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.
The Times March 24, 1999 2a Mooresville Moments In honor of Mooresuille's 175th Anniversary and the 200thâ¨anniversary of the birth of Mooresville's founder, Samuel Moore,â¨the Mooresville/Decatur/Monrovia Times is publishing regularâ¨articles about-the history of Mooresville and Moore. Bells for Founder records show that Sammyâ¨Moore died at the age of 90. Nevertheless, the townsÂ¬â¨people knew from the solemnâ¨and continuous tolling of theâ¨bell that their patriarch hadâ¨passed away: V Nelson's memory was clearâ¨on other details and of the fu-â¨Besideshurryingfromawarm neral he recalled.â¨bed into a cold night, the young Â«[t was the largest ever heldâ¨Nelson's troubles had just be- in town. The grave included aâ¨gun. The bell rope broke; he sort of homemade vault madeâ¨climbed into the belfry to grasp Gf huge pieces of sandstoneâ¨the broken end of the rope and piacecj at both ends, both sidesâ¨scared the roosting birds; the and at the top of the, casket,â¨birds fluttered and blew but his These stones were taken from jâ¨lantern. Climbing a ladder on a quarry east of Mooresville."" 'â¨the top, he found no rope'left iSarnueI Moore'died March jâ¨nd had to ring the bell by hand, g â j g89 He is buried -n the oldâ¨nearly freezing his fingers and Methodist Cemetery on Westâ¨bursting his ear drums. < . Washington Street. , , .â¨Ninety-three times he clanged ^ inscription, on his tomb^ ' ^he night was deeply 'en- ' \ graved on Nelson's memory, but _ ^â¢? % , either Mr. Nelson was mistaken Hn giveth-his^beloved or he wasted â ' â¢ The historical articles for Mooresville Moments are Taken orâ¨copied from vadOus materials located in the Indiap'a/Lbcal |â¨History Room of the Mooresville Public Library arid Include â¢'â¨newspaper clippings arid notes from books edited by Beckyâ¨Hardin, Clara Richafdstin and Almira Hadley. Near the end of his own allotÂ¬â¨ted 87 years, Ed J. Nelson, whoâ¨lived at 6 E. South St., MooresÂ¬â¨ville and died in 1962, recalledâ¨for a newspaper his experienceâ¨as a lad, when he was awakenedâ¨by his father to toll the churchâ¨bell to.inform the town thatâ¨Samuel Moore was dead. the bell as was the custom'- ohce
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