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September in Indiana History

1 September –

1812 – near present-day Sparksville, IN. A party of Indians, principally Shawnee, but also Miami and at least one Lene Lanape, cross White River. Two days later, they will perpetrate the Pigeon Roost Massacre. [Funk, p. 19-24]

1867 – Indianapolis, IN. John Muir travels by train from here to Jeffersonville. Stays overnight in Jeffersonville. This is the beginning of the thousand mile journey across most of the United States. His journal will not be published until after his death. (See Kentucky 2 September 1867; Indiana 24 December 1914.) [EL, p. 635]

2 September –

3 September –

1812 – Pigeon Roost, IN. Instigated by the Prophet, the Shawnee attack settlers at Pigeon Roost settlement (search for bee trees). [Kramer, p. 70]

1838 – near present-day Plymouth, IN. More than 850 Potawatomie Indians, lead by Chief Menominee, are assembled for their journey across the Mississippi River. [Funk, p. 45-7]

1889 – Corydon Junction, IN. Joseph Deweese gives land for a town to be called O’Bannon. It is now the south half of Corydon Junction. [Griffin 2, p. 31]

4 September –

1812 – Charlestown, IN. Jeremiah Payne brings word of the Pigeon Roost Massacre. More than 200 armed men head north. [Funk, p. 19-24]

1815 – western NY. Lyman Copeland Draper born. His voluminous collection of manuscripts and interviews documents the frontier between the Alleghenies and the Mississippi River. [KE, p. 271]

1838 – near present-day Plymouth, IN. The town and the crops of the people of Chief Menominee are burnt as soon as their wagons roll, taking them west of the Mississippi River. [Funk, p. 45-47]

5 September –

1992 – West Palm Beach FL. William Jennings Bryan Herman dies. (See 7 July 1909. [EL, p. 382]

6 September –

1917 – Corydon, IN. The 8:00 p.m. curfew law will be enforced commencing Monday, 10 September, and continuing through the school year. [Griffin 2, p. 17]

Deaths –

1987 – Mauckport, IN. Walter Beanblossom dies at age 83. He helped to develop the atomic bomb. [Griffin 2, p. 113-4]

7 September –

8 September –

1777 – Clay Creek, NJ. Private John George, 17, listed as a drummer, engages in his first battle, this prelude to the Battle of Brandywine. He will go on to the battles of Germantown and Monmouth. He is part of the Maxwell Brigade, which serves the entire war under the personal command of George Washington. It is considered an elite unit. After his first three-year enlistment is up, Private George re-enlists as a sergeant. He will go on to Valley Forge and Cornwallis’ surrender at Yorktown. (See 11 November 1759; 1 January 1777; 28 November 1847.) [Funk, p. 17-18]

9 September –

10 September –

1817 – Corydon, IN. Governor Jonathan Jennings appoints Isaac Blackford to the Indiana supreme court, thus beginning a 36 year career which will earn Blackford the nickname “Indiana Blackstone.” [Funk, p. 139-141]

11 September –

12 September –

1811 – Corydon, IN. The Corydon Yellow Jackets, under the command of Spier Spencer, depart to join William Henry Harrison for his march to Tippecanoe Creek. Ensign John Tipton keeps a journal. (See (See 16, 18, 30 September; 3, 7, 10, 16, 22, 27, 28, 29 October; 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 17, 24 November 1811.) [Griffin 2, p. 12-14]

1822 – Corydon, IN. Jonathan Jennings resigns as Indiana governor, takes office as Indiana Second District representative to United States Congress. Lt. Gov. Ratliff Boon becomes second governor of state.

13 September –

2003 – Indianapolis, IN. Joe Kernan takes office as governor. [……/List_of_Governors_of_...]

14 September –

2008 – New Albany, IN. The steeple of St. Mary’s Catholic Church is knocked sideways on its base by the 75 mph winds of Hurricane Ike. The structure sits precariously long enough for a crane to be brought in and safely lower it, steeple and base to be salvaged and re-assembled. 

15 September –

1917 – Corydon, IN. Saturday. Harrison County auctions the buildings which must be removed to make way for the new county courthouse. [Griffin 2, p. 61]

16 September –

1811 – The Corydon Yellow Jackets cross the White River. (See 12, 18, 30 September; 3, 7, 10, 16, 22, 27, 28, 19 October; 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 17, 24 November 1811.) [Griffin 2, p. 12-14]

1838 – Perrysville, IN. Journal of Father Benjamin Petit: On Sunday, September 16, I came in sight of my poor Christians [the Potawatomies under Chief Menominee] marching in a line and guarded on both sides by soldiers… Almost all the babies, exhausted by the heat, were dead or dying. I baptized several newly born happy little ones whose first step was from the land of exile to heaven. 
  The Potawatomies travel on a portion of the Michigan Road, the right of way for this passage having been given to the nation by the Potawatomies in an early treaty. [Funk, p. 45-7]

1908 – Corydon, IN. The Corydon Democrat reports that the third annual meeting of the Harrison County Old Citizen’s Association, held on the public square, was the biggest yet. [Griffin 2, p. 85]

Births –

1765 – Rockingham County, VA. Jacob Whetzel born. In 1818, he will cut a trail from Laurel on the Whitewater River to the Bluffs on the White River. The Whetzel Trace is the first east-west road in central Indiana. The government concluding the New Purchase in 1818, all of central Indiana is open to white settlement – many coming via Whetzel’s road. (See 2 July 1827.) [Funk, p. 52-5]

Deaths –

1916 – West Baden, IN. Lee Wiley Sinclair, commissioner of the West Baden Springs Hotel, dies. Temporarily entombed in Louisville, KY, he is now in the family mausoleum in Crown Hill Cemetery, Salem, IN. [Bundy, Visions…, p. 106]

17 September –

18 September –

1811 – Vincennes, IN. The Corydon Yellow Jackets report to William Henry Harrison. (See 12, 16, 30 September; 3, 7, 10, 16, 22, 27, 28, 29 October; 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 17, 24 November 1811.) [Griffin 2, p. 12-14]
19 September –

1815 – Harrison County, IN. Jacob Funk and Samuel McAdams plat and lay out the town of New Amsterdam. [Griffin 2, p. 34]

1864 – Winchester, VA. Sergeant Charles H. Seston, of New Albany, IN, earns the Congressional Medal of Honor. [EL, p. 216-7]

20 September –

1838 – Sandusky, IL. General John Tipton and his men leave the Potawatomies under Chief Menominee to continue their trek to Kansas directed by government agent Judge William Polke. [Funk, p. 45-7]

21 September –

1927 – Corydon, IN. Mr. J.F. Beggs, of Scottsburg, IN, receives contract to build Harrison County courthouse, for $133,850. [Griffin 2, p. 70]

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25 September –

26 September –

1990 – New Madrid, MO. A quake on the New Madrid Fault is detected at 8:19 a.m. CDT. It is a moderate quake, rattling bric-a-brac and windows, to say nothing of nerves. It is felt in seven states, including Indiana and Kentucky. [Griffin 2, p. 151]

27 September –

28 September –

1933 – Michigan City, IN. Eight of John Dillinger’s friends escape from the Indiana State Prison. Their plan was apparently drawn up by Dillinger. Two guards are shot, and Harrison County Sheriff Charles Neel, and Dr. Lee B. Wolfe, a Corydon dentist, are taken hostage. They were at the prison to deliver prisoners. Dr. Wolfe is released immediately, but Sheriff Neel is held for four days and three nights. Three of the escapees go to Lima, Ohio, where they take John Dillinger from the jail claiming that they are law officers taking him to the prison at Michigan City. [Griffin 2, p. 104]

Deaths –

1990 – Louisville, KY.  Corydon resident, attorney and historian Arville L. Funk dies. [Griffin 2, p. 115-6]

29 September –

30 September –

1811 – Maria Creek, IN. This is the date the Corydon Yellow Jackets are ordered to meet William Henry Harrison and the rest of his army. (See 12, 16, 18, September; 3, 7, 10, 16, 22, 27, 28, 29 October; 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 17, 24 November 1811.) [Griffin 2, p. 12-14]

1941 – Corydon, IN. The Harrison County officials sign a contract with Floyd County to provide care for the patients at the Harrison County Infirmary, effective 1 November. [Griffin 2, p. 98]

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