I wasn't quite sure of what to name this page so it's Historical Notes for now. It contains various information that doesn't fit on the other pages but not enough of one subject to have it's own page. These are tidbits of info that I have found in various non-copyrighted sources. Even though it is not copyrighted, the contents of this page are now the intellectual property of me and/or Rootsweb and therefore permission to use it should obtained beforehand. My objective is to get as many names as possible on these pages that will be of use to someone researching their family history. Hopefully this page will answer some "where's", "when's" and "who's" for someone out there and give more clues as to the approach they should use in researching.
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Excerpts from family histories and biographies found in T.H. Ball's 1873 book "Lake County 1834-1872"
Sketches of Early settlers where other family members are mentioned. If a family member is not mentioned I do not have information on them.
Became a resident in April, 1853, first as clerk in the store of Sanders, at Hobart, for a year, then as clerk in the store of Hale and Kenney at Merrillville for about six years. Then for the next two years as farmer. Elected in 1862 as County Treasurer and held the office until 1867. In 1868 he was elected Auditor for at least two terms. He has a pleasant home on Main street and enjoys with his family the advantages of position, comforts and refinement. His three sons, Frederick, Joseph and John, are distinguished among the boys at Crown Point for their politeness; and if they continue to practice their present qualities they will be quite sure to unfold a noble type of manhood.
Zerah F. Summers
A son of Benjamin Summers, of Ohio, came to Crown Point in Nov. 1854. County Surveyor in about 1856, County Clerk from 1859 to 1867. Married daughter of Ambrose S. Thomas, of New York.
James H. Luther
Settled in LaPorte County in 1833 and married a Lake County girl, Miss P.A. Flint in 1840. Became a resident in Lake County in 1849. Married as a second wife Mrs. M.M. Mills. In 1852 he was elected Justice of the Peace.
Mrs. Mariah Robinson
From Crown Point Register March 7, 1872- "Mrs. Robinson was born November 16, 1799, near Philadelphia, in which city her early life was spent. She was married to Solon Robinson Cincinnati on the 12th of May, 1828..." "In 1852 her desertion by her husband, leaving her with the care of her four children, at an age when a father's influence is most needed, left her worse than widowed. Yet through the twenty remaining years of her life, in which griefs have multiplied, having buried both her sons in early manhood, she has nevertheless maintained her characteristic cheerfulness..." She died February 28, 1872 at the residence of her son-in-law Frank S. Bedell. Her two daughters, Mrs. J. S. Strait, of Minnesota, and Mrs. L.G. Bedell, were with her during her last days.
"Teachers of Lake, remember your mottoes, act with diligence, and let us do something worthy of ourselves and of our enterprising age" -T.H. Ball 1872
J.W. Youche, Mary Martin, Jennie Belshaw, M.A. Foster, Helen Granger, Jas. M. Wise, E. McCaulay, W.E. Abbott, Jas. T. Herrick, N.A. Sturges, C.R. Jarvis, Clemmon Granger, L.R. Thomas, Charlott Holton, S.S. Erb, A.L. Thompson, A.J. Beatie, O.F. Benjamin, F. McDonald, Anna Wilcox, M.L. Clark, E. Lathrop, Henry Sasse Jr., A.F. Coffin.
O. H. Spencer
Came to Lake County in 1848 living in or near Hobart. Taught his first school in 1852, when near 16 years of age, and has taught in this and in Porter County for forty-seven terms. His wife has taught in the same region twenty-seven terms.
Rev. H. Wason
Native of Massachusetts, for many years a resident pastor at Vevay, Indiana, became the first pastor of Lake Prarie Church in 1856. Both he and his wife, (who is a woman of sterling qualities, an excellent pastor's wife, a good singer), have been successful teachers. Their eldest daughter graduated at Oxford recently and the younger is now a student at that seminary. Their son, attending the Wabash college for a season now concentrating on the cultivation of the farm.
Melvin A. Halstead
In 1845 he settled at the south end of Lake Prarie. Went to California when the gold discoveries were made. Erected as trustee, the Lowell Schoolhouse, and building with others, the brick factory, he disposed once more of all his Lowell interests and returned to the Pacific coast to resume his business of accumulation.
From: BKCURTIS@prodigy.net (Kenneth R Curtis) Joseph Louis Kertesz was an original member of Gary Police Force c1908. Was one of the two dectectives appt. to force in Jan. 1911. Brothers Stephen J. and John. Married Elizabeth Rose Aszmongya. She died in 1919 and he in 1922, both of TB.