Covington Friend in Covington, Indiana
4 Sep 1914

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4 Sep 1914

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Covington Friend (Newspaper) - September 4, 1914, Covington, Indiana St. It a a a Fet fair. September 8. 9. 10. 11. 1914the Covington Pao Piliro Frins. i ism p3r year $1.50. Covington Fountain county. Indiana. Fuday. September 4. 1914 seventy pipe h a Bajt to who du6 that Gralund who a great mystery discovered of the Ricketts farm across the River. Hasso Flie Obe located buried treasure people Over in Mound township near bali., Jiorle Hill have uncovered a mystery which they would like for some one to solve. Elmer Ricketts who lives just East of l to Rogers made the find but ids attention was called to it by Little Frederick Boord of this City who was visiting near there. Or. Ricketts says that he was passing through the Woods near the old graveyard and when within a few Yards of the burying plic3 and less than three Hundred Yards from his own Home he came across a Holt in the ground that measured six feet in length three Fei t in Width and exactly thirteen be Quot to deep. In the Center of this excavation was a Small fun Iel so Ped Hole probably eighteen inches deep. A measuring stick at of in the grave and the Walls h that the diggers had worked after j dark As they bore signs of iving lanterns Huing by the Side an Indian ladder was lying Nosir which had been Cut from the top of a tree. The Earth h id been carried some distance and scattered on thi Groi Inci. Every India tinn showed that the Hole had been Only dug. An old j Rusty tin can was also fou id at the Side of the Nole. And or. Ricketts advances the theory that t is can was removed from the fun re so pid Hole in the Center of tre Large one and that possibly it Goa trained some treasure or valuables thit have Long remained buried in this isolated spot. He can not account for the queer shape of the Hole which resembles a grave. Sev eral Hundred people have visited the spot and find everything just As or. Ricketts represents and As Many theories Are advanced by the spectators. Judge Schoenaver Chaa. Berg Dahl Mack Adamson and others from Here went Over monday mor ing and measured the Hole. It had been carefully dug and the sides wer nicely smoothed Down. The Hole is located Between the stumps of two Trees which had been Cut Down a Long time a a there was evidence that a number of saplings had been blazed around it evidently More than five or six years ago ais the Blaze was partly grown Over. The secrecy which surrounds the affair makes the whole thing All the More mysterious. It is suggested that possibly some eccentric or miserly person buried the treasure there Long ago or maybe someone confined in prison who knew of the location has confided to his pals on the outside who dug up the Booty. The depth and the shape of the Hole the place and the manner in which the excavation was made make All these Theo Ries improbable. The people of Mound township would Luke to have the mystery solved and would a com ? any suggestion that would led to the identity of uie per fion or persons who dug the Hole. End for what purpose or. Ricketts is not the owner of the farm. He rents it from mrs. Kinney who lives in Covington and owns the place. I a possible explanation. Attorney Oliver s. Jones of this City who is probably better acquainted with the Topography of the Baltimore Hills Vicinity than any other Man in the Community relates an incident that May have some connection with tie discovery of the mysterious Hole. About thirty five years ago according to or. Jones a tall dark Sld med old Man showing by his general appear re. Many features characteristic of an Indian built himself a Cabin of poles near a Creek called Quot Coal run Quot about a mile North of the Baltimore Hills. To his closest friends a gave his name As Joseph Smith and he claimed that name to have beep in him by indians inf the far West with whom he had lived Erver since he could remember he had no recollection of his parents but said he had lived with the Indiana until he was about 30 years old a we ich time a married a White woman with whom he lived about Twenty years when she died. He went Back to his Indian companions and later came into Poe session of a plat or map a crude drawing upon what seemed the dried skin of a Small animal. The map was a crude piece of work such As would be made by an Indian the Litjes upon it indicating hollows and creeks which could be located or identified Only by a careful comparison with the originals All of which branched off either directly or indirectly from the River and which could be readily recognized As being the hollows and creeks North from and include i Jig Lue Baltimore Hills and especially Quot Indian Hill Quot a burying ground of i indians near the Wabash River in what is known As Quot Possum run or. Joes saw and studied the map with the old Man s consent and pointed out Many of the places marked upon it to but had no Means of getting a exact copy of it. He says there were two places marked by arrows Vith a line of dots from the Indian Hill ending at a spot to a Rich the arrows pointed. Oil Quot of these Points indicated was located on a part of the old Joh i salts farm about Oliree Miles a Way from the Baltimore Hills and at Chih Point two , evidently of artificial , and Many persons living in that \ Vicinity will remember Asl a . opened by workmen employed tiie old Man. Or. Jones remembers that David Doty was one of the employed in the work of excavation none Kows what if anything was found either of the Mounds opened. But he distinctly recalls the fact that the old Man showed him the. Remains of a Stone fur Nale Uio i a High Hill not far from Indian Hill which the old Man said had been it used by the indians for the purpose of melting Metal but would not say what kind of Metal was melted or smelt cd. The other spot indicated by an Arrow led from the Indian Hill to very nearly where this mysterious excavation has been made. Ten or twelve years ago a half Breed Indian was seen by. Two or three different people to be very stealthily Hunting in the Vicinity of this excavation and it was later found that he had dug several holes in his rounds on the Hills it is very evident from the roots of the Trees having Beem Cut away in the Hole and turned Black that this same place has been excavated before but not to such a depth As it was at present. The old Man left in a couple of years after he came Here and no one knows where he went nor when or where he Good news a o. M. Gardner the Well known real estate dealer of this City recently received a Telegram from t. A. Clifton who or Gardner s son Fred to Rochester mind. Wher3 he went to have an operation performed for goitre. The operation was performed by th3 famous Mayo Brothers and the Telegram stated the operation was successfully performed and that the Young Man would be up in a few Days. He was in Rochester a bout a week waiting for his turn to be operated on. In a recent let ter to his father he said that there were Linc Leeds of patients in the cily waiting to be examined by the famous surgeons Fred s Many i it ads in this City will be glad to l. Arn that the operation was successful and that he will be Able to return to his Home in a few a fits. All ready for the big Covington fair next week a Large list of fast horses entered a All classes. Best racing la Many years will let a witnessed. The $500 stake Rac jul be exciting contests. Don t fail to see them will be bigger and better than Ever before entries in show departments Are coming in fast sind a Large and interesting display will be seen. Every a it will be a big Day. Come Early bring the family. Admission 25c the big Covington fair will be on in full blast next week. It begins on tuesday sept. 8th,and continues until Friday evening sept. 11th. Every Day will be a big one and the prospects Are Bright for the largest fair in the fifty four years that this fair has been in existence. The weather Man has promised Ideal weather for next week the Rains of this week have freshened the pastures made big ears on the Corn made everyone feel better. Take a few Days off next week and or Joy yourself with old time friends. The Covington fair is a sort of a Home coming for All Fountain county people. They know they will see their old friends at the fair and come Back Home during that week. The Speed program will be the largest and Best this year in the history of the fair. There will be More races and larger purses. A number of the speediest horses now racing in any circuit in Indiana Are entered Here and they have been furnishing some exciting contests at other places where they have raced. The 2-15 Pace the 2-24 trot and the -25 Pace All races for purses of $500,00 each have attracted a Large Field of horses and As this is the last meeting ii the circuit they will be out for blood. There will be six or seven other class races with purses of $300.00 each and a Large list of entire has been made in them. The two county i aces a trotting and a paing i actor Green horses owned in Fountain Warren and Montgomery coun ies will be interesting As they always Are on account of the local interest. A number of these horses Are now at the race track getting ready and a number of others Are in training at various other t Racks in this Vicinity. The usual Large crowd is expected from Danville and Vicinity. A special train service has been provided As in former years. Danville people appreciate the Covington fair and they always enjoy themselves and they Are always . A Large display in the various Stock departments is expected. Already a Large amount of Stock has been entered. Several Fine herds of attle have been entered and several Large breeders of hogs Are bringing their choicest Stock. Ore Large poultry Raiser will be. Here with a car Load o poultry including 40 different Breeds. Altogether the fair has a much brighter Prospect this year than for Many years and if the weather Man fulfils h s Promise the largest crowd Ever seen on the Fairground will be in attendance. Don t stay at Home but join the crowds and enjoy a few ple qua. T Davs at the open sept. 14 the Covington and Troy township schools will commence monday sept 14th, after the coving ton fair every school child in Fountain county is invited to the fair wednesday will be Childr is Day and there will be no charge for them at Najiy of the Gate Council to meet the Fountain county of Wincil is Quot .11 d to Moet in regular session at the office of the county auditor on tuesday sept. 8, fior the pure it be of making appropriations for the general exp in amp is of the county for the coming year and for such other business As May be p is need to to. Convention the to publicans of Cain township have Given notice that they will hold a township convention on saturday sept 19th, for the purpose of nominating a township ticket a special invitation is extended to the wayward Bull Moos ers to come Back into the old advertise in the Friend dislocated her Arm a serious and painful Accident occurred to miss Cleo Orahood the daughter of or. J. D Orahood of Indianapolis on Friday afternoon. Miss Orahood with a Friend. Miss Luelia Hall has been visiting relatives and Friend to in Wabash town ship. On Friday they were the guests of the family of Sherman Yerkes the Young women intended driving to Covington and in putting on the Side curtains of the buggy miss Orahood fell and dislocated her Arm. Or. C a Myers of this City was summoned and upon his arrival there pronounced it a one of the Vorst dislocations he had Ever seen. It was necessary to place the Young woman under an Anaesthetic and the joint was then rightly cared for and replaced miss Orahood had expected to return to Laer Home in Indianapolis on saturday but it will be impossible no or for her to do so o a several Days. However she is doing As Well As could possibly be Bilsland ditch assessment a r. Massey superintendent for tie construction of the Bilsland ditch in the Berd has filed with the county auditor the amounts of it befits to the several land owners affected by the improvement. The following is the list of benefits assessed and the a mount each Lanci owner will have to pay for the construction of the ditch. Henry k. Biji land $2,973.56 Leota johnk518.38 Benj w. Amp we Bilsland 857.68 Mary Bilsland Smith 546,65 Chas mapes527.80 John r. Weaver113.10 Catherine Rodgers it al 688.02 Walter huffer669.17 John r. Rodgers5iai.37 Troy township527.80 total$7,940.53 the persons assessed desire to take the time limit for paying and will have ten year Bonds issued for the amount. The matter will now be in the hands of the county commissioners and work can not be commenced until the Bonds Are issued and to democrats of Richland township the democrats of Richland town ship Are called to meet at Mel Lott on saturday sept. 19, at 2-30 p m., for the Pui pose of nominating a township ticket to be voted on at the november general election. There will be a candidate for trustee assessor. Constable Justice of the peace and members of the advisory Board. Also four Road supervisors. W. H. Crumly chairman Ira purr Clifford Pogue the Smith lock vice co., was incorporated last week with a capital Stock of $25,000. The following Are the incorporates and officers. Edgar w. Finch president Elliott w. Kirk vice president John s Ratcliff treasurer Oliver w. Mcgaughey Secretary. The company will make a device patented by or. Smith a feeders i it org Breaks Arm Paul the 13-year-old son of or. And mrs. De Jolly of hillsb0t0,was painfully injured sinday afternoon when he fell from the roof of the barn on the James Williams place East of Hillsboro he was playing with some other children a d when he fell it was thought that his injuries were not serious Short time however his suffering became intense and it was discovered that the Bones of his right Arm were broken at the Elbow the injured lad was taken to the office of a physician who reduced the fracture and he is now getting Aloi a alright Oss ring hey suicide former Covington Man shoots himself through the heart at Home in Terre haute relative a in this City received a Telegram tuesday morning saying that Ross Ritchey a former Chivington resident had committed Sui cide by shooting himself through the heart at his Home in Terre haute. The Telegram was received by his Mother mrs. Reorg Ritchey and accompanied by her daughter Eva and son in Law Allen Noble left on the afternoon train for Terre haute no particulars were Given in the message except hat the deed was committed at about nine o clock pc at night or. Ritchey was born and reared in this Vicinity and was about 36 years of age. He leaves a widow and three children. He moved to Terre haute a be w years ago and was employed at one the distilleries in that City. His wife was the daughter of Peter de Moss who lived in Covington prior to to k ing to Terre haute. It is not known whether the body will be ii ought to Covington for burial or Arrasmith leaves or. Bert Arrasmith who has Long been a popular Salesman in the Dennis grocery left tuesday for Newport ind. Or. Arrasmith will leave the grocery business and next week will move to ,ill., where he will engage in the business of Oculi st and optician. He expects to fit himself thoroughly for that profession and make a life business of it. The Many friends of or. Arra pm him his family Are sorry to see them leave this City. They Are pleasant people and made May warm friends Fai visitor a letter received by the editor from Mary Dale Marlatt of Danville ind says that she is coming to the 51th annual Covington fair again this year. She says that she has attended every fair Here during that time except four years which she spent in Colorado the first fair she says they Amo in a four horse stage coach from Portland. She mentions an incident which happened in 1865, when one of the Drivers lost control of l is horse Wirich bolted with the sulky Over the seats on the ground run g Over women . Very few of the contemporaries of i irs. Marlatt Are now living to Utt and the old Covington fair. Mrs. D. V Spence Hasi gone to Chicago to join her husband. They shipped part of their household goods and will do Light housekeeping. They have rented their residence Here to prof. Redding principal of the Covington in haste wants a divorce mrs. Rena Hancock who was for Merly the wife of r. B. Minnick is again in trouble in the divorce court. She has filed a suit against her husband Arthur Hancock in the circuit court. Mrs. Hancock was divorced from her former has band r. B Minnick last March. She was the owner of a Fine farm afew Miles North of Veedersburg and she gave her husband eighty acres of it at the time of the divorce. A few Days after the divorce Wais granted she married Hancock but she now alleges that she Drew a Blank and got badly swindled in the Deal. She says Hancock a Lazy and worthless and becomes intoxicated and that he drove her three daughters from Home and that he just lounges round and wheedle Money out of her and now she wants to get rid of association the Parent teacher s association of Covington will have their first monthly meeting at the new Grade school building to Day Friday. A Fine program has been prepared and the association will have a regular meeting every month. The organization is composed of patrons and teachers of the Public schools. Its object is for a better Mutual understanding Between the parents and teachers and their co operation in All work for the interest of the children and to study the welfare of the child in the Home school and Community. The present officers Are mrs. Pm Dice president mrs. W. A Davis vice president mrs. Elmer Bowers Secretary and mrs a. L spinning 01 thai iks we desire to express oar sincere thanks and Heartfelt appreciation to our friends and neighbors for the kindness and sympathy shown us in our late sorrow and sad bereavement in the loss of our wife and Mother mrs s. C Kaufman we thank the friends and rel a Tives for their Floral offerings and especially do we wish to express our undying gratitude to or Jas. Ritchey and family for their untiring kindness and assistance during the Long sad illness s c. Kaufman and family Public Sale. A i will sell a Nice lot of household furniture including stoves bed room suits etc., a cow and calf a sow and five plea chickens etc., at the Mcmahon Sale barn on saturday sept. 5, at 2 p. My a on the usual terms. Has. E. Phibus. A Quot

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