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In 1999, to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the town's founding, Wanda Potts, Indiana Room Librarian (1966-2002) at Mooresville Public Library, edited and wrote newspaper columns entitled "Mooresville Moments," in which she recounted the local history of Mooresville, Indiana and the surrounding area in Morgan County, Indiana.
December 8,1999 2a 'Â«â¢Â«.#* -vpT -*' Mooresville Moments In honor of Mooresville s 175 th Anniversary and the 200th anniversaryâ¨of the birth of Mooresville s founder, Samuel Moore, the Mooresville Timesâ¨is publishing regular articles about the history of Mooresville and Moore. Historic sites of Mooresville building becoming Indianapolisâ¨Power and Light Co. The adjacentâ¨lot was once a hotel and then ownedâ¨by Fred Lindley and next door byâ¨Sam Wade, and then other privateâ¨residences. Rain-dampened streets cut shortâ¨the carriage tour of historicâ¨Mooresville "square" but failed toâ¨dampen the spirits of a good naturedâ¨crowd enjoying the Victorian ChristÂ¬â¨mas. Plans were to denote historicâ¨spots along the route with commenÂ¬â¨tary by carriage drivers. Carriage Route I passed theâ¨Rooker/York/Cook house at 30 W. Harrison St. built in 18X2 after a diÂ¬â¨sastrous fire in the original home. Bucker Monument Works and theâ¨Buckcr home at 36 W. Harrison St.â¨has been a business since 1X74. Jefferson Street turns into West Mainâ¨Street and passes the site of theâ¨McCrackcn Hotel and the Taggcrtâ¨Bakery. Crossing Indiana Street travÂ¬â¨eling east at the corner was once theâ¨Bass Drug Store and later Citizensâ¨Bank and on the floor above was theâ¨"Opera House." George Keller builtâ¨the next building where the Masonsâ¨and Eastern Star met and farther onâ¨were various groceries, hardwareâ¨stores and Watson's Drug Store withâ¨the Red Men's Hall above. The present Times office was theâ¨Idle Hour Theater, owned by Skinnyâ¨McCarty and then the Ritz Theater,â¨owned by Harmon Allison. Not allâ¨of these were of the Victorian periodâ¨but stand the test of time. The Light Company occupiedâ¨the comer of the alley on East Mainâ¨Street, later building the present The historical articles for Mooresville Moments are taken or copiedâ¨from various materials located in the Indiana/Local History Room of theâ¨Mooresville Public Library and include newspaper clippings and notes fromâ¨books edited by Becky Hardin. Clara Richardson and Almira Hadley. MaÂ¬â¨terial is managed by Wanda Potts. On the southeast comer of Mainâ¨and Clay streets, Frederick Sheetsâ¨built the large brick building, onceâ¨referred to as the most beautifulâ¨house in town. After a scries ofâ¨owners including Billy Lyons, theâ¨popular band director, taxi driverâ¨and town board member, the houseâ¨was an apartment. The Damarâ¨Home built by Steward Comer,â¨owner of the Comcr-Sccarce LumÂ¬â¨ber Yard, a fine example of luxuryâ¨homes on the comer of Clay Streetâ¨and Harrison Street, was theâ¨branching off of the THI&E tracÂ¬â¨tion line as it entered Harrisonâ¨Street, continued down the centerâ¨of the street to the "car bams" atâ¨the end of Harrison. The "depot"â¨or ticket station was located at 54â¨E. Harrison St.. is now a privateâ¨brick home. The Calvert Photography stuÂ¬â¨dio was next to the First Methodistâ¨Church, now relocated, and acrossâ¨the street at 19 E. Harrison St. wasâ¨the Likely Home built in 1856. The tour finished passing theâ¨church built in 1883 and arrived atâ¨the municipal building, now theâ¨town hall, built in 1932.
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