Local History and Genealogy

Monday, February 13, 2017

THEY HAVE GONE (The Spanish American War)

The Angola Militia Went to the War Tuesday.  A Big Demonstration.

About four o'clock yesterday morning, the long looked-for signal came, calling the boys to arms and to get ready for the fray.  The bells and steam whistles sounded the signal, and in a few minutes after, the blue coat began to hustle to the armory.  Citizens got out earlier than usual, and soon the whole time was in a commotion.  

About 10 o'clock, the streets were full of people to see the boys start.  Bands were playing, flags flying everywhere, and the boys at the armory getting ready and taking leave of friends and relatives.  Husbands parted from their wives, parents from their sons, and lovers from their sweethearts.

At last the great procession started for the dept, headed by the Angola Silver Cornet Band, and immediately behind came the militia with guns and uniforms, 108 strong.   Then came the drum corps, followed by the old veterans, filled with old time enthusiasm, then came the Woman's Relief Corps, with flags floating in the air.  The rear was brought up by the two college companies, over one hundred strong.  These were well drilled and made a very creditable showing indeed.  The whole made one great panoramic scene never witnessed before on the streets of Angola.  As the cast column of men and women moved down West Maumee Street, it was viewed by thousands of people on either side of the street, from the public square to the depot, and afforded an excellent opportunities for the kodac manipulators.

The militia boarded the special train at once, and in a moment the train pulled out with its load of gallant Hoosier boys, while the band played "Marching Through Georgia" and cheer after cheer went up from the thousands assembled, handkerchiefs and hats waved in the air as the train sped on its way southward bound.

The demonstration was complete in every instance.  The public schools, the college, the factories and all the business houses closed and gave all  chance to see our gallant lads start out on their way to help put down the tyrannic government on the isle of Cuba, and give the oppressed Cubans their liberty.  Each one of the militia carried with him a bible, presented by the local agent of the American Bible Society.  May the boys come out the victors in a short time and return home with the loss of their number.

Steuben Republican - Wednesday April 27, 1898

Picture Courtesy of the Carnegie Public Library of Steuben County and Bill Eyster

Wednesday, December 14, 2016



Merchants Plan Elaborate Decorations and Entertainment for Yuletide Season

Stores Are Prepared

Angola's annual holiday trade opening will take place next Saturday, Dec. 5th, and the stores are now busy placing their stocks and are being transformed with Christmas decorations into places of Yuletide attractiveness.  One who makes an investigation will find that the stocks are comparable to those found in the large cities, and the effort made to care for the local trade suggests a response on the part of the purchasing public, especially in consideration of the fine program of decorations and entertainment that have been planned.

Beginning with next Saturday,, free motion picture matinees will be given for children at the Brokaw Theater at 2:00 o'clock.  It is suggested that parents leave their children there as proper chaperonage will be provided while the older folks are shopping.

Santa Claus will be here each Saturday and will have a treat for the children on the last Saturday.

For the older folks, entertainment has been provided as well, as there will be a grand gift distributions to all Christmas shoppers on Saturday Dec. 12, 19, and Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 3:00 P.M.

Christmas Decorations Planned
Angola is known from coast to coast for the elaborateness of its public Christmas decorations.  Angola merchants plan this year to maintain the high standard of former years, and the Angola Garden Club will add to the program its Yuletide Home Decoration Contest.  Large Christmas trees will be placed on the public square this week, and the lamp posts will be decorated with colored stars.  Next week the lamp posts will be transformed into Christmas trees, and many business places will place trees about their store fronts.  With a program of entertaining events Angola should ooze the Christmas spirit freely.

It is not out of place to remind the citizens that mush of this fine work is due to the enterprise of the local merchants and they should be remembered when Christmas purchases are planned.

Steuben Republican  December 2, 1936

Public Square Ablaze with Many Colored Lights and Christmas Greens

Angola, known far and wide for its beautiful Christmas Decorations, is again garbed in resplendent lights and yuletide greens.  The Christmas spirit is manifested in the decorations continued into the store windows, and those which are beginning to appear in other parts of the city.

The illumination of the public square, with the strands of colored lights from the tip of the monument to the four light posts, it's festooned circles around the mound. it's four great Christmas trees, all filled with colored lights and mounted with huge stars, causes visitors to stop and comment and travelers will carry visions of the scene far and wide.

The Christmas trading season opened formally last Saturday.  The stores were gaily decorated. Groups of school children sang Christmas carols about the streets during the evening.

No decorations however can compare with the fine stock of Christmas gifts arranged for the convenience of the shoppers.  Many have spoken of the fine selection, of the zeal which the merchants have shown in meeting their customers needs, and the fine community spirit shown in decorating the city all of which, it is suggested, merits patronage at home.

Gift Distribution Next Saturday

Next Saturday afternoon will occur the first of three holiday gift distribution events.  Shoppers are given tickets without charge, which will entitle them to participate in the event.  The gift distribution will take place at 3:00 0'clock.

Free picture shows will be offered at Brokaw's Theatre on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm.  This is doe the children.  Shoppers may leave their children here under chaperonage furnished, and do their Christmas trading.

A cordial greeting awaits all visitors to the local stores.  You are asked to look over the stocks and see what fine offerings are available.

Steuben Republican December 9, 1936

Thursday, August 4, 2016


    This photo was taken in 1881                                 Courtesy of Mrs. George Beard

(1) Jennie Gale was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Gale.  She became the wife of Frank Killinger, and some years since moved to Toledo, where she still lives. 
(2) Della Rice was a daughter of the late D. Rice, is now the wife of Judge Emmet A. Bratton, lives in this city and is well known to many of the Herald readers.
(3) Frank B Olmstead, when a young man was a clerk in the Williamson & Coe Hardware store, which was in the room now owned by Milton Brokaw and occupied by James Finch's billiard room. Frank left Angola twenty or more years ago and went to Chicago, where he engaged in the book publishing business.
(4) Vella Gale was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Gale.  She is now Mrs Mrs Newell Lewis and resides in on West Maumee Street.  She has always lived in this county or city.
(4) Alma Coe was a daughter of W. D. Coe, who was for some years engaged with I. N. Williamson in the hardware business in this city, but moved later to Chicago, and from there to California.  Alma married a Mr. Knapp, and that is all we have been able to learn of her.
(6) Ora Rice, another daughter of the late Dr. Rice and sister of Della Bratton, married George Beard and lived in this city most of her life.  Of late years she has several times changed her residence, but now lives in the city of Fort Wayne.  She, too, is well known in this city and county.
(7) Ruth Coe, another daughter of W. D. Coe, went west with family.
(8) Charles Ward, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Ancil Ward, lives on a farm near Coldwater, Mich., and is recognized as a progressive and influential citizen.  He is the brother of Walter Ward.
(9) Elsie Morse Scoville was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. David Scoville and lived with them in this city until she was married to Frank Owen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Owen.  During the summer seasons, Mr. and Mrs. Owen with their two children live on the farm, near Crooked Lake, but spend the winters in their comfortable home on West Broad Street.
(10) Stella Parish, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. W. Parrish, is now the wife of W. G. Cary, the blacksmith, and lives in this city.
(11) Alice Ward was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ancil Ward, and sister of Charles and Walter Ward, and of Mrs. Jacob Mountz.  She is now Mrs. Ira Thomas, of near Edon, Williams County, Ohio.
(12) Mary Carmony was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Carmony.  She married a J. W. Cook and is living in Wilson, Kansas. She was a sister of Perry Carmony, who lives in the south part of this city.
(13)  Orville Goodlae - well, who don't know Orville Goodale.  He has been county clerk, city councilman and is now at the head of Goodale & Goodale Abstract firm.  He is a big bodied, big hearted, whole souled and good natured citizen, but not quite as handsome as when this photo was taken.

Angola Herald Wednesday July 26 1911

Tuesday, May 10, 2016


George E. Libey

George E, Libey was born in Richland County, Ohio, January 15, 1838, and died at his home in Hudson, Indiana, April 24, 1902, aged 64 years, 3 months and 9 days.

George E. Libey
In 1847 he moves with his parents to DeKalb County, this state, which was at that time almost a wilderness.  In 1870, he moved to Steuben County, where he has since resided. He was married to Matilda Houser, January 20, 1861.  To this union was born eleven children, eight sons and three daughters.  Four of the children preceded him to the land of rest.  Three died in infancy, and the eldest son, Franklin, about eighteen months ago.  Mr. Libey was converted to God in 1878. uniting with the United Brethren church.  HE was true to the church of his choice and remained faithful until death.  His end was that of the perfect man - a peaceful end.

The church has lost a faithful member, the wife a kind and loving husband and the children a fond father.  But their loss is his eternal.  He leaves a companion, seven children, three sisters, two brothers, sixteen grandchildren and many friends,  Funeral services were held at the U. B. church in Hudson, Sunday April 27, at 10:00 o'clock, conducted by Rev. A. H. Tussing.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016


Three-Day Festivities Observed Here in Colorful Wedding

Three days of joyous festivities last weekend marked the celebration of a double wedding in the local camp of gypsies, which is under the leadership of Steve Zeko.  The wedding occurred at the gypsy camp at the Round-up near the Ohio state line on US 20.
Sunday morning the festivities began with Marie and Anna Johnson, two sisters, as the brides, and Robert Miller and Steve Peet, who are cousins, the bridegrooms. The Brides were dressed in billowy white gowns, floor length, with white sashes.  Each wore finger-tip length ceils with head dress of lace decorated with flowers and colorful ribbon streamers.
At noon a feast was prepared in one of the tents.  The feast commenced with the official announcement of the marriage and was followed by toasts to the tow couples.  a loaf of bread was cut in two and the soft part taken out.  Salt was put into the cavity and then it was passed around the table and each guest at the wedding placed a substantial cash wedding present inside the hollow loaf.
A pig and a quarter of beef were barbecued on a long pole spit over a fire and then placed in the center of the table.  Other parts of the dinner included bread, a gypsy salad, special native hot sauce for the meat, relish and celery.
Following the feasting and toasting to the couples, the afternoon was spent in dancing in the open field to an orchestra, secured for the occasion. Couples danced in American style with some of the younger ones "jitterbugging."  Frequently the group would gather in a native dance somewhat like the American square dance, with everyone singing and swaying to stirring gypsy airs.  All of the women of the tribe were dressed in their most colorful billowy dresses.
Visitors from outside of the group  who attended the celebration were made welcome, and were solicited for fortune telling fees.
Shortly before six in the evening the orchestra led a grand procession finally depositing each of the brides at their new homes.
The gypsy ceremonies and celebration continued for three full days during which time the brides wore their wedding dresses. Then they discard their wedding veils and place on their head scarfs which indicated that they were then married women.
Steve Zeko, head of the tribe, said that they pay taxes in Steuben County and consider this their home and are proud to be citizens of Steuben County and Indiana.  To conform to the civil ceremony customs , he said, a civil marriage ceremony will be performed after the gypsy rites have been completed. 
About 100 gypsies from the tribe of more than 100 of which Steve Zeko is the head, were presnt at the ceremony.  The brides and bridegrooms were all members of the tribe,  It was reported that a dowry of between $5,000 and $6,000 was given by the fathers of the two young bridegrooms to the father of the brides.
When one guest asked where the couples were going on their honeymoon, a wise old member of the tribes grinned and said, "Every day is a honeymoon.  Tomorrow, or next week, whenever they choose, they may go to California, Florida, or eastern cities as they desire.  The gypsy is free to go when and where he pleases, so every day is a honeymoon to him.


Monday, December 7, 2015


Crowds Will Scramble For Share In Biggest Free Prize Event

     Santa Claus will come to Angola by aeroplane Friday afternoon in one of the biggest free prize sharing events ever conceived by the merchants of Angola.  The opening of the
Christmas season here will be celebrated by the raining down from the skies of myriads of colorful "Santalites" which will contain valuable gifts for those who are on hand to pick them up.  "It sounds almost to good to be true," said Glen Maxwell, who is the chairman of the merchants division of the Angola Chamber of Commerce. which planned the big event.  "However, it is real, " continued Mr. Maxwell.  "There are no strings attached, no obligations and there will be no blanks.  There is a prize for everyone who captures one of the little messengers from Santa's plane.  It is simply a goodwill gesture on the part of the Angola merchants who are celebrating the opening of the Christmas shopping season.  It is for old and young alike and is all free," concluded Mr. Maxwell.
     In preparation for the event the streets in the business section for two blocks each way from the public square will be barred from traffic at 2:00 p.m. to give the prize seekers safe opportunity to share in the scramble.  It is for adults and young people alike, and there are no restrictions, according to the merchant group.
     Prizes vary from hair cuts to bird feeders, from ice cream to anti-freeze, from table clothes to hamburgs, and the list may be seen elsewhere in this newspaper*** -- and there many of several kinds, until the list will reach nearly 2000.  Each "Santalite" will contain a gift certificate and the finder may go to the store and claim his prize.  It will be fun and profit for everybody.
     The elaborate Christmas decorations on the public square which have always been the occasion for wide comment, will be lighted up during the evening and Christmas will be in the air all over the city.  The merchants invite everyone to come to Angola, and whether they buy or not, everyone is still invited to come and get a start for the Christmas spirit.
     Following the excitement, the stores of the city will be open Friday evenings to give people and opportunity to see what is new and desirable for the Christmas season, with suggestions for a Christmas selection. 
     Angola merchants have arranged a schedule for open evenings during the holiday season.  Beginning Monday, December 9, store will be open evenings up until Christmas Eve, December 24, and every possible accommodation and assistance is assured by the merchants to all who come to the city for holiday shopping.


 Steuben Republican - November 27, 1957

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Transcribed from the original documents in the Wilder Archival Collection located in the library.

Articles of Association
Orland Mutual Horse Thief and Felon Detective Society
Filed for record Jan. 1 1895 at 3 p.m. Misc. Record No. 10 page 241
                                                               A. F. Day Recorder - Due $1.00

Sec. 1
We the undersigned citizens of Steuben county and State of Indiana do associate ourselves together for the term of twenty years from Dec. 27th, 1894,

Sec. 2
Said association shall be known as The Orland Mutual Horse Thief and Felon Detective Society.

Sec. 3
The object of the association is the forming of a company for the purpose of detecting and apprehending horse-thieves and other felons, or offenders against the criminal laws of this State, for mutual protection against the acts of such horse-thieves and felons, and for the reclaiming of stolen property, and with the consent of the Board of Commissioners of Steuben County may designate any or all members of the association, who in pursuit and arrest of horse-thieves and other offenders against the criminal laws of this State, shall have all the powers of Constables.   

Sec. 4
In order that we may receive the benefit of an act of the Legislature passed Dec. 27th, 1865, we do subscribe to the above Articles of Association and adopt a Constitution and By-laws to govern said association.

State of Indiana County of Steuben, SS:
E. A. Wilder being first duly sworn upon his oath says:
That he is a member of the Orland Mutual Horse Thief and Felon Detective Society, which is located in Orland, Steuben County, Indiana; that all of the signatures which re attached to this Articles of Association which are herewith filed are genuine according to the best of his knowledge and belief.
E. A. Wilder
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 27th day of December 1894
Milo Thompson,
Justice of the Peace

 Name of Members                                                            Residence

Chester D. Salisbury                                                          Orland, Ind.
Orrin Brown
William Barber
Ira D. Merrill
E. A. Wilder
Milo Thompson
I. A. Lyle
D C Squires
B.F. Barber
S. N. Alcott
J G Parker
Charles L. Alcott
JJ Wilkinson
Alonzo A. Smith
O.T. Kimball

Roll of Members of the Orland Mutual Horse Thief and Felon Detective Society, organized Dec. 27, 1894.      (Click on names to make larger)

From the Steuben Republican Jan 30, 1895

The Board of Commissioners Saturday on the recommendation of the Orland Mutual Horse Thief and Felon Detective Association, appointed special constables as follows: Chester Salisbury, Orrin Brown, Wm Barber, Ira Merrill, E. A. Wilder, Milo Thompson, I. A. Lyke, D. C. Squire, B.F. Barber, F. H. Alcott, J. G. Parker, Charles Alcott, J. J. Wilkinson, Alonzo A. Smith and O.T. Kimball.  Lawbreakers would do well to steer clear of Orland and vicinity hereafter.