“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”

Tippecanoe County Sheriff Breaks Up Multi-County Horse Thief Ring; Marshal Arrested After Attempted Escape

This has all the elements of a great western. It involves a gun being drawn at the Tippecanoe Court House, and pits the Marshall-turned-criminal against Stephen O. Taylor, the hero sheriff of Tippecanoe County. Next up: The Life of Stephen O. Taylor. Desperate Horse-Thieves as told by the Muncie Evening Press December 4, 1882 “AContinue reading “Tippecanoe County Sheriff Breaks Up Multi-County Horse Thief Ring; Marshal Arrested After Attempted Escape”

A Sawbuck Worth Twenty Dollars: Forseman Vs. Dryfus

From the Times (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Sun., Feb. 10, 1895 THE GREAT INDIANA CASE WHICH DECIDED THE POINT The Sawbuck was not the wooden kind, but the slang name for a Ten-Dollar Bill. That is the general acceptation of the term, but in the leading case the ruling was the other way. The day I wasContinue reading “A Sawbuck Worth Twenty Dollars: Forseman Vs. Dryfus”