Local History

The Life and Times of Robert Patterson

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 2:30:00 pm

I’ve mentioned former curator of business and industry, Dick Cole, on several occasions in this blog. While at Minnetrista, he worked extensively with the Ball company and family collections, but he often ventured into other subjects. He wrote the following story about Robert Patterson, a little remembered but obviously accomplished Muncie citizen.

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Hall of Famer Ralph Teetor

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 9:30:00 am

Automotive Hall of Fame, that is. Several years ago, after visiting The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, my husband and I stopped by the Automotive Hall of Fame. Imagine my surprise when I rounded a corner and saw an entire display on Ralph Teetor. Wow, a display on a man from Hagerstown, Indiana. But, of course, it made sense. Teetor was a big deal in the automotive industry.

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Open Space: Art About the Land

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 3:00:00 pm

I’m going to veer off of the featured historical artifact path and talk about the upcoming Open Space: Art About the Land juried art exhibition opening September 19 at Minnetrista. Early in 2001, Muncie artist Brian Gordy asked, “Would you be interested in collaborating with Red-tail Land Conservancy on a juried art show?” Of course, the answer was a resounding “Yes!” And, thus, a lovely partnership began.

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Minnetrista Collects Maps

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 3:00:00 pm

With a great map in hand, you can dream about exploring a different city, state, country, or continent. You can even go back in time and, in some cases, way, way back in time. One of more than 80 maps in the collection donated by Edmund F. Ball is titled America Novi Orbis, Nova Descriptio. The black and white wood-engraved map from a 1588 – yes, that is the correct date – atlas shows a much different America than the one we know. The map locates the village of “Quivera” in what is now California and inland “kingdoms” with names like “Anian” and “Tolm” to the north and east. In the center of the continent are “Tiuguas rio,” “Marata,” and “Terlichiechi.” Makes you wonder what happened to all of these places. Do they still exist? What is the English name?

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Diamond Heels Hattie Wows Muncie

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 3:00:00 pm

In the early 20th century, Harriett Mitchell Anthony, a.k.a. “Diamond Heels Hattie” and “Hattie Bell” made quite a splash in her hometown of Muncie for her extraordinary clothing and for her shoes set with diamonds in the heels.

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Lebenswecker—The “Life Awakener,” Yikes!

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 3:00:00 pm

Ouch! With its thirty sharp needles, the medical instrument known as the “life awakener” or Lebenswecker in German most likely caused more pain than it cured. The hollow ebony tube contained a handle with a coiled spring attached. When this spring was released, the needles punctured the patient’s skin, injecting oil known as Oleum, otherwise known as fuming sulphuric acid. Again, ouch.

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The Mighty Portland High School

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 3:00:00 pm

The Jay County Historical Society in Portland, Indiana has a great collection of photographs and other memorabilia from the eight high schools that once existed in the county. The schools included the “Big Four”—Dunkirk, Pennville, Portland, and Redkey High Schools—and the “Little Four”—Bryant, Madison, Gray, and Poling High Schools. Currently, there is just one Jay County High School.

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A Walk through Historical Muncie Coming Soon

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 3:00:00 pm

Recently, I told you about upcoming renovation work to be done on the Oakhurst house. It must be the season to refresh and re-do. Work has been going on in The Center Building’s lobby for the last several weeks, and now the Heritage Collection Gallery is getting new carpet.

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A Look Back at a Powerful Flood

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 3:00:00 pm

This month marks the 102nd anniversary of the devastating flood of 1913. On March 24 and 25, rain inundated Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and New York. With a late spring thaw, the ground was either saturated or still frozen. In Indiana, the Ohio, White, and Wabash Rivers and all of their tributaries rose rapidly; causing massive flooding.

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Anderson Joins Muncie in Celebrating 150 years

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 11:00:00 am

Muncie’s neighbor to the southwest is also celebrating its sesquicentennial this year. Yes, Anderson is 150 years old in 2015. Muncie and Anderson have a lot in common, including names derived from a shared Native American heritage, glass and auto manufacturing, and, of course, basketball.

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