Annual Dinner Celebrates Society’s 50 Years

  WARSAW — Visits by Metcalfe Beck, an early county settler; John Pound, former owner of The Pound Store; and former sheriff James Cisney were made during the 50th annual banquet of the Kosciusko County Historical Society, Thursday evening, Oct. 22. The three visitors told about their lives … Read More

Shown are charter members of the Kosciusko County Historical Society. Seated in front, from left, are Mary Ettinger, John Kleeman, Jerry Lessig and William Landrigan. Standing in back are Michael Klondaris, Betty Stahl, Larry Engle, Carl Diehl, Cindy Klondaris Hampton and Greg Steffe.
Charter members not present are: Jack Anglin, Mrs. Donald Boggs, Eddie and Louise Creighton, Max Egolf, Rex Irvine, Donna Keough, Wayne Teeple, Donna Zimmer.  Children signed up by their parents include William, Tim, and Melinda Creighton (Truex); David, Jeffrey, Amy, and Rebecca Keough; Jeff, Dan, and Jenny Strayer; and Kevin Steffe.

Historical Society’s 50th Anniversary Dinner

WARSAW — Kosciusko County Historical Society will celebrate its 50th anniversary during 2016. Founded in 1966, the society has grown in membership, activities, and properties while remaining true to our mission. That mission is to collect, exhibit and preserve county history, and to provide research materials and educational programs for all people.

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Ghost Hunters Look For The Real Thing In Warsaw

WARSAW — As Halloween looms, things start to get spooky. Haunted houses open, scary movies proliferate on television, jack-o’-lanterns and scarecrows appear in yards.

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Is Annie Chaplin Haunting Warsaw’s Old Jail?

The story of Annie Chaplin contains illicit romance, a cruel father, murder-suicide and, finally, a ghost. So it’s no surprise local historians and ghost hunters have taken an interest, including Greg Steffe of Spirits of Warsaw ghost tours, Evelyn Rake and her sister Marianne Prater of Warsaw Indiana Paranormal Research Studies and members of the Kosciusko County Historical Society, located in Warsaw’s Old Jail Museum, 121 N. Indiana St., where Chaplin was incarcerated and murdered.

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Interested In Ghost Hunting?

Ever wondered what it was like to “investigate” a location? Warsaw Indiana Paranormal Research & Studies has been granted permission by the Kosciusko County Historical Society to conduct informational sessions and investigations of the Old Kosciusko County Jail. There are two options available: Paranormal 101 last for approximately … Read More

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Donald Ring Family Recipient Of Hoosier Homestead Award

By SALLY HOGAN Director, Old Jail Museum The Donald Ring Family from Kosciusko County was one of 63 families receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. On March 6, Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Indiana Department of Agriculture Director Ted McKinney, presented 63 families with a Hoosier Homestead Award in … Read More

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Kosciusko County Historical Society Seeking County Photos

By SALLY HOGAN Director, Old Jail Museum, Kosciusko County Historical Society This photo of boating on Winona Lake in 1938 is one of the pictures scanned during the research library’s April scan day at the Old Jail Museum. For the May scan day the museum is requesting county photos … Read More

Kosciusko Historical Society Offers Unique Christmas Gift

By SALLY HOGAN Kosciusko County Historical Society Wondering what to give that person who is hard to buy for or that seems to have everything? Well, the Kosciusko County Historical Society has the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for person. Four times a year, we publish a fantastic historical … Read More

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Remembering The Soap Box Derby

The Kosciusko County Historical Society’s 49th annual banquet on Thursday evening remembered the early days of The Soapbox Derby. Held in the Center Lake Pavilion, photographs, trophies, two derby cars, helmets, uniforms and other memorabilia were displayed around the room. Julia Frush, Sally Hogan and Michael Alspaugh added … Read More

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