOK 12:  A VINE OF GOD'S OWN PLANTING".  THE STORY OF FORT WAYNE BIBLE COLLEGE.  UPON THE COMMEMORATION OF ITS 75TH ANNIVERSARY, 1904 - 1979.   A VENTURE OF FAITH IN BIBLICAL HIGHER EDUCATION.  By Jared. F. Gerig.  Fort Wayne:  Fort WayneBibleCollege.  1980.  232 pages.  Soft cover.  Note:  inscription:  Julie Ann Ziegler, 1996".  For 75 years Fort WayneBibleCollege has been in the business of helping men and women prepare to impact their world for Jesus Christ.  The education of leaders for the church as it carries out the commission given by our Lord is one of its most important functions.  Originally starting in Bluffton, Ohio, as a small-town bible school, the college was transplanted to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where it took deep root and grew and is now a world leader in Bible college education.  Its influence through the spiritual ministry of its graduates has literally reached the ends of the earth.  The author begins with a review of Bible college education in the 1800s, then the beginnings of Bethany House and its expansion.  Each of the presidents is profiled and information is given on various organizations and departments.  Price was $20 -Now 10% off Sale $18


[Pat's Note:  As you know, the Midwestern states have been, (and are still being) heavily devastated by a series of floods and tornadoes of epic proportions.  Undoubtedly, some of our subscribers were in these heavily hit areas.  Pat and I want to extend our sympathies to the families affected.   Many people lost everything they owned, including invaluable family heirlooms, photographs and genealogies.   We often take genealogy for granted as a wonderful hobby, often forgetting that circumstances like these shatter families forever, and links to the past can never be recovered.  It's never too late to share your family information with others far away, making duplicate files that can be stored in several locations so that nothing will be lost forever.]


GENEALOGY - MICHIGAN/INDIANA - THE INDIANA CONNECTION JP CRAZY CRATE JP1-38: BOOK 13: MICHIANA ROOTS. VOLUME 1. By Carol Collins. South Bend, IN. South Bend Tribune. 1982. 220 pages. For nearly 20 years Carol Collins provided a genealogical column in the South Bend Tribune newspaper. Information in her column included useful general research information on books, conferences, libraries, research trips, handy tips, and thousands of queries. This volume covers the first five years of her column and covers the first 1,060 inquiries. Some inquiries received answers; some did not. Although many of the inquiries concerned Indiana and Michigan names, many of the names were also from other states. A 27-page index covers nearly 20,000 names listed in the inquiries. A two-page subject index covers the various topics discussed in her column. Price: $15.00  10% OFF SALENOW $13.50


GENEALOGY - THE INDIANA CONNECTION CRAZY CRATE JP 1-38 BOOK 14:  FINDING INDIANA ANCESTORS.  A GUIDE TO HISTORICAL RESEARCH.  Edited by M. Teresa Baer and Geneil Breeze.  Indianapolis:  Indiana Historical Society Press.  2007.  289 pages.  Softcover. This book is the latest resource guide for researching Indiana history and genealogy.  Although it concentrates on Indiana sources, much of the basic research techniques are applicable to every state and situation. It is a powerful tool, providing an overview of historical research while focusing on Indiana-specific sources.  Each of the 53 chapters is written by an authority on Indiana genealogy, archives, and history, including Betty L. Warren, Amy Johnson Crow, Barbara Truesdell, William DuBois, jr.,  Curt B. Witcher, Linda Herrick Swisher, Judith Q. McMullen, Leigh Darbee, and many others.   The 53

chapters are divided into six separate parts:  Getting Started, Identifying Resources, Researching Records, Researching with Maps, Researching Ethnic Groups, and Providing Context and Accuracy.    The articles include dating photographs using women's clothing styles and preserving photographs;   information on 11 major Indiana research libraries and societies; how to research 11 types of civil, court, and military records;  14 articles on various kinds of maps;  articles on researching German, African and Native Ameican heritage; and 6 articles on using resources to provide accuracy in verifying your research.  Unlike previous guides, this book does not concentrate on providing long listings of addresses of institutions or research facilities, but concentrates on how to use those facilities and the internet.  Research techniques at county court houses, archives and national repositories are provided.  Includes over one hundred vintage images and captions.  Each area within the county offers its own fascinating history.  Mitchell was the birthplace of Virgil "Gus" Grissom and famous train robber Sam Bass.  Williams is noted for its covered bridge, the longest bridge span still in use.  Oolitic was settled by Italian stone mill workers bringing a taste of Italy to Indiana. Price: $20 NOW 10% OFF SALE $18


This is only a portion of the INDIANA CONNECTION BOOKS.  We will have more for you to check out on Friday!  Thanks for reading our Crazy Crate Newsletters.  You never know when one of these books is going to hold just the right name, the right date or the right place with the right connection to your family tree.  Congratulations to PK and her Crazy Crates PK1,2,3 and 4.  We enjoyed seeing all of her delightful books, and I am pleased to announce every one of her books has been sold.  She will be receiving a very nice check shortly.  She chose them, she packed them, she mailed them to me.  I received them, I wrote the reviews, I published the crates.  You read the crates, you liked the books, you bought them ALL.  Her crates are a complete sell-out.  I shipped the books to you and she will be paid yet this week for all of them.

WOW!  What a great team we all are! 


That is why I do these crates.  To get the books off the shelves of the people who are finished with them, into the hands of the people who need to read them.  The seller will be happy when she gets the check, the genealogist who bought them will be happy when she finds what she needs in the book she bought, I am happy that I had the opportunity to read and review some really great books (found some bits and pieces for my families as I worked on the reviews, too) and it was my pleasure to help these books find a new home and a useful shelf life again.  Thanks for all your help, readers.  I couldn't have done it without you!  Pat from YOGS

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Thanks for taking the time to check out our crates.

We really appreciate those people who are willing to give our books a second chance to be helpful.  Who knows?  Maybe the one you have been looking for will be on this crate or the next crate.  Blend this research with your census and courthouse research and see how your family puzzle can grow to be more complete!


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