David Heighway Tag

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...

Asa P. Robertson, Noblesville Maker By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian With the 500 mile race just around the corner and the opening of Ignite, the new maker’s space at the Fishers Library, I thought I would look at a local maker who built his own automobiles, Asa...

The First Chinese Immigrants to Hamilton County By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian While Hamilton County has people of many different nationalities living here today, at one time it was rare enough to be reported in the news.  The Ledger reported on December 14, 1883 that, “A Chinaman,...

Eva Stewart: NHS’s First African American Graduate By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Since we are right between Black History Month and Women’s History Month, it’s worth looking at an African American woman who was important to the history of Noblesville.  Eva Stewart was the first African American...

Ringing in 1875 in Fishers Switch By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian I’ve done several posts on the raucous nature of early Fishers – here, here, here, here, here, and here - but it’s important to remember that there were other, more innocent times, when people just enjoyed each other’s company. In one post, I quoted...

A Holiday Recap in 1879 By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Taking a deep breath after Christmas and looking at the impact of the day is nothing new.  The December 27, 1879, edition of the Hamilton County Democrat had a review of celebrations that had gone on around...