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John R. Byrd: Indiana’s First African American Lawyer By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian A one-time Noblesville resident had a very unique distinction.  However, very little is known about him and his activities. John R. Byrd was the first African American to be admitted to the Indiana Bar...

A Portrait as a Present: the Art of Francis H. Finch By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian In a continuation of my last post on Frank H. Finch, crayon artist, I want to look at his decade-long career in Noblesville. I’m mentioning the subjects of his known portraits...

A Portrait as a Present: the Art of Francis H. Finch By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian During the holidays, it’s common to give professionally made family photos as gifts. Things were much the same in the 1870’s and 1880’s, but the technology was a little different. People...

“Bedrock Jim”: The Peculiar Life of James Burchem By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian While the holidays are usually thought of as a time of family togetherness, this is the story of a man who left his family and disappeared for 37 years. Much of his life is...

Another Kind of Historic Photography - Mugshots By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Thanks to the internet, there are many resources available today for doing local history, some of which might be surprising. The Indiana Archives and Records Administration – the State Archives – has put many of...

Thorpe Creek - Hamilton County's Misspelled Landmark By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian There is a body of water that flows through Fall Creek Township in the southeastern part of the county. It bends around the community of Cyntheanne (which I’ve looked at before here), crosses under Southeastern Parkway...

Edward Hill: Another Noblesville Artist By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian As you do research into Hamilton County history, you find the stories of many unique people. While working on the lives of early county artists, I found one named Edward Hill, whose life went in a very dark...

An Artistic Calendar By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian I’ve mentioned the Brehm brothers in this blog before, but occasionally it’s worthwhile to look at some of the individual projects that they did. George Brehm struggled early in his career, like most artists, and worked at a variety of...

The Mystery of the Missing Map By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian There are many good online databases available for researchers today, several of which are linked on the Indiana Room page. These cover items like books, photographs, and newspapers.  Since they are scanned original documents, this puts...

The Blackberry Campaign By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian From 1785 to the signing of the Treaty of Greenville in 1795, Indiana was part of the Northwest Indian Wars. The land was occupied by various Native American tribes, but incursions of whites from Kentucky caused the groups to...