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

Monday, June 13, 2016

An old sawmill

Below is a picture from the book, The Silver Oar and Other Poems by Augustus D. Babcock. You can buy the book on Amazon or you can find it in digital form on the Internet.

The author was born in Jasper County. His father died when he was six and is buried in Crockett Cemetery. After his father's death, the family moved to Rensselaer and then to the Remington area. Augustus ended up in Newton County, and is buried in the Goodland Cemetery. His entry at has an excerpt from A Standard History of Jasper and Newton Counties Indiana (1916) outlining his life. It says he was working on another book, The End of the Trail, a romantic story of the Battle of Tippecanoe, but I can find no evidence that this book was ever published.

Different Babcocks played important roles in the history of Rensselaer. See here, here, and here.

Where was this sawmill located?

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