History in county prevalent, unknown


Gary Wright wondered if that yellow house on the south side was a Stage Coach Inn. The Cleveland Inn or Holiday Lodge is on the north side of the road, and I have just become aware that history tells us that there were two good side inns in Cleveland. Does anyone have any information?

Jim Mayfield gave me a good lead the other day. It seems that Niles White claims to be the oldest living paper boy in Greenfield. He delivered the Reporter and the Times Newspapers on the courthouse square. Niles is 86 years old. Do you think it is true? Niles also tells us about the training airplane, which crashed at State Road 9 and Boyd School House Road, which is County Road 300N across the street from Moore’s Auto. The year was 1942, and four boys were killed in the accident. It was a B26 bomber and was attempting to land in Anderson when it blew up, clipping off the treetops. Niles was 13 years old at the time, and the deputy sheriff allowed him to go back and look at the wreck. It was coming from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton. Some people say they still find wreckage in the field.

Ted Willets provides us with the photo (shown below) of the damage done by the 1902 tornado. His Grandmother Ross later died from her injuries, as did her baby. The barn was a total lost, and the house was only damaged and later remodeled. The property was located at 1148 North County Road 800E. Most all property in the area sustained some type of damage from the storm.

Sadly, I had the opportunity to attend Major Jack Stewart’s funeral this fall. Jack saw duty four times in Vietnam and had at least two Purple Hearts to show for it. Wife Elayne is a long-time history and P.A.W.S. volunteer. Condolences to Jack and his family. He was interned at Arlington.

Did you know there is a Vietnam Veterans Memorial south on State Street that lists the 12 individuals from Hancock County who lost their lives in the conflict? Also, a plaque on the wall at the Greenfield Armory honors two members of the Greenfield unit who lost their lives while Company “D” was engaged in Southeast Asia. The Company was disbanded in Greenfield after the war.

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 [email protected] or in care of the Daily Reporter at 22 W. New Road, Greenfield, Ind. 46140.