History of Elnora, Indiana, 1885-1985 (Facsimile Edition)

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Owen R. Rader was born on a farm near Elnora, Indiana, on October 28, 1915. Except for four pre-school years spent in Montana, he lived in the Elnora community his whole life until he and his wife Kathleen (Eads) Rader retired and moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, in 1986.

A successful farmer, Owen was active in community affairs. He served two terms as Elmore Township Trustee (1963-1971) and he played an instrumental role in the state-mandated consolidation of the schools in five townships into the North Daviess Community Schools District. Owen was an active member of the Daviess County Fair board for 35 years. He and Kathleen were members of the Elnora Christian Church where he was an elder. They were also members of the Masonic Brotherhood and the Order of the Eastern Star. Owen died in Scottsdale on October 2, 2015, just 26 days short of his 100th birthday.

History of Elnora, Indiana, 1885-1985 (Facsimile Edition)

Authored by Owen R Rader
Foreword by Jim Vertrees
Edited by Jim Rader
Edition: 2

Elnora, Indiana, is Daviess County's youngest town, laid out in 1885 alongside the new railroad built atop the towpath of the defunct Wabash and Erie Canal. It was a boomtown at first, but in subsequent years it struggled, its population rising and falling, barely touching the 1,000 mark. Plagued over and over by damaging floods and by fires that destroyed its downtown, this plucky rural community has kept bouncing back.

Despite its setbacks, Elnora has been a beloved hometown for generations of residents. To paraphrase the great statesman Daniel Webster in a different context, it is a small town, "and yet there are those who love it."

As a witness to more than two-thirds of the town's first century, fascinated by local people and their stories, Owen Rader was ideally suited to write Elnora's early history. Thoroughly researched and richly illustrated with over 100 period photographs, it stands as a classic, the only history of the town.

This facsimile edition of Owen Rader's centennial history of Elnora is meant to make the out-of-print book available to a new generation of readers. It features a new foreword by Jim Vertrees, a distinguished son of Elnora, and new, comprehensive name and subject indexes to make it more accessible to family historians and others interested in the town's history.

Publication Date:
1536843962 / 9781536843965
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Black and White
Related Categories:
History / United States / State & Local / Midwest

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