David Heighway Tag

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...

The Construction of the First National Bank Building By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian With Key Bank closing its downtown Noblesville branch, that will be the end of 109 years of banking on that corner. However, the structure itself is unique with regard to other Noblesville buildings. There...

200 Years of African American History By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian In the newest edition of the Hamilton County Business Magazine, I’ve done an article on a special anniversary – the bicentennial of the African American experience in Hamilton County. Many of the stories that I refer to...

Noblesville Nickelodeons By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Long before the television network Nickelodeon existed, there were real places that were given this name. These were small theaters where it cost five cents to see the show, usually a silent film with some live entertainment.  Some evolved into...

Christmas a Century Ago By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian When the Christmas holiday rolled around in 1918, it was an odd sort of time, and this was pointed out in an editorial in the Ledger on Christmas Eve.  The First World War had just ended on November...

White River Island By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian As the Riverwalk nears completion and the new White River Vision project gets underway, we are doing more exploration of the history of the river and noticing new details. For example, one would presume that the island just south...

Noblesville Music Hall By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Noblesville has seen a variety of performance venues over the years.  The first was the “City Hall” (a space above where Smith Jewelers and Noble Coffee and Tea is today) in the 1870’s.  Then Leonard Wild built his first...

A Young Inventor By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian With the opening of the Ignite Makerspace in the Fishers library, it’s a good time to talk about a young man named George McDonald (1880-1947) who set a high bar for homebuilt science experiments.  Although he spent most of...