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Jefferson Township: ghost towns and scenic drives

Pictured is the homestead of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Wire in Jefferson Township. The Wire homestead was the site of the first white child to be born in the township -- Lavina Wire -- and it was also the site of the first religious worship in the township.
Photo provided.

Editor's note: Imagine a land covered with primeval forest and underbrush so dense it was nearly impossible for humans to walk through, and in that wilderness were prowling wolves and bears, as well as bobcats, cougars and, of course, an abundance of deer.

Christmas has a German flavor at restored schoolhouse

Jean Gernand stands in front of the restored German School on CR 1000W, Huntington County, IN.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

This story, like all good fairy tales, starts with a wicked stepmother.

There's adventure, danger, a fairy godmother - and a magical Christmas ending.

So, here goes:

Once upon a time (the late 1830s) a teenage girl lived with her family in a far-away land (Germany). The girl's stepmother was so wicked, the story passed on to her descendants goes, that she gave her only the fat from the meat at dinner time, and the girl would throw the fat out the window to the dogs.

So the girl's father gave her money to pay her passage on a ship to America.

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