I am still looking through old newspapers, specifically the Celina Democrat in 1910. This newspaper is online, is easy to view from home, and has some interesting information for our part of the county as well as all of Mercer County. Perhaps you will recognize some of the names mentioned here.
Farm Residence Goes Up in Smoke
The residence of Adam Kaylor in Blackcreek Township was totally destroyed by fire last Sunday, only a portion of the household goods being saved. The fire is supposed to have originated from a defective flue, but was not discovered until it had gained such headway that hardly anything could be saved. The loss is partially covered by insurance. (Celina Democrat, 6 May 1910)
Samuel Wick, an old resident of Blackcreek township, died on the 5th inst. and was buried Sunday at Duck Creek cemetery. The Berne (Ind.) band and the Willshire quartet furnished the musical part of the service, which was very impressive.
J.F. Harb had the bone removed from a finger that has caused him much trouble for some time last Saturday.
Frank Egger and Gusta Leininger were the guests of Clyde Harb Sunday. (Celina Democrat, 13 May 1910)
THE GRIM REAPER
Mrs. Catherine Linn, aged 35 years, widow of the late George Linn, died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Hiller, in Liberty township, last Saturday afternoon, after a lingering illness, of tuberculosis. She is survived by two children. Funeral services were held at the Lutheran church at Chattanooga last Tuesday morning. (Celina Democrat, 13 May 1910)
Our old friend John C. Brehm, of Liberty township, always prompt, was in with his renewal Wednesday.
John Sipe, of Blackcreek township, was in town Wednesday on his way to St. Marys to attend to some business matters. (Celina Democrat, 24 Jun 1910)
Adam Alt, of Liberty township, was in town Wednesday and took home with him some fine Holstein cattle he purchased at New Bremen. Adam surely captured some prizes. (Celina Democrat, 17 Jun 1910)
There were some interesting clubs in Celina in 1910:
There was a Thimble Club. I am not sure if this was a sewing club or if they collected thimbles.
The B.E.S. Embroidery Club was probably a sewing club.
There was a Shakespeare Club, likely a reading/book club and not all that unusual.
And there was the Jolly Dozen Club, which included a couple I mentioned several months ago, John Eli Headington and his wife Ruth. They lived in Celina before moving to Portland, Indiana, in 1910. Their son Ken Headington’s widow Elma eventually ran Celina’s Headington House Hotel in the 1930s, until her death in 1970.
The following article is not from Blackcreek or Liberty Townships, but from Celina and is rather interesting:
ISAAC WILLING TO TRY IT AGAIN
Hoping This Time, No Doubt, to Have a Less Strenous Wife for Partner
Isaac J. Gallihugh and Anna M. Gallihugh divorced Saturday morning at 10 o’clock. Isaac J. Gallihugh and Mrs. Luesia Kennard married Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock.
Such is part of the unwritten diary of last Saturday’s adventures of Ike Gallihugh, a part time resident of the County Infirmary. Despite the fact that Ike found it necessary as well as difficult to hobble into court on a pair of crutches last Saturday morning to secure a decree of divorce from his wife Anna, whom he told Judge Layton had thrown various kitchen utensils at him, beat him over the head at various times and lastly broken his leg when she threw a stick of stove wood at him, he couldn’t be without a wife and about four hours after he had been untied by the Judge he was again tied to a life partner by Justice Raudabaugh. Gallihugh is 47 and his new bride is 25. (Celina Democrat, 13 May 1910)
Note: Isaac and Luesia both had been married before. Isaac Jackson Gallihugh (1863-1942) married Anna Abigail (Lyman) in 1886 and Luesia/Louise (Kittle) (1885-1933) married Charles Kennard in 1903.