Sample Chapter – Short History of the Post Office – Street Address History

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Short History of the Post Office
Street Address History
The practice of governments assigning street addresses arose not from the need to provide accurate mail delivery as much as the need to create a system to collect taxes, take censuses and record males eligible for conscription into the military. The practice has its European roots in the first known system devised in Augsburg, Germany in the 16th Century. A similar system arose in France during this same period. House numbering systems emerged in sporadic bursts in France, England and Germany over the next couple of centuries, however it did not become common practice until about the middle of the 18th Century. There is evidence that the people resisted the assignment of house numbers during this era. Numerous accounts exist of residents smearing freshly painted house numbers with mud and filth in an attempt to  thwart the new system.
In the United States
One of the earliest systems in the United States was in New York when apparently the British attempted to impose a system sometime after they captured the city in 1776. Philadelphia apparently led the effort after the revolution when they devised the system of odd numbers on one side of the street and even numbers on the others. They came up with this system in order to conduct the first census in 1790. One problem city planners had was that construction of new buildings after addresses for a city street had been assigned. This often necessitated the need to renumber an entire street Philadelphia also devised the decimal system in 1856, a system that assigned 100 numbers to each city block and made street numbering and renumbering much easier. Cities across the United States quickly adopted these systems. The need for accurate mail delivery sped the process of address assignment after the Post Office adopted free city delivery policies during the Civil War. In the United States there is no national system of assigning street numbers, though most use the even/odd system and decimal system. Address assignment systems can vary considerably across the nation. The development of the 911 emergency system in 1968 led to the elimination of the use of the rural route system of addressing houses and the assignation of individual house numbers for rural residences as a means to allow emergency personnel to find houses quickly.
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Short History of Mail Delivery

Short History of the Mail Delivery

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A history of mail delivery from its beginnings in ancient Egypt to the modern era of email, express and drones.

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Short History of Public Parks – Indiana Edition

Short History of Public Parks
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Connoisseurs of Indiana State Parks will learn the history of the Indiana State Park system as well as the individual state parks. The book includes a history of public parks and a list of Indiana county tourism sites to find local park information. The book includes an extensive list of state park systems in the United States.

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English Deer Parks
Landscaped Parks
The Great European Parks
La Alameda de Hércules
Városliget
Princes Park
Regent’s Park
Birkenhead Park
Parliament Passes Bill Allowing Local Communities to Create Public Parks
Rural Cemeteries in the United States
Mount Auburn Cemetery
Rural Cemetery Act
Central Park
Lincoln Park
Yosemite Grant
National Park Service
Antiquities Act of 1906
Executive Orders in 1933
Mission 66
Wilderness Act of 1964
National Wilderness Preservation System
The Wilderness Society
Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965
Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, 1968
National Scenic Trails
Volunteers in the Parks Act of 1969
General Authorities Act, 1970
Archeological Resources Protection Act, 1979
Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, 1980
The Vail Agenda, 1992
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
National Wildlife Refuge System
State Parks in the United States
Indiana State Park System
Richard Lieber (September 5, 1869 – April 15, 1944)
Indiana Department of Conservation History
Department of Natural Resources
Timeline of Indiana State Parks
Brown County State Park
Chain O’ Lakes State Park
Charlestown State Park
Clifty Falls State Park
Falls of the Ohio State Park
Fort Harrison State Park
Harmonie State Park
Indiana Dunes State Park
Lincoln State Park
McCormick’s Creek State Park
Mounds State Park
O’Bannon Woods State Park
Ouabache State Park
Pokagon State Park
Potato Creek State Park
Prophetstown State Park
Shades State Park
Shakamak State Park
Spring Mill State Park
Summit Lake State Park
Tippecanoe River State Park
Turkey Run State Park
Versailles State Park
White River State Park
Whitewater Memorial State Park
Indiana Tourism Sites – Local Park Information
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About the Author
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A Year of Colonial American History Stories – Book 2

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Undertake your own journey into Colonial American history with the Colonial American History Journal – Book 2. The volume includes both little and well known tales of the events and people that made up the building blocks of the United States.
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Guide to Indiana’s Historic Sites – North West Edition

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Take a fun tour through the rich history of Indiana using Guide to Indiana’s Historic Sites – Northwest Edition as your guidebook. This tourism guide will help visitors find all of the historical treasures in Northwest Indiana. The counties included in this historical travel book include:
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Short History of Public Parks

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From Cemeteries to Parks

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European parks evolved from deer parks nobles used to raise and hunt deer to grace their banquet tables. In the United States the need for a location away from cities to bury the dead led to landscaped cemeteries. The public began using these resting places for the dead as places for recreation. City planners noted this practice and, using the cemetery as a guide, began creating parks for the public.

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Sample Chapter – A History of Batesville, Indiana – Batesville Area Historical Society Museum

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A History of Batesville, Indiana
Batesville Area Historical Society Museum

The Batesville Area Historical Society formed on May 20, 1999, with new Batesville resident Doug Evans spearheading the group, which included Judy Tonges and Jean Struewing . Mr. Evans served as the organizations first president, followed by Jean Streuwing in 2000. Mrs. Struewing served as president for many years. On August 18, 2008, BAHS purchased the historic house on George Street and transformed it into its museum, a function it serves today.
Batesville Area Historical Society
The BAHS met monthly, most times at the Batesville Memorial Public Library. Some meetings took place at other sites of historic interest to the community. Many of the early meetings featured speakers or demonstrations of historic interest to the members.
Batesville Area Historical Society Museum
The first museum operated by BAHS operated in a vacant store structure on Main Street during Batesville’s 2002 Sesquicentennial year. After the year of celebration, the Batesville Memorial Public Library agreed to allow BAHS to operate a museum in a building it had purchased on Boehringer Street. This facility opened in 2003. It would remain open until BMPL needed the building, forcing BAHS to put the displays into storage.
Batesville Area Historical Society Museum
BAHS member Elsa Soderberg provided a substantial donation to BAHS to establish a museum in Batesville. On August 18, 2008, BAHS purchased the historic home on George Street to use as a museum. John O. Kaiser, who had established a tavern in Batesville in 1899, had built the home around 1910. The home’s original location was on the site of the current Post Office. It had been moved to its current location when the post office relocated there in 1937. The structure has served as a home and medical office until BAHS purchased it. The structure features a mural painted by students of the 2002 Batesville High School art class and the wood basketball floor from the old Batesville High School Gym.
The first floor of the museum features special exhibits hosted by the museum during the year and the upper floor displays from local businesses in Batesville.
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Sample Chapter – A History of Batesville, Indiana – Batesville Memorial Public Library

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A History of Batesville, Indiana
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The Batesville Town Board first approached the idea of building a library in Batesville in January 1905. The Board discussed the idea at the January 9 meeting and passed a resolution to approach the Carnegie Foundation for funds to build it on February 27, 1905. The Carnegie Foundation offered ten thousand dollars on condition that the town commits ten percent of that amount annually for the upkeep of the library. This effort failed, as did others later. By 1913, the Carnegie funds in Indiana ran out.
New Life
The effort to establish a new library in Batesville flared into life once again on February 23, 1928. Miss Hazel Warren, representing the Indiana State Library gave a presentation to interested Batesville citizens at the High School. Her talk, “How to Organize a Public Library” outlined different procedures a community may follow in establishing a library. In 1928, Batesville still utilized the Public Library Service, offered by the State Library. Under this system, the Indiana State Library would send a lot of books to a community for the community to use for three months. At the end of that term, the books returned to the State Library, who would then send out another lot of books. Miss Warren stated that Batesville was the largest town in Indiana still using the Public Library Service. She also noted that there were ten townships in Ripley County with no access to a library. Following this meeting, the Parents and Teachers Association began holding meetings during the remainder of 1928. The following year, a group of citizens met at the Memorial Building on April 10, 1929 to discuss plans.
Success
Finally, in 1933, the reading public of Batesville succeeded in establishing a library. The modest beginning of the library consisted of one room at the new grade school building on Mulberry Street. The library would occupy these modest digs until 1938, when room became available in the basement of the Memorial Building on Main Street. Library patrons and staff continued an ongoing campaign to obtain more space for the library. This almost happened in 1945, when three rooms on the top floor of the Memorial Building became available. The new librarian, Haze Andreas, lobbied city officials heavily for the space; however, they gave the space to the Girl Scouts instead. At about this time, Head Librarian Andreas began compiling annual reports to use to try to justify the need for more space. Meanwhile, she made do by having the shop class at the high school build more bookshelves and came up with ingenious ideas to better utilize the space she had. Her first report, in 1945, noted that the library contained 2300 books and 246 cardholders and was open only ten and a half hours per week.
Expansion
The Girl Scouts moved into their new home at the corner of Pearl and Mulberry Street, leaving the top three rooms in the Memorial Building open again in 1948. This time Andreas was successful.  She gained access to these rooms and engineered the move to this more spacious area. Local businesses donated furniture for the expanded library, which would serve the Batesville public until 1974. Mrs. Andreas initiated a number of programs designed to increase library usage. These efforts included a children’s story hour, reading clubs and poster contests. The effort succeeded and by the late 1960’s the library again needed more space.
Batesville Memorial Public Library
The John A Hillenbrand family donated a tract of land located between Walnut Street, Schrader Street, Elm Street and Hillenbrand Avenue for a new library in 1974. The land had served as the Hillenbrand family home. Hazel Andreas, still serving as head librarian, engineered another move, to the new Batesville Memorial Public Library, which was dedicated on October 20, 1974. Mrs. Andreas retired the following February, after serving as head librarian for thirty years.
George C. and Margaret Hillenbrand Wing
By 1988, the library needed more room, so they constructed an addition that almost doubled the size of the facility. This new George C. and Margaret Hillenbrand Wing was dedicated on October 2, 1988. In 2003, the Library acquired the Cinergy office building on Boehringer Street. They allowed the Batesville Area Historical Society to use the building, now called the Library Annex, as a museum until 2007, when the BAHS moved to its current museum on George Street. The library uses the Annex to host various events and programs. Meeting rooms in the Annex are available for individual or group use. Other services offered by the library include public computers, wireless internet access, meeting rooms and of course, books to read. Visitors will also find DVD’s magazines, special collections audio books, ebooks and newspapers. The library also has an extensive genealogy room for local families to use to research their family trees.

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Sample Chapter – A History of Batesville – Bischoff Reservoir

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A History of Batesville 
 Bischoff Reservoir
Elevation – 957.43 Feet Above Sea Level
Brief History
Constructed in 1960 on Bob’s Creek, the city owned lake provides about 1200 acre feet of water to serve Batesville’s need. Since this is about 79% of the lakes capacity, managing for fishing is difficult. Workers drained the lake in 1966 to improve the quality of the water and remove undesirable fish. A fish survey at the time of draining revealed that the lake held about 300 pounds of fish per acre. The city restocked the lake after it refilled with large mouth bass, red ear sunfish, channel catfish, and white catfish.
Location
Bounded by Indiana State Road 46 on the north, Indiana State Road 129 on the west, County Road 1300 N to the south and County Road 450 E, the 200 acre lake serves as a major water supply for the City of Batesville. The thirty-eight foot tall, 640 foot long earthen dam may be seen from County Road 1400 N, accessed from Indiana State Road 129. Residential housing developments, forest and agricultural lands surround the lake. Bischoff’s has an average depth of  8.1 feet, with the deepest point about 27 feet. Bischoff’s has a watershed of about five square miles.
Water Capacity and Lake Access
With a capacity of 624 million gallons and 1920 acre feet capacity, the lake also affords area anglers with ample catches of channel catfish, large mouth bass, smallmouth bass and white crappie. Anglers will find a concrete ramp public access site on County Road 1400 N, accessed from Church Street in nearby Morris, Indiana east of Batesville on Indiana State Road 46. Boats with gasoline motors of up to six horsepower and electric trolling motors are permitted to use the lake. Anglers must possess an Indiana Fishing License. Bischoff’s is also locally known as the Morris Reservoir or the Batesville Reservoir.