Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Greenfield Landmarks in Plain Sight

Tom Strickland, Rosalie Richardson and Gwen Betor presented a program called Greenfield Landmarks, In Plain Sight to the Kiwanis club.  Gwen Betor is a board member of the Riley Old Home Society and hostess at the Riley Museum and Riley Home.  Rosalie Richardson and Tom Strickland are board members of the Greenfield Historical Landmarks.
The first home shown was the remnants of the Dunbar Hotel.  The Dunbar Hotel originally stood where the Randall building now stands.  The Hotel was divided in half and the remaining portion is now a residence.  The Hotel was originally built in 1869.
The Randall Home, the Tom Black Home were shown.  Gwen Betor spoke about the 2nd home of Will Vawter, the artist who illustrated many of James Whitcomb Riley’s poetry books.  The Morehead home and the homes Ephraim Marsh were shown. 
The current home of the Hancock County Prosecutor’s office was displayed.  Originally this served as the county jail and residence of the sheriff.  The First Christian Church was next to the jail at that time and later was moved to its current location.  During the summer when both the jail and the church had open windows it was said that the inmates would heckle the preacher.  The site of the church is now the parking lot.
Two homes on West 5th Street were described.  One is the current home of Phil and Janice McCord and the other the 1856 home of Philander Boyd currently owned by Tom and Joyce Strickland.  The Spencer Home was shown.  Originally the home started as a small house and the current structure was built around that house.
Many of the photos used were from part of a collection of glass negatives taken by Ora Myers, former mayor of Greenfield.

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