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Quilt to be Raffled for Building Fund

Proceeds from Quilt Raffle Go Towards Building Fund

 A quilt was made and donated by Clay County Genealogical Society  member, Teresa Mollenkopf.   The quilt measures 89″ by 72 1/2″.  The name of the quilt is Bear’s Paw;  each of the 12 designs are enclosed in a Bear’s Paw design.   The 12 designs include:  Country Crossings,  Deco Basket,  Ribbon Bow,  Winged Star,  Night and Noon Star,  Doves at the Crossroad,  Geese Goin’ Round,  Lemon Twist,  Hardy Boys,  Friendship Starling, and Kissing Cousins. 

The material looks antique and is in fall colors.  The quilt is on display at the library now and will be on display at the Clay City Sesquicentennial July 8th in front of Grandma’s on Main Street.  It will also be on display at the CCGS Pancake Breakfast on July 22 at the Center Point Methodist Church Family Center from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The cost of the raffle tickets is 1 for $10.00 or 3 for $20.  The winning ticket will be drawn at the monthly CCGS meeting on September 19th at 1:00 unless the reserve price for the quilt has not been attained by the 19th. A later drawing date will be announced if it does not occur on the 19th.

To obtain raffle tickets visit the library in Center Point on Mondays or Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or call the library (812-835-5005) to make other arrangements.  Tickets may also be purchased at Grandma’s on July 8th, the pancake breakfast on July 22nd, or at the Chicken & Noodle Dinner at the Saline Labor Day Picnic on September 3rd.

City Directories & Early Platt Books

Sleuthing at the CCGS Library

Today our Clay County Historian, Jeff Koehler, came to the library searching for the birthplace of Madge Oberholtzer (1896-1925), whose death was caused by D.C. Stephenson,  head of the Ku Klux Klan in Indiana at that time.

Mr. Koehler knew her parents were George and Matilda Harr Oberholtzer, former residents of Clay City.  George was the postmaster in Clay City when his seven-year-old son was killed in a hot air balloon accident that killed two other boys.  We figured that Madge was born in Clay City; however, we wanted to learn more, so we put on our sleuthing caps and began searching through books unique to the CCGS Library.

After looking in the 1904 Brazil City Directory, we found that George Oberholtzer had 20 acres in Perry Township.  Even though the book’s title leads one to think it is a directory to only Brazil City, the names of residents of the various townships are listed along with the number of acres they owned. 

The next book used was the 1903 Clay County Plat Book, which cannot be found anywhere but in the CCGS Library.  It and two shelves of late 1800 and early 1900s are located in the library. By reading down the right side of the plat book page, the name, George Oberholtzer, was located.  The book stated that he owned 20 acres in Pt  NE NE of Section 8 in Township 11 of Perry Township. 

Using the 1890 Clay County Plat Book, we saw  that property was owned by Emanuel Miller Harr, the father of Matilda Jane Harr Oberholtzer.  Later, I spoke with Mark Barnhart, the great-grandson of Emanuel: Mark explained that Matilda had inherited acreage in Perry Township from the Harr Estate.  Mark’s grandfather, Jacob Harr farmed their ground, which, at one time, included another 120 acres.

Madge, her brother, Marshall, and their parents were living in Indianapolis by 1910; they lived a few blocks from where D.C. Stephenson’s home was located at that time.  The story of her association with him, her resulting death, and his trial can be found on Find-A-Grave.

Tonia Tucker looked up information on, which is available at the library for patron use.  She found the address of the Oberholtzer’s home in 1910.  By using our phones and maps, we were able to locate the residences of both the Oberholtzers and D.C. Stephenson. 

The Clay County Plat Book and city directory were invaluable in our search for the property where Madge and her family lived prior to moving to Indianapolis.  

Remember that the CCGS Library has information that cannot be found on the Internet, and the volunteers are as excited as you to locate information you are seeking.  Come to the library and let us help you dig for your roots.

Patricia Crafton Wilkinson