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1488 portraits: Complete Directory Bartholomew Co. IN 1903-1904
Posted by: Mark Amanns (ID *****7939) Date: January 24, 2004 at 18:23:35
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I have researched my family connections in Bartholomew County, Indiana, USA, for some 25 years, though I've been limited to just a couple actual visits. I just bought a 100-year-old book, "Complete Directory of Bartholomew County, Indiana 1903-1904" which contains 3 major sections: a listing of county social organizations and their members, a directory of all county residents grouped by town and 1488 portraits of its current and former settlers. It is in surprisingly good condition, apparently having been squirreled away in some remote library or private collection. Of unique significance, there are 130 pages of portraits, 12 per page, all about one inch square.

The photos are grouped into various sections. First were prominent county officials and businessmen. Then educators, including several women schoolteachers. Veterans of the War of 1812, Mexican War and Civil War are listed often with their company's description. "Representative farmers" are often identified with their town or township. Then "Former residents" who moved on to other counties and states. Lastly, the huge "Memorial" section contains residents' departed loved ones who didn't even have to have lived in the county, and usually they have their year of birth and death. Unlike today, most men were bearded. Another happy surprise is that these photos are indexed in one of two indexes, a general index and the memorial index.

Alas, none of my direct ancestors who lived there for decades are shown, but I did find the husband of my great-great-aunt, Roseann (AMANNS) COHEE. The portrait of Nathaniel COHEE, born Dec 1839 in Butler County in southwestern Ohio, appears among the group of Civil War veterans. His Maryland-born father William COHEE and an uncle appear in the Memorial section. Doubtless Nathaniel was the submitter.

Although the directories for that county start in 1882, so far as I know that is the county's only directory stuffed with photos, although the publisher stated in the forward that they hoped to print the "Mothers and Wives" in the next edition. Perhaps they did and I don't know about it yet.

I do not yet know if anyone has provided an online list or snapshots of these portraits. That would be a huge project in itself. Though small, they are surely a treasure for those of us who have nothing else.

Other sources: The Bartholomew county library and historical society both have copies available, as well as the Johnson county library. The Indiana state library has it on microform.

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