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History of Vigo and Parke Counties together with historic notes on the Wabash Valley, gleaned from early authors, old maps and manuscripts, private and official correspondence, and other authentic, though, for the most part, out-of-the-way sources  / by H.  W. Beckwith . Chicago; New York: H. H. Hill and N. Iddings, Publishers, 1880.

Section 1: 
The Wabash Valley

One web page

Section 2:
History of Vigo County

Four web pages
Section 3: 
History of Parke County


Three web pages
 


Page 1 (pp. i, 1-159)

Page 2 (pp. 159-299)

Page 3 (pp. 300-398)

Page 4 (pp. 399-525)

 

Part

Description

Pages

Part 64

Samuel B. Gookins (portrait) i
Topography 1-4
Part 65 Water-courses [waterways] 5-7
Organization of county 7-9
Law and Its Administration 9
Part 66 Law (continued) 10-14
Colonel Francis Vigo 14
Part 67 Francis Vigo (continued) 15-16
Plat Map of Vigo County 16a
Francis Vigo (continued) 17
Part 68 Francis Vigo (continued) 18-22

 

 

 

Early settlements 22

Part 69 Early settlements (continued) 23-27

In the Vicinity of the County Seat 27

Incidents of Early Times on Fort Harrison Prairie 27

Part 70 Incidents of Early Times (continued) 28-30

History of Terre Haute 30-32

Topographical [information on Terre Haute] 32
Part 71 Lucius Ryce (portrait) 32a
Early Settlement and History 33-36
Part 72 Early Settlement (continued) 37-40
Part 73 Early Settlement (continued) 41-44
Part 74 Early Settlement (continued) 45-49
     Recollections of Capt. William Earle, 1st child
       born in Terre Haute [pp. 48-62]
48-
Part 75 Early Settlement (continued) 50-52
Brick Houses 52
Burial Places 52-53
The Town Plat and Surroundings 53
Indians, Wolves, etc. 54
Pioneer Steamboats 54
[Author's] Recollections of Deceased Residents 55
Part 76 Recollections (continued) 56-57
Schoolmasters 57-58
Early Residents 58-59
Part 77 Early Residents (continued) 60
Old Settlers, Generally 60
Street Fighting 61
Fires, etc. [end of Recollections of William Earle] 61-62
["Firsts"] 62-64
Part 78 J. C. Thompson, M. D. (portrait) 64a
"Firsts" (continued) 65
The "Old Indian Orchard" [Legend] 65-68
Part 79 Legend (continued) 69-73
Part 80 Legend (continued) 74-75
Samuel B. Gookins [pp. 75- 75-78
Western Register & Terre Haute Advertiser 78
Part 81 Western Register (continued) 79-83
Part 82 Western Register (continued) 84-85
Trade on the Wabash 85
Henry Clay visits 85
Terre Haute becomes a town 86
Leading businessmen and other
  notables
87-88
Part 83 History of Vigo County 89-93
Part 84 History of Vigo County 94-
Early Residents 95
Daniel Dayton Condit 95-96
David Linton 96
Francis Cunningham 96
James Wasson 96
Samuel and John Crawford 96
James Farrington 96-97
W. W. Goodman (portrait) 96a
James Farrington (continued) 97
Levi G. Warren 97
Chauncey Warren 97
Randolph H. Wedding 97
Part 85 Randolph H. Wedding (continued) 98
Demas Deming 98
Septer Patrick 98
Azel Holmes 98
Edward V. Ball 98
History of Terre Haute, 1840-1850 98-102
Part 86 History, 1840-1850 103-105
History, 1850-1880 105-107
Part 87 History, 1850-1880 108-109
Present Status 109-110
City Government [and utilities] 110-112
Post Office 112
Part 88 Post Office (continued) 113-114
Newspapers 114-116
Part 89 Newspapers 117
Churches [118-132] 118
Asbury Chapel 119
Allen Chapel, A. M. E. Church 119
Itinerant ministers 120-121
Congregational Church 121
Part 90 Congregational Church 122-123
Presbyterian Church 123-125
Baptist Church 125
Part 91 Baptist Church 126-128
St. Joseph's Catholic Church 128-130
St. Benedict's German Catholic Church 130
Part 92 St. Benedict's (continued) 131
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church 131
Reformed German Church 131
German Evangelical Lutheran Congregation 131-132
Christian Church 132
Universalist Church 132
Education 133-135
Part 93 Education (continued) 136-137
Indiana State Normal School 137-139
Terre Haute Commercial College 139
Rose Polytechnic Institute 139-140
Chauncey Rose 140
Part 94 Horace Blinn (portrait) 141
Chauncey Rose (continued) 143
Businesses 143-145
Part 95 Businesses 146
Hotels 146
Thomas Dowling 146
Jacob H. Hagar 147
William K. Edwards 147
Albert Lange 147
James B. Edmunds 147-148
Ezra Read 148
Terre Haute Library Association 148
Terre Haute Oratorio Society 148-149
The Artesian Well 149-150
Part 96 Cemeteries 151
Woodlawn Cemetery 151
Catholic and Jewish cemeteries 151
"Lone Tree" Cemetery 151
Freemasons 151-152
International Order of Odd Fellows 152-153
Fraternal Orders 153
Spiritualism 153-154
Public Buildings, Blocks and Halls 154
Opera House Company 155
Temperance Movement 155
Military organizations 155
Part 97 Military organizations (continued) 156
Fires and other disasters 156-157
Crime and criminals 158-159
Go to....Section 2, Part 2 (pp. 160-299)