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January in Indiana History

1 January
1777 – Raritan, NJ. John George, age 17, enlists as a private in Captain John Flahaven’s company of Colonel Matthias Ogden’s First New Jersey Battalion. (See 11 November 1759; 8 September 1777; 28 November 1847.) [Funk, p. 17-18]

1816 – Jackson County, IN, established. County seat is Brownstown. Carved from Clark, Jefferson and Washington counties, it is named in honor of US President Andrew Jackson. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

1825 – Corydon, IN. Corydon is no longer the state capital. [Griffin 2, p. 26]

1825 – Robert Owen tells his son William that he has decided to buy New Harmony, IN.

1838 – Boone township, Harrison County, IN. Adam Crosier begins an account book, recording all articles bought and sold, prices thereof, and any unusual weather events. In 1866, he begins keeping complete weather statistics. His family will maintain this practice until at least 1936. (See 25 January 1887; 10 January 1928; 19 January 1856; 20 January 1856; 4 February 1856; 1 January 1864; 9 January 1887; 12 January 1918; 13 February 1918; 14 May 1921.) [Griffin 2, p. 157]

1864 – Boone township, Harrison County, IN. Recorded as “the cold New Year’s day” the temperature drops to 12 below zero, F, plummeting 60 degrees in twelve hours. (See 1 January 1838; 25 January 1887; 10 January 1928; 19 January 1856; 20 January 1856; 4 February 1856; 1 January 1864; 9 January 1887; 12 January 1918; 13 February 1918; 14 May 1921.) [Griffin 2, p. 157]

1866 – Granby, MO. Isaac Steepleton, orphan, and his guardians, Mr. & Mrs. John Webb (otherwise childless), leave Granby bound for Illinois. They are in the middle of a covered wagon trek. Mr. Steepleton will become a justice of the peace in Boone township, Harrison County, IN. He will recall this odyssey when he is 84 years old. [Griffin 2, p. 35]

2 January –

1819 – Floyd County, IN. General Assembly approves boundaries of county. [EL, p. 300-303] Carved from Harrison and Clark counties, it is named in honor of Colonel John Floyd, or Davis Floyd. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

1824 – Vermillion County, IN, established. County seat is Newport. Carved from Parke county and Wabash New Purchase, it is named for the Vermillion River. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

1846 – Company I, Third Indiana Regiment joins General Zachary Taylor’s army and will serve with distinction at Buena Vista. [Kramer, p. 157]

3 January –

1805 – Indiana elects its first House of Representatives. [Griffin 1, p. 71]

1825 – Robert Owen buys town of New Harmony, IN, plus about 20,000 acres, from George Rapp

4 January –

1823 – Madison County, IN, established. County seat is Anderson. Carved from Delaware New Purchase, it is named in honor of James Madison. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

1844 – Ohio County, IN, established. County seat is Rising Sun. Carved from Dearborn county, it is named for the Ohio River, which it borders. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

Births –

1822 – Salem, IN. Washington C. De Pauw born. He will become one of the richest people in Indiana, eventually involved in businesses totaling over $11 million in annual sales. [EL, p. 246]

1823 – Noblesville, IN. First child born to William Conner and teen age white girl, Elizabeth Chapman. Conner already has six children by his Lene Lanape wife Mekinges. She and her children, however, have left Indiana in the Indian removal. [Funk, p. 66-71]

5 January –

1821 – Green County, IN, established. County seat is Bloomfield. Carved from Sullivan county and the non-county area, it is named in honor of General Nathaniel Greene. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

1821 – Union County, IN, established. County seat is Liberty. Carved from Fayette, Franklin and Wayne counties, it gets its named by being a union of parts of these preceding counties. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

1828 – Indianapolis, IN. The General Assembly accepts the offer of the US government to help fund building a canal, Indiana authorizes a commission to determine the route, but fails to provide any funding. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indiana_Mammoth_Internal_Improvement_Act

6 January –

1814 – Corydon, IN. The Legislative Assembly rebukes Governor Thomas Posey. Three weeks after taking office as Territorial Governor, Posey had sent the following to the Legislative Council: I wish you to communicate to your honorable body, that the delicate state of my health will not admit of my longer continuance in this place [Corydon]. I find myself badly situated on account of medical aid. My physician is at Louisville, and I have taken all the medicine brought with me. 
  Whereupon, the governor removed himself to Jeffersonville, where he could commune more readily with his physician in Louisville. This occasioned an expense of $50 per day for the legislature to send a courier back and forth to Jeffersonville. (See 1 May 1813; 6 December 1813; 3 March 1813 25 May 1813.) [Griffin 1, p. 27]

1821 – Corydon, IN. The state legislature ratifies a site at the junction of Fall Creek and White River to be the new capital city. [Griffin 1, p. 48]

1906 – Corydon, IN. There is a report that only two apple trees remain of the orchard planted by Territorial Governor William Henry Harrison, in 1808, in Spencer township. Most of the orchard lived at least “three-quarters of a century,” and these last two battered survivors still bear fruit. [Griffin 1, p. 1]

7 January –

1818 – Lawrence County, IN, established. County seat is Bedford. Carved from Orange county, it is named in honor of Captain James Lawrence. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

1818 – Vanderburgh County, IN, established. County seat is Evansville. Carved from Gibson, Posey and Warrick counties, it is named in honor of Henry Vanderburgh, a judge of Indiana Territory. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

8 January –

1821 – Bartholomew County, IN, established; county seat Columbus. Carved from Jackson County and Delaware New Purchases, it is named in honor of Lt. Col. Joseph Bartholomew. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

1823 – Hamilton County, IN, established. County seat is Noblesville. Carved from Delaware New Purchase, it is named in honor of Alexander Hamilton. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

1877 – Indianapolis, IN. James D. Williams takes office as governor. […wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Governors_of_...]

1917 – Indianapolis, IN. James P. Goodrich takes office as governor. […wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Governors_of_...]

1941 – Corydon, IN. Harrison County’s Infirmary is the lowest cost per resident in the state. The Infirmary is, in fact, the poor farm. The farm provides most of the food for the residents. [Griffin 2, p. 98]

1945 – Indianapolis, IN. Ralph F. Gates takes office as governor. […wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Governors_of_...]

9 January –

1819 – Corydon, IN. The Library of Congress has the files of the Indiana Gazette, printed at Corydon from this date to 28 December 1820. This is one of the pioneer Indiana newspapers. (See 21 June 1817.) [Griffin 2, p. 180]

1821 – Parke County, IN, established. County seat is Rockville. Carved from Vigo county, it is named in honor of Benjamin Parke, a delegate from Indiana Territory to the US Congress. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

1887 – Boone township, Harrison County, IN. Thermometer reads 21 below zero, F. (See 1 January 1838; 25 January 1887; 10 January 1928; 19 January 1856; 20 January 1856; 4 February 1856; 1 January 1864; 12 January 1918; 13 February 1918; 14 May 1921.) [Griffin 2, p. 157]

1893 – Indianapolis, IN. Claude Matthews takes office as governor. […wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Governors_of_...]

1905 – Indianapolis, IN. J. Frank Hanly takes office as governor. […wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Governors_of_...]

1933 – Indianapolis, IN. Paul V. McNutt takes office as governor. […wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Governors_of_...]

1961 – Indianapolis, IN. Matthew E. Welsh takes office as governor. […wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Governors_of_...]

1973 – Indianapolis, IN. Otis R. Bowen takes office as governor. […wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Governors_of_...]

1989 – Indianapolis, IN. Evan Bayh takes office as governor. […wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Governors_of_...]

10 January –

1801 – Vincennes, IN. William Henry Harrison assumes duties of territorial governor. [Funk, p. 167]

1818 – Randolph County, IN, established. County seat is Winchester. Carved from Wayne county, it is named in honor of Esther Thomas Randolph. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

1818 – Spencer County, IN, established. County seat is Rockport. Carved from Perry and Warrick counties, it is named in honor of Captain Spier Spencer. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

1825 – Corydon, IN. The removal act of 20 January 1824, specifies this date on which the permanent seat of government is to be located at Indianapolis, a not-yet-built city at the juncture of the Fall Creek and the White River. An added stripe of pain for the people of Corydon – the date for convening the legislature is changed from the first Monday in December, to the second Monday in January. Without this change, Corydon would have remained the capital for one more year. [Griffin 1, p. 49]

1881 – Indianapolis, IN. Albert G. Porter takes office as governor. […wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Governors_of_...]

1921 – Indianapolis, IN. Warren T. McCray takes office as governor. […wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Governors_of_...]

1929 – Corydon, IN. The “new” Harrison County Courthouse is announced to be completed. This is the first time that sanitary bathrooms have been available on the square. [Griffin 1, p. 71, p. 58] The first Harrison County Courthouse was also the first state capitol building. Contractor Dennis Pennington had pointed out that any county which wanted the territorial capital to locate there, must have a courthouse capable of serving as a capitol. 

1949 – Indianapolis, IN. Henry F. Schricker takes office as governor. […wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Governors_of_...]

2005 – Indianapolis, IN. Mitch Daniels takes office as governor. […wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Governors_of_...]

Deaths –

1928 – Boone township, Harrison County, IN. Lafe Crosier dies, age 75. His son Williard Crosier II takes over the account book. He is still recording in it as of 20 May 1936. This 198 year chronicle kept by one family, on the same farm is a unique record. . (See 1 January 1838; 25 January 1887; 19 January 1856; 20 January 1856; 4 February 1856; 1 January 1864; 9 January 1887; 12 January 1918; 13 February 1918; 14 May 1921.) [Griffin 2, p. 157]

11 January –

1820 – Corydon, IN. Governor Jonathan Jennings commissions ten men to select a site for a new state capital city. [Griffin 1, p. 48]

1860 – Harrison County, IN. Tow of Valley City recorded. [Griffin 2, p. 34]

1897 – Indianapolis, IN. James A. Mount takes office as governor. […wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Governors_of_...]

1909 – Indianapolis, IN. Thomas R. Marshall takes office as governor. […wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Governors_of_...]

1937 – Indianapolis, IN. M. Clifford Townsend takes office as governor. […wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Governors_of_...]

1965 – Indianapolis, IN. Roger D. Branigin takes office as governor. […wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Governors_of_...]

12 January –

1826 – Pendleton, IN. Four of the killers who perpetrated “the tragedy of the falls” have all been convicted of murder. The case sets a national precedent: killing Indians has never before been considered a crime against the government. James Hudson has appealed his conviction to the state supreme court, meeting for the last session to be held in Corydon, IN. Judge Isaac Blackford writes the historic opinion, upholding the convictions. On this day, James Hudson is hanged, in Pendleton. (See 22 March 1824; 23 March 1824; 3 June 1825.) [Funk, p. 37-9]

1826 – New Harmony, IN. Robert Owen’s “Boatload of Knowledge” arrives.

1857 – Indianapolis, IN. Ashbel P. Willard takes office as governor. […wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Governors_of_...]

1885 – Indianapolis, IN. Isaac P. Gray takes office as governor. […wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Governors_of_...]

1905 – Mauckport, IN. The Corydon Republican reports: There was rejoicing last Thursday among the people who live along the Ohio River in the county [Harrison]. There was rise enough in the river for the large steamers to again ply the waters. … We had low water all summer, ice all winter and now we look forward to a flood in the spring. 
  The optimism seems premature, however. (See 19 January 1905.) [Griffin 2, p. 228]

1918 – Boone township, Harrison County, IN. Thermometer reads 16 below zero, F. Also noted for the month: very heavy snowfalls, sleet; the Ohio River freezes over. (See 1 January 1838; 25 January 1887; 10 January 1928; 19 January 1856; 20 January 1856; 4 February 1856; 1 January 1864; 9 January 1887; 12 January 1918; 13 February 1918; 14 May 1921.) [Griffin 2, p. 157]

1925 – Indianapolis, IN. Edward L. Jackson takes office as governor. […wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Governors_of_...]

1953 – Indianapolis, IN. George N. Craig takes office as governor. […wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Governors_of_...]

1958 – Mauckport, IN. The Louisville, KY, Courier-Journal carries a story about the break-up of the ice pack in the spring of 1918. The Ohio River had frozen from shore to shore and when finally freed, many boats were torn loose from their moorings and carried downriver. Grover and Ira Bodenstadt spied a fine houseboat merrily bobbing by and rowed a skiff out to it. Grover boarded the houseboat, but could not control it and was swept downriver. Ira fetched his father, who in turn sought help from Frank Foster, an experienced riverman. In a buggy from the Bodenstadt Livery Stable, they traveled about three miles below town and when the houseboat veered toward shore, it was secured – along with Grover. A subsequent lawsuit over ownership of the houseboat was resolved in favor of Frank Foster, and the boat was moored at Mauckport for a number of years. [Griffin 2, p. 232]

13 January –

1873 – Indianapolis, IN. Thomas A Hendricks takes office as governor. […wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Governors_of_...]

1913 – Indianapolis, IN. Samuel M. Ralston takes office as governor. […wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Governors_of_...]

1941 – Indianapolis, IN. Henry F. Schricker takes office as governor. […wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Governors_of_...]

1969 – Indianapolis, IN. Edgar Whitcomb takes office as governor. […wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Governors_of_...]

1981 – Indianapolis, IN. Robert D. Orr takes office as governor. […wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Governors_of_...]

1997 – Indianapolis, IN. Frank O’Bannon takes office as governor. […wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Governors_of_...]

14 January –

1818 – Monroe County, IN, established. County seat is Bloomington. Carved from Orange county, it is named in honor of James Monroe. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

1861 – Indianapolis, IN. Henry Smith Lane takes office as governor. […wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Governors_of_...]

1889 – Indianapolis, IN. Alvin P. Hovey takes office as governor. […wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Governors_of_...]

1901 – Indianapolis, IN. Winfield T. Durbin takes office as governor. […wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Governors_of_...]

1929 – Indianapolis, IN. Harry G. Leslie takes office as governor. […wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Governors_of_...]

1957 – Indianapolis, IN. Harold W. Handley takes office as governor. […wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Governors_of_...]

2000 - David Letterman has quintuple heart bypass surgery.


15 January –

1844 – Howard County, IN, established. County seat is Kokomo. Carved from un-organized land, it is named in honor of General Tilghman Howard, US representative from Indiana. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

1844 – Tipton County, IN, established. County seat is Tipton. Carved from Adam New Purchase and un-organized land, it is named in honor of John Tipton. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

16 January –

1861 – Indianapolis, IN. Oliver P. Morton takes office as governor. […wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Governors_of_...]

1919 – Washington, D.C. 18th Amendment to United States Constitution ratified: Prohibition. (See 18 December 1917; 20 February 1933; 5 December 1933.) [Griffin 1, p. 105]

1941 – Clark County, IN. The last inmate enrolled at the “poor farm.” Changing social ideas make it obsolete, and the facility will be used as part of the United States Army Ordnance Field Office during World War II. (See also 20 November 1907 entry.) [EL, p. 203]

17 January –

1809 – Corydon, IN. Territorial governor William Henry Harrison appoints George F. Pope, recorder of deeds and clerk of the court of Harrison County. (See 6 February 1811; 7 June 1811.) [Griffin 1, p. 84]

1820 – Martin County, IN, established. County seat is Shoals. Carved from Daviess and Dubois counties, it is named in honor of Major John T. Martin. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

1828 – Carroll County, IN, established. County seat is Delphi. Carved from Adams and Wabash New Purchases, it is named in honor of Chares Carroll, signer of the Declaration of Independence. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

18 January –

19 January –

1827 – Warren County, IN, established. County seat is Williamsport. Carved from the Wabash New Purchase and un-organized land, it is named in honor of Dr. Joseph Warren. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

1856 – Boone township, Harrison County, IN. “Cold Wednesday.” Thermometer hits 19 below zero, F. . (See 1 January 1838; 25 January 1887; 10 January 1928; 20 January 1856; 4 February 1856; 1 January 1864; 9 January 1887; 12 January 1918; 13 February 1918; 14 May 1921.) [Griffin 2, p. 157]

1905 – New Amsterdam, IN. The Corydon Republican reports: No more floating ice now as the river is frozen over and people are walking on it. [Griffin 2, p. 228]

1977 – Evans Landing, Harrison County, IN. In the midst of a deep-freeze, the Corydon Democrat publishes a photograph from Catherine Summers. The image shows half a dozen people on the ice-bound Ohio River in 1918. They would walk across the river to deliver mail from Westport, KY, to Evans Landing, IN. They carry a large pole to be used in case the ice gives way; they could extend it to each other to pull each other out, or hang onto it and pull themselves out. Seeing that the water temp was probably equivalent to the north Atlantic in April 1912, this plan seems optimistic, at best. [Griffin 2, p. 232]

Births –

1668 – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Jean-Baptist Bissot, future Sieur de la Vincennes [pere], born. [Cayton, p. 2] 
20 January –

1820 – Scott County, IN, established. County seat is Scottsburg. Carved from Clark, Jefferson, Jennings and Washington counties, it is named in honor of Kentucky governor Charles Scott. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

1824 – Corydon, IN. The state legislature passes the removal act, sending the government to the spot where Fall Creek joins the White River. [Griffin 1, p. 49]

1826 – Tippecanoe County, IN, established. County seat is Lafayette. Carved from Wabash New Purchase and un-organized land, it is named for the horrific Battle of Tippecanoe. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

1856 – Boone township, Harrison County, IN. The day after “Cold Wednesday,” the temperature drops to 24 below zero, F., the coldest ever recorded in Harrison County, as of 20 May 1936. (See 1 January 1838; 25 January 1887; 10 January 1928; 19 January 1856; 4 February 1856; 1 January 1864; 9 January 1887; 12 January 1918; 13 February 1918; 14 May 1921.) [Griffin 2, p. 157]


21 January –

1818 – Vigo County, IN, established. County seat is Terre Haute. Carved from Sullivan county, it is named in honor of Francis Vigo, the man who financed the western theatre of the War for Independence. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

1864 – Richmond, VA. Union prisoners, under the direction of General Abel Streight, of Indianapolis, IN, Colonel Thomas Rose, of the 77th Penna. Regt. And Major A.G. Hamilton, of the Kentucky Cavalry Regt., begin to dig an escape tunnel under Libby Prison. (See 16 May 1863; 8 February 1864; 9 February 1864; 1 March 1864.) [Funk; p. 80-85]

1914 – Corydon, IN. One of the local newspapers reports: Mr. And Mrs. Maurice Griffin have moved into their new concrete residence west of the Presbyterian Church. [Griffin 1, p. 23]
  This house still stands, in excellent condition. It is a very early use of concrete in home-building.
 
22 January –

23 January –

1867 – Indianapolis, IN. Conrad Baker takes office as governor. […wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Governors_of_...]

24 January –

1990 – Roberta, KY. Epicenter of an earthquake, 3.8 on the Richter scale. (See 27 January 1990; 29 January 1990.) [Griffin 2, p. 149-50]

25 January –

1887 – Boone township, Harrison County, IN. Adam Crosier dies. His son Lafe Crosier takes up the account book. . (See 1 January 1838; 10 January 1928; 19 January 1856; 20 January 1856; 4 February 1856; 1 January 1864; 9 January 1887; 12 January 1918; 13 February 1918; 14 May 1921.) [Griffin 2, p. 157]

1895 – Corydon, IN. There is a report from some publication: Be it remembered that on Friday, January 25, 1895, Miss Nellie Keller, the little daughter of Mr. W.H. Keller, pulled the button, and for the first time in the history of the ancient capital, Corydon was lighted by electricity. [Griffin 1, p. 10]

26 January –

1827 – Delaware County, IN, established. County seat is Muncie. Carved from Delaware New Purchase, it is named in honor of the Delaware American Indians – who have been driven out of Indiana. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

1828 – Hancock County, IN, established. County seat is Greenfield. Carved from Madison County, it is named in honor of John Hancock. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

1928 – Corydon, IN. A report is published: Indiana’s historic, scenic, industrial, educational and agricultural prominence was recently broadcasted from Station WMAQ at Chicago by Gov. Ed. Jackson…. ‘Indiana also leads in her financial policy. It is one of only a few states with no state indebtedness; the only industrial state with that distinction. We have adopted and are strictly adhering to the pay as you go policy. We have the lowest tax rate that we have enjoyed for years, and will collect more than $4,000,000.00 less taxes to pay the operating expenses of the state government this year than was collected in 1921.’ [Griffin 1, p. 14]

27 January –

1898 – Corydon, IN. The Corydon Republican reports that William Henry Harrison’s [apple] orchard, about six miles west of town, is still bearing fruit; the cellar walls still stand; and the spring gushes enough water to turn a millwheel. [Griffin 1, p. 2]

1990 – Harrison County, IN. Apparent epicenter of an earthquake measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale. It is thought to be an aftershock of 24 January (see) Meade County, KY, quake. (See 29 January 1990.) [Griffin 2, p. 149-50)

28 January –

1837 – Lake County, IN, established. County seat is Crown Point. Carved from Newton and Porter counties, it is named because of its location on Lake Michigan. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

29 January –

1818 – Crawford County, IN, established. County seat is English. Carved from Orange, Harrison and Perry counties, it is named in honor of Colonel William Crawford. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

1818 – Fayette County, IN, established. County seat is Connersville. Carved from Franklin and Wayne counties and non-county area, it is named in honor of the Marquis de la Fayette. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

1830 – Boone County, IN, established. County seat is Lebanon. Carved from Adams and Wabash New Purchases, it is named in honor of Daniel Boone. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

1830 – Clinton County, IN, established. County seat is Frankfort. Carved from Adams and Wabash New Purchases, it is named in honor of DeWitt Clinton, governor of New York. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

1830 – Elkhart County, IN, established. County seat is Goshen. Carved from non-county area, it is named in honor of the Elkhart American Indians – who have been driven out of Indiana. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

1830 – St. Joseph County, IN, established. County seat is South Bend. Carved from un-organized land, it is named for the St. Joseph River, which flows through it toward lake Michigan. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

1832 – LaPorte County, IN, established. County seat is LaPorte. Carved from St. Joseph county and un-organized land, the name means “door” or “port” in French. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

1990 – Harrison County, IN. Apparent epicenter of 2.9 Richter scale earthquake; aftershock of 24 January (see) quake. (See 27 January 1990.) These quakes are not part of the New Madrid fault line. They are aberrant seismic activity which occurs all over the world and serves to remind people that earthquake preparedness should always be included in civic planning. [Griffin 2, p. 149-50]
 
30 January –

1833 – Miami County, IN, established. County seat is Peru. Carved from Cass County and un-organized land, it is named for the extirpated American Indian nation. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

1833 – Wabash County, IN, established. County seat is Wabash. Carved from Adams New Purchase and un-organized land, it is named for the Wabash River. […Wikipedia.org/ …/List_of_counties_in_In…]

1865 – Jeffersonville, IN. First National Bank established. [Kramer, p. 192]

1958 – Corydon, IN. A huge sycamore tree on North Capitol Avenue is taken down by the Public Service Company of Indiana and the State Highway Department. Its age, size and deteriorating condition had made it a hazard to life, limb and property. The loss of tree, however venerable in age, might seem a trifling matter. Yet this tree’s demise ended a tradition. Mr. James L. Rowe, who operated an auto tire and accessories store hard by, kept a ring of chairs around the tree where the town’s “elder statesmen” could assemble to dispute topics of current interest. Dubbed “The Tree of Wisdom,” the ancient arboreal sagamore left more than one hole in the community. [Griffin 2, p. 16]

31 January –

1825 – Corydon, IN. Mr. Huber Fravel has purchased the Red Brick Hotel, and the Major Funk law office from Mr. C. L. Dick. He and his family are living in the west half of the building while he demolishes the east half. This is the historic Tabler Hotel, located on the square. The lot is being cleared for construction of the new Harrison County Courthouse. [Griffin 1, p. 61]
 

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