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.
â 'â1 z. Septimbes 1. 1999 The Times 2a : V-- -v. Mooresville Moments In honor of Mooresville's 175th Anniversary and the 200thâ¨anniversary of the birth of Mooresville's founder, Samuel Moore,â¨the Mooresville/Decatur/Monroula Times Is publishing regularâ¨articles about the history of Mooresville and Moore. Mooresville's Oldest Mystery By Solon M. McNabb Copied from the Mooresville Monitor of July 20. 1916 Curious about an old rumor of brother who had left his home in disappearance and murder, I asked Ohio with $2,500 and was on his John Henry Rule, an old resident way west to buy land. Two weeks of Mooresville, what he knew of it. passed and the brother returnedâ¨This is what he told me. to his home without successful search. "Late in the afternoon in earlyâ¨fall, 1838, a stranger was seenâ¨coming down Day Hill east ofâ¨Mooresville from the direction ofâ¨Waverly riding a sway-backed "Mr. Cox had done well keepÂ¬â¨ing his tavern since 1834 but theâ¨rumors and suspicious of foul playâ¨ruined his reputation and he fi-â¨horse and carrying saddlebags, nally left town with a crony whoâ¨Perhaps he exchanged words with lived northeast of town,â¨the miller at the ford as he proÂ¬â¨gressed along the rude road that atâ¨the end of a half mile would takeâ¨him into Mooresville to the east-â¨em most boundary being Clayâ¨Street. "An old house on Main Street "Thirty years passed before aâ¨report came from Iowa that bothâ¨men had died. Mr. Cox without aâ¨word. His companion confessed,â¨it was said, that they both wereâ¨implicated in the act of murder.â¨"In 1881, there cameaspell ofâ¨had once been a pioneer tavern wet weather that caused East kept by John J. Coxandthat is the White Lick Creek to overflow and period of this account. "Charley Rusie was 11-yearsâ¨old, staying at the Cox place as aâ¨choreboy and he waited on theâ¨sickly stranger as he stopped there. Mr. Cox dismissed Charley andâ¨told him to go home. When heâ¨returned for work the next mornÂ¬â¨ing he learned the sick man hadâ¨gone away during the night andâ¨strangely left behind his horse and cut a deep channel across theâ¨field and after the water receded,â¨John Wilson unearthed a skelÂ¬â¨eton of a man. Dr. Reagan proÂ¬â¨nounced the bones to be of a manâ¨about 35 years of age at the timeâ¨of death. So for all these years, itâ¨is supposed to be the bones of theâ¨missing man. But were they? "The rumor from Iowa wasâ¨never traced to a reliable source -â¨no confession was ever made byâ¨Mr. Cox - so the fate of the ailingâ¨stranger who rode into town 78â¨years ago and put up at Cox'sâ¨tavern remains, and probably willâ¨ever remain, a matter for speculaÂ¬â¨tion. saddlebags. "There was much speculation,â¨but Cox had lived here a long timeâ¨and no one had any particularâ¨interest in the missing man. Theâ¨talk was soon forgotten until twoâ¨years later, the stranger's brotherâ¨arrived here searching for his 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 Beckyâ¨Hardin, Clara Richardson and Almira Hadley.
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