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Enoch Walter McCord papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1843

Scope and Contents

This collection contains 38 land deeds ranging from 1849 to 1943 for property in Hancock County and Marion County, Indiana owned by the Hanna, McCord, and Pickle families. Other names found on the land deeds include Howell, McConnell, Witham, Crumbaugh, Emery, Hiday, Apple, Crosley, Smith, Dobbins, Rock, Yates, Potts, Barr, Robb, Cooper, Pentecost, and the Oakland Gas and Oil Company.

Other items in the collection include an abstract of title prepared for Enoch Walter McCord on January 24, 1898 for property in Hancock County; an April 18, 1911 "Notice of Assessment of Real Estate and Improvements" for property owned by McCord in Buck Creek Township, Hancock County; an abstract of title for Lot 8 in John O.D. Lillys subdivision of the Drake Addition to the city of Indianapolis dated July 5, 1916; an abstract of title continuation for property in Marion County owned by Enoch W. and Myrtle McCord dated March 6, 1930; an affidavit signed December 1, 1932 by Lewis C. Pickle affirming he was the husband of Alice A. Pickle and was joint owner of property in Marion County; documents from the Bankers Trust Company regarding a real estate mortgage for the McCords dated September 22, 1941; a "Schedule of All Property" for the estate of Lewis C. Pickle signed by Myrtle McCord on October 26, 1943; and a receipt for Enoch W. McCord's final payment to the American Fletcher National Bank and Trust Company on March 21, 1960.


  • 1849-1960


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.

Biographical Note

Enoch Walter McCord was born January 30, 1870 near McCordsville, Indiana to Aquilla and Leanna (Hanna) McCord. His parents owned a farm in Lawrence Township, Marion County and a general store in McCordsville. McCord began helping in his father's general store at a young age and later took over the family farm and began raising harness horses. He called his 160 acre farm Haddon Hall Farm. He married Myrtle D. Pickle, the daughter of Lewis Cass and Alice Jordan Pickle, on December 6, 1908. Known by many as the "Dean of Harness Racing in Indiana," he participated in the first harness race conducted at the new fairgrounds of the Indiana State Fair in 1892 and drove his last race at the fair in 1937. McCord passed away at the age of 99 on July 3, 1969.


Crowe, Rebecca. "This McCord Branch Included Wealth, Tragedy." Fortville-McCordsville Reporter (Ind.), January 21, 2016.

Rensberger, Vic. "Walter Remembered High Wheelers." Indianapolis News (Ind.), July 7, 1969.

"Walter McCord was Dean of Harness Racing." Greenfield Daily Reporter (Ind.), July 5, 1969.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Milton Newshouse on 1976/03/23 and the Enoch Walter McCord estate.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing in 1999 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2021/03/06 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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