Tri-State Timeline

The Tri-State Timeline database was created for Willard Library by local historian and author, Harold Morgan. The timeline includes international, national, state and local events that have had an influence on the Tri-State area.

This free database provides the user with the ability to browse by decade or search the entire database for specific keywords. Listings are accompanied by the corresponding date of the event to assist users who wish to seek for more or other related time period information. The Tri-State Timeline will continue to be updated with current events.

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1450-1499

October 12, 1492

Christopher Columbus arrives in Bahamas [real Columbus Day]

October 21, 1492

Christopher Columbus discovers America, lands on San Salvador Island, (Oct 12, 1492 Julian calendar)

December 26, 1492

1st Spanish settlement in New World founded by Christopher Columbus

1500-1549

May 30, 1539

Hernando DeSoto's army of 600 soldiers lands in Florida

June 3, 1539

Hernando DeSoto's army crosses Appalachian Mountain, first European to do so

1541

Hernando DeSoto's army visited future Henderson, Evansville, Angel Mounds: 1st white men & horses in Americas

1541

The re-introduction of horses into the Americas by DeSoto was of great importance to later settlers

May 8, 1541

Hernando DeSoto's army reached the Mississippi River

May 21, 1542

Hernando DeSoto dies along the Mississippi River

1550-1599

August 28, 1565

Oldest city in US begins as St Augustine Florida is established

1600-1649

1600

Iroquois Indians call their river "Oyo", this name was interpreted as "Ohio", thus the Ohio River

May 13, 1602

English colonists arrive to the Jamestown Virginia site, go ashore on the following day

April 26, 1607

English colonists at Cape Henry Virginia, established the first English settlement

December 11, 1620

Mayflower lands at Plymouth Rock with 103 pilgrims

December 26, 1620

More Pilgrims arrive at Plymouth in future Massachusetts

February 17, 1621

Miles Standish appointed 1st commander of Plymouth colony in Massachusetts

1640

Maunder Minimum years when sunspots were uncommon, cooling the Little Ice Age more until 1715

1640

"Little ice age" in the northern hemisphere until about 1850, some say the beginning was 1300

May 11, 1647

Peter Stuyvesant arrived in New Amsterdam, New Netherland (New York)

1650-1699

1650

Shawnee, Miami & other native people move into Tri-state area

February 2, 1653

New Amsterdam becomes a city, later renamed New York City

August 12, 1658

First police force in the Americas is formed in New Amsterdam

September 30, 1659

Robinson Crusoe is shipwrecked (according to Defoe)

1662

Fort Saint Louis (Missouri) is built by France

June 12, 1665

England created a government in New York, formerly the Dutch settlement New Amsterdam

September 1, 1666

The Great Fire of London which devastates the city begins

September 5, 1666

Great Fire of London ends with 13,200 houses burned, 8 dead

August 27, 1667

1st Recorded hurricane in US at Jamestown Virginia

January 1, 1673

Regular mail delivery begins between NYC & Boston

1674

New Amsterdam was renamed New York City

1676

Bacteria were first observed by Antonie van Leeuwenhoek in his microscope invention

November 30, 1678

Roman Catholics banned from English parliament

1679

Fort Miami (Fort Wayne Indiana) is built by France

May 27, 1679

Habeas Corpus Act (no false arrest & imprisonment) passes in England

September 15, 1682

26th Recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet

September 25, 1690

1st Newspaper in America, The Boston Olive Branch, is published

February 28, 1692

Salem witch hunt begins in Massachusetts

March 1, 1692

Sarah Goode, Sarah Osborne, & Tituba arrested for witchcraft in Salem, MA

June 10, 1692

1st Salem, Massachusetts witch trial execution as Bridget Bishop was hanged

August 19, 1692

Five women are hanged in Salem Massachusetts after being convicted of the crime of witchcraft

December 25, 1699

Strong earthquake recorded near Memphis by French Missionary

1700-1749

1700

Fort Cahokia (Illinois) is built by France

October 28, 1702

35 French Canadian fur traders establish a permanent settlement in Vincennes area

January 5, 1709

Sudden extreme cold kills 1000s of Europeans

June 6, 1716

1st Slaves arrive in Louisiana

1720

Fort Ouiatenon (West Lafayette Indiana) is built by France

April 26, 1721

Smallpox vaccination 1st administrated

April 16, 1724

1st Easter observed

1727

Vincennes post established by France

1730

Lands within Ohio, Wabash & White rivers called "the pocket" by native & new Americans

1732

Vincennes post is fortified by France & becomes the first permanent fort in Indiana

May 24, 1738

The Methodist Church is established

1744

Hugh McGary Sr was born in Ireland, father was John McGary, mother was Sarah

1750-1799

1750

McGary family came to America

1750

Population of the American colonies reaches 1,171,000

1750

Andrew McFadin is born (founder of Mount Vernon Indiana)

1750

A 12' cabin was built near the SW corner of the Evansville Museum, it will be discovered in 1857

1752

Pocket area American Indians suffer loss of life due to a smallpox plague

1754

The French & Indian War until 1763

1755

Hugh McGary Sr migrates to Virginia from Ireland with family members

March 12, 1755

1st Steam engine in America was installed to pump water from a mine

1757

Deadly cold winter that killed trees & animals including buffalo in our woodlands area

1757

Pierre Broulette trades goods from Vincennes Post to the Shawnee Indian village located on Evansville site to 1790

September 1758

Robert & Hugh McGary appear on Virginia military rolls

December 5, 1759

Hugh & Edward McGary sold land in Augusta County, North Carolina

1760

Henry Vanderburgh born in Troy New York

1763

French Post at mouth of Wabash River is abandoned, no white settlers were known to be in the area

1763

France claims Ohio & Mississippi valleys but had few trading posts to defend the claim

1763

England gains control of Vincennes & the Indiana region

1764

The McGary family was living near Daniel Boone at Holemans Ford, North Carolina

December 1766

Hugh McGary married widow Mary Buntin Ray at Holemans Ford, North Carolina

September 1767

Robert McGary is born to Hugh & Mary McGary at Holemans Ford, North Carolina

1768

Piankeshaw Indians give southwest lands (of Indiana) to Delaware Indians

1770

Approximate date first white man, Pierre Broulette, arrived Pigeon Creek-Angel Mounds area

1770

Hugh McGary is elected Sheriff in Wilkes County, North Carolina

1770

Hugh McGary & Daniel Boone enter Kentucky territory

1770

Population of the 13 American colonies reaches 2,131,000

1770

An estimated 10,000,000 people died from famine in Bengal India in the year 1770

November 23, 1770

Daniel McGary is born to Hugh & Mary McGary in North Carolina

1772

William R McGary is born to Hugh & Mary McGary in North Carolina

1772

English General Gage orders the French to leave the Wabash River Valley

June 22, 1772

Slavery is outlawed in England

1773

A beech tree near Columbia Kentucky is inscribed "1773 D Boone - McGary 1773" (the tree was discovered in 1840)

1773

Boston Tea Party uprising takes place in Boston harbor

1773

Louisville (Kentucky) founded

May 28, 1774

1st Continental Congress convenes (in Virginia)

1775

Hugh McGary leads 25 pioneers, cattle & 40 horses into Powell Valley Ky, the first horses into west

1775

Rebecca Boone (Daniel) & Mary McGary (Hugh) are the first white women into Kentucky

April 19, 1775

The American Revolutionary War began with battles of Lexington & Concord

June 14, 1775

US Army is founded when the Continental Congress authorizes the muster of troops

June 15, 1775

George Washington is appointed head of the Continental Army

June 17, 1775

Revolutionary War Battle of Bunker Hill resulted in a costly victory for the British

August 1775

Daniel Boone moves to the Boonesboro site

August 23, 1775

King George III proclaimed American colonies to be in a state of open and avowed rebellion

September 1775

Hugh McGary & James Harrod move to the Fort Harrod (Harrodsburg) site

October 11, 1775

Louis Viviat "buys a deed" from Piankeshaw Indians for land below Vincennes to Ohio River

October 12, 1775

US Navy forms

November 10, 1775

US Marine Corps was formally established by a congressional act

1776

Declaration of Independence is ratified by the American colonies

1776

Settlement begins at Yellow Banks, later Owensborough, finally Owensboro Kentucky

January 10, 1776

Common Sense by Thomas Paine is published

June 10, 1776

Continental Congress appoints a committee to write a Declaration of Independence

July 2, 1776

Second Continental Congress, voted 12 to 1, a Resolution of Independence

July 4, 1776

Second Continental Congress passed the Declaration of Independence

August 2, 1776

Continental Congress members began signing the Declaration of Independence; took weeks as men came to sign

September 9, 1776

Second Continental Congress made the term "United States" official, replacing "United Colonies"

December 1776

Fort Harrod is completed, Hugh & Mary McGary helped to build the fort

December 25, 1776

George Washington's retreating army crosses Delaware River from NJ

December 26, 1776

George Washington defeats Hessians at Battle of Trenton in American Revolutionary War

1777

Hugh McGary was elected Committee Chairman of Kentucky County Virginia

1777

Hugh McGary family moves 4 miles north of Fort Harrod to settle McGary Station (Oregon, Ky)

June 14, 1777

Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the Stars & Stripes as the national flag

December 17, 1777

George Washington's army returns to Valley Forge PA

1778

Hugh McGary Jr born at McGary Station, later Oregon Kentucky.

1778

"Northwest Territory" lands are taken from the British

1778

Fort Sackville (south of Vincennes Post) established

1778

Col George Rogers Clark sails past Evansville site to, Kaskaskia, Cahokia & St Louis

September 7, 1778

Shawnee Indians attack & lay siege to Boonesborough Ky

December 29, 1778

English troops occupy Savannah Georgia

1779

About 200 slaves were held in Vincennes

1779

Captain Hugh McGary arrives at Kaskaskia (Illinois) with 30 Kentucky Militiamen

February 25, 1779

Col George Rogers Clark captures Fort Sackville (Vincennes Post) for the United States

March 7, 1779

Hugh McGary's son in law William Ray is killed by Shawnee Indians

March 11, 1779

US army Corps of Engineers established

1780

Hugh McGary finds & kills Indian wearing shirt of his murdered son in law William Ray

March 1780

Hugh McGary's first wife Mary Ray dies

May 19, 1780

Mysterious darkness in New England & east Canada afternoon & night, candles were necessary

August 1780

Hugh McGary marries widow Catherine Yocum

January 18, 1781

Thomas Jefferson, Governor of Virginia, appoints Hugh McGary as Justice of Peace

March 1781

Col George Rogers Clark names Colonel Hugh McGary Sr as his replacement at Vincennes Post

July 1781

Hugh McGary commissioned as a Major in the Virginia Militia

August 21, 1781

Hugh McGary signs militia payroll in Knox County for George Rogers Clark

October 17, 1781

British forces at Yorktown Virginia surrender to American & French allied forces

1782

Worldwide influenza epidemic

1782

Shawneetown chartered by US as administrative center for the Northwest Territory

August 19, 1782

Battle of Blue Licks, 40 miles NE of Lexington Ky, Hugh McGary was faulted for the loss, outnumbered 2 to 1

November 1782

Hugh McGary part of GR Clarks forces at Little Miami River battle

November 30, 1782

Britain signs agreement recognizing US independence

1783

Second battle at Little Miami River led by Hugh McGary & James Harrod

1783

England recognizes the United States of America

1783

Scattered white settlement begins near Shawnee Indian village at mouth of Pigeon Creek

1783

Robert Morgan Evans born Frederick County VA

March 25, 1783

Hugh McGary Sr signs militia payroll in Knox County for George Rogers Clark

June 8, 1783

Volcano Laki erupts in Iceland, kills 9,350, perhaps killing 2 million downwind from its gas

December 31, 1783

Import of African slaves banned by all of the Northern states

1784

Clarksville (Indiana) founded, first settlement in Northwest Territory

1784

Year without a summer results from Volcano Laki eruption

February 1784

Hugh McGary gets 3rd son Hugh Jr born KY to Catherine Yocum

February 28, 1784

John Wesley charters Methodist Church

April 23, 1784

The Northwest Territory established (until 1800)

1785

Land Ordinance orders survey of land north the Ohio River

April 26, 1785

John James Audubon born in present-day Haiti

September 5, 1786

Hugh McGary commissioned as a Lt Colonel in the Virginia Militia by Gov Benjamin Harrison

October 6, 1786

Hugh McGary kills Shawnee Indian Chief Moluntha to retaliate for the killing of his son in law

March 21, 1787

Col Hugh McGary found guilty of 2 charges looses his command for one year

May 25, 1787

Constitutional Convention began at Independence Hall in Philadelphia

November 21, 1787

Andrew Jackson admitted to bar

June 21, 1788

US Constitution went into effect as New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify it

1789

National influenza epidemic

1789

Hugh McGary sells slaves, sale was witnessed & signed by Andrew Jackson, future president

April 30, 1789

George Washington takes office as 1st US president in New York

June 4, 1789

US constitution goes into effect

October 27, 1789

Hugh McGary resigned as Sheriff of Mercer County Virginia

1790

Largest cities in US: New York 33,131, Philadelphia, Boston, Charleston, Baltimore

1790

Knox County (Vincennes) is formed from the Northwest Territory

1790

Cold winter killed trees & animals, Deep snow, ice covered killed buffalos as they fell, trapped for weeks to starve

January 8, 1790

1st US President George Washington delivers his state of the union address

March 1, 1790

1st US census authorized

May 15, 1790

Knox County (Indiana Territory) created from the Northwest Territory

May 31, 1790

President George Washington signed into law the first US copyright act

December 6, 1790

US Congress moves from New York City to Philadelphia

1791

Settlement begins at Red Banks, later Henderson, Kentucky

January 1791

Hugh McGary is guide for Andrew Jackson, future president, Natchez to Nashville

1792

National yellow fever epidemic

May 17, 1792

The New York Stock Exchange is organized

June 1, 1792

Kentucky admitted as a state

August 4, 1792

US Coast Guard had its beginnings as the Revenue Cutter Service

November 25, 1792

1st Farmer's Almanac published

1793

Isaac Knight captured by Shawnee Indians (Union Township area), held captive 4 years

1793

Major flood year

March 4, 1793

George Washington inaugurated as US president

September 1793

Hugh McGary testified at bigamy trial of Andrew Jackson & Rachel Robards, found guilty

September 18, 1793

President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the US Capitol

December 14, 1793

1st State road authorized, Frankfort Kentucky to Cincinnati

1794

Tom Jones opens trading post on location of Shawneetown; salt, blankets, whiskey

1795

Strong earthquake recorded in Kaskaskia Illinois area

1795

Louis Viviat land deed from Piankeshaw Indians for lands below Vincennes held not valid

1795

Andrew McFadin crosses the Ohio to explore the future Mount Vernon & Posey County area

October 1795

Hugh McGary Sr is Justice of the Peace in Mercer County Virginia

1796

Deadly cold winter that killed trees and animals, including buffalo

May 14, 1796

1st vaccine was administered by English physician Edward Jenner, it was to combat smallpox

June 7, 1796

Kentucky Governor - James Garrard thru September 5, 1804

July 4, 1796

1st Independence Day is celebrated

December 25, 1796

Hugh McGary Sr published notice to settle all bills as he will relocate from Mercer County

1797

Henderson (called Red Banks) surveyed & platted by Transylvania Company

1797

The Hugh McGary family arrives at Red Banks, later named Henderson

1797

Hugh McGary Sr & Jr operate a tavern & tannery on the Henderson riverfront

1797

The McGary family bought extensive land in Henderson & Hopkins County area

March 1, 1797

Christian County Kentucky created from Logan County Kentucky

March 4, 1797

John Adams inaugurated as the 2nd President of US

May 10, 1797

1st Navy ship the "United States" is launched

October 21, 1797

US Navy frigate Constitution, Old Ironsides, launched in Boston

October 22, 1797

Andre-Jacques Garnerin makes 1st parachute jump from balloon (Paris)

1798

Hugh McGary Sr resigned his commission as Lt Colonel in the Virginia Militia

1798

Hugh McGary Sr 1st person indicted for selling liquor without a license, found guilty, paid the fine

1798

Yellow Banks settled by William Smothers or Smither, later called Owensborough, finally Owensboro, Kentucky

July 23, 1798

Napoleon captures Alexandria, Egypt

March 26, 1799

Napoleon captures Jaffa Palestine

March 29, 1799

New York passes a law aimed at gradually abolishing slavery in the state

May 15, 1799

Henderson County Kentucky created from Christian County

December 14, 1799

George Washington dies in Mount Vernon Virginia, the first president of the united States

1800-1849

1800

Indians & pioneers shared old burial ground located at future 4th & 5th Streets at Vine & Court Streets

1800

Hugh McGary Sr opens an inn (hotel) in Henderson

1800

William Henry Harrison appointed Indiana Territory governor

1800

Vincennes is capital of the Indiana Territory until Indiana statehood in 1816

1800

Shawneetown is terminus of the Pioneer Trail from Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, etc

1800

Native American Indians became increasingly aroused from infiltration of white settlers

1800

Largest cities in US: New York 60,515, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston, Charleston

1800

Hugh McGary Sr marries Mary Howell Jones in Henderson

1800

A well paid man could earn $1 per day for 12 hours of work, half that for a woman

1800

Gen Samuel Hopkins opens Ohio River ferry at mouth of Green River

1800

Hugh McGary Sr marries widow Mary Howell Jones in Henderson

April 1800

Hugh McGary Sr's second wife Catherine Yocum dies

April 24, 1800

Library of Congress is established with $5,000 allocation

May 13, 1800

Territorial Governor - William Henry Harrison thru December 28,1812

July 4, 1800

Indiana Territory established (until 1816)

July 4, 1800

Territorial Governor - John Gibson thru May, 1813

August 1, 1800

Henry Vanderburgh appointed Knox County probate Judge

December 12, 1800

Washington DC established as US capital

1801

Vincennes University established, first university in Indiana, founded as Jefferson Academy

1801

Jonathan Anthony Sr opens Ohio River ferry at Red Banks (Henderson) to Indiana

1801

Henderson is incorporated

January 10, 1801

William Henry Harrison arrives Vincennes

January 12, 1801

Hugh McGary Jr buys 200 acres of Henderson Co land from John Oats for $500

January 24, 1801

Hugh McGary Jr buys 222 acres of Henderson Co land for $444 (100 Pounds)

March 4, 1801

Thomas Jefferson inaugurated as the 3rd President of US (run-off election in House of Representatives)

March 10, 1801

1st (major) Census in history in Great Britain

May 10, 1801

Barbary pirates of Tripoli declare war on the United States of America

1802

Hugh Jr, William R & Robert McGary forced the release of 3 prisoners from the Henderson Jail

1802

Shawneetown ferry begins service across Ohio River, trail from Chesapeake Bay

1802

French traders are active near Pigeon Creek mouth

1802

Area said to be over-run with bear, deer, fox, muskrat, otter, panther & raccoon

1802

George Linxweiler builds log cabin at foot of Reitz Hill

1802

United States Military Academy is established at West Point NY

May 3, 1802

Washington, DC was incorporated as a city

July 4, 1802

US Military Academy officially opened at West Point NY

1803

Pigeon Creek was named after vast flocks of Passenger Pigeons that foraged the creek & river

1803

1st Evansville child; Linxweiler wife delivers boy named William, first white child born future "Evansville"

1803

John Sprinkle, a blacksmith, begins Sprinklesburgh settlement later called Newburgh

1803

Shawnee Indians abandon Pigeon Creek settlement, remains were found at current "Evansville" riverfront

1803

Robert Morgan Evans married Jane Trimble at Paris KY, settles near Princeton IN site

March 28, 1803

Hugh McGary Sr buys 200 acres of Henderson Co land from Thompsons for $190

April 21, 1803

Hugh McGary Sr charged in $800 theft of hotel guest, McGary family moved to Madisonville, Evansville & Princeton sites

April 30, 1803

President Thomas Jefferson makes Louisiana Purchase for $15 million, doubles size of US

August 31, 1803

Lewis & Clark leave Pittsburgh on 55 foot long keelboat for expedition to Pacific Ocean

October 14, 1803

Lewis & Clark arrive Clarksville Indiana on way to St Louis

October 20, 1803

US Senate ratifies Louisiana Purchase

October 29, 1803

Lewis & Clark pass Evansville on way to St Louis (estimated date)

November 1, 1803

Hugh McGary Jr buys 10 acres of Henderson Co land from Richard Henderson for $200

November 11, 1803

Lewis & Clark arrive Fort Massac (Metropolis Illinois) on way to St Louis

November 21, 1803

Hugh McGary frees his 3 slave women into indentured servitude in preparation for moving to

November 21, 1803

Indiana territory where Slavery is illegal, indentured servants serve for a term of 7 years

December 8, 1803

Lewis & Clark arrive St Louis, make winter camp to prepare for expedition to Pacific Ocean

1804

White settlers allowed in "Evansville" site after a treaty is made with Indians

1804

The Indiana Gazette begins publication in Vincennes

1804

Period begins that Hugh McGary Jr traveled & lived within Hopkins, Henderson & Gibson County

1804

McGary arrived Evansville site via Old State Rd to Stringtown Rd to Main St to the river bank at Main St

1804

Hugh McGary Jr & his two brothers Jesse & William often travel, trap & hunt as a team

January 7, 1804

Hugh McGary Sr leaves Henderson & resettles in White River Valley (now Gibson County)

February 11, 1804

Hugh McGary Jr sells 10 acres of Henderson Co land to Samuel Hopkins for $1000

March 26, 1804

Land office in Vincennes opens

May 14, 1804

Lewis & Clark leave St Louis with 33 men on expedition to Pacific Ocean

August 23, 1804

Mary Ann McGary, wife of Hugh Jr, releases dower on land sale to Samuel Hopkins

September 5, 1804

Kentucky Governor - Christopher Greenup thru September 1, 1808

December 4, 1804

Indiana Territory given "Second Grade" status

1805

Approximate date of Stringtown toll road & footbridge over Pigeon Creek

1805

Enos McCallister builds cabin and ferry opposite mouth of Green River on Indiana shore

1805

Andrew McFadin settles McFadin's Bluff, named Mount Vernon in 1816

1805

Michigan Territory is separated from the Indiana Territory

1805

Morphine is used as a pain killer

February 5, 1805

Louis Viviat buys land deed from Piankishaw Indians for lands below Vincennes

March 4, 1805

Thomas Jefferson inaugurated as President of US (run-off election in House of Representatives)

April 27, 1805

US Marines attack shores of Tripoli Libya

May 26, 1805

Lewis & Clark first view of the Rocky Mountains

July 4, 1805

Hugh McGary Jr marries Mary Anthony, daughter of Jonathan Anthony Sr in Henderson

July 4, 1805

Hugh & Mary McGary Jr buys 200 acres of land in Henderson, later Hopkins, County

November 19, 1805

Lewis & Clark reach Pacific Ocean, 1st European Americans to cross continent

1806

Andrew McFadin builds a cabin on the future Mount Vernon site

1806

Diamond Island Ferry begins operation, later West Franklin

1806

First surveying of land near New Harmony by Ziba Foote

1806

Vincennes University chartered as Indiana's first four-year university

1806

Some history indicates that Hugh & Mary McGary were living on the Evansville site

May 1, 1806

Hugh McGary Sr dies, buried one-half mile SW of Princeton Ind Court house square

May 30, 1806

Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in a duel, he had accused Jackson's wife of bigamy

September 23, 1806

Lewis & Clark return to St Louis from their expedition to the Pacific Coast

November 2, 1806

Lewis & Clark pass Evansville site as they return to Washington, DC via Ohio River

December 9, 1806

Hopkins County Kentucky created from Henderson County

1807

Andrew McFadin secured title to his land on Mount Vernon site

1807

John Gresham is first white man to take-up land near New Harmony site

1807

England outlaws slavery

1807

Malinda Weir is first child born in the future Mount Vernon site

March 25, 1807

British Parliament abolishes slave trade

May 1, 1807

Hopkins County created from Henderson County Kentucky

May 25, 1807

Daniel McGary & Solomon Silkwood each donate 20 acres each along Main Street to start the town

May 25, 1807

Daniel McGary & Solomon Silkwood create Madisonville aided by Robert & William R McGary

August 17, 1807

Robert Fulton's steamboat Clermont begins 1st trip up Hudson River

1808

National financial depression

1808

Tom Jones abandons his trading post on location of Shawneetown

1808

Native American Indians still living along sections of Pigeon Creek in Stringtown area

1808

United States abolishes slave trade

September 1, 1808

Kentucky Governor - Charles Scott thru August 24,1812

1809

Illinois Territory is separated from the Indiana Territory

1809

John M Johnson files first entry for (future) Vanderburgh County land in Vincennes

1809

George Miller builds first cabin in future Evansville, said to be later used by Hugh McGary

1809

1st White girl child born in Evansville site near Pigeon Creek mouth, named Primrose

1809

Isaac Knight family settled (now) Lincoln Ave & Green River Road with large land holding

1809

Old Salt Trail is mentioned, passing east and south of New Harmony

1809

Hugh & Mary McGary have a daughter Clarissa McGary born

March 4, 1809

James Madison inaugurated as the 4th President of the US

1810

Largest cities in US: New York 96,373, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston, Charleston

1810

James Black builds horse powered mill at Mount Vernon site

1810

Aldridge family arrives Mount Vernon site from NC, opens blacksmith & gunsmith shop

1810

Four forts are built in Gibson County area, one at present Fort Branch

1810

1st Known flat boat is built on Wabash River at New Harmony

1810

Henderson is incorporated, population was 160 persons

August 12, 1810

Conference of Tecumseh begins in Vincennes

1811

John James Audubon moves his general store business from Louisville to Henderson

1811

1st Flat boat leaves New Harmony site loaded with pork and corn to New Orleans

1811

Called the "year of miracles" with a vast flood, general sickness, a solar eclipse, the comet & the earthquakes

1811

Future Mount Vernon settlement is known as McFadin's Bluff

1811

Fort Branch Indiana is founded

1811

Methodist "Western Conference" Church circuit is established to include the Evansville site

January 15, 1811

Union County Kentucky created from Henderson County

May 1811

Althea Meeks was killed by Shawnee Indians near Richland Indiana in SW Spencer County

July 27, 1811

Second Conference of Tecumseh held in Vincennes

September 16, 1811

Robert McGary enlists Indiana Militia, fought Battle of Tippecanoe, Capt Jacob Warrick commander (KIA)

September 17, 1811

Total eclipse of the sun which passed over the New Madrid Missouri area

October 1811

The "great comet" visible for 260 days, brightest display around earthquake time, created fear & religious fervor

November 7, 1811

Battle of Tippecanoe near Prophetstown Indiana (near Lafayette)

December 16, 1811

New Madrid Missouri earthquake, magnitude 8.6 2:30 am

December 16, 1811

1st Steamboat New Orleans was tied-off near Tell City Ind to load coal during first earthquake

December 16, 1811

New Madrid Missouri earthquake, magnitude 8.0 8:00 am

December 16, 1811

New Madrid Missouri earthquake, magnitude 8.0 11:00 am

December 16, 1811

1st Steamboat, New Orleans, passes "Evansville" traveling from Pittsburgh to New Orleans

December 16, 1811

First western steamboat, refueled near Tell City, stopped Henderson to visit John Audubon

1812

George Rapp visits Southern Ind & selects an area on Wabash River for a new town "Harmonie"

1812

1st Grist mill built at the Harmonie "cut-off" of the Wabash River

1812

Harmonie fort built on the Butler farm 5-miles east on the Evansville Road

1812

Hugh McGary Jr opens first Evansville site ferry across Ohio River near his cabin

1812

Hugh McGary Jr builds an open-face or half-camp log cabin near his ferry landing

1812

Hugh McGary Jr opens first Evansville site ferry across Pigeon Creek 200 yards above its mouth

1812

Robert Morgan Evans made Brigadier General during the War of 1812, returns to Gibson County

1812

Land office opens in Shawneetown

January 23, 1812

New Madrid Missouri earthquake, magnitude 8.4 9:00 am

February 7, 1812

New Madrid earthquakes, magnitude 8.8 3:15 am, 120 additional earthquakes between 5.3 & 8.0 magnitudes

March 27, 1812

Hugh McGary Jr buys 440.8 acres of "Evansville heart land" site at $2 per acre in Vincennes Land Office

March 27, 1812

The McGary line ran north on Fulton Ave to the Lloyd to Baker to Parrett to Washington to Ohio River

March 27, 1812

This is the traditional date for the formation of Evansville, the "birth date"

April 12, 1812

(Judge) Henry Vanderburgh dies in Knox County, buried east of Old Knox Post, never lived in Vanderburgh County

May 1812

Hugh McGary Jr lays out Evansville town from river to Third St and between Division to Chestnut Sts

June 18, 1812

United States declared war on Great Briton, the War of 1812 begins

August 1812

Hugh McGary sells lots from his 1st town plat, houses on river side of Water Street were demolished August, 1852

August 1812

Hugh McGary Jr builds double log cabin, 2-18' x 20' units with a dog-trot at Evansville Main & Water Street

August 1812

McGary's cabin was reported to have been hewed logs (bark removed) log cabins typically had dirt floors

August 1812

State Road, later named Main Street, runs through Stringtown & (present) Old State Road

August 12, 1812

Hugh McGary enlists as a Militia Mounted Ranger, a Private, Capt Pierre Andre commander

August 12, 1812

Robert McGary enlists as a Militia Mounted Ranger, an Ensign, Capt Pierre Andre commander

August 24, 1812

Kentucky Governor - Isaac Shelby thru September 5, 1816

September 6, 1812

Hugh McGary enlists as a Militia Mounted Rifleman, a Major, Col Robert M Evans commander

November 19, 1812

Hugh McGary Militia Mounted Rifleman service is completed

1813

Hugh McGary completes his double log cabin which provides church, court, warehouse, store, etc

1813

2nd New Harmony "Fort Slough" built 2-miles above the town on the Wabash River bank

1813

Future Evansville site called McGary's Landing, McGary's Town or McGaryton

1813

Gibson & Warrick Counties established from Knox County

1813

Shawneetown Bank opens

1813

An Ohio River ferry begins operation at McFadin's Bluff

March 3, 1813

Territorial Governor - Thomas Posey thru November 7, 1816

March 4, 1813

James Madison inaugurated as President of the US

March 11, 1813

Corydon, Indiana becomes territorial capital, the capital building is completed

April 1, 1813

Gibson County is created

April 9, 1813

Hugh McGary enlists as a Militia Mounted Ranger, a Private, Capt William Hargrove commander

April 30, 1813

Warrick County is created

August 15, 1813

Hugh McGary's second Militia Mounted Ranger service is completed

1814

Black Plague kills several in Patoka Indiana (which was expected to become the county seat)

1814

Jonathan Anthony's Gristmill built on Pigeon Creek, 180 feet east of present Stringtown Bridge

1814

Jonathan Anthony built a log & stone dam across the creek, it was later named Negley's Mill

1814

Steamboats Comet & Enterprise pass by Evansville on their way to New Orleans

1814

Amos Clark is first attorney in Evansville

1814

Hugh & Mary McGary have a son Warrick McGary born in Evansville

1814

Some deed records in Knox County were lost to fire

1814

Evansville is in decline until 1817, begins to decay, some of the 13 cabins are abandoned

1814

Hugh McGary & Daniel Grass are lay judges in Warrick County until 1818

February 14, 1814

"Prince Town" is founded, later called Princeton Indiana

March 28, 1814

Prince Town is platted by Gen Robert Morgan Evans

June 1814

The Rappites build an organized community to create Harmonie, Indiana (New Harmony)

June 1814

Hugh McGary Jr buys 160 acres between (future) Evansville Court Street & Lincoln Avenue

June 14, 1814

The 2nd Evansville plat is recorded in Warrick county by Hugh McGary Jr

June 14, 1814

Future Evansville site becomes Warrick County seat (The name "Evansville" is recorded)

July 5, 1814

Hugh McGary donates 100 acres in Warrick Co to be seat of government & named Evansville

August 24, 1814

British invade Washington DC, burned the Capitol & White House & other buildings

September 1, 1814

Evansville cancelled as Warrick Co seat, Darlington (now Alcoa plant site) named in its place

October 1814

Warrick County Commissioners move the county seat to Darlington

October 1814

Hugh McGary sells proposed Main Street court house site to Wm Linxweiler for 30 pigs (documentation not found)

November 11, 1814

Posey County established, Posey County named in honor of Thomas Posey, 1750-1818

December 24, 1814

Great Briton signs Treaty of Ghent ending War of 1812

1815

Major flood year

1815

The Rappite families begin to arrive at Harmonie, Indiana (New Harmony)

1815

Daviess County Kentucky is established

1815

First steamboat stops in Evansville to deliver a keg of nails

1815

Gov Joseph Lane toured the Evansville site, noted the ground where Indian teepees clearly marked

1815

Gov Joseph Lane returned to Evansville site after taking logs to John Audubon's Mill, spent the

1815

Lane spent the night in the Hugh McGary warehouse & made favorable comment on the multi-function building

January 1815

Blackford named Posey County seat of justice

January 8, 1815

Battle of New Orleans - War of 1812 had ended 12/24/1814

January 14, 1815

Daviess County Kentucky created from Ohio County

January 30, 1815

Burned Library of Congress re-established with Jefferson's 6,500 book donation

February 15, 1815

Hugh & Mary McGary have a son Jonathan Anthony McGary born in Evansville

March 20, 1815

Napoleon enters Paris after escape from Elba, begins 100-day rule

April 1815

Hugh McGary buys 160 acres of land east of Warrick County line near the river

April 10, 1815

Volcano Tambora erupts in Indonesia, kills 92,000, ejects 100+ cubic kilometers

June 30, 1815

Hugh McGary enlists as Militia Mounted Ranger Private, Capt James Smith commander, his second enlistment

August 15, 1815

Hugh McGary's third Militia Mounted Ranger service is completed

1816

Indiana capitol removed from Vincennes to Corydon

1816

John J Audubon operates a steam sawmill on the Henderson riverbank

1816

Year without a summer results from Mount Tambora eruption, it will snow in June locally

1816

Ice or snow hits area every month during 1816, including summer months, loss of most crops

1816

The first bank in Illinois is chartered in Shawneetown

1816

Humans & animals die off north of tri-state, more severe in northern reaches

1816

Estimated 200,000 thousand die in Europe from crop failures

1816

The northern hemisphere is greatly affected by cooler weather

1816

As many as 15,000 people left Vermont seeking better climate

1816

Mount Vernon named from former McFadin's Bluff (some say McFaden or McFaddin)

1816

A committee of drinking men could not agree on the McFadin spelling, they settled on Mount Vernon

May 1816

Frost killed much of the northern & eastern crops

May 1816

The 1st Posey County log court house is completed one mile north of Caborn Station at Blackford

June 1816

The state's first constitution was drawn up in Corydon Indiana

June 1816

Quebec City had 12-inches of snow in early June

June 6, 1816

10" Snowfall in New England, "year without a summer"

July 1816

Ohio River had ice in Pennsylvania

July 9, 1816

Frost in Waltham, MA

August 1816

Ohio River had ice in Pennsylvania

August 1816

Thomas Lincoln complained of wet & cold weather, family decided to move to Spencer Co IN

September 5, 1816

Kentucky Governor - George Madison thru October 14, 1816

October 14, 1816

Kentucky Governor - Gabriel Slaughter thru August 29, 1820

October 17, 1816

Darlington city plat is recorded in Warrick County

November 7, 1816

Indiana Governor - Jonathan Jennings thru September 12, 1822

December 1816

Thomas Lincoln family, including Abraham, moved from KY to a home site near Gentryville IN

December 4, 1816

Indiana becomes 19th state of the union

1817

Petersburg Indiana is founded

1817

Settlement begins at Albion, Edwards County, Illinois

1817

There were 130 keelboats (pointed on bow and stern) working the Ohio River in 1817

1817

Hugh McGary sells his Evansville lots and property in increasing quantities, 1817 thru 1826

1817

Gen Robert Morgan Evans was instrumental in formation of Vanderburgh County

March 1817

Gen Robert Morgan Evans has city platted, surveyed & officially named Evansville

March 4, 1817

James Monroe inaugurated as the 5th President of the US

April 1817

Hugh McGary Jr buys 160 acres 1 mile east of Warrick County line, north of Newburgh Road

May 20, 1817

Posey County seat ordered moved from Blackford to Springfield

June 20, 1817

Hugh McGary Jr sells 130-acres of Evansville land to James Jones between River & 3rd St for $1300

July 4, 1817

Construction begins on the Erie Canal, to connect Lake Erie and the Hudson River

July 4, 1817

Erie Canal workers were paid about 40 cents wage for a 10-hour work day

July 17, 1817

The 2nd Evansville plat is recorded in Warrick County by McGary, Evans & Jones

July 27, 1817

Evansville town layout including public square at 3rd & Main is recorded

August 13, 1817

John James Audubon buys land in the future Vanderburgh Co, across river from Henderson

September 30, 1817

Hugh McGary Jr buys 160 acres on future Oak Hill Road south of future Lynch Road

October 1817

Saunders Hornbrook settles the English Village later Saundersville later named Inglefield

October 20, 1817

1st Mississippi "Showboat," leaves Nashville on maiden voyage

December 1817

John J Audubon leaves Henderson, travels to New Orleans

1818

Nancy Hanks Lincoln dies from "milk sick" in Pigeon Creek Indiana (Abraham Lincoln's mother)

1818

Newspaper named "Illinois Emigrant" opens in Shawneetown

1818

Illinois Governor - Shadrach Bond thru 1822

1818

Boonville is founded

1818

Rockport is founded, earlier was called Hanging Rock

1818

Hugh McGary Jr and Robert Evans give 100 lots & $500 to make Evansville the county seat

1818

Evansville public square is cleared at Main & 3rd Streets

1818

The first public bell is installed in Evansville to notify of emergencies or meetings

1818

Two mail routes are established by act of Congress through Evansville

1818

The Man Stealing Act is passed by the Indiana Legislature to help the underground railroad

1818

Mechanicsville (Stringtown) north of Evansville is thriving area

1818

Area to be called Lamasco, north of Evansville begins to be settled

1818

An outcrop of coal discovered near Fulton Ave at Pigeon Creek, 2 mile wagon haul to the river proved unprofitable

1818

1st Area physician, Dr Hornsby, settles near future McCutchanville

1818

Evansville population was about 100, 2 new taverns & one business opened

1818

Darlington is removed as Warrick County seat, milk-sickness forces people to evacuate area

1818

Boonville becomes county seat for Warrick County

1818

Abel & Frances Hovey parents of Alvin Peterson Hovey arrive to Mount Vernon

1818

Hugh McGary Jr sells 14 parcels of Vanderburgh County land

January 1, 1818

Official reopening of the White House in Washington DC

January 7, 1818

Vanderburgh County cut from Posey, Gibson & Warrick Co named for Henry Vanderburgh

January 7, 1818

Evansville becomes Vanderburgh County seat, settlement has 53 families

January 10, 1818

Spencer County established

February 20, 1818

Hugh McGary Jr appointed first postmaster, post office in McGary's store/cabin

February 23, 1818

1st Session of circuit court in Vanderburgh County (held in Hugh McGary warehouse-home)

March 1818

1st Vanderburgh County murder trial held, Jesse McGary found not guilty of killing his wife Catharine

March 9, 1818

1st Meeting of Vanderburgh County commissioners

March 10, 1818

Pigeon & Armstrong Townships are created

April 26, 1818

Widow Nellie Sweezer opens ferry on Pigeon Creek, nearby Fish Lake later called Sweezer Pond

April 28, 1818

Evansville lots for sale offered by Jones, Evans and McGary in Vincennes Western Sun

May 11, 1818

Plans for first jail are adopted by Vanderburgh county

May 15, 1818

Boonville city plat is recorded in Warrick County

May 25, 1818

Jesse McGary, brother of Hugh was tried for killing his wife Catherine, continued to Sept court term 1819

May 28, 1818

1st Steam boat is launched on the Great Lakes

August 1818

1st Evansville election held with 25 votes being polled

August 1818

Vanderburgh Commissioners order "viewers" inspect road from Henderson "towards" Princeton named Red Bank Road

December 25, 1818

1st Known Christmas carol Silent Night, Holy Night sung in Austria

1819

Daviess County Kentucky log court house & jail are built

1819

Local census shows Evansville with 101 residents, 13 log houses

1819

John J Audubon leaves Henderson cites "one of the poorest spot in the West" (Cold weather)

1819

Hugh McGary Jr buys 160 acres on SW corner of Maryland Street & St Joseph Avenue in Evansville

1819

Hugh McGary Jr will buy a total of 1,336 acres in & around Vanderburgh County

1819

David Warner becomes 1st Evansville Postmaster

1819

Ansel Wood becomes 2nd Evansville Postmaster

1819

Evansville tavern opened by Ansel Wood, Esq

1819

1st Evansville town dump at (Sunset park) riverbank, approximate date

1819

1st Vanderburgh County property tax assessment, total valuation is $19,128, tax collection is $430

1819

1st Vanderburgh County school Perry Twp on Forrest Hill (later Hillcrest Youth Home) Thomas Trueman teacher

1819

Joseph McDowell sues John James Audubon over land dispute

1819

1st Evansville Masonic order begins meetings at Shanklin & Reily Streets

1819

Stringtown Road bridge aka "State Road" (#1) over Pigeon Creek is opened

1819

Hugh McGary Jr sells 25 parcels of Vanderburgh County land

1819

Dr. William Hornby Jr is the first physician in the area, he practiced from the McCutchanville area

February 15, 1819

Hugh McGary builds Vanderburgh Co Jail at Third & Main for $875, 2 floors, 12-feet by 12-feet & double oak log walls

March 1819

Jesse McGary, brother of Hugh, was tried for killing his wife Catherine, court was held in the McGary Warehouse

March 1819

Jesse McGary found not guilty; shooting his wife in the heart was an accident

March 1, 1819

Evansville residents vote to incorporate, all 29 votes were yes, there are 144 lots in the town

March 8, 1819

Evansville citizens cast 23 votes for Board of Trustees

March 18, 1819

Hugh McGary bought 160 acres of land for $400

March 20, 1819

1st Meeting of the Evansville Town Board, Hugh McGary was elected President of the Board

March 20, 1819

Evansville Town Board Trustees were Isaac Fairchild, Everton Kennerly, Alfred O. Warner & Francis I. Bentley

April 29, 1819

Building of Court House (#1) is authorized on public square at Main & 3rd Streets, SE corner

May 10, 1819

Union Township is created

May 22, 1819

1st Steam propelled ship to cross the Atlantic; the Savanna

July 26, 1819

Charles Carr hung in Henderson for murder of L Chaney, Stephen Grimes cleared, some believed wrong man hung

November 13, 1819

Posey County second court house is completed in Springfield, this was a brick structure

November 13, 1819

Hugh McGary bought 160 acres of land for $300

December 12, 1819

1st Evansville church service held in the McGary house by Rev John Schrader, Methodist Circuit Preacher

1820

Evansville population is about 150

1820

Vanderburgh County population is 1,798

1820

Indianapolis selected as Indiana capitol site

1820

Largest cities in US: New York 123,706, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston, New Orleans

1820

Largest area city: Louisville 4,012

1820

Rev Father Deydier buys Graham property, 15 years later Assumption Catholic Church built

1820

1st City physician, Dr William Trafton, arrives Evansville (nearest drugstore is Louisville)

1820

Hugh McGary Jr operates river ferry at foot of Walnut Street puts signal bell on Kentucky side

1820

US Census shows 10 slaves in Evansville

1820

1st Evansville brick structure, called a mansion, is built on First Street, later the Apollo Theatre

1820

1st Evansville mail coach route begins to Vincennes & returns (frequency not known)

1820

1st Coal mine, the McLean Drift Bank, opens in Kentucky near Paradise on the Green River

1820

Jasper is founded

1820

Year of general & fatal illnesses in Evansville

1820

Elm tree McGary said to have tied on to on his first landing died, new elm tree is planted & fenced off

1820

Evansville was 3 or 4 squares (city blocks) large

1820

Gen Robert Morgan Evans removes to Evansville

1820

1st Free black resident named George Washington arrives in Evansville, a "fiddler" & blacksmith; important skills

1820

Freedman George Washington was reported to have been hired by General Evans

1820

26 State Roads were authorized including Evansville-Stringtown-Princeton-Vincennes

1820

Early roads were simply the clearing of trees in the roadway, usually leaving stumps to rot away

1820

National yellow fever epidemic

1820

Vanderburgh County spends $100 for help to poor, 1820 had general & fatal health problems

1820

Evansville Main Street designed to have a right of way 75 feet wide

1820

Hugh & Mary McGary Jr have a son Daniel Hugh born in Evansville

1820

Hugh McGary sells 10 parcels of Vanderburgh County land

1820

Government, banks & businesses had to accept coon skins for payments

1820

Nation-wide period of depression, several businesses failed, thru 1828

February 6, 1820

1st Organized emigration of blacks back to Africa; NY to Sierra Leone

March 1, 1820

Cypress in southern Vanderburgh County is laid-out

April 5, 1820

Hugh McGary bought Evansville lots for $400

May 1820

1st Vanderburgh County court house opens at 3rd & main, SE corner (cost was $5,345)

August 29, 1820

Kentucky Governor - John Adair thru August 24, 1824

September 26, 1820

Daniel Boone dies quietly at the Defiance, Mo, home of his son Nathan, at age 85

November 8, 1820

Earthquake, magnitude 5.0 recorded in Cape Girardeau Missouri area

1821

1st Evansville school opens in Old Baptist Church at 1st & Mulberry Streets

1821

1st Evansville public & free school opens, made of brick, 3rd & Main Streets

1821

Presbyterian Church class begun by Rev D C Banks in Evansville

1821

Walnut Street Presbyterian Church opens in Evansville

1821

Vanderburgh County spends $13 for help to poor, 2 coffins & graves

1821

Hugh McGary sells 8 parcels of Vanderburgh County land

1821

Hugh McGary sells his Evansville ferry across Ohio River to William McNitt city gravedigger

1821

Old Prison South established on a 1-acre plot in Jeffersonville IN

January 1821

Cold temperature was about 20 degrees below zero in Evansville

January 30, 1821

Hugh McGary bought Evansville lots for $1200

February 1821

1st Evansville burying ground cemetery established at Fourth & Vine Streets on the old Indian cemetery

February 1821

The Fourth & Vine Street cemetery was built over in 1846 by the German Methodist Church

March 1821

John James Audubon sues Jacob Gall over land dispute

March 5, 1821

James Monroe inaugurated as President of US

April 20, 1821

1st Newspaper The Evansville Gazette founded, operates at loss until closing in 1824

April 20, 1821

Gazette ads show 5 merchants, 2 attorneys, 1 each: hat factory, clock maker, printer, boarding house & blacksmith

April 20, 1821

Notices in the Gazette indicate visiting or circuit preachers in town 2 or 3 times per month

August 13, 1821

Scott Township is created

September 6, 1821

Alvin Peterson Hovey, born in Mount Vernon Indiana

1822

Illinois Governor - Edward Coles thru 1826

1822

The town of Harmonie (later New Harmony), Indiana has a population approaching 900 people

1822

Major flood year

1822

Evansville "Old Burying Ground" founded at 5th, 6th & Canal Streets

1822

1st Vanderburgh County Justice of Peace, Prestly Prichett, is elected

1822

Harmonie acquired almost all gold & silver in the area as payment of their goods

1822

1st Evansville major surgery was performed by Dr Harvey Phillips, reported to be an amputation

1822

Joseph Lane defeats Col Robert Evans for state representative (see 1860)

1822

Hugh McGary Jr sells 1 parcel of Vanderburgh County land

1822

Hugh McGary Jr announced his candidacy for the Indiana General Assembly

1822

Hugh McGary Jr sells one parcel of Vanderburgh County land

1822

Prestly Pritchett was elected as first Justice of Peace in Vanderburgh County

June 8, 1822

Hugh & Mary McGary Jr have a daughter Amanda born, Amanda will die very young

July 6, 1822

Mary Anthony McGary dies, her grave is 30-feet from Vine Street and 60-feet from Fourth Street

July 6, 1822

Mary Anthony McGary her daughter Amanda McGary & one young son were buried there as well

July 10, 1822

Hugh McGary resigns as candidate for the General Assembly by posting an ad in the Evansville Gazette

September 12, 1822

Indiana Governor - Ratliff Boon thru December 5, 1822

December 5, 1822

Indiana Governor - Ratliff Boon thru February 12, 1825

1823

Vast flocks of Passenger Pigeons line the Wabash River & Pigeon Creek; millions of birds

1823

The Columbian newspaper begins publication in Henderson, will run for many years

1823

Early Evansville store, owned by John Shanklin, opens on Water Street, later moved to First & Main Street

1823

Ice boxes or portable ice houses are introduced, small models are $15, large models are $25

1823

Hugh McGary sells 2 parcels of Vanderburgh County land

1823

Evansville falls into a decade of recession with loss of residents

February 1823

Evansville has a steamboat arriving several times per week with passengers & cargo

May 8, 1823

Vanderburgh County: John Harvey shot & killed Thomas Casey after an altercation between Harvey & his wife

May 17, 1823

Vanderburgh County: John Harvey is discovered & arrested near his home and murder site

June 5, 1823

Vanderburgh County: John Harvey found guilty, sentenced to hang

June 27, 1823

Vanderburgh County: 1st public execution, John Harvey hanged & buried on public square at Third & Main Streets

June 27, 1823

1,500 People attended the hanging, the population of Evansville was 150 people in 1820

August 2, 1823

Calvin Coolidge sworn in as 30th President of US

September 12, 1823

John Sheets kills Andrew White on Evansville Main Street in self defense

October 5, 1823

Early church, Liberty General Baptist Church (in Howell) is organized by Rev Benoni Stinson

1824

Evansville tax collection is $430

1824

Perry Township school #2, Thompson School

1824

Salt well drilled to 463 feet, brackish water, site became Pigeon Springs Resort at Maryland St & Pigeon Creek

1824

Congress authorizes removal of river snags & sandbars from the Ohio River

1824

Public lands are donated for building northern sections of the Wabash & Erie Canal

1824

Vanderburgh County spends $124 for help to poor

1824

The Harmonie Society of 900 people disbanded due to sickness & persecution from neighbors

1824

Robert Owen arrives to Harmonie (New Harmony)

1824

Hugh McGary Jr sells 2 parcels of Vanderburgh County land

1824

Hugh McGary Jr made 64 sales of Vanderburgh County land between 1817 & 1824

May 12, 1824

Hugh sells 120 acres land for $1100 to William R Bowen of Henderson, Hugh said to be debtor to Bowen

July 1824

Stagecoach line to Evansville to Vincennes began, it took two days, each way at $3.50, organized by Alanson Warner

July 1824

Stagecoach made overnight stops at Princeton each way; meals & lodging provided by the traveler

August 15, 1824

Freed American slaves form the country of Liberia

August 24, 1824

Kentucky Governor - Joseph Desha thru August 26, 1828

October 15, 1824

Robert Owen & son William visit Evansville report there were 30 to 40 houses

October 23, 1824

1st Steam locomotive is introduced

1825

Evansville Methodist class (Trinity Church) holds meetings in Court House, organized by Robert Parrett

1825

McAlister Graveyard founded Boeke Road between Bellmeade and Lincoln Avenue

1825

Masonic Hall and Marble Hall are dedicated in Evansville

1825

Robert Owen buys Harmonie, renames it New Harmony, & 30,000 acres of land

1825

Hugh McGary Jr has no sales of Vanderburgh County land in 1825

1825

Dr William Trafton arrives to Evansville, begins work with the "ager" epidemic & the fever

1825

Dr Trafton developed a "strong whiskey cure" for milk-sick, apparently it worked for some

January 3, 1825

Robert Owen buys the Harmonie Society settlement in New Harmony for $190,000

January 10, 1825

Indiana capitol removed from Corydon to Indianapolis which becomes the capital city

February 12, 1825

Posey County seat is moved to Mount Vernon from Springfield

February 12, 1825

Indiana Governor - James Brown Ray thru December 7, 1831

February 25, 1825

Robert Owen addressed the US House of Representatives & President Monroe about New Harmony

March 4, 1825

John Quincy Adams inaugurated as the 6th President of the US

March 7, 1825

Robert Owen again addressed the US House of Representatives & President Adams about New Harmony

May 8, 1825

The Vincennes Western Sun publishes news about Robert Owen's speeches in Washington DC

May 8, 1825

Abraham Lincoln was a regular reader of the Vincennes Western Sun at the Gentry Store in Gentryville

July 4, 1825

Posey County moves county seat to Mount Vernon, the first meeting is held in rented building

August 13, 1825

Final issue of the Evansville Gazette is printed

September 1825

Dr Lane arrives to Evansville to help with the "ager" epidemic

September 29, 1825

Clarrisa McGary, child of Hugh, weds Thomas J Dobyns, Clarrisa died 1836, Thomas died 1865, both in Haywood Co TN

October 1, 1825

The New Harmony Gazette is published

October 26, 1825

Erie Canal between Hudson River & Lake Erie opened

1826

Illinois Governor - Ninian Edwards thru 1830

1826

Surface coal is found & mined at Henderson at mouth of Sugar Creek

1826

Erskine School in Armstrong Township opens, one window of greased paper (the normal cabin window)

1826

Gen Robert Morgan Evans relocates to New Harmony

1826

Yellow fever epidemic in southwest Indiana

1826

"Boat Load of Knowledge" arrives New Harmony for a new society

1826

New Harmony begins the first kindergarten in the US

1826

New Harmony begins the first free school & the first co-educational school in the US

1826

New Harmony begins the first industrial training school in the US

1826

The Show Boat or Showboat stops at Evansville, it was built in 1817 at Nashville

1826

Hugh McGary Jr sells one parcel of Vanderburgh County land

1826

1817 to 1826 Hugh McGary sold 92 Evansville land parcels for $42,971

April 26, 1826

Hugh signs deed to his son in law Thomas Dobyns, the last Vanderburgh County McGary signature found

May 1826

A man named Hugh McGary Jr buys land in Sangamon County IL (Springfield)

July 4, 1826

John Adams dies in Braintree Massachusetts, the second president of the united States

July 4, 1826

Thomas Jefferson dies in Monticello Virginia, the third president of the united States

September 3, 1826

USS Vincennes becomes the first warship to circumnavigate the globe

September 6, 1826

Polly (Mary) McClain receives a divorce from her missing husband Matthew McClain

September 7, 1826

Hugh McGary Jr & Polly (Mary) McClain are married

November 27, 1826

John Walker invents friction match in England

1827

First rain gauge is fixed in New Harmony

1827

Post Office established in New Harmony, second in Indiana

April 5, 1827

Thomas Lincoln signed for Posey County land in the court house in Mount Vernon

April 5, 1827

The Lincoln land was 80-acres on Wagon Wheel Road near Big Creek, 3-miles northeast of Wadesville IN

April 5, 1827

(The Thomas Lincoln land sale document has been removed from the Posey County Court House)

April 30, 1827

Thomas Lincoln relinquished his Posey County land in the Vincennes District Land Office

June 1827

It is said Polly McClain McGary, wife of Hugh McGary died of the fever

1828

End of the Owen community in New Harmony

1828

Gen Robert Morgan Evans returns to Evansville

1828

Low river level, reported to be the lowest level ever seen

1828

In the 1828 Presidential campaign, John Quincy Adams charged Andrew Jackson & wife Rachel Donelson

1828

Jackson with bigamy; Hugh McGary Sr was their guide for the January 1791 period in question

August 26, 1828

Kentucky Governor - Thomas Metcalfe thru September 4, 1832

1829

Evansville tax collection is $610

March 4, 1829

Andrew Jackson inaugurated as the 7th President of the US

September 1829

1st Vanderburgh County jail is sold ($19.37) & removed for replacement

1830

Milk sickness is heavy along Green River, Lincoln family moving to Illinois, in part due to milk sick

1830

Illinois Governor - John Reynolds thru 1834

1830

Evansville population is 300

1830

Vanderburgh County population is 2,611

1830

Largest cities in US: New York 202,589, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, New Orleans

1830

Largest area city: Louisville 10,341, St Louis 4,977

1830

Center Township school opens, Morgan School

1830

Union Township school opens, Hazelwood School

1830

Jasper is laid out for the county seat

March 1, 1830

Abraham Lincoln family moves from Indiana to a home site near Decatur Illinois

April 13, 1830

Hugh McGary Jr wrote & witnessed the will of Henry Whetstone in Vanderburgh County IN

April 19, 1830

Hugh McGary Jr gave a deposition in Gibson County Ind; RE: a divorce action by a relative

April 19, 1830

The Hugh McGary document & signature is the last evidence found of Hugh being alive

May 20, 1830

Fountain pen is invented

May 24, 1830

First passenger rail service in US, Baltimore & Elliot's Mill Maryland

May 28, 1830

Congress authorizes Indian removal from all states to the western Prairie

September 9, 1830

Charles Durant flies his balloon from Castle Garden NYC to Perth Amboy NJ

December 25, 1830

"The winter of the deep snow" 3-foot deep snowfall in the region

1831

Winter of continuous & heavy snow & blizzards in the region

1831

Old North Chapel (Methodist Church) acquired for $13 from Thomas Hutson

1831

"Underground Railroad" term in use, Evansville, Stringtown, McCutchanville offered shelters

1831

National cholera epidemic

1831

The Tri-state had a partial eclipse of the sun this date

1831

Chloroform is developed; the gas is used as a pain killer

1831

Thomas J Dobyns, son in law of Hugh McGary Jr, & wife Clarissa McGary live in Haywood Co Tenn

August 28, 1831

First railroad engine in US, Tom Thumb, on the Little Schuylkill (Pennsylvania) RR in operation

December 7, 1831

Indiana Governor - Noah Noble thru December 6, 1837

1832

Evansville population is 314 persons

1832

Newcomers arrive to the Evansville with capital money for investment (W & E Canal inspiring growth)

1832

Work is begun on northern sections of the Wabash & Erie Canal

1832

The first great cholera epidemic; 30 of 225 citizens die in Evansville, 13% of city population

1832

The cholera disease traveled from Calcutta in 1831 to London to New Orleans to Evansville

1832

Ohio River reported to be at lowest level ever known

1832

German Township school opens, Lacy School

1832

National influenza epidemic

1832

First surgeon Dr Bray (or Brady) moves to Evansville area

1832

Evansville tax collection is $1,006

1832

As of 1832 it was reported that there was no thermometer in Evansville

1832

Evansville stagecoach lines begins to New Harmony, Mount Vernon & Boonville

1832

Cholera epidemics ravished the earth, Kentucky hard hit in 1833 & 1834

1832

Evansville has period of high growth, population grows from 314 to 3,235 more than 1,000%, thru 1850

1832

THIS IS FALSE HISTORY: Hugh McGary Jr charged with horse stealing by Mark Wheeler in Scott Township,

1832

The Hugh McGary horse stealing story is not found in any Vanderburgh County court records

1832

Posey County builds #3 court house in Mount Vernon

1832

Severe cold winter, Ohio River frozen solid 20" of ice, followed by flood waters

February 1832

Major flood year, reported to be highest flood level since Evansville was founded, crest was about 47 feet

February 6, 1832

1st Appearance of cholera at Edinburgh, Scotland

March 24, 1832

Mormon Joseph Smith beaten, tarred & feathered in Ohio

April 1832

Presbyterian First (Walnut Street Church) is built

June 26, 1832

Battle of Velasco in the Texas War of Independence

September 4, 1832

Kentucky Governor - John Brethitt thru February 21, 1834

November 1832

Second Vanderburgh County jail is erected on site of first jail, 2 stories, 18 x 22 feet, in use until 1855

November 7, 1832

Mount Vernon Indiana is incorporated as a city

November 14, 1832

1st Streetcar (horse-drawn) (John Mason) debuts in NYC; fare 12 cents

1833

Hugh McGary Jr left Evansville, age 57, no record he was ever in Haywood Co TN or Springfield IL

1833

Presbyterian class builds "Little Church on the Hill" at 2nd Street just off Main Street

1833

The original church "hill" was north of 2nd St between Main & Locust Sts, it was graded away over the years

1833

Knight Township school opens, Terry School

1833

Second property tax assessment, total valuation is $17,932

1833

Property tax assessment, total valuation is $17,923, less than 1819 assessment of $19,128

1833

Thomas Scantlin opens a tin shop in Evansville

1833

Hugh McGary Jr died at Flat Creek near Madisonville & Morton's Gap Kentucky

March 4, 1833

Andrew Jackson inaugurated as President of the United States

August 10, 1833

Chicago incorporates as a village of about 200

August 19, 1833

Thomas J Dobyns made legal guardian of Daniel Hugh & Jonathan A McGary, Haywood Co Tenn

August 19, 1833

This is the last evidence of Hugh being alive or of his death, guardian documents have not been located

December 1833

David J Mackey born in Evansville

1834

Illinois Governor - William D Ewing thru 1834

1834

Illinois Governor - Joseph Duncan thru 1838

1834

Evansville's first steamboat, "Ostego" is built near Pigeon Creek will sink in Wabash in 1889

1834

Vanderburgh County spends $255 for help to poor

1834

Evansville exceeded Newburgh as the area business leader, approximate year

1834

Joseph Lane said to have been Evansville City Marshal

1834

Chicago begins with a population of 150 people

1834

John Pitcher & 2nd wife Amanda Cissna relocate to Mount Vernon Ind

1834

Evansville is announced to be the southern terminus of the Wabash & Erie Canal

1834

Wabash & Erie Canal route survey is completed to include Evansville, land values jump 3-fold

February 21, 1834

Kentucky Governor - James T Morehead thru August 30, 1836

March 1834

The Evansville Journal newspaper is founded by William Towne, continues until 1936

March 1834

Ohio Street bridge (#1) is opened over Pigeon Creek in Evansville

March 1834

Work commenced on Rumsey Lock & Dam construction on the Green River

June 14, 1834

Thomas J Dobyns appointed guardian of Warrick McGary in Haywood County Tennessee

August 1, 1834

Slavery is abolished throughout the British Empire

November 11, 1834

State Bank of Indiana opens an Evansville branch later Old State Bank now Old National Bank

December 21, 1834

Henry Clay stopped to visit Evansville while traveling on river boat "Gray Eagle"

1835

Samuel Orr opens a pork & general merchandise business, Orr Iron is established, closed in 1977, after 142 years

1835

Catholic Church established Assumption Parish in Evansville

1835

St Paul's Episcopal services begin in Evansville

1835

John August Reitz arrived in Evansville from Prussia, takes a job in a sawmill

1835

City of Terre Haute asks Legislature to extend W & E Canal down to Evansville

1835

1st Amputation of a limb (the leg) by surgeon Dr Bray is performed in Evansville

1835

Mozart Hall theater is opened on First Street between Vine & Sycamore Streets in Evansville

1835

Scott Township school opens, Craddock School

1835

Knight Township school #2 opens, Olmstead School

1835

A tide of immigrants begin to pour into Evansville, they will change attitudes and habits of earlier residents

1835

1st Blackboard used in Terry School, Knight Twp, teacher & blackboard sent away as lazy teaching style

1835

Hugh McGary's original log cabin, built in Aug, 1812, at Main & Water Streets is demolished for a new building

March 11, 1835

Thomas J Dobyns appointed guardian of Jonathan & Daniel McGary in Haywood County Tennessee

October 2, 1835

Battle of Gonzales in the Texas War of Independence

October 9, 1835

Battle of Alamo & Goliad in the Texas War of Independence

October 20, 1835

Battle of San Antonio in the Texas War of Independence

October 28, 1835

Battle of Conception in the Texas War of Independence

November 16, 1835

28th Recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet

December 11, 1835

Battle of Bexar in the Texas War of Independence

1836

Lamasco is platted around Fulton Ave & Franklin St, the public square & business district

1836

Lamasco was the land east of Pigeon Creek & north of Division, now Court Street

1836

The name Lamasco taken from: La-Ma-Sco = founders Law, McCall & Scott

1836

Year of general & fatal illnesses in Evansville

1836

There are 15 buildings on Water Street (Riverside), 26 houses on First Street, Main Street is poorly built-up

1836

Druggist shop opens for business in Evansville

1836

Brother of Willard Carpenter opens business in Evansville

1836

First piano delivered to Evansville for Miss Wilson (later Mrs Wm Reilly)

1836

Catholic Priest Deydier stationed to Evansville, only 2 Catholic families reside in Evansville

1836

State legislature passes Internal Improvement Bill

1836

Cattle, pigs, goats, chickens, etc had free range within Evansville

1836

Winter offers excellent skating in new W & E canal basin

1836

Evansville recovers from the city slump with vigor & growth

March 1, 1836

Convention of 1836 resulting from the Texas War of Independence

March 16, 1836

Texas approves a constitution

March 17, 1836

Texas abolishes slavery

April 21, 1836

Texas Revolution Battle of San Jacinto ends with Texas victory

May 4, 1836

Evansville celebrates the start of the building of the W & E Canal

July 1836

W & E Canal terminal basin (100' x 400') completed on site of future 1891 court house

August 30, 1836

Kentucky Governor - James Clark thru August 27, 1839

October 22, 1836

Sam Houston inaugurated as 1st elected president of Republic of Texas

December 4, 1836

Whig party holds its 1st national convention in Harrisburg PA

1837

Independence, the unincorporated town west of Pigeon Creek begins to grow

1837

First steam engine in use when Silas Stephens opens sawmill

1837

Evansville has her first steam whistle, it sounds at start work, noon & quit work

1837

First band organized with 5 members using clarinet, trombone & drums

1837

Thomas Smith opens cabinet shop, reported to be beginning of Evansville furniture trade

1837

First Daguerreotype image is made

1837

Huntingburg town is established

1837

An 18' x 30' Court House annex is built on public square, fireproof for records security

1837

National smallpox epidemic

1837

Willard Carpenter arrives in Evansville to join his brother in dry goods business

1837

Evansville has 6 attorneys & 7 physicians

1837

Clarissa McGary Dobyns, daughter of Hugh, died in Haywood county Tennessee

1837

The nation enters into a depression

1837

St Paul church group repairs court house in exchange for allowing services in the court room

1837

Canal constructed from Evansville to 18 miles north in the first year, Injuries, cold weather & disease were problems

1837

Extremely cold winter, more than 60 deaths from pneumonia in the area

1837

Panic of 1837 begins national financial depression, coin money was suspended

February 12, 1837

Hugh McGary’s son in law Thomas Jefferson Dobyns married Martha Sharpe in Tennessee

March 1837

Methodist Church built on Locust Street (now Trinity UMC) 50 members, current church building

March 4, 1837

Chicago is incorporated with a population of 150 people

March 4, 1837

Martin Van Buren inaugurated as the 8th President of the US

May 1837

Help wanted ads for 2,000 laborers to build 400 miles of the Wabash & Erie Canal

May 1, 1837

Thomas J Dobyns guardian of children of Clarissa McGary Dobyns, deceased, in Haywood County Tennessee

May 20, 1837

Trinity Methodist Church begins Sunday School classes in Evansville

August 25, 1837

Thomas J Dobyns, son in law of Hugh McGary Jr, records Power of Attorney for McGary

October 1837

First fire apparatus Hook & Ladder Wagon is bought for fire fighting in Evansville

December 1837

Rumsey Lock & Dam construction was completed on the Green River

December 6, 1837

Indiana Governor - Davis Wallace thru December 9, 1840

1838

Illinois Governor - Thomas Carlin thru 1842

1838

An un-named Negro is hanged for rape in Henderson county

1838

Evansville has 3rd school, Miss Julia Barnes School followed by several small private schools

1838

Evansville population is 1,228 including 24 male & 16 female African Americans

1838

Third property tax assessment, total valuation was $883,495

1838

Asylum for the Poor, later called the Poor Farm, is organized for Vanderburgh County

1838

St Joseph is platted in German Township, Vanderburgh County

1838

Grace Presbyterian Church opens in Evansville

1838

Hard times with little cash available, thru 1843

1838

Stringtown Road bridge aka "State Road" (#2) over Pigeon Creek is opened

1838

1831 to 1838 Hugh McGary estate sold 25 Evansville land parcels for $12,471

1838

1818 to 1838 James Jones sold 77 Evansville land parcels for $19,350

1838

1818 to 1838 Gen Robert Evans sold 295 Evansville land parcels for $89,500

1838

1818 to 1838 Jones & Evans jointly sold 23 Evansville land parcels for $5,960

March 1838

Ohio Street bridge (#2) is opened over Pigeon Creek Vienna

March 20, 1838

Kasson is platted in German Township, Vanderburgh County

April 10, 1838

Evansville Town Board requires each house to keep ready 5 buckets for fire fighting

May 18, 1838

Thomas Dobyns, son in law of Hugh, recorded the Power of Attorney for Jonathan A. McGary

June 9, 1838

Earthquake, magnitude 5.2 recorded in Walnut Hill Illinois area

September 1838

A wood frame bridge built over Pigeon Creek on Maryland Street in Evansville

November 21, 1838

Bowen heirs re-file their 1825 suit against McGary heirs

1839

Mount Vernon newspaper the Courier is published

1839

Assumption Catholic Church is formed in Evansville

1839

Gen/Gov William H Harrison visits Gen Robert Morgan Evans at Evansville

1839

1st Threshing machine in brought into Vanderburgh County

1839

Order of Odd Fellows formed in Evansville

1839

William Sherwood House built at First & Locust Streets, later Elk's Home in Evansville

1839

First river gauge used grooved concrete strip and a copper float at the river to marker at street in Evansville

1839

St Paul's Episcopal Church at 1st & Chestnut Street is built in Evansville

January 1839

Vanderburgh Co Poor Farm & Asylum built in Mechanicsville (Stringtown), effort failed see 1843

January 9, 1839

Photography was invented with the Daguerreotype process

March 23, 1839

1st Recorded use of "OK" (oll korrect) in Boston's Morning Post

August 27, 1839

Kentucky Governor - Charles A Wickliffe thru September 2, 1840

November 25, 1839

Rumsey Lock & Dam construction was completed on the Green River

1840

Evansville population is about 2,100

1840

Vanderburgh County population is 6,250

1840

Largest cities in US: New York 312,710, Baltimore, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Boston

1840

Largest area city: Louisville 21,210, St Louis 16,469, Chicago 4,470

1840

Largest Indiana city: New Albany 4,226

1840

Cholera epidemic hits Evansville

1840

Assumption Catholic Church construction begins at Second & Sycamore Streets in Evansville

1840

Great in-migration of workmen including high numbers of German emigrates in Evansville, thru 1850

1840

Forming years of First Street & High Street "red light district" area in Evansville

1840

The William H Harrison presidential campaign creates excitement in Vanderburgh County

1840

Southwest Indiana called "the pocket" with rivers blocking north, west & south access

1840

Evansville was called the "Pocket City" with Vanderburgh Co as the "Pocket"

1840

Land between the salt well and Evansville city was covered with bleached cattle bones

January 12, 1840

St Paul's Episcopal Church is consecrated in Evansville

February 1840

The first fire companies are organized in Evansville

April 1840

Evansville orders 2 fire engines from Warner & Cummins, Cincinnati Ohio

June 20, 1840

Samuel Morse patents his telegraph

July 1840

2 Fire engines arrive from Warner & Cummins, Cincinnati, these were man-powered in Evansville

September 1840

Abraham Lincoln campaigned for Wm Henry Harrison in SW Illinois counties & Morganfield

September 2, 1840

Kentucky Governor - Robert P Letcher thru September 4, 1844

September 9, 1840

Knight Township is created in Vanderburgh County

September 9, 1840

Perry Township is created in Vanderburgh County

October 1840

Milk sick is prevalent "in the west"; this meant Indiana & Illinois

November 1840

Lamasco proposes a "Western Armory" be built near Pigeon Creek mouth in Evansville

December 9, 1840

Indiana Governor - Samuel Bigger thru December 6, 1843

1841

Maryland Street - Pigeon Creek bridge becomes a toll bridge via commissioners vote in Evansville

1841

Wabash & Erie Canal completed to Lafayette Ind

1841

National yellow fever epidemic

1841

Several McGary graves are moved from downtown Madisonville to Flat Creek Cemetery, thru 1861

January 17, 1841

Trinity German Lutheran Church is built in Evansville

January 31, 1841

First Cumberland Presbyterian Church is established in Evansville

March 4, 1841

William Henry Harrison of Indiana inaugurated as the 9th President of the US

April 4, 1841

President William Henry Harrison dies in office from pneumonia

April 4, 1841

John Tyler becomes the 10th President of the US

May 1, 1841

1st Emigrant wagon train leaves Independence, Missouri for Calif

November 4, 1841

1st Wagon train arrives in California

1842

11 Saloons licensed in Evansville

1842

Erysipelas (St Anthony's Fire or Black Tongue) outbreak hits Evansville, several fatalities

1842

Pigeon Springs Resort Park is opened at Maryland Street & Pigeon Creek in Evansville

1842

German Methodist Episcopal Church opens in Evansville

1842

Illinois Governor - Thomas Ford thru 1846

1842

Charles Dickens visits Henderson when his steamship stops for the day

April 30, 1842

Ether is developed; the gas is used as a pain killer

November 1, 1842

Fire destroys city area bounded by Main, First, Second & Locust Streets called Evansville's greatest fire

November 1, 1842

More than 25 German families lost their homes in this fire, there would be no insurance or relief

November 22, 1842

Mount St Helens in Washington erupts

November 26, 1842

The University of Notre Dame is founded

December 2, 1842

Old Baptist Church is founded in Evansville

1843

Coin money payments resumes at banks, these were suspended in 1837

1843

Lamasco settlement has rapid growth in the area around 1st Avenue & Pigeon Creek

1843

Vanderburgh County leases land east of Evansville for 2nd attempt to provide Poor Farm & Asylum

1843

1st Evansville wharf boat is built by Capt P G O'Riley

1843

There will be many wharf boats & multiple wharf boats, the last was destroyed by river ice in January, 1936

1843

Vine Street Presbyterian Church formed in Evansville

January 4, 1843

Earthquake, magnitude 6.3 recorded in northeast Arkansas area

May 22, 1843

1st Wagon train, 1000+ depart Independence Missouri for Oregon

August 1843

2 Men break Vanderburgh jail overnight and are at large, the Grand Jury have reported unfit for use the last 4 years

September 6, 1843

Center Township is created in Vanderburgh County

November 9, 1843

Public meeting held to discuss ways to have W & E Canal extended to the river at Evansville

December 6, 1843

Indiana Governor - James Whitcomb thru December 26, 1848

1844

Henderson buys its first fire engine

1844

Flooding stops canal construction for 2 months, sending project into the red, it never recovered

1844

First Church of the Assumption Catholic church completed at Second & Sycamore Streets in Evansville

1844

Gen Robert Morgan Evans dies in Evansville

1844

1st Bridge, covered, constructed near mouth of Pigeon Creek, replaces the 1st Ohio Street bridge in Evansville

January 15, 1844

University of Notre Dame receives its charter in Indiana

May 24, 1844

Samuel FB Morse transmitted telegraph message from Washington to Baltimore

July 18, 1844

Law passed prohibiting boats with smallpox, other disease or foul odor within 1/2 mile of Evansville

August 1, 1844

Great Whig barbecue is held at Pigeon Springs Park in Evansville

September 4, 1844

Kentucky Governor - William Owsley thru September 6, 1848

October 1844

Abraham Lincoln campaigned for Henry Clay in Vincennes, Bruceville, Washington, Rockport, etc

October 1844

Gentryville, Boonville & possibly Evansville between Oct 24 through Nov 4, 1844

October 3, 1844

Dinner held to promote the W & E Canal in Evansville

October 17, 1844

Hotel Washington Hall opens near Market House in Evansville

November 21, 1844

Lecture by Robert Owen in the Vanderburgh County Court House

December 19, 1844

Blizzard on deep snow followed by a severe cold spell

1845

John August Reitz opens sawmill business on Pigeon Creek

1845

The first Evansville Courier appears in 1845, ends in 1847, 2nd Courier begins in 1865

1845

McCutchanville village founded in Vanderburgh County

1845

Hillyard village (later Blue Grass) is founded

1845

Salem Methodist Church is built in Vanderburgh County

1845

A stone & iron addition is built on to the Posey County jail

1845

Evansville population is 2,000

1845

Vanderburgh County Medical Society organized, adopts a code of ethics

1845

Christian Kratz & William Heilman open foundry and machine shop on Pine Street in Evansville

1845

Joseph Lane enlists in Mexican War rising from Private to Brigadier General

1845

Fire destroys several houses & businesses in Mount Vernon

March 4, 1845

James K Polk inaugurated as the 11th President of the US

March 8, 1845

Willard Carpenter throws a "Canal Ball" to citizens at the Exchange Hotel in Evansville

March 18, 1845

Wabash & Erie Canal construction once again underway to north

May 1, 1845

1st Evansville Fire Company organized after a series of fires in city

May 31, 1845

Daniel Hugh McGary left Texas family joined wagon train to Calif gold fields, never heard from again

June 4, 1845

Mexican-American war begins

August 14, 1845

Hotel Burke House opens at 2nd & Main Streets in Evansville

August 25, 1845

2 Fire engines are ordered from Collingridge & Lawson Co, Louisville, Kentucky

September 1845

Vanderburgh County reverts back to 1839 Poor Farm & Asylum site with new operator, see 1868

September 1, 1845

German Township created in Vanderburgh County

December 1, 1845

One (the 1st) new fire engine, the Neptune, arrives from Louisville

December 4, 1845

One cent reward offered for 14 year old runaway bond apprentice in German Township, Vanderburgh County

1846

Illinois Governor - Augustus C French thru 1853

1846

600 Canal workers die from cholera near Attica Indiana

1846

First German Methodist Church is built at Fourth & Vine Street in Evansville on the old Indian burial ground

1846

7,000 tons were shipped on area rivers in 1817; 3,410,000 tons in 1846

1846

Evansville Medical College is established, a dispensary is opened

January 19, 1846

Completion of the canal to Evansville provided by the Butler Canal Bill

January 23, 1846

The 2nd new fire engine, the Phoenix, arrives from Louisville

February 4, 1846

Evansville is divided into 2 fire districts "Upper" SE of Main St & "Lower" NW of Main St

February 23, 1846

Grand Ball held at the Exchange Hotel to celebrate the passage of the canal completion law in Evansville

March 12, 1846

Public meeting held to discuss requesting a Marine Hospital from US Congress in Evansville

April 25, 1846

Mexican-American war begins

May 8, 1846

1st Major battle of Mexican War fought at Palo Alto Texas

May 28, 1846

Evansville is recruiting company of cavalry for war, bring your own horse, pay is $300 per year

May 28, 1846

Exchange Hotel opens on Water Street in Evansville

June 7, 1846

Company of 100 riflemen leaves Evansville for Mexico where they fight at Battle of Buena Vista

June 17, 1846

Steamboat "George Washington" passes Evansville with 30 Cherokee Chiefs on way to Washington DC where the

June 17, 1846

30 Cherokee Chiefs would sign "Treaty of Aug 6, 1846"; the trip was held secret from the public

October 15, 1846

Dr William Thomas Green Morton 1st public use of ether

November 1846

It is reported that famine is rampant in Ireland

1847

Strong westward migration from the Mexican War & the 1949 gold rush to California

1847

Evansville Mayor - James G Jones thru 1853

1847

Evansville became the most important shipping point on the Ohio River below Louisville

1847

The Vanderburgh Democrat newspaper publishes, it will close in 1850

1847

First fire engine (hand operated pump on wheels) is purchased by the city, named the "Union" in Evansville

1847

Evansville is 8th largest town in Indiana including New Albany, Madison & Terre Haute

1847

Steamboat passage to New Orleans costs $15 including meals & lodging from Evansville

1847

Streets remain unimproved with a few crude boardwalks fronting some stores in Evansville

1847

National measles epidemic

1847

National influenza epidemic

1847

The germ theory of communicable diseases is first proposed by Ignaz Semmelweis

1847

A German couple in Iowa have 32 girl children born in 16 births, a local man has given land to them in Evansville

1847

New Hampshire enacts a 10-hour workday into law

1847

Old Prison South in Jeffersonville IN is closed for a new larger prison in Clarksville IN

1847

First Mayor of Evansville John S Hopkins is elected

January 1847

Major flood year but lower than in 1832, crest was 45.5 feet

January 29, 1847

Evansville receives City Charter, Evansville covered 280 acres, 4,000 residents & valuation of $901,324,000

March 3, 1847

US Post Office Department authorized to issue postage stamps

April 1847

1st Mayor & Evansville city council chosen by election, James C Jones is 1st Mayor

April 12, 1847

Evansville City Council has its first meeting

May 1, 1847

First Evansville Board of Health established by Ordinance

June 15, 1847

The Journal complains the soldiers are paid 25 cents per day while congressmen are paid $8 per day

July 1, 1847

Evansville riflemen from Mexican War are mustered out of service at New Orleans

July 4, 1847

First Baptist Church is established in Evansville

July 4, 1847

A cannon being loaded for a parade salute explodes during loading; kills one maims another on Evansville riverfront

July 10, 1847

Telegraph wires are being installed west through Ohio

September 8, 1847

US under Gen Scott defeat Mexicans at Battle of Molino del Rey

September 23, 1847

It is announced that Evansville will be along the route of the telegraph wire

November 1847

William Stockwell buys 594 acres including current Wesselman Park-Stockwell Woods area in Evansville

November 13, 1847

It is reported that famine is reappearing in Ireland for a second year in a row

November 24, 1847

A local boy was bit by a rabid dog 8 weeks earlier, he died this day in Evansville

December 1847

It is reported that famine, disease and banking failures are bringing many deaths to England & Europe

December 4, 1847

A Presidential message is telegraphed to Louisville and other towns; it was delivered word for word

December 14, 1847

A public meeting is held in Evansville to gain public views for joining the telegraph system

December 30, 1847

The telegraph is now complete from Philadelphia (thru Vincennes) to St Louis

1848

Water Street (Riverside Drive) cut down 10 feet from original elevation Evansville, a very significant project

1848

Masonic order builds lodge at First & Main Streets in Evansville

1848

Vanderburgh County Library opens in the county auditors office

1848

Date of earliest grave found in (the later named) Locust Hill Cemetery in Evansville

1848

John A Reitz helped finance Trinity Catholic Church where he was a member, he gave to most Evansville churches

1848

Willard Carpenter began building his home on Carpenter Street in Evansville, land was 300' x 300'

1848

State Road (North Main St) is planked from Columbia St (toll booth location) to Pigeon Creek in Evansville

1848

The Evansville levee, the wharf, is planned & constructed

January 24, 1848

James Marshall finds gold at Sutter's Mill, Coloma California

February 2, 1848

Mexican-American war ends

February 3, 1848

Steamboat Major Barbour is struck and sunk by steamer Paul Jones near Cannelton, one killed

February 14, 1848

Chloroform is first used on a dying patient, in Boston, to relieve suffering

February 25, 1848

Marx & Engels publish Communist Manifesto

March 1848

Evansville wharf improvements include grading, dressing & stone paving

April 1848

Grand Rapids Dam, 1,030 long, is under construction above Mount Carmel by Wabash Navigation Co

April 1848

Circus is in Evansville for a week, circus ground was near the Carpenter house on Carpenter Street

April 1848

The Evansville Journal is now printing a daily, tri-weekly and weekly editions

May 1848

Passenger Pigeons are still in vast numbers along the Tri-state rivers

May 1848

A bottle of gold dust is shown around Sutter's Mill California, the news is spread, the rush begins

May 1848

Reported world glaciers are still advancing in the "little ice age" (it will soon begin to warm, glaciers will slowly recede)

May 3, 1848

A slave family of 3 cut their own throats, including a baby, after they were sold at auction in Louisville

May 11, 1848

Hotel Independence Hall opens at Water & Division Streets in Evansville

May 19, 1848

Mexico gives Texas to US, ending the war

June 6, 1848

Telegraph poles are now being set along Evansville streets

June 9, 1848

A strike by a lightening bolt is called a strike "by the electric fluid" in Evansville

June 9, 1848

US Mail will be carried by packet boats to Mount Vernon & Henderson

July 4, 1848

The corner stone is laid for the Washington national monument

August 1848

The Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC is under construction

August 1848

17,000 Emigrants arrived to New York during the month of August, 1848

August 19, 1848

The New York Herald reported the discovery of gold in California

August 24, 1848

Evansville now has an operating telegraph system, "greatest day in Evansville history" reported Evansville Journal

September 1848

It was told that some Londoners would find an orphan child, buy 3 or 4 burial insurance policies & then

September 1848

murder the child for the insurance, usually 8 or 9 Pounds per policy

September 6, 1848

Kentucky Governor - John J Crittenden thru July 13, 1850

September 18, 1848

The new outbreak of cholera has reached western Europe on its way to the US

September 20, 1848

It is reported that Irish famine has become even worse due to the potato disease (blight)

September 23, 1848

The cholera has now traveled to St Louis

October 1848

A fast train is making a 600 mile trip between Boston & Maryland in 48 hours, about 30 MPH

November 20, 1848

The first Daguerreotype (camera) sets-up shop in Evansville over a drug store on Main Street

November 20, 1848

(The period newspapers were spotty in the 1840s so there may have been earlier vendors)

December 26, 1848

Indiana Governor - Paris Chipman Dunning thru December 5, 1849

December 29, 1848

Gas lights 1st installed at White House in Polk's administration

1849

30 Canal workers die from cholera near Aurora Indiana

1849

Willard Carpenter builds home on Carpenter Street (WNIN in 1986) in Evansville

1849

Uhl Pottery Co founded in Evansville

1849

The largest migration in the Western Hemisphere was the "1849 gold rush" to California

1849

Freedman Joshua Lyles & brother Samuel begin an African American haven named Lyles Station in Gibson County

1849

Salem Methodist Church is built in Vanderburgh County

1849

The year of 1849 had cholera as the primary news maker; hundreds died in the Tri-state

1849

The 2nd big news maker was plank roads; plank roads were being planned for coast to coast use

1849

Abraham Lincoln speaks at dedication of Grafton Bridge in Posey County; reported in Posey County DAR paper

1849

(Found in a Nov, 1934 program talk to the DAR in Mount Vernon Indiana by Mrs Charles T Johnson)

1849

Mount Vernon is incorporated as a city (the second time)

January 1, 1849

German Evangelical Zion's Church is organized in Evansville

February 28, 1849

1st Boat load of gold rush prospectors arrives in SF from east coast

March 5, 1849

Zachary Taylor inaugurated as the 12th President of the US

April 12, 1849

Citizens vote to authorize $100,000 to construct railroad Evansville to Vincennes; 624 yes to 288 no votes

April 12, 1849

(The line became the C&EI RR in 1877, it operated until 1976, track runs parallel with US High 41 North)

June 1849

Evansville, as did most cities, undertakes a clean city program to reduce the threat of cholera

June 1849

Pigeon Springs Resort Park is refurbished & improved at Maryland Street & Pigeon Creek in Evansville

July 4, 1849

A 5# gold nugget is found in the California gold fields

July 14, 1849

The first Evansville thermometer is reported but it was not read on this very hot day

August 1849

The "Floating Palace", an indoor circus boat with 2600 seats comes to the wharf for a week in Evansville

October 17, 1849

10 Pounds of gold is brought to Evansville by a man on his way home to Palestine Illinois

October 17, 1849

(Edward Pearson collected his gold dust at about one ounce per day; this was the normal find)

November 1849

A "plank road" craze is sweeping across the nation, in only 2 or 3 years these roads will fail badly

November 22, 1849

Evansville has her first circular saw mill; the cost was $500

December 5, 1849

Indiana Governor - Joseph Albert Wright thru January 12, 1857

December 6, 1849

Two 4,500 pound kettles arrive to Evansville for the new soap & candle factory on the canal

December 6, 1849

A new market house is being built on 3rd at Locust Street; it is 180 feet long in Evansville

December 31, 1849

15 Steamers are working at the Evansville wharf

1850-1899

1850

150 Canal workers die from cholera in southwest Indiana

1850

100 Canal workers die from cholera near Francisco Indiana

1850

Evansville census: 3,235, 13 preachers, 15 lawyers, 16 preachers, about 100 African Americans

1850

Vanderburgh County population is 11,414

1850

Mount Vernon census 1,120

1850

Evansville taxes collected are $38,800

1850

Largest cities in US: New York 515,547, Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, New Orleans

1850

Largest area city: St Louis 77,860, Louisville 43,194, Chicago 29,963

1850

Largest Indiana city: New Albany 8,181, Indianapolis 8,091, Evansville 3,235

1850

Global temperature anomaly -0.22 degree centigrade

1850

1st Pest House is located at 5th & Locust St, earlier small pox patients were kept in a house boat on the river front

1850

Phelps's coal bank is discovered on the river bank in Newburgh, it was a profitable mine

1850

The Stringtown plank road was extended from Columbia Street to Ohio River along future Main Street

1850

Telegraph wire from Louisville placed in service in Evansville

1850

Planking of Main Street between First to Second St in Evansville, planking failed by 1853, gravel surfacing began

1850

Oak Hill Cemetery founded in Evansville

1850

Evansville Advertiser newspaper publishes will close in 1851

1850

H Fendrich Tobacco plant founded by 20 year old Herman Fendrich in Evansville

1850

The Evansville Female Institute, a select school for young ladies is opened

1850

National dengue fever epidemic

1850

National influenza epidemic

1850

National yellow fever epidemic

1850

Approximate end of "little ice age" from 1350, world glaciers will slowly begin to retreat, see 1940

1850

First river shipments of coal on flat boats begin in Evansville

1850

Coal oil is developed (kerosene will be developed in 1854)

January 1850

Indiana Legislature authorizes a Plank Road between Evansville & Princeton

January 1850

Franklin Street bridge (#1) over Pigeon Creek is opened in Evansville

January 8, 1850

Ben Franklin's birthday is celebrated with a public ball in Evansville

January 24, 1850

Announced that 72 people died of cholera the past week in St Louis

February 1850

The Scantlin Foundry is casting stove parts at Main Street & the Canal in Evansville

February 6, 1850

Chloroform is used by Dr Bray, in the in Evansville Medical College, to amputate a patients lower leg in Evansville

February 22, 1850

Work contracts are awarded for construction of the Evansville & Princeton Railroad

February 23, 1850

1st Commencement of the Evansville Medical College

March 1850

Construction of E & I Railroad begins in Evansville

March 1850

The first Portable Saw Mill is shown in Evansville, purchase cost was $500

March 9, 1850

Several men return from the California gold fields, each with over $3,000 cash in Evansville

March 22, 1850

7 Men leave for California gold fields from Evansville

May 1850

Cornerstone for the Trinity Catholic Church is laid in Evansville

June 5, 1850

First Grand Rapids Dam, 1,030 long is completed above Mount Carmel by Wabash Navigation Co

June 13, 1850

The Fourth Street Market House is opened in Evansville

June 17, 1850

First ice cream shop opens in Evansville on First Street

July 1850

There were 36 cholera deaths in Evansville in previous week, 3 or 4 citizens die daily

July 1850

Cholera is killing many Canal workers, Petersburg area is hard hit

July 1, 1850

A 46# gold nugget is found in the California gold fields

July 1, 1850

Thermometer is mentioned in the Journal as temperature hits 95 degrees in Evansville

July 4, 1850

Canal Bank opens in connection with the canal, later becomes First National Bank in 1863 in Evansville

July 9, 1850

Thermometer is mentioned in the Journal as temperature hits 100 degrees in Evansville

July 9, 1850

President Zachary Taylor died in office

July 10, 1850

One full day elapsed between President Taylor's death & President Fillmore being sworn in

July 10, 1850

Millard Fillmore sworn in as the13th President of US

July 13, 1850

Kentucky Governor - John L Helm thru September 2, 1851

July 14, 1850

First demonstration of ice made by refrigeration

July 18, 1850

The Washington Monument is now 6.5 feet high, built with public subscription funds

August 7, 1850

First mention of successful balloon ascension, two-hour flight in Lowell, Mass

August 15, 1850

Stranger is hired by Evansville as grave digger, he digs 1 grave, dies that night and is buried in own grave

August 22, 1850

Proposal offered for a public park on river bank, now known as Sunset Park in Evansville

September 1850

Henderson to Nashville Railroad is under discussion

September 2, 1850

Telegraph wire over Ohio River is broken by birds perched on wire in Evansville

September 2, 1850

Ohio Street bridge (#3) is opened over Pigeon Creek in Evansville

October 1850

Ingle Street Methodist Church is built in Evansville

November 1850

Potato crops from Louisville to Evansville have failed

November 14, 1850

First night school opens in Fire House on Vine Street in Evansville

November 28, 1850

First canal boat 'The Visitor" for Evansville service arrives by Ohio River

December 20, 1850

Planking of Evansville Main Street, between 1st & 2nd Streets is complete

December 23, 1850

Steamboats Grayson & Swallow burn on the river front in Evansville

1851

A plank road was built & dedicated between Mount Vernon & New Harmony 1847-1851

1851

A plank road was built between Boonville & Newburgh 1847-1851

1851

Cholera epidemic hits Evansville

1851

Over 1,000 workers died of cholera working on the Canal

1851

Indiana adopts a state constitution

1851

Indiana legislature passes law prohibiting blacks from settling in the state

1851

Vanderburgh County Agriculture Society formed

1851

Fairgrounds opens at north of city (site is now Fendrich Golf Course) in Evansville

1851

The Lamasco Wharf is completed

January 30, 1851

First mention of magician performance in Evansville

February 1851

Valentine cards are available in the Lister Book Store on Main Street in Evansville

April 1851

Estimated there are 10,000 Daguerre photographers in the United States

April 16, 1851

Johnson & French build a stone path across Evansville Main Street in front of their store

May 1, 1851

High temp today was only 20 degrees, a crop killer day with a "black frost" in Evansville

May 1, 1851

(Killer frosts, late & early freezes were frequent during the Little Ice Age; 1350 to 1850, life was difficult)

May 20, 1851

First locomotive engine arrives on river boat from New Orleans, named "Vanderburgh" to Evansville

May 20, 1851

Ox teams, helped by citizens, pulls engine up river bank onto rail tracks laid on Main St

June 2, 1851

Planking of Evansville Main Street to the "Bulls Head" is complete

July 10, 1851

E & I Railroad extending north of Pigeon Creek to Princeton from Evansville

July 16, 1851

First passenger rail car arrives on river boat from Dayton Ohio, seats 60, cost $2,150 in Evansville

September 2, 1851

Kentucky Governor - Lazarus W Powell thru September 4, 1855

September 18, 1851

Evansville railroad train engine & car crosses on just completed bridge over Pigeon Creek

September 25, 1851

Plank road between Albion & Grayville is completed

September 30, 1851

Shortage of coin money is felt

October 7, 1851

Grand Jury reports rotten logs in Vanderburgh Jail, reported as poor condition & too small

October 9, 1851

Dr Bray performs a delicate & dangerous surgery of Femoral Hernia repair in Evansville

October 20, 1851

An organ grinder & his monkey worked in Evansville for a few days

October 21, 1851

Mount Vernon wharf is completed, cost $18,000

October 23, 1851

The Ohio River is reported as dry

November 3, 1851

E & I Railroad extending north into Gibson County

November 24, 1851

E & I Railroad ships first cargo into Gibson County, Groceries shipped to "York" near Princeton

December 5, 1851

Second locomotive engine arrives on river boat from New Orleans, named "Gibson" to Evansville

December 6, 1851

50 Acres has been purchased to become Oak Hill Cemetery in Evansville

December 18, 1851

Ohio River has 10 inches of ice

December 29, 1851

1st YMCA chapter opened in Boston Massachusetts

1852

250 Canal workers die from cholera in southwest Indiana

1852

First Jewish congregation organized in Evansville

1852

Five fire engines are now in Evansville, operated by volunteer departments

1852

Evansville Gas Works, a citizen held stock-holder company, receives operating charter

1852

Evansville Times newspaper publishes will close in 1853

1852

Evansville Enquirer newspaper publishes will close in 1859

1852

The "circus grounds" are the future site of Willard Library in Evansville

1852

National yellow fever epidemic

1852

Construction of the Washington House Hotel on Main Street in Evansville is begun

January 22, 1852

Evansville Journal reports temperature fell to 20 degrees below zero at midnight

January 22, 1852

(Evansville's current record low temp is -23.1 degrees on Feb 2, 1951)

January 29, 1852

Second city wharf boat "Hercules" is built by O'Riley & Mitchell in Evansville

February 5, 1852

A herd of about 100 deer was seen near Lynnville Indiana

February 26, 1852

The discovery of bacteria is been announced

March 11, 1852

Canal wall breaks along Canal Street flooding that section of Evansville

March 13, 1852

Uncle Sam cartoon figure made its debut in the NY Lantern weekly

March 19, 1852

E & I Railroad is completed from Evansville to Princeton

April 1, 1852

E & I Railroad passenger car & baggage car are filled for Evansville to Princeton trips

April 13, 1852

Tornado kills 16 people, 3 in New Harmony; Smithsonian Institute funded a study of this tornado in New Harmony,

April 13, 1852

John Chappelsmith discovered that tornados were rapidly rotating winds, a historic discovery for mankind

April 15, 1852

Paducah suffers major fire that burned 40 buildings, $100,000 damage

May 13, 1852

Plans for the new Vanderburgh County Court House & Jail are given public display in Evansville

May 24, 1852

Pigeon Springs Resort remodels, owner Hillier will open with a turtle dinner in Evansville

June 1852

Cholera kills many workers along the canal project, bodies were burned

June 16, 1852

Building of Vanderburgh Court House (#2) is authorized on public square at Main & 3rd Streets, NW corner

June 17, 1852

The Journal reports news delivered from Baltimore to Evansville in ONLY 90 minutes last week

July 1852

The Show Boat, or Showboat, returns to Evansville, last visit was in 1826

July 1852

Cholera epidemic in Evansville many deaths, 80 die in Gibson, cholera blamed on weather & influx of new vegetables

July 12, 1852

A.L. Robinson, Free Soil candidate for Governor speaks at Methodist Church on African Slavery in Evansville

July 13, 1852

Evansville has 7 cholera deaths on this day

July 13, 1852

Evansville had 7 cholera deaths on this day

July 19, 1852

Apollo Hall Theater opens on 1st Street between Vine & Sycamore Streets in Evansville

July 28, 1852

Plank road boards on Main Street have warped & become dangerous in Evansville

August 13, 1852

The rail line between Princeton & the Wabash River west is near completion

August 19, 1852

5 Houses on river bank side of Water Street demolished; McGary sold these lots from 1812 Evansville first plat

September 1852

Ireland's potato crop has failed

September 28, 1852

The Mansion House Hotel in Mount Vernon has been completely renovated

September 30, 1852

Cornerstone is set in Vanderburgh County Court House by Masons & Odd Fellows

October 5, 1852

A 200 foot tall pole was raised at 4th & Main St, this may have been an ongoing competition in Evansville

October 5, 1852

1st Underground gas pipes laid at 2nd & Division, now Court, Streets in Evansville

October 5, 1852

Evansville will use gas street-lights for 30 years

November 2, 1852

$106.41 Was collected at Vanderburgh Co. polling places for the Washington Monument

November 28, 1852

St John's Evangelical Church is dedicated in Evansville

December 8, 1852

Notable "suicide" as Daniel Street, wife & infant child drowned themselves in Ohio River in Evansville

1853

Illinois Governor - Joel A Matteson thru 1857

1853

Evansville Mayor - John S Hopkins thru 1856

1853

Major flood year

1853

Evansville Public System organized

1853

F W Cook & Louis Rice establish the first City Brewery, becomes F W Cook Brewery in 1888 in Evansville

1853

Morgan Manor constructed for William Preston in Evansville

1853

Locust Hill Cemetery laid-out with 300 lots in Evansville

1853

Citizens complain about large flocks of geese on city streets in Evansville

1853

John S Hopkins elected Mayor of Evansville (Whig)

January 29, 1853

Planking of Evansville Main Street is declared a failure

February 15, 1853

Oak Hill Cemetery is laid-out, replaces burial ground at 5th & Mulberry Streets in Evansville

February 18, 1853

National Theater opens on Water Street between Main & Sycamore in Evansville

March 4, 1853

Franklin Pierce inaugurated as the 14th President of the US

March 20, 1853

Steamboat the "Bee" explodes at West Franklin

March 28, 1853

1st Evansville clock installed in the German Lutheran Church tower in Lamasco, has 4 faces, cost $500, runs 8 days

April 8, 1853

The "fat lady" show visits Evansville for a few days, 20,000 paid 10 cents to view her at Louisville

April 14, 1853

Harriet Tubman began her Underground Railroad

April 14, 1853

E&I Railroad opens a car building factory near 8th & Main Streets in Evansville

April 16, 1853

Fire destroys Scheuler Brewery in Lamasco

May 1853

The Straight Line Railroad is organized to run to Indianapolis through Petersburg

May 4, 1853

Bids are opened for Marine Hospital construction in Evansville

May 14, 1853

The Evansville Journal Editor "laid a curse" on the brown veils being worn around the city

June 5, 1853

Floating bath house opens on riverfront, 25 cents per bath in Evansville

June 11, 1853

The Wabash & Erie Canal is declared completed & noted as such in the Evansville Journal

June 21, 1853

The Washington House Hotel on Main Street will soon be completed in Evansville

July 1853

Ohio River is called "dry"

July 21, 1853

The new city clock is accused of being tolled early at 20 minutes before noon in Evansville

July 21, 1853

The Evansville Restaurant features "squirrel pie" daily

August 10, 1853

A sewing machine is presented on display for sale in Evansville

August 20, 1853

Evansville first gas lights are now in service

August 22, 1853

Free public schools begin in Evansville, ages 5 thru 25 are eligible

August 25, 1853

Anger & debate over the introduction of Bibles in Evansville Public Schools

August 25, 1853

Hot summer; Evansville Journal writes the Smithsonian Instruction stated 1853 is hottest summer since 1698

September 1853

Evansville Marine Hospital begins construction (this facility was to serve only river men, funded by Federal Govt)

September 2, 1853

Evansville Enquirer posts temperatures for the summer, Dr Wilcox keeps weather tables

September 15, 1853

1st Electric telegraph used

September 22, 1853

Wabash & Erie Canal completed Evansville to Toledo Ohio, only 2 passengers ever make full trip

November 4, 1853

Iron railings are being installed on the Washington House Hotel in Evansville

November 26, 1853

Evansville & Crawfordsville RR built from Garden City (now Vanderburgh Co Jail) to Vincennes

November 26, 1853

E & I Railroad to Vincennes is completed, name is changed to Evansville & Crawfordsville Railroad

November 26, 1853

First "ball game" is played in Evansville, "swindling" was charged (good humored charges)

December 7, 1853

Crescent City Bank will build new building & move from the Washington House Hotel in Evansville

December 14, 1853

Telegraph wire from Henderson to Evansville placed in service

December 14, 1853

Evansville Rail service to Vincennes began this day with one round trip daily, railroad still in service 2013

December 14, 1853

Lucy Stone delivers a lecture on Women's Rights in Evansville

December 14, 1853

Sinzich Bakery in Evansville has installed a cracker forming machine for baking

December 19, 1853

The failed Main Street plank road is being replaced with a light gravel surfacing in Evansville

December 23, 1853

Over 100 names are registered at the Washington House Hotel as it opens for business in Evansville

1854

B'nai Israel Jewish Temple is built at Sixth & Division Streets in Evansville

1854

Cholera epidemic hits Evansville

1854

Evansville begins surfacing main streets with "boulders" (cobblestones)

1854

The germ theory of communicable diseases is proposed by John Snow

1854

80 Construction workers are building the Marine Hospital at 10th & Wabash Ave on Ohio Street in Evansville

1854

Mount Vernon first private bank is opened by George E Baker

1854

Kerosene is developed (coal oil was developed in 1850)

1854

Washington Monument construction is halted, thru 1877

January 8, 1854

Curtis Richardson is hanged for murder in Henderson County

February 1854

The Tri-state is hit with a heavy blizzard, reported to be the heaviest in decades

February 6, 1854

Hotel Kentucky House opens at 1st & Vine Streets in Evansville

February 21, 1854

The Evansville Journal charges the W & E Canal at Evansville is being 'grossly neglected'

February 25, 1854

Leich Drug Store begins business in Evansville

February 27, 1854

Railroad Hotel opens at 4th & Locust Streets in Evansville

March 11, 1854

Pigeon Creek has its own flood, the current in the high water is swift & causing much damage in Evansville

April 1, 1854

The Haney Boiler Yard has completed the first Evansville-built boiler (this was for a steam ship)

April 3, 1854

Twice-a-week stage coach service begins between Evansville & Mount Vernon

April 3, 1854

Evansville votes to have free public schools

April 17, 1854

Farmers Hotel opens at 4th & Sycamore Streets in Evansville

April 19, 1854

The Henderson & Nashville (L&N) Railroad is progressing well on the northern end

April 21, 1854

A new locomotive engine & baggage car arrives by boat to Evansville

April 27, 1854

The "Underground Railroad" was been mentioned in the Journal several times in the previous year

May 26, 1854

Tri-state has a early morning partial solar eclipse (it was predicted for the afternoon)

June 2, 1854

An "Underground Railroad conductor" was arrested upon return passage through Evansville

June 2, 1854

Conductor had taken 4 female Negros from Henderson to Petersburg in his notions peddler wagon

June 10, 1854

US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, holds its first graduation

June 16, 1854

Coal deposits are discovered west of Evansville (Reitz Hill) by William Kerstemen

June 27, 1854

Evansville schools have public examination followed by a free school picnic

July 1854

The Young America Fire Company is organized, given the old engine Phoenix in Evansville

July 4, 1854

Washington House Hotel has its Grand Opening in Evansville (This building still stands at 3rd & Main in 2013)

July 10, 1854

Telegraph wire to Henderson broken by steamboat, now replaced at 200 feet above river

July 12, 1854

Canal boat owner Burley Shock advertised for passengers to Petersburg for the convention

August 1854

Drought summer, 12 drays (water carts or water wagons) haul river water to fill water cisterns in Evansville

September 4, 1854

City (Evansville) High School opens in former Episcopal Church at 1st & Chestnut St, 17 students

September 4, 1854

This was the first public tuition-free high school west of the Allegheny Mountain range

September 4, 1854

First public Elementary School, "Upper", later Wheeler, opens 2nd & Vine Streets in Evansville

October 4, 1854

Abraham Lincoln made his 1st political speech at the Illinois State Fair

October 17, 1854

Most or all Evansville liquor shops voluntarily close on election day

November 1854

Stores are ordered to close on Sundays (restaurant, grocery, liquor, etc) in Evansville

November 1854

Evansville City Council orders restaurants, groceries & liquor shops to close on Sundays

November 18, 1854

The Evansville & Crawfordsville RR to Terre Haute is open for its entire length

November 25, 1854

1st Telegraph line over the river to Henderson fails when lightning strikes the wire, it will have many failures

December 11, 1854

A new locomotive engine, the "Sullivan" arrives by boat to Evansville

December 20, 1854

The Evansville Journal reports difficulties with mail delivery to Henderson from Evansville

1855

Samuel Orr changes to wholesale groceries & iron trade business in Evansville

1855

Evansville police force has marshal and two constables

1855

St Emanuel's Lutheran Church is organized in Evansville

1855

H Fendrich Cigar business is established in Evansville

1855

National yellow fever epidemic

1855

Apollo Hall becomes Mozart Hall, scene of the infamous Evans Brothers death fight in 1861

January 3, 1855

Jeremiah Wyatt, a Revolutionary War veteran, died in Armstrong Township, Vanderburgh County

January 28, 1855

1st Locomotive runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean on the Panama Railway

March 1855

The Journal reports the Green River at Spottsville can ignite & burn from passing steamboats

March 1855

It was believed that thick vegetable matter on river bottom caused a gas which open boiler steamer doors ignited

March 10, 1855

"Union's Eagle" First steam fire engine is bought for Evansville

March 27, 1855

Abraham Gesner patents kerosene

April 4, 1855

"Fly" the famed 1st Calvary horse born, skeleton is in Working Man's Institute New Harmony

April 9, 1855

1st Coal mine: Bodiam Coal Mine opens west of Evansville, called Coal Mine Hill (Reitz Hill later)

April 9, 1855

1st cart auctioned at court house to benefit miners, City has public pot luck dinner spread on canal basin in

April 9, 1855

celebration of the opening, the Bodiam Mine will later become Ingleside Mine

April 19, 1855

Food shortage in Evansville, prices escalate, eggs are outrageous at 10 cents/dozen, butter at 25 cents/lb.

May 16, 1855

Major fire on SE side of the 100 block of Main Street, most equipment did not work well in Evansville

June 5, 1855

Bodiam Coal Mine builds a rail spur to the river front from the mine head for ship loading in Evansville

June 5, 1855

First balloon is flown with fire works display, 8000 people attend, more than Evansville population

June 16, 1855

Evansville Journal reports coal mining is being developed beneath Evansville

June 21, 1855

Evansville Journal reports a demand for "refrigerators" (ice boxes) has developed locally

June 22, 1855

First train wreck, two cows killed, fireman burned, engine rolled over, north of Vincennes

June 30, 1855

Steamboat Lexington boiler explodes killing 10 to 20 people up-stream of Tell City

July 1855

Hook & ladder wagon is bought for Evansville fire fighting

July 31, 1855

First community meeting held for formation of a reading room & library in Evansville

August 1855

Union Fire Company is organized in Lamasco

August 10, 1855

Evansville Library Association incorporated, capital stock of $30,000, closes in 1874

September 1855

Evansville High School opens in "Carpenters Block"

September 4, 1855

Kentucky Governor - Charles S Morehead thru August 30, 1859

October 17, 1855

Bessemer steelmaking process patented

October 24, 1855

A second hand fire engine is purchased by citizens for the Washington Fire Company in Evansville

October 24, 1855

This fire engine was a "row-boat" style, men set on the engine frame to push & pull a piston rod

November 1855

Third jail built near new Vanderburgh Court House, holds 40 prisoners, will be used until 1891

November 1, 1855

First public school opens (on later site of Wheeler School) with 748 pupils in Evansville

November 28, 1855

First meeting is held in new Masonic Hall by Lodge #64 in Evansville

December 1, 1855

Evansville Library Association opens reading room on 2nd floor at First & Main Streets

December 24, 1855

New Vanderburgh Court House (#2) completed but heavily damaged by fire, reconstruction of Court House begins

1856

Evansville Mayor - John Hewson thru 1859

1856

Evansville is designated a "port of entry"

1856

Low river level, reported to be the 2nd lowest level in the 1800s

1856

Igleheart Flour Mill built at Fifth & Locust Streets on the W & E Canal in Evansville

1856

John Hewson appointed Mayor of Evansville (Democrat)

1856

More than 50 "steamer" steamboats (ships) were built annually in Evansville boat yards, thru 1885

1856

First band; the Crescent City Band is organized by John August Reitz in Evansville

January 10, 1856

The rivers have heavy ice

January 15, 1856

Steamboat TC Twitchell is locked in ice 5 miles below Evansville, broken ice is 7 feet thick

January 23, 1856

Evansville Negros hold a meeting to pass a resolution of appreciation

January 29, 1856

Evansville cisterns are reported to be dry

February 2, 1856

Newspaper requests a town clock be placed in new Vanderburgh Court House steeple

February 4, 1856

Thermometer is mentioned in the Journal as temperature falls to 20 degrees below zero in Evansville

February 5, 1856

Local river ice is 13" thick, commerce between Henderson & Evansville is via horse sleds

February 5, 1856

John Butler's plantation across the river from Evansville is a complete fire loss, slaves are safe

February 8, 1856

Laborers sawing river ice to provide threatened boats to move from the Evansville wharf

February 19, 1856

Tin-type camera patented by Hamilton Smith, Gambier, Ohio

February 22, 1856

Ohio River has been closed last 7 weeks due to low water and ice

March 9, 1856

Steamboat Henry Lewis is struck by another boat, sinks taking 30 to 60 lives at Lewisport Ky

March 9, 1856

Steamboat South America is sunk by ice at West Franklin below Evansville

March 12, 1856

It was reported that a 127 year old woman died in Virginia

April 6, 1856

(First) German Baptist Church is built in Evansville

May 21, 1856

Lawrence Kansas captured, sacked by pro-slavery forces

June 1856

5th Avenue bridge over Pigeon Creek is opened in Evansville

June 4, 1856

A new city map of Evansville is published

June 26, 1856

2nd Balloon ascension is held, Evansville newspaper editor was a passenger

July 11, 1856

The first steam powered river ferry is operation across the Ohio at Evansville

August 1856

The Ohio River is reported as dry for the second time in 1856

August 9, 1856

Fire destroys a 4-story building and 3 warehouses on 2nd Street near Main Street in Evansville

August 21, 1856

A train trip from Cairo to Evansville takes 30 hours, Evansville to Louisville is 18 hours

September 1856

Pigeon Creek is reported to be bone dry, no water anywhere in Evansville

September 1856

The Slave Insurrection began in Texas, it expands to other southern states including Virginia, Tennessee & Kentucky

September 2, 1856

Evansville "clock-setting" day, Catholic church bell will strike at exactly noon for setting all other clocks

September 9, 1856

News about the "war in Kansas" as 80 pro-slavery men are killed

September 19, 1856

Making steel (from iron) is announced from England by the Bessemer (an Englishman) Process

September 19, 1856

Lyon County KY claims prior development in 1854, an Englishman "stole away in the night" with notes & plans

September 23, 1856

Salmon fish were reported to have been caught opposite Evansville from the sandbar

September 23, 1856

Evansville Journal reported McGary elm tree alive & a witness to town growth

September 30, 1856

Winter ice that was stored in ice house is depleted, no ice until the coming winter in Evansville

September 30, 1856

Two new fire cisterns will have water piped to them from the W & E Canal in Evansville

October 1856

Ohio River at lowest water level in memory, river traffic is blocked by low water

October 1856

Ohio River traffic is still possible for flat boats drawing less than 8 or 10 inches

October 1856

US opens Marine Hospital (for river men) at 10th & Wabash Avenues at river bank in Evansville

October 1856

Marine Hospital was three stories high with 500 beds, became St Mary's Hospital in 1870

October 10, 1856

The river ferry between New Albany & Louisville is closed due to low water

October 14, 1856

Long time residents say Ohio River is the lowest in Evansville history, lower than in 1838

October 20, 1856

Best quote; "The river was dry one half the year and frozen the other," from John Randolph

October 23, 1856

News article tells that the elm tree replanted in 1820 to honor Hugh McGary is alive and healthy

October 28, 1856

Evansville's two town clocks are "poor and can't work; send them to the Poor Farm", these early clocks were in

October 28, 1856

Trinity Lutheran & Assumption Catholic church steeples, exact time was not very important those days

October 30, 1856

Contract to build the Evansville lock-up (jail) is rewarded for a bid of $550

November 13, 1856

Journal writes a scathing editorial regarding the W & E Canal & the poor treatment given to the Evansville section

November 15, 1856

The 15th of November is the latest time in the year the river has remained at a near dry low level

November 20, 1856

Thanksgiving Day is celebrated in 26 states, turkey pumpkin pie & plum pudding is mentioned

November 27, 1856

Milk sick is reported to have returned to the area this year to an alarming extent

December 6, 1856

Slave Insurrection fears grow to near panic in & around Lyon County Ky where as many as many as

December 6, 1856

10,000 slaves worked in the iron works in what is now the Lyon County & the LBL

December 12, 1856

The Evansville lock-up (jail) completed at Ingle, Division (now Court) & First Streets

1857

Illinois Governor - William H Bissell thru 1860

1857

Charles Leich & Co begins a wholesale drug business in Evansville

1857

Boetticher & Kellogg Hardware Co opens in Evansville

1857

Mechanics Library Association formed in Evansville in a 2-story brick building at SE corner of Main & 3rd Streets

1857

First Evansville Town Marshall, Edward Martin, is appointed serving until 1863

1857

Edward Q Smith Chair Co opens and begins the furniture industry in Evansville

1857

Lamasco has equal population to Evansville (4,700) is incorporated into Evansville

1857

(After years of debate a narrow majority chose Evansville rather than Lamasco as town name)

1857

Engineer Charles Elliot proposed a series of reservoirs for the Ohio River to maintain a 6' deep channel

1857

(In 1927 the Ohio River Locks & Dams were completed & provided a 9' deep channel as Charles Elliot proposed)

1857

Worldwide influenza epidemic

1857

B'nai Israel Jewish congregation is established in Evansville

1857

Nation enters a depression that lasts through the Civil War

January 1, 1857

1st Patient admitted to Marine Hospital, died very soon (the patient may have been DOA) in Evansville

January 1, 1857

(Hospital employee pay began only with the 1st patient on 1/1/1857, no pay in Oct, Nov & Dec 1856)

January 3, 1857

The "slave insurrection" is resulting in five hangings in the "land between the rivers", Kentucky

January 5, 1857

Ohio River is frozen and closed - it will be closed for a month

January 7, 1857

It is reported the Ohio River in 1856 was open from March thru May & the month of December

January 12, 1857

Indiana Governor - Ashbel Parsons Willard thru October 4, 1860

January 13, 1857

New Vanderburgh Court House (#2) is modified, reconstructed & occupied, demolished 1891

January 14, 1857

23 Slaves are held in Hopkinsville all are awaiting execution for "slave insurrection" activities

January 14, 1857

The Shawnee Indians are resettled, again, in Kansas on 200,000 acres

February 1857

The "slave insurrection" fears begin to ease in the south

March 4, 1857

It is recommended that Evansville annex the town of Lamasco

March 4, 1857

James Buchanan becomes the 15th President of the US

March 10, 1857

Two coal boats crash & sink above Smithland Ky, 14 men drown

March 16, 1857

First mention of the Dred Scott case in the US Supreme Court is printed

March 26, 1857

Voting day for merger of Lamasco & Evansville into one city

March 27, 1857

Voting results for Lamasco & Evansville merger was 609 for & 51 against

March 30, 1857

The combined City Councils take legal steps to become one town named Lamasco & Evansville

April 10, 1857

Deaf & Dumb Asylum is closed releasing 200 "inmates" (located along Washington Avenue) in Evansville

April 18, 1857

1st Meeting of the merged Evansville & Lamasco City Councils is held

April 18, 1857

Good land in Gibson County was reported selling for $20 & $28 per acre

April 20, 1857

Reports tell of slaves being moved to southern slave states from the northern slave states

May 1857

Stringtown Road bridge aka "State Road" (#3) over Pigeon Creek is opened in Evansville

May 5, 1857

Reports tell of 40 slave boats leaving Cuba to Africa in last 4 months

May 14, 1857

The Dred Scott supreme court decision is still under discussion

May 15, 1857

Two Negros are lynched as a third cuts own throat in Louisville, cannon was positioned to fire

May 27, 1857

Journal Newspaper asks for a better small-pox pest house

May 29, 1857

Dred Scott is set free in St Louis, Missouri

May 30, 1857

Evansville Council authorizes a new Pest House for treatment & isolation of small-pox patients

May 30, 1857

(1st Pest House in 1850 was located at 5th & Locust St, earlier patients were house in a boat of the river)

June 1857

YMCA is organized in Evansville

June 15, 1857

The comet that was predicted to appear in early June did not become visible to the naked eye

June 23, 1857

Hornbrook & Co advertise of (cut winter) ice being now delivered daily to your door in Evansville

June 25, 1857

An invention sounds much like a primitive electric motor is reported

June 30, 1857

The Evansville City Council moved to Council Chambers over Scantlin's Store

July 27, 1857

A racial "war" is waged in the Bayou Creek area near Nurrenbern Road, two people die,

July 27, 1857

several are injured over a two day period, a number of African Americans remove to Gibson County

August 1857

A census in Mount Vernon Indiana lists 1,783 people

August 19, 1857

Green River locks are being repaired

August 26, 1857

Henderson slave sale: 11 year old girl "brought" $740, 18 year old man sold at $1160 & a 20 year old man sold at $1260

August 27, 1857

The Union Fire Company receives their new engine called Eagle #1 in Evansville

September 28, 1857

An "outrage" is committed on a young girl near the canal by a man named Lamar, trial later in Evansville

October 4, 1857

All five Evansville fire engines are paraded to the county fair for public demonstrations of the equipment

October 8, 1857

Earthquake, magnitude 4.9 recorded in Centralia Illinois area

October 10, 1857

Methodist Church announces opposition to slavery

October 13, 1857

A "drove" of 80 young mules passes through Evansville to the ferry into Kentucky

October 13, 1857

The steam ferry cuts prices; 75 cents for one-horse vehicles & $2 for a two-horse vehicle in Evansville

October 20, 1857

Firemen's Parade shown six fire companies with one hook & ladder company in Evansville

October 20, 1857

There are 25 lawyers practicing in Evansville

October 20, 1857

Rumsey Green River locks are now open for passage

October 24, 1857

Chicago has a large fire (not the great fire)

November 2, 1857

Potato crop failure in Europe is reported

November 12, 1857

A 12' cabin was uncovered 18' beneath the SW corner of the Evansville Museum, built around 1750

November 12, 1857

The cabin was not opened, it still lies under the Evansville Museum parking lot as of 2013

1858

Said to be when Evansville began rapid growth, due to regular packet lines rather than transient boats

1858

Schriber Foundry opens for business in Evansville

1858

Central Turnverin is founded, will become Central Turners in Evansville

1858

Pigeon Township Library opens

1858

First City Directory is published for Evansville, below are selections from the 1858 directory

1858

Evansville has 14 attorneys, 10 boarding houses, 12 hotels, 9 bakers, 6 barbers, 6 bricklayers,

1858

6 blacksmiths, 6 brewers, 5 book stores, 10 clothiers, 6 coopers, 13 carpenters, 6 druggists,

1858

3 dentists, 20 physicians, 17 retail stores, 2 washer women, 36 grocers, 4 hardware dealers,

1858

1 hatter, 7 liquor dealers, 4 lumber merchants, 4 livery stables, 7 milliners, 6 restaurants,

1858

5 saddlers, 5 tobacconists, 7 tailors, 2 undertakers & 2 wagon makers

January 4, 1858

After 48 hours of rain, downtown Evansville is total mud, streets are not passable

January 7, 1858

Evansville census is 10,102; 12,262 counting enlargements

January 14, 1858

John Harvey remains, hanged in Evansville in 1823, found near Washington House Hotel, bones brittle

January 14, 1858

(The remains were uncovered at the Meni & Greb Grocery Store on 84 Main Street, in Evansville)

January 22, 1858

A baby is sold on the street in Cincinnati for $5, no apparent problem

January 22, 1858

The modern Linxweiler Ferry Bridge (Ohio Street) opens, 120 feet span, covered bridge, 4th replacement bridge

March 15, 1858

Disgust over the statement; "freedom is national and slavery sectional" by the Evansville Journal

March 29, 1858

Minor city riot was held at "house of ill fame" on east side of the canal in Evansville

April 24, 1858

Evansville German newspaper "Volksbote" asks for city charter to be printed in German

May 15, 1858

The old St Mary's Hospital in Evansville sold for $100,000 for the "Marion Square" project

May 23, 1858

Young Eliza Wright is abducted from city & rescued in Terre Haute, her kidnapper was arrested in Evansville

May 23, 1858

7,000 Tons were shipped on area rivers in 1817; 3,410,000 tons in 1846 (reported in 1858)

June 14, 1858

Major fire strikes Main Street & Water (Riverside) Street in Evansville

June 15, 1858

Abraham Lincoln said "A house divided against itself cannot stand"

June 16, 1858

Abraham Lincoln is nominated by the Republican party as their candidate to the US Senate seat

July 9, 1858

Indiana colleges & organized dates as listed in the Journal; State University at Bloomington 1828,

July 9, 1858

Hanover College 1828, Wabash College 1833, Franklin College 1834 & Ashbury College 1837

July 13, 1858

A man was tarred & feathered in Boone County Indiana over an abortion which was stopped

July 29, 1858

The first steam powered canal boat begins service between Buffalo & New York cities

August 3, 1858

The Cumberland Presbyterian Church on Second Street burns in Evansville

August 5, 1858

The first transatlantic cable is completed

August 9, 1858

Evansville has 4 major fire engines, 2 "junior" fire engines & 2 in reserve

August 12, 1858

5 Children are born over a 4 day period in Zanesville Ohio to one mother

August 13, 1858

A house is blown from the 75 foot high Rockport bluff with mother & 4 children, no fatal injuries

August 16, 1858

President Buchanan & Queen Victoria exchange messages on first transatlantic telegraph line

August 21, 1858

12,000 People attend the first Lincoln & Douglas debate at Ottawa Illinois

August 28, 1858

News by telegraph arrive from Russia in 5 days, Egypt in 18 days, called unbelievable

September 10, 1858

Chinese sugar cane is to be raised in the Wabash Valley

September 22, 1858

Evansville residents warned not to leave firewood & debris along the sidewalks fronting their house

October 6, 1858

People ask why the passing comet has tail to the east in morning and to the west in evening

October 8, 1858

The "Crystal Palace" in the Chicago World Fair burns, it was valued at $700,000

October 14, 1858

Potato rot is reported in Ireland, the rot is reported as "traveling" over the country

October 15, 1858

A new telegraph line is laid on the river bottom between Henderson & Evansville

October 27, 1858

4 White women in Louisville are sold into slavery for one year for vagrancy

October 27, 1858

Federal employment is 36,000 exclusive of the military

November 7, 1858

2 Slaves in McLean County, Ky try to poison owners, the strong brew was vomited by family members

November 11, 1858

An E&C gravel train ran off track & into a gulley near Princeton

November 11, 1858

An E&C passenger train was behind schedule, overdrove its lights & killed 4 horses on the track

November 20, 1858

An E&C passenger train hit 2 cows, engine overturned, hogs in a filled car were killed

November 23, 1858

Son of John James Audubon visits Henderson (sons were Victor born 1809 & John born 1812)

December 11, 1858

Strong newspaper article reports on bad Evansville streets

December 28, 1858

William Conway shot & killed near Blairsville in Posey County by Oscar Farrell

1859

Evansville Mayor - William Baker thru 1868

1859

Louis Pasteur demonstrated the growth of microorganisms

1859

Wm Baker appointed Mayor of Evansville (Republican)

January 5, 1859

Citizens organize "Vanderburgh County Vigilance Committee" (for horse thieves & other felons)

January 15, 1859

W & E Canal "virtually abandoned" by Trustees, open to free navigation as long as there is water

January 22, 1859

Evansville Journal makes plea to begin "bouldering" (6 inch stones) Main Street

February 8, 1859

Steam ship barber slips on deck ice, falls in river and drowned, this happens several times each winter

February 14, 1859

Negro man is lynched by burning in Troy Kentucky (Mason County)

February 24, 1859

Tenement with several black & white "lewd females" burned by vigilantes at Leet & Canal Streets, no injuries

March 26, 1859

Main Street business owners meet to ask that Evansville begins bouldering of streets

April 2, 1859

A scandal erupts over misuse of funds by Vanderburgh County Trustees

April 19, 1859

A homicide in Posey County between two 18 year old school boys during school, resulted in a

April 19, 1859

verdict of man-slaughter, Wesley Stallings killed Frank Stillwell with a pocket knife

April 26, 1859

The 1st barge load of iron ore passes Evansville up river to Wheeling Virginia, later WV

May 1, 1859

Evansville Journal tells of General Evans military leadership in 1812 & 1813 helped defeat the

May 1, 1859

Native Indians and end the uprising; explaining why Hugh McGary named the city after General Evans

May 11, 1859

The lithograph "Vue of Evansville" becomes available in Evansville, sells for $1.00 each

June 8, 1859

Evansville City Council approves bouldering Main Street between 1st Street & the canal (future 5th Street)

June 21, 1859

British naval officer tells that almost all slave trade is under the U S flag

June 23, 1859

After 6 months of no service the telegraph line between Evansville & Henderson is reconnected

July 1859

Henderson has its hottest month ever

August 1859

Trouble arises as 2 fire companies sever ties with Evansville, they turn independent

August 1859

A school for Negro children is opened in Evansville, funded by the American Missionary Society

August 16, 1859

Evansville is installing a new brick sewer along Oak Street was damaged by a heavy rain

August 17, 1859

Fairgrounds stockholders to move the grounds to the location of present-day Fendrich Golf Course

August 18, 1859

The road to Henderson across from the Evansville wharf has been improved along with the ferry

August 18, 1859

Evansville Journal calls the "constant" ringing of city bells to be a thundering nuisance

August 20, 1859

National speculation about relocating the US Capital to Cincinnati or St Louis

August 24, 1859

First contract for bouldering Main Street is awarded, begins at Third & Main Streets in Evansville

August 27, 1859

Jacob Murphy was found guilty of murder was executed by a very early morning hanging at Henderson

August 27, 1859

(The sunrise hour of execution was kept secret, the crowd arrived late and missed the hanging)

August 29, 1859

A new road to Oak Hill Cemetery has been laid-out & is under construction in Evansville

August 30, 1859

Kentucky Governor - Beriah Magoffin thru August 18, 1862

September 1859

Scott Township school #2 opens in McCutchanville

September 1859

Carpenter Elementary School opens at Carpenter & Ingle in Evansville

September 2, 1859

The most intense sunspot storm ever known melted telegraph lines on earth as fires were

September 2, 1859

started & some telegraph systems were able to operate without batteries (still true as of 2013)

September 3, 1859

Controversy regarding new Franklin St Bridge charges are above $30,000 estimate by $2000 in Evansville

October 10, 1859

"Latta" fire engine is bought for Evansville, cost $5000

November 14, 1859

First mention of the name Abraham Lincoln is printed in the Evansville Journal, The Chicago Democrat hopes

November 14, 1859

Abraham Lincoln will be on the Republican ticket with Senator Stewart

November 19, 1859

General Joseph Lane, formerly of Evansville area is mentioned as Democrat Presidential candidate

December 12, 1859

Evansville Journal endorses Edward Bates, of Missouri, as Republican Presidential candidate

December 12, 1859

General Joseph Lane has high recognition at the Democratic Convention in Charleston SC

December 22, 1859

A man was found near Fulton Avenue in a frozen condition, he died a short time later in downtown Evansville

December 23, 1859

Princeton Indiana has a low temperature of -20 degrees overnight

December 27, 1859

The Aurora Ill Beacon endorses Abraham Lincoln for Republican president by Chicago Convention

1860

Illinois Governor - John Wood thru 1861

1860

Hermann's Candy Store opens on Main Street in Evansville

1860

A regular line of packet boats begin operation between Evansville & Cairo Illinois

1860

Oak Hill Cemetery adds 80 more acres added to the graveyard property in Evansville

1860

Wabash & Erie Canal abandoned above Pigeon Creek reservoir, falls into disrepair in Evansville

1860

Evansville population 11,484, 3rd largest Indiana city behind Indianapolis & New Albany

1860

About half of Evansville residents spoke only German, many of these were Lutherans

1860

Taxes collected are $57,900

1860

Vanderburgh County population is 20,552

1860

Henderson County population is 14,262, Henderson city is 2,324

1860

Mount Vernon census 1,994

1860

Largest cities in US: New York 813,669, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Baltimore, Boston

1860

Largest area city: St Louis 160,773, Chicago, 112,172, Louisville 68,033

1860

Largest Indiana city: Indianapolis 18,611, New Albany 12,647, Evansville 11,484

1860

The US census shows 1,775,515 total slaves,

1860

Global temperature anomaly -0.44 degree centigrade

1860

The John Hartmetz Brewery opens on Fulton Ave in Evansville

1860

The germ theory of communicable diseases is further proposed by Louis Pasteur

January 4, 1860

Sudden freezing of river causes hotels to overflow as steamboats are unable to travel

January 21, 1860

Steamer Autocrat is launched, 255 feet long, largest ship ever built at Evansville

February 4, 1860

Evansville has 4 fires in 5 days, fire engines were late or absent in 3 of the fires

February 27, 1860

Abraham Lincoln gives powerful speech at Cooper Union in NYC, helped win presidency

March 3, 1860

7 Negro freedmen arrive in Evansville by foot, driven from Alabama by law, go to unnamed Kentucky settlement

March 10, 1860

Henderson has gas street lights

March 12, 1860

Union Fire Company has new engine, cost was $1950 in Evansville

April 3, 1860

Pony Express mail delivery begins from St Joseph Missouri to Sacramento California

April 7, 1860

The 4-month old steam flouring mill in Boonville burns down

April 13, 1860

Former Vanderburgh County resident Joseph Lane is promoted as Governor or Oregon

April 16, 1860

Lamasco had more industry than all other wards in the city, major industries were: Reitz Sawmill, City Gas Works,

April 16, 1860

Brinkmeyer Stove Foundry, Fleming Tannery, Funks Paper Mill, Bolus Rolling Mill, Scham Malt House, Barnes Sawmill,

April 16, 1860

Reis & Wingerd Brewery, Wolfins Flour Mill, Reitz Flour Mill, Schulte Flour Mill, Wetzel Furniture Factory, Ivinson

April 16, 1860

Foundry, Allis Stave Cutter, Reitz Spoke Factory, Barnes Stave Cutter, Swanson Lumber Yard & Wilshire Cooper Shops

April 28, 1860

The Democratic Convention in Charleston SC was in chaos due to slavery problems

May 8, 1860

Evansville has 4 fires in a few days, said to show clearly that "incendiary is in our midst"

May 10, 1860

Lincoln receives the Illinois Republican party endorsement to run for the presidency; called "The Rail Candidate"

May 14, 1860

Lincoln's name is mentioned as a supporter of William Steward for president

May 15, 1860

Lincoln's name mentioned as a 2nd choice for president with Wade, McLean & Fremont

May 18, 1860

Lincoln wins Republican nomination for President; platform stated "slavery would not be allowed to spread further"

May 21, 1860

Nomination of "Old Abe" for president is highly celebrated locally

May 22, 1860

Oak fence rails that were cut by Lincoln are in great demand

May 30, 1860

Gypsies are camped along Pigeon Creek at Stringtown Road in Evansville

June 5, 1860

Public debate as to correct spelling of Abraham or Abram Lincoln

June 26, 1860

Senator Joseph Lane nominated for vice-president (see 1822)

June 30, 1860

Lincoln clubs, societies & support groups begin to dominate the political scene

July 6, 1860

There are at least 3 cannons in Evansville according to the Journal newspaper

July 18, 1860

SW Indiana has a partial-eclipse of the sun in the morning

August 20, 1860

First rails are set for the Henderson & Nashville railroad, future L&N RR

August 22, 1860

Evansville Journal prints "Why We Support Lincoln" on front page

September 3, 1860

Drought is reported to be "terrible" in various parts of the US, south is hard hit

September 5, 1860

Oak Hill Cemetery Road (or Avenue) is complete in Evansville

September 14, 1860

A Republican campaign flag pole was erected in Lamasco, debate was if it was 134 or 180 feet tall

October 1860

Many campaign poles are raised in and around Evansville for presidential election

October 4, 1860

Work on Henderson & Nashville RR, future L&N RR, is stopped, 5-miles of track had been laid

October 4, 1860

Indiana Governor - Abram Adams Hammond thru January 14, 1861

October 23, 1860

Evansville Dentist Hast extracted twenty-six teeth from a Kentucky lady in one setting - wow!

October 30, 1860

Evansville Journal mentions a school house in Union Township opposite Henderson

November 5, 1860

Constitutional Union ticket: John Bell (Tennessee) & Edward Everett (Massachusetts)

November 5, 1860

Democratic ticket: Stephen Douglas (Illinois) & Herschel Johnson (Georgia)

November 5, 1860

Southern Democratic ticket: John Breckenridge (Kentucky) & Joseph Lane (SW Indiana & Oregon)

November 5, 1860

Republican ticket: Lincoln (Illinois) & Hannibal Hamlin (Main)

November 6, 1860

Abraham Lincoln elected US President, Indiana & Vanderburgh Co voted for Lincoln

November 6, 1860

Lincoln received 0.9% of the Kentucky vote, less than 1%

November 6, 1860

Lincoln received 50.7% of the Illinois vote

November 6, 1860

Lincoln received 51.1% of the Indiana vote

November 6, 1860

Lincoln received more electoral votes than the other 3 candidates combined, 180 to123

November 10, 1860

Stephen Douglas is pelted with rotten eggs as he speaks in Montgomery Alabama

November 12, 1860

Famine in Kansas Territory due to the drought

November 13, 1860

Main Street between the canal & Eight Street has been paved with boulders in Evansville

November 13, 1860

Newspaper tells it is "now certain" that Lincoln has carried all free states except New Jersey

November 17, 1860

Last game of "Town Ball" for the season, game time "2 1/2 o'clock" public invited in Evansville

November 19, 1860

Woman wants someone to adopt her 10 month old son, inquires at Cook & Rice's Brewery in Evansville

November 20, 1860

Much talk in the southern states about dissolution of the union

November 23, 1860

The Bodiam Mine (Reitz Hill) is selling coal at 9 cents per bushel, one cent cheaper than last year in Evansville

November 28, 1860

The Pioneer Grocery has received 150 fat turkeys for Thanksgiving in Evansville

December 1, 1860

Newspaper tells that Kentucky is holding meetings in many counties to declare against secession

December 13, 1860

Newspaper tells that Evansville is badly infested with rats

December 20, 1860

South Carolina secedes from the Union of the United States

1861

Illinois Governor - Richard Yates thru 1865

1861

The Green River valley becomes an area of several armed conflicts in the summer, fall & winter

January 7, 1861

John & Robert Evans brothers, grandsons of Gen Evans, fought to their deaths in Apollo Hall in Evansville

January 9, 1861

Mississippi secedes from the Union of the United States

January 10, 1861

Florida secedes from the Union of the United States

January 11, 1861

Alabama secedes from the Union of the United States

January 14, 1861

Indiana Governor - Henry Smith Lane thru January 16, 1861

January 16, 1861

Indiana Governor - Oliver Perry Morton thru January 23, 1867

January 17, 1861

Flush toilet patented by Thomas Crapper

January 19, 1861

Georgia secedes from the Union of the United States

January 26, 1861

Louisiana secedes from the Union of the United States

February 1861

Many Confederate citizens will pay new state taxes in addition to their regular assessments

February 1861

Simpson Methodist Church is built in Evansville

February 1, 1861

Texas secedes from the Union of the United States

February 11, 1861

President elect Lincoln leaves Springfield Illinois for Philadelphia

February 13, 1861

Electoral College makes Lincoln's election official

February 19, 1861

The Confederate States of North America publishes its newly written Constitution

February 21, 1861

President elect Lincoln arrives to Philadelphia

February 21, 1861

Information is received that President elect Lincoln will be murdered in Baltimore Maryland

February 23, 1861

The Lincoln train bypasses Baltimore & travels straight to Washington, DC during the night

March 4, 1861

Abraham Lincoln inaugurated as the 16th President of US, he will be assassinated in office

March 4, 1861

By this date the Confederacy was an established area

April 1861

Indiana Governor calls for volunteers into military service

April 1861

Capt Charles H Meyerhof is the 1st man to enlist in the Civil War from Vanderburgh County

April 6, 1861

The Journal newspaper tells that telegraph dispatches of that day are more "warlike" than ever

April 12, 1861

Civil War begins after Fort Sumter, SC is bombarded & surrenders

April 15, 1861

Lincoln called on the states to send military units to total 75,000 troops

April 17, 1861

Virginia secedes from the Union of the United States

April 17, 1861

West Virginia secedes from Virginia

April 19, 1861

Evansville "mechanics" volunteered to cast & man at least 2 cannon for city defense

April 20, 1861

Reported that Evansville is the most critical & exposed point in the state

April 23, 1861

Evansville City Council adopts resolution "to remain as friendly as possible" with Henderson & Owensboro

April 25, 1861

64 Muskets, 60 rifles and a brass 9-pounder cannon are given to Vanderburgh for self protection

April 27, 1861

Evansville City Council authorized to purchase all powder & lead available for city defense

April 27, 1861

The Fair Ground is designated to be Camp Baker, now Fendrich Golf Course in Evansville

April 27, 1861

Evansville Council appropriated $5,000 to purchase arms to defend the city

April 27, 1861

Vanderburgh County Council appropriated $15,000 to purchase arms to defend the county

April 29, 1861

The E&C RR shop is making a wrought-iron rifled cannon for Evansville defense

April 29, 1861

The Kratz & Heilman Foundry is making an 8-pounder wrought-iron cannon for Evansville defense

April 30, 1861

New Harmony announces two-companies have been formed in that city of 850 persons

May 3, 1861

Lincoln asks for 42,000 Army Volunteers & another 18,000 seamen for 90-day service

May 6, 1861

Arkansas secedes from the Union of the United States

May 6, 1861

The Confederate States declare war on the Union, the Union did not declare war on the south

May 7, 1861

Tennessee secedes from the Union of the United States

May 10, 1861

The 11th Indiana Regiment arrives by train to the E&C RR depot in Evansville

May 16, 1861

Kentucky declares neutrally

May 20, 1861

North Carolina secedes from the Union of the United States

May 21, 1861

Missouri declares neutrally

May 23, 1861

Local complaints about low quality firearms distributed to local troops in Evansville

May 31, 1861

200 Zouave Union soldiers are assigned to Mount Vernon & 200 more to Newburgh from Camp Wallace

June 1, 1861

US & Confederacy simultaneously stop mail interchange

June 3, 1861

1st Civil War land battle Union defeats Confederacy at Philippi WV

June 17, 1861

The 12th Regiment (1,000-1,500 men) stationed at Camp Wallace, below Reitz Hill in Evansville

June 19, 1861

Evansville Journal prints details of Charley Bowen steam packet to Cairo Illinois

July 4, 1861

New Evansville cannon is test fired; threw a 7# ball 3.5 miles with 1.25# of powder down the Ohio River

July 8, 1861

180 Warrick recruits set-up camp for training at the Salt Well in Evansville, named Camp Gavitt

July 13, 1861

Demonstrations by opposing civilians in Mount Vernon & across the river from Uniontown people

July 15, 1861

Opening battle of the Civil War at Manassas Junction or Bull Run

July 17, 1861

The Franklin Street bridge is impassable for loaded wagons in Evansville

July 18, 1861

10 Year old Turlock boy fell from Bodiam Mine barge & drowned; Camp Wallace troops helped, all troops saddened

July 20, 1861

1,500 Men stationed at Camp Knox in Vincennes

July 21, 1861

1st Battle of Manassas, Bull Run, proves the war won't be quick 2,900 Union & 2,000 Confederates killed or wounded

July 27, 1861

Lincoln replaces Gen Irwin McDowell with Gen George McClellan to head Army of the Potomac

July 28, 1861

Evansville has a 4-inch rain in 3-hours

July 29, 1861

Camp Vanderburgh at Fairgrounds north of Evansville at Pigeon Creek is filled-up with 1,000 men

August 6, 1861

19 Indiana Regiments, about 19,000 soldiers, are stationed in Virginia

August 6, 1861

17,000 Confederate troops reported to be within 15 miles of Cairo

August 8, 1861

The Artillery company of 100 Vanderburgh men leaves for Indianapolis

August 12, 1861

Gunboat Conestoga on way to Cairo lands in Evansville for public viewing, citizens swarmed to view

August 13, 1861

Equipment for 8 Calvary Companies begins to arrive for encampment in Evansville

August 17, 1861

Large troop bodies arrive Evansville to ship to St Louis, troops from Vincennes, Madison, New Albany, Indianapolis

August 17, 1861

Evansville and adjoining county soldiers add to the large numbers

August 22, 1861

Indiana Regiment is organized, equipped & sworn-in at Evansville

August 25, 1861

Indiana Regiment left Evansville for Union Army service

August 26, 1861

Gunboat Conestoga lands in Evansville for recruiting visit, will recruit 50 men in one week

August 26, 1861

Packet boat Charley Bowen left Evansville for Cairo, armed with new breech loading cannon for protection

August 26, 1861

Charley Bowen is the only "down-river" packet armed with 2 cannons & steam hose

September 4, 1861

Columbus Kentucky is seized by Confederates, a large chain is being constructed to block the river

September 5, 1861

A company of 70 men is raised in Owensboro for the Confederate Army in Tennessee

September 6, 1861

Gen Ulysses Grant captures Paducah for the Union securing the Tennessee River

September 7, 1861

The Kentucky General Assembly passed resolution ordering withdrawal of Confederate forces

September 14, 1861

Packet Charley Bowen arrives home with Confederate flag flying beneath her Union flag

September 16, 1861

Evansville learns that contraband goods have been shipped to the south from Evansville

September 16, 1861

O&M RR accident kills 150 soldiers east of Vincennes near Mitchell IN

September 18, 1861

Union forces: 10,000 Paducah, 10,000 Cairo, 6,000 Bird's Point, 5,000 Fort Holt near Cairo

September 22, 1861

Gunboats Lexington & Conestoga arrive to Owensboro to dislodge rebel forces from Owensboro

September 22, 1861

(These troops arrived by rail & camped near the RR depot at Eight & Main Streets)

September 26, 1861

Columbus Kentucky, a large chain, 4,200-feet long is stretched across Mississippi River

September 28, 1861

400 Hungry soldiers arrive unexpected to Evansville, word spread, volunteer pot-luck supper served upon arrival

September 28, 1861

These troops arrived by boat & camped on the O'Riley wharf boat & Water Street

September 30, 1861

Gunboat Conestoga lies opposite Owensboro on guard for Confederate troops

October 2, 1861

Skirmish in south Henderson County between 500 rebels & 400 home guards

October 6, 1861

2 Regiments (2,000 troops) & Gunboat Conestoga leave Evansville for Spottsville

October 12, 1861

The lower Mississippi River is closed by the Confederacy

October 16, 1861

The 2nd Regiment of the Indiana Legion is assigned to Evansville, this is about 1,000 troops

October 18, 1861

Gunboat Conestoga & troops shelled Saratoga in Lyon County Kentucky to defeat rebel troops

October 21, 1861

First battle in Kentucky takes place in Laurel County

October 21, 1861

500 31st Regiment Troops arrive by rail, camp in Regimental Camp on Water St, Sunset Park in Evansville

October 21, 1861

300 Troops on the Indiana Legion parade on Main Street in Evansville

October 22, 1861

1st Telegraph line linking West & East coasts completed

October 24, 1861

Four six-pound cannons arrive to Owensboro

October 24, 1861

The Telegraph service is connected coast to coast across the future United States

October 24, 1861

Pony Express mail delivery is ended from St Joseph Missouri to Sacramento California

October 28, 1861

90 Rail car loads of mules & wagons arrive to Evansville in route to Henderson for the 31st Regiment

October 29, 1861

The 42nd Regiment marched into Evansville from Camp Vanderburgh, camped at Marine Hospital in Evansville

October 29, 1861

251 Horses arrive by boat to Owensboro, stabled at fairgrounds

November 1, 1861

Gen George B McClellan made general in chief of Union armies

November 7, 1861

Battle of Belmont Missouri, Gen Ulysses Grant's first battle, has a force of 20,000 men

November 16, 1861

600-700 Union soldiers leave Owensboro for Henderson

November 16, 1861

The 43rd Regiment arrives by rail into Evansville, citizens are asked to bring food to the depot

November 29, 1861

The 44th Regiment arrives by rail into Evansville, citizens are asked to bring food to the depot

December 1861

Evansville looses significant river trade from southern ports (see December 1862)

December 2, 1861

Announced that the City Hotel at 1st & Vine Streets will become an Evansville (military) General Hospital

December 2, 1861

Marine Hospital is now in operation as a military hospital in Evansville

December 2, 1861

15,000 Troops have poured into Kentucky to give a census of 90,000 Union soldiers in the state

December 3, 1861

Military Hall, a 150 by 50 foot building is completed at Water & Locust Streets opens for soldiers in Evansville

December 7, 1861

A wagon load of contraband goods is captured in Evansville, among the contents is a trunk of army buttons

December 9, 1861

Skirmish near Calhoun kills several men, rebel troops pursued to near Hartford

December 11, 1861

Charlestown, SC is destroyed by fire, the city began the war by shelling Fort Sumter, arson suspected but not proved

December 12, 1861

The Evansville City Guards holds a Grand Military Ball in the Military Hall

December 14, 1861

The 56th Regiment passed through Evansville on way to Louisville, these were Gibson County men

December 25, 1861

Announced that the City Hotel at 1st & Vine Sts in Evansville opened as General Hospital on Christmas Day

December 27, 1861

The 39th Indiana regiment fighting in the Cumberland Gap has 541 sick troops in its rank

1862

Evansville tax collections are $74,505

1862

Two policemen are appointed to Evansville service, Phillip Klein & George Gates

1862

Kratz & Heilman Foundry cast 2 brass cannon for Sunset Park & Reitz Hill in Evansville

1862

Confederate "Morgan's raiders" make sporadic raids around Kentucky counties near Ohio River

1862

Wabash & Erie Canal abandoned almost "as-is"

1862

1st Kerosene street lights introduced around Main Street in Evansville

1862

Evansville Gazette newspaper begins publication, will close in 1863

1862

Ten companies of Union soldiers leave Evansville to drive out rebel bands from Henderson

1862

Hospital for Civil War Union soldiers is built in Sunset Park near Mulberry Street in Evansville

1862

Evansville changes trade lines from southerly to easterly & New York

1862

Evansville Republicans build the "Wigwam" at Water & Court Sts for meetings & dining

1862

Warren's Crescent City Band is organized in Evansville

1862

Major flood year

1862

John W Foster became owner of the Evansville Journal newspaper

1862

A regular tri-weekly line of packet boats to service Cairo, Bowling Green & Vincennes

1862

Business depression quickly passed into prosperity

1862

Evansville became a supply depot for war goods going west & south

1862

Thousands of Civil War veterans & refugees evacuated to Evansville in the war years, food & care was demanding

1862

3,761 Men from Vanderburgh County volunteer for service during the Civil War

1862

Civil War Camp Lewis; below Coal Mine (Reitz) Hill

1862

Civil War Camp Steuben (artillery); below Coal Mine (Reitz) Hill

1862

Civil War Camp Wallace; below Coal Mine (Reitz) Hill

1862

Civil War Camp Gavitt/Scott (calvary); Iowa Street on east bank of Pigeon Creek

1862

Civil War Camp Morris (Zouave); Iowa Street on east bank of Pigeon Creek

1862

Civil War Camp Baker/Vanderburgh; Pigeon Creek (current Fendrich Golf Course)

1862

Civil War Camp Cochran; foot of Main Street at Ohio River

1862

Civil War Marine Hospital; Wabash Avenue at Ohio River

1862

Civil War Convalescent Hospital; Maryland Street at east bank Pigeon Creek

1862

Civil War City Hospital; Court Street near Ingle Street

1862

Civil War General Hospital; Second & Vine Streets

1862

Civil War Hospital #4; Locust & Fourth Streets

1862

Civil War Fort Washington (the Blockade); foot of Court Street at Ohio River

1862

Civil War Indiana Legion Home Guard; North Main Street near East Illinois Street

1862

Civil War 44th Regiment; Walnut Street at Governor Street

1862

Civil War Veterans Reserve Lower Barrack; Ninth Avenue at Ohio River

1862

Civil War Veterans Reserve Upper Barrack; Oak Street at Ohio River (Sunset Park)

1862

Civil War Camp Cruft; Cherry Street at Ohio River (Sunset Park)

1862

Civil War Camp Elkins; Oak Street at Ohio River (Sunset Park)

January 1862

California is hit with great rains lasting 45 days, now called an Ark Storm

January 1, 1862

1st US income tax: 3% of incomes over $600, 5% of incomes over $10,000

January 1, 1862

Indiana 60th Regiment (1000 men) are on river bank above Cherry Street

January 3, 1862

Gen Floyd has 10,000 Union troops in Bowling Green

January 8, 1862

Charles Hovey dies at Mount Vernon looses forearms, loading ram passed thru his body when the cannon

January 8, 1862

Charles Hovey was loading discharged on riverfront on Battle celebrating New Orleans Victory Day

January 9, 1862

5 Rebel prisoners were captured at Sacramento are shipped to Louisville for POW camp

January 10, 1862

"The gap" between Henderson & Paducah is where smuggling is taking place

January 26, 1862

Lincoln issues General War Order #1, calling for a Union offensive McClellan ignores order

January 30, 1862

Announced that Henderson coal mines are flooded & people are "hard up for fuel"

January 31, 1862

Gen Crittenden "division" is going back to Calhoun on 3 steamships

January 31, 1862

250 Soldiers of the 16th Regiment boarded steamer to combat rebels in and around Henderson

February 1, 1862

"Great activity" at Cairo, Paducah & Smithland in spite of wind, rain & sleet

February 5, 1862

150 Soldiers are in General Hospital, former City Hotel on Water Street in Evansville

February 6, 1862

Battle of Fort Henry Tennessee, entire battle lasted one hour and 5 minutes

February 7, 1862

Gen Ulysses Grant's force is now at Fort Henry

February 7, 1862

3 Infantry regiments & one Artillery battery are stationed in Calhoun Kentucky

February 8, 1862

General McClelland removed as "Commander in Chief, title reverts to the President

February 10, 1862

2 Men were arrested in Princeton for smuggling letters & documents sewn inside their garments

February 10, 1862

Ice that has been cut from the canal was declared "filthy ice", the canal was largely a dump in Evansville

February 10, 1862

Boat excursions to Fort Donelson cost $7 per person

February 11, 1862

4 Brigades of Union troops, as many as 4,000 men, travel by steamship to Spottsville

February 11, 1862

3,000 Union troops at Camp Vanderburgh in Evansville

February 11, 1862

Beginning of Battle of Fort Donelson; February 11 to February 16, 1862

February 12, 1862

News of Battle of Fort Donaldson is printed in local newspapers

February 13, 1862

Journal says thousands of troops on steamers just passed Evansville, 15,000 more are coming down from Pittsburg

February 13, 1862

60,000 Union soldiers are estimated to be near Fort Henry

February 13, 1862

Smuggler caught at Mount Vernon with $500 of gold dust for rebel officer uniforms

February 16, 1862

Gen Ulysses Grant's forces capture Fort Donaldson on the Cumberland River

February 17, 1862

Great movement of troops pass Evansville going south (to Shiloh), steamers with entire troop divisions in last week

February 17, 1862

Newspaper tells that 1861 was first year since 1832 that no flatboats were built in Evansville

February 18, 1862

Gen "Bull" Nelson stops at Evansville with 32,000 troops for coal for his several dozen steamboats,

February 18, 1862

Evansville had never seen such a sight and likely never again

February 18, 1862

13,000 Federal troops are stationed at Fort Donaldson & 20,000 are at Clarksville Tennessee

February 19, 1862

Gen Ulysses Grant, hero of Fort Donaldson promoted to Major General of Volunteers

February 20, 1862

Boat excursions to Fort Donaldson cost $7 per person

February 21, 1862

Massive movements of troops pass Evansville in the preceding week (to area of Battle of Shiloh)

February 22, 1862

Green River passage to Bowling Green is reopened

February 22, 1862

15 Steamers loaded with Union troops left Paducah for the Cumberland River (Nashville)

February 24, 1862

It is told that rebels threw wagon loads of their dead into the river at Fort Donaldson Tenn

February 26, 1862

15,000 Union troops remain in Paducah

February 26, 1862

"Streams of troops" pass Evansville headed for Nashville via the Cumberland River

March 1862

Ohio River flood, 3 months after the January flood

March 4, 1862

South moves men & cannons from Columbus Kentucky to Island #10, Tennessee

March 6, 1862

Steamer Ohio arrived to Evansville with 200 sick solders and 3 cases of smallpox

March 6, 1862

Gunboat battle at Pittsburgh Landing Tennessee

March 7, 1862

Battle of Pea Ridge Arkansas

March 10, 1862

A huge log raft floats down the river, tied off at the Pigeon Creek mouth in Evansville

March 13, 1862

Battle of New Madrid Missouri

March 13, 1862

100 Sick soldiers from Calhoun arrive to Evansville on the Hetty Gilmore

March 13, 1862

Evansville orders the first city steam fire engine, a new fire house & horse barn will be built

March 13, 1862

Statement printed states that "Evansville city schools operate the year around"

March 15, 1862

Island #10 under bombardment while Union cuts bypass canal

March 16, 1862

Skirmish at Pound Gap near Pittsburg Landing (Shiloh)

March 26, 1862

Cannelton Mills receives 150 bales of cotton, no mention of the source

April 4, 1862

Paducah hit by tornado & wind storm, Evansville has wind storm only

April 6, 1862

Battle of Pittsburg Landing or Shiloh is fought, rebels hit & push Union forces back

April 7, 1862

Battle of Pittsburg Landing or Shiloh, 2nd day Union forces defeat rebel forces under Gen Ulysses Grant

April 7, 1862

Gunboat Carondelet & Pittsburgh run blockade at Island #10

April 11, 1862

Trainload of physicians & medical help arrives from Indianapolis bound for Pittsburgh Landing (Shiloh)

April 11, 1862

Packet Charley Bowen takes Evansville physicians, aids & medical help to Pittsburg Landing (Shiloh)

April 12, 1862

300 Wounded soldiers arrive to Evansville military hospitals from steamer Commodore Perry

April 14, 1862

315 Wounded soldiers arrive to Evansville military hospitals on the Minnebala

April 15, 1862

7,000 Prisoners of war captured at Island #10

April 15, 1862

3 Dead rebels left at the Evansville wharf by steamer Roe

April 15, 1862

12 Amputations at Marine Hospital in Evansville

April 16, 1862

Battle of New Orleans April 16 through April 29

April 16, 1862

500 Wounded soldiers arrive to Evansville military hospitals from steamer Magnolia & BJ Adams

April 17, 1862

A news article mentions 3 Evansville military hospitals, new hospital is at Locust & Market Streets

April 17, 1862

Newspaper tells that several ladies have taken one or more wounded solders into their homes in Evansville

April 18, 1862

250 Wounded soldiers arrive to Evansville military hospitals from steamer Izetta

April 18, 1862

3 Wounded rebel prisoners die in Evansville military hospitals

April 21, 1862

The Confederate Congress passed the Partisan Ranger Act

April 23, 1862

Newspaper tells that Evansville women provide abundant cakes & cookies for the military hospitals

April 23, 1862

A large amount of freight has accumulated on the Evansville wharf; manufacturing is improving

April 25, 1862

Union fleet captures city of New Orleans

April 25, 1862

"America" is printed on a German world map in honor of Italian navigator Amergo Vespucci

April 26, 1862

An "army" of surgeons came to Evansville in route to Pittsburgh Landing (Shiloh)

April 29, 1862

Siege of Corinth begins, lasting until May 30, 1862

April 29, 1862

16 Wounded Confederate soldiers are listed in Evansville military hospitals

April 30, 1862

Evansville residents are asked to stop throwing slop into city alleys, city ordinances will be enforced

May 2, 1862

Newspaper tells that quantity of troops passing last few weeks is unprecedented in Evansville history

May 3, 1862

The Silver Moon, a "roving hospital ship" stops in Evansville for a night

May 3, 1862

Roving hospital ship Silver Moon docks for night, prowls for wounded on Ohio & Tennessee rivers

May 5, 1862

Indiana Governor asks Evansville to acquire steamer to go to Corinth Mississippi to investigate

May 6, 1862

Heavy hospital boat traffic down stream last ten days was noted by the newspaper

May 8, 1862

Evansville requests "Port of Entry" status from US Congress

May 9, 1862

Henderson elects a "secessionist ticket" city council

May 9, 1862

A "defect" does not provide hospital soldiers on furlough for money or credits for food purchase

May 10, 1862

500 Wounded soldiers arrive to Evansville military hospitals from steamer Superior

May 12, 1862

Newspaper tells that Corinth is now in Union hands

May 13, 1862

Crowds of soldiers are moving through Evansville as they pass from sick leave to their regiments

May 13, 1862

121 Wounded soldiers arrive to Evansville military hospitals from hospital ship Capitola

May 15, 1862

Abraham Lincoln created the Department of Agriculture

May 16, 1862

300 Wounded soldiers arrive to Evansville military hospitals from hospital ship Empress

May 16, 1862

US Navy now has 264 ships

May 16, 1862

6 New "battening-ram" war ships pass down river, heavy boats with little cannon, if any

May 19, 1862

200 Wounded soldiers arrive to Evansville military hospitals from steamer Citizen

May 24, 1862

The Salt Well park has been leased for Evansville's 4th military hospital

May 24, 1862

The Vanderburgh County jail will be used as a military guard house

May 28, 1862

A 100-foot high flag pole now stands on the Evansville wharf at Main & Water Streets

May 28, 1862

180 Wounded soldiers arrive to Evansville military hospitals from hospital ship Lady Franklin

May 30, 1862

A large body of Union soldiers patrolled the Uniontown area

May 31, 1862

Evansville is crowded with soldiers from Generals to "high privates"

June 2, 1862

154 Wounded soldiers from Corinth arrive to Evansville military hospitals from steamer Sunny Side

June 3, 1862

Reports tell that there is little left of Shiloh Church after souvenir hunters have visited

June 4, 1862

Secessionists that are arrested in Kentucky are sent to Camp Chase, Columbus Ohio

June 6, 1862

Naval Battle of Memphis takes place

June 7, 1862

Poseyville has 35 cases of smallpox with several fatalities

June 7, 1862

180 Wounded soldiers arrive to Evansville military hospitals from steamer City of Memphis

June 7, 1862

The Green River Locks have been repaired & reopened

June 10, 1862

200 Wounded soldiers arrive to Evansville military hospitals from steamer Tycoon

June 10, 1862

450 Wounded soldiers arrive to Evansville military hospitals from steamer Empress

June 14, 1862

Reports tell that there are large quantities of tobacco arriving to the Evansville wharf

June 16, 1862

Federal divisions leave Corinth for Memphis

June 16, 1862

A new wharf boat arrives to Evansville, built in Uniontown

June 17, 1862

300 Wounded soldiers arrive to Evansville military hospitals from steamer Lancaster

June 28, 1862

Journal tells that major Evansville street intersections have crisscrossed timbers laid on dirt and

June 28, 1862

after a few rains, the timbers sink below surface deeper & deeper, this was repeated year after year

June 30, 1862

Union flag is raised at the Daviess County court house in Owensboro

July 1, 1862

Lincoln signed Pacific Railroad Act to construct a railroad & telegraph line to Pacific Ocean

July 1, 1862

150 Guerrillas attack Federal troops stationed in the Henderson National Hotel, 1 Union officer killed with

July 1, 1862

11 Union soldiers wounded, a company of soldiers is sent from Evansville

July 1, 1862

Caseyville is attacked by guerrillas

July 2, 1862

The Evansville Journal begins a "Rumors" column; the Tri-state population was very alarmed

July 2, 1862

240 Wounded soldiers arrive to Evansville military hospitals from steamer Lancaster #4

July 2, 1862

Silver coin has become very scarce in the area

July 3, 1862

200+ Federal infantry, cavalry & artillery men arrive to Henderson from Louisville

July 10, 1862

Newspaper reports "city has been filled with rumors of sensational character for last 24 hours"

July 10, 1862

Newspaper reports 200 Guerrillas enter Henderson, hoist flag on court house, 40 remain

July 10, 1862

The guerillas were welcomed in Henderson with cheering & "treated with great consideration"

July 10, 1862

200-300 Troops per day are returning to their regiments from sick leave in Evansville

July 11, 1862

Guerrillas leave Henderson after raiding the military hospital & taking all supplies

July 12, 1862

Guerrillas raid Newburgh to rob the military hospital of all supplies

July 16, 1862

A Henderson secessionist is robbed of $400 by rebel raiders in Henderson County

July 16, 1862

Martial law declared in Lexington Kentucky

July 16, 1862

Ice cold soda is advertised by Vierling's Drug Store in Evansville

July 18, 1862

Confederate Col Adam Johnson captured Newburgh Indiana for $20,000 ransom

July 19, 1862

Great excitement in region from Johnson's raid after threat of more raids

July 19, 1862

Newspaper prints warnings for each community to prepare for such emergencies but the warnings were ignored

July 20, 1862

Guerrillas pillage Curdsville (between Henderson & Owensboro)

July 21, 1862

Town guards, county guards, young men, etc rush to prepare for raids in neighboring counties

July 21, 1862

20 Guerrillas were reported below Evansville across the river near Geneva in Kentucky

July 21, 1862

250 Federal troops arrive to Evansville on the steamer Eugene

July 22, 1862

Indiana governor Morton rooms and speaks in the Washington House Hotel in Evansville

July 22, 1862

The 2 southern sympathizers that were shot in Newburgh are now in Uniontown

July 22, 1862

Threat of raiders across river from Mount Vernon was addressed by military guard

July 22, 1862

Captured steamer Clara Dolsen anchors opposite Evansville, she is in tow by the steamer Spiteful

July 23, 1862

Rumors abound in the region about more raids

July 23, 1862

Newspaper complains about men still bathing on the Evansville riverfront in broad daylight

July 23, 1862

Advisement for 4 washer women wanted for military hospital #4 at 4th & Locust Streets in Evansville

July 23, 1862

2 Guerrillas arrested in Henderson

July 23, 1862

100 Guerrillas returned to Newburgh, robbed hospital, took $50 County Treasury, stole 9 horses

July 24, 1862

The Vanderburgh Greys have reorganized

July 24, 1862

Band of guerrillas were stymied by Union scouts from crossing river below Mount Vernon

July 28, 1862

Band of guerrillas were in Curdsville

July 30, 1862

Reported that 500 to 1,100 rebel troops have concentrated near Morganfield

July 30, 1862

Gunboat "Mooar" is cruising the Kentucky river bank at night

July 31, 1862

300 Wounded soldiers arrive to Evansville military hospitals from hospital ship Stephen Decatur

July 31, 1862

The 300 wounded soldiers were taken to the Salt Wells Hospital in Evansville

July 31, 1862

Reported that 500 to 1,100 rebel troops concentrating south of Henderson

August 1, 1862

PG O'Riley has sold the Evansville Wharfboat for use at Columbus Kentucky

August 1, 1862

200 Wounded soldiers arrive to Evansville military hospitals from steamer JS Pringle

August 1, 1862

2 Companies of troops arrive at midnight, they board the Mattie Cook for some point below

August 4, 1862

US government collects the first income tax

August 7, 1862

All tall men, went to war leaving no one to read the only (high placed) thermometer in town

August 7, 1862

Hospital #4 asks for donations of shirts, drawers & like clothing in Evansville

August 8, 1862

The number of invalid soldiers in Evansville hospitals is about 2,000 men

August 8, 1862

76 Cavalry troops arrive from Spencer County made camp below Coal Mine Hill

August 8, 1862

Hospital tents at Evansville Marine Hospital are reported as neat & arranged in military order

August 14, 1862

Newspaper reports little preparation in area to protect themselves from robber guerrillas

August 18, 1862

Kentucky Governor - James F Robinson thru September 1, 1863

August 27, 1862

250 Union troops met a similar number of guerrillas 2 miles south of Madisonville

August 29, 1862

Battle of Richmond Kentucky included local men in the Indiana Regiment in a loosing effort

August 30, 1862

Tent units were installed at the Evansville Salt Wells Convalescing Hospital #5 for 2,000 convalescing soldiers

August 31, 1862

Evansville sends 30 wagon ambulances with surgeons & nurses aid battle of Richmond Kentucky survivors

September 1, 1862

1,100 Confederate raiders invade Uniontown killing several civilians & Union soldiers

September 1, 1862

River is so low that most boat traffic is blocked

September 2, 1862

Evansville citizens gave a war-like appearance; "the streets gleamed with bayonets"

September 3, 1862

Evansville presented a war-like appearance with bayonets flashing & angry citizens

September 4, 1862

125 Men of Henderson organized a home guard to fight the guerrillas

September 5, 1862

Scantlin Store on Main Street burns down, new Evansville steam fire engine is used

September 9, 1862

Steamer Lue Eaves will be converted to a tin-clad gunboat, assigned to the "Mosquito Gunboat Fleet"

September 13, 1862

Union & guerrillas skirmish at Cairo, 5 miles south of Henderson, 1 killed several captured

September 13, 1862

1,000 Indiana Legion troops & cavalry provide a full dress parade down Evansville Main Street

September 13, 1862

The 4th Indiana Cavalry crossed the river from Evansville into Kentucky

September 14, 1862

Battle of Munfordsville Kentucky

September 16, 1862

14 Steamers carrying Union soldiers & cavalry tied off at the Evansville wharf

September 17, 1862

Allegheny Arsenal explosion, single largest civilian disaster in the war, 78 mostly young women killed

September 18, 1862

Mosquito fleet flagship "Fairplay" is outfitted at the Evansville wharf

September 19, 1862

850 Guerrillas capture Owensboro, 1 rebel at every street intersection, rebels were routed by Union forces next day

September 23, 1862

Cannon fire in Henderson proved to be regular morning artillery practice

September 23, 1862

Newspaper reporter takes trip to Camp Cumback near Henderson, location was not mentioned

September 24, 1862

Volunteers from Blue Grass (NE Vanderburgh County) take dinner to Camp Cumback

September 24, 1862

500 Union troops arrive Owensboro from Hartford making a force of 1,000 Union troops at Camp Silas Miller

September 25, 1862

Federals & rebels fight south of Owensboro to Panther Creek to Sutherland's Hill; 3 Union & 35 guerrillas dead

September 27, 1862

Raiders are active around Princeton Kentucky

September 27, 1862

Reports that the river bank is washing away above & below the Pigeon Creek mouth at Evansville

September 29, 1862

General William "Bull" Nelson is shot & killed by Gen Jeff Davis in the Louisville Galt House

September 29, 1862

(No action will be taken against Gen Jeff Davis, believed that he was a good officer & was needed for battle)

October 3, 1862

2nd Battle of Corinth Mississippi involved 22,000 soldiers from each side

October 3, 1862

Second Battle of Corinth in Mississippi is fought

October 3, 1862

Skirmish at Bardstown, Kentucky

October 6, 1862

Most of West Kentucky is embargoed, permits required for shipping goods

October 7, 1862

The 4th Indiana Cavalry parades Main Street, loads onto Lue Eaves for transport to Kentucky

October 7, 1862

"Evansville is full of strangers", newspaper reads hotel reservation books as proof of not being spies

October 8, 1862

Battle of Perryville, KY-Confederate invasion halted

October 12, 1862

Union Camp Robinson established at Bon Harbor in Daviess County Kentucky

October 17, 1862

Col Adam Johnson raiders, again, attack Uniontown with more than 1,200 men

October 17, 1862

7,292 Soldiers admitted to the 4 Evansville military hospitals since Christmas Day, 1861, 346 total deaths

October 17, 1862

2,250 Wounded Soldiers were transferred to Convalescent Hospital #5

October 18, 1862

Henderson Commander Foster was relieved & replaced, there was published criticism

October 18, 1862

Two local companies return from Smithland to Evansville, these were "3-months' enlistees

October 18, 1862

118 Wounded soldiers arrive to Evansville military hospitals from Louisville on steamer Delaware

October 21, 1862

"Spirited" skirmish at Cypress Bridge near Caseyville Kentucky, 2nd skirmish there in one week

October 21, 1862

All US Navy ships are to be painted gray

October 22, 1862

A large fleet passes Evansville going down river with one brigade & several regiments (several thousand men)

October 22, 1862

Troop & supply boats often load coal at Bodam Coal Mine, only the larger flotillas were generally reported

October 22, 1862

Several Caseyville "traitors" were released in Evansville, thus giving grief to the editor

October 23, 1862

Raiders are in action around Madisonville Kentucky

October 23, 1862

Submarine telegraph line between Evansville & Henderson is placed in service

October 25, 1862

41 Guerrillas are shipped from Evansville to Johnson Island, Lake Erie

October 25, 1862

10 Regiments have passed by the Evansville in last 5 days (as many as 10,000 men)

October 27, 1862

Most river ferries between Evansville & Paducah are closed

October 27, 1862

Raider John Morgan with 1,200 raiders reported to be at Hartford Kentucky

October 27, 1862

15 Man force of raiders in Owensboro Kentucky

October 27, 1862

15 Guerrillas are stealing and harassing the population around Hartford Kentucky

October 29, 1862

99 Very sick soldiers arrive to Evansville from Louisville on steamer Cottage

November 1, 1862

Reported that Negro refugees numbers are rising at Indiana Ohio River towns

November 1, 1862

Survey finds 32 public cisterns filled and in good condition in Evansville

November 3, 1862

15 Guerrillas are captured with arms in hand in Madisonville

November 4, 1862

60 Men raid Saline River Illinois area from of Caseyville Kentucky

November 10, 1862

A 28-man band of Confederate raiders invade West Franklin in Posey County, horses were stolen

November 10, 1862

Confederate raiders kidnapped Dr William Ham, he was taken to Providence Kentucky

November 11, 1862

28 West Franklin raiders are captured, brought Mount Vernon for legal action

November 11, 1862

The West Franklin raiders were indicted & sent to a prison in Evansville, their trial will held Sept 28, 1863

November 11, 1862

400 Union troops capture an unnumbered band of raiders above Calhoun

November 11, 1862

900 Union troops on 3 steamers pass Evansville, more men were on a 4th steamer

November 13, 1862

30 Skiffs, flatboats, rafts, etc were removed from the Kentucky river banks, tied up at city wharf

November 17, 1862

Raider prisoners are held in Madisonville; the number was held a secret

November 17, 1862

Paducah was seized by federal troops to prevent her falling into Confederates hands

November 25, 1862

At least 10 regiments (5 to 10 thousand men) have passed Evansville in the last 5 days

November 25, 1862

Steamer Horner, a "ram boat" left Evansville for repairs, she fired a "salute" while leaving

November 25, 1862

Baked possum was among the delicacies served at the "Wigwam" last night in Evansville

November 26, 1862

40 Rebel guerrilla prisoners are moved from Evansville to Johnson Island on Lake Erie

November 26, 1862

Steady movement of Union troops on Ohio River south to Vicksburg, Mississippi area

November 26, 1862

Union troops are "stirring up" guerrillas in the Madisonville-Morganfield area

November 27, 1862

Thanksgiving dinner for the poor is provided in the Crescent City Hall (an Evansville meeting hall)

November 29, 1862

First "soup house" for poor relief is opened, ration is 1/3 loaf bread & one pint soup per day, remarkable new thing

December 1862

Evansville regains prosperous river trade with cargo flow to the east replacing southern flow

December 1, 1862

Evansville Telegraph cable with Henderson is, again broken, by the steamer Citizen this time

December 2, 1862

Evansville packet boat Charley Bowen returns from Cairo covered with American flags from bow to stern

December 3, 1862

Strong earthquake hits area including Evansville, Cairo & Memphis, rang bells for 5 seconds

December 4, 1862

40 Rebel guerrilla prisoners are moved from Evansville to Johnson Island on Lake Erie

December 8, 1862

The Federal "Western Waters Navy" has 26 armored vessels (261 guns) and 18 wooden gunboats (79 guns)

December 8, 1862

Also includes 5 ram boats (24 guns), armed tugs (13 guns) and 10 transports,

December 10, 1862

Gunboats Fairplay & Brilliant dock at the Evansville wharf overnight

December 11, 1862

The Evansville river bank at Pigeon Creek is being improved to prevent washing away

December 15, 1862

The Union has purchased these boats for the "Mosquito Fleet": Autocrat, Adams, Baltic, Diana,

December 15, 1862

Fairchild & the Woodford; all will be covered with heavy oak timbers & armed

December 16, 1862

The Green river is blockaded until further notice

December 17, 1862

4,000 Pounds of cotton was ginned in White County Ill, more northern cotton is expected next year

December 21, 1862

Sewers being installed in the downtown Evansville area along the streets

December 21, 1862

(The city sewers are made with stone bed & large stones placed on edges with planks for covers)

December 22, 1862

Large coal fleet, going downstream, have passed Evansville in last two days

December 24, 1862

5 Companies & one battery of the 5th Indiana Cavalry arrived to Evansville today

December 27, 1862

Battle of Elizabethtown Kentucky

December 29, 1862

Evansville townsfolk have enjoyed watching the 5th Cavalry breaking mules

December 29, 1862

Victor Hugo's new book "Les Miserables" arrives to Evansville

December 31, 1862

Battle of Stones River/Murfreesboro Tennessee

1863

Geiger Transfer & Storage Co opens in Evansville

1863

St Cloud Hotel opens in Evansville on Water (Riverside) Street between Vine & Court Streets

1863

A man named Hugh McGary dies in Sangamon County Illinois, no known link to Evansville founder

1863

Blizzard 18-inch snowfall

1863

Evansville Times newspaper publishes will close in 1864

1863

Sterling Brewers opens in Evansville

1863

Complaints about deserted canal through Evansville are commonplace, unhealthy, unsightly & barrier to growth

1863

First dramatic season begins in Evansville

1863

Canal Bank becomes First National Bank in Evansville

1863

Ferdinand Igleheart receives the first Evansville High School diploma

January 1, 1863

Emancipation Proclamation is issued freeing all slaves

January 1, 1863

9 Mammoth boats filled with hay passed Evansville today

January 2, 1863

Battle of Murfreesboro Tennessee, 2nd Battle is won by Union forces

January 2, 1863

Two Evansville based solders desert, they are caught & secured on 3rd floor of the Canal Bank,

January 2, 1863

The two deserters craft an escape rope & make their get-away

January 3, 1863

New wharf boat arrived for the Evansville riverfront

January 3, 1863

Mosquito fleet gunboats have passed downstream last 2 days

January 4, 1863

Newburgh Grand Jury "found bills" against their "traitors", bail set at $1,000 each

January 5, 1863

60 Guerrillas are held in Evansville, 2 or 3 are added each day, will be sent to Lake Erie island

January 5, 1863

Military hospitals in Evansville are reported to be in best condition ever

January 6, 1863

14 Military steamer transports that had laid at the Evansville wharf sailed after a 2-day lay-over

January 6, 1863

The first "Monitor" gunship foundered at sea off Hatteras in a heavy gale & sank, 30 men perished

January 8, 1863

"Postal Currency" came to Evansville people rushed to purchase, printed in 5, 10, 25 & 50 cents, used for change

January 8, 1863

Evansville hospitals #3 & #4 are reopened for military service

January 8, 1863

Negro military regiments are ordered by the Federals

January 9, 1863

125 Guerrilla prisoners from Henderson are moved upriver by the Little Grey Eagle

January 13, 1863

Hospital boat Emma Duncan arrives to Evansville from the Battle of Murfreesboro

January 14, 1863

Steamer May Duke brings 785 rebel POWs to Evansville from the Green River, lodged on 3rd floor of Canal Bank

January 14, 1863

Newspaper & Evansville townsfolk were angered as the rebel officers were given "run of the city"

January 14, 1863

250 Wounded soldiers arrive to Evansville military hospitals from steamer Baldwin

January 15, 1863

Evansville receives a 24-inch deep snow from blizzard, greatest snow in memory

January 17, 1863

131 Wounded soldiers arrive to Evansville military hospitals from steamer Imperial

January 20, 1863

Mosquito fleet flagship "Fairplay" is repaired & returns to the Evansville wharf

January 23, 1863

Ironclads Indianola, Magnolia & Melnotte, filled with soldiers, pass Evansville going downriver

January 23, 1863

The first boat with a screw propeller, the Tugboat Leila, passes Evansville on way to Memphis

January 24, 1863

The Green river is blockaded until further notice

January 26, 1863

A 26 ship fleet docked at Evansville, traveling from Nashville to Louisville

January 28, 1863

Steamers Horizon & RB Drake delivers 400 rebel prisoners to Evansville from Munfordville & Stone River

January 30, 1863

A mob destroys the office of the Rockport Democrat

January 30, 1863

1st Black Civil War regiment, SC Volunteers, mustered into US army

January 31, 1863

Mount Vernon Democrat begins publication, still in business in 2013

February 7, 1863

Census of convalescing soldiers is 383 in the Evansville hospitals

February 9, 1863

Steamer New Bon Accord delivers 75 rebel prisoners to Evansville from Fort Donaldson Tennessee

February 10, 1863

60 Guerrillas are delivered to Evansville on the steamer Little Grey Eagle

February 13, 1863

160 Wounded Confederate prisoners arrive to Evansville hospitals

February 13, 1863

Gunboat Queen-of-the-West runs the blockade at Vicksburg on the Mississippi River, a hero ship

February 14, 1863

90 Negro slaves arrive on train from Missouri going to Kentucky, were they were sold to someone?

February 17, 1863

E&C RR has its 2nd death as Michael Nickerson was caught between 2 switching cars

February 17, 1863

180 Wounded Federal soldiers arrive to Evansville hospitals on steamer Ohio #3

February 17, 1863

1,000 Bales of cotton arrive to Evansville on steamer Tycoon

February 19, 1863

Iron-clad Indianola was the first boat to successfully run the Vicksburg Mississippi blockade

February 21, 1863

13 Nurses, called a "flock of Nightingales", leave Evansville to go to Vicksburg

February 25, 1863

Some paroled rebel surgeons were arrested at the National Hotel in Evansville, drinking toast to Jeff Davis

February 27, 1863

Gunboat "76" was dispatched to guard the river above Evansville, boat in question was a dredge boat

February 28, 1863

Fleet of 6 ships pass Evansville, part of the 8 ship "Mississippi Marine Brigade"

March 3, 1863

A large strange looking craft passed Evansville at 11 pm, it was the iron-clad monitor USS Tuscumbia

March 3, 1863

15 Rebel guerrilla prisoners recaptured near Spottsville

March 5, 1863

Evansville City Council authorizes public vote to place crushed stone on several inner-city streets

March 6, 1863

Evansville steamer Curlew is seized at Island #10 Mississippi River, released next day

March 8, 1863

Steamer Curlew was captured by Union Navy

March 9, 1863

Evansville to have a new military hospital located near Marine Hospital

March 17, 1863

17 Rebel guerrilla prisoners are moved from Evansville to Johnson Island on Lake Erie

March 19, 1863

"Slave stealing" printed in the newspaper, blacks are captured & sold in the south whether or not they are free citizens

March 19, 1863

Evansville Citizens subscribe $400 funds to buy a large alarm bell for loud alert

March 19, 1863

Charley Bowen races from Evansville Locust St upstream to the "point" in less than 5 minutes

March 20, 1863

New steamer Luminary passes Evansville on her first trip

March 27, 1863

Fears of an invasion of Kentucky are reported

March 31, 1863

Guerrillas between Green & Cumberland Rivers are organizing

April 2, 1863

Newspaper tells that Union forces in Kentucky are much larger than is publicly known

April 6, 1863

3 New military hospitals to be built in Evansville below Marine Hospital to provide for 100 patients each

April 6, 1863

Not enough room for tobacco on river front, Evansville warehouses & railroad buildings are filled

April 6, 1863

Work has resumed on First Presbyterian Church at 2nd & Walnut Streets in Evansville

April 10, 1863

Flagship gunboat USS Fairplay was in Evansville port for repairs

April 15, 1863

Contract for 3 new Evansville military hospitals to be built below Marine Hospital is awarded

April 16, 1863

3 New military hospital buildings; each building is 80-feet x 200-feet, complex will be named "Armory Square Hospital"

April 22, 1863

Lighting struck E&C RR buildings, it was called "electric fluid"

April 25, 1863

City illuminating gas for Evansville home & street lighting is said to "stink", a "villainous compound"

April 30, 1863

New locomotive & tender delivered to Evansville wharf, climbs temporary tracks laid on wharf & Locust St

May 1863

Negro troop enrolment in Owensboro was so heavy that enlistment was moved to the fairgrounds

May 1, 1863

Battle of Port Gibson Mississippi

May 6, 1863

Movers of the new locomotive & tender left the pontoon & engine blocking the Evansville canal & all traffic

May 7, 1863

Evansville citizens asked to contribute cut firewood to poor residents; firewood was a valuable commodity then

May 9, 1863

A "hot" new ink pens is being sold in Evansville called the "Corrugated Metal Pen"

May 12, 1863

3 New Evansville hospitals are proceeding well & promise to give great relief to wounded soldiers

May 12, 1863

3 Guerrillas were killed & 13 captured in Union County by Federal forces based at Henderson

May 14, 1863

Battle of Jackson Mississippi

May 16, 1863

Battle of Champion's Hill Mississippi

May 17, 1863

Battle of Big Black River Mississippi

May 19, 1863

Siege of Vicksburg, first attack is defeated

May 22, 1863

Siege of Vicksburg, second attack is defeated

May 26, 1863

Newspaper writes about Victory at Vicksburg, "our greatest victory"

May 26, 1863

Fatal knife fight in Evansville over Vicksburg & the Civil War

May 27, 1863

Evansville Steamer Courier took 40 physicians to Vicksburg also nurses, sanitary agents & supplies

May 27, 1863

Battle of Port Hudson Mississippi

June 1, 1863

First units of 4,000 confederate prisoners arrived to Evansville & began march to Camp Morton

June 4, 1863

To date, Union losses at Vicksburg are 1,989 killed & 7,867 wounded

June 4, 1863

Remainders of the 4,000 Confederate prisoners arrived in Evansville & began marching to Indianapolis

June 12, 1863

Evansville citizen continue their complaints about the filthy remains of the W & E canal

June 18, 1863

Gen Ulysses Grant relieves General John McClernand during the siege of Vicksburg

June 19, 1863

Major fire in a tobacco stemmery at Walnut St & the canal, said to be largest in Evansville history

June 19, 1863

Evansville Soldiers Home to be provided at corner of 4th & Locust Streets, former Hospital #4

June 20, 1863

The Walnut Street bridge over the W & E Canal that was damaged by the fire fell down

June 20, 1863

New state West Virginia is admitted to the Union by President Lincoln

June 25, 1863

US General George Meade replaces General Hooker was asked to be more aggressive

July 1, 1863

Battle of Gettysburg July 1 through July 3

July 2, 1863

Gunboats USS Fairplay & Silver Lake fire a cannon salute to city from the Evansville wharf at noon

July 2, 1863

(Passing Union gunboats often fired cannon as an expression of thanks to the city)

July 3, 1863

Battle of Gettysburg ends with Union victory

July 4, 1863

Gen Ulysses Grant's forces capture Vicksburg Mississippi

July 4, 1863

Central Turners or Turn Vergin (German) was organized in Evansville

July 8, 1863

Rumors reported that North Carolina may return to the Union

July 8, 1863

Great jubilation in the northern states to celebrate the fall of Vicksburg Mississippi

July 9, 1863

The Marine Hospital was lit-up with lamps & torches to celebrate the Vicksburg victory

July 9, 1863

Morgan's raid into southern Indiana began near Mauckport into Corydon Indiana towards Ohio

July 10, 1863

The Evansville Journal is filled with news of John Hunt Morgan raiders, ditto 11th, 12th & 13th

July 11, 1863

Ohio River above Evansville is closed due to John Hunt Morgan raiders activities

July 13, 1863

Evansville's Camp Mead re-opens on "suburbs of the city" to provide for training of the Indiana Legion

July 15, 1863

One train each day is now running from Evansville to Princeton, leaving at 7 1/2 o'clock AM

July 15, 1863

New York City has riots, as depicted in the movie "Gangs of New York", about 1,000 die

July 15, 1863

2,000 Home Guard men are "camped" in Evansville to repel any guerrilla raid

July 16, 1863

The Indiana Legion & volunteers are having drills in several public Evansville locations

July 18, 1863

Indiana Governor Morton orders new units of calvary for defense against raiders

July 20, 1863

1,500 Morgan raiders are captured near Cincinnati

July 30, 1863

President Lincoln issues 'eye for eye' order, shoot one Confederate POW for one Negro POW killed

August 1863

Trouble arises as 2 fire companies sever ties with Evansville city & turn independent

August 6, 1863

A large squad of military passed through Evansville towards Daviess County for recruiting

August 7, 1863

An Evansville city boy fell from a high tree near the ball field at the old cemetery, expected to die

August 11, 1863

Evansville steamer Superior travels to Vicksburg as a medical ship

August 12, 1863

Confederate men called Quantrill's Raiders massacre 150 men & boys in Lawrence Kansas

August 14, 1863

Maj General Alvin Hovey stops in Evansville on way to Mount Vernon in Posey County

August 16, 1863

Union campaign by Gen Rosecrans against Chattanooga begins

August 18, 1863

State "Sanitary" (medical) Boat Sunny Side left Evansville with supplies for Vicksburg

August 20, 1863

1st Boat shipment left Evansville for New Orleans since war began, it was bacon, lard, flour, etc

August 22, 1863

160 Confederate prisoners at POW Camp Morton swore into Union service of the United States

August 22, 1863

Quartermaster of the Evansville post has immediate for 250 horses for Calvary use

August 27, 1863

Ohio River has an oily green caste to the water, said to be a vegetable condition

September 1, 1863

Kentucky Governor - Thomas E Bramlette thru September 3, 1867

September 3, 1863

Indiana grown cotton & tobacco crops have mostly failed due to frost

September 7, 1863

5 Union deserters are executed at Munfordsville, Ky

September 14, 1863

Evansville High School moved to former Baptist Church building

September 14, 1863

Discussion held over Negro schools in Evansville city

September 19, 1863

The Evansville river bank near Marine Hospital is reported to be washing away rapidly

September 19, 1863

A Evansville city man is "ridden out of town on a rail"

September 19, 1863

Battle of Chickamauga Georgia, called the bloodiest battle of the Western Theatre

September 26, 1863

Boxes of books are collected for Evansville military hospitals

September 28, 1863

Story tells that 7,000 guerrillas crossed the Tennessee River towards the north

September 28, 1863

28-Guerrillas that raided West Franklin on November 8, 1862, go to trial in Mount Vernon

September 28, 1863

All guerrillas were found guilty & sentenced to 2-years in Camp Baker Prison in Indianapolis

September 30, 1863

14 Confederate Generals are killed at the Battle of Chickamauga, RE: Evansville Journal

October 1863

Submarine telegraph line between Evansville & Henderson is placed in service

October 1, 1863

23 Inches is the river depth between Cairo & Louisville

October 1, 1863

Copperheads hold convention at Wadesville in Posey County

October 16, 1863

Gen Ulysses Grant is given command of Union forces in West

October 17, 1863

Dr I.E. Newton performs facial cancer surgery for local woman, his 2nd such operation in Evansville

October 20, 1863

400 Rebel prisoners arrive at Camp Morton in Indianapolis

October 22, 1863

Skelton of a woman was found while digging trench for Locust Street sewer, near Second Street in Evansville

October 27, 1863

All river ferries between Evansville & Paducah are closed until further notice

October 30, 1863

4 Gunboats pass down river including the Silver Lake & Thistle

October 31, 1863

The coal miners strike continues at the Bodiam Mine below Reitz Hill in Evansville

November 1, 1863

Survey finds 32 public cisterns in Evansville filled & in good condition in Evansville

November 10, 1863

A small band of Confederate raiders invade West Franklin in Vanderburgh County

November 19, 1863

Abraham Lincoln delivers Gettysburg Address

November 20, 1863

E&TH Railroad Depot in Evansville (#1) opens at Eighth & Main Street, to be replaced in 1882

November 21, 1863

A New Jersey regiment camped on the Evansville levee (river bank)

November 23, 1863

19th Pennsylvania Calvary passed Evansville going down river

November 25, 1863

News of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address reaches Evansville, it is printed in the Journal

November 29, 1863

A second "soup house" in Evansville for poor relief is ordered, ration is 1/3 loaf of bread & one pint of soup

December 1863

Evansville River bank below Pigeon Creek is improved to prevent erosion

December 1, 1863

Packet boat Charley Bowen crew tells of 10-hour waits to obtain coal for her boilers

December 3, 1863

Strong earthquake hits area including Evansville, Cairo & Memphis

December 12, 1863

350 Wounded Union soldiers arrived to Evansville on the steamer Charles McDougal

December 14, 1863

91st Indiana Regiment arrived to Evansville's Camp Nelson to rest a few days

December 16, 1863

The Green river is blockaded until further notice

December 27, 1863

Benai Israel announce a new Synagogue to be built at 6th & Division (Court) Streets in Evansville

December 27, 1863

Evansville Steamer City Belle leaves for Nashville with 1341 packages of food & supplies

December 31, 1863

30 Negro soldiers leave Vincennes to join about 400 more at Indianapolis

December 31, 1863

589 Wounded soldiers were admitted to Evansville hospitals in December, 1863

December 31, 1863

On this day the weather was "most delightful"

1864

Smallpox epidemic

1864

The Evansville Demokrat, a German newspaper was founded

1864

New steam fire engine purchased by Evansville

1864

Evansville resident Conrad Baker is elected Lt Governor

1864

Evansville Dispatch newspaper publishes will close in 1865

January 1, 1864

Associated Press "AP" is mentioned in the Evansville Journal

January 1, 1864

Blizzard with a foot of snow, high winds & temperatures fall to 20-degrees below zero

January 1, 1864

5 Young horses froze to death in Slaughtersville (later Slaughters) Webster County

January 5, 1864

Additional 3-inches of snow falls

January 6, 1864

"Unprecedented freeze" is giving railroad & river traffic many problems as well as military personnel

January 6, 1864

Ice in Evansville gas lines causes stores & homes to use coal oil lamps again

January 7, 1864

The 77th Ohio on the steamer New Kentucky froze-up in the ice 2-miles below West Franklin

January 7, 1864

Steamer Idahoe with wounded soldiers & baggage froze-in 4-miles below Evansville, sleds, sleighs & wagons

January 7, 1864

Were used to transport troops to city hospitals (This may have been Evansville's most heroic rescue event)

January 7, 1864

Soldiers are quartered in the Court House, Masonic Hall, railroad depot, etc because of snow

January 7, 1864

Newspaper reports rescue use of sleighs, sledges, sleds & jumpers in Evansville

January 7, 1864

Ice on the river is heavy with loud grinding sounds

January 7, 1864

The river is blocked at Smithland, therefore it is expected be closed here as well before long

January 8, 1864

16 Degrees below zero at noon

January 12, 1864

550 Patients in Evansville hospitals have been rearranged to suit the hard weather

January 13, 1864

The term "invalid corps" means troops that are permanently disabled but remain in service

January 13, 1864

Heavy ice flow on river reduces traffic

January 14, 1864

General William T Sherman begins his march to the South

January 19, 1864

10 Inches of new snow fell in Evansville

January 21, 1864

379 Michigan soldiers stay in the Evansville Soldiers Home before loading on steamers

January 25, 1864

Steamers Charley Bowen & Robert Lee break ice at the Evansville river front

February 1, 1864

Evansville board of Health authorizes 3rd Pest House for treatment & isolation of small-pox patients

February 8, 1864

Large quantities of cotton are landing at Evansville

February 8, 1864

35th Irish regiment begins 30-day furlough in Evansville

February 8, 1864

42nd Indiana begins furlough in Evansville

February 14, 1864

A new Pest House opens, also called Evansville Isolation Hospital

February 14, 1864

(Pest House is located on Locust & 5th Streets, 5th Street was the route of the W & E Canal)

February 15, 1864

Steamer Arizona loaded with troops passed down river, a stream of troop ships will follow

February 17, 1864

The Confederate Congress repealed the Partisan Ranger Act, pressured by Robert Lee

February 19, 1864

Reports of dozens of west Kentucky slaves running away in Todd, Lyon, Caldwell & Crittenden Co

February 19, 1864

Heavy cannonading heard from the Fort Donaldson area

March 2, 1864

24th Regiment in camp at the Evansville coal mines, 250 men

March 3, 1864

2 Negros foil & capture 2 armed white men during a "slave stealing", in English Indiana

March 9, 1864

Gen Ulysses Grant commissioned as Lt General

March 12, 1864

Gen Ulysses Grant named as supreme commander of the Union Armies all Union Armies

March 12, 1864

North Carolina now has Union troops

March 18, 1864

The 24th Indiana Regiment gives a dress parade in Evansville featuring 350 veterans

March 18, 1864

Evansville City Council approves a tunnel-type bridge for Main Street across the canal

March 22, 1864

Hospital ship H C Wood delivers 100 wounded soldiers to Evansville hospitals

March 22, 1864

880 Soldiers of the 23rd & 33rd Indiana regiments pass-up stream on way to New Albany

March 22, 1864

200 Calvary horses were inspected at Princeton Indiana, 60 were accepted

March 22, 1864

Evergreen trees are requested by the "soldier boys" to beautify the Evansville Marine Hospital grounds

March 24, 1864

The 25th Veteran Volunteers, 300 strong, are given large welcome by Evansville upon arrival to city

March 24, 1864

The 24th Indiana give a public drill in the commons northeast of Evansville in the Fairgrounds

March 25, 1864

Fort Anderson at Paducah attacked by 7,000 rebels, 90 Union & 50 rebels are killed

March 26, 1864

The 24th Indiana left Evansville on the steamer St Joseph, they sailed down-stream

April 1864

First ice boxes arrive in Evansville

April 9, 1864

Five gunboats are anchored in front of Henderson

April 18, 1864

A force of guerrillas are encamped at Morganfield & another force across from Shawneetown

April 20, 1864

Evansville is filled with wild rumors about a guerrilla force if 200-500 in Henderson

April 22, 1864

Congress authorized "In God We Trust" to be used on US coins

April 24, 1864

Elements of the 25th Indiana arrive to Evansville to await balance of the regiment to arrive

April 24, 1864

The newly formed Hospital Band gave a public performance in Evansville

April 24, 1864

Gunboat Fairplay is back in Evansville port at the foot of Main Street

May 1864

There was heavy recruitment of Negros to serve as Union Troops in the Tri-state

May 2, 1864

100-Day men are called to service, a bounty of $100 to be paid to each volunteer

May 6, 1864

There are almost daily reports of guerrilla fighting in Kentucky

May 9, 1864

8 Steamboats, one propeller, were built in Evansville in the last year

May 9, 1864

35th Kentucky Cavalry fought guerrillas east of Uniontown, gunboat Fairplay threw some shots

May 19, 1864

Gunboat Superior arrived to Evansville wharf riddled with cannon & gunshot holes from Red River battle

May 19, 1864

Gunboat Hetty Gilmore, an Evansville boat, went to New Orleans after the Red River battle

May 19, 1864

The 60th Indiana Regiment left Evansville on steamer Armada for New Orleans

May 20, 1864

60 Guerrillas mass across the Ohio at Rockport, their boats sank & thwarted the invasion

May 30, 1864

Negro troops are being recruited along the Ohio River counties in Kentucky

May 30, 1864

Some Owensboro citizen were angered by the Union recruiting of Negro men

June 1, 1864

Two men are arrested in Uniontown as spies, they were jailed in Evansville

June 7, 1864

Abraham Lincoln is re-nominated for President by the Republican Party

June 11, 1864

Evansville Quartermaster Depot on Upper Water Street has room for 800 horses plus many cattle & mules

June 11, 1864

5 Mosquito fleet gunboats left Evansville & sailed to Henderson, later to Caseyville

June 13, 1864

Gunboat Lew Eaves exchanges cannon fire with guerrillas at Uniontown

June 13, 1864

Guerrillas cross into Vanderburgh County a mile below Henderson to capture 3 Negro soldiers

June 13, 1864

Soldier's Ball is held at Salt Wells Park in Evansville

June 14, 1864

Water in the old W & E Canal basin is termed putrid

June 14, 1864

Guerrillas cross into Posey County to steal horses

June 15, 1864

Robert E Lee's home in Arlington VA becomes a military cemetery

June 16, 1864

All river trade to Kentucky below Cannelton is prohibited without permission

June 18, 1864

300 Guerrillas raid into Calhoun Kentucky for plunder

June 21, 1864

25 Mounted rebels enter Henderson to pillage supplies

June 22, 1864

Battle south of Uniontown between guerrillas & the 35th Kentucky Cavalry several rebels killed

June 23, 1864

100 Injured soldiers arrive FROM Louisville to the Evansville military hospitals

June 23, 1864

200 Guerrillas are said to be in Cloverport & 200 more in Hawesville Kentucky

July 1864

Andrew Johnson, Vice Presidential candidate of Abraham Lincoln, was said to have given a speech at

July 1864

New Harmony &, later, at the Solitude covered bridge north of Mount Vernon

July 4, 1864

Andrew Jackson spoke at the covered Grafton Bridge in Posey County

July 4, 1864

(Taken from a Nov, 1934 program talk to the DAR in Mount Vernon Indiana by Mrs Charles T Johnson)

July 7, 1864

2,000 Head of cattle are grazing at Evansville, low water does not allow for shipping downstream

July 7, 1864

General Alvin Hovey arrives to Evansville from New York City on way to Mount Vernon

July 7, 1864

The Funeral of Gen Blythe takes place, the Indiana Legion has more than 100 members attending

July 8, 1864

Evansville High School has a river boat excursion on the General Halleck

July 8, 1864

Guerrillas raid into Henderson, steal horses & rob safe on steamer General Halleck

July 8, 1864

Kentucky is under martial law

July 9, 1864

50 Guerrillas display themselves across river from Newburgh

July 11, 1864

18 Guerrillas raid Henderson to steal & pillage, one citizen is killed

July 11, 1864

2,000 Head of Evansville cattle have been shipped by 6 steamers in last 3 days

July 12, 1864

One of the above cattle boats ran aground near Henderson, guerrillas were taking cattle for food

July 12, 1864

22 Mounted rebels enter Henderson to pillage supplies

July 12, 1864

Appeal to be made for provisions for large quantity of refugees expected to arrive in Evansville this summer

July 12, 1864

97 Refugees are in the Evansville Blackford Grove Camp, 91 are women or children

July 13, 1864

James Rankin, an old store owner, is killed by guerrillas in Henderson

July 13, 1864

(This killing will be the cause of the firing squad in Henderson on July 22, 1864 when 2 men are executed)

July 14, 1864

The new Evansville Negro school, the first, will have a festival at the city High School

July 16, 1864

Gen Burbridge issues order to have guerrilla(s) hung in retaliation for civilian murders in area

July 18, 1864

400 Head of cattle are driven to the wharf where they drink & move to the stockyard above Evansville

July 18, 1864

(The 400 cattle were for Gen William T Sherman's army in Georgia)

July 19, 1864

600 Guerrillas fight 300 men of the 52nd Kentucky Cavalry near Morganfield

July 21, 1864

A large meeting of Evansville citizens demand filling of the canal

July 21, 1864

Guerrillas, Powell & Thompson are moved from Owensboro to Henderson for firing squad

July 22, 1864

2 Guerrillas, Powell & Thompson, captured in Owensboro by the 124th Indiana Regiment, were executed

July 22, 1864

by a firing squad on the Henderson riverfront, the squad then returned to Evansville

July 22, 1864

Rebel forces & Union gunboats battle at Henderson, estimated forces of several hundred

July 23, 1864

Told that new refugees from Henderson were singing "secessionist" songs, paper said to leave

July 27, 1864

It is reported that Henderson County is overrun by guerrilla bands

July 27, 1864

A Vanderburgh County man named Smith was killed on the Kentucky shore after firing on Home Guard

July 27, 1864

General Alvin P Hovey speaks in Evansville

July 27, 1864

2 Guerrillas are hung in Scott County Kentucky

July 28, 1864

2 Guerrillas are hung in Russellville Kentucky

July 30, 1864

The home of a Union Major officer is burned in Henderson, 2nd home burned in one week

July 31, 1864

Gen Ulysses Grant is named General of Volunteers

August 1864

A school for Negro children is opened provided by the City of Evansville

August 1, 1864

Col Adam Johnson forces return to Henderson

August 4, 1864

160 Negro Union troops are posted in Henderson

August 6, 1864

Gunboat Silver lake fires several cannon shot into Owensboro after being fired upon

August 8, 1864

Negro troops in Henderson withdrawn

August 9, 1864

The Journal newspaper tells that local apathy is lifting, asks "are we in danger?"

August 9, 1864

A passing rebel officer prisoner told citizens that he had spent 75 days in trenches at Atlanta

August 9, 1864

It is reported there are 1,000 guerrillas within a days march of Evansville

August 9, 1864

Several guerillas were horse stealing in Posey County overnight

August 10, 1864

There were 2,000 well armed Indiana Legion (home guard), troops in Evansville by nightfall

August 10, 1864

Col Adam Johnson forces are reported to be 1,500 strong in Union County

August 10, 1864

A $550 bounty (a cash reward) for every local Negro enlistment into Union forces

August 10, 1864

Soldier kills 2 men in Mount Vernon after being insulted, he escaped without pursuit

August 11, 1864

Major skirmish at Salem Kentucky results in 3 Union & 12 guerrillas killed

August 12, 1864

4 Guerrillas are hung in Eminence Kentucky

August 12, 1864

Skirmish at Slaughters Kentucky ends with 5 killed, 7 wounded & 48 guerrillas captured

August 13, 1864

Col Adam Johnson raids Henderson

August 13, 1864

Stories abound telling of a coming guerilla invasion of Mount Vernon

August 13, 1864

Many refugees come across the river from Henderson County

August 14, 1864

Col Adam Johnson plans to capture Mount Vernon, foiled by the 46th Indiana Regiment

August 15, 1864

Evansville is a closed city; all businesses ordered closed until further notice (date of cancellation was not found)

August 15, 1864

Captains & commanders in Vanderburgh County are called to duty stations

August 15, 1864

Col Adam Johnson attempts to capture Shawneetown, cannon fire is heard in Mount Vernon

August 15, 1864

Invasion boats & rafts are built by guerillas across river from Mount Vernon

August 15, 1864

Evansville Journal editorial asks for protection of city & Tri-state from guerrillas

August 15, 1864

Major Gen Robert Hughes visits Evansville & addresses citizens in Court House meeting

August 15, 1864

Called "A night of excitement" in Posey, Vanderburgh & Shawneetown, 1,500 Vanderburgh home guard men called out

August 16, 1864

The Henderson News reports that "our city is nearly depopulated"

August 16, 1864

Man named Carey was fatally shot by the Evansville City Marshall

August 16, 1864

Kentucky shore is blockaded in the region from all passage

August 17, 1864

Gen Alvin Hovey & Robert Hughes cross river into Uniontown Kentucky, aka Hovey's Raid

August 17, 1864

The total "Hovey Raid" force totaled over 3,000 men under 4 generals

August 17, 1864

General Alvin P Hovey crosses at Mount Vernon with 800 infantry

August 17, 1864

General Hughes crosses at Uniontown with 150 Cavalrymen

August 17, 1864

Henderson is shelled by gunboat Brilliant, 9 shells were thrown

August 18, 1864

General Paine lands at Uniontown with 2,000 men

August 18, 1864

General Prentiss lands at Shawneetown with 800 men

August 18, 1864

General Alvin Hovey & Hughes reach Morganfield

August 18, 1864

Gen Alvin Hovey & Robert Hughes move force towards Caseyville

August 18, 1864

Gen Elezar Paine force arrive by ships to Uniontown

August 18, 1864

A report tells that there were 5 steamships discharging Federal troops at Uniontown

August 18, 1864

80 Negro men were recruited into the Union Army at Evansville

August 19, 1864

Alvin Hovey's force moves to Smith Mills, levies $20,000 assessment on secessionist citizens

August 19, 1864

Gen Paine closes towards the Hovey force

August 19, 1864

Heavy rains are reported by the Journal newspaper

August 19, 1864

Fight at Yelvington between Negro troops & guerrillas, 2 rebels killed, 7 wounded

August 19, 1864

Reports tell that young men are fleeing from conscription in Adam Johnsons forces

August 20, 1864

The Alvin Hovey force moves to Henderson, then Evansville and Mount Vernon

August 20, 1864

3 Guerrillas break Vanderburgh Co jail, a saw blade was smuggled into the cell

August 22, 1864

Gen Hughes leaves Evansville with new recruits for the Federal Army

August 22, 1864

The calvary troops from the Alvin Hovey Raid could not find food in Evansville but rode on to their home towns

August 22, 1864

Documents were discovered confirming the capture of Mount Vernon was planned for Aug 14th Sunday

August 27, 1864

Fire wood is predicted to be as high as $7 per cord

August 27, 1864

Owensboro is captured by 25 guerrillas, stealing horses & jewelry, burned wharfboat with

August 27, 1864

12 Union Negro troopers were trapped in river boat by guerrillas at Owensboro, most were burned to death

September 1, 1864

Confederate Gen Hood evacuates Atlanta

September 2, 1864

Union Gen William T Sherman enters Atlanta

September 8, 1864

A 100-gun salute fired in Evansville to celebrate Gen William T Sherman taking Atlanta

September 10, 1864

21 Mounted rebels enter Henderson to rob the Farmer's Bank & stores, steal $8820

September 12, 1864

7 Gunboats were docked at the Evansville wharf

September 16, 1864

6 Of the gunboats lying at the Evansville wharf left to downstream

September 17, 1864

2 Quaker cannon that were used in the attack on Nashville were found in Uniontown

September 20, 1864

40 Guerrillas made an appearance in Henderson

September 24, 1864

The Union Wigwam is dedicated at Court & Water Streets, the hall can seat 2,000 persons

September 24, 1864

100 Negro Union soldiers go to Corydon & Geneva, one soldier with smallpox left in Geneva village

September 24, 1864

After the Union troops depart, guerrillas arrive to lynch the soldier with smallpox

October 1864

Several hundred black Union troops arrive to operate in Daviess & Henderson counties

October 1, 1864

The Kratz & Heilman Foundry in Evansville is dissolved, was formed in 1847

October 16, 1864

Refugees are, again, arriving at Evansville for safety "where are Hovey & Hughes" asks the Journal

October 17, 1864

Owensboro is captured again by 200 guerrillas, held town for 2-weeks, no Union action reported

October 22, 1864

Evansville Journal asks 15,000 men band together & drive the guerrillas from Kentucky

November 4, 1864

A train of 16 cars filled with soldiers pass Evansville on way to east

November 8, 1864

Lincoln is reelected President (Andrew Johnson as Vice President)

November 15, 1864

Col Adam Johnson in Henderson to recover from wounds, he is now blind, Col Johnson paroled by Union command

November 15, 1864

Gen William T Sherman leaves Atlanta for "March to the Sea" with 40,000 man army

November 21, 1864

Owensboro Monitor editor has been arrested & expelled from the Union, sent to the south

November 21, 1864

8 Guerrillas will be executed in Munfordville Kentucky for murder of Union men

November 21, 1864

Fire wood was needed by Evansville soldiers families; local efforts were promoted to keep a supply for use

November 21, 1864

Southern refugees collect at Chattanooga, many will head to north of the Ohio to paces like Evansville

November 24, 1864

The Donelson House saloon in Evansville is fitted-out like a "Monitor" gunship

November 29, 1864

358 Wounded soldiers arrive to Evansville military hospitals from hospital ship DA January

November 29, 1864

Jesse James, a guerrilla, is reported to be operating near Shelbyville Kentucky

December 3, 1864

A parade of wood & coal wagons to show support for President Lincoln passes down Evansville Main Street

December 6, 1864

Oysters in the shell have arrive to the Evansville, only canned oysters were available in the past

December 7, 1864

There are over 20,000 refugees around the city of Cairo Illinois

December 9, 1864

7,000 Acres of land in Perry county are leased for oil drilling

December 16, 1864

The Journal reported that there are refugees by the thousands in Evansville and Vanderburgh County

December 16, 1864

Rebel General Lyon captured Princeton Kentucky & is marching north with about 4,000 men

December 21, 1864

Rebel General Lyon burns courthouses at Eddyville & Hopkinsville

December 22, 1864

A guerrilla force surrounded Owensboro & demanded surrender from Federals,

December 22, 1864

The rebel and federal leaders made a social evening, the rebels left next morning

December 22, 1864

It was told that the British Prince of Wales & party stayed in the Sherwood House overnight

December 26, 1864

Rebel General Lyon captured Hartford Kentucky with 5,000 men

December 28, 1864

Rebel General Lyon forces are broken up into bands prowling the river opposite Evansville

1865

Illinois Governor - Richard J Oglesby thru 1869

1865

Evansville population is 16,000

1865

Evansville public school enrollment is 2,616

1865

Merchants National Bank opens 3 story building at 1st & Main Streets in Evansville

1865

4,031 Vanderburgh County men serve in Union Army

1865

2,500 Steamboats docked at Evansville wharfs in 1865

1865

Mechanics Foundry opens for business in Evansville

1865

James Urie invents plow tip called Urie's Plow in Evansville

1865

The US Naval Observatory began transmitting time signals to Washington DC by telegraph

1865

Western Union began to send the time signal by telegraph lines across the nation

1865

National cholera epidemic

1865

National smallpox epidemic

1865

National typhus epidemic

1865

Evansville begins to fill the canal channel taking 2 years & $2,000 to complete

1865

Evansville passes ordinance requiring saloons & liquor shops to pay & maintain a license

1865

Confederate Colonel Thomas J Dobyns, Hugh McGary's son in law, dies of Civil War wounds

January 3, 1865

300 Guerrillas take Owensboro to capture Negro troops stationed in the courthouse Negro troops forces evacuate to IN

January 4, 1865

Daviess County Kentucky (6-year old) court house is burned, records moved to local churches

January 6, 1865

General Alvin Hovey & wife leave Evansville by SS Idahoe to Mount Vernon

January 6, 1865

There are a good number of Owensboro citizens in Evansville during the guerrilla invasion

January 7, 1865

The Evansville Daily & Weekly Courier newspaper begins, later Evansville Courier & Journal

January 12, 1865

Louisville hotel The Galt House burns

January 12, 1865

The W & E Canal floods the southeast portion of Evansville

January 19, 1865

A deserter prisoner is given the "ball & chain" to hold him in the Vanderburgh County Jail

January 20, 1865

A large fleet of Union transport ships sailed up-river this day from the Cumberland & Tennessee Rivers;

January 20, 1865

Evansville citizens lined the river front from morning until night to watch the great armada pass

January 21, 1865

Uniontown has several destructive fires

January 26, 1865

Oil well yielding 80 barrels per day has been drilled in Crawford County

January 30, 1865

Steamer SS Eclipse explodes near Paducah with Indiana troops on board, 27 killed

January 30, 1865

23 Wounded surviving soldiers arrived from Paducah to Evansville, their home port, on February 5, 1865

January 31, 1865

Gen Robert E Lee named Commander-in-Chief of Confederate Armies

February 1, 1865

Gen William T Sherman's army leaves Savannah on "March to the Sea"

February 15, 1865

65 Guerrillas attack 48 Negro Union soldiers at Uniontown 11 Union troops died but won the day

February 17, 1865

Gen William T Sherman's army capture Columbia South Carolina

March 4, 1865

Abraham Lincoln inaugurated as President of US, he will be assassinated in office

March 6, 1865

Monitors Cahawba & Oneita pass Evansville, 250-feet long with a 13-foot draft

March 8, 1865

Ohio River is in flood stage

March 17, 1865

Confederate spy Jerome Clark, aka "Sue Mundy" is hung in Louisville

March 23, 1865

General William T Sherman & Cox's troops reach Goldsboro NC

March 29, 1865

Several dozen Alabama & Georgia refugees land at the Evansville wharf, totally destitute

March 29, 1865

Paducah is ordered to prepare for 10,000 prisoners from Gen William T Sherman's army

March 29, 1865

The building of a water works for Evansville is under discussion

March 30, 1865

Guerrillas attempted & failed to capture the gunboat Camellia at Uniontown

April 2, 1865

Confederate troops evacuate Richmond Virginia

April 3, 1865

Capture of Richmond, Virginia, the Confederate capitol by Gen Ulysses Grant

April 3, 1865

At least one great fight broke-out, on Third Street, in Evansville, several injured, several arrests

April 6, 1865

Battle of Saylor's Creek Virginia, Gen Lee's army begins to dissolve

April 7, 1865

Gen Lee receives a note from Gen Ulysses Grant asking him to surrender

April 9, 1865

Gen Robert E Lee surrenders the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House to Gen Ulysses Grant

April 9, 1865

Civil War ends on a Sunday afternoon about 4 o'clock; news arrived in Evansville that evening

April 10, 1865

A Grand Salute with 200 guns is presented at noon in Evansville

April 14, 1865

John Wilkes Booth shoots President Abraham Lincoln

April 15, 1865

President Abraham Lincoln dies from gunshot wound in Washington DC

April 15, 1865

Andrew Johnson is sworn as 17th President of the US

April 17, 1865

Mobile Alabama is captured

April 28, 1865

Steamboat Sultana boiler explodes & sinks near Mound City Arkansas, up to 2,800 perished

May 1865

Evansville erects an arch over Main Street at 3rd Street saying "Welcome" for returning & passing veterans

May 3, 1865

Evansville is decorated to observe the funeral of President Lincoln

May 4, 1865

Complete reports of the Steamboat Sultana disaster is reported in Evansville

May 4, 1865

Crescent City Springs opens, aka Salt Springs in Evansville

May 10, 1865

Jefferson Davis, President of Confederate States of America, is captured in Georgia

May 13, 1865

Pvt John J Williams was the last man killed in Civil War, he was from Jay County IN

May 13, 1865

Pvt John J Williams was killed in Cameron County Texas on May 13, 1865, age 22

May 19, 1865

Steamship Bard Levi boiler explodes at West Franklin killing 5 after delivering 900 solders

May 23, 1865

Grand Review of the Armies parade to honor GAR in Washington, DC, completed on May 24, 1865

May 25, 1865

Powder magazine explosion in Mobile Alabama kills 300 persons

May 26, 1865

The last Confederate army surrenders in Shreveport, Louisiana

May 29, 1865

Evansville claims 3 quick floods this spring

May 30, 1865

Several paroled Morgan raiders have a dance in Mount Vernon, broken up by sheriff

June 2, 1865

Gen Kirby Smith surrenders Trans-Mississippi unit ending Confederate resistance

June 10, 1865

Auctioneer will sell barge next to the McGary elm tree on Evansville's wharf

June 13, 1865

Liberty Baptist Church is established in Evansville

June 17, 1865

A second passenger train has been placed on the Evansville & Crawfordville Railroad

June 17, 1865

Former Locust Street Methodist Church being refurbished to serve as the Evansville City Hall

June 17, 1865

Steamer Clifton passed down-stream, filled with released Confederate prisoners of war

July 1, 1865

Efforts are beginning to force Negros to leave Warrick County

July 7, 1865

Union monitor SS Tippecanoe arrives to Evansville Pigeon Creek mouth for completion

July 7, 1865

4 People hung in Washington DC for conspiring with John Booth to assassinate President Lincoln

July 8, 1865

The Army of the Tennessee (River) is closed, many Evansville & Indiana soldiers discharged

July 19, 1865

Horace Greenly advises "Go west young man"; first printed by John Solue in a Terre Haute Express

July 19, 1865

editorial in 1851 as "Go West, young man, and grow up with the country"

July 31, 1865

Released records show Kentucky had 125,860 slaves in 79 out of 100 counties

July 31, 1865

Two Negro men are lynched by beating on the Vanderburgh County court house lawn,

July 31, 1865

The two men were hung from lamp posts, alleged to have raped & attempted murder on a white woman

July 31, 1865

Evansville has a full racial riot

July 31, 1865

15 Men board steamer Carrie on Evansville wharf to kill the Negro boiler crew, not uncommon during war years

August 3, 1865

Many Evansville Negros have left the city for safer places

August 8, 1865

Negros warned, by men of Lane Township, to leave Millersburg in Warrick County

August 16, 1865

Lane & Bodley Steam Fire Engine is bought for Evansville at $7,500

August 19, 1865

New steam fire engine "Eclipse" arrives to Evansville for service, it quickly emptied a cistern

August 21, 1865

Bodies of 7 dead Negros found floating in river at Uniontown, it was believed these were

August 21, 1865

Evansville men that were killed on a local steamboat during the riots of July 31, 1865

August 22, 1865

A flight of Passenger Pigeons was noted in the Journal, there used to be billions of these birds

September 12, 1865

Photos of John W Booth & spy Sue Mundy are declared illegal to sell in Louisville

September 25, 1865

There are no Union soldiers posted in Daviess County Kentucky

October 9, 1865

Construction on a dry dock at Evansville for ship repairs begins, 54-feet wide by 200-feet long

October 10, 1865

The Journal declares that Evansville has experienced 3 years of great prosperity

October 11, 1865

The old Union meeting hall the "Wigwam" is demolished on the Evansville wharf

October 12, 1865

A buried treasure of $7,300 was discovered north of Vincennes

October 13, 1865

Murderers are reported to be stealing & killing south of the Ohio to the Cumberland River

October 19, 1865

Tri-state had a partial eclipse of the sun this date beginning at 7:30 am through 11:00 am

November 7, 1865

Nicholson paving (tar & gravel) is being installed on Evansville Main Street

November 9, 1865

The grade (elevation) of Main Street is lowered at First Street in Evansville

November 18, 1865

$10,000 Stolen from a safe in Rockport, reported to be largest burglary in regional history

November 30, 1865

Negro troops are shipped to Crittenden County after political disturbances

December 1, 1865

Evansville passes ordinance to end obstructions, slop, offal, etc from all city streets

December 6, 1865

13th Amendment of the United States Constitution is ratified to abolishing slavery

December 22, 1865

Owensboro has a major fire within the "Thompson Block"

December 24, 1865

Confederate veterans form Ku Klux Klan in Pulaski Tenn

December 25, 1865

Cigar makers in Evansville have grand ball at the Masonic Hall, public was invited

December 25, 1865

20 Barrels of fresh oranges arrive from New Orleans to Evansville

1866

Cholera epidemic hits Evansville

1866

1st Evansville baseball team, the Riversides, formed by Charlie Wentz, they play on "the commons" near Sunset Park

1866

John Ingle develops Ingleside Mine, formerly Bodiam, (Reitz Hill) into large scale coal operation in Evansville

1866

Tobacco industry becomes increasingly important in Evansville

1866

Evansville Cotton Mills begins at First & Ingle Streets, David J Mackey major owner

January 3, 1866

The Evansville Journal gives a description of Union Monitor ship SS Tippecanoe

January 3, 1866

SS Tippecanoe was completed & outfitted, she lay at the mouth of Pigeon Creek since July, 1864

January 10, 1866

Louisiana has 5 elected US Senators, none have been seated to this date

January 30, 1866

Steamboat the "Missouri" boiler explodes at Green River mouth, 130 killed, many from Evansville

January 30, 1866

Missouri exploded at 1:00 am, the destroyed hulk floated & sank near Sunset Park

January 30, 1866

It was reported that the Missouri was in a steamboat race with the "Silver Moon"

February 1866

Elizabeth Sinzich finds 2 orphans on the wharf & begins first Evansville orphans home

February 14, 1866

4 Evansville men die opposite the Evansville wharf when their skiff sinks, bodies were not found

March 5, 1866

A dry dock for ship repairs is launched, it is 54-feet wide by 200-feet long, the dock was built at the

March 5, 1866

Evansville wharf, currents carried it to the mouth of Pigeon Creek before it was secured

March 8, 1866

A remaining Passenger Pigeon roost is reported near Vincennes as thousands of birds are killed

March 9, 1866

Search & recovery efforts are still underway for the 4 men that drowned on February 14th

March 9, 1866

Telephone exchange in Evansville is shut-down, there were several problems

March 12, 1866

First orphan home is opened on Mulberry Street & Fourth Street in Evansville

April 8, 1866

Capt Jim Wilson, famous guerrilla hunter of the Green River area, visits Evansville

April 9, 1866

A body from the Missouri boat explosion 10 weeks earlier was recovered above Evansville

April 12, 1866

An oil well was drilled near Hazelton to a depth of 500-feet and striking oil

April 19, 1866

A public meeting is held in Evansville to discuss the building of a water plant

May 10, 1866

Inglefield is organized at Ingle's Station

May 11, 1866

The Journal writes the "Missouri" wrecked hull is now "quite prominent" near Sunset Park

May 16, 1866

A log raft of 1,000,000 board feet arrives to Evansville from Pennsylvania

May 19, 1866

A Soldiers & Sailors convention is held at the Vanderburgh County Court House

June 3, 1866

Evansville still has free-range animals; hogs are making a mess on spilled grain on the wharf

June 7, 1866

The old canal is being filled between Main & Locust Streets in Evansville

June 14, 1866

Evansville police are ordered to kill all dogs found loose on city streets

June 21, 1866

2 Vanderburgh County Jail-birds are given ball & chains to wear inside the jail

July 13, 1866

Evansville Street Railroad in organized in New Albany

July 13, 1866

The Evansville Marine Hospital will be sold at auction as soon as possible

July 18, 1866

47 Dogs have been reported shot in Evansville, bounty is twenty-five cents

July 25, 1866

3 Squares (city blocks) of W & E Canal basin have been filled to date in Evansville

August 3, 1866

B'nai Moses Jewish Temple is built at Ingle & 6th Streets in Evansville

August 3, 1866

A city park is requested for Evansville

September 1866

Evansville Orphans Home relocated to Mary & Illinois Streets, then Harriet & 7th Streets

October 22, 1866

4-Floor building under construction at 1st & Sycamore Streets falls down, no injuries

October 30, 1866

4-Floor collapsed building at 1st & Sycamore Streets has been demolished

November 17, 1866

A 3-year old child dies from hydrophobia in "Babytown" (St Joseph - Maryland Street area) Evansville

December 8, 1866

A city lock-up for Evansville is suggested

December 11, 1866

Guerrilla outrage reported at Dycusburg Kentucky on the Cumberland River

December 14, 1866

25 Dogs have been reported shot in Evansville, bounty is twenty-five cents

December 18, 1866

A new large fire bell is installed in the new Evansville fire house

December 24, 1866

A mad-dog is killed after biting pigs & a horse in Vanderburgh County

1867

Ninth Street School opens 9th & Walnut Streets in Evansville, closes 1907

1867

Blount Steel Plow Works organized in Evansville due to large demand for Urie's Plow

1867

All hand operated fire engines in Evansville have been replaced by steam fire engines

1867

Evansville buys property at 3rd & Walnut for city hall & buildings

1867

354 Houses were built in Evansville in 1867

1867

Low river level, reported to be the lowest level (equaling 1856) in local history

1867

Bitterman Brothers Jewelry opens Evansville

1867

Work resumes on the Henderson & Nashville railroad, 5-miles of track had been laid in 1860

1867

The Washington House Hotel on Main St closed, J.G. Sauer Cigar store took over the main floor & cellar

January 15, 1867

YMCA is established in Evansville

January 17, 1867

Evansville city offices moved into new fire engine house at Third & Walnut Streets

January 22, 1867

Area has a 24-inch deep snow storm

January 23, 1867

Indiana Governor - Conrad Baker thru January 13, 1873

January 28, 1867

Newburgh man found frozen & believed to be dead in his buggy recovers over 3-day period

February 22, 1867

Machinery is being installed in the Evansville Cotton Mills

February 28, 1867

A newspaper article stated that Evansville has 3 woolen factories in the city

March 1867

Major flood year, crest was 46.3 feet

March 1, 1867

The Marine Hospital in Evansville sells for $10,100, the buyer was not identified

March 2, 1867

The Evansville Civil War "Soldiers Home" is still operating, bad treatment was suggested

March 16, 1867

Ohio River flood crest of 46.3 feet, reported to be less than 1832

March 16, 1867

2 Mad dogs killed on Evansville streets

March 20, 1867

Evansville is installing a gauge to measure river water level height

March 21, 1867

There has been 40 days of rain weather with 3 fair days, the flood of 1867 continues

March 30, 1867

US buys Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000 at 2 cents an acre; called Seward's Folly

April 3, 1867

Saw mill boiler explosion kills 5 people south of Henderson

April 8, 1867

Help is asked for starving citizens in the southern states

April 13, 1867

The Evansville Marine Hospital was sold to the Sisters of Charity of the Catholic Church it was revealed

April 20, 1867

Little response to Southern Relief Fund collections so far

May 1867

Evansville Street Railroad Co is organized

May 23, 1867

There are 8 steamships on the Evansville wharf, "their united smoke darkened the heavens for a while"

June 3, 1867

James Urie Plow enters partnership with Roelker & Blount (Eagle Iron Works) in Evansville

June 5, 1867

Evansville gives trial to new steam fire engine at Third & Main Streets

June 7, 1867

The boiler at the Evansville Cotton Mills is lit for the first time, it is a large machine

June 10, 1867

The Evansville Cotton Mills begins operation

July 3, 1867

A solitary soldiers grave is found on Coal Mine (Reitz) Hill, moved to Evansville's Oak Hill Cemetery

July 4, 1867

The Evansville Gas-Light Co is reorganized

July 18, 1867

The Vanderburgh County jail is being "strengthened" with sheet iron & oak plank wall coverings

July 25, 1867

1st Locomotive for the EH&N Railroad, future L&N RR, came down Locust Street to the Evansville wharf

August 3, 1867

Evansville Journal tells that there are 7 base ball clubs in the city

August 19, 1867

Gipsy camp near St Joseph & Maryland Streets has moved to up-Stream of Evansville

August 20, 1867

A "wing dam" is proposed from the Kentucky side of the Ohio to clear the Evansville riverfront from silt

September 2, 1867

Kentucky Governor - Lazarus W Powell thru September 4, 1855

September 3, 1867

Kentucky Governor - John W Stevenson thru February 3, 1871

September 13, 1867

There are 2,268 students enrolled in public schools in Evansville

October 3, 1867

Ground is broken at the foot of Main Street for the Evansville Street Railroad, first mile will run to 8th & Main St

October 9, 1867

First track is laid for the Evansville Street Railroad from Water to Second Street

October 11, 1867

Two trolley cars for the Evansville Street Railroad are delivered, seats 25 passengers

October 29, 1867

The bank safe is blown at Mount Vernon Bank, $150 in loose change was taken

October 31, 1867

The Evansville Cotton Mills begins weaving operation

November 6, 1867

Evansville Street Railroad turntable is laid at foot of Main, the northern line track is begun

November 13, 1867

Evansville Street Railroad begins operation using 2 horses per car at 5-cents per ride

November 15, 1867

Evansville Street Railroad crowds are large, children running with the cars has become a danger & a problem

December 6, 1867

Foundation for the Evansville city jail is complete

December 10, 1867

Evansville Street Railroad from 2nd Street to Fulton Avenue is operational

December 11, 1867

A horse thief, who appeared suspicious, tried to sell 2 horses in Mount Vernon, he moved on out of town

December 11, 1867

3 Days later he was found hanging from a tree in the direction of Uniontown

December 31, 1867

Evansville city lock-up is completed & opened with 8 cells, adjoins council chambers

1868

Evansville Mayor - William H Walker thru 1870

1868

Vanderburgh County Poor Farm & Asylum enlarged with "substantial" brick building, see May, 1882

1868

29 Steamboats are registered at the Port of Evansville

1868

4 Newspapers printed in Evansville; Journal, Courier, Union (German) & Demokrat (German)

1868

National smallpox epidemic

1868

St Mary's Catholic Church opens on 7th & Cherry Streets in Evansville

1868

Evansville Steamboat arrivals are 2,580 for 1868

1868

Smith & Butterfield opens in Evansville

1868

Strouse & Brothers opens in Evansville

1868

Wm Hall Walker appointed mayor of Evansville (Democrat)

January 8, 1868

The first two inmates in the new Evansville city jail were both females

February 3, 1868

Steamer with a load of sacked corn sinks at Evansville wharf, recovered corn will be used for whiskey

February 6, 1868

Announcement & image of Evansville City High School printed, to be open for fall classes

March 3, 1868

Mount Vernon is building its first new public school to be open for fall classes

March 20, 1868

Jesse James Gang robs bank in Russellville Kentucky of $14,000

April 15, 1868

More than 100 men applied for open Evansville policeman positions

May 2, 1868

Brick work for the Evansville high school building is complete

May 18, 1868

US Senate fails, by one vote, to impeach President Andrew Johnson

May 26, 1868

President Andrew Johnson is acquitted of all charges of impeachment

June 4, 1868

The Vanderburgh County Asylum, the "Poor Farm" will enlarged, low bid was $2,439

June 5, 1868

The Evansville "Colored School" at 5th & Chestnut Streets began its school year this day

June 5, 1868

The Evansville Cotton Mills receives high praise from the newspaper

June 15, 1868

The first Evansville burial grounds, begun by Indians in 1700s, 4th & Court Streets area is in poor condition

June 18, 1868

Evansville Journal editorialized over the need to begin to improve county roads which are dirt/mud

June 18, 1868

Evansville Street Railroad from Fulton Avenue to Crescent City Springs at Maryland Street is operational

June 22, 1868

Officers of the Mount Vernon & Grayville RR will meet at Vincennes

July 15, 1868

Vanderburgh County Commissioners determined a bridge on Maryland Street over Pigeon Creek to be built

July 17, 1868

High temperature was 103 degrees this day in Evansville

July 20, 1868

Several boys were bathing in the Ohio; a policeman took their clothing to make a point - stop!

July 22, 1868

Use of a weather barometer was reported in the Journal newspaper

August 7, 1868

A group of 10 German emigrants arrived in Evansville yesterday on way to Blairsville in Posey County

August 7, 1868

The emigrants left Germany on July 14th & arrived in 24 days, not known how they traveled to Evansville

August 7, 1868

The low laying area around the Evansville City High School has been filled and leveled

August 11, 1868

Evansville Library displayed a book published in 1666, a 202 year old book by Abraham Cowley (likely The Garden)

August 28, 1868

Several dozen election poles have been raised for Gen Ulysses Grant, the highest listed was 225 feet

September 4, 1868

Evansville (City) High School opens on 7th Street, later Central HS, 1st, 2nd & 3rd floors

September 4, 1868

Evansville Ninth Street School, later Chestnut-Walnut opens

September 4, 1868

Evansville Fulton School opens at Fulton & Michigan, closes in 1966

September 4, 1868

Evansville Lower (Town) School opens Clark & 3rd Streets, closes 1880

September 8, 1868

Evansville Opera House opens at 1st & Locust Streets

September 15, 1868

The Oak Hill Road bridge, the 1st iron bridge in Evansville, is opened

September 16, 1868

A young boy is gored on Mulberry Street in Evansville by a free-range cow (no action was taken by the city)

September 18, 1868

The KKK have been parading the streets of Henderson in opposition to Ulysses Grant for president

September 18, 1868

David Clayton, fireman, was reported to have jumped overboard on the steamer Linton

September 19, 1868

16 Negro men charged with murder of David Clayton on the steamer Linton

September 22, 1868

About 150 Negro citizens in Evansville celebrated the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

October 8, 1868

The third engine for the EH&N RR, future L&N, passed through Evansville

October 15, 1868

KKK burns the home of a Republican below Mount Vernon

October 26, 1868

Good salt water was struck at the depth of 625 feet at the salt springs in Evansville

December 25, 1868

Despite opposition, Pres A Johnson grants pardon to all persons involved in Civil War

1869

Illinois Governor - John M Palmer thru 1873

1869

Four "Sisters of Charity" Nuns arrive to begin a healthcare ministry in Evansville (St Mary's Hospital)

1869

The Christian Home, later Home for the Friendless, founded by Willard Carpenter for Evansville

1869

Education for African American children is first established in Evansville

1869

Kingsley Methodist Church is built in Vanderburgh County

1869

Fire extinguishers, using "a gas", is demonstrated and offered for sale in Evansville

January 6, 1869

Lengthy article about the poor condition of Nancy Lincoln's grave & that Abraham never visited the grave

January 6, 1869

Abraham visited his mother's grave in 1840 (it is said) and 1844 (documented)

January 8, 1869

Newspaper tells of a public drinking pump at 4th & Walnut Streets in Evansville, requests more public pumps

January 8, 1869

Plank sidewalk installed from Fulton to Water (Riverside) Streets in Evansville

January 11, 1869

Fire alarm at Evansville Upper School House, children badly frightened

January 15, 1869

Newspaper complains there are 3 "Keno" (similar to bingo) gambling sites in Evansville

January 15, 1869

The low lying areas around Fulton & Pennsylvania Avenues in Evansville are being filled

January 22, 1869

The Evansville YMCA holds revival services

February 1, 1869

First three wheeled bicycle, the "Velocipede", was built in the JB Green wagon factory of

February 1, 1869

New Harmony by W H Hugo, turning the bicycle at street corners was a problem

February 4, 1869

Groundhog Day is reported in the Journal newspaper

February 6, 1869

First two wheeled bicycle, the "Velocipede" appears in Evansville

February 8, 1869

Night school is offered for apprentices & young working men in Evansville

February 11, 1869

Turner Hall, former Central Turnverin, burns down in Evansville

February 17, 1869

The canal reservoir along 5th Street is drained by angry citizens demanding action to fill the canal in Evansville

February 18, 1869

Steamer Glendale catches fire 7-miles above Evansville, ship was saved

February 23, 1869

The boiler at Venders Saw Mill in Evansville explodes, one killed, six injured, mill is destroyed

March 1869

Evansville Catholic Library Association is organized at 7th & Vine, began with 1,000 volumes

March 4, 1869

First bicycle, the "Velocipede", remains the most sensational thing in the Tri-state

March 4, 1869

General Ulysses Grant inaugurated as the 18th President of the United States

March 9, 1869

A "Velocipede" bicycle riding school is opened in Evansville above a dry goods store

March 9, 1869

The Journal newspaper begins to describe fire reports as "An alarm of fire"

March 10, 1869

Extension of the E&C RR to Chicago announced, this will become the C&EI RR, historic railroad tracks today

March 25, 1869

The 9 Evansville town clocks have a 10 minute difference from fastest to slowest according to the newspaper

April 1, 1869

A local man stepped overboard from his steamship & drowned, flotation devices or guard rails were uncommon

April 6, 1869

1st Plastic called Celluloid is patented

April 12, 1869

Steamers Quickstep & Ollie Sullivan collide below West Franklin, 3 die, Sullivan sinks

April 25, 1869

Odd Fellows hold 50th anniversary parade in Evansville

April 28, 1869

Telegraph completed to Owensboro

April 29, 1869

There are 50 inmates in the Vanderburgh County Poor House

May 8, 1869

Grand opening of the Artesian Springs Park in Evansville

May 10, 1869

The transcontinental railroad is joined when the last rail spike, made of gold, was driven

May 20, 1869

EH&T RR, future L&N, opens to Madisonville

May 21, 1869

The fire bell in Evansville's Jackson Engine House has cracked, then gave only a "small sound"

June 3, 1869

A swarm of bees landed in "McGary's Elm tree" on the Evansville wharf, limb was cut, bees peacefully removed

June 3, 1869

A work house for Evansville was suggested by the Evansville Journal

June 4, 1869

A 50-year old stump in the middle of 7th Street near Mulberry in Evansville was removed

June 6, 1869

An Evansville infirmary opens at 6th & Ingle Sts, by Drs Walker, Bray, Mageniss & Casselberry

June 8, 1869

US Government is trying to purchase the land area, where the soldiers are buried, from Oak Hill Cemetery

June 14, 1869

A Velocipede bicycle sold for $33.33 1/3 at a constable's sale

June 28, 1869

Civil War cannon use by the Artillery Squad is returned to Indianapolis

June 28, 1869

Opera House star Anna Martin Wagner walks a rope across Evansville Main Street (the only such event)

July 15, 1869

US Government is locating area Federal soldier graves in order to move them to Oak Hill Cemetery

July 17, 1869

The Evansville Journal describes the 4 larger "Lamasco Lakes", descriptions are lacking but the

July 17, 1869

Lamasco Lakes seem to be east of Pigeon Creek and north of Franklin St, one is near Leet & Centre Sts

July 21, 1869

US Government is transferring Federal soldiers into Oak Hill Cemetery in Evansville from adjoining counties

July 22, 1869

50-Year old Mozart Hall is being torn down in Evansville

July 31, 1869

Evansville has its first Negro base ball club

August 6, 1869

In preparation for the solar eclipse, readers are advised to smoke their viewing glass

August 7, 1869

Tri-state has a total solar eclipse, beginning at 4:17 pm & lasting 1 hour & 58 minutes

August 12, 1869

Free range goats are a growing problem in Evansville and they stink more than other free range animals

August 12, 1869

A skeleton is dug-up in Henderson, said to be a man that was hung at that place in 1811

August 14, 1869

Steamer Cumberland explodes with heavy loss of life

August 18, 1869

A Princeton man is arrested & charged with aborting a fetus

August 23, 1869

A comet has made its appearance & is growing every night

August 25, 1869

Temperature was 105 degrees on this day in Evansville

August 25, 1869

The Evansville Negro school will be moved to the old fire engine house on Locust between 7th & 8th Streets

September 1, 1869

An 80-year old man arrived to Evansville, he claimed he had walked all the way from Wheeling West Virginia

September 15, 1869

Steamboat Phantom boiler explodes above Paducah, 6 persons die

September 17, 1869

A water plant was discussed briefly by the Evansville city council, it will take $250,000 to build

September 29, 1869

A row of buildings burn, located at 5th & Main Streets in Evansville

September 29, 1869

A building burns at 8th & Sycamore Streets in Evansville

September 29, 1869

A man named Foster is arrested for "incendiary" fire setting in Evansville

October 1869

A warehouse building burns at Main & Vine Streets in Evansville

October 1869

A stable burns at Clark & Carpenter Streets in Evansville

October 1, 1869

Extra Evansville policemen are appointed for fire sentry

October 1, 1869

A building burns at Sycamore & Vine Streets in Evansville

October 1, 1869

A building burns at Water & Division (now Court) Streets in Evansville

October 1, 1869

A building burns on 1st & Cherry Streets in Evansville

October 1, 1869

1st US Postcards are issued

October 4, 1869

A man named Tinch is arrested for "incendiary" fire setting in Evansville

October 4, 1869

A patented fire extinguisher was displayed in Evansville

October 5, 1869

A man named Mansell is arrested for "incendiary" fire setting in Evansville

October 5, 1869

2 Men are arrested for arson committed about a year earlier in Evansville

October 6, 1869

A man named Fisher is arrested for "incendiary" fire setting in Evansville

October 7, 1869

A fourth man was arrested for arson in Evansville

October 14, 1869

John Peter Brack was found dead on his wife's grave 2 days after her burial in Oak Hill Cemetery

October 19, 1869

Evansville has an early 6-inch snowfall

October 27, 1869

The Evansville gas lights are not burned 10 nights each month around the full moon periods

October 29, 1869

The "Lamasco Lakes" are being filled one by one, "Big Muddy" is the priority at this time in Evansville

November 1, 1869

Deputy Sheriff Fitzwilliam is shot & killed by policeman Deeds in a hectic saloon tragedy in Evansville

November 17, 1869

A tornado struck Evansville among the damage were 3 steamships that were sunk on the wharf

December 1, 1869

William Kelly from Eddyville Ky visits the city to promote construction of an iron blast furnace

December 2, 1869

Several public meetings are held by William Kelley of Lyon County Ky to build a "blast furnace" in Evansville

December 13, 1869

The St Cloud Hotel in Evansville sold at auction for $11,450, a "small sum" according to the Journal newspaper

1870

The germ theory of communicable disease applications is developed by Joseph Lister

1870

Evansville Mayor - Eccles G Van Riper thru 1870

1870

Evansville Mayor - William Baker thru 1872

1870

Evansville population is 21,830

1870

Mount Vernon census 2,880

1870

Evansville tax collections are $199,521

1870

Vanderburgh County population is 33,145

1870

Largest cities in US: New York 942,292, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, St Louis, Chicago

1870

Largest area city: St Louis 310,864, Chicago, 298,977, Louisville 100,753

1870

Largest Indiana city: Indianapolis 48,244, Evansville, Ft Wayne, Terre Haute, New Albany

1870

Global temperature anomaly -0.14 degree centigrade

1870

Horse drawn street cars on Evansville Street Railroad are replaced by mules

1870

Evansville public school enrollment is 3,194

1870

Standard Oil Co begins

1870

L&N Railroad bridge across Ohio River at Louisville opens, 1st bridge over Ohio River

1870

Evansville Upper (Town) School for African American opens at 5th & Chestnut Streets, will close in 1880

1870

Former Jewish Synagogue is donated to Evansville school system for school offices (Central HS later)

1870

1st Negro physician enters Evansville practice, he was the chauffeur & trainee of Dr Willis Green

1870

Evansville Marine Hospital (for river men) is closed

1870

Marine Hospital will be sold to Willard Carpenter for $10,507

1870

Schultz Lumber Co founded in Evansville

1870

City of Evansville buys $300,000 stock in Evansville, Henderson & Nashville Railroad, future L&N

1870

Cholera epidemic hits Evansville

1870

Evansville claims 281 factories within the city

1870

Evansville's river commerce approaches peak trade

1870

A system of locks & dams for the Ohio River is suggested by Milner Roberts

1870

Peter Healy Brass Foundry opens in Evansville

1870

Vanderburgh County Fairgrounds built on Stringtown Road south of Pigeon Creek, has quarter-mile horse track

1870

The J.G. Sauer Cigar store in the former Washington House Hotel closed, H.R. Schroeder Cigar store opened

1870

The Evansville Commercial College opened on the second floor of in the former Washington House Hotel

January 1870

Maryland Street bridge (#2 or 3) over Pigeon Creek is opened in Evansville

January 2, 1870

Heavy snows in Kentucky, as much as 3 & 4-feet is some areas

January 5, 1870

Goats were declared by the Journal newspaper to be the greatest nuisance in Evansville

January 7, 1870

Coal oil is becoming common for home lighting, there were many fires caused by misuse

January 7, 1870

The Evansville Journal newspaper tells there are city, county & township libraries in place

January 10, 1870

John D Rockefeller incorporates Standard Oil

January 20, 1870

The Vanderburgh County poor house has 30 paupers in residence

January 21, 1870

The Salt Springs Bridge (Maryland Street over Pigeon Creek) is completed in Evansville

February 7, 1870

Live lobsters begin to arrive to Evansville via the railroads using beds of winter cut ice

March 8, 1870

Packet ship "City of Evansville" arrives for duty, ship was built at Pittsburg

March 9, 1870

Mount Vernon City Marshall Pfeiffer arrested for passing counterfeit money in Evansville (called "queer" money

March 26, 1870

Ice boxes are on exhibit at the American House hotel in Evansville

March 28, 1870

The One Dollar Store opens in the Chandler Block in Evansville

April 28, 1870

Night school for Negro students opens in the Negro school on Clark Street in Evansville

May 2, 1870

Contract for building the Lamasco School (Fulton) in Evansville was awarded

May 2, 1870

Independence area organizes a committee to begin incorporation of the town that will adjoin Evansville

May 2, 1870

Wood mill fire at 8th & Walnut Street spreads even across the street in Evansville

May 5, 1870

Peoples Savings Bank opens at 222 Main Street in Evansville

May 5, 1870

200 Negro troops arrive Evansville from posts in Henderson & Owensboro (troops may have been on war duty)

May 7, 1870

Call meeting to explore building an Evansville water works plant, a vote will be held

May 9, 1870

Peter Vandermade, his Negro bride & minister are mobbed & arrested for the mixed marriage in Evansville

May 13, 1870

The vote for a Evansville water works passes by 1062 to 177 votes

May 13, 1870

A log raft of 900,000 board feet arrives to Evansville from the Allegheny River

May 13, 1870

West side town Independence changes name to "Falls City", they want to incorporate

May 17, 1870

The Nelson House in Mount Vernon is refurbished and opened

June 6, 1870

Independence, the "west side" area west of Pigeon Creek, is annexed into Evansville

June 13, 1870

Evansville Soap Co opens on Lower First Street in Evansville, first soap factory in the area

June 18, 1870

Plans for the Evansville water works building are complete, 56-feet by 80-feet & a 100-foot high tower

June 24, 1870

The finger of a local little boy is cut-off by a kite string

June 27, 1870

KKK attacks white farm owner & 5 Negro men in Armstrong Township

July 19, 1870

Evansville's St Mary's Hospital admitted patients in the former Marine Hospital

July 20, 1870

Contract is awarded for construction of the Evansville "Holly" Water Works plant

July 29, 1870

The Evansville water works to be built on the river bank near the old barracks, now Museum EMTRAC

September 9, 1870

Evansville Mayor Wm Hall Walker dies in office

September 10, 1870

Eccles G Van Riper appointed Mayor of Evansville (Democrat)

October 4, 1870

2 Pedestrians are killed when an excavated Pigeon Creek bank collapses on them in Lamasco

October 21, 1870

Sensation caused after finding a partially dissected body in the Medical College in Evansville

October 27, 1870

Smoke stack foundation for the Evansville water plant was laid

November 1870

Wm Baker elected Mayor of Evansville (Republican)

November 8, 1870

Smoke stack for the Evansville water plant has reached the height of 100-feet

November 12, 1870

Work begins for the railroad bridge over the Wabash River for the Mount Vernon & Grayville RR

November 22, 1870

One passenger dies, 3 steamboats & the wharf boat burn on the Evansville river front

December 1870

All traces of the canal have disappeared in Evansville city

December 1, 1870

3 Men shot, 2 die at Fairplay landing in Union Township below Henderson

December 12, 1870

Formal ground breaking & drilling of the well for the Evansville water plant is begun

1871

First Evansville Water Works begins service in present Sunset Park, cost $480,000

1871

(City water was for fire fighting from the 36+ large cisterns, residents often took water for drinking & cooking)

1871

Evansville Medical College reopens, will close in 1884

1871

The John August Reitz Home on First Street is completed in Evansville

1871

St Louis & Southern RR allowed to install track from Pigeon Creek to Evansville wharf boat at Sycamore St

January 16, 1871

The Evansville Dispensary opens

January 30, 1871

Evansville & St Louis RR has 3 engines: the Evansville, the Vanderburgh & the Wabash

January 30, 1871

Another Evansville coal oil accident reported

February 3, 1871

Kentucky Governor - Preston H Leslie thru August 31, 1875

February 6, 1871

The Evansville water works well is 17-feet diameter and 54 feet deep, walls are iron boiler plate

February 9, 1871

An Evansville orphan child was "punished inhumanly" by a orphanage Matron

March 14, 1871

A coal oil (or gasoline as it was called) accident burns a young girl to death in Evansville

March 15, 1871

The Journal confirms that gasoline was the cause of the fatal fire on the 14th of March

March 22, 1871

2 New coal oil accidents reported in Evansville

April 7, 1871

Alfred Carter, a Negro man, is appointed as Weighmaster for the upper weigh scales in Evansville

April 14, 1871

3,500 Feet of Evansville & St Louis RR has been laid through Evansville

April 28, 1871

Major fire at "whiskey row" on Water Street at Vine Street in Evansville

May 26, 1871

Ben Sawyer, Negro man, executed by hanging at 3rd & Main on Court House lawn for wife murder

June 6, 1871

Posey County man attempts murder by pouring acid in young girls ear while sleeping

June 24, 1871

The St Louis RR is complete to Mount Vernon

July 1, 1871

An excursion is made on the St Louis RR to Mount Vernon

July 4, 1871

Elder man is killed by E&C RR evening mail train inside the Evansville city limits

July 6, 1871

A 30-inch water intake pipe is added to the Evansville water plant to insure continual water supply

July 25, 1871

A man falls on circular saw, cut in half, at Reitz Saw Mill in Evansville

August 8, 1871

Lamasco School, Fulton, is completed in Evansville

August 28, 1871

A man killed on Vanderburgh court house steps by a friend without a word spoken, Evansville was outraged

September 1871

Fulton School opens at Fulton Ave & Michigan Street in Evansville

September 1871

Baker School opens at Baker & Michigan Streets in Evansville, closes in 1933

September 1871

Canal Street School enlarged, former Upper Elementary, opens at 4th & Canal Streets in Evansville

October 7, 1871

16-hour fire injures 30 of Chicago's 185 firefighters

October 9, 1871

The great Chicago fire began (this fire is given more Journal news space than any other news item)

October 10, 1871

The Chicago fire is under control, St Louis sent engines & men to Chicago

October 11, 1871

Great Chicago Fire is finally extinguished after 3 days, 300 killed

October 12, 1871

Relief for Chicago in the form of contributions are given in the area

October 13, 1871

Hot air balloon death as one man holds rope until one mile high & falls to his death, Paoli Indiana

October 14, 1871

Local river boat pilots meet to form a Mutual Aid society

October 21, 1871

In Henderson County a white man, named Carlton, shoots & kills a Negro man, named Posey

October 22, 1871

Carlton is discharged from charges of killing the man named Posey, the Journal questions the circumstances

November 8, 1871

Coal oil spill accidents & fires are rampant in Evansville

November 17, 1871

The St Louis RR bridge over the Wabash River is near completion

December 1871

The St Louis RR bridge over the Wabash River is completed

December 1871

A wing dam installed above Evansville city from Kentucky side to cut into the sand bar build-up along the

December 1871

Indiana side from water plant intake to city wharf, improves situation each following year

December 4, 1871

Mount Vernon has more than 800 students in 3 school buildings, one of which is Negro

December 13, 1871

Reitz & Haney build the largest steam engine ever built in Evansville

December 18, 1871

Man falls into creek between RR bridge & Maryland Street bridge in Evansville, rescued the next day alive

December 19, 1871

A free range vicious hog attacks citizens at 9th & Main Streets in Evansville, no city action taken

1872

Evansville Mayor - Charles H Butterfield thru 1874

1872

Evansville begins surfacing main streets with gravel & broken rock

1872

The Hospital Medical College opens in Evansville

1872

Construction on the new Assumption Catholic Church begins in Evansville

1872

L&N Railroad bridge across Ohio River at Cincinnati opens, 2nd bridge over Ohio River

1872

SL & S RR merges into Evansville, Henderson & Nashville RR (later L&N)

1872

Assumption Catholic School opens in Evansville, closes 1961

1872

German Lutheran School opens in Evansville, closes 1920

1872

St Mary's Catholic School opens in Evansville,

1872

Zion School opens in Evansville,

1872

150 Different articles manufactured in Evansville

1872

150 Wholesale houses in Evansville

January 12, 1872

Small pox returns to Evansville

January 29, 1872

Evansville Water works machinery begins operation

February 1, 1872

Evansville City council approved enforcement of old ordinance against free range hogs with 1 week notice

February 9, 1872

Evansville Water works fills city water mains, water is thrown from several fire plugs as high as 3-stories

February 16, 1872

Henderson discusses a railroad bridge across the river into Vanderburgh County

March 5, 1872

A new map of Evansville is published

March 7, 1872

The Evansville Rolling Mill Company is organized

March 11, 1872

Open house for the Evansville water plant, the water mains were pressurized, which burst in 5 places

March 16, 1872

A store safe is blown & robbed in Independence, $1000 was taken

April 2, 1872

A bright light is seen west of Evansville, later revealed of a two house blaze in Mount Vernon

April 12, 1872

Jesse James gang robs bank in Columbia, Kentucky took $1,500, left 1 dead

April 17, 1872

Mud gets into Evansville water plant boilers

April 25, 1872

James Rice shot dead by B F Wright near the former Marine Hospital in Evansville

April 30, 1872

The "river wall" is failing in the new Evansville water plant

May 9, 1872

The Evansville Hotel on High Street is demolished

May 15, 1872

Steam was again raised in the Evansville water plant

May 23, 1872

Evansville Mayor Wm Baker dies in office

June 4, 1872

General Alvin Hovey employed for a $1,000,000 lawsuit on 78 acres in downtown Evansville

June 7, 1872

Man is killed in Bingham's Brothers distillery boiler explosion in Evansville

June 10, 1872

Chas H Butterfield elected Mayor of Evansville (Republican)

June 11, 1872

Free range hog injures young girl on Elm & Second Streets in Evansville

June 11, 1872

Sisters of Charity nuns return to Maryland after inspection for purchase of Marine Hospital in Evansville

June 19, 1872

2-Free range hogs badly bite young boy in Evansville

June 20, 1872

Free range sow badly bites young boy at Vine & Tenth Streets in Evansville

July 19, 1872

Sisters of Charity received the first patient in St Mary's Hospital, Mr Ben Schap a stranger in Evansville

July 20, 1872

Evansville Journal complains that hogs are still allowed free range of Evansville

July 24, 1872

Republicans dedicate the Wigwam, it sets below the old McGary Elm tree on Water Street on the Evansville wharf

August 3, 1872

Fanny Singer, well known prostitute takes morphine & dies at Vine & Second Streets in Evansville

September 7, 1872

Independence School opens at 9th & Wabash, African American school, closes 1899

September 8, 1872

St Mary's Hospital is dedicated in Evansville with 6 wards & 16 private rooms

October 3, 1872

Bone of "Magathenian" uncovered while digging Bayless Street sewer in Evansville

October 7, 1872

Fire destroys the Elliott Block in Evansville

October 24, 1872

The Evansville Journal offers a detailed and positive description of St Mary's Hospital

October 27, 1872

Evansville Orphanage dedicated on West Indiana Street, 21 children are in residence

November 1, 1872

Journal recalls that exactly 30 years earlier, Evansville had the most destructive fire in history

November 9, 1872

Attempted wreck of E&C RR train by stacking wood on the track in north Evansville

November 12, 1872

Arrival of first sleeping cars for the E&C RR

November 14, 1872

Bodies are removed from the old Catholic Cemetery in Evansville for reburial

November 19, 1872

Mount Vernon fire along Main Street destroys several buildings

November 21, 1872

Another coal oil accident reported in Evansville

November 21, 1872

Horse disease Epizootic is reported in Evansville

November 25, 1872

Horse disease Epizootic spreads in Evansville

November 25, 1872

Booth's Fire Alarm Telegraph boxes are purchased by Evansville

November 30, 1872

First death of horses from Epizootic is reported in Evansville

December 6, 1872

Booth's Fire Alarm Telegraph boxes are being installed on Evansville streets

December 13, 1872

Booth's Fire Alarm Telegraph boxes are placed into operation on Evansville streets

December 21, 1872

Louisville reports 40 new cases of small-pox in a single day

December 22, 1872

Temperature falls to 8-degrees below zero in Evansville

December 23, 1872

General Alvin Hovey falls at Mount Vernon, breaks his wrist

December 25, 1872

Journal states that the "season of fire" is upon us

December 27, 1872

A 6-mile long ice berg reported at Louisville (the entire Ohio River is frozen over)

1873

Winter reported to be most severe in Evansville history, river ice was 9-inches thick

1873

Ohio River solidly frozen over creating an ice mountain as high as a six story building along the Evansville wharf

1873

Illinois Governor - Richard J Oglesby thru 1873

1873

Illinois Governor - John L Beveridge thru 1877

1873

John August Reitz builds his 3rd sawmill in Evansville, the most modern known

1873

From 1883 to 1893 the Reitz Sawmill was the most productive sawmill in the US

1873

County purchases lands of former W & E Canal basin for $54,000 (aka the "Union Block")

1873

National cholera epidemic

1873

Citizen National Bank opens on First Street between Main & Sycamore Streets in Evansville

1873

George Koch Sons enters business in Evansville

1873

Hebrew School opens in Evansville, closes 1953 (not clear if this was continuous or intermittent)

1873

St John's Catholic School opens in Evansville

1873

Evansville has 62 cisterns for public use in fighting fires

1873

National financial depression, the Panic of 1873

January 1873

The German National Bank of Evansville opens, becomes the German Bank in 1890

January 4, 1873

28 Evansville residents have small-pox, 13 white & 15 Negro cases, 10 in the Pest House

January 8, 1873

3 New small-pox cases yesterday in Evansville

January 13, 1873

Indiana Governor - Thomas Andrews Hendricks thru January 8, 1877

January 16, 1873

New small-pox cases in Evansville average 2-3 per day

January 16, 1873

Newspaper tells that the 3rd Street Engine House in Evansville is the community shelter for homeless

January 24, 1873

6 Men floating on ice passed down the Evansville wharf at midnight, no help could be given

January 25, 1873

The 6 men were rescued the next morning on the river bank opposite Evansville

February 3, 1873

The Evansville City Council orders the numbering of houses & other buildings

February 6, 1873

Blount's Plow Works burns completely in Evansville

February 16, 1873

Urie Brothers Plow Works burns completely in Evansville

February 21, 1873

B'nai Moshe Jewish congregation dedicates their new hall on Main Street in Evansville

February 25, 1873

The Rolling Mill Co in Evansville increases its capital to $300,000

March 4, 1873

General Ulysses Grant inaugurated as President of US

March 4, 1873

Ulysses Grant inaugurated as President of US

March 6, 1873

The "Archimedean" push lawnmower is advertised in the Journal newspaper

April 3, 1873

A 112 year old Negro man called Uncle George dies in the Vanderburgh County Poor House

April 21, 1873

Test of Evansville Water Works was a failure

April 23, 1873

2 Mad dogs killed on the Evansville wharf

May 1873

(The First) Building, Loan & Savings Association opens in Evansville

May 3, 1873

The Journal states that hogs on city streets are now uncommon elsewhere but not in Evansville

May 7, 1873

US marines attack Panama

May 10, 1873

The Journal believes there are plenty of forest trees for local demand

May 10, 1873

An ill Negro man with small-pox is brought to Evansville & abandoned on an open lot

May 13, 1873

Plan drawings for new US Post Office & Custom House construction arrived to Evansville

May 14, 1873

Johnny McGill drowns in Evansville's Sweezer Pond

May 23, 1873

1st Preakness: G Barbee aboard Survivor wins in 2:43

June 14, 1873

An Evansville man dies from cholera, died in his boarding house room on Rowley Street

June 16, 1873

The Evansville Rolling Mill is operational, it will roll the first railroad rail in 5 days

June 20, 1873

A railroad to Owensboro thru Newburgh is studied

June 20, 1873

Evansville Water works reservoir plans are completed

July 1, 1873

Evansville city officers are relocated into new buildings

July 2, 1873

Filled & reclaimed new park grounds proposed to be named Sunset Park

July 8, 1873

Cholera hits Carmi & Princeton 7 deaths in Gibson County

July 18, 1873

Cholera epidemic hits Mount Vernon, will kill more than 74 people

July 19, 1873

Half the people left Mount Vernon town, businesses closed, Catholic & Methodist churches remained open

July 19, 1873

(The second) Building, Loan & Savings Association opens in Evansville

July 19, 1873

New Harmony history is published in the Journal

July 21, 1873

Mount Vernon cholera deaths continue, 7 deaths on this day

July 22, 1873

Only one cholera death in Mount Vernon this day

July 23, 1873

No new cholera reported in Mount Vernon on this day

July 25, 1873

7 Cholera deaths in Mount Vernon today

July 28, 1873

Cholera epidemic appears over in Mount Vernon, Carmi & Posey County

August 4, 1873

A Vanderburgh County court house site committee recommends buying the block for $52,000

August 13, 1873

A new court house is proposed for Vanderburgh County

August 21, 1873

The Ohio River is very low

August 26, 1873

Meeting held to promote a narrow gauge railroad up the river from Evansville

August 30, 1873

The Evansville Cotton Mill has 3 large buildings

September 1873

First Avenue bridge over Pigeon Creek is opened in Evansville

September 1873

Sterling Female Academy opens in Evansville

September 6, 1873

Vanderburgh County Fair will have a "mammoth hall" for an industrial exposition

September 16, 1873

Vanderburgh Fair has an Evansville Industrial Exposition

September 29, 1873

The Ohio River is at or near the lowest known level of 1828

October 3, 1873

Posey County proposes a new court house for Mount Vernon

October 8, 1873

Judge John Law dies at age of 76, came to Evansville in 1851

October 10, 1873

Evansville has a scarcity of water in the mains, the water reservoir is under construction

October 15, 1873

The St George Hotel is under construction on First Street in Evansville

October 17, 1873

Evansville installs a one-million gallon water reservoir at the 1871 water treatment plant

October 17, 1873

(The reservoir was located where the Sunset Park tennis courts are now located)

October 22, 1873

More New Harmony history is published in the Journal

October 23, 1873

Evansville Fire Dept has 50 firemen on the payroll with 3 steam engines (one out of service),

October 23, 1873

one hook & ladder and 6 hose companies, 62 public cisterns for water supply

October 30, 1873

Dike is built from Kentucky river side to erode away shallow sand on the Evansville river side

November 10, 1873

History of the 1833 Evansville city cemetery is published in the Journal

November 23, 1873

Woman's corpse had to be confirmed dead before lowering in her grave in Evansville

November 23, 1873

History book "Evansville and its Men of Mark" is put on sale

December 9, 1873

Sunset Park is fenced in Evansville because of free-range cattle, pigs, goats, sheep, etc

December 24, 1873

100 Pairs of European sparrows released in Evansville

December 25, 1873

The great St George Hotel in Evansville opens Christmas Eve, site of present McCurdy Hotel building, cost $200,000

1874

Evansville Mayor - John J Kleiner thru 1880

1874

500 Houses were built in Evansville in preceding year

1874

Gas plant has 1,200 users & 650 street lamps in Evansville

1874

First woman's club in Evansville; Ladies Literary Club

1874

Evansville Post Office & Custom House building on 2nd Street is begun

1874

Grace Presbyterian Church is opened in Evansville

1874

John Jay Kleiner elected Mayor of Evansville (Democrat)

January 1, 1874

St George Hotel has grand opening; one of Evansville's largest events, David J Mackey owner

January 5, 1874

Small fire in the Vanderburgh court house destroys an order book and files

January 8, 1874

Fares of Evansville "hack men" (cab fares) are regulated

January 10, 1874

The Evansville Pressed Brick factory opens on north St Joseph Avenue on 24 acres of ground

January 13, 1874

Negro man is lynched in Greenville Kentucky, Muhlenberg County

January 27, 1874

McGary's Elm Tree protection stone removed on Evansville wharf (protections were not removed until 1936)

February 25, 1874

Evansville Street RR has 3.5 miles of track, to be extended 2.5 miles

February 26, 1874

First fire alarm box false alarm is thrown in Evansville

March 6, 1874

A new Pest House hospital built in Evansville, first shelter was built in 1850

March 7, 1874

Railroad bridge over the river between Evansville & Henderson is discussed

March 8, 1874

A blizzard leaves 2 & 3 feet of snow in drifts in area

March 19, 1874

Western Union gets a new battery room in Evansville, batteries are in jars, called Specific Gravity Batteries

March 27, 1874

Pigeon shooting held on Kentucky side of the river

April 3, 1874

Negros present resolution to the area Republicans

April 11, 1874

Ingleside Mine discovers 2nd coal vein in Evansville, 100-feet below present coal vein, 5-feet thick, 2nd shaft dug

May 6, 1874

Evansville Street RR extend track to Goodselville on Washington Avenue Road

June 18, 1874

St Mary's Hospital seeks means of redeeming the hospital which was sold for debt

June 24, 1874

Steamer Charmer burns while tied at the Evansville wharf

July 1, 1874

The Medical College is given charge of St Mary's medical department

July 3, 1874

4 Rail cars arrive to Evansville for the Evansville & St Louis Railroad; 2 sleeping cars, 1 dining, 1 drawing room

July 7, 1874

Citizens organize to raise funds for St Mary's Hospital

July 10, 1874

Drought is broken by heavy rains which flood sewer & projects with excavation

July 21, 1874

Rain & wind storm blows upper section of replacement Ohio Street bridge into Pigeon Creek in Evansville

August 2, 1874

St Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Evansville has blessing ceremony for new cemetery cross

August 4, 1874

Evansville Street RR travel has increased rapidly, purchase of new coaches is expected

August 8, 1874

Chestnut Street sewer installation is 35 feet deep in sandy soil in Evansville, construction is difficult

August 21, 1874

Evansville Library Association transferred all 4,400 books to city for new public library

August 21, 1874

It was named the Evansville City Library it had 9,600 books at opening

August 27, 1874

Charity Fair is given for St Mary's Hospital

August 28, 1874

First meeting of Evansville Chamber of Commerce in St George Hotel

September 1, 1874

455 Marriages & 30 divorces in Vanderburgh county during preceding year

September 8, 1874

First Black Policeman, Robert Nichols, is assigned his "beat" in upper part of Evansville

September 22, 1874

Exposition Hall opens at the Vanderburgh fair grounds, called a "great event"

September 26, 1874

Exposition Hall & Fair closes, about 4,000 attended on final day

October 1874

First elevator is installed in the new St George Hotel in Evansville, installed cost was $200,000

October 2, 1874

70 Patients were treated at the Evansville Dispensary in the previous month

October 3, 1874

Fire at First & Sycamore Streets Stockwell Wholesale Grocery in Evansville burns $75,000 loss

October 6, 1874

New Negro School at Governor & Lincoln opens in Evansville

October 7, 1874

Major fire at Meyer & Company Furniture in Evansville, $111,000 loss

October 15, 1874

Child labor law takes 12 year olds out of work force

October 30, 1874

Oak Hill Cemetery in Evansville reports on new section progress

November 23, 1874

Heavy rain & wind storm causes building roofs & walls to collapse in Evansville

November 24, 1874

Heavy rains wash out piling on the Pigeon Creek Railroad bridge construction in Evansville

December 4, 1874

4 Negros lynched at Morganfield

December 12, 1874

Rolling Mill project is proposed in Evansville

December 12, 1874

Rolling Mill project purchasing property in Evansville

December 16, 1874

Vanderburgh County road work causes flooding in Knight Township

December 26, 1874

Dangerous racial situation created at Uniontown

December 28, 1874

Racial situation at Uniontown becomes much worse, Negro woman tortured to near death

1875

Typhoid fever epidemic in area

1875

Evansville, Henderson & Nashville RR becomes the L&N RR

1875

Evansville public school enrollment is 4,658

1875

Campbell School opens Campbell & Monroe Streets in Evansville, closes 1933

1875

"City" School opens Governor & Mulberry Streets in Evansville, African American, closes 1892

1875

Holy Trinity Catholic Schools opens in Evansville (1 boys & 1 girls), closes 1955

1875

St Patrick's Catholic School opens in Evansville,

1875

Lensing Brothers opens for business in Evansville

1875

Evansville Cotton Mills builds new plant at St Joseph & Ohio Street David J Mackey part owner

January 1, 1875

Ohio River telegraph line report in the Journal

January 8, 1875

Ohio River pirates operate out of Evansville

January 14, 1875

Public meeting called to request improvements from US Congress for Ohio River

January 15, 1875

3 People are rescued from floating ice near Coal Mine Hill in Evansville

January 18, 1875

Public meeting results for request improvements for Ohio River

January 23, 1875

Western Union proposal for new telegraph line thru Boonville, Rockport & Tell City & under river

January 25, 1875

Schools & Negro concerns in Evansville are expressed to school board

January 27, 1875

St Mary's Hospital debt pay-off efforts Evansville

February 2, 1875

Report on new schools in Evansville

February 6, 1875

4 Lifeless persons are removed from a flatboat at the Evansville wharf

March 10, 1875

Report on public buildings in Evansville

March 13, 1875

Opera House in Evansville to be remodeled

May 12, 1875

Bingham Brothers Distillery in Evansville is seized by Internal Revenue Service

May 13, 1875

Ohio River pirates are in operation again

May 17, 1875

First Kentucky Derby

May 21, 1875

Child is run over & killed by E&C RR train at Haubstadt

May 24, 1875

Oak Hill Cemetery is reported in the Journal

May 31, 1875

2 Men killed by powder explosion in St Wendell celebration

June 1, 1875

New Evansville Library opens, located at Seventh & Vine Streets

June 3, 1875

Alexander Graham Bell makes first voice transmission

June 12, 1875

An Evansville High School alumni meeting, a reunion, is held in the high school hall

June 19, 1875

Posey County new court house in Mount Vernon opens, still in use in 2013

June 21, 1875

Dr George Walker encourages the city council to establish a new city hospital in Evansville

June 26, 1875

Proposals are to be taken for hospital care for sick "marines" or rivermen

July 13, 1875

16 Days of heavy rainfall begins in the region, Ohio Street bridge in Evansville is washed away

July 15, 1875

First Avenue bridge in Evansville over Pigeon Creek is swept away by flood water

July 23, 1875

New rainfall of over 3-inches causes great flooding in all of Evansville including downtown

July 26, 1875

An Ohio River water spout & heavy rain hits West Franklin

July 29, 1875

Another 3.58-inches of rain hits the city, the lower Vanderburgh County sections suffer heavy flooding

July 30, 1875

Rains end, more than 16-inches of rain has fallen in 16 days in the Tri-state

August 9, 1875

The Tri-state suffers a July-August summer flood of unknown equal, crest was 41.8 feet

August 15, 1875

Shawneetown Illinois is flooded with 3-feet if water in Post Office

August 19, 1875

Evansville work-house project is studied as means of handling "tramps"

August 31, 1875

Kentucky Governor - James B McCreary thru December 2, 1879

September 6, 1875

Columbia School opens at Columbia & Oakley Streets in Evansville

September 6, 1875

Campbell School, later Culver, opens at Campbell & Monroe Streets in Evansville

September 10, 1875

The wing dam installed above Evansville from Kentucky side is working as was designed

September 17, 1875

Centennial School is planned for 12th & Indiana Streets in Independence

September 29, 1875

The great solar eclipse day was cloudy & disappointing for viewers

September 30, 1875

Evansville Post Office & Custom House is under construction

October 19, 1875

Mayor requests an Evansville Work House

November 17, 1875

Area coal miners had been on strike approve improvements & the pay of 3.5 cents per bushel

November 27, 1875

Evansville rainfall for last 11 months was 50.52 inches with a high of 16.42 inches in July

December 6, 1875

Revelations of robbing "potters field" for cadaver bodies for dissection in the Union Medical College in Evansville

December 20, 1875

Evansville & the region is flooded with counterfeit (called "queer") money

1876

Blackman Floral Co opens in Evansville

1876

Avondale Coal Mine in operation at First Avenue at Morgan Avenue in Evansville

January 1876

Ohio River flood crest of 43.0 feet

January 26, 1876

Evansville has 7.76 inches of rain in the first 24 days of January, 1876

January 26, 1876

Stone wall that was built to protect the McGary elm tree has killed the tree

January 31, 1876

The United States orders all Native Americans to move into reservations

February 16, 1876

5 Men drown when storm topples skiff on Ohio at Golconda Illinois, 1 man survives

February 29, 1876

Tornados hit in Madisonville, Henderson, Princeton and Petersburg

March 1, 1876

Tornado strikes between Princeton to Henderson in Kentucky

March 10, 1876

The telephone is born with the first transition of a message

March 21, 1876

The first typewriter is on display in the St George Hotel in Evansville

March 31, 1876

Cotton Mill in Evansville is building a 57-feet by 140-feet warehouse

April 10, 1876

James Brown is killed in a fall at the Avondale Coal Mine on 1st Avenue in Evansville

April 15, 1876

YMCA holds revival services in Evansville

April 17, 1876

The body of a new-born child found in river below Evansville, throat had been cut

April 24, 1876

The "Blue Jeans Club of Evansville" is organized

April 28, 1876

Excavations at Hovey Lake in Posey County explore history of Aborigines of America

May 1, 1876

A lynch mob is defeated at the Daviess County jail in Owensboro

May 17, 1876

7th US Cavalry under Custer leaves Ft Lincoln

May 18, 1876

General Alvin Hovey completes his new home in Point Township in Posey County

June 5, 1876

Man, wife & 8 children walk 350 miles from northern Illinois to Evansville for employment

June 13, 1876

YMCA in Evansville has their grand opening

June 20, 1876

Stringtown School in Evansville opens, 2 floors, 4 class rooms, present school location

June 22, 1876

2.5 Inches of rain, 3 inches had fallen in previous week in Evansville

June 25, 1876

The Custer Massacre takes place at Little Big Horn in Montana

July 8, 1876

News of the Custer Massacre reaches Evansville

August 8, 1876

Joseph Fendrich, oldest of 5 brothers, dies at age 51 in Evansville

August 18, 1876

Republican Wigwam in Evansville is dedicated at Water & Locust Streets, 2000 attend

August 21, 1876

George Shearer, E&C RR engineer, killed by accident at Fort Branch

August 23, 1876

Willard Carpenter committed to building a library & park in Evansville by a deed to the College Trustees

August 30, 1876

City studies means of best providing dependable source of water or fire fighting in Evansville

September 5, 1876

Centennial School opens at 12th & Indiana Streets in Evansville, closes 1966

September 19, 1876

City policeman kills an escaping criminal in Evansville

September 25, 1876

Earthquake, magnitude 4.8 recorded in Mount Carmel Illinois area

October 7, 1876

Frederick A Douglas addresses republicans at the Wigwam Hall in Evansville

November 10, 1876

Thieves attempt to steal the remains of Abraham Lincoln from his gravesite

November 23, 1876

Annual pork-packing begins in Evansville

November 25, 1876

Retaliation for the Little Bighorn, US troops sack Chief Dull Knife's Cheyenne village at Powder River

November 27, 1876

Evansville Light Guards is organized for city protection

December 1876

McGary elm tree is replanted at top of river bank close to Water Street in Evansville

December 3, 1876

A family cistern between Newburgh & Boonville has arsenic poison, all were ill, none died

December 11, 1876

An Evansville committee to help the poor has its first meeting

December 29, 1876

11 passenger cars crash in a ravine near Ashtabula Ohio, 92 die

1877

Illinois Governor - Shelby M Cullom thru 1883

1877

Fulton Avenue Brewery in Evansville, "The Old Brewery", begins on Fulton Ave

1877

The "circus grounds" in Evansville are on the future site of Willard Library they are moved to Walnut Street

1877

The New Harmony dam was built just below the town to keep the Wabash River from cutting the channel

1877

away from New Harmony, the damn was built of logs with boulder filling

1877

Washington Monument construction is re-started after a halt from 1854

1877

Samuel Vickery bought & opened his grocery in the former Washington House Hotel

January 1877

Ohio River flood crest of 41.5 feet

January 8, 1877

Crazy Horse warriors fight last battle with US Cavalry at Wolf Mountain in Montana Territory

January 8, 1877

Indiana Governor - James Douglas Williams thru November 20, 1880

February 2, 1877

First Fireman's Ball in Evansville held in Turner Hall

March 5, 1877

Rutherford B Hayes inaugurated as 19th President of the United States

March 9, 1877

Major fire in Mount Vernon

March 22, 1877

Cotton Mill in Evansville builds 12 brick tenement houses for employees

March 24, 1877

The Vickery Block including the old Washington House Hotel building on Main Street will be remodeled

March 29, 1877

37 Tramps sleep in Vine Street engine house in Evansville, fewer homeless sleep in other fire houses

April 23, 1877

Coal dealers in Evansville are accused of "bull-dozing" the city residents

May 8, 1877

Indian burials are explored at Hovey Lake in Posey County

May 16, 1877

Willard Library in Evansville construction plans are approved by Willard Carpenter

May 24, 1877

Evansville City Hall has a fire in the roof system

June 3, 1877

A public fountain is installed on the court house lawn in Evansville

June 3, 1877

A public fountain is placed at the Vanderburgh Court House, called "Shrine of Hebe"

June 5, 1877

16 People killed, 50 houses destroyed in Mount Carmel tornado

June 11, 1877

Mount Carmel is hit by tornado, major damage

July 6, 1877

Installation continues on fire alarm boxes in Evansville

July 16, 1877

Millie Hobbs stabbed to death in her yard at 8th & Vine Streets in Evansville

July 19, 1877

George Woods is arraigned in Evansville for the murder of Millie Hobbs

July 20, 1877

Owensboro looses the most valuable business block to fire at Frederica & 3rd Streets

August 2, 1877

Water works meeting in Evansville to discuss shortcomings of service

August 3, 1877

A committee of 17 is appointed to investigate Evansville water works troubles

August 7, 1877

Theodore Gerald, age 45, falls from the City High School tower in Evansville while painting; he survived the fall

August 10, 1877

Repairs ordered for Evansville water plant, intake to be extended

August 13, 1877

Willard Library foundation is completed

August 16, 1877

Fire alarm box system in Evansville is completed with 21 alarm boxes, 10 miles if wire were installed

August 21, 1877

Avondale coal mine strikers hold a rally at 1st & Locust Streets, site of the mine office in Evansville

August 29, 1877

Body of Clint James, drowned, recovered after 16 cannon discharges at Chestnut St on the Evansville wharf

September 4, 1877

Evansville considers integrating City High School

September 11, 1877

Evansville decides not to integrate City High School

September 25, 1877

Trial begins for George Woods accused for the murder of Millie Hobbs in Evansville

September 30, 1877

George Woods found guilty for the murder of Millie Hobbs, sentenced to life in prison

October 23, 1877

Vanderburgh County commissioners purchase 255 acres for Poor Farm on Petersburg Road

October 23, 1877

Meeting held to discuss building (the future) L&N RR bridge between Henderson & Evansville

November 2, 1877

Southeastern RR Depot at Mount Vernon burns down

November 14, 1877

Heilman's Foundry burns down in Evansville

November 29, 1877

Thomas Edison demonstrates hand-cranked phonograph

December 6, 1877

1st Sound recording made by Thomas Edison

December 7, 1877

Thomas A Edison presents the gramophone

December 9, 1877

St Mary's Hospital in Evansville reviewing bills & costs

December 14, 1877

Ohio River Improvements Committee has 1st meeting in Cincinnati

December 19, 1877

A free medical dispensary opens on Upper 2nd Street in Evansville

1878

Called "year without a winter"

1878

James M Townsend become first black principal of a city school; Vine Street School in Evansville

1878

10 Evansville schools have a telephone installed on one single phone wire, 8 miles long

1878

Neighborhood fire alarm boxes are in use in Evansville, 23 installed (Police boxes begin in 1886)

1878

Fire alarm boxes were locked, a nearby home or business held key for their nearby fire box

1878

US Army Corps of Engineers begins system of "movable dams" and locks for the Ohio River

1878

The first movable or wicket dam was constructed at Davis Island below Pittsburgh Pa

1878

Grain millers, lumber, stove and tobacco industries flourish in Evansville

January 17, 1878

4 Negros killed by a mob near Lexington Kentucky

January 28, 1878

1st Telephone exchange in New Haven, CT

February 6, 1878

Exhibition of the Gray Telephone given to news & business men in the Evansville Western Union office

March 12, 1878

Earthquake, magnitude 5.0 recorded in Columbus, Missouri area

April 1878

Jim Good is accused of rape by Mount Vernon widow Watson to avoid a $3 IOU

May 1878

First Telephone Exchange in Evansville opens at $5 per month, Western Union & St George Hotel first users

May 31, 1878

The telephone line between Henderson & Evansville is being tested

June 1878

Green River Road bridge (#1) over Pigeon Creek is opened in Evansville

June 1878

Duffy Dyer, Mount Vernon gambling hall operator is robbed & murdered

June 8, 1878

Vigilante Committee is formed in Posey county at Blacks Grove

June 23, 1878

Annie McCool, prostitute, is found dead on the Mount Vernon river bank

July 1878

1878 Was recorded as a hot summer in the entire northern hemisphere

July 1878

1878 Was recorded as a hot summer in the US with many cases of cholera in the nation

July 4, 1878

An Edison Phonograph arrived to Evansville for demonstration, was a remarkable machine

July 8, 1878

5 Circus elephants bathe off the wharf at the foot of Court Street in Evansville, several thousand came to view

July 8, 1878

Ed Hudson, African American, arrested in Evansville for murder of Annie McCool

July 8, 1878

Ed Hudson, African American, released for lack of evidence

July 12, 1878

Fever epidemic begins in New Orleans which kills 4,500 people

July 13, 1878

Large number of deaths from sunstroke in St Louis

July 18, 1878

22 Rail cars fall through a bridge near Monticello Indiana

July 19, 1878

Many heat & sunstroke deaths in Eastern US

July 28, 1878

History of John James Audubon is printed in the Journal

August 8, 1878

A hospital for yellow fever patients is discussed, would adjoin the Pest House in Evansville

August 12, 1878

Yellow fever is epidemic at Memphis & Vicksburg

August 18, 1878

Memphis scourged by yellow fever, nearly deserted

August 21, 1878

Jackson Mississippi attacked by the plague

August 23, 1878

Henry Verling "Murdered (in Mount Vernon) by Negroes Without Any Provocation"

September 9, 1878

Evans Hall in Evansville (community building dedicated to temperance) construction begins

September 13, 1878

Gradual decline of yellow fever in the south

October 10, 1878

Five Negros forced their way into a house of ill-fame & abused the females in Mount Vernon

October 10, 1878

Daniel Harris Jr is burned to death in RR engine fire box in Mount Vernon

October 11, 1878

Deputy Sherriff Oscar C Thomas is shot & killed by Daniel Harris Sr

October 11, 1878

Black Friday when five Negros are killed on the Posey County Court House lawn

October 11, 1878

John Harris is shot & stuffed in rotted tree trunk in Caborn in Posey County

October 12, 1878

Daniel Harris Sr is butchered & dumped in privy in Mount Vernon

October 12, 1878

Jim Good, William Chambers, Edward Warner & Jeff Hopkins are lynched in Mount Vernon

October 12, 1878

These four men were lynched on the Posey County Court House grounds

October 14, 1878

Evansville Courier editorial titles the Lynchings "The Celebrated Tragedy" (of all time)

October 15, 1878

Evansville Courier editorial states there is no reason to "fear the colored people"

October 16, 1878

Evansville Journal article states "the mob spirit has about died out"

October 16, 1878

New York World & Herald newspapers commented with "uncalled for severity" on Mount Vernon

October 18, 1878

Evansville Journal article states (Negro) males from Mount Vernon continue to flock to Evansville

October 19, 1878

The body of "old" Daniel Harris is found in tree stump in Caborn, east of Mount Vernon

October 23, 1878

"Everything is quiet" in Mount Vernon by the Evansville Journal

October 25, 1878

A Grand Jury is impaneled in Posey County by Judge Parrett

October 30, 1878

Judge Parrett gives charge to the Posey County Grand Jury

November 9, 1878

Evansville Journal describes Mount Vernon as "highly moral little city"

November 21, 1878

12 Miners killed in mine explosion near Sullivan Indiana

November 22, 1878

The Posey County Grand Jury gives a partial report; nothing about Lynchings

December 19, 1878

The body of John Harris is found in tree trunk in Caborn (re: Western Star newspaper)

December 27, 1878

Ice blockage of the local Ohio river is termed "sudden"

1879

Clark School opens Clark & Ohio Streets in Evansville, African American, closes 1920

1879

First national commercially built bicycle is seen on Evansville streets

1879

Sunset Park creation begins with filling of town dump & tree plantings, first park in Evansville

1879

Evansville has 150 wholesale houses in business

1879

St Joseph Catholic School opens in Evansville,

1879

George L Mesker Co opens in Evansville

1879

National City Bank opens in Evansville

1879

New Harmony high school graduates 2 students

1879

The Louisville, Evansville & St Louis RR is built, called "The Air Line"

January 3, 1879

Posey County new jail is opened on Mill Street

January 15, 1879

Gas for Evansville lighting is reported to be of poor quality

January 15, 1879

Heavy ice flow on the river

January 15, 1879

Evansville Furniture Factory burns down, Pennsylvania Street & 5th Avenue

January 18, 1879

Icy river rose 5 feet in one day

January 26, 1879

Movement to change Evansville name to Lamasco

February 1879

Installation of the first private phone lines in Evansville

February 22, 1879

First known Evansville millionaire, report is published but name not revealed

March 6, 1879

Vanderburgh County Poor House reported in bad condition

March 7, 1879

George Caldwell, Negro, apparently taken from the Posey County jail & lynched, rape was charged

March 18, 1879

A new half-mile race track is built on Washington Avenue at Bedford Park in Evansville

March 28, 1879

The 1st map of any kind is printed in an Evansville newspaper, a railroad map

April 1879

YMCA in Evansville opens at 110 Main Street

April 16, 1879

Central telephone exchange is announced for Evansville

April 26, 1879

The new Evansville US Post Office & Custom House is called a thing of beauty

May 1, 1879

L&N Railroad buys the Evansville, Henderson & Nashville Railroad

May 6, 1879

Announced that scarlet fever has been in Evansville from 6 to 8 weeks

May 10, 1879

District telephone system being established

May 10, 1879

600 Children withdrawn from Evansville schools due to scarlet fever epidemic, 90 are reported to be sick

May 12, 1879

The Evansville US Post Office & Custom House opens to limited small group tours

May 13, 1879

200 Cases of scarlet fever is reported in Evansville

May 14, 1879

Evans Hall in Evansville is completed, worlds largest temperance hall, holds small subscriber party

May 15, 1879

The Canal lawsuit trial begins

May 17, 1879

24 New cases of scarlet fever are reported in Evansville

May 22, 1879

Railroad to Spring Station Indiana is proposed

May 24, 1879

Spring Station railroad to Jasper is discussed

May 26, 1879

Evans Hall in Evansville is formally dedicated to the cause of temperance

June 1879

First telephone exchange in Evansville is installed with 60 subscribers at $5 per month

June 3, 1879

Reported that 51 children die in Vanderburgh County from scarlet fever in May

June 8, 1879

Bedford Park half-mile track is opened in Evansville, big racing program scheduled for Fourth of July

June 11, 1879

Towboat Chambers capsized in squall above Evansville, 7 man crew survived

June 12, 1879

Citizens request to have Evansville's Sweezer Pond to be filled because it breeds disease

June 12, 1879

Sweezer Pond claimed to have killed 2 men form typhoid fever after cleaning pond scum

June 15, 1879

The Canal lawsuit ends in favor of Colonel Hudson

June 15, 1879

Evansville US Post Office & Custom House in Evansville nearly complete, occupants moving into offices

June 26, 1879

Evansville City Council, again, discusses the free range cow problem in Evansville

July 1879

Evans Hall (community building dedicated to temperance) built at Fifth & Locust Streets in Evansville

July 3, 1879

US Post Office & Custom House in Evansville is completing the movement staff into offices

July 4, 1879

US Post Office & Custom House in Evansville is opened this day with public visitation

July 14, 1879

Announced that safety cages are being installed for miners safety in Evansville coal mines

July 24, 1879

Trains from some southern cities are quarantined at Henderson from yellow fever

July 30, 1879

The Evansville Journal declares local railroads in boom times

July 31, 1879

Girl attacked in bed by man using large stone to her head at 4th & Cherry Street in Evansville, should survive

August 23, 1879

2 Area children are killed by railroad trains on the same day in Vincennes & Slaughters

August 26, 1879

The Evansville Rolling Mill buys property between Ohio & Pennsylvania Streets

August 26, 1879

A large quantity of logs were lost in a flood of Pigeon Creek, building a creek dam was suggested in Evansville

August 30, 1879

A 20-mile horse race is held at the new half-mile race track in Evansville

September 1, 1879

A balloon ascension took place from Salt Wells Park in Evansville, several thousand people attended

September 2, 1879

Kentucky Governor - Luke P Blackburn thru September 5, 1883

September 11, 1879

Evans Hall in Evansville offers "Ten First-Class Lectures" for $2

September 22, 1879

Large turn-out for the 17th Emancipation Day anniversary in Evansville

September 30, 1879

The Rolling Mill in Evansville has new owners with several new contracts

October 3, 1879

Ohio River reported to be at lowest level since 1838, thousands of local people walking the bottom

October 4, 1879

Mount Vernon debt is publicized in the Journal

October 6, 1879

"Old Settlers" (historical society) holds first meeting in Evansville

October 11, 1879

US Post Office & Custom House in Evansville opens on 2nd Street between Sycamore & Vine, cost $260,000

October 11, 1879

US Post Office & Custom House in Evansville is illuminated as every gas light was lit for open house

October 19, 1879

Thomas Edison demonstrates electric light

October 29, 1879

Evansville City Council orders Sweezer Pond to be drained

November 2, 1879

2 Vanderburgh County saloon keepers arrested for operating without a license 180 rush to get licenses

November 3, 1879

Louisville Post tells that Ohio River is below the previous low stage of 1838, entire length

November 4, 1879

James Grosshart, a ship carpenter in Evansville, fell 4-feet, said he was OK but died in a few minutes

November 9, 1879

Evansville Street Railroad will have several switching improvements to increase speed for travel

November 9, 1879

Sweezer Pond in Evansville studied to have Pigeon Creek connection closed in order to stop contamination

November 11, 1879

Heavy rains in Tri-state to improve Ohio River low water level

November 22, 1879

Evans Hall holds lecture titled "Solar Energy" by Prof JA Zeller of the Evansville City High School

November 27, 1879

Studebaker Co gives $150 for a Nancy Lincoln headstone, Rockport citizens give $50 for a cast iron fence

November 28, 1879

Journal reports Abraham Lincoln's mother to have an appropriate grave monument

December 1879

The Marine Hospital operates, in part, in the US Custom House in Evansville

December 1, 1879

Sweezer Pond in Evansville is declared as stagnant & unhealthy, debate over extent of health problem

December 2, 1879

Kentucky Governor - Luke P Blackburn thru September 5, 1883

December 8, 1879

Family of 8 found near Fair Grounds in Evansville living "terrible poverty" in dog kennel conditions

December 9, 1879

An escaped hog swims across the river in Evansville before being caught

December 17, 1879

Bell & Edison telephone systems merge into the Bell company

December 19, 1879

Water main break closes downtown business in Evansville

December 25, 1879

Rockport Railroad is sold to E&TH RR

December 27, 1879

Evansville Gas company sues St Louis & Southeastern Railroad for $50,000

1880

Evansville Mayor - Thomas C Bridwell thru 1886

1880

1st Artificial ice factory in Evansville opens at 4th & Locust Streets

1880

Peoria, Decatur & Evansville Railroad begins operation (later the Illinois Central RR)

1880

Evansville population is 29,280

1880

Mount Vernon census 3,730

1880

Vanderburgh County population is 42,193

1880

Largest cities in US: New York 1.2 million, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Chicago, Boston

1880

Largest area city: Chicago 503,185, St Louis 350,518, Louisville 123,758

1880

Largest Indiana city: Indianapolis 75,056, Evansville, Ft Wayne, Terre Haute, ?

1880

Global temperature anomaly -0.12 degree centigrade

1880

Evansville public school enrollment is 5,404

1880

Evansville Coffin Co opened at North Main & Michigan Sts, 500 coffins per week in 1890

1880

Terre Haute has 11 newspapers in print

1880

Evansville is the greatest hardwood market on earth; 11 sawmills, 855 employees with $2,545,000 lumber business

1880

Thomas C Bridwell elected Mayor of Evansville (Democrat)

January 2, 1880

Edison electric light plant stock shares in Evansville sell as high as $4,500 per share

January 3, 1880

The Evansville Grain Elevator has new lessees

January 12, 1880

Keg of powder explodes in Idlewild hold, 9 Negro crewmen are seriously injured in Evansville

January 16, 1880

Evansville & St Louis Railroad bridge over Wabash River at Mount Carmel is washed away by flood waters

January 27, 1880

Thomas Edison patents electric incandescent lamp

January 28, 1880

Toilets at the Opera House in Evansville are discussed in the Journal newspaper

January 30, 1880

Street Railroad in Evansville extends track from 2nd Street to Independence

January 30, 1880

Bell Telephone has 116 subscribers & 60 applicants in Evansville

January 31, 1880

Mild & cold winters are discussed as health conditions

February 1880

Ohio River flood crest of 42.8 feet

February 1, 1880

Street Railroad Co lost 10 cars & the shop in major fire in Independence

February 3, 1880

2 New cars arrive to replace Street Railroad cars lost in car shed fire

February 5, 1880

10 New cars are purchased by Street Railroad from a New York firm, costs are $1050 per car

February 6, 1880

The Kentucky State Prison at Eddyville is inspected & termed "shamefully bad"

February 11, 1880

Upper Water Street in Evansville is to be given a gravel surface

February 13, 1880

Marine ways for ship building on Evansville wharf is proposed

February 16, 1880

Bell Telephone has rapid growth in Evansville

February 18, 1880

Evansville Rifles has uniformed drill in preparation of Main Street parade

February 22, 1880

W & E Canal bed in Evansville is claimed by Col RN Hudson

February 29, 1880

Evansville early residents are described by the Journal

March 2, 1880

The 2nd Evansville map image is published in the Journal newspaper

March 15, 1880

Purchase of the Peoria & Evansville Railroad is put before the Evansville citizens

March 22, 1880

A kindergarten school is located at 3rd & Chestnut Streets in Evansville

March 28, 1880

Strong winds damage the riverfront & ships tied-off at the Evansville wharf

March 29, 1880

Story of building the Otsego in 1834, first ship built at Evansville, is printed in the Journal

April 16, 1880

Journal reports that 3000 attended Lincoln service at the Lincoln monument in Springfield

April 26, 1880

West Point Academy undergoing racial scandal from mistreatment of Negro Cadet Johnson C Whittaker

April 29, 1880

Evansville Street Railroad Second St extension is open to Walnut St, begin using open cars for summer

May 19, 1880

City animal water troughs are closed in Evansville, the Journal asks residents to provide water for cows/animals

May 30, 1880

First Decoration Day was observed, it will become Memorial Day in 1882

June 2, 1880

Mount Vernon is hit by tornado

June 16, 1880

A man searching for the body of his drowned son in Evansville, found the body of another boy instead

June 28, 1880

Evansville to have an electric generating plant, will be 8 horsepower, called "Brush Electric Light"

July 1, 1880

The first enclosed Evansville ball park will be built at the Salt Springs

July 3, 1880

Several military groups arrive for competitive drills at the Salt Wells Park in Evansville

July 4, 1880

Mount Vernon murder committed as William Reed kills James Baker

July 4, 1880

City has parade and military drilling competition for several military units at Salt Wells Park in Evansville

July 7, 1880

Herrmann's Furniture Factory in Independence burns, it was a mammoth fire

July 19, 1880

Water Street (Riverside Drive) in Evansville is declared "tramp infested" after dark

July 30, 1880

Low water pressure to be fixed by new Evansville water plant equipment

August 11, 1880

Typhoid fever has become epidemic in Evansville, as many as 300 cases

August 14, 1880

Business men study a lock & dam on Pigeon Creek in Evansville to provide navigation 2-miles north

September 3, 1880

Typhoid fever declared not to be an epidemic in Evansville

September 4, 1880

8 Year old child fell overboard from a steamboat, his dead body found in river in Knight Township

September 6, 1880

Letter from Gen Joseph Lane is printed in the Journal

September 16, 1880

Gypsy woman found guilty of fraud in Princeton court

September 20, 1880

Vanderburgh County Jail found to be very clean, 22 prisoners presently confined

September 28, 1880

Former slave, now a minister, speaking in Henderson Courthouse

October 10, 1880

Oscar Shorter shoots 2 men, 1 white & 1 black, at 4th & Chestnut Streets, Evansville is excited

October 11, 1880

A 60-man mob demanding they have Oscar Shorter was defeated at the Vanderburgh County Jail

October 11, 1880

A man & relatives is attacked by a boar at Main & Columbia in Evansville after the conflict at the jail

October 12, 1880

Evansville is filled with strangers over the shooting affair, serious trouble is averted

October 13, 1880

Evansville has a quiet election day

October 20, 1880

Mount Vernon fire along Main Street destroys several buildings between 2nd & 3rd streets

October 20, 1880

Evansville sends a fire engine to assist Mount Vernon

October 21, 1880

Mount Vernon fire damage estimated to be about $145,000

October 22, 1880

World Champion prize fighter John L Sullivan fights at the Salt Springs Park

November 6, 1880

Henry Yost, member of the Evansville Artillery badly injured in premature cannon discharge

November 12, 1880

The Rolling Mill in Evansville is reported to be sold

November 19, 1880

Burst water main cuts off Evansville water service for a day

November 19, 1880

7 Persons, one dead, with typhoid fever are found living in a houseboat at the foot of Pearl Street in Evansville

November 20, 1880

Indiana Governor - Isaac Pusey Gray thru January 10, 1881

November 28, 1880

Evansville Water Works gives an exhibition of new water pumps to city officials

December 7, 1880

Discussion of a new Vanderburgh court house is opened

December 17, 1880

Meeting is held to consider a new Vanderburgh court house is held

December 24, 1880

A cadaver body is found in a doorway inside the Union Medical College in Evansville, creates a sensation

December 27, 1880

Journal reports of major barrel production in Evansville

1881

German Evangelical School opens in Evansville, closes 1920

1881

Bernardin Bottle Cap Company is founded in Evansville based on bottling cap invention

1881

The Union Grain Elevator is built in Evansville, located at Louisiana & Myrtle Streets

1881

St Boniface Catholic Church opens in a temporary building on Wabash Avenue in Evansville

1881

David J Mackey buys E&TH Railroad

1881

Vincennes elevation at sea level set by USGS in coast to coast survey

January 1, 1881

Ohio River frozen over

January 8, 1881

Ohio River ice begins to break-up

January 9, 1881

Railroad to be built from Evansville to Dayton

January 10, 1881

Singer Marie Rose at Opera House in Evansville

January 10, 1881

Indiana Governor - Albert G Porter thru January 12, 1885

January 14, 1881

A new Marine Hospital in Evansville is in congressional committee, submitted by General Alvin Hovey

January 18, 1881

Two new Vanderburgh County coal mines to open on St Joseph & Pigeon Township

January 19, 1881

A levee opposite Evansville is considered to prevent a river cut-off channel above the city

January 22, 1881

E&TH RR to extend to Cynthiana

January 27, 1881

New pumps are installed in the Evansville Water plant

January 28, 1881

30 Foot deep drifts in New York State blizzard

January 31, 1881

Letter from Joseph Lane is published

February 2, 1881

Actress Sarah Bernhardt was invited to Evansville to perform, her cost would be $2,500

February 6, 1881

A Cannelton man traces his brothers body to the Medical School in Evansville

February 7, 1881

Strange case of a drowned man who was not drowned

February 11, 1881

Ohio River ice is destructive

February 12, 1881

Status of local telegraph in Evansville is reported in the Journal

February 26, 1881

Execution at Shelbyville Kentucky

March 4, 1881

James A Garfield inaugurated as the 20th President of US, assassinated in office

March 8, 1881

Roller Skating Academy is organized to provide skating at Evans Hall in Evansville

March 13, 1881

Roller skating in Evansville is offered at Evans Hall by the Roller Skating Academy

March 15, 1881

An L&N RR brakeman is killed by train on the tracks on the levee down-grade in Evansville

March 24, 1881

Home for the Friendless in Evansville (the Christian Home) requests a larger building

March 27, 1881

Suicide in Evansville attempted with Laudanum

April 3, 1881

Hydrophobia is reported in a two-year old child on Louisiana Street in Evansville

April 8, 1881

Henderson Railroad Bridge is authorized

April 15, 1881

L&N RR organizes for building a railroad bridge at Henderson

April 16, 1881

The Poor Asylum in Evansville (poor house) is declared unsuitable

April 24, 1881

Orphan Society in Evansville gives annual report in the Journal

May 3, 1881

Railroad service expanded around Evansville

May 12, 1881

Railroad Conductor shot in Caborn Station, Posey County

May 14, 1881

Evansville is declared in a boom period

May 16, 1881

One man & 2 women in a 5 person skiff drown in Evansville when the boat sinks at the foot of Sycamore Street

May 21, 1881

Clara Barton founds the American Red Cross

May 22, 1881

9-Year old boy dies under E&TH train in Evansville

May 26, 1881

Location of the Henderson L&N RR bridge is selected near the foot of Henderson Main Street

May 27, 1881

Evansville, New Harmony & Mount Vernon Railroad organized

May 30, 1881

Milk-sickness illness is well-described in the Evansville Journal

June 4, 1881

Telephone wire connects Evansville, Boonville, Newburgh, Henderson, Spottsville & Owensboro

June 5, 1881

Evansville delegation of 200 visits the site of Nancy Hanks Lincoln's grave via 5 train cars

June 23, 1881

2 Men fight in their skiff out from Main Street in Evansville & kill each other

June 23, 1881

The old Vanderburgh County Poor Farm will be sold to the Rose Hill Cemetery, a new site will be purchased

June 29, 1881

Deformed Newburgh man is reported in the Journal

July 3, 1881

President Garfield is shot & mortally wounded

July 4, 1881

4th of July celebration at Salt Springs in Evansville

July 9, 1881

Man is killed by glancing bullet near Spring Station

July 13, 1881

3 Local cases of fatal sunstroke is reported, temperature was only reported as "hot"

July 18, 1881

Abraham Lincoln & Mary Owens love is reported in the Journal

July 21, 1881

Evansville citizens railroad excursion to Peoria

July 22, 1881

Fairplay town in Union Township death of young woman

July 25, 1881

Petrified body taken from New Albany is discovered in Evansville

July 31, 1881

Historical Society in Evansville report printed in the Journal

August 1, 1881

Cornerstone is laid for new Jewish Synagogue B'nai Moshe in Evansville at 6th & Washington Avenue(?)

August 17, 1881

Man kills his brother-in-law while bartending on Water Street in Evansville

August 20, 1881

The W & E Canal bed in Evansville is sold for $115,000 to RG Hervey

August 24, 1881

Major fire on Upper 1st Street in Evansville

September 19, 1881

President Garfield dies from a gunshot wound he suffered on July 3, 1881

September 19, 1881

Chester Alan Arthur sworn in office as 21st President of US

September 20, 1881

1st Avenue bridge (#2?) over Pigeon Creek in Evansville is opened

October 1, 1881

Report of "Star Route" national postal frauds

October 5, 1881

Two young boys killed by lightning in Posey County

October 17, 1881

Murder committed in Henderson

October 17, 1881

Counterfeiters of "queer money" caught on their riverboat in Evansville, phony nickels were being stamped

October 22, 1881

Medical College in Evansville provides care for the poor

October 28, 1881

Evansville explores replacement of all or many water mains with larger sizes

November 1, 1881

James Brothers are reported in Bowling Green, are pursued but escape

November 22, 1881

3 Railroad workers are killed on the E&TH RR near Vincennes

November 25, 1881

First telephone directory is published in Evansville, there were 382 subscribers

December 1881

L&N RR contracts with the Henderson Bridge Co to begin stone work foundations

December 5, 1881

Strike at the Cotton Mills in Evansville is ended by a wage increase

December 5, 1881

4 Highway-men robbers are arrested & sentenced for robbery in Posey County

December 6, 1881

19-Year old Frank Tafel is killed in First Avenue Coal Mine in Evansville

December 14, 1881

Pure (natural) gas is discussed in place of coal gas

December 28, 1881

Emery McCool, a miner is killed in the Ingleside Coal Mine in Evansville

December 31, 1881

Homicide is committed in Henderson

1882

Evansville tax collections are $521,993

1882

Home for the Friendless in Evansville moves to new home on Fulton Avenue funded by Willard Carpenter

1882

Vanderburgh County purchases land on Pigeon Creek for Isolation Hospital (Pest House)

1882

The City Hospital Association in Evansville is chartered as a stock company, aka the "City Hospital"

1882

Evansville semi-professional baseball team plays games at Bedford Park

1882

Evansville begins conversion from street gas-lights to electric-lights, early lights were carbon-arc

1882

Evansville Gas & electric plants merger, later named SIGECO (Southern Indiana Gas & Electric Co)

1882

First Labor Day is held in New York City

1882

Hospital Medical College is incorporated in the Evansville City Hospital, will close in 1886

January 7, 1882

Owensboro Opera House burns

January 7, 1882

5 Men are hung in St Louis for 3 different murders, thousands of people watched

January 10, 1882

Construction of the Henderson L&N RR Bridge foundations is still on hold due to high water

January 19, 1882

The Board of Health in Evansville is ordered to report contagious disease in the city to the Public Schools

January 29, 1882

Historical Society in Evansville publishes Dr William Trafton historical reports between 1817 to 1847

February 4, 1882

Evansville Street Railroad to extend the rail lines

February 9, 1882

Samuel Orr dies, began business on Evansville Main Street in 1835

February 19, 1882

Edwin Booth, brother of John Wilkes, appears on stage at the Opera House in Evansville

February 19, 1882

Edwin Booth had saved the life of Abraham's son Robert Lincoln at a train station in 1865 at Jersey City NJ

February 19, 1882

The Tri-state floods of 1867 & 1875 are recounted in the Evansville Journal

February 22, 1882

A strong west wind created greater damage from the flood waters along the Ohio & Wabash Rivers

February 24, 1882

The Shawneetown levee breaks

February 25, 1882

Ohio River flood crest of 44.8 feet

February 25, 1882

Ohio River flood crest of 44.8 feet

February 28, 1882

Shawneetown appeals for flood aid

March 3, 1882

A citizens group investigates the possibility of a future flood water "cut-off" above Evansville

March 4, 1882

Omission of tax-matters in the Evansville City Charter are explored & discussed

March 11, 1882

The "Brush Electric Light & Power Co" has been formed in Evansville, first mentioned in June, 1880

March 12, 1882

The Evansville Journal describes the electric generating & electric lights

March 16, 1882

The Evansville Journal describes the possibilities of a future flood water "cut-off" above the city

March 24, 1882

German scientist Robert Koch discovers bacillus cause of TB

April 1882

Home for the Friendless in Evansville, formerly the Christian Home moves to Fulton Avenue

April 1882

Ground is broken for E&TH Railroad Depot in Evansville at Eighth & Main Street

April 3, 1882

Jesse James is shot & killed by Bob Ford near St Joseph Missouri

April 4, 1882

The Home Ice Co will build an artificial ice plant in Evansville on Locust Street near Third Street

April 4, 1882

Mary Flicker was run over & killed by a PD&E train near her home at Pearl & Ohio Streets

April 4, 1882

An article states that Budweiser Beer is for sale at Tivoli Saloon on 2nd Street in Evansville, will deliver a case

April 5, 1882

The Evansville Journal further describes the electric generating & electric lights

April 5, 1882

The Evansville Journal reports the killing of Jesse James

April 8, 1882

A letter by Frank James is printed in the Evansville Journal

April 18, 1882

Hume Redman & Eva McFaddin are married in Posey County (see October 7, 1882)

April 19, 1882

Evansville Street Railroad is extending rail lines, bought 7 new cars at $1200 each, total cars will be 14

April 19, 1882

Evansville receives a new "chemical fire engine" which was fired by "soda"

May 1882

New Vanderburgh Poor Farm & Asylum provided with new brick dormitories & service building

May 1, 1882

Evansville Journal reports the failure of electric lights at Lafayette Indiana

May 7, 1882

Evansville selects the Electric Light Co to provide a lighting system in the city

May 9, 1882

Evansville contracts for 6 electric light towers at 250-feet tall; tower locations were 2nd & Gum, 3rd & Main,

May 9, 1882

Lower 1st Street, Lamasco Park, Sullivantown & Independence

May 15, 1882

The Orphans Asylum in Evansville celebrates their 16th anniversary

May 20, 1882

Tow-boat Thanhouser sinks in 40-feet of water near West Franklin, the clerk drowned

May 21, 1882

Additional Vanderburgh County Poor Farm land purchased, 148 acres at $60 per acre

May 28, 1882

A bad hanging at Nashville is reported, 3 attempts to hang the man failed, he was then left to strangle

May 30, 1882

Decoration Day became Memorial Day in 1882

June 10, 1882

City Hospital to be established in Evansville, location not yet determined

June 11, 1882

Steamer Evansville has boiler explosion which killed Frank St John

June 14, 1882

Marine Hospital patients are cared for in St Mary's in Evansville, City Hospital wants those patients

June 18, 1882

Debate continues about former Marine Hospital patients in Evansville

June 21, 1882

All contracts for electric light towers in Evansville have been awarded

June 27, 1882

Surgery patient at St Mary's Hospital in Evansville escapes from the surgery table & leaps from a window

June 28, 1882

E&TH RR train brings in a man to St Mary's that was run over by the train near Fort Branch

June 30, 1882

City Hospital opens on Division (Court) St between 2nd & 3rd Streets in Evansville

July 4, 1882

Fire works explode at the Salt Wells Park in Evansville

July 7, 1882

Complaints by neighbors that the new City Hospital discards dressings in the street & alley

July 7, 1882

Vanderburgh County to rename the "jail" to "work house", a rock pile will be provided for the inmates

July 23, 1882

The Marine Hospital cared for 527 marine patients, to date, in 1882 in the US Custom House in Evansville

July 24, 1882

History of the Newburgh Raid is published in the Journal

July 29, 1882

Several cases of small-pox break out on the 200 block of Harriet Street in Evansville

July 31, 1882

Need of the City Hospital in Evansville is questioned as St Mary's Hospital is doing fine

August 1, 1882

Evansville Pottery Works opens on William Street

August 3, 1882

Problems arise over telephones in Evansville as several subscribers notify to remove their telephones

August 6, 1882

The telephone problems are headlined as "The Telephone War" in the Evansville Journal

August 7, 1882

Hatfields of West Virginia & the McCoys of Kentucky erupted into full-scale violence

August 13, 1882

The Evansville Boat Club will have a floating boat-house for their club room

August 14, 1882

The Telephone War continues as written in the Evansville Journal

August 14, 1882

Man, wife & child are beaten to death by hatchet in their beds at the southeast corner of St Joseph &

August 14, 1882

Maryland Street in Evansville, Alex Weiber his wife & 6 year-old child were killed, an infant was spared

September 1, 1882

George Lenhardt was arrested for the Weiber family murder in Evansville & lodged in the Warrick County Jail

September 21, 1882

5 Businesses are burgled in one night in downtown Evansville

September 27, 1882

Willard Library in Evansville is having the terra cotta roof installed

September 27, 1882

Henderson L&N RR Bridge foundations are proceeding, a 54' x 22' x 18' caisson is launched

September 27, 1882

Earthquake, magnitude 5.0 recorded in Southern Illinois

October 7, 1882

The Hume Redman saga begins when he murders spouse Eva Redman in Posey County

October 9, 1882

Hume Redman is brought to the Vanderburgh County Jail in order to prevent a lynching

October 10, 1882

Hume Redman lynched in a Vanderburgh Co jail cell by a sledge hammer to the head, the Posey Co mob was 60 men

October 14, 1882

3 Men: Floyd, McFadden, Gill and unknown others are indicted in Vanderburgh Co for the murder of Hume Redman

October 14, 1882

E&TH Railroad Passenger Depot (#2) opens on 8th & Main Streets in Evansville, replaced 1863 Depot

October 19, 1882

A shipyard & marine ways are urged for Evansville

October 21, 1882

18 Street & store lights are tested and work well in Evansville, large crowd came to see the lights

October 22, 1882

John L Sullivan gives a fighting demonstration at the Salt Wells Park in Evansville

November 11, 1882

E&TH Railroad buys the Air Line Railroad, David J Mackey owner of both

November 18, 1882

Land for a new Vanderburgh County Pest House was bought in Knight Township south of Stevens Bridge

November 23, 1882

County Commissioners discuss building a Pest House to be located in Knight Township or on the

November 23, 1882

Poor Farm lands (Evansville provided the previous Pest House near 5th & Locust Streets)

November 24, 1882

A new electric power company, the Electric Light Co in Evansville is formed using Edison patents

November 27, 1882

Evans Hall founder Saleta Evans funeral service is held in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Evansville

November 28, 1882

Evans Hall in Evansville has 2-week fair

November 29, 1882

Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) holds banquet at Viele Hall in Evansville, 200 attend

December 8, 1882

Paducah looses the Southern Hotel & 3 businesses to fire

December 10, 1882

Evansville & the Telephone Company are at odds with each other

December 12, 1882

8 Men are killed in sawmill boiler explosion at Shawneetown

December 12, 1882

Trial of George Lenhardt for the Weiber family murder begins in Evansville

December 18, 1882

George Lenhardt found not guilty for the Weiber family murder in Evansville

December 18, 1882

92 US cities have a telephone system including Evansville

December 21, 1882

Evansville & telephone company at odds over locations of installed poles, superintendent arrested

December 22, 1882

The new Vanderburgh County Poor House & Farm cost estimates are disputed

1883

Illinois Governor - John M Hamilton thru 1885

1883

Typhoid fever epidemic

1883

A "Blue and Grey" reunion held in city for Civil War veterans in Evansville, 60,000 people attend

1883

New baseball park in Evansville is provided at Maryland Street & the Belt Railroad

1883

Sunbeam (Electric) opens their first factory (future Whirlpool) in Evansville

1883

St Boniface Catholic School opens in Evansville

1883

A Bromm & Co opens in Evansville

1883

Lindenschimidt Co opens in Evansville

1883

Year of short summer & alarming sky resulted from Mount Krakatoa eruption, thru 1884

January 8, 1883

Small-pox patient dies badly in Evansville after rejection from hospital without any care for his illness

January 10, 1883

10 Men killed in coal mine explosion at Coulterville Ill, southwest Illinois

January 11, 1883

Earthquake, magnitude 5.0 recorded in Cairo, Illinois area

January 19, 1883

1st Electric lighting system by overhead wires by Thomas Edison begins service at Roselle NJ

January 26, 1883

General Alvin Hovey presents a paper of Battle of Shiloh in Evansville, printed in the Journal

February 2, 1883

Evansville City High School graduates 20 students at Evans Hall

February 5, 1883

Dennis Rowe found guilty of killing Charles Crosser in Mount Vernon

February 9, 1883

A letter on the Shiloh Battle is printed in the Journal

February 12, 1883

Cincinnati reported to have major flood & rising water

February 12, 1883

Need for a Vanderburgh County Pest House for small-pox is printed in the Journal

February 16, 1883

Newburgh suffers from land slide from flood waters

February 17, 1883

Lighting plans in Evansville changed from 6 towers @ 250 feet high to 12 towers @ 150 feet high

February 18, 1883

Ohio River flood crest of 48.60 feet at Evansville, 3rd highest flood

February 26, 1883

Shawneetown is called a total loss from flood waters

March 3, 1883

Concerns about 100' shorter towers is expressed in the Journal

March 6, 1883

Evansville Journal prints a report of the Evansville of 1983

March 14, 1883

General Alvin Hovey gives a report on the Battle Shiloh to the Farragut Post in Evansville

March 30, 1883

A father & son die from gunshot in Boonville by a deputy sheriff who was lodged in Evansville

April 1, 1883

Henderson quarantines the city from small-pox

April 10, 1883

Railroad from Mount Vernon thru Uniontown is studied

April 11, 1883

7-Year old boy shot by accident in Evansville

April 18, 1883

Search for site to build the insane asylum in Vanderburgh County

April 22, 1883

City Woolen Mills in Evansville boiler explosion kills one man at Third Avenue, north end

April 29, 1883

St Boniface Church in Evansville is dedicated

May 6, 1883

The Cotton Mills in Evansville will be enlarged from 515 looms to 1200, 30,000 spindles to 45,000

May 9, 1883

40 Men organize a self-protection calvary military company in Evansville

May 12, 1883

The Journal lists plants that are creating a manufacturing boom in Evansville

May 16, 1883

The Edison Company submits a proposal for an electric light system in Evansville

May 17, 1883

The Journal tells of increasing local interest in the game of base ball

June 1, 1883

The Journal prints an article about the "burnt district" on Lower First Street in Evansville

June 2, 1883

1st Night baseball under lights, Ft Wayne Indiana

June 8, 1883

The Indiana appointed commissioners visit several sites for the Insane Asylum in Evansville

June 10, 1883

The Journal reporter writes about viewing Evansville from high places, light towers, steeples, etc

June 13, 1883

The Journal tells that small-pox deaths in the Pest House were buried near Pigeon Creek

June 13, 1883

This was on the site of the present Fendrich Golf Course near the 14th hole Evansville

June 14, 1883

The fairgrounds exposition building in Evansville was destroyed by fire along with 3 box cars

June 14, 1883

A large flywheel explodes in the stave factory in Evansville resulting in only minor injuries

June 21, 1883

A movement begins to build a one-mile long race track in the city at Bedford Park in Evansville

June 23, 1883

A crazy man shoots at a priest & cuts deputies, he was subdued & jailed in Evansville

July 2, 1883

The Journal describes the 7 largest Evansville saw-mills

July 4, 1883

Salt Wells Park presents the biggest fireworks show known in Evansville

July 6, 1883

The Evansville sewers are researched, explored & reported by the Journal

July 11, 1883

A new building company forms to build Evansville Street Railroad extensions & repairs

July 13, 1883

The Journal reports problems, revisions and changes in the installation of Evansville electric lights

July 14, 1883

Electric lights are turned-on for an exhibition in Evansville to a large crowd

July 15, 1883

1,772 Patients were treated in Marine Hospital in previous year, now in the City Hospital

July 20, 1883

Journal reporter tours the old county poor farm at Columbia Street & Stringtown Road

July 26, 1883

Evansville police force is organized with two policemen; Peter Herr & John Lewin

July 27, 1883

The Evansville sewers exploration is completed & reported by the Journal

July 28, 1883

Important Vanderburgh County roads are reported; example; Washington, Lincoln, First Avenues

August 17, 1883

James Vanweyer is murdered by Anderson & Snyder on the Mount Vernon river front

August 27, 1883

Volcano Krakatoa erupts in Indonesia, kills 36,000, ejects 20+ cubic kilometers of solid materials

August 27, 1883

4,000 Tickets were sold for the fireworks show at the Salt Wells Park in Evansville

September 5, 1883

Kentucky Governor - J Proctor Knott thru August 30, 1887

September 10, 1883

Small-pox inoculations are promoted by the Journal newspaper

September 12, 1883

Several cases of small-pox are reported in the near down-town area in Evansville

September 14, 1883

The supply of coal is good in the city, Terre Haute coal is cheapest

September 21, 1883

Snyder & Anderson are sentenced to hang Jan 25, 1884 for the James Vanweyer murder

October 5, 1883

The "safe is cracked" in the Schlensker & Woehler grocery firm at 8th & Chestnut Streets in Evansville

October 6, 1883

Evansville is titled "The Elm City" in the Journal

October 8, 1883

Evansville Street Railroad is to be extended at several locations

October 10, 1883

Evansville Demokrat newspaper composers refuse to set print for Ohio paper, they walk out

October 11, 1883

"Standard time" adopted by railroads, Evansville resident David J Mackey was influential

October 16, 1883

Evansville City Council asks for 30 additional arch & tower (mast) lights

October 20, 1883

The Union Stock Yards are formally opened, the yards were located on Baker Avenue in Evansville

October 22, 1883

Article is printed noting the Gypsies are "industrious in his way"

October 27, 1883

Sunset Park grounds in Evansville is graded & landscaped by county "rock pile" gang (prisoners)

October 28, 1883

The Evansville water Plant is closed to install a larger & longer intake pipe

November 6, 1883

Evansville mourns death of Willard Carpenter at age 80

November 9, 1883

The new Vanderburgh Poor Farm on Petersburg Road near Stringtown Road is open

November 28, 1883

Frank James said to have crossed from Mount Vernon into Kentucky & murdered the ferry operator

November 28, 1883

Site for the insane asylum in Evansville is selected which is still in use in 2013

November 28, 1883

The Journal reports 9 murders in Perry County with no arrests

December 1, 1883

Evansville electric & gas plants merge into one utility, future SIGECO & Vectren

December 6, 1883

Snyder & Anderson denied commutation of hanging for the James Vanweyer murder in Mount Vernon

December 22, 1883

Charles Harvey is lynched in Petersburg for the murder of Henry Custin

1884

Heldt & Monroe Hardware opens in Evansville

1884

International Harvester Co opens in Evansville

1884

Evansville Medical College closes (again)

January 6, 1884

Daniel Harris story (10-10-1878) of being burned to death in RR engine fire box in Mount Vernon is confirmed

January 15, 1884

Lizzie Kurt throws her new-born baby into a privy-vault in Evansville

January 15, 1884

Evansville Lumber Co files articles of incorporation

January 16, 1884

Evansville Street RR commits to a track extension from Main Street to Fulton Avenue & the RR depot

January 17, 1884

Everton Flour mill is lost by fire in Mount Vernon, previous Everton mill was burned in 1874

January 24, 1884

A strong guard will be placed around the jail-yard for the hanging of Anderson & Snyder in Mount Vernon

January 25, 1884

Anderson & Snyder are hung in Mount Vernon for murder of James Vanweyer (all parties white men)

January 25, 1884

The Posey County gallows were constructed behind the jail building on Mill Street at Third Street

January 27, 1884

Body of William Wolfiester, age 17, is recovered from the Pigeon Creek ice where he fell through in Evansville

February 4, 1884

Gas & Electric Light Co in Evansville reduces price of gas from $2 to $1.50 per 1,000 cubic feet

February 5, 1884

River begins to rise rapidly from 38.2 feet at Evansville

February 7, 1884

Heavy flooding takes place on the upper Ohio River with a general rising downstream

February 11, 1884

10 More arch lights are turned-on in Evansville

February 11, 1884

Dick Fairchild, Railroad worker dies on the Louisville Evansville & St Louis Railroad

February 12, 1884

A 4-week old child is left on the steps of St Mary's Hospital in Evansville

February 14, 1884

Public meeting held at Vanderburgh Court House to raise funds for flood-sufferers

February 14, 1884

Shawneetown is deserted from high water

February 16, 1884

Relief boats Isabella, Carrie Caldwell & Mattie Hays operate in the flood waters

February 17, 1884

The Journal lists flood dates & high water stages since 1832

February 19, 1884

A strong storm sweeps over the Ohio River valley

February 19, 1884

Ohio River flood crest of 48.82 feet at Evansville, 2nd highest flood, 2.0 feet higher than in 1832

February 20, 1884

A blizzard hits the Tri-state with high winds, sleet, freezing rain & snow

February 20, 1884

4 Houses were seen floating past Evansville today

February 25, 1884

2 Members of the new Red Cross organization are in Evansville to survey the needs

February 26, 1884

Roller skating Rink in Evans Hall opens in Evansville, 2000 persons pay to stand, others denied

March 1, 1884

Clara Barton, President of the Red Cross, arrives to direct area flood disaster relief efforts from Evansville

March 1, 1884

Richard Boleman, Railroad worker dies on the E&TH Railroad in Evansville

March 12, 1884

Red Cross relief boat Throop brings 135 barrels clothing, 2000 bushels coal from the east to Evansville

March 16, 1884

Newspapers Courier & Tribune will publish competing morning papers within the week in Evansville

March 22, 1884

Informal reception is held for Clara Barton in Evansville

March 24, 1884

William H Vanderbilt is reported to be worlds richest man with $164,000,000

April 2, 1884

Clara Barton departed Evansville for St Louis

April 3, 1884

Scantlin foundry in Evansville is destroyed by fire

April 5, 1884

Thomas Doyle, Railroad worker dies on the L&N Railroad in Evansville

April 9, 1884

A dispute is held over construction of the Henderson Railroad Bridge

April 12, 1884

Construction of the Rathbone home for the aged in Evansville is announced

April 23, 1884

Alfred Wright, Railroad worker dies on the Air Line Railroad

April 27, 1884

Contract for construction of the Insane Asylum in Evansville is rewarded in the amount of $286,580

May 1, 1884

Joseph Hartman, pedestrian is killed on the railroad at Caborn Station in Posey County

May 3, 1884

An interview with Clara Barton is printed in the Journal

May 23, 1884

Rice & Humphrey Sawmill is destroyed by fire in Evansville

May 29, 1884

The A W Carpenters safe is blown open $70 cash is stolen in Evansville

May 30, 1884

The Journal publishes a list of Decoration Day participating veterans in Evansville

June 1, 1884

Heilman Bros Excelsior plant burns in Evansville

June 7, 1884

Straight Line Railroad sold for $500,000

June 12, 1884

Largest Evansville high school class ever graduates at Evans Hall, there were 44 graduates

June 18, 1884

Cornerstone for the new Gibson County Court House is laid

June 21, 1884

A movement begins to build a marine ways on the Evansville wharf

June 22, 1884

City Hospital opened in 1882 in Evansville reported by the Journal to be doing well

June 24, 1884

John Lynch is 1st black elected chairman of Republican convention

June 25, 1884

Oliver Canfield is taken from the Knox County Indiana jail & lynched

June 28, 1884

Congress declares Labor Day a legal holiday

July 1884

Five young boys & men are drowned in the Ohio River in different cases during July

July 4, 1884

Statue of Liberty presented to US in Paris

July 14, 1884

Dick May is taken from the Daviess Co Ky jail & lynched, Jailor W J Lucas is killed by the mob

July 20, 1884

Henry Dike, pedestrian is killed on the railroad at Patoka

July 31, 1884

Interview with the Insane Asylum architect printed in the Journal

August 4, 1884

Joseph Griener, age eight pedestrian looses his legs on the E&TH Railroad near John Street in Evansville

August 6, 1884

Charles Jacobs, Railroad worker dies on the PD&E Railroad

August 11, 1884

Jacob Benning, Railroad worker dies on the LE& StL Railroad

August 17, 1884

Construction on the Insane Hospital in Evansville is underway

August 17, 1884

A Reading Railroad train is intentionally run-away with passengers at 60 MPH speeds

August 20, 1884

Schrader Stove Foundry in Evansville burns down

August 21, 1884

Factory on 7th Avenue in Evansville has fire during Water Plant breakdown, no water in mains, factory destroyed

August 24, 1884

Helfrich Saw Mill in Evansville burns down

August 29, 1884

Ferry boat Belmont disaster between Henderson & Evansville, 14 die when tornado sinks ferry

August 29, 1884

Evansville suffers major damage from tornado that sank the Belmont

August 29, 1884

Matthew Lyon, of Lyon County Kentucky, looses his wife & 2 daughters on the Belmont Packet

September 1884

Canal Street School in Evansville rebuilt & enlarged at 4th & Canal Street

September 2, 1884

The last remaining body, a young Negro woman, is recovered from the Belmont, 12 total recovered

September 10, 1884

Milton Warner, Railroad worker dies on the L&N Railroad

September 12, 1884

A baby is abandoned in a basket on the steps of Lindenschmidt's Saloon in Evansville

September 17, 1884

The L&N railroad bed from Henderson to Ohio Street & St Joseph in Evansville is nearing completion

September 22, 1884

Peter Baliff, pedestrian looses a leg on the E&TH Railroad

September 25, 1884

Unknown man, commits suicide with gun in the E&TH Railroad depot in Evansville

September 25, 1884

Three kegs of powder explode in coal mine blacksmith shop in Boonville, two men injured

September 25, 1884

A letter from Herndon, Abraham Lincoln's former law partner, is printed in the Journal

September 26, 1884

Insane Asylum in Evansville requires a railroad access switch

September 29, 1884

Accused murderer Macey Warner from Vincennes brought to Evansville for safe-keeping before trial

October 6, 1884

The Air Line Railroad shops are completed in Evansville, the location was at the 8th & Main Street

October 7, 1884

Edward Kearney is killed in the Bar Harbor (Owensboro) coal mine by falling coal

October 11, 1884

Husband & 2 sons are arrested for the murder of the mother near Troy in Spencer County Indiana,

October 11, 1884

A Spencer-Perry county lynch mob hangs one son but the other two family men are rescued before hanging

October 17, 1884

Frank Ressel of Evansville falls from the Henderson Railroad Bridge & is killed

October 19, 1884

Evansville Courier declares diphtheria epidemic; Evansville Journal calls it a "lie"

October 20, 1884

William Schening, Railroad worker dies on the L&N Railroad

November 1, 1884

A farmer drops dead in the yard of a Negro Doctress on Canal Street in Evansville

November 11, 1884

Evansville Journal prints an article: "Professionalism in Foot-Ball"

November 26, 1884

McCutchan Mill burns in Evansville

November 30, 1884

A 24-year old woman drowns herself in an Evansville city cistern, there were 62 cisterns at the time

December 1884

Evansville taxes reach $500,000

December 1, 1884

A "Kentucky Plague" is reported as killing people around Barboursville in Eastern Kentucky

December 3, 1884

A baby is abandoned in a basket on doorsteps in Independence

December 6, 1884

The Washington Monument capstone was set

December 13, 1884

Charles Beecher, a pedestrian is killed on the belt line railroad

December 14, 1884

Two farmers are arrested for the shooting death of a tramp in German Township

December 23, 1884

Morganfield City Marshall is shot & killed by a man he was taking into custody

December 29, 1884

A baby is abandoned in a basket at Helfrich Lumber Yard in Independence

December 31, 1884

Fire destroys several downtown businesses in Evansville

December 31, 1884

The Air Line Railroad is placed into receivership

1885

Illinois Governor - Richard J Oglesby thru 1889

1885

It appears that more deaths & injuries are now caused by railroad trains than from wharf & river accidents

1885

EI&TH RR is organized (Eastern Illinois & Terre Haute), David J Mackey

1885

Evansville public school enrollment is 5,931

1885

Oakland City College is founded

1885

Karl Benz of Germany builds a 3-wheel auto with internal combustion engine

1885

Sholtz Monument Works in Evansville becomes one of largest in mid-west region

1885

Keller-Crescent Co in Evansville formed from merger of Keller Printing & Crescent Engraving Co

1885

The first Ohio River movable wicket dam opens at Davis Island below Pittsburgh Pa

1885

Evansville has 14 brickyards with daily output of 90,000 brick

January 1, 1885

Evansville Main Street fire destroys several buildings on Main Street, $250,000 est loss

January 5, 1885

"Magnificent" Canal Street School in Evansville is occupied & in use

January 12, 1885

Indiana Governor - Isaac Pusey Gray thru January 14, 1889

January 13, 1885

Rockport fire destroys several buildings on Main Street

January 18, 1885

17 Inmates are burned to death in the Illinois Insane Asylum

January 18, 1885

A Main Street fire in Mount Vernon destroys 10 businesses & law offices

January 19, 1885

Willard Library in Evansville is designated by the school board to be the Evansville library

January 20, 1885

2 Thieves in Evansville are caught by policemen they are shot & killed during a fight

January 22, 1885

A barge hits Henderson a railroad bridge pier & spills 8 of 28 coal barges (piers are all new)

February 4, 1885

L Kasbohm is killed in the Echo Coal Mine in Evansville by a premature blast

February 11, 1885

Dick Fairchild an Air Line RR fireman is killed coupling cars

February 12, 1885

18 Inmates are burned to death in the Philadelphia Alms-house

February 21, 1885

A 36-inch refracting telescope lens is being made for the Lick Observatory

February 21, 1885

The Washington Monument was dedicated, construction was began on July 4, 1848

February 22, 1885

Journal tells that great improvements have been made to the district telegraph system

February 28, 1885

57 Dissected human bodies are discovered in the Union Medical College at 5th & Vine Streets in Evansville

March 1, 1885

Richard Boleman an E&TH RR brakeman is run over by a car & killed

March 4, 1885

Moses Caton, convicted of murder in Morganfield, had 2 earlier wives that died

March 4, 1885

Grover Cleveland inaugurated as the 22th President of US, assassinated in office

March 19, 1885

Petition passed for a new Vanderburgh County Court House

March 23, 1885

The Iron Rolling Mill in Evansville is sold to a Chicago party

March 28, 1885

Willard Library has its formal opening in Evansville, funded by financial gifts from Willard Carpenter

April 5, 1885

Thomas Doyle a L&N RR brakeman falls from train & dies

April 7, 1885

GAR Fair opens in Evans Hall under Farragut Post sponsorship in Evansville

April 20, 1885

An early Evansville building is demolished; the 1835 Scantlin homestead on 2nd & Walnut Streets

April 23, 1885

Alfred Wright an Air Line RR employee is run over by a car & killed

April 26, 1885

Electric headlights are being installed on area railroad engines

May 1, 1885

Joseph Hartman is run over & killed by a train at St Phillips

May 8, 1885

Moses Caton, convicted of murder, is legally hung in Morganfield

May 19, 1885

Belt Road Coal Mine opened near Oak Hill Road & E&TH Railroad (near Hwy 57?)

May 21, 1885

Humane Society is formed in Evansville (this is for humans, apparently not animals)

May 25, 1885

13-Year old Harry Baxter drowns in Sweezer Pond in Evansville

May 26, 1885

Jordan Taylor, convicted of murder, is hung in Hopkinsville

May 28, 1885

The Oregon Mill in New Harmony is destroyed by fire

May 29, 1885

Heavy rains flood large area north of downtown Evansville with 6" standing water

May 30, 1885

Col Charles Denby of Evansville appointed Minister to China by President Cleveland

June 1885

Evansville National Bank becomes Old National Bank in Evansville

June 3, 1885

150 Masked men raid Corydon Indiana to demand an audit of Harrison County finances

June 3, 1885

L&N Railroad asks for land in Pigeon Township Vanderburgh County to construct railroad yard & shops

June 7, 1885

Journal reports there will be quicker railroad travel times after the L&N bridge is in service

June 12, 1885

Journal reports that Indiana University graduated 26 students including 7 ladies

June 13, 1885

Journal prints article by Dennis Hanks writing about his uncle Abraham Lincoln

June 17, 1885

Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor aboard a French ship

July 1885

L&N Railroad provides sleeping car service

July 8, 1885

Evansville passes an ordinance regarding slaughter house sanitation (fears from cholera raging in Spain)

July 9, 1885

Nancy Catlin, Negro Poor Farm resident is found dead in a well, presumed to be a suicide

July 13, 1885

L&N Railroad bridge across Ohio River at Henderson opens, first bridge below Louisville

July 13, 1885

This bridge reduces travel time from Evansville to Nashville from 12 to 6 hours, it is the longest bridge on earth

July 13, 1885

Henderson Railroad Bridge opened, the 1st train was a heavy freight, 2nd was passenger train

July 14, 1885

Strouse & Brothers opens their store at 203 Main Street in Evansville

July 15, 1885

Richard May is lynched in Owensboro for rape

July 20, 1885

Henry Dike is run over & killed by a train at Patoka

July 21, 1885

Journal writes a glowing report on the Henderson L&N Railroad Bridge

July 23, 1885

President & General Ulysses Grant dies from throat cancer (called nicotine poisoning)

July 27, 1885

Evansville Journal writes about Sunset Park

July 29, 1885

Cotton Mill in Evansville weavers are on strike

August 6, 1885

Henderson-Evansville L&N Railroad bridge formally opened & dedicated with great festivities

August 6, 1885

Charles Jacobs a PD&E RR brakeman is run over by a car & killed

August 13, 1885

Balloonist Peter Carroll falls from his basket & drowns in river near Henderson

August 15, 1885

St Mary's Hospital selects site for a new building at Columbia Street & First Avenue in Evansville

August 28, 1885

7 Stables are burned at 8th & Powell Streets in Evansville by boys playing with matches

August 29, 1885

Telegraph is reported to be more accurate for long distance than telephone

September 1885

Stringtown Road bridge aka "State Road" (#4) over Pigeon Creek in Evansville is opened

September 10, 1885

Milton Warner a L&N RR brakeman is run over by switch engine & killed

September 11, 1885

CW Soldiers hold reunion at Camp Grant near Boonville

September 16, 1885

Action is taking place to replace some buildings in the "Burnt District" in Evansville which burned in June, 1883

September 19, 1885

Thomas Curtis kills William Organ in Henderson; Curtis & Organ's wife are arrested

September 25, 1885

Niagara Pressed Brick works in Evansville are destroyed by fire

September 26, 1885

A man commits suicide with a pistol in the E&TH RR depot in Evansville

October 12, 1885

Hendershott husband & 2 sons lynched at Troy after mother is found dead in family cistern

October 13, 1885

Fred Hegel is buried alive & killed in a sand pit in Evansville at Water & Bayless Streets

October 20, 1885

William Schening a L&N RR brakeman is run over by switch engine & killed in Evansville at Ingleside coal mine

October 20, 1885

William Martin killed by E&TH engine at Martin Station

October 23, 1885

Debate is given about Evansville selling the Water Works Plant to private owners

October 24, 1885

Strouse & Brothers in Evansville has their grand opening

November 5, 1885

Lecture season begins with presentation at Evans Hall

November 14, 1885

Journal writes about Evansville's large city debt (which will become a considerable problem)

November 18, 1885

Movement is began to address the debt of Evans Hall

November 28, 1885

Morganfield man is removed to Henderson to prevent a lynching

November 29, 1885

Journal prints story of Lincoln's first dollar

December 13, 1885

Charles Beecher is run over & killed by a train on the Belt Line RR

December 13, 1885

Journal writes "Evansville destined to be one of largest mining & mfg towns in the west"

December 13, 1885

Evansville built steamboat Crown Point is launched & tested in Evansville, it is 27-feet by 125-feet long

December 14, 1885

Journal reports a tour through the City Hospital in Evansville

December 20, 1885

Spectator to a fight is killed in Mount Vernon

December 22, 1885

Vincennes fire destroys several buildings including the Grand Hotel

1886

Evansville Mayor - John H Dannettell thru 1889

1886

A fire water pump station is installed at Water Street & Fulton Avenue in Evansville, a 2-million GPH flow

1886

Evansville begins surfacing main streets with "Paducah Gravel" (crushed lime stone)

1886

Ground broken for Evansville State Hospital in Evansville for mentally ill patients, the Insane Asylum

1886

First building of Evansville High School is completed (future Central HS)

1886

Karges Furniture Co founded in Evansville

1886

Kentucky & Indiana Railroad bridge across Ohio River at Louisville opens

1886

Geronimo & other Apache Indians stop in Evansville on train to Florida as a prisoner of war

1886

African American haven in Gibson County is named Lyles Station

1886

Stanley Clothing Co opens in Evansville

1886

Linotype "line-of-type" machine is invented

1886

Samuel Vickery sold the former Washington House Hotel building for a clothing store

1886

John H Dannettell elected Mayor of Evansville, first German speaking mayor (Republican)

January 1886

5th Avenue bridge (#2) over Pigeon Creek in Evansville is opened

January 1, 1886

Mail-packet ship Dexter strikes snag & sinks near West Franklin in Posey County

January 8, 1886

Blizzard strikes the Tri-state

January 17, 1886

Holly Epps is lynched in Vincennes for the murder of farmer Dobson of Green Co

January 18, 1886

Joseph Whye has kidney removed by 6 physicians at the City Hospital in Evansville

January 21, 1886

Joseph Whye dies from surgery effects at the City Hospital in Evansville

January 21, 1886

Finian Montague, nephew of Setting Bull, dies at St Mary's Hospital in Evansville

January 21, 1886

Calvin Simpson murders Mrs Graves near Henderson

January 24, 1886

Calvin Simpson is lynched in Henderson, his body was then riddled with bullets

January 30, 1886

James Carter died in St Mary's in Evansville at age 102 years after being frozen

February 1, 1886

Leich, Verling & Carlstadt Wholesale Druggists in Evansville fail, assets listed at $46,500

February 3, 1886

Evansville Water Works passes into hands of Trustees

February 9, 1886

East side of Princeton Public Square suffers $30,000 fire

February 16, 1886

Major fire at Oakland City

February 23, 1886

5 Year old child falls into a cistern in Boonville but was rescued

February 24, 1886

Evansville's municipal debt is revealed by the Journal

February 24, 1886

Two fires burn 8 stores in Mount Vernon in the same night, thought to be incendiary

February 27, 1886

Another fire in Mount Vernon

February 28, 1886

Irvin Oliver is killed by "a shock" at the Electric Light Station in Evansville, first area death by electrocution

March 11, 1886

3 men named Archer were lynched in Shoals Indiana for the murder of a man named Bunch

March 18, 1886

Evansville buys a street steamroller from England, arrives & placed in operation one year later on March 19, 1887

March 20, 1886

Ben Morton dies from 4-story fall at Fourth & Main Streets in Evansville

March 31, 1886

Air Line passenger train injures several person after derailment in Evansville

April 1, 1886

Train wreck near Ferdinand injures 22 passengers, rail had a bad joint

April 6, 1886

Steamship Mountain Boy capsizes at Owensboro, 3 lives are lost

April 13, 1886

Evansville Mayor Dannettell is seated in office

April 16, 1886

Rosa Huber suicides on rat poison while in City Hospital in Evansville

April 24, 1886

Robert Fowler is hung in Morganfield for the murder of Miss Linda Burnett

May 3, 1886

L&N locomotive overturns at Howell's Station in Evansville, fireman is badly injured

May 8, 1886

Coca-Cola syrup is invented by pharmacist John Pemberton

May 11, 1886

Liberty Baptist Church is destroyed by winds in Evansville, several houses lost, $100,000 damage

May 18, 1886

An Ohio River 'cut-off' above Evansville is explored in a public meeting

May 21, 1886

Discussions held about the 'right kind' of gravel for street use in Evansville; a decades long running debate

May 27, 1886

Evansville merchants petition for a bridge to be built aligned with Pennsylvania Street at Pigeon Creek

May 30, 1886

Rail lines from Henderson to Nashville changed to standard gage used in north, all in one day

June 9, 1886

Journal newspaper issues article titled 'Science of Progress' about Brush Electric Works

June 10, 1886

Air Line Railroad is sold by the Federal Court in New Albany to David J Mackey syndicate

June 17, 1886

The Negro high school in Evansville had 5 graduates in a ceremony at the Opera House

June 26, 1886

Grand Balloon Ascension presented by Mr S M Brooks at the river front in Evansville

July 2, 1886

The Ohio Street Bridge in Evansville was badly damaged by a storm, it will be replaced

July 3, 1886

Fire on Pennsylvania Street in Evansville destroys 7 houses & 15 stables

July 4, 1886

The Evansville city square bounded by Read & Garfield Avenues destroyed by fire, water problems arose

July 5, 1886

Journal notes that the former railroad tracks to the Evansville riverfront were located above Pigeon Creek across

July 5, 1886

Water Street down to the to the wharf, the tracks served the railroad ferry to Henderson

July 7, 1886

Grand Balloon Ascension presented by Prof Headley at Salt Wells Park in Evansville

July 8, 1886

Upon orders by the Evansville City Council telephone wires are to be cut & poles removed

July 8, 1886

The "great telephone war" takes place with cutting of wires & poles in Evansville

July 8, 1886

Theresa Turpin cuts her 7-year old daughter's throat then hangs herself near Patoka

July 31, 1886

Brothers in Zion Kentucky have fight where one brother kills the other

August 5, 1886

Gen Alvin Hovey of Mount Vernon nominated for US House of Congress on republican ticket

August 6, 1886

Insane Asylum in Evansville to be completed in 1886 but not occupied until June, 1887

August 8, 1886

Thomas Hobbs & son were lynched in Birdseye Indiana for the murder of 2 men Foultz & Waller

August 11, 1886

Owensboro area has destructive storm of egg-sized hail

August 18, 1886

A 'tramp' named Dunn was lynched in Shoals Indiana for the murder of John Davis

September 6, 1886

A white man was caught by 2 Negro men while raping a 7-year old girl on Pigeon Creek, he was put in jail

September 11, 1886

St Joseph Catholic Church in German Township burns down

September 13, 1886

The Air Line Railroad shops are gutted by new owners, employees are left with nothing

October 3, 1886

Evans Hall in Evansville has (new) debt of $9100

October 12, 1886

Journal publishes an article about 'failing drinking water supplies' in the nation

October 12, 1886

The Insane Asylum in Evansville is unable to find a fresh water supply, only salt water to date

October 17, 1886

Mail-Line Wharfboat (Evansville wharf) burned down, $7000 loss

October 27, 1886

Journal publishes an article about Abraham Lincoln's early life

November 4, 1886

Gen Alvin Hovey wins election to US Congress

November 10, 1886

A fund raising fair is held to raise funds for a new St Mary's Hospital building in Evansville

November 22, 1886

Journal publishes article about the promise of natural gas for the population

November 26, 1886

Journal publishes article titled 'Down in a Coal Mine' & describes the visit

November 28, 1886

Boston Brokers send a circular to holders of Evansville City Bonds describing a settlement

November 30, 1886

1st Commercially successful AC electric power plant opens in Buffalo NY

December 4, 1886

Patrick Foley is killed in the Spottsville coal mine

December 8, 1886

William Morrison, a desperado, in killed near Hopkinsville by the Christian County Sheriff

December 13, 1886

Journal publishes an article about Abraham Lincoln's Indiana home

December 14, 1886

Hofferberth's Sawmill at Coal Mine Hill in Evansville has a great boiler explosion, 1 killed, 5 injured

December 16, 1886

Man & wife rescued from skiff near Evansville wharf wet & nearly frozen

December 23, 1886

Gold bearing quartz said to be discovered near Clark's River in Paducah

1887

Hospital Medical College in Evansville closes, 50 physicians were graduated in 13 years

1887

John August Reitz purchases land for "Home of the Aged" in Evansville for the Little sisters of the Poor

1887

Southwestern Broom Mfg Co opens in Evansville

1887

Major drought year with only light rain in 6 months

1887

Evansville Deaf School opens 7th & Vine Streets in Evansville, closes 1910

1887

Indiana Stove Co in Evansville begins business

1887

City hall, police dept & fire engine house built at 3rd & Walnut Streets in Evansville, razed in 1971

1887

Police call boxes are in use, 17 installed (fire call boxes began in 1878)

1887

J Trockman & Sons in Evansville opens

1887

David J Mackey buys large share of Peoria Decatur & Evansville Railroad

January 2, 1887

Fire Capt George Brock is killed in Evansville when his fire engine overturns on a fire run

January 2, 1887

Police Officer Abram Smock, accidentally killed on duty, is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Evansville

January 8, 1887

Cumberland Telephone Co is awarded $600 in damage from the City of Evansville for wire damage

January 23, 1887

L&N locomotive boiler explodes near Chicago, kills 2 & injures 2 Evansville men

January 30, 1887

Debt on Evans Hall in Evansville is liquidated

February 5, 1887

Chandler post office is robbed

February 6, 1887

Earthquake, magnitude 4.6 recorded in Vincennes Indiana area

February 17, 1887

Fannie Mason kills her new born baby by throwing it into a privy vault (out-door toilet) in Evansville

February 28, 1887

Blind news-boy, Harrison Branch, attempts suicide by jumping into the river in Evansville, he was rescued

March 4, 1887

Alvin P Hovey begins term in US House of Representatives

March 8, 1887

Two E&TH trains collide near north city limits (south of Pigeon Creek near Highway 41)

March 8, 1887

Lamping Cigar factory at Boonville burns, loss of $40,000

March 15, 1887

Roach Distillery at Owensboro burns, loss of $50,000

March 19, 1887

Evansville street steamroller ordered from England 3-20-1886 is placed in operation

March 28, 1887

Evansville Council meets in City Hall, which is under construction, for the first time

April 4, 1887

Vanderburgh County Council commits to a new Court House

April 10, 1887

Corydon Kentucky suffers property loss of $40,000 from fires

April 12, 1887

Business Men's Association (BMA) is formed, an important voice in Evansville

April 23, 1887

Hazelton is hit by tornado

May 3, 1887

Vanderburgh County Commissioners authorize a new court house

May 3, 1887

Vanderburgh County Council passes final order for a new Court House

May 4, 1887

Evansville still allows free-range cattle on city streets

May 6, 1887

2 RR Workmen are run-down by an L&N train while trying to escape on their work-cart on the

May 6, 1887

Henderson Railroad Bridge, they could not escape, both were killed, Matthews & Lawton

May 8, 1887

Trinity ME Church Sunday School in Evansville celebrates 50th anniversary

May 9, 1887

Evansville passes a cow ordinance prohibiting bovines from running loose at night, day-time was still OK

May 9, 1887

Evansville City Council discusses "cow ordinance" that prohibits cows to free-range at night

May 10, 1887

James McElroy is executed by hanging in Henderson

May 14, 1887

The 1st Evansville city meeting book is found & reported in the Evansville Journal

May 19, 1887

Confederate monument is unveiled in Hopkinsville Kentucky

May 29, 1887

A shipment of drunk cattle arrives to Evansville from Owensboro

June 2, 1887

The Salvation Army begins in Evansville

June 3, 1887

Band concerts begin in Sunset Park in Evansville

June 7, 1887

Prof Thomas Posey shoots & injures Prof E S Clark both of the Henderson County public Schools

June 21, 1887

A "ghost" is seen in Evansville at the end of First Avenue at Pigeon Creek in deep woods

June 22, 1887

Hundreds visit the "ghost" at the Fulton Avenue bridge

June 24, 1887

Citizens fight the ghost at the Fulton Avenue bridge, a crazy man was captured

July 1, 1887

James McElroy is executed by hanging at Henderson Kentucky

July 16, 1887

William Bate attempts suicide in Evansville by cutting his throat AND shooting himself - did not work

August 2, 1887

Earthquake, magnitude 4.9 recorded in Cobden Illinois area

August 20, 1887

State Military Encampment in Evansville by GAR is begun

August 21, 1887

1,500 CW Veterans arrived for the GAR encampment at Camp Gray in Evansville

August 22, 1887

25,000 People visit Camp Gray

August 23, 1887

2,000 CW Veterans march in a long parade through Evansville

August 30, 1887

Kentucky Governor - Simon P Buckner thru September 2, 1891

September 20, 1887

Blue & Gray Civil War reunion begins in Garvin Grove in Evansville, 60,000 estimated crowd

September 26, 1887

New Vanderburgh Court House (#3) construction authorized, between 4th & 5th and Vine & Court Sts in Evansville

September 28, 1887

L Porter Furniture factory in Evansville burns, loss is $50,000

October 1887

An estimated 2,000,000 people died in China from the flooded Yellow River

October 30, 1887

Dedication of the Home of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Evansville

November 5, 1887

Trains collide on the Belt Railroad in Evansville, no injuries

November 7, 1887

Fire on First Street in Evansville losses are $350,000

November 9, 1887

New Vanderburgh Court House (#3) ground is broken, construction begins

November 19, 1887

Natural gas discovered at Princeton Indiana

November 25, 1887

13 Year old Walter Orr is killed by Belt Railroad train in Evansville near First Avenue & Virginia Street

November 26, 1887

John McGrail killed in First Avenue Coal in Evansville Mine by falling slate

December 15, 1887

Evansville Masonic Temple in Evansville is dedicated

December 15, 1887

ES&N, the Dummy Line Railroad to Newburgh is incorporated

December 17, 1887

William Dillman killed in First Avenue Coal Mine in Evansville by falling down a 265 foot deep shaft

December 21, 1887

Stock sales for ES&N, the Dummy Line Railroad, Evansville to Newburgh, are meeting with great success

December 21, 1887

The Journal suggests the need of the Dummy Line RR to serve the new Insane Asylum

December 30, 1887

Evansville policeman Ziegler mistakenly shoots & kills policeman Joe Smock on Division Street in Evansville

December 30, 1887

Trains collide on the E&TH railroad in Evansville, a major wreck

1888

A full-time Evansville fire department is established with 10 hose houses & 26 well trained fire horses

1888

A regular pay system is adopted for firemen in Evansville

1888

Sunnyside Coal Mine sunk near Twelfth Ave & W Maryland Street in Evansville

1888

F W Cook's City Brewery in Evansville becomes the F W Cook Brewery

1888

14 Brickyards are located in Vanderburgh County

1888

10,000 Hogsheads of tobacco sold in Evansville (about two 55-gallon drums per hogshead)

1888

Electric carbon arc street lights installation completed in downtown Evansville on 150' tall iron towers

1888

There were 12 light towers 150' high, 13 masts 40' high & 46 arches 40' high spanning the streets)

1888

These light towers will be removed March 1907; one tower per week, demo by two men

1888

Evansville claims 300 factories within the city

1888

Grand Rapids Dam 1,100 long is built 2 miles above Mount Carmel by US Corps of Engineers

1888

This Grand Rapids Dam was a replacement of the first dam & locks built in 1847

January 3, 1888

Stock is sold to build the Dummy Railroad to Newburgh & north

January 4, 1888

US Congressman Alvin P Hovey pursues pensions for soldiers

January 5, 1888

It is determined that freezing temps do not kill germs as in river cut ice

January 5, 1888

The Evansville Water Plant is called a white elephant

January 8, 1888

US Congressman Alvin P Hovey pursues a new Marine Hospital for Evansville

January 13, 1888

1,000 Lives are lost in the Dakota Territory Blizzard, -40 degree temps

January 17, 1888

Masons open a new building

January 19, 1888

Evansville is reported to be overrun by tramps, policemen given orders to arrest suspicious men

January 28, 1888

Journal prints history of first Vanderburgh Court House

January 31, 1888

John Sinzuch drills a natural gas well

February 5, 1888

Sherwood House Hotel in Evansville bought by the St George Hotel owners

February 5, 1888

St Mary's Hospital in Evansville places an image ad in the Evansville Journal newspaper

February 6, 1888

$6,000 In $10 & $20 gold coins found in demolition of 1832 building on Fulton Avenue in Evansville

February 9, 1888

Ohio River cut-off above Evansville is studied by US Engineers

February 9, 1888

John Schmitt, a city butcher, steps in front of E&TH train is killed instantly in Evansville

February 10, 1888

Evansville is again reported to be overrun by tramps, traveling in droves

February 11, 1888

Dummy Line railroad reported to be assured

February 20, 1888

Mount Vernon Illinois hit with tornado, 50 deaths estimated

February 21, 1888

Evansville sends physicians, money & other aid to Mount Vernon Illinois

February 28, 1888

Money appropriated for new Marine Hospital in Evansville

February 28, 1888

US Congressman Alvin P Hovey promoted for Indiana Governor

February 29, 1888

Journal prints history of first railroad in America

March 2, 1888

The First & Vine Streets "old burnt district" in Evansville to be rebuilt

March 4, 1888

Journal prints history of Joseph Lane

March 13, 1888

Great Blizzard of 1888

March 15, 1888

Roach Distillery at Owensboro burns, loss of $50,000

March 24, 1888

Journal Editorial promoted Alvin P Hovey for Governor of Indiana

March 28, 1888

Evansville Council meets in City Hall, which is under construction, for the first time

April 3, 1888

Jack the Ripper killed Emma Elizabeth Smith in London

April 5, 1888

Illegal sand pit dug along Water Street embankment in Evansville

April 10, 1888

Corydon Kentucky suffers property loss of $40,000 from fires

April 12, 1888

Business Men's Association (BMA) is formed, an important voice in Evansville

April 15, 1888

More than 1,000 raft men from the Green River have delivered great log rafts to Evansville

April 21, 1888

Capt Paul Boyton concludes his swim from Wheeling WV to Evansville to a grand reception

April 23, 1888

Hazelton is hit by tornado

May 4, 1888

Evansville still allows free-range cattle on city streets

May 6, 1888

Two E&TH trains collide north of Evansville city limits

May 8, 1888

Trinity ME Church Sunday School in Evansville celebrates 50th anniversary

May 10, 1888

James McElroy is executed by hanging in Henderson

May 10, 1888

Image of the Evansville Deaf-Mute School at 7th & Vine Streets is published

May 12, 1888

Journal prints story of the loss of the Sultana with more than 1,500 Union POWs

May 19, 1888

Confederate monument is unveiled in Hopkinsville Kentucky

May 20, 1888

Trinity Methodist Church in Evansville celebrates 51st anniversary of Sunday School classes

May 21, 1888

Journal prints story of Nancy Lincoln's grave

May 27, 1888

New Vanderburgh Court House (#3) first stone is laid

June 2, 1888

The Salvation Army begins in Evansville

June 5, 1888

Several houses & stables on Third Avenue in Evansville burn

June 7, 1888

Frank Hudson, a boy, is killed in the Diamond Coal Mine in Evansville

June 11, 1888

James Foster, a Negro, is lynched in Henderson for the rape of an 8 year old girl

June 14, 1888

3-Men attempt a jail break in Henderson, one man is shot

June 25, 1888

Business Man's Association in Evansville vote to support the Dummy Line Railroad from L&N Shops in Howell

July 3, 1888

100th Anniversary of the Northwest Territory to be celebrated on July 4, 1888 (includes Indiana)

July 4, 1888

James McGill is killed by an Air Line train

July 21, 1888

One man killed another maimed in Zion Coal Mine explosion near Henderson

July 22, 1888

Mount Vernon to have river gauge provided by the federal government

July 25, 1888

Perry Township votes $30,000 each for the Dummy railroad shop & Air Line RR shop

August 1, 1888

John August Reitz Lumber yard & Armstrong Furniture burn creating the great "burnt district" in Evansville

August 1, 1888

Several other buildings burned on First St between Sycamore & Vine, losses were $150,000

August 2, 1888

Croft's Saw Mill in Evansville burns, $30,000 loss

August 3, 1888

Henderson Milling Co & Opera House destroyed by fire

August 6, 1888

Bunker Hill Flour Mill in Evansville burns, $50,000 loss

August 6, 1888

Civil War General Phillip Sheridan dies

August 7, 1888

Jack the Ripper killed Martha Tabram in London

August 9, 1888

Republicans nominate Congressman & Gen Alvin P Hovey for Governor of Indiana

August 12, 1888

Several houses & stables burn on East Indiana Street in Evansville

August 26, 1888

4 Prisoners escape form the Evansville Jail

August 31, 1888

Jack the Ripper killed Mary Ann Nichols in London

September 8, 1888

Jack the Ripper killed Annie Chapman in London

September 12, 1888

2nd Marine Hospital site on Barker Ave in Evansville is selected, funded by Federal Gov't

September 18, 1888

Sylvester Grubbs murdered Miss Gertrude Downey at the Princeton Fair Grounds, brought to Evansville fear of lynching

September 20, 1888

Murderer Sylvester Grubbs attacks Journal reporter during an interview in the Vanderburgh Jail

September 21, 1888

Levi's Shoe Factory on Main Street in Evansville has explosions & fire

September 22, 1888

EH Meyer candy factory in Evansville burns

September 26, 1888

Evansville opens her door to yellow fever sufferers

September 30, 1888

Jack the Ripper killed 2 more women, Elizabeth Stride & Catherine Eddowes in London

October 1, 1888

Jack the Ripper is reported in the Evansville Journal

October 3, 1888

John Hoffer loses his arm in the Evansville water works

October 9, 1888

The Washington Monument is opened to public tours, the cornerstone was laid in 1848

October 14, 1888

A 20-year old girl gives birth to a girl baby on a Franklin Street rail car, mother & child were fine

November 5, 1888

Congressman & Gen Alvin P Hovey elected Governor of Indiana

November 9, 1888

Jack Ripper's 7th & last probably last victim, Mary Jane Kelly, found on her bed

November 24, 1888

Small child of James Kraft is killed by E&TH switch engine

November 27, 1888

New Vanderburgh Court House (#3) cornerstone is set

1889

Nicholas M Goodlett elected Mayor of Evansville (Democrat)

January 4, 1889

Matt Bartum is killed by knife in steamer Ragon on the Evansville wharf

January 9, 1889

General Alvin Hovey is Governor of Indiana

January 21, 1889

Spottsville railroad bridge falls into the Green River during construction, killing Fred Busch

January 26, 1889

Spottsville railroad bridge foreman A.W. Klein indicted murder of Fred Busch by the collapse

January 29, 1889

Frank Posey elected to succeed Gen Alvin Hovey in the US Congress (Alvin Hovey had been elected Indiana Governor)

February 6, 1889

Site of new Marine Hospital is selected on Barker Avenue

February 7, 1889

The Mackey syndicate secures control of the Air Line Railroad

February 15, 1889

Dr. James Boleman is killed by an Airline Train at Princeton

February 25, 1889

Vanderburgh County Commissioners issue $100,000 court house bonds

March 1, 1889

A stranger is killed in the E&TH switch yards in Evansville

March 2, 1889

Murderer Grubbs escapes from the Vincennes jail

March 30, 1889

Rail track laying is begun for the Dummy Railroad from Evansville to Newburgh

March 31, 1889

The Mackey syndicate purchases the St Louis & Bellville Railroad

April 16, 1889

George Kerth is killed by a kick from a prisoner in the Vanderburgh County Jail

April 19, 1889

Murderer Sylvester Grubbs is hung at Vincennes for killing his sweetheart at the Princeton Fair

April 24, 1889

The body of child Leo Miller is discovered in Evansville Water Works reservoir, he was missing several days

May 16, 1889

Trinity ME Church celebrates its 52nd anniversary in Evansville

May 16, 1889

Princeton has a major fire

May 17, 1889

Huntingburg has a major fire

May 18, 1889

W&E Canal law suit is completed, it involved the new Vanderburgh Court House grounds

May 19, 1889

A Chicago traveling salesman dies suddenly in a house of ill-repute in Evansville

May 29, 1889

Maiden trip of steamer Tell City of the Louisville & Evansville Mail Line

May 31, 1889

Formal opening of the Ohio Valley Dummy Railroad between Evansville & Newburgh

May 31, 1889

Johnstown, PA flood killed 2,209 people caused by South Fork Dam failure on Little Conemaugh River

June 2, 1889

Johnstown, PA flood is reported in Evansville, local front page news for 10 days

June 8, 1889

Heavy storm causes considerable damage in Evansville

June 16, 1889

St Anthony Catholic Church opens in Evansville

June 16, 1889

Evansville Ice Company sells its stock, will begin construction of manufacturing & cold storage plant

June 17, 1889

William Osborn was killed when he fell on a circular saw in an Evansville sawmill

July 11, 1889

A baseball umpire escapes injury by irate Evansville citizens he was escorted from town by a cordon of city police

July 14, 1889

Several Evansville firemen narrowly escape death during a major fire during an electrical storm

July 30, 1889

3 Evansville men are hit by lightning but survive

August 1, 1889

ES&N, the Dummy Railroad between Evansville & Newburgh begins with 5 trips per day

August 1, 1889

John Day dies from injuries at the E&TH RR shop

August 1, 1889

Adam Schmitt dies under an E&TH train near Patoka

August 4, 1889

Destructive storm, hits Newburgh

August 9, 1889

Assistant Boonville Postmaster William Denny embezzles money & leaves area

August 14, 1889

E&TH train wrecks between Evansville & Mount Vernon, no injuries

August 22, 1889

Serious freight train collision by E&TH & E&I trains at Evansville north side

August 22, 1889

Evansville Main Street to have brick paving

August 24, 1889

Vanderburgh to have a new county jail near court house

September 2, 1889

Evansville Labor Day parade & picnic at Garvin Grove park

September 3, 1889

Miss Louisa Graff commits suicide by jumping into a well in Evansville

September 24, 1889

Steamer Edna Adams burns above Evansville in the "bone-yard"

October 6, 1889

Dedication of Park Memorial Chapel in Evansville

October 10, 1889

Serious collision of E&I passenger train & E&TH switch engine in north Evansville

October 11, 1889

Evansville Dummy Line Railroad opens with excursion trips

October 19, 1889

Grand Opera House in Evansville opens for business at Fifth & Locust Street, later becomes Grand Theater

October 31, 1889

Adolph Rice & Louis Heck fall from court house dome building in Evansville; Rice is killed, Heck recovers

November 1, 1889

Collision of E&TH & Air Line trains at Princeton

November 4, 1889

Contract for Vanderburgh Jail & residence is awarded

November 5, 1889

Diphtheria epidemic in Evansville

November 16, 1889

The Cincinnati, Wabash & Michigan Railroad is purchased by the Mackey syndicate

November 22, 1889

An uncontrolled L&N engine causes considerable damage between Evansville & Henderson

November 24, 1889

Mrs Wendell Geisz is killed by an L&N train in Evansville

December 5, 1889

Street Car service to extend to Oak Hill Cemetery

December 20, 1889

Doc Jones is lynched in Owensboro for the murder of John Westerfield

December 22, 1889

First electric clock, a self-winder, is sold by Western Union Telegraph in Evansville

December 26, 1889

20 African American men killed by mobs in Jessup Georgia

December 29, 1889

Many cases of 'la grippe" or Russian flu reported in Evansville

1890

Evansville population is 50,756

1890

Mount Vernon census 4,705

1890

Vanderburgh County population is 59,809

1890

Largest cities in US: New York 1.5 million, Chicago, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, St Louis

1890

Largest area city: Chicago 1.1 million, St Louis 451,770, Louisville 161,129

1890

Largest Indiana city: Indianapolis 105,436, Evansville 50,756, Ft Wayne 35,393, ?, ?

1890

Global temperature anomaly -0.22 degree centigrade

1890

50% of Evansville population is 1st or 2nd generation German immigrants

1890

The Evansville Journal is first newspaper in Indiana to use linotype machines

1890

New Howell rail yards & repair shops placed in service

1890

The Evansville News begins as afternoon edition of the Journal

1890

Street clocks began to appear on Evansville sidewalks

1890

Heilman Machine Works in Evansville renamed to Vulcan Plow Works

1890

Nine large furniture factories operating in Evansville

1890

Bicycles become popular in Evansville

1890

The germ theory of communicable disease is proved by Robert Koch

1890

Maley & Werts Lumber Co in Evansville opens

1890

F W Cook buys Salt Wells Park in Evansville to build Cook's Park

1890

At least 16 people were killed by railroad accidents in Vanderburgh and the surrounding counties

January 6, 1890

Surveying crew working on new Marine Hospital property in Evansville

January 10, 1890

16 Men die in a bridge caisson for the Big Four Railroad bridge over Ohio River at Louisville

January 10, 1890

YMCA announces its new building to be built in 1890

January 14, 1890

The Nancy Lincoln Monument Ass'n announces new headstone funded by Peter Studebaker of the Studebaker Co

January 15, 1890

Evansville Journal publishes article about 'The Sparrow Plague' which had been introduced in US

January 18, 1890

The term "Afro American" is used in the Evansville Journal

January 20, 1890

Winter announced to have been mild with no river ice to cut & store for summer use

January 21, 1890

Evansville studies providing a concrete base under brick paving for city streets

January 24, 1890

Evansville city drills 2 gas exploration wells 1,800 feet deep without success

January 28, 1890

The Mackey syndicate secures control of the C&EI Railroad

January 29, 1890

Steamship DeSoto burns 1-mile below Owensboro, no injuries, ship is lost

February 1890

Heavy winter ice storm

February 9, 1890

Egg carrier factory is destroyed by fire in Evansville

February 13, 1890

Vanderburgh County decides on site for new county jail on 4th Street opposite court house site

February 27, 1890

Evansville Locomotive engineer is recovered from beneath E&TH RR wreck

February 28, 1890

11-Month old Edna Sherwood is scalded to death in Evansville

February 28, 1890

Murderer Hoosa arrested at Gentryville after breaking jail in Marion County Illinois

March 1890

Tornado in Dixon Kentucky kills 11 people

March 1890

Tornado near Grand Rivers Kentucky kills 2 people

March 8, 1890

3 Men die in dust explosion at the Armstrong Furniture Factory, Franklin Street at Pigeon Creek

March 13, 1890

James Weir killed by an L&N train near Mount Vernon

March 16, 1890

"Plastico" is first used in Evansville

March 16, 1890

American industries are experimenting in the development of smokeless powder; short shelf life is major problem

March 18, 1890

Business Mans Association building opens

March 24, 1890

Street paving costs are published in the Journal

March 25, 1890

Prof Richard Owen & A H Fretageot die in New Harmony after drinking embalming fluid mistaken for spring water

March 28, 1890

Evansville is damaged by a severe wind, rain & electrical "storm of the century" wharfboats & telegraph poles are lost

March 28, 1890

Fulton Avenue Brewery in Evansville has explosions & collapse, workmen were crushed

March 28, 1890

Steamer Ohio is jammed against a building & damaged in Mount Vernon

March 29, 1890

L&N railroad engineer Burns is killed in accident near Evansville

March 29, 1890

Rain, tornados & flood hit Tri-state over 100 homes destroyed between Evansville & Mount Vernon

April 3, 1890

Two street car mules panicked by a funeral procession, plummet over an embankment in Evansville west side

April 13, 1890

Tom Callender, L&M railroad switchman is killed by his train in Henderson

April 14, 1890

Woodmere Asylum scheduled to open in July, 1890 (will not open until October, 1890 well water problems)

May 6, 1890

Boyer Gist killed by an L&N Train in Henderson - was setting on a crosstie

May 7, 1890

Fire in a Montreal insane asylum set free more than 1,000 inmates

May 20, 1890

Evansville Council discusses replacing the dilapidated Ohio Street Bridge

May 26, 1890

Court House exterior is largely completed, plastering the interior walls

May 30, 1890

Old Vanderburgh County Court House on Main Street is sold

June 1890

Ohio Street bridge (#3) is opened over Pigeon Creek in Evansville

June 4, 1890

Louis Friedman dies after eating from "Rough on Rats" poison in Evansville

June 6, 1890

Street paving costs in Evansville is listed as $343,200 for 5-miles or 15-squares

June 8, 1890

Journal newspaper editorialized about allowing cattle to still have free range in Evansville

June 17, 1890

Dummy Line railroad tracks being laid at 5th & Sycamore Streets

June 20, 1890

John Katterjohn killed by an L&N railroad train in Henderson

June 22, 1890

Street railroad says electric cars are not practicable for Evansville to remain mule driven

June 24, 1890

Ed Tohill killed by E&TH train near Vincennes

June 28, 1890

William Fischer falls from ice house smokestack & is killed in Evansville

July 1890

Controversial street car ordinance is passed by Evansville City Council

July 1, 1890

Standard Oil Refinery at Louisville burns; '5 Acres of Fire' according to the Journal

July 3, 1890

Controversial street car ordinance is repealed by Evansville City Council

July 3, 1890

Street car or trolley, mule or electric power debate begins in Evansville

July 8, 1890

Armstrong Furniture factory in Evansville burns, Franklin Street at Pigeon Creek $130,000 loss

July 12, 1890

Bank of Commerce in Evansville opens

July 14, 1890

Journal writes story of Abraham Lincoln's trip to Princeton where he was kicked by his horse

July 29, 1890

Dan McAvoy dies from an accident on the Dummy Railroad near Evansville

July 31, 1890

The Insane Hospital in Evansville opening has been set-back several months, adequate water is the problem

August 2, 1890

Cleveland syndicate buys the Evansville street railroad system, mules & all

August 5, 1890

A man is critically injured from a bursting grind-wheel in Evansville Iron Works

August 7, 1890

William Mounts dies from an accident on the Dummy Railroad near Evansville

August 7, 1890

William Kemmler is electrocuted in the electric chair in Auburn New York Prison

August 10, 1890

Post Office & 9 other buildings destroyed by fire in Marion Kentucky

August 30, 1890

Grand Opera House in Evansville, later Grand Theater opens, also Peoples Theatre, David J Mackey owner

August 31, 1890

Henry Givens killed by L&N train at Mount Vernon

August 31, 1890

F.M. Howe killed by a "Texas" LStL & T. train in Mount Vernon

September 1, 1890

Joe Isaacs dies under E&TH train at Eighth & Main Streets in Evansville, thousands of people came to view the death

September 2, 1890

The Peoples Theater in Evansville opens (destroyed by fire in 1891)

September 4, 1890

A PD&E freight train is wrecked near Evansville

September 4, 1890

Labor Day celebrated with parade & barbecue at Garvin Park

September 6, 1890

Man dies under his mule team in Evansville

September 11, 1890

Major PD&E train wreck at Pigeon Creek in Evansville

September 13, 1890

Beer wagon driver, Edmund Thebes is struck & killed by a train in Evansville

September 19, 1890

Electric versus mule street car power debate

September 23, 1890

Building construction begins for new Marine Hospital in Evansville

September 24, 1890

William Heilman is buried in largest funeral in Evansville history

September 28, 1890

Charles Green is killed by a train in the L&N Evansville yards

September 29, 1890

1st Pro baseball game, NY Metropolitans beat Washington Nationals 4-2

October 1, 1890

Normal University opens in Evans Hall in Evansville

October 6, 1890

German Day is opened by Governor Alvin Hovey in Evansville

October 11, 1890

Barbara Ballew dies after eating from "Rough on Rats" poison in Evansville

October 18, 1890

The Electric Street Car Co is consulting with Evansville city council