News From Terre Haute, Indiana


January 4, 2014

GENEALOGY: Lunsford to present ‘The Power of Family Stories’

TERRE HAUTE — The Wabash Valley Genealogy Society will present the first public program of the year from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 13 in the Vigo County Public Library at Seventh and Poplar streets.

Mike Lunsford, a local teacher and writer from Parke County, will discuss “The Power of Family Stories.”

Lunsford’s column, “The Off Season,” appears in the Terre Haute Tribune-Star on a regular basis. He recently released a collection of stories called “A Windy Hill Almanac” (October 2013). On Monday his WVGS presentation will include a discussion of how family stories bind us together, how they sustain us when we lose loved ones and how they can supply us with great adventures as we go in search of family.

Lunsford will read excerpts from his works and will also give the group a preview of “Saving Fort Apache,” which he is currently writing.

Interested non-members are encouraged to consider the WVGS. Individual membership dues are $15 per year.

Explore 19th century life

The 2014 Midwest Civil War Civilian Conference will take place from Jan. 17 to 19 in Fort Wayne. Each year, this conference gathers experts in the field of mid-19th century life to present information about the everyday activities and functioning of those who lived during these times. This event is designed to appeal to teachers, genealogists, re-enactors and armchair historians of all types.

Some of the presentations will include “Dealing with History Myths: Break It to Them Gently”; “How to Find the Good Stuff on the Internet,” a hands-on workshop; “You Can’t Fit Yourself: Creating the Basic Patterns and Fitting Them,” a hands-on workshop; “Laundry Day: Do Not Expect a Hot Meal”; “Penmanship and Letter Writing”; “A Woman’s Place: Females in Civilian Life”; “Housewives: A Gift from the Heart”; “Political Buttons and Cockades for 1864-1865: The Campaign and Mourning for Lincoln”; “Men Working: What They Wore”; and “Only Blue: A Visit to the Photographer.”

The hotel for the conference will be the Hotel Fort Wayne, located at 305 E. Washington Center Road in Fort Wayne. For pricing and more information, visit


I am looking for a record or a document that will show the correct date of birth for David Butcher of Vigo County, Ind. Here is what I have: born Oct. 1, 1834, based on information from (1) mental health records for David Butcher Jr., (2) 1860 and 1870 U.S. Federal Census for David Butcher and (3) U.S. Civil War draft registrations records for David Butcher; or, born Oct. 7, 1830, based on information from (1) 1880, 1900 and 1910 U.S. Federal Census for David Butcher; (2) 1885 Iowa State Census for David Butcher and (3) David Butcher obituary. Any information is appreciated. Contact Mike McHugh at mmchugh35@

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