Buck Creek cabin needs new location

HANCOCK COUNTY — Recently I, along with several others, received an email from Pat Burris. Pat was involved in saving the Burris Log Cabin in 2008, which was located on West County Road 300N in Buck Creek Township.

This log cabin was on property that was owned by Dee and Gloria Montgomery. The cabin was disassembled and was going to be erected on the grounds of Trinity Lutheran School in Marion County. One of the stipulations for the gift of the cabin by the Montgomery family was that it had to be used for schoolchildren. The cabin’s logs have been numbered and are sitting in the bus garage at Trinity.

Unfortunately, the school has learned that the insurance would be too great for the rebuilding project and utilization by the school. So the school now wants to find another home for it — or sell off the pieces.

The Hancock County Historical Society cannot take on another building as we do not have the space in the leased area of Riley Park. Therefore, we are not going to pursue this project. However, if any of you are interested in preserving a piece of Hancock County history, contact Pat Brown by emailing pvanschoyckbrown@hotmail.com.

She can answer any of your questions about the cabin. She has also shared a couple of photos on the Hancock County Historical Society’s Facebook page.

Happy July Fourth! On July 4, 1924, a grand Independence Day celebration was conducted at the Hancock County Fairgrounds, which at the time were on what is now Hancock Regional Hospital’s property.

Thirty-five horses were trained and quartered for the “battle royal” at the celebration. It took seven heats to decide the pacing event, the horses were so well matched. Silver Ore, a gray owned by Nolan Fry of Greenfield, finally won three heats and was declared the winner. There were 750 people in the grandstand to enjoy the races.

Later the same month, on July 20, the Memorial Building was dedicated, and all soldiers were invited to meet on the courthouse lawn to march to the dedication.

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 jskvarenina@hotmail.com or in care of the Daily Reporter at 22 W. New Road, Greenfield, IN, 46140.