Readers share interesting facts about county tory

Lloyd E Young writes, “My father bought a 100-acre farm in 1946. It is located at 600 East and U.S. 40 on the northwest corner. We moved on March 1, 1946. I changed from Maxwell School to Charlottesville, where I was in the second grade. The land that the Hoosier Poet Motel was built on was a part of his farm. Later, my dad sold 10 acres to R.Z. Mitchell. In 1940 the road was gravel from Knightstown to Greenfield. Between 1950-52, it was widened to four lanes, and some of the houses had to be moved back from the road.”

Thanks, Lloyd.

Marlene Linne provides us with the photo of Chalmer Schlosser. He was an attorney in 1910 and ran for the Indiana House of Representatives against Harry Strickland in the Democrat primary.

Strickland was from Greenfield and had won by 1,020 votes to Schlosser’s 1,009 votes. Mr. Srtickland was a local grocer.

Chalmer, because of the slim margin, filed for a recount with the Circuit Court. Strickland was declared the winner by the Court.

Schlosser was a member of the New Palestine Cornet Band and the Knights of Pythias. Does anyone else know anything else about Chalmer? I believe that he is the younger man in the photo.

Thanks, Marlene.

Have you ever been to Metamora? It is a great place to go on a Sunday drive. The original Metamora Mill was built in 1847 by Jonathan Bane, and it was used for cotton.

In 1856, it was converted to a flour mill. In 1883, it was destroyed by fire. In 1897, it was rebuilt. Eventually, there were three mills in Metamora, which also were built along the White River canal, constructed in 1836.

The canal supplied the water for the mill, but in 1868 this source of power was replaced by the Leffel Turbine. The canal was completed to Cincinnati in 1843, which allowed the mill owners to ship their wares to larger markets until the Indiana canal system failed.

Enough. I have told you everything that I know and some things I don’t. Talk to me.

You can write to Joe Skvarenina at or in care of the Daily Reporter at 22 W. New Road, Greenfield, IN, 46140.