Remembering The Soap Box Derby Days

Remember the days of the Soap Box Derby? Recall those exciting times at the Kosciusko County Historical Society during its 49th annual dinner meeting, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Center Lake Pavilion, Warsaw. “History of the Soap Box Derby 1938-1963,” will be the program as … Read More

County fair of 1929 in downtown Warsaw.

Another Scene From 1929 County Fair

Here is another county fair photo taken from the 1929 Warsaw High School yearbook. The Kosciusko County Historical Society is not sure, but believes it shows amusement booths at the corner of Center and Buffalo streets in downtown Warsaw. County fairs were held on the streets of downtown … Read More

County fair in downtown Warsaw during the 1920s.

Scene From 1920s County Fair

Summer means outdoor activities and one of the most popular locally is the county fair. Kosciusko County has already had its fair and Elkhart County’s is being held this week. This old photo provided by the Kosciusko County Historical Society shows a barbecue tent at the intersection of … Read More

Tom Plew in soap box derby car.

Soap Box Car For Tom Plew

As a follow up to last week, here’s another soap box derby car. This one belonged to Tom Plew in 1959 and was sponsored by Kosciusko County REMC. That year the race was held on Indiana Street and went from Main Street to a bit beyond Fort Wayne … Read More

Don Nichols seated in his Soap Box Derby car.

Soap Box Derby Car

Kosciusko County Historical Society provided this photo of Don Nichols seated in his Soap Box Derby car No. 3 in 1939. The car was sponsored by Walter’s Drug Store. That year the derby was held on White’s Hill, the hill on Center Street in Warsaw where the Wagon … Read More

Old Civil War Union soldiers.

Civil War Veterans At The Courthouse

This photo, provided by the Kosciusko County Historical Society, shows a group of Civil War veterans in a room at the Kosciusko County Courthouse reserved for meetings of old soldiers and the women’s groups providing assistance to them. The soldiers were members of the Grand Army of the … Read More

Milford Grain and Milling Company

Milford Grain And Milling Company

Kosciusko County Historical Society provided this photo of employees standing in front of the former Milford Grain and Milling Company. From left are Don Fox, Eugene Felkner, Esther Bates and George W. Felkner. The photo dates to about 1937. The mill and the Felkner family were both well … Read More

Well Known Family Ran Leesburg Garage

Kosciusko County Historical Society provided this photo of the Stanley and Armstrong Garage in Leesburg. It dates to about 1914. The historical society believes it was the first automobile garage in Leesburg. From left are Joe Blodgett, John Armstrong, Frank Miller and J.M. Armstrong. Note the Goodyear sign … Read More

Log cabin near Clunette

Log Cabin Was Southwest Of Clunette

This log cabin was typical of the dwellings built by the county’s early settlers. Russ and Cassy Beck occupied this cabin, located about a mile or two southwest of Clunette. Kosciusko County Historical Society is not sure of the date of the photo, but it is believed the … Read More

1928 Syracuse High School basketball team

Syracuse High School 1928 Basketball Team

(EDITOR’S NOTE: StaceyPageOnline.com is working with the Kosciusko County Historical Society in trying to identify people and places of Kosciusko County’s history.) The 1928 Syracuse High School basketball team compiled a 22-2 record and won the county championship that year. The photo shows, in front, from left, players … Read More

Jail Museum Establishes New Hours

The Old Jail Museum, 121 N. Indiana St., Warsaw, is now open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. The museum staff has been busy reorganizing the displays to more effectively tell the story of Kosciusko County. New displays have been added and others are still … Read More

1924 Etna Green girls basketball team

Historical Society Asking For Photo Identification Assistance

Beginning with this photo, a new feature is starting here on StaceyPageOnline.com. About twice each month, a photo provided by the Kosciusko County Historical Society will be posted. The historical society will be looking for assistance from readers to better identify something or someone in the photo. The … Read More

Randy Polston, Warsaw, followed the 2,000 mile original Oregon Trail on a nine-day adventure in 2009 and shared his experiences at the Kosciusko County Historical Society’s 48th annual banquet. He has presented such programs to schools, clubs, organizations and other gatherings. The journey was made possible through a Lily grant. (Photo by Deb Patterson)

Polston Highlights Historical Journey

Knowledge from a nine-day trip on the original Oregon Trail in 2009 was shared by Randy Polston, Warsaw, at the Kosciusko County Historical Society’s 48th annual banquet Thursday. The annual meeting was held at Camp Alexander Mack, Milford, with Rex Miller, executive director, also sharing a brief history … Read More

Historical Society Hosts Joan Hostetler

The Kosciusko County Historical Society genealogy research library is partnering with the Warsaw Community Public Library genealogy club to bring Joan Hostetler, a Pierceton native, for a genealogy photographic program April 9 at WCPL. Hostetler is certified in photographic restoration and is co-owner of Heritage Photo and Research … Read More

Historical Society Holds Christmas House Walk

The Kosciusko County Historical Society is once again holding a Christmas House Walk/Drive from noon until 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Featured are five homes and the Old Jail Museum. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at any of the stops on the day of the walk or … Read More

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Oakwood Cemetery Graves Now Online

Genealogy buffs and families can now look no further than the World Wide Web for persons buried right here in Warsaw’s Oakwood Cemetery. With the assistance of the Kosciusko County Historical Society, Oakwood Cemetery has photographed and mapped 95 percent of its 70 acres and 18,000 graves. “We get … Read More