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Blackford County collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1648

Scope and Contents

This collection contains various items related to Blackford County, Indiana, including Cecil Beeson, Sr.’s February 1961 typewritten transcription of the record of indictment against Noah Foreman for the murder of Albert Whitacre in December 1865, his transcription of a July 12, 1915 article from the The Evening News of Hartford City that reprinted a history of Blackford County that was read by John Noonan at the city's Fourth of July celebration in 1876, and transcriptions of articles from the Hartford City News, one about Civil War Veterans who attended a reunion published on September 21, 1916 and another about octogenarians of the Civil War living in Hartford City published on November 23, 1918. The collection also includes photocopies of Beeson’s circa 1931 handwritten history of the schools that students from the town of Millgrove attended.

This collection also has an undated historical sketch of Montpelier written by a high school graduate in circa 1925; two undated copies of “History of Grant Street Methodist Church, Hartford City, Indiana, ” a typewritten historical sketch written by Mrs. Harriett Arminta Stone; a print copy of a pen and ink drawing of the Blackford County Courthouse from circa 1989; and photocopies of newspaper clippings from 1888 to 1897 and undated regarding Ed Ford, the gas industry, the waterworks plant, local clubs, obituaries, and the production of “Little Em’ly” at the opera house by members of the Knights of Pythias.


  • 1888-circa 1989, undated

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

Blackford County, located in east central Indiana, was founded in 1839. The county was named for Isaac Blackford, speaker of the first Indiana General Assembly and a State Supreme Court judge. One of the smallest counties in the state, it is divided into just four townships: Harrison, Jackson, Licking and Washington. Hartford City, the county seat, and Montpelier are the largest communities. There are also a several unincorporated communities, including Millgrove in Jackson Township, once an active little town with a natural gas company and a glass factory.


Blackford County. "Welcome to Blackford County." Accessed October 27, 1921.

State of Indiana. "My Local: Blackford County." Accessed October 27, 2021.

Shaffer, Scott. "A Look Back at Blackford County History: 'Ghost Towns' and Post Offices." Hartford City News-Times (IN), May 19, 2021.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as donations, including from Cecil Beeson, Sr. in the 1960s, from the Montpelier Public Library on 1926/11/02, and from the Taylor University Archives on 2016/06/10.


No further additions are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

Typewritten copy of Millgrove document in this collection may be found in the following collection:

L566: Cecil Beeson papers - Millgrove, Indiana documents, 1931 - Box 1, folder 14

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/10/28 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/10/28 by Laura Eliason.
Blackford County collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.