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Let's take a visual trip through Indiana's Counties beginning with the  letters M through V in this JP84 Crazy Crate.  ALL ABOARD!  

September 13, 2011






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Crazy Crate JP 84 - September 13, 2011


Here's a list of John's upcoming genealogy conferences. We're looking forward to seeing you at some of them.


September 24, 2011

Fox Valley, Illinois Genealogical Society Conference

Grace United MethodistChurch

300 East Gartner Road

Naperville, IL


October 1, 2011

Polish Genealogical Society of America

Hilton Garden Inn

2390 S. River Road,

Des Plaines, IL60018


October 8, 2011

Dane County, Wisconsin Genealogy Conference

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

4505 Regent Street

Madison, Wisconsin


October 15, 2011

Louisville Genealogical Society Conference


Louisville, KY


October 22, 2011

Indiana Genealogy and Local History Fair

IndianaState Library

140 N. Senate Avenue

Indianapolis, IN46204


November 5, 2011

Western Michigan Genealogical Society


Grand Rapids, MI


Hello everyone! This is Crazy Crate JP84. Sept. 13, 2011.


As I mentioned in my last Crazy Crate, we only have one conference left in Indiana this year and it has limited space for vendors so I'm only taking the maps, pamphlets, charts, etc that I publish. So here is your chance to get some great Indiana books for yourself or for a Christmas present. I only have one copy of each book.


Our last Crazy Crate contained a listing of books on Indiana with the title beginning ending with A thru L. This list covers Indiana titles covering M thru Z


CRAZY CRATE JP 84 BOOK 1: Madison, IN. By Ron Grimes, Jane Ammeson. Charleston, S. C.: Arcadia Publishing. 2006. 128 pages. Softcover. (Part of the Images of America Series.) Madison, tucked among the rolling southeastern hills that meander toward the Ohio River, was settled when Indiana was still a territory and became a city in 1809. A major river port, Madison thrived during the steamboat era as well as when railroads came to dominate the landscape. The city's glorious past is still on display. Many magnificent edifices dating back to eras from the beginning of the 1800s to the early 20th century provide wonderful examples of Federal, Greek Revival, and Italianate architecture. The National Register of Historic Places lists over 133 Madison blocks, making it Indiana's largest historic district. To stroll along the main streets of Madison, to follow the river as it meanders past the town, or to visit the restored railroad station, now home to the Jefferson County Historical Society, is to follow the paths of history. Very few cities in America can boast such centuries-old splendor. Price: $19.99


CRAZY CRATE JP 84 BOOK 2: MorganCounty, IN. By   Joanne Raetz Stuttgen, Curtis Tomak. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. 2007. 128 pages. Softcover. Based solely on vintage postcards, this important new book is a unique addition to the small number of works devoted to the history of MorganCounty. Captured here in more than 220 commercially produced and personal real-photo postcards is a chronicle of the past 100 years in Martinsville (the county seat), Mooresville, Morgantown, Waverly, and other communities that have been imprinted on the local landscape. This visual record showcases the people, neighborhoods, schools, businesses, recreation sites, and events that shaped Morgan County-including the famous mineral water sanitariums, landmark buildings and bridges, favorite fishing holes and resorts, and disasters such as the 1913 flood of the White River. Price: $19.99


CRAZY CRATE JP 84 BOOK 3: Munster, Indiana. By Edward N. Hmurovic. Arcadia Publishing. 2003. 128 pages. Softcover. Munster, Indiana was referred to as Strathmore on early railroad maps as workers would tirelessly tie "one strath more." When a young man from the Netherlands by the name of Jacob Munster opened Munster's General Store, complete with a small U.S. Postal Station in the back, more residents populated the area, and the "Town of Munster" was founded in 1907. Munster, Indiana is a photographic tour of the places, people, and events that have shaped the Town of Munster from the 1850s onward. Nearly 250 historically significant images capture the town's growth from a simple farming community to the bustling town it is today. Price: $19.99


CRAZY CRATE JP 84 BOOK 4: New Albany in Vintage Postcards. By David C. Barksdale and Robyn Davis Sekula. Charleston. S. C.: Arcadia Publishing. 2005. 128 pages. Softcover. The scenic town of New Albany lies along the banks of the Ohio River, opposite Louisville, Kentucky. Founded in 1813 and incorporated in 1839, New Albany grew to be the largest city in Indiana by the mid-1800s. Its location below the falls of the Ohio River boosted shipping and boat-building and promoted the building of some of the city's most notable residences, many of which still stand along Main Street. Through more than 200 vintage postcards, authors David C. Barksdale and Robyn Davis Sekula guide the reader on a tour of New Albany's past. The images highlight the city's early schools and churches and its first library. Others juxtapose flooding disaster and centennial celebration. Price: $19.99


CRAZY CRATE JP 84 BOOK 5: New Albany, IN. By Gregg Seidl. Charleston, S. C.: Arcadia Publishing. 2006. 128 pages. Softcover. (Part of the Images of America Series). Until the railroads extended their steel ribbons westward, people and cargo traveling to America's frontier went by flatboat, canoe, or paddle-wheeled steamer. The falls of the Ohio River at Louisville presented a considerable obstacle to this floating traffic, and vessels traveling on this major waterway were forced to portage their cargo around the turbulent waters. In 1812, three enterprising brothers from New York, Abner, Joel, and Nathaniel Scribner, bought land at the western end of the rapids and named their new settlement New Albany in honor of the capital of their native state. Their village became the head of downriver navigation on the Ohio and evolved from a backwoods settlement into Indiana's largest city, a lively river town where steamboats, textiles, sheet music, automobiles, and pastries have all been manufactured. Natural disasters have periodically changed the face of the city, but New Albany has always recovered due to the determination of its citizens. This collection of vintage images portrays the triumphs and tragedies of these residents. Price:   $19.99


CRAZY CRATE JP 84 BOOK 6: Ohio County, Indiana. By William J. Dichtl.   Chicago: Arcadia Publishing co. 2001. 128 pages. Softcover. (Part of the Images of America series). Ohio County, the smallest county in Indiana, was carved out of DearbornCounty in 1844. The courthouse, built in 1844, is the oldest courthouse in continuous use in Indiana. This photographic documentation of OhioCounty covers the years at the close of the 1800s to the present. Included are photos of J. W. Whitlock, the Empire House Hotel, the 1937 flood, the electric chair made by Smith Riggs, and the steamboats-The Cincinnati and The Louisville" seen daily at the turn of the twentieth century. Price: $19.99


CRAZY CRATE JP 84 BOOK 7: PortageTownship. By Dennis Norman, James Wright, Portage Community Historical Society. Arcadia Publishing. 2003 128 pages. Softcover. (Images of America Series) It has been over 40 years since the trinity of Crisman, McCool, and Garyton united to become Portage, Indiana. Located 50 miles from downtown Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan, PortageTownship has emerged as a growing residential, commercial, and industrial center. Portage became a town in 1959 and attained city status in 1967, but the region's history begins with the indigenous Wey Indians of the 1700s and the Potawatamie, whose land was sold in 1834. Pioneers then settled the land alongside immigrants. For many generations Portage has offered a new beginning to those who sought work, political asylum, or simply a better life. Price: $19.99


CRAZY CRATE JP 84 BOOK 8: PorterCountyLakesand Resorts. By   Larry G. Eggleston.   Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. 2004. 128 pages. Softcover. The history of PorterCounty, Indiana, goes back several centuries. The area now known as PorterCounty was first inhabited by several Indian tribes, primarily the Potawatomi. With the formation of the state of Indiana and the establishment of PorterCounty, the area grew rapidly. The natural beauty of PorterCounty and its scenic freshwater lakes attracted developers who erected several summer resorts around the lake area. Access to these resorts was enhanced by the construction of the interurban electric railroad, which offered visitors easy access to the area's offerings. In this publication, author Larry Eggleston traces the early history of PorterCounty beginning with the first settlers, the development of PorterCounty lakes and resorts, the influence of the interurban railroad, and the associated legends and mysteries of the area. The book covers the lakes and resorts from Lake Michigan to the Kankakee River Price: $19.99


CRAZY CRATE JP 84 BOOK 9: PulaskiCounty. by Karen Clem Fritz. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. 2009. 127 pages. Softcover. (Images of America Series) For centuries the shimmering waters of the historic TippecanoeRiver have quietly marked the history of rural Pulaski County, Indiana, as the stream winds through the heart of the country's landscape, its banks lined with lush woods and rich farmlands. The river was the livelihood of the Potawatomi Indians who fished its waters and canoed home to camps along the shores. The Potawatomi ceded the land to the United States government in 1832, but it was another ten years before they were forcefully removed.   Even before the ink on the treaty had dried, pioneers, farmers, trappers, hunters and squatters had settled upon the land. Early settlers harnessed the river's energy to run saw-and-grist-mills. Later the TippecanoeRiver attracted weekend and summer visitors from the city looking for some quiet fishing and peaceful reflection. In 1835 the state of Indiana approved an area 18 miles by 14 miles wide to be set up as PulaskiCounty, but the county was not organized until 1839.   Dotted with quaint towns, family farms, and locally owned businesses and light industry, the county has been shaped by a heritage of hard work, simple pleasures, neighborliness, and a determined self-sufficiency that comes of relative isolation. It is a rich and increasingly rare bucolic prospect - nourished by a vigilant river. PulaskiCounty is northern Indiana's most rural and isolated county. The population today numbers almost exactly what it did 100 years ago. Nearly 200 photographs of buildings, people, and events chronicle the history of this rich county. Each photograph is accompanied by a short paragraph describing the photograph. Price $21.99


CRAZY CRATE JP 84 BOOK 10: Railroad Depots of Northern Indiana. By David E. Longest. Charleston, S. C.: Arcadia Publishing. 2007. 128 pages. Softcover. (Part of the Images of Rail Series).   Take a historic excursion across a state that is often mistaken as the home of grain and corn production, and little more. The countless manufacturing centers in northern Indiana strengthened the economic fabric of Hoosier land. The railroads that criss-crossed northern Indiana were instrumental in populating the small towns and larger cities by employing thousands over the course of many years. Through photographs of depots, freight houses, and other railroad structures, long demolished yet an integral part of community development, Railroad Depots of Northern Indiana reviews the history of the cities and towns that used the rail to transport raw materials and finished manufactured products across the state to markets such as Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, and Cincinnati. This book also tells the story of a short line railroad and the commodities it has transported for the past century, as well as the longest-existing interurban, still operating just south of Lake Michigan, the resilient SouthShore Line. Price: $19.99


CRAZY CRATE JP 84 BOOK 11: Railroad Depots of Southern Indiana. By David E. Longest. Charleston, S. C.: Arcadia Publishing. 2005. 128 pages. Softcover. (Part of the Images of Rail Series).   Did you know that GreeneCounty in Indiana has one of the longest land-crossing railroad trestles in the Midwest? Are you aware that the Southern Railway once used half of the railroad tunnels in the state? Indiana's first railroad, built in Shelbyville, was only a mile long, but in 1847, completion of a major steam railroad from Madison to Indianapolis made the state's capital a center of transportation. Unlike canals, railroads could be built just about anywhere. Southern Indiana's quickly growing network of rail lines was able to haul tons of goods at low cost, and enabled settlers to travel great distances in a single day. Railroad Depots of Southern Indiana takes the reader on a journey through the towns and cities that shape Indiana's railroad lore. Images depict regional rail history from the inner workings of now demolished depots to one of the oldest "short lines" in Indiana. Through more than 200 vintage photographs, author David E. Longest documents locomotives, rail equipment, the moving of stock, depots, rail stations, and freight houses, and finishes with a tour of the rail museums and excursions that still allow tourists and aficionados to "ride the rails." Price: $19.99


CRAZY CRATE JP 84 BOOK 12: Saint Mary's College. By Amanda Divine and Colin-Elizabeth Pier. Chicago: Arcadia Publishing. 2001. 128 pages. Softcover.   (Part of The College History Series.) This book compiles nearly 200 engaging images from the extensive archives of Saint Mary's College (Notre Dame, Indiana) to create the first exclusively visual history of the college's prestigious 150 years. The images in this work illustrate the story of one of the first Catholic women's colleges in Indiana from shortly after the Sisters of the Holy Cross arrived from Le Mans, France in 1843 to the present day. Envisioned by these women of faith as a place to enrich the minds and spirits of the girls of the frontier, Saint Mary's began its tradition of pioneering education for women. This original mission enabled the college to adapt to the contemporary needs of its students and continue to grow and become a regional leader in science, education, and the arts. As the number of students increased, and the community and world around the campus changed, Saint Mary's College evolved by continuing to honor tradition. The pictures reflect the evolution of the student body, campus and academic life. Price: $19.99


CRAZY CRATE JP 84 BOOK 13: Saint Mary's College. Her Memories Beyond the Avenue.   By Kimberly A. Dunlap.   Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. 2005.   128 pages. Softcover. (Part of The College History Series.)This poignant book depicts the recollections of Saint Mary's College (Notre Dame, Indiana) from alumnae dating back to the early 1900s. Pictures and correspondence in this work come from personal scrapbooks compiled by alumnae while they were students and years after they graduated. They reveal the growth of tradition and memories in the lives of Saint Mary's students over the decades from their first days of orientation through graduation. Nearly 120 photographs, all accompanied by captions, reveal the most cherished memories of alumnae, from moonlight snow sled rides on cafeteria trays, to being caught raiding the dorm kitchen after hours, to a funeral for a pet fly, to Notre Dame football games, and more. During the mid-1930s many women left letters tucked between the stones of the Avenue's front gate each night for the gentleman across the road at Notre Dame.   During their senior year in 2004, three best friends turned off the first floor lights in Le Mans Hall and said goodnight to Sister Madaleva and Mother Angela on their way up to the second floor library. These priceless memories capture moments in time that were enjoyed by only a few, but now can be treasured by all. Price: $19.99

CRAZY CRATE JP 84 BOOK 14: Speedway. By Jane Carroll Routte. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. 2004. 128 pages. Softcover. Racing crowds and excitement describe the Racing Capital of the World. Speedway, Indiana is home to the Indianapolis 500, Nascar's Brickyard 400, and Formula One's U.S. Gran Prix. But Speedway is more than a town that surrounds the most famous automobile racing track in the world. The city is proud of its quality schools, and residents have prospered from the businesses in the area. Civic pride runs strong through this community where generations of families have remained in the same neighborhoods, and sometimes in the same house for a lifetime. Price: $19.99


CRAZY CRATE JP 84 BOOK 15: Terre   Haute: Queen City of the Wabash. By Mike McCormick. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. 2005. 160 pages. Softcover. Terre Haute, Indiana has had an evolving identity since the early 1800s. Taking advantage of the fertile, then-navigable WabashRiver, settlers first located at FortHarrison, a federal military reserve. After the expansive growth of the railroads, Terre Haute boasted more smokestacks than any other city in the Midwest, earning it the nickname "The Pittsburgh of the West." In the early twentieth century, the community became known as "SinCity" and "Indiana's DelinquentCity" because of its reputation for brothels, saloons, and gambling establishments. Although many of Terre Haute's prosperous periods reached a decline, its people never lose hope or their strong commitment to the city they love. With hard work, attention, and a little time, Terre Haute always reinvents itself and flourishes again. Terre Haute: Queen City of the Wabash reveals the people and places that comprise this distinct city, one that maintains its pride and perseverance in the face of good times and bad. Tales of accomplishments such as the construction of the 465-mile Wabash and Erie Canal, the longest manmade waterway in the western hemisphere, segue seamlessly into portraits of influential citizens, such as Eugene V. Debs, a prominent labor organizer and the Socialist Party's presidential candidate five times. This new volume takes readers on a tour of the city's high points, from the industrial boom preceding Prohibition to the educational tradition of Indiana State University, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, while illustrating the challenges dauntless citizens have overcome. Price: $2

CRAZY CRATE JP 84 BOOK 16: Terre HauteandVigoCountyin Vintage Postcards. By Dorothy W. Jerse and John R. Becker III. Chicago: Arcadia Publishing. 2001. 128 pages. (Part of the Postcard History Series.)Over 200 vintage images capture the history of Terre Haute and Vigo County, chronicling the area's earliest days all the way through to World War One. Offering a unique historical account using only postcard images, this new book showcases the people, buildings, neighborhoods, schools and events that shaped the region, including Eugene V. Debs, Chauncey Rose, Collett Park and the 1913 Tornado and Flood.   Price: $19.99


CRAZY CRATE JP 84 BOOK 17: Vincennes. By Richard Day and William Hopper. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. 1998. 128 pages. Softcover (Part of the Images of America Series.) As Indiana's oldest town, Vincennes has a richly textured and multi-faceted history. Established in 1732 as a military and fur-trading post, it grew to become the cultural, political, and educational center of the IndianaTerritory in the early 1800s. Illustrated with over two hundred picture postcards and rare photographs, Vincennes offers a unique view of life in this historic community on the banks of the WabashRiver. This unprecedented collection creates a retrospective of Vincennes' history from the early 1900s through the 1960s. Vincennes serves as a kind of time machine for its readers, enabling them to experience the sights and structures of yesteryear. The book's lively commentary combines the images with colorful anecdotes, making this book both entertaining and educational. From photographs documenting its landscape - picturesque views of downtown and shots of Fort Knox and the Clark Memorial - to evocative portraits of townspeople at work and play - at Beesley Grocery or the Pantheon Theatre - this fascinating collection will give older readers a chance to walk down Vincennes's streets again, and younger readers a chance to appreciate their rich heritage. Price: $19.99


CRAZY CRATE JP 84 BOOK 18: Vincennes: 1930-1960. By Richard Day, Garry Hall and William Hopper.   Charleston, S. C.: Arcadia Publishing. 2006. 128 pages. Softcover. (Part of the Images of America Series).   As the first and oldest town in Indiana, Vincennes is rich in history. It had an important role in the American Revolution and later was the capital of the IndianaTerritory. This book focuses on a more recent time, the years between 1930 and 1960-the period of the Great Depression, the New Deal, World War II, and the post-war years. Fascinating views of stores, clubs, theaters, churches, factories, groceries, and gas stations, many of which are gone or greatly changed, are captured in Vincennes: 1930-1960. Some events in Vincennes remain the same, such as the Fourth of July fireworks display at the Clark Memorial and the high-school homecoming parade, and these images are displayed within these pages as well. Price:   $19.99


Thank you, John, for this lovely trip through some of Indiana's Counties. It is nice to know Hoosiers love to protect and enhance their heritage. I have been to lots of places in Southern Indiana, but not so much in Northern Indiana.

Thank you, readers of this e-mail for taking your time to check out what we have for you twice a week. John and I both appreciate the opportunity to show and tell you about books you might not, otherwise, even know exist.

Look forward to another PK books crazy crate coming soon.

All of her second batch sold out, too! She sent it by the USPS, so it may take a while to get here. Pretty soon she will have sold enough that she will be able to fit what is left into her next house or apartment. Pat from YOGS

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