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September 3, 2013

Rush County has a rich history

When I was in grade school, I would guess around the 4th or 5th grade, the Rush County Museum was dedicated. The ceremonies took place in front of the building and Perkins Street was blocked off for the festivities. The high school and Graham Annex grade school were located right across from the newly dedicated museum so we were herded to Perkins Street and were the audience for the event.

There were numerous other organizations that took part in the dedication, one of which was the Rush County Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. I was drawn to their booth and found they were selling a short history of Rush County copyrighted around 1900 for all of 50 cents. At the time, this was a huge expenditure for me, but one I felt was well worth it. I dug deep and found my 50 cents and became the proud owner of the booklet, which I still have and treasure.

After the dedication we were allowed to tour the buildings that had been dedicated that day. This and the amount of information available from many local historians of the time certainly tended to get me very interested in history, especially Rush County history. I took the book home and my mother thought it was great I was interested enough to buy the book, knowing the cost was great for me at the time. Dad showed little interest and thought I possibly had wasted 50 cents, but did nothing to detract me from my new found interest. I still have that booklet today and read it off and on and really enjoy it. I found a lot of things about the county I had not known before. Being young, impressionable and interested I really got into the story of the only execution ever done in Rush County.

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