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Life and death of a town. Marysville, Indiana is a small town about 25 miles northeast of Louisville. My grandfather grew up on a farm near here (young Colonel Sanders was his neighbor). Back then, Marysville was a prosperous place. Then the railroad died. Next I-65 was built a few miles west, allowing traffic to bypass Marysville. Finally, a 2015 tornado almost leveled the town. Now it reminds me of a tree stump trying to regenerate, not dead, but no longer a tree.

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Progress? 1906, my great-grandfather, Thomas Gillenwaters, left Kentucky, moved to be near his Union Civil War comrade, William Slaughter, who had a huge farm on Charlestown Pike, Jeffersonville, Indiana. By the time I came along, my grandparents owned a small farm nearby, the Slaughter Farm had become the Armstrong Farm—my uncle worked there and brought a tractor over for me to ride. Now it is butt-ugly apartments. I weep as I drive by.

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Rockin’ Town

Osgood, Indiana is in the southeast of the state. Os is an Anglo-Saxon word meaning God, so the name means God-good. Osgood’s Damm Theatre is thriving. The town once had a Ripley Hotel—Ripley’s believe it or not?

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Scenic Utica, Indiana

Sunday morn Wooten River Service, Ohio River, near historic Utica, Indian—upriver from Louisville. Legends tell of a 1794 battle between Utica and the Shawnee of Tullytown. Wooten photo Eric Suddeth 052321

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Marysville Indiana is about 8 miles north of Charlestown Indiana. My grandfather, Lawrence Suddeth, grew up on a farm 2 miles from Marysville—it began as a railroad station. The station closed, almost killing it. A tornado in 2012 leveled the town. Now a post office, church, and a few houses are all that remain.

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Hoosier Indian Tribe

Miami Tribe of Indiana They lost their federal recognition in the 1890s, but they still have a tribal headquarters in Peru Indiana. (they are trying to get federal recognition back) Like their Shawnee and Kickapoo cousins, they are renowned warriors.

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Time is cruel

This is the site of an 80-acre farm that my grandfather, Lawrence Suddeth, moved to as a child about 1890. The cleared area is where the farm stood. This is near Marysville, Indiana, about 25 miles northeast of Louisville. As a child, Colonel Sanders (KFC) lived next door. His home is also gone. Only memories remain.

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Hiking fun. Charlestown State Park is near Charlestown Indiana, about 20 miles east of Louisville. This is a spring on Trail 2–a medium trail, you need some physical fitness. As a baby, I lived on a mule-powered farm not far from here.

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I found this old photo of the Marysville, Indiana RR station. My grandfather, Lawrence Suddeth grew up on a farm near here. Colonel Harlan Sanders of KFC lived on the farm next door. I believe the main part of Marysville, on Hwy 3, lay to the viewer’s right. Grandpa’s farm lay farther to the right, on the other side of US 3. This about 7 miles north of Charlestown, Indiana.

Today the RR is long gone, the business section having moved to US 3. 5 years ago, a tornado destroyed Marysville. The business section is gone–the only thing left is a church, post office, ex-grade school/community center, and a few houses.

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Tecumseh!

I love this picture. (Not sure who the artist is) I imagine the great warrior leader, Tecumseh, great of all Shawnee leading a raiding party through the Indian woods.He was not only a brilliant military tactician, but a man of compassion. He eradicated torture among Shawnees.

[in another lifetime, I was Tecumseh! Everyone can be Napoleon]

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