Jennie Dugan’s Lafayette Connections

The Jennie Dugan story created a few curiosities, such as Rebecca Ball’s interest in the story, and the dedication to Mrs. James Spears. What were the women’s connections to young Jennie Dugan? A little sleuthing produced probable answers. Mrs. James Spears was the former Julia Crooks, a sister to Miranda Crooks Dugan, Jennie’s mother, andContinue reading “Jennie Dugan’s Lafayette Connections”

Jennie Dugan Tragedy of 1860 Put to Words by Rebecca Gordon Ball

The last words of Jennie L. Dugan were poignantly expressed in recently discovered poetry written by Rebecca Gordon Ball in the form of historic sheet music. The poetry was put to music by Composer Chandler Robbins and published by Oliver Ditson & Company after the death of Jennie Dugan in 1860. A copy of theContinue reading “Jennie Dugan Tragedy of 1860 Put to Words by Rebecca Gordon Ball”

Early Lafayette Settler’s 1906 Interview Sheds New Light on Local Controversy

Martin Jenners Tombstone Controversy An old, but controversial tombstone sits just southwest of the old Sexton’s office within the Spring Vale cemetery in Lafayette, Indiana. The story behind the Martin P. Jenners’ tombstone controversy has been written about by historians over the years with limited information extracted from minute books and a December 23, 1919Continue reading “Early Lafayette Settler’s 1906 Interview Sheds New Light on Local Controversy”

“Lark” O’Connor: The Last of the River Boat Captains

Larkin “Lark” O’Connor, a Civil War veteran, steamboat builder and navigator, was known as “the last of the river captains.” He and his brother, Jim, were household names in Lafayette, where they operated several steamers along the Wabash River for 40 years until 1872. Along with passengers, their freight included corn, logs, lumber, stone, gravel,Continue reading ““Lark” O’Connor: The Last of the River Boat Captains”

Henry Ellsworth: Lafayette’s Connections to a Famous Family

Henry L. Ellsworth was known throughout the country as a great American history maker.  It’s no wonder that Ellsworth Street in Lafayette, Indiana was named for the famous former resident who changed the course of history for the Greater Lafayette area.  He first changed the course of history for the nation before coming to LafayetteContinue reading “Henry Ellsworth: Lafayette’s Connections to a Famous Family”