Rensselaer Adventures

This blog reports events and interesting tidbits from Rensselaer, Indiana and the surrounding area.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Candle light vigil

On Friday evening a candle light vigil was held in front of the Court House to show support for the Chaganti family. Dr Chaganti and two of his children were killed in a horrible accident on I-65 on Monday night.
Several hundred people attended the vigil.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

More postcards

The postcard exhibit continues at the Historical Society Museum. Here are a few more that are decorating the walls.

I wonder what the Hosier Limited was like.
 Do you know what is shown in this picture? The postcard makes it look a lot bigger than it seems in reality.
 There are several pictures of Saint Joseph's College on display including this of a short-lived gymnasium building.

 I do not know what the tall, three story building in this picture was. I think this was taken around 1900.

This is what Saint Joseph's College looked like a few years before I came to town. The old administration building burned a few years before I arrived.

This is a steam dredge of the type used to dredge and straighten the Iroquois River. It may be the actual dredge that did the straightening.

Monday, April 14, 2014

A week on Cullen Street

The speed at which the new Dollar General Store is rising is impressive. On Tuesday of last week steel beams were being erected.
 On Wednesday morning horizontal beams were being placed and the shape of the building was clear.
 By Wednesday evening most of the roof beams were in place.
 On Saturday morning the exterior shell had been installed at the back of the building, though work had stopped, perhaps because the wind was too strong.
 A lot of concrete has been poured for this project.
In a few days the shell will be complete and then it will be hard to see the progress as work will be mostly inside.

Not on Cullen Street but rather on the corner of Scott and Elm, the house that burned in January has been removed and the foundations for a new house have been poured.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

A spring day (updated)

This morning (Saturday) people gathered at Brookside Park for Earth Day festivities. One of them was a 5K run.
After the event an announcement reminded people that the Chloe 5k will be held on May 17.

Another event was snake petting. Not everyone was up for this event.
A booth for birders had a kit to make a bird feeder from a pop bottle. The base was the key. The people here also want to establish a bird feeder in one of the parks and were looking for people to help keep it maintained.
 The Nature Conservancy had a nice map of their property in Newton County with a sketch of the hiking trails.

 Leaving that event, I went to see how much snow is left in the Walmart Parking lot. The pile is still a couple feet tall.
 It is reduced from what it was on Thursday. Do you think it will last until Easter?
Across the street football players were practicing at SJC, a reminder that some people are already looking forward to fall.

I discovered this week that the public library allows people to access ancestry.com for free. I have been trying to find as much as I can about my family history (it seems to be something that people do at about my age) and have been using familysearch.org, which has access to many documents, but not as many as ancestry.com. I expect to spend  quite a few hours at the library for the next few months trying to track down family history. To access ancestry.com, you must be in the library and use the address http://www.myjcpl.org/databases.

The Rensselaer library will have a program about using their databases on Tuesday, April 22 at 5:30 pm. Registration is required and there is a limit of 9 people.

Update: The warm weather has melted most of the ice bank. There is just a bit left as of Sunday afternoon. Maybe the rain tonight will eliminate it.