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Since 1995

Jan.–Feb. 2017

The Magazine of Fun and Fact

Maria Sanderson , from the Top

Endangered Wildlife Art Contest Little Country Church Artist

Mark Schmidt

Remembering McDonald’s Things Lost but Not Forgotten Native Americans in Brown County Winter in the Woods Field Notes MAPS • CALENDAR • ARTICLES • PHOTOGRAPHS

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contents 14 Maria Sanderson ~by Bob Gustin 18 Little Country Church ~by Jeff Tryon 22 Artist Mark Schmidt ~by Paige Langenderfer 26 Old Tools ~by Paul Sackmann 30-31 Photos ~by Monique Cagle* 34-35 Calendar of Events 36 Remembering McDonald’s ~by Julia Pearson 40 Youth Music Showcase 42 Field Notes: January Observations ~by Jim Eagleman 48 Endangered Wildlife Art Contest ~by Bob Gustin 50 Things Lost But Not Forgotten ~by Mark Blackwell 52 Native Americans in Brown County ~by Jeff Tryon 56-57 Services Directory 58 Winter in the Woods ~by Paige Langenderfer Cover: State Park hikers Laura Beck and Connor Radenheimer ~by Cindy Steele

*Monique Cagle, a Brown County artist, lives near Yellowwood State Forest, an area where she finds inspiration for her many branches of art. She began taking photos of the landscape around her to use the images for her paintings, and as her photographic eye improved, she went on to capture the story of her life in the country- the seasons, the animals, and the farm where she lives. Some of her art can be seen at <www.sleepycatstudio.com>. Cindy Steele is the publisher and editor of this magazine. She sells and designs ads, sometimes writes, takes photos, and creates the layout. For fun, she likes to play the guitar or banjo and sing. Her new hobby is making mosaic tables.

Note From the Publisher


his definition came up when I Googled the word “nostalgia”—a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations. This issue is filled with nostalgia. A couple of the articles even have titles with “Remembering” and “Not Forgotten.” Nostalgia is also the best way to describe my feelings after I ate breakfast at That Sandwich Place just before wrapping up this issue. Owner Larry Hawkins and his first, most faithful employee Jeni Moberly retired. It was the last meal Larry hosted after a 45 year run with the restaurant. Larry often talks about how lucky he was to have such a fun job. He was the best restaurant greeter I could ever imagine. He made everyone feel welcomed and seemed genuinely interested in their lives—sometimes following multiple generations. He had a story to share about many of the customers (including myself ) that changed over time. Of course, he had many stories to share about his good buddy Bob Knight, former basketball coach of Indiana University. That Sandwich Place is covered from top to bottom with Bob Knight memorabilia. Those of us who went to IU during the Knight heyday feel a longing for those days when we walk in the door. Locals and visitors will miss Larry’s friendly face at the register, but we will adjust with time. As Larry said, “All good things must come to an end.” The new owners Ron and Cheryl Ferguson will begin their journey at That Sandwich Place after a winter break. I wish them much prosperity. —Cindy Steele 

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Our Brown County ANTIQUES Antiques Co-op.............................39 Brown Co Antique Mall................40 Cathy’s Corner...............................21 The Emerald Pencil.......................17 Plum Creek Antiques...................56


Antique Alley Shops.....................13 Antiques Co-op.............................39 Art Beyond Crayons.....................39 B3 Gallery.......................................16 Bear Hardware..............................12 Brown Co Antique Mall................40 Brown Co Art Gallery...................16 Brown Co Craft Gallery................55 Cathy’s Corner...............................21 The Emerald Pencil.......................17 Hoosier Artist................................17 Lightspinner StudioMartha Sechler..............................54 Oak Fires Glass Studio.................40 Spears Pottery...............................16 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd.16


Fallen Leaf Books..........................25


Shepherd of the Hills Evangelical Luthern Church.......24


58 South Apparel..........................32 Antique Alley Shops.....................13 Bear Hardware..............................12 Community Closet Thrift Shop...45 Harley-Davidson of Bloomington.................................21 Head Over Heels...........................29 J.B. Goods/ Life is Good...............20

Lorna’s Leather & Boutique........54 Male Instinct..................................55 Men’s Toy Shop..............................24 Mercantile Store...........................41 Sports Etc.......................................40 Village Florist Tuxedo Rental......41

Village Florist Flowers & Gifts.....41 Wishful Thinking...........................27

4th Sister Vintage Store...............46 Antique Alley Shops.....................13 Antiques Co-op.............................39 B3 Gallery.......................................16 Bone Appetit Bakery....................55 Brown Co Craft Gallery................55 Brown Co Visitors Center.............28 Cathy’s Corner...............................21 The Emerald Pencil.......................17 The Ferguson House....................33 Foxfire.............................................33 Head Over Heels...........................29 Homestead Weaving Studio.......16 Hoosier Artist................................17 House of Clocks.............................39 K. Bellum Leather.........................17 Lightspinner StudioMartha Sechler..............................54 Lorna’s Leather & Boutique........54 Madeline’s......................................29 Male Instinct..................................55 Men’s Toy Shop..............................24 Mercantile Store...........................41 New Leaf.........................................17 Rhonda Kay’s.................................32 Simply 4 You..................................27 Spears Pottery...............................16 Sports Etc.......................................40 Sweetwater Gallery......................27 The Toy Chest................................41 Rosey Bolte-Uncommon Gourd.16




Brown County Playhouse............51 kidscommons................................41 Pine Room–Muddy Boots...........47 Rawhide Ranch.............................25 Abe Martin Lodge.........................44 Artists Colony Inn.........................21 Bear Wallow Distillery..................21 Brown Co IGA................................53 Brown Co Inn.................................33 Brown Co Winery..........................44 Brownie’s Bean Blossom Rest.....29 Brozinni Pizzeria...........................25 Butler Winery.................................25 The Candy Dish...............................3 Carmel Corn Cottage...................41 Chateau Thomas Winery.............40 Darlene’s at Hotel Nashville........59 Farmhouse Cafe............................12 Gatesville Store.............................28 Gyros Food & Art Studios............55 The Harvest Preserve.....................3 Hobnob Corner Restaurant........13 Hoosier Buddy Liquors................47 Hotel Nashville..............................59 House of Jerky...............................54 Miller’s Ice Cream............................3 Nashville BP...................................13 Nashville Fudge Kitchen..............60 Nashville House............................43 Pine Room–Muddy Boots...........47 Schwab’s Fudge.............................29 Seasons...........................................43 The Wild Olive.................................2

Advertiser Index FURNITURE Antiques Co-op.............................39 The Ferguson House....................33 Plum Creek Antiques...................56


Bear Hardware..............................12


Head Over Heels...........................29 K. Bellum Leather.........................17


Antique Alley Shops.....................13 B3 Gallery.......................................16 Brown Co Antique Mall................40 Brown Co Craft Gallery................55 Cathy’s Corner...............................21 Ferguson House............................33 Foxfire.............................................33 Grasshopper Flats.........................27 Hoosier Artist................................17 Juls Etc............................................20 LaSha’s............................................17 New Leaf.........................................17 Old McDurbin Gold & Gifts.........54 Rhonda Kay’s.................................32 Spears Pottery...............................16 Touch of Silver Gold & Old..........20


Abe Martin Lodge.........................44 Artists Colony Inn.........................21 The Brick Lodge............................59 Brown Co Inn.................................33 Cornerstone Inn............................45 Creekside Retreat.........................46 Green Valley Lodge......................13 Hidden Valley Inn.........................20 Hills o’ Brown Vacation Rentals..12 Hotel Nashville..............................59 Lodge on the Mountain...............54

Monroe Music Park & Campground.................................56 Nickel’s Vacation Cabins..............12 The North House...........................59 Olde Magnolia House..................46 Rawhide Ranch.............................25 Salt Creek Inn................................46 Seasons...........................................43

Bone Appetit Bakery....................55

Brown Co Tire & Auto Delivery by Guff Farmers Insurance—McGinley Flower and Herb Barn Health For U Helmsburg Sawmill Hills o’ Brown Realty Monroe Park Campground People’s State Bank Plum Creek Antiques Dana Skirvin, Reflexologist Waltman Construction Co.

B3 Gallery.......................................16 Spears Pottery...............................16

Head Over Heels...........................29 K. Bellum Leather.........................17





Brown County Real Estate...........57 Hills o’ Brown Realty.....................57 ReMax Team...................................28


Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides............46 Rawhide Ranch.............................25


Dr. Lisa Baker, DDS.......................32 Ethereal Day Spa and Salon........47 Hunter’s Electronics.....................55 Mainstream Fiber Networks.......29 Nashville BP...................................13 Oak Fires Glass Studio.................40 Shepherd of the Hills Evangelical Luthern Church.......24 Village Florist Flowers & Gifts.....41


Al’s Garage/Paint & Body Brown Co Community YMCA Brown Co Real Estate Brown Co Recycle Center



Bone Appetit Bakery....................55 Fallen Leaf Books..........................25 Fireplace Center............................41 Harley-Davidson of Bloomington.................................21 House of Clocks.............................39 Hunter’s Electronics.....................55 K. Bellum Leather.........................17 Male Instinct..................................55 Men’s Toy Shop..............................24 Sports Etc.......................................40 The Toy Chest................................41 Weed Patch Music Company......17 Wishful Thinking...........................27


Sweetwater Gallery......................27


Artists Colony Inn.........................21 Hotel Nashville..............................59 Village Florist.................................41


Mike Nickels Log Homes....... 28

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contributors Mark Blackwell makes his home in an area of Brown County where “the roadway is rough and the slopes are seamed with ravines and present a meatless, barren, backbone effect.” He was born in the last century and still spends considerable time there. He plays music with the “Lost Shoe String Band” when he can get away with it, writes for Our Brown County, and only works when he has to. Jeff Tryon is a former news editor of The Brown County Democrat, a former region reporter for The Republic, and a former bureau chief for The Huntsville Times. Born and raised in Brown County, he currently lives with his wife, Sue, in a log cabin on the edge of Brown County State Park. He is a Baptist minister. Jim Eagleman recently retired from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources after 40 years as a naturalist at Brown County State Park. He hopes to finish his memoirs soon. He and his wife Kay have three sons, all graduates of Brown County High School. Kay and Jim enjoy all outdoor activities, especially kayaking.

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Julia Pearson wrote for a secular Franciscan magazine for ten years and served as its human interest editor. She and her husband Bruce have made Lake Woebegone Country their new homebase for life’s continuing adventures. Julie, Bruce, and four-footed Suki are adjusting well. Julia enjoys traveling and visiting museums of all types and sizes, with her children and grandchildren. Joe Lee is an illustrator and writer. He is the author of The History of Clowns for Beginners and Dante for Beginners and illustrator of six other titles, including the forthcoming Dada and Surealism for Beginners in the ongoing “for Beginners” series. He is an awardwinning editorial cartoonist for the Bloomington Herald Times, a graduate of Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Clown College, and a veteran circus performer. Joe lives with his wife Bess, son Brandon, George the cat, and his dogs, Jack and Max.


Paige Langenderfer is a freelance writer and communications consultant. She writes for numerous publications and is a featured columnist in The Republic. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University and her Master’s degree in public relations management from IUPUI. Paige lives in Columbus with her husband and daughter Quincy. She can be contacted at <langenderferpaige@gmail.com>.

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Bob Gustin worked as a reporter, photographer, managing editor, and editor for daily newspapers in Colorado, Nebraska, and Indiana before retiring in 2011. He and his wife, Chris, operate Homestead Weaving Studio in southern Brown County. She does the weaving while he gives studio tours, builds small looms, and expands his book and record collections.

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~by Bob Gustin aria Sanderson has lost count of her violin concerts, but two years ago they surpassed 300. She has appeared as a soloist and with philharmonic orchestras from Fresno to Miami. She has played with the Russian Ballet, and was part of a three-week tour of the best concert venues in Argentina. She’s a member of a prestigious orchestra at Indiana University and just returned after being a featured artist on the “From the Top” National Public Radio show from Hawaii. Yes, she has played Carnegie Hall. Maria is 17 years old. She has been playing violin since she was eight, and has been a member of the renowned Indiana University Pre-College String Academy since then, following the footsteps of her two older brothers and older sister, all of whom also received scholarships for the program. Maria was first taught by her brother John, and has been a student of IU music professor Mimi Zwieg for seven years. Listening to her older siblings practice violin stirred her interest.


Maria Sanderson

courtesy photo from a recent Fresno, California performance

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“I wanted to be able to express myself in the same way they expressed themselves,” she said. “It was something that I deeply yearned for. “Music is a language of itself. It’s really the only language every nation can speak fluently and really understand.” She has played pop music, folk music, bluegrass, gospel, and other genres. Pop music, she admits, makes her happy and makes her want to dance. But she always returns. “Classical music tells a story I can relate to,” she said. “It has such a purity. I can tune in and focus on the music to really appreciate it. It has such a depth to it, a pure sense of joy.” Her father, Jerome, is a priest for the Orthodox Church, a painter, a woodcarver, and a musician. He and his wife, Anna, have lived in northern Brown County for about 20 years. Their children are John, 27, Misha, 25, Molly, 21,

“Classical music tells a story I can relate to. It has such a purity. I can tune in and focus on the music to really appreciate it. It has such a depth to it, a pure sense of joy.” and Maria. All were home schooled, and all excelled at the violin. John and Misha are also woodworkers. “Maria Sanderson is the youngest of four children who have all become violinists which meant that there was a lot of practicing going on from the day she was born,” said Zwieg. “Maria’s expressive tone brings her own unique personality to her playing. Her love for music and the violin is her passport to an exciting future.” Growing up, Maria played in the family band, and made lots of appearances around Brown County at benefits, for nursing homes, and at special events. Earlier this year, Maria was awarded first place in the national Sphinx competition. Each year the Sphinx competition gathers the best young string artists in the world in Detroit and awards cash prizes. One of its goals is to diversify the arts by encouraging young black and Latino musicians. As first-place winner, she toured with the Sphinx orchestra in 24 cities for seven weeks. She enjoyed the trip to Hawaii and the radio performance for NPR’s “From the Top.” But what really touched her, she said, is the effort the program makes to give back to the community in which artists perform. In Hilo, on the Big Island, she performed in a Hawaiian opera with indigenous students as part of an outreach program. “That aspect of giving back allows kids who would otherwise not have been exposed to classical music to get a great introduction to it,” she said. Anna said that experience, where the program asks what it can do for natives of the area they are playing, then sets about doing it, “was the most precious to me.” Part of the mission is also to celebrate young musicians the way other parts of culture celebrates sports heroes. “You get to know people by playing music with them,” Maria said. “Classical music brings me out of

photo by Bob Gustin

the fast track of what today is like. There’s something calming about it.” Though she admits to being nervous before big performances, she says lots of practicing helps build confidence, whether the audience is her parents or family pets. She loves the travel that has come with her performance, because each place has its own history and culture she can experience. Other hobbies include painting, and one of her works, based on a Norman Rockwell painting, hangs on her living room wall. She also paints portraits of animals. “Giving back” is something Maria has in mind as she pursues a lifetime in music. She’s now auditioning to colleges and enhancing her violin playing so she can “give an even purer image of the music itself. “It’s important to have the best possible image of classical music to this generation,” she said. “I want to teach and find a way to give back what I’ve been given.” 

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Little Country Church Unity Baptist Church. photo by Frank Hohenberger

~by Jeff Tryon hen I was growing up in Brown County, my family attended a little country church by the side of the road surrounded by farm fields, pasture, and woods. It was a little white wooden church, built in 1845, with a barn-style gambrel roof and a steeple with a bell that rang every Sunday morning. It had stained glass windows with little brass plates honoring the donors. The floors were wooden and creaky, polished like the pews by years of worship and careful cleaning. The entire sanctuary was burnished by the prayers of the saints; by many decades of worship; singing, preaching and prayer; shared triumphs and tragedies—a community repository of memories and traditions. When it was founded in the late 19th century, people arrived by horse and buggy or on foot, and baptisms regularly took place down at the local creek


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bank. It had twin pot-bellied stoves for heat in winter and little hand-held cardboard fans to cool in summer. It was nurtured and grew through all the vagaries and triumphs of the 20th century—when our parents endured the difficulty of “hard times” and foreign wars, and enjoyed the post-war boom of prosperity. In my time, they dealt with the difficulties of yet another foreign war, of the growing gulf between generations and rapid changes in social outlook. These churches now struggle into a 21st century fraught with abrupt change and irrevocable and unexpected developments. Stolid institutions like a little country church find change difficult to navigate. These little country churches used to be the centers of community activity, where people played as children, met and married their sweethearts, worshipped side by side, week in

and week out, season by season, and where they were eventually funeralized and interred. But more than just a geographic gathering of folks, the church represented what theologians call “the beloved community,” that invisible church comprised of all those Christians who really are trying to live by the teachings of Jesus, trying to live according to what the Apostle Paul called “The Law of Love,” speaking and acting in love, treating other people as you would want to be treated, clinging to a foundational faith in God through all the struggles and accomplishments of everyday life. There in these small simple buildings, a great social experiment was and is underway—to see whether people can put aside their petty differences and annoying issues, put others’ interests above their own, and live in harmony and unity of spiritual practice. By the way “Harmony” and “Unity” are the names of two of these pioneer Brown County churches— one in the northern part of the county between Bean Blossom and Spearsville, the other in the southern part, down near Bellsville. When I was younger, they were sister churches, both belonging to the same association, the Mount Zion Association of the same denomination, American Baptist Churches. Just those names give you a glimpse into the thinking of the folks who founded them, over 150 years ago. They valued harmony. They valued unity. One of the great things about little country churches is the congregational singing. Although the hymnal typically contains over 400 songs, most congregations have

Unity Baptist congregation (date unknown). photo by Frank Hohenberger

a scant few, 20 or 30, that they love and sing over and over again. Singing is good for you. Just standing up with 30 or 40 other people and lifting your voice in song, whether or not you are technically a good singer, is not only good for us physically, as can be proved scientifically—it is good for the soul. People grew up in the same church together, sharing all the high and low points of everyday life—weddings, funerals, the birth of a child, the death of a parent. Aside from their personal relationships elsewhere, they had a formal, Sunday morning relationship with their fellow congregants, and in many cases had family and social connections reaching back through several generations. In my father’s day, when one of the saints passed on to their eternal reward, the funeral was held at the church.

Funerals usually happen in some commercial establishment in town today. Out behind a little country church, there’s usually a cemetery, rows of headstones of varying sizes and shapes, and a lot of the history of that little church and the community around it is in that graveyard—if you know how to read it. Sometimes, a whole family tree is laid out neatly side by side. In my own case, my family antecedents lay spread out in a number of different small cemeteries in and around Spearsville, ranging on up into southern Johnson County. In an era of “mega-churches” and supreme mobility, it is surprising how often people from urban or suburban communities seek out the Sunday morning experience of a traditional little country church. 

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Artist Mark Schmidt ~story and photos by Paige Langenderfer


n a small studio on his Brown County property, Mark Schmidt is more inspired than he has ever been. The surrounding towering trees, wildlife, and silence create the perfect setting for producing visual art. “I have produced more work here in two and a half years than I did in several years living anywhere else,” Schmidt said. “It’s so quiet here. The sunsets are prettier. The landscapes are prettier. Autumn here is like walking through a painting.” With a seemingly effortless swipe of a pallet knife, Schmidt transforms a blank canvas into a living, breathing work of art. He transports the viewer from a cold Brown County winter to a European vista or a summer sunset off the coast of Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Amazingly, Schmidt’s mastery of pallet knife painting started just a little more than two years ago on a whim. “I was trying to add dimension to my paintings with a brush and wasn’t have any luck,” he said. “One day, by accident, I used a drywall spatula and it did exactly what I wanted.” Schmidt has no formal training. He is completely selftaught. “I read a lot of art history and try to immerse myself in the techniques of other artists,” he said. “When I was learning how to paint with pallet knives, I totally immersed myself in Jackson Pollock’s work. I studied how he painted and looked up the materials he used. I bought

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pallet knives and just kept experimenting until I figured it out.” Schmidt’s entire career has followed a similar pattern. While Schmidt has always known he would be an artist, he has never had any formal training. His work comes from an innate love of life’s beauty and a desire to share it with others. Growing up in Madison, Indiana, Schmidt said his passion began at an early age. When he was just seven, he entered and placed in his first adult art competition. “My mom always said that if I was feeling stressed, she would just give me paper and a pencil and I would be fine,” Schmidt said. “Even today, I have at least

five sketch books throughout my house, so that I can draw if I’m stressed or just come up with an idea on the spot.” After high school, Schmidt went to Indiana University to study theatrical design. When he was 21, he moved to Los Angeles with the dreams of becoming an artist or set designer. To pay the bills, he also worked as a licensed developmental therapist. “Twelve years ago, my dad died. It made me realize that if I didn’t take the leap to become a full time artist I never would,” he said. “My dad always said, ‘If you have a fallback plan, you will always fall back.” Schmidt began painting full time and has had his work showcased in New York City, London, Atlanta, Italy and other locations around the globe. “I did the big city thing and there is an incredible art scene in the city, but I wanted to get back to a small town,” he said. “It has always been a dream of mine to be an artist in Brown County. The artists here are genuinely concerned about how your work is going. They are so supportive.”

“It has always been a dream of mine to be an artist in Brown County. The artists here are genuinely concerned about how your work is going. They are so supportive.” While Schmidt said he is likely best known for his vistas, sunsets, and landscapes, he is also passionate about painting animals. His enthusiasm for painting animals might come from raising four dogs, three cats, a guinea pig, and a parrot. “I love animals. I love the personality in their faces. There is so much expression in an innocent way. Except for cats, animals don’t judge. They make great art,” he said. “The thing about animals that has always attracted me to them is their eyes. I always do their eyes first. There is so much emotion in their eyes.” Schmidt has done a considerable amount of commission work for the Cincinnati Zoo, painting everything from African dogs and red pandas, to

giraffes and African rhinos. Other clients request paintings of personal pets. He is currently using his art to work through the grief of recently losing one of his beloved dogs. His painting of Katie is a work in progress that sits proudly on an easel, waiting for his magical touch. While his painting of Katie will never be for sale, Schmidt said he hopes to add a collection of his animal paintings to a future gallery showing. To view a collection of Schmidt’s landscape paintings, visit the B3 Gallery on the second floor at 61 West Main Street in downtown Nashville. You can also visit his website <www.markaschmidtstudio.com>. 

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Old Tools ~by Paul Sackmann he many old pieces of machinery and vintage trucks and cars, along with everything else old, needs a tune-up now and again. There are occasions when only an original tool from the same time period as the antique you are working on will do. Sometimes the tools will come with the vehicle or implement you acquire. On Model T’s, only a Model T hubcap wrench will take the hubcap off properly. The same wrench loosens the spark plug, adjusts the fan belt, and serves other functions for the T. All this from one tool that is easy to use. Horse-drawn wagons and farm implements from the 1880s vintage came with the original factory made tools and still work properly on restored equipment or what’s left of the rusty old relics today. The original tools grip around the hardware as well as the day they were made.


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Old cast-iron tools for the vintage cars, tractors, and farm implements are not only nice to display, but work as they should, when repairing the older equipment. There were many vendors selling old wrenches at the last tractor show I attended. I bought one tool—it was not only a lug wrench for the wheels, it also was a crank handle to hand-crank an engine if the battery was low. I tried it and hand-cranked one of our old trucks. It worked great. It is now part of the tool kit for that truck. Most of the vintage wrenches have a nice toned color to them. The cast-iron and forged tools can be over 100 years old, but still only need to be wiped down and dusted off to be serviceable. I have bought whole tool boxes with straw, junk, and everything else thrown in, at auctions for a few dollars. When they are dumped out and gone through, there is always an old pair of pliers that are frozen and

grungy. Tools that were too good to throw away, but we’re considered obsolete, end up in boxes like this. A good dip in the oil bucket for a day or two then wiped clean, makes old tools working again for many more years to come. Tools that are made with wooden parts can dry out. The wood will respond well when cleaned and oiled. Wood used to make the handles of drills, wood braces, hammers, and other kinds of hand tools, are made of rosewood, high grade walnuts, chestnut, maple, and beechwood to name a few. They were top quality wood

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when new and over time they age and get nice toned colors. When arranged for display, old tools look good on barn-wood backdrops, hanging from hooks, or arranged nicely in a vintage or handmade tool box. Collecting old tools can be habit forming. A long time ago I owned a handheld tool box with maybe a socket set, screwdrivers, and an adjustable wrench. I did not own very many tools and what I did have didn’t weigh more than ten pounds. If I weighed all the tools I use and have around the shop now, there would be a few tons of metal and wood for sure. 

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Not pretentious. Not fancy. JUST REAL GOOD FOOD. GATESVILLE COUNTRY STORE. It’s one of those places that you are excited to tell your friends about—a best-kept secret that’s too good to keep. A place where the people are real and friendly, and they’re likely to know your name before long. The food is good, honest food that’s tasty and genuine. Made with heart and soul. We’re located off the beaten path, and maybe a bit hard to find—but worth the effort. It’s where the local folks go. So, if you’re interested in finding a place that’s a little old-school and truly authentic Americana, come see us at Gatesville Country Store. Enjoy browsing the antiques, panning for gold in Salt Creek (behind the store), or just relaxing with a good meal or a piece of pie and some conversation. 4525 Salt Creek Rd. Nashville, IN 47448

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The schedule can change. Please check before making a trip.

Brown County Playhouse IU Jacobs School of Music Guitar Ensemble Jan. 28 12 guitarists using a wide variety of instruments Says You! “The Hoosiers Have It!” Feb. 3 Live taping of the nationally syndicated public radio game show of bluff, bluster and words 40 Years of College Feb. 11 Classic Rock, favorite romantic songs Brown County Bluegrass Bash March 4 Three of the best bluegrass bands in the region Brown County Youth Music Showcase and BETA Teen Center Showcase March 11 Featuring some of the finest young performers in the area Silent auction to raise money for BETA Iris Roots March 17 Shimmy and Shake March 24 Different Drummer Belly Dancers Most performances at 7:30 First run movies on the big screen Check website for schedule 70 S. Van Buren St. 812-988-6555 BrownCountyPlayhouse.org

Jan. 14 Will Scott 6:00 Jan. 15 Dave Sisson 8:00 Jan. 18 Open Mic w/ Jason Blankenship 8:00 Jan. 19 Silver Sparrow 8:00 Jan. 20 Kade Puckett 6:00 Ukulele Jam Night 9:00 Jan. 21 Flatland Harmony Experiment 8:00 Jan. 22 Doug Dillman 6:00 Jan. 25 Open Mic w/ Joe Bolinger 8:00 Jan. 26 Travers Marks 8:00 Jan. 27 Kade Puckett 6:00 Jan. 28 Flatland Harmony Experiment 8:00 Feb. 1 Open Mic w/ Coot Crabtree 8:00 Feb. 3 Kade Puckett 6:00 Feb. 4 Blankenship Band 6:00 Feb. 5 Chris Dollar Bluegrass Jam 7:00 Feb. 8 Open Mic w/ Dave Sisson 8:00 Feb. 10 Kade Puckett 6:00 Feb. 11 Zion Crossroads 8:00 Feb. 12 Alan Long 8:00 Feb. 15 Open Mic w/ Jason Blakenship 8:00 Pine Room - Muddy Boots Jan. 1 Chris Dollar Bluegrass Jam 6:00 Feb. 16 Silver Sparrow 8:00 Jan. 4 Open Mic w/ Coot Crabtree 8:00 Feb. 17 Kade Puckett 6:00 Feb. 19 Dave Sisson 8:00 Jan. 5 Chuck Wills 7:00 Feb. 22 Open Mic w/ Joe Bolinger 8:00 Jan. 6 Kade Puckett 6:00 Feb. 23 Travers Marks 8:00 Jan. 7 Growler 8:00 Feb. 24 Kade Puckett 6:00 Jan. 8 Alan Long 8:00 Music most days—Not all dates were Jan. 11 Open Mic w/ Dave Sisson 8:00 booked at time of publication Jan. 13 Kade Puckett 6:00 812-988-0236 and on Facebook

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Chateau Thomas Winery Jan. 6 Robbie Bowden Jan. 7 Cari Ray Band Jan. 13 TBA Jan. 14 Gary Applegate Jan. 20 Smokestack Lightning Jan. 21 Fistful of Bacon Jan. 27 TBA Jan. 28 Barry Johnson Feb. 3 TBA Feb. 4 Warrior Kings Feb. 10 Impasse Feb. 11 Jeff Foster & Amanda Webb Feb. 17 Dave Miller Feb. 18 TBA Feb. 24 Cari Ray Band Feb. 25 Paul Bertsch Music 7:00-10:00 Fri. and Sat. 812-988-8500 ChateauThomas.com

Other Friday and Saturday Night Music Venues: Salt Creek’s 19th Hole Brown County Inn Seasons Lodge Big Woods

Abe Martin Lodge Little Gem Restaurant Music Saturdays Dave Miller 6:00-8:00 Info 812-988-4418

Brown County Ukulele Festival

Winter in the Woods Jan13-15 Winter Bliss Wellness Retreat at Abe Martin Lodge

Jan. 27-29, Brown County Inn Discounted room rates, a jam space, and ukulele music at the Corn Crib Bar. No charge for the event. Call or reserve on-line. 800-772-5249 browncountyinn.com

Jan. 13, 14, 15 Jan. 13 7:30-9:30 pm: Laughter Yoga Opening Circle Jan. 14 & 15 Groups will alternate days: Awakening Body & Heart Nia Watercolor Wisdom Weaving Radiant Play Healing Self-Massage with Yoga Therapy Balls Finding the Heart of Mindfulness Embracing Your Beautiful Needs Crystal & Tibetan Singing Bowls Jan. 14. 7:30-9:45: Drum & Dance Circle “Wholenotes” Sound Healing Ensemble Reiki and toning register.winterbliss.org

Brown County Photo Club Exhibit Jan.-Feb. Chateau Thomas Winery

Brown County Art Guild Annual Patron & Senior Show Jan.13-15, 20-22, 27-29 Jan. 28 Reception 2:00-4:00 Young Artist Show Feb.10-12, 17-19, 24, 25 Feb. 25 Reception 2:00-4:00 812-988-6185 browncountyartguild.org

Brown County Art Gallery

Winter Hike

Jan. 14 9:00 am, Brown County State Park Take a hike on one of the two self-guided trails at the state park. Southern Loop Hike (3.5 miles): Beginning at the Nature Center, hikers begin on a closed park road past breathtaking Hohen point, into Strahl Valley then around Lake Strahl. Return to the Nature Center via Trail #6. Woodland Hike (2.75 miles): Beginning at the park’s Recreation Building and proceeding through Ogle Hollow Nature Preserve (Trail #5), around Lake Ogle (Trail #7), and returning to Rec. Building. www.browncountywinterhike.com

Frosty Trails Five Mile

Jan. 14 10:30 am 5 mile run on horse trails Sponsored by the Indiana Running Co. and Quaff On!/Big Woods Brewing Company. Race headquarters at the Lower Shelter in the state park. www.intimeco.com/frostytrails 317-340-7506

Breakfast with the Naturalists and Hiker’s Lunch Buffet Jan. 14 7:00 am Breakfast 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Lunch Little Gem Restaurant Abe Martin Lodge www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/inns/abe/ 812-988-4418

Warm up with Whiskey Cocktail Class

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Jan. 14 3:30, Out of the Ordinary Learn how to create the perfect winter drink using Bear Wallow Distillery’s own bourbon. Appetizers included in price. Also, free swing dance class at 5:30.

Yoga on Tap

Jan. 15 11:00-12:30, Big Busted Bar Yoga then beer at Big Woods.

“The Nature of Art–Painted Parks” by Rick Wilson—Bicentennial Project Through Jan. 29 Still Liffe with Wayne Campbell Workshop Jan. 21 & 22 Painting with Jeanne McLeish Workshop Feb. 25 Wyat LeGrand Workshop March 4 Register for workshops online. Corner of Main St. & Artist Dr. in Nashville 812-988-4609 browncountyartgallery.org Open Thurs.-Sun. 11-4 Archives: Tues. and Fri. 1-4, North of the courthouse, Donations welcome

Indiana Raptor Center Live birds of prey, tours by appt. only. Wed.-Sun. 11:00-5:00 Group programs available. Closed January and August. 812-988-8990 indianaraptorcenter.org

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Mary Ford and Herb McDonald pushing the truck out of the mud. photo by Frank Hohenberger

Remembering McDonald’s photos courtesy of Diana McDonald Biddle

~by Julia Pearson


rown County is indebted to Dorothy Bailey who compiled and edited Brown County Remembers, a touching chronicle of the lifeways of an earlier time. Gladys Mayne Christie McDonald’s story of her own family’s business fills several pages of Bailey’s history, detailing the stock and trade of the huckster routes, which evolved in time into a true “mom and pop” grocery enterprise in Bean Blossom. Five generations of McDonalds were central to the community: Charles Kessler, also known as Kess, and his father John Tom; Kess’s son, Herbert; and Herbert’s son, Jack, and Jack’s children: Diana, Jim, and Mike. Kess began this enterprise when he bartered a watch and bicycle for a wagon and a team of mules in 1891. It was soon replaced by a larger covered wagon drawn by a team of horses. Kess then built a small grocery store in Bean Blossom. The huckster wagon was stocked from the store with staples needed by rural customers: flour, sugar, rice, dried beans, bar laundry soap, overalls, dress fabric, kerosene, nails, axe handles, lamp wicks, and brooms. Kess would stay overnight with a farm family if the route was long.

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Herb McDonald in the early 1930s with huckster truck in front of the old store.

Jack McDonald in front of old store (circa1939).

Goods were exchanged for cash, or chickens and eggs. The chickens and eggs would be taken to Indianapolis—a two-day trip—and sold to poultry dealers. Kess could then buy special order merchandise that he didn’t usually stock in the store. During the time he was selling from the huckster routes, his father, John Tom McDonald, would tend the store. Kess’s oldest son, Herbert, also helped out. When the wagon was nearing home on Greasy Creek Road, Kess would blow on a bugle to announce his approach. Herb listened for the bugle, and would meet his father on top of Bean Blossom Overlook with a second team of horses. The teams were

Old grocery building in 2016.

joined together to bring the wagon down the hill and ford the creek just south of Bean Blossom. Before joining the navy at the age of eighteen, Herbert drove a huckster route for his father for a couple years. Upon his discharge at the end of World War I, Herbert worked in Indianapolis and Kess focused on the store, giving up the huckster routes. Herbert married Gladys Mayne Christie and they had a son, Jack. When Kess died in 1933, Herb moved his family to Bean Blossom to take over the business. The foundation of State Route 135 had just been laid from Nashville to Bean Blossom. Living next to the store, light was provided in the evenings with kerosene lamps. There was a kerosene stove, a handpump outdoors for water, and a privy. In 1934, The McDonald household was the only home in Bean Blossom with electric lights when Herb bought an electric light plant run by a gasoline-powered generator. An extension cord brought the power source to the house. The generator was used for a number of years before there were electric utility lines. Gladys recalled that if she wanted Herb to come home from the store when a late card game was going on, she would simply turn off the generator. The store itself was small, but an important hub of the community. Wooden counters ran along each side and the back of the building. Groceries Continued on 38

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he stocked the same merchandise available in his store. The new modern-version huckster wagon ran four different routes each week. Powerful air horns were mounted on the truck and let customers know he was arriving, and they would be waiting for him. Children looked forward to the penny suckers that Herb had for each of them. Eventually Herb added a second huckster truck that was run by Carl Spicer and the entire Brown County was served. Gladys managed the home store. Son Jack served in the air force for four years and then graduated from Indiana University. He married Nina Jo Lewis, and they took over the family business when Herb retired. Jack built a new, larger store in 1962. Their children grew up “in the business.” Till just recently, visitors to

Jack McDonald in 1998. Our Brown County file photo

McDONALD’S continued from 37 were stocked on one side, dry goods on the other, with hardware in the rear. Even when dry goods were discontinued, overalls and some hardware items were always available. A large three-doored icebox in the store was cooled by a hundred pounds of ice. One side was stocked with bologna, lunch meats, bacon, and pork loin. The other side held Coca Cola and other soft drinks, plus lard and oleo. When no ice was available, bacon was kept in a screen-wire enclosed cage in a side room. Gasoline pumps, pumped by hand to fill a glass container, were stationed in the front of the store. Gas tanks of automobiles were filled by gravity flow from the container. Rice, sugar, beans, and coffee were stored in covered barrels under the wooden counters. These staples were measured out in five pound bags and sold for 25 cents. Some items like coffee and beans were sold in one pound bags. Herbert McDonald soon saw that the store was not supporting his family, so he bought an old school bus and mounted it on a new truck base. Installing shelves after removing the seats,

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Matthew, Mike, Jack, Diana, Jim McDonald 2009.

Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground eagerly bought tee shirts at McDonalds’ store with the saying: If you haven’t been to Bean Blossom, You don’t know Jack! The original red McDonald grocery building was torn down this fall and the newer grocery building was completely renovated—soon to be occupied by a new Dollar General. As Brown County folks frequent the new business they will no doubt think back on many McDonald memories. 


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March 11, 2017

he next generation of Brown County musical talent will be featured in the fourth annual Youth Music Showcase, set for 7:30 p.m. March 11, 2017 at the Brown County Playhouse. The entertainment will include some of the area’s finest youth performers. Local adult musicians Kara Barnard, the event’s host, and Cari Ray, emcee, also will join several of the young musicians on stage. Proceeds will benefit the Brown County Enrichment for Teens Association, Inc. (BETA), a nonprofit offering a free, safe space where teens can play games, listen to music, learn new skills, make friends, and be themselves. BETA invites you to see their new, larger loft space, located behind the Playhouse, during an open house before the event. The event’s silent auction features many handmade items from area artists and tickets to family activities. A painting by Brown County Artist Patricia Rhoden Bartels will be highlighted and on display in advance of the event. Organizers will be accepting auction items until the day of the event. You can drop off items in Nashville to Christy McGinley of Farmers Insurance at 146 E. Main St. Suite 2 in Redbud Terrace or contact Cindy Steele at (812) 988-8807 for pickup. Tickets are $12. Children 12 and under will be free with a paid adult, based on availability. Get your tickects at <BrownCountyPlayhouse.org> or call (812) 988-6555. Donations can be sent to BETA, PO Box 1194, Nashville, IN 47448. More than 50 adult volunteers have given their time, mentored the teens, and shared their talents. For more information, visit Beta Teen Center on Facebook.


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January Observations ~by Jim Eagleman

“January observations can be as simple and peaceful as snow and almost as continuous as cold. There is time not only to see who has done what but to speculate why.”


hese words were barely legible on the chalkboard and greeted us as we slogged into a dimly lit classroom one day in the winter term, 1973. I recall not being in the best of moods with a leaky shoe and wet foot after trudging through the snow. I was cold and hungry. The lights were purposely kept low on the university campus, a cost saving measure by administrators but doing nothing to help student morale. The professor ambled in and we began our discussion. All that month we had been reading Game Management, a thick text written with many equations, tables, and graphs by renowned scientist and author Aldo Leopold. For additional credit, his now famous work, A Sand County Almanac, was assigned to those, like me, who thought themselves budding biologists. But distracted, I was more interested in a girl whose father was dean of the graduate school. I tried to impress her, but it didn’t work. She was engaged by the end of the term to a dental student.

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Leopold, we were told, would state his opinions and carefully gathered observations, substantiating them with facts. This long-held and methodical habit made him credible among peers and likely a candidate for us to mentor. I recall a photo in a text that showed his students in the 1940s in dark coats and hats, wearing rubber boots and scarves. On a class assignment, they were sent out from the University of Wisconsin campus, where Leopold taught, to gather field data. Leopold recorded these trips, discussions, and observations and included them with his own notes to establish and refine the new field of wildlife science. We were spared a similar assignment on that very cold day in 1973, but were advised that anyone attending that summer’s field station session would almost assuredly be out and observing. Months later, a few of us signed up and stayed at the university-owned natural area near the Mississippi River in western Illinois. It was for me one of the best decisions and experiences I ever

had. Leopold’s philosophy was reinforced with every class and outing. I was fortunate to be among those who held his land ethic and teachings so highly. It was clear my instructors wanted us wildlife students to learn of this man and his talents. I became a student of “the professor.” With the cold upon us, I now look at winter tracks and scratchings in the snow as evidence of some drama that took place before I arrived. This is nothing unusual or scientific—we all do this when out and walking. But the phrase in the Leopold quote above, “to speculate why,” has always intrigued me. Why did the mouse, bird, shrew, or squirrel venture out of their presumably warm burrow? Was it danger, the cold, the need for food, or a warming trend? Were they over-crowded, sick, awakened by a torrential rain and soaked to the skin? And when they did venture out, were they subject to predation, attack, or exposure? If cold and wet, did they return less fit to warn off chills, become weak and die? There’s a lot more going for that critter than a mere walk in the woods. Leopold, like any teacher who pushes, wants us to take time and think. After my more than 40 years with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources as a naturalist, I am often asked, “What were my most impressive memories? Did I learn a lot, and what was the funniest, scariest, or more notable memory? What did I observe with the public over time that I can now relate?” My experiences in nature were numerous, often awe-inspiring, and always unpredictable. They still are. I also can say the same of the many people I met as program presenter. I suppose the “take home” message I often wanted my hikers to have was that we were there, on the trail, by the lake, at the nest, only a short time. What life experience we were watching surely went on after we left. A snippet of what took place, what we heard or saw, had also happened over millennia and we should consider ourselves lucky to experience what happens in nature, routinely, every day, every year, all the time, despite our busy lives. Leopold’s time as writer, scientist, author and conservationist helped many students learn that the natural life around us is intricate, mysterious, and connected. He made me a better observer. I take time to speculate and wonder. Enjoy this time in nature as the cold winds blow, and feel free to share what you are seeing. Write me at <jpeagleman@gmail.com>. 

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Endangered Wildlife ~story and photos by Bob Gustin


rt instruction in Laurette Roalesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s junior high classroom is about more than drawing lines. Sometimes without even knowing it, her students are growing in English, science, math, and other disciplines. More importantly, perhaps, they are learning about problem solving, collaboration, organization, work ethics, and life skills in general. And they are feeding their creativity, their sense of both individualism and togetherness, their independence, and the meaning of community. A graduate of Kent State University in Ohio, Mrs. Roales held a variety of jobs before taking a stint as elementary art teacher for Helmsburg and Spurnica in 2011 through 2013, then was hired at Brown County Junior High beginning in the current school year. She also teaches a ceramics class at Brown County High School. A recent project with her advanced junior high students involved making posters identifying endangered or threatened animals. Fueled with a grant secured by retired junior high art teacher Patricia Bartels, the class used interdisciplinary skills for the inclass contest which had cash prizes for winning students. Before beginning the posters, students researched threatened and endangered species, learning about the animals and interpreting the facts. Then, they designed a poster and wrote text, utilizing grammar, spelling, and language skills. Only then came

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First Place contest winner Freya Baldwin.

the actual art, and the entire project took about three weeks. Students had to research ten facts about their chosen animal, then narrow those down and focus on what was most important and design it like an artsy magazine page. Birds, insects, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians were all represented.

Art Contest Students took time out from a recent clay coiling project to talk about the project and the animals they chose. Selena Greiner chose Blanding’s turtle. “I always liked turtles, the slow way they move and the way they’re in their shells,” she said. Alyssa Lunsford chose the trumpeter swan for its beauty. She said it is important to care about endangered animals because, “every animal plays a part in the food chain. “If the chain is broken, bad things can happen,” and the impact of losing a species will be felt by the whole chain. “Every animal has a purpose,” said Illyana Cox, who chose the cerulean warbler. Birds, she noted, carry seeds and help propagate plants which in turn serve other animals. Riley Bryce chose the least weasel because she loves the small animals which look like they would be easy to tame and become a friend. Mrs. Roales is accomplished in several mediums, and said she likes all forms of art—drawing, painting, ceramics, weaving, print making, sculpture, and more. Teaching, however, is her calling because, “I’ve always enjoyed helping others.” Even when things don’t go right, a lesson is to be learned. A recent weaving class became an exercise in problem solving when the loom she was using was not properly prepared. She

Laurette Roales, Jr. High art teacher.

and the class persevered, initiated “FaceTime” with a local weaver who diagnosed the problem, and the result was not only some colorful coasters, but a life lesson as well. “There’s magic in what I do,” she said. “I get to show kids how to do something they’ve never done before. I enjoy seeing their growth. It’s the most rewarding career for me and the best job I could imagine.” She lives in Morgan-Monroe State Forest with her husband Jonathan, who is assistant manager of the state forest, and their dog Boone. Mrs. Roales worries about the impact of the arts being cut from some school curriculums. “Sometimes, a kid struggles in every other class, and he will be my best student,” she said. The Continued on 55

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Things Lost But Not Forgotten or Head ’em off at the Past


t has been said that, “Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be.” But I think it is still in fine form and ready to be practiced at any time, especially in the dead of winter. Brown County is a wonderful place to practice nostalgia—like it was invented for that purpose. I know that the first flatlanders to discover Brown County were delighted to find that folks were still living in log cabins at the outset of the 20th century. Brown county folks were still practicing old skills, wearing old fashions, and talking with a distinctly southern/rural dialect. And as more people up north heard about the county it became a popular destination for Sunday drives to recapture the way things used to be. A trip to Brown County could be downright educational in a historical sort of way. A person could

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~by Mark Blackwell

travel a couple of hours out of Indianapolis and be 50 years in the past. You could see horse-powered farms, sorghum mills, and one room schools. A visit to the hills o’ Brown could be a tangible example that parents could show their offspring just how things were back in Grandpa’s day. But now I’m a grandpa and my day was 50 years ago and I find myself sitting by my woodstove on a dreary winter’s day taking inventory of the things and ways that have slipped away to the past. Growing up back in the 1950s was not for sissies. We had to know lots of things that kids today can’t even imagine. We had to be strong and physically fit. Today’s kids play games like soccer and tee-ball but we had full contact Red Rover and dodge ball. We didn’t have video war games on Play Stations; we had real war games played out on the back 40 and in the woods. What our parents and grandparents didn’t finish in WWII, we kids of the ’50s did. We needed to practice for the next war. The Russkies were going to launch a sneak nuclear attack at any time. So, we had to be ready to “duck and cover” at a moment’s notice. Who knew that a maple school desk was effective as a nuclear radiation deterrent? We didn’t have bicycle helmets and pads for our extremities, either. Those things would have been too dangerous. We had to be light and flexible enough to dismount our bikes on-the-fly and roll into the nearest ditch the instant that we saw the flash from “The Big One.” Why I doubt that a kid today even knows what an air raid siren sounds like or how to tune a radio to the “conelrad” station for further instructions. That was pretty easy because most of the radios at the time were equipped with little Civil Defense triangles on the tuning dial. If you’re a younger kind of person reading this, “Civil Defense” was the 1950s version of Homeland Security—only more civil. They also had alerts on the television but we had to have more technical ability to operate one.

Show a modern youngster a 1954 RCA television, equipped with a Sarkes Tarzian tuner and see how long it takes them to figure out how to turn the thing on. How many of them could figure out how to tune in a station, orient the antenna, and do the fine tuning vertical and horizontal adjustments? I’d like to know how many modern youngsters ever get so bored that they would be willing to watch a program like Life is worth Living with Bishop Fulton J. Sheen? In the ’50s we were so tough we would watch anything. The things I liked to watch best were the westerns. Back in the 1950s and on into the ’60’s westerns dominated television. We had Roy Rogers, The Lone Ranger, The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok, My Friend Flicka, and about two hundred and thirty-seven others. They were good because we believed them and we believed in them. Whatever we were taught in school was outwardly acknowledged but inwardly deemed suspect. But, when Roy or the Lone Ranger looked directly through the TV screen and had us recite the “Code of the West,” it was like Charlton Heston receiving the Ten Commandments.

When it came to the Lone Ranger’s Creed or the Code of the Pioneers, those listed imperatives were just like the TV programs they came from—black and white and no maybes. I think that heroes like Roy Rogers and the Lone Ranger, along with a six year hitch in the Boy Scouts, helped form the foundation of my character. These cowboy creeds were like the Boy Scout law. They made us want to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent, not to mention an all-round straight shooter. Did I mention I was a Boy Scout? Well, I was—and it was tough—but it was another venue to learn some of the old ways and skills. Our troop Leader was a man, a man’s man, and a mean woman’s husband. That means that every chance he got he took the troop camping or fishing or tracking— spring, summer, fall, and winter. I reckon that growing up when I did made me who I am and gave me the skills to deal with life in general and the world as it was. If the Russkies ever decide to invade I’m ready to “duck and cover” and take to the woods right here in good old Brown County. 

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~by Jeff Tryon


hile my grandson was fixing the crumbling driveway he came across a couple of Brown County artifacts. One was an arrowhead, reddish and almost perfect, with only a chip where one of the narrow shoulders should have been. The other was a perfect spear point, maybe six inches long—a very nice find. I always feel a special connection when I hold something in my hand made by other humans thousands of years ago—a visceral connection to another time and place, to another human being more or less like me, who ate and drank, lived and loved, hunted and travelled, around many of the same places I walk every day. I picture a man sitting by a fire chipping off pieces of chert or flint, carefully working the stone with bone tools, trying to make something useful, important, and necessary to his survival. He must have treasured this nice long spear point to bring home game to feed his family. Maybe he lost it when the deer or boar he stuck ran away.

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All my life I have been finding these mementoes of a past civilization. When we were children, we liked to go to farm fields or gardens when the ground had just been turned— especially when it had then rained upon the new-turned earth—often revealing these ancient artifacts. My cousin has a huge collection of arrowheads, axeheads, throw weights, scrapers, and rocks indented from grinding or pounding nuts and hides. There’s never been much evidence found of any kind of permanent Native American village or community in Brown County. They were here, but apparently only to hunt for game or gather nuts. The rugged terrain and the distance from large, navigable waters, made Brown County a place they visited but did not settle. We say they are Native Americans, but, of course, they were immigrants like all the rest of us. Their ancestors came across the land bridge that is now the Bering Sea, following the mammoths or mastodons and other large game. Evidence suggests that after Native Americans were building mounds and villages elsewhere in Indiana, they used Brown County mainly for hunting and gathering. The abundance of projectile points and scrapers, nutting stones, and grinders indicate that most occupations here were small temporary camps. Large villages were not common here probably due to a lack of large transportation streams. According to the artifacts we’ve found, the period of most Native American activity in Brown County was around 3,000 B.C., during the Late Archaic period lasting from about 4,000 to 1,000 B.C. Over two dozen sites have been identified from that period—not villages, but “base camps” of hunters. Like the early white settlers, they harvested plentiful, seasonal nuts. They used stone tools to process hickory nuts, acorns, and the then-abundant chestnuts. They made breads and soups, but they still had

Native Americans in Brown County no pottery, no containers. They began to try to cultivate plants, growing squash and gourds for containers and domesticating berries and cattail in their first gardens. Artifacts reveal that as time progressed they began to contact others, trading for flints or other materials from far away. They developed the atl-atl, a spear-throwing stick which increased leverage and so gave a longer throw and greater impact on target.

Native Americans were certainly traveling through the area by the Early Woodland Period, about 1,000 B.C. to 150 B.C., but the period is usually marked by the introduction of ceramics, and very little pottery has been found here. During the Mississippian Period, 1000 to 1450 A.D., Native American cultures increased in size and complexity. The Mississippi River valley was the home of large permanent

agricultural settlements like Cahokia, in Collinsville, Ilinois, Moundville in Alabama, and the Angel Mounds site along the Ohio River in Indiana. Before white settlers arrived, Brown County was governed by the Shawnee tribe. They gave rights to the Delaware to hunt here and the Miami got the ceremonial rights to Browning Mountain, according to local native American enthusiast Teed Howard. “They met there at least once a year, probably during the solstice, although it’s not part of their oral history today,” he said. Historian Sam Johnson wrote that the natives who lived mainly in Brown County were living a different, harder lifestyle than those Continued on 54


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in more permanent settlements along the major rivers. “It could be that people in Brown County were outcasts,” he said. “There is such a thing as hill people.” “People who lived here in the hills could have been different; tended to be less social, more independent, less on the cutting edge of technology and society. The hilly, more rugged terrain set them apart from ongoing social movements of these various periods.” Some believe the collapse of these Native American societies was the result of climate change, causing a change in the growing season. Another reason may be an increased availability of bison herds, drawing people westward. Or perhaps Native Americans simply over exploited the natural resources. We think of the native population politely withdrawing and moving off into the West as white settlers took the lands that are now Brown County by treaty in 1821. But in Ray Mathis’s 1936 A Brown County History he quotes pioneer Servalvo McGuire as recalling, “My mother remembers seeing Indian boys swimming in Salt Creek, near what was once the Old Hoover Mill (near John Wrightsman’s). They would lay on the logs, and when a white person showed up, they would dive and swim around with only their heads showing. That was in about 1844–45.” He also recalled “a band of 20 Indians from Evansville, some walking, some riding.” 

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ART CONTEST continued from 49 same may be true of students who are talented in music, physical education, or other non-academic areas. And her students can vouch for the importance of art in their lives. “It’s a good way to express your feelings by using colors and shapes and it also says who you are and what you like,” said Samantha Smith. “I feel like it distracts people from their hard times,” said Freya Baldwin, who won first place in the poster contest. “And it gives you a break from what you’re doing. It’s a good social thing as well. People who care about something will care for each other.” For Ava Smith, art is about freedom: “There are only a few outlets in which you can let yourself be creative. In art, you don’t need somebody to tell you what to do.” Mia Bryce says art is life, and encompasses music, dancing, and even technology. “Even the machines we build are art. It takes technique, precision, and accuracy. Anything that takes creativity and imagination should be considered art.” POSTER WINNERS 1st place: Freya Baldwin 2nd place: Lily Cox 3rd place: Savana King Honorable mentions: Jascyn Martin, Ava Smith, Kendall Cochrane, Samantha Smith, Kateleigh Browning, Demi Watkins, Mia Kakavecos, Bailey Russell, and Mia Bryce 

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S. Van Buren & Old School Way • Possum Trot Sq. Look for the sidewalk signs • (812) 318-0840

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Plum Creek Antiques Open-Air Market Bean Blossom

Serving the Community for over 100 years

• Fruit Jars • Garden Art • Furniture • Iron Things, • Lots of Junk and more

24-Hour Towing

5 minutes north of Nashville (intersection of SR 135 & SR 45)

(812) 988-6268


BROWN COUNTY RECYCLE CENTER Drive Thru: Tues.–Fri. 8 am–4 pm Sat. 8 am–noon Office: Mon.–Fri. 8 am–4 pm Recycled at Drive Thru: • Cardboard / Paperboard / Brown Paper Bags • Glass Bottles (Brown, Clear, and Green) • Magazines and Newspaper • Metal Food and Beverage Cans • Office Paper and Junk Mail • Plastics including clam shells, tub containers —NO STYROFOAM OR GROCERY BAGS— 176 Old State Road 46 Nashville, IN

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$5 OFF Alignment Full Collision Repair

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Full Mechanical Garage Brakes, Engine, Transmission 2 & 4 Wheel Alignment

www.peoples-bank.com 41 S. Hawthorne Dr. Nashville, IN 47448 (812) 988-6633

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812-988-8473 27 Salt Creek Rd (Intersection SR 46) Nashville CAMPGROUND

Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground Just five miles from Nashville, IN One of Southern Indiana's largest campgrounds

Balancing Acts by dANA S SKIRVIN KIRV VI • Reflexology • Trigger Point Therapy • Myofascial Release

• Over 55 acres with walking trails • Over 300 water/electric sites • 30 amp and 50 amp hookups • Over 300 tent sites General camping May thru October • Camping cabin rentals

• 2 dump stations • Wi-Fi • Heated/AC showerhouse • Laundry facility • Stocked fishing lake


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Roof Coatings, Metal/Shingle Roofs, Remodels, Ro Power Washing and Sealing, Barns, (812) 327-1994 Garages, Decks, Siding, Windows and Doors, waltmanconst@aol.com G and all construction needs and services! References Available

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• Mulching - Seeding NEED HELP? • Weeding - Pruning • Tree / Shrub Planting • Fences - Walkways • Retaining Walls • Mowing / Trimming (812) 988-7232 • Flower / Herb Beds

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Pool Enterprises, Inc.

Mon.–Sat. 10–5

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(812) 606-6275 Danny Key, Managing Broker www.browncountyrealty.com




Brown County YMCA

center After School Program (and June Can-Do Camp)

TUESDAYS 3:00 to 6:30 At the intersection of two downtown alleys behind Miller’s Ice Cream and the Brown County Art Guild


The Brown County YMCA is located behind the Comfort Inn Now open at 5:30 a.m. Mon.–Fri.

812-988-9622 • www.browncountyymca.org


812-988-8807 for details

Funded in part by a grant from the Brown County Community Foundation and the Local Coordinating Council


hake off your cabin fever at Brown County’s Winter in the Woods, January 13 through 15, 2017. Enjoy several activities, both indoors and outside, that are sure to lift your spirits and beat those winter blues. Winter Bliss Wellness Retreat takes place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 13, 14, and 15, at the Abe Martin Lodge. Reflect, refresh, and recenter in the new year at this unique event. From yoga and sacred dance to art and meditative movement, Winter Bliss is a mind, body, spirit exploration retreat that absorbs the senses, the mind, and the creative spirit. Partake of any or all of the dozen or so Winter Bliss offerings including Laughter Yoga, NIA, Mindfulness, Watercolor Weaving, and Sound Healing. Registration fee covers all workshops. Food and lodging are extra. Besides workshops, there are cozy spots by the fire, woodland walks, a healing room, and a heated indoor pool on site. There’s also a restaurant at the lodge. A FREE portion of the retreat is open to the public on Saturday evening from 8:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.—a performance by Wholenotes, a seven-piece soundhealing ensemble designed to soothe and refresh your body and spirit. Winter Bliss tickets and information can be found at <www.winterbliss. org> and through the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau at (317) 501-9000. Meanwhile, for those wanting to get out and enjoy the fresh winter air, there will be plenty of opportunities to do so. Experience Winter in the Woods firsthand during a Winter Hike in the Brown County State Park. On Saturday, January 14, hikers can travel along one of two self-guided trails through the park, ranging in distance from 2.75 to 3.5 miles. DNR interpreters will greet hikers

Winter in the Woods

~by Paige Langenderfer with winter wildlife facts along the way and s’mores and hot chocolate will be provided by Local Boy Scout Troop 190 for a tasty hiker pick-me-up. The cost for this event is $1 plus Park gate fees. The hike begins at 9 a.m. The 3.5-mile hike will begin at the Nature Center. Hikers begin on a closed park road past breathtaking Hohen point, into Strahl Valley, then around Lake Strahl. The 2.75-mile hike will begin at the park’s Recreation Building and proceed through Ogle Hollow Nature Preserve, around Lake Ogle and return to the Recreation Building. Both before and after the Winter Hike, food will be served

at the Little Gem Restaurant at the Abe Martin Lodge. Hikers can enjoy Breakfast with the Naturalists beginning at 7 a.m., as well as a Hiker’s Lunch Buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For those looking for a little more exhilarating winter adventure, there will be a challenging 5.2 mile trail run (or walk) along the scenic trails of the Brown County State Park. The Frosty Trails 5 Mile race begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 14, at the park’s Lower Shelter. After the run, participants are welcome to warm up in the shelter house with food, drinks, and a fire. For more information, or to register, visit <www.intimeco.com/frostytrails>. For a complete Winter in the Woods experience, check out other great Brown County originals. Learn how to create the perfect winter drink at “Warm Up with Whiskey Cocktail Class” on Saturday, January 14 at Out of the Ordinary. Participants will learn how to make a couple different winter cocktails using Bear Wallow Distillery’s bourbon. The class starts at 3:30 p.m. and should last about an hour. The $25 registration fee includes appetizers, instruction, materials, and a glass to take home with you. There will be a free swing dancing class following Warm Up With Whiskey at 5:30 p.m. Spend Saturday afternoon enjoying art, aromatherapy, and tea in the heart of the Village at The Deep Forest De-Stress. Stop by anytime between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. for fireside crafts, free tea samples and more. For more information on Winter in the Woods, please visit <browncountywinterhike.com> or call the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau at (812) 988-7303.

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Upscale Dining in a Casual Atmosphere Serving Dinner with Full Bar Service Thurs. 5 to 8 pm, Fri. & Sat. 5 to 9 pm

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• Accommodates 8 Guests • 2 Bedrooms and 2 Baths • Game Room w/ Pool Table • Cable TV–DVD Player • Fully-Equipped Kitchen • Central Heat and Air • Gas Fireplace • Gas Grill • Outdoor Hot Tub

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Profile for Our Brown County

Jan./Feb. 2017 OUR BROWN COUNTY  

A magazine about what makes Brown County, Indiana so special.

Jan./Feb. 2017 OUR BROWN COUNTY  

A magazine about what makes Brown County, Indiana so special.