Wendell Willkie of Elwood, Indiana, was the Republican nominee for president in 1940. He had married Edith Wilk, a librarian from Rushville, in 1919, and made Rushville his campaign headquarters. He is buried in the town’s East Hill Cemetery....
Rush County (Ind.); Willkie, Wendell L. (Wendell Lewis), 1892-1944; Politicians; Electioneering; Presidential candidates; Campaign paraphernalia
Dr. William B. Laughlin, “The Father of Rushville,” donated land for the county seat and asked that it and the county be named for his mentor, Benjamin Rush.The courthouse, built in 1896-1898, was considered by many at the time to be an...
Rush County (Ind.); Bird's-eye views; Cities & towns
View of the twisted railroad tracks resulting from a flood in Rushville, Indiana. Some of the structure has been washed away beneath the railroad tracks. Flood waters are visible on both sides of the damaged area. A man and woman are standing on...
View of a flooded neighborhood in Rushville, Indiana. Men are standing in the street with water up to their knees. A horse and carriage are in the street. Some homes have flood water up to thier porches.
Floods; Storms; Neighborhoods; Carriages & coaches; Horses; Men
View of a flooded street in Rushville, Indiana. A streetcar has stopped due to the flood waters ahead. The driver of the streetcar is standing in its entrance looking out at men standing in knee deep water in the street ahead.
Floods; Storms; Water; Railroad cars; Business districts
View of a flooded street in Rushville, Indiana. The strong current of the flood water is evident in this photo. The open door of one of the buildings shows it has been flooded. A meat delivery wagon and a carriage are standing in flood water.
A post office called Steeles, after its postmaster, was established in 1833 and renamed Glenwood in 1874. The town of Glenwood, previously called Vienna, was laid out in 1882. Glenwood straddles the border of Rush and Fayette counties.
Feb. 11, 1911
Rush County (Ind.); Cities & towns; Streets; Neighborhoods; Churches; Street railroads; Storefronts
View of Main Street in Rushville, Indiana. Various stores and buildings line both sides of the street including two drugstores. Attractive lampposts have been set along the sidewalks. Two bicycles are leaning against lampposts, and an automobile is...
Business districts; Stores & shops; Drugstores; Lampposts; Manure; Bicycles & tricycles; Street cleaning; Streets
Milroy was laid out in 1830 and probably named for Samuel Milroy, speaker of the Indiana House, who signed the act to create Rush County. Another possibility was that it was named for local distiller, Roy Miller.
Rush County (Ind.); Cities & towns; Business districts; Storefronts; Carriages & coaches; Automobiles; Awnings; Sidewalks
Three generations of Rushville’s Kennedy family built covered bridges in southeastern Indiana in 1870-1918, with the peak being 1881-1884. In Rushville they built two of the village-style bridges, which had walkways on both sides of the roadway.
Rush County (Ind.); Covered bridges; Pedestrian bridges
View of River Bridge in Rushville, Indiana. This wooden covered bridge has open sides. There are covered walkways along both sides of the bridge for pedestrians. A man is standing at the near entrance of the bridge; a horse and buggy are entering...
A large group of nicely dressed children and adults poses at the May Day Fete at Carthage Graded School in Carthage, Indiana. Three people are holdings umbrellas for shade. There is a home in the background.
Children & adults; Umbrellas; Clothing & dress; Holidays
Carthage was settled by Quakers from Carthage, North Carolina. The new town was laid out by the Big Blue River in 1834. By 1885 the population was 500 and the town had water power, mills, a pump factory, a bank, three churches, and a graded school.
Rush County (Ind.); School children; Schools; Students
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