Saturday, July 31, 2010

Mooresville's Oldest Mystery (Mooresville Moments Series)

In the July 20, 1916 edition of the Mooresville Monitor, Solon M. McNabb wrote a newspaper article entitled "Mooresville's Oldest Mystery." It was reprinted in the September 1, 1999 newspaper column, Mooresville Moments, edited by Wanda Potts, local historian and Indiana Room Librarian (1966-2002), Mooresville Public Library, Mooresville, Indiana.

Friday, July 30, 2010

"The White River," by Danny Buckley

We have it upon good authority that "The White River," by MPL composer Danny Buckley, was inspired by Native American and Indiana pioneer history surrounding the White River, which flows about six miles east of the composer's childhood home two miles southeast of Mooresville, Indiana (in Brown Township, Morgan County). This piece is track four of the instrumental music CD Through Abstract Eyes (2010). Our music video below provides some background to the musical tale:



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Old Settlers Queens (Mooresville Moments Series)

As the Old Settlers Fair nears (Aug. 8-10, 2010, at Pioneer Park, Mooresville, Indiana), we reprise another newspaper column from the Mooresville Moments series (July 21, 1999), in which Wanda Potts, town historian and Indiana Room Librarian (1966-2002) at Mooresville Public Library, recounts the history of the Old Settlers Queen contest.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Samuel Moore Donates Old Town Park for Old Settlers (Mooresville Moments Series)

In today's reprinting of Mooresville Moments (August 4, 1999), local historian and retired librarian Wanda Potts recalled the establishment of "Old Town Park" on South Street on land donated to the Town of Mooresville, Indiana, by Samuel Moore, founder of the town. This land was to be used for the annual Old Settlers Picnic and Reunion, and the gathering was held there until 1995, when it moved to the newer, larger Pioneer Park on Indianapolis Road.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Mooresville's Fire Department (Mooresville Moments Series)

Here is another Mooresville Moments newspaper column (October 13, 1999) written and edited by Wanda Potts, Indiana Room Librarian (1966-2002), Mooresville Public Library. This installment explores the history of the Mooresville, Indiana fire department, based upon information from the library's vertical files.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Little Red Covered Bridge, Old Waverly Road (Mooresville Moments Series)

Today we reprise an installment of Mooresville Moments, a newspaper column written and edited by Wanda Potts, Indiana Room Librarian (1966-2002) at Mooresville Public Library. This installment (October 20, 1999), written by guest columnist and longtime Mooresville resident Lula Mae Bucker, examined the history of the "little red covered bridge" that once spanned the East Fork of White Lick Creek on the Old Waverly Road, where today the intersection of State Roads 144 and 67 is situated, just east of Mooresville, Indiana.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Old Settlers Picnic (1870-Present)

Our latest "treasure trove" local history video presents some of the history of the Old Settlers picnic and reunion in Mooresville, Indiana. Except for one year during World War II, the festival has been held annually since its inception in 1870.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Lindley Block (Mooresville Moments Series)

This installment of Mooresville Moments (June 30, 1999) reveals the history of the Lindley Block, which was akin to a modern mini-mall and once stood on the southwest corner of the intersection of Main and Indiana Streets in downtown Mooresville, Indiana. This newspaper column was written and edited by Wanda Potts, town historian and former Indiana Room Librarian (1966-2002) at Mooresville Public Library.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Mooresville IN Fires (Mooresville Moments Series)

This installment of Mooresville Moments (June 23, 1999) reviews the more famous fires that ravaged businesses and houses in Mooresville, Indiana, throughout its history, and it refers to the history of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) buildings that once stood on the northeast corner of the intersection of Main and Indiana Streets in downtown Mooresville.

Mooresville Moments was written and edited by Wanda Potts, Indiana Room Librarian (1966-2002), Mooresville Public Library, in 1999 to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the town's founding in 1824.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Historic Sites in Mooresville, Indiana (Mooresville Moments Series)

We continue with Mooresville Moments, the 1999 newspaper column written and edited by Wanda Potts, Indiana Room Librarian (1966-2002), Mooresville Public Library. Mrs. Potts wrote and edited the column to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the founding of Mooresville, Indiana (1824), as well as the 200th anniversary of the birth of the town's founder, Samuel Moore (1799-1889). Today's installment (December 8, 1999) examines historic sites in and around Mooresville, Indiana.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Children of Great Depression Remember (Mooresville Moments Series)

We continue our reprint series of Mooresville Moments, a 1999 newspaper column written and edited by Wanda Potts, Indiana Room Librarian (1966-2002), Mooresville Public Library, Mooresville, Indiana. The column examined a multitude of local historical themes to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the town's founding in 1824. This installment (December 1, 1999) recalls the memories of children of the Great Depression and how their lives were affected.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

"Old Settlers" Song Lyrics (Mooresville, Indiana)

Here are the lyrics to the folk song Old Settlers, which commemorates the founding (in 1824) and settlement of Mooresville, Indiana. The lyrics were written by Janet E. Buckley & William R. Buckley; music (shown in a previous blog) composed and arranged by Danny Buckley. (Music and lyrics copyright [c] 2010 by Daniel E. Buckley, Janet E. Buckley, & William R. Buckley. All Rights Reserved. Reprinted by permission.)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

"Old Settlers" Song Video (Mooresville, Indiana)

Since our last posting, we have prepared a video for our Treasure Trove local history series on the library's YouTube Channel. The video features the folk song Old Settlers (music composed and arranged by Daniel E. Buckley; lyrics by Janet E. Buckley & William R. Buckley; copyright [c] 2010. Used by permission). As you can hear from this video's soundtrack, the newly arranged song features four musical voices: vocalist (here, vocalizing the notes rather than the lyrics); acoustic guitar; banjo; and mandolin.


An earlier blog discussed the 2009 "single melody line" version of Old Settlers.

Danny Buckley (B.A., Music Business, Millikin University, 2010) volunteers his services as a musical composer to Mooresville Public Library, and his original works grace all of the library's videos on its YouTube channel. Janet E. Buckley, M.L.S., is a Mooresville, Indiana native and serves as head of Technical Services at Greenwood Public Library (Greenwood, Indiana). William R. Buckley is Indiana Room Historian at Mooresville Public Library.

We hope you enjoy our video tribute to the old settlers of Mooresville, Indiana.




Updated "Old Settlers" Song (Mooresville, Indiana)

As the Old Settlers Festival in Mooresville, Indiana approaches (August 8-10, 2010), we thought it appropriate to include a revised version of the folk song Old Settlers, which was originally composed in 2009 with a simple melody line. The new arrangement includes four musical voices (vocalist, acoustic guitar, banjo, and mandolin). The music was composed and arranged by Danny Buckley, composer for Mooresville Public Library and 2010 graduate of Millikin University (B.A. music business); the lyrics were written by Janet E. Buckley, a Mooresville native, and William R. Buckley, MPL Indiana Room Historian. (Janet is a librarian; she is head of Technical Services at Greenwood Public Library in Greenwood, Indiana).

We hope you enjoy this wonderful new arrangement by Danny Buckley. We hope to post an instrumental version of the song on our YouTube channel (if possible).  You may also listen to it on our website (click here and here).

Old Settlers Music & Lyrics Copyright © 2010 by Daniel E. Buckley, Janet E. Buckley, & William R. Buckley. All Rights Reserved. Reprinted by permission.


Friday, July 16, 2010

Friends Church & Cemetery (Mooresville Moments Series)

We feature another Mooresville Moments newspaper column (March 31, 1999), written and edited by Wanda Potts, Indiana Room Librarian (1966-2002), Mooresville Public Library, which discusses the history of the Society of Friends (Quaker) Church and Cemetery in (and near) Mooresville, Indiana.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Franklin Ice Cream Shop (Mooresville Moments Series)

In her newspaper column Mooresville Moments (1999), Wanda Potts, Indiana Room Librarian (1966-2002) at Mooresville Public Library, described many popular businesses that comprised a significant place in Mooresville, Indiana history. This column examined Franklin Ice Cream Shop (click link and scroll down to the last page).

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Paddle Indiana, by Alan McPherson

Alan McPherson's Paddle Indiana: An Access Guide to Canoeing & Kayaking Indiana's Lakes & Streams (Bloomington, IN: Water Publishing Co., 2000) is an excellent pathfinder for anyone interested in negotiating Hoosier waterways by canoe or kayak.



Join our pioneering ancestors in traveling Hoosier lakes, rivers, and streams. It's a great way to learn about Indiana's riparian ecosystems, and it's a lot of fun to boot.  The book is available in our Evergreen Indiana online catalog.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Miss Elsie Record (Mooresville Moments Series)

In her August 25, 1999 newspaper column Mooresville Moments, Wanda Potts, Indiana Room Librarian (1966-2002), Mooresville Public Library, paid tribute to Miss Elsie Record, who taught in the Mooresville, Indiana schools between 1907 and 1947.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

More Centennial Celebrations (1924) (Mooresville Moments Series)

We continue our reverie of the 1924 Centennial celebrations of the founding of Mooresville, Indiana by reprinting another installment (July 28, 1999) of Mooresville Moments, a newspaper column written and edited by Wanda Potts, Indiana Room Librarian (1966-2002), Mooresville Public Library. The columns celebrated the 175th anniversary of the town's founding in 1824.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

1924 Centennial Party (Mooresville Moments Series)

In August, 1924 the townspeople of Mooresville, Indiana held a community party to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the town's founding. On July 14, 1999, to celebrate the 175th anniversary, Wanda Potts, Indiana Room Librarian (1966-2002) at Mooresville Public Library, recounted the events from 75 years before (click link and scroll down to the last page).

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Remembering Veterans (Mooresville Moments Series)

On November 3, 1999, Wanda Potts, Indiana Room Librarian (1966-2002) at Mooresville Public Library (Mooresville, Indiana), compiled this tribute to local veterans (below) in her Mooresville Moments newspaper column.

Lula Mae Bucker, a long-time Mooresville, Indiana resident, wrote several guest columns for Mooresville Moments (1999). One of her columns (May 26, 1999) about the veterans' memorial, as it appeared a decade ago in Mooresville, Indiana, is reproduced here.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

100 Historical Facts About Mooresville, Indiana & Vicinity (Mooresville Moments Series)

In today's excerpt from Mooresville Moments (April 7, 1999), Wanda Potts, Indiana Room Librarian (1966-2002) at Mooresville Public Library, shares 100 interesting historical facts about the town and surrounding Morgan County area.

Mooresville Moments (1999): Newspaper Column Looking at Mooresville and Morgan County, Indiana History

In 1999, to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the founding of Mooresville, Indiana, Wanda Potts, Indiana Room Librarian (1966-2002) at Mooresville Public Library, wrote and edited a series of newspaper columns entitled Mooresville Moments, which examined the local history of the town and surrounding Morgan County, Indiana.

Today we begin reprinting these columns to add to our "treasure trove" of local history. No living person knows more about the history of Mooresville and vicinity than Wanda Potts. You will enjoy reading upcoming columns, in which Mrs. Potts shares her encyclopedic knowledge of the town and its legacy.

Click the links below to read these articles:

Mooresville Moments, by Wanda Potts (1999)