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.
June 16, 1999 The Tin 2a Mooresville Moments In honor of Mooresville's 175th Anniversary and the 200thâ¨anniversary of the birth of Mooresville's founder, Samuel Moore,â¨the MooresvilleTDecatur/Monrovia Times is publishing regularâ¨articles about the history of Mooresville and Moore. The Rosewood gavel A Rosewood gavel was pre- pushed them interurbans clean sentedto the T.H.I. &E. Friendly off the rail. Club in September 1956 to be However the men that ran used at their meetings instead of those cars were brave and an "ice pick" (must have been strong/ They found new jobs an inside private joke). and got along/ But they missed The gavel was a gift from their pals of days gone by/ So member Sanford M. Gentry and for a yearly picnic they decided the following poem was written to try. by his daughter and read at the The families gathered with Sept. 9, 1956 meeting of the baskets full of goodies to eat/ club. The gavel was returned to And the fun of renewing ac- Gentry when the club disbanded, quaintances couldn't be beat/ So they decided to organize each Back in the 19th century the laddie and lass/ And that's how interurban lines were bom/They the T.H.I. & E. Friendly Club traveled all through the country- came to pass. side, hamlet and farm/ The Each year the president would schedule was one every hour, if wield the gavel 'till the glasses you were in a rush/ And best of would click/ Did I say gavel, it all the seats were comfy in bright was just an old ice pick/ So when the president of '55' ob- The conductors and motor- served this need/ He said, "This men were handsome in their old ice pick shall be forever uniforms to blue/ With buttons freed". so bright, 'like real gold too/ â And when winters winds blew Therefore he called on his and ice clung to every wire/ neighbor, Dan W. Jackson, a Why worry if they were late, carver to see if he could/ Make each waiting room had a good him a gavel of old Rosewood/ seat and a booming fire. So he carved it most gently, with As well as an agent to chat infinite care, this talented man with and listen to your quibs/ of 85/ And a plate attached green plush. And help youjwith the luggage reads T.H.I. & E. Friendly Club and sotnetiipdif mind the kids/ from S.M. Gentry-1955. But time bn as time will do The years will roll on as they're somehow/And the horseless want to do and the club will be no carriage wasjnvented and made more/ And there'll be no presi-â¨its proper J>ow. Folks said 'that's a joke,â¨they're not here to stay'/ Butâ¨they were wrong, good roadsâ¨helped pave die way/ They in- creasedandg'rewbetterjOhno! that ran so many, many long they did not fail/ But they sure years ago. dent to rap attention and takeâ¨the floor/ Then may this gavelâ¨be placed in a museum, encasedâ¨in glass with light aglow/ In comÂ¬â¨memoration of the interurbans i The historical articles for Mooresville Moments are taken orâ¨copied from various materials located in the Indiana/Localâ¨History Room of the Mooresville Public Library and Includeâ¨newspaper clippings and notes from books edited by Becky , !â¨Hardin, Clara Richardson and Almira Hddley. ' ' Â»h' - ' â ' â â¢' V. ' ' â¢" ' ' ]
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