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03-27-1905
Gas leak in Alexandria.

04-20-1905
Street Car VIPs in Alexandria.

05-15-1905
Old Settler, Abner Cross dies.

05-15-1905
Also Alex Shamrocks Baseball Team appears in the news.

05-25-1905
Rock Wool accident.

06-07-1905
Old Settler, James Manring dies.

06-19-1905
Trolley strikes horse and buggy. Reminder! Trolleys have the right of way on their tracks.

06-23-1905
Lippincott offered bonus to leave Alexandria.

07-20-1905
Union Traction repair car no. 651 struck a delivery wagon of the Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company scattering horse, driver, and wagon. A.W. McCord parked his team on the street to call on a customer on North Harrison Street. He attempted to move the team just seconds before the accident happened but was unable to do so. The horse and driver were both knocked down and were drug 50 feet and miraculously escaped injury. The wagon was torn loose and drug another 150 feet before knocking down an extension pole. Lawrence Neel was the motorman and Herman Childs was the conductor.

07-27-1905
Pumping station dismantled at Gilman.

08-18-1905
Pioneer woman, Susan Millspaugh dies in Alex.

09-05-1905
A Union Traction gravel train wrecked yesterday at Harrison and Monroe Street and tied up traffic for two and a half hours. Freight motor no. 608 turned west onto the Elwood line and the five empty cars failed to take the switch and continued northward. The motorcar was dragged from the rear truck breaking the kingpin, drawbar, and smashing the steps. Damage was minimal but it was taken to the Anderson Shops for repairs anyway.

09-09-1905
Alexandria to consider having a Corn Festival

09-16-1905
CC Hall enters mayors race

10-13-1905
Corn Festival and or Farmer Festival

10-23-1905
James Tolie killed at the Alexandria Paper Company

10-30-1905
Freight train no. 68 on the LE&W 4 cars derail and in a heap, 5 hours to clear, and eastbound freight train was delayed, 1 was injured and rumors were about but none ever were substantiated

11-09-1905
Skating rink opens at the K.of P. Armory

11-10-1905
Another gas well completed on E. Washington St. at Pipe Creek

11-21-1905
Cornerstone is placed at the new Fire Station

11-23-1905
Alex Knights of Pythias Hog Roast

11-28-1905
Cornerstone placed at the new Alex office building at Wayne St. and Church St.

12-05-1905
Alexandria will legislate against spitting on the street

12-25-1905
Mrs. Anna Dawson was struck by a Big Four freight train and lay unconscious for 30 minutes before being discovered by Earl Mack. The weather was cold and the lady was bundled up real good and apparently did not hear the train

01-10-1906
A glass worker fell from the interurban south of Alexandria on the way to work and was very seriously injured. He was taken to St. Johns Hospital in exceedingly critical condition.

01-12-1906
Two street cars crashed together in Alexandria at Harrison and Broadway, no one injured.

01-16-1906
High winds damage Lippincott.

01-23-1906
Alexandria First Baptist Church minister Rev. Cox very ill.

01-27-1906
Farmer, wagon, and team destroyed by LE&W.

01-31-1906
Derailment of Big Four at Lippincott.

02-10-1906
Union Traction Line to Muncie construction begins February 19th.

02-15-1906
U.T.C. safety gate causes injury to two men on Big Four, brakeman Highpockets.

04-12-1906
Calf dies of heart failure on Peter Draper farm.

04-20-1906
No more gas in Alexandria.

05-10-1906
Horse killed by LE&W in the night.

05-11-1906
Boy killed by LE&W in Alexandria after skipping school.

05-12-1906
Boy killed by LE&W and boys that skipped school with him answers questions.

05-16-1906
U.T.C. donates $500.

05-19-1906
U.T.C. announces schedule changes.

06-09-1906
Last payment on Alexandria City Building.

06-15-1906
Beulah Park gets telephone service, call #47.

06-23-1906
Man injured at the big Four.

06-29-1906
Lippincott recesses for two months.

06-30-1906
Boy injured seriously in fall from trestle at Alexandria Lippincott

07-19-1906
Greatest of American shows, Gollmars Brothers Circus coming to Alexandria.

07-27-1906
Spectacular railroad accident at Alexandria Big Four.

09-01-1906
At Harrison and Jackson a retail oil rig was struck by an IUTC train and badly wrecked. The wagon was going south on Harrison when the traction car approached from the rear. The driver miscalculated the distance and attempted to cross the tracks. The motorman tried to stop but was unsuccessful.

09-05-1906
Old Settlers Meeting at Mounds Park.

09-11-1906
Hoosier Rock Wool comes to Alexandria.

09-14-1906
News stand opens in Alexandria.

09-18-1906
Plate Glass accident at Alex kills one.

09-20-1906
Hoosier Rock Wool Company.

09-24-1906
Death yesterday of R.L. Leeson 80 also Alex Tribune 1 cent per day.

10-16-1906
This morning at 8:30, two traction cars came together on the IUTC just north of the U.T. transfer station and jarred the passengers considerably. A man named Hibbin was in the south bound car in the smoker and was thrown against the side of the car sustaining a cut over the eye. The Marion car ran into the Elwood car which was turning on the switch at the station. The leaves at the crash area were so thick that they almost completely covered the track making the track very slippery. The motorman put on the brakes in plenty of time to prevent the collision but the car slipped until it struck the Elwood car with a good bump.

11-15-1906
Big Four brakeman killed at Alexandria.

11-20-1906
Burlesquers at the Alexandria Opera House.

11-26-1906
Fire at the mineral wool plant at Alexandria.

11-27-1906
Railroads to give no holiday rates.

12-11-1906
Express service to begin on IUT line.

12-22-1906
Railroads finally offer holiday rates.

12-24-1906
Big Four and LE&W crash at Alexandria.

02-12-1907
A two span bridge east of Anderson over White River on the Union Traction line collapsed dumping two interurban gravel cars into the river. Miraculously the motorcar and several other cars succeeded in making it to the east bank before dropping into the east edge. Traction management says a new bridge that is stronger will be constructed using steel and concrete.

03-15-1907
Micajah Cage Chamness, the first settler in Monroe Township, died last night at the home of his daughter in Orestes. He was born July 3, 1818 in Alexandria. Micajahs father entered the land now known as Alexandria and Cage had a good portion of the big farm west of Alexandria near Orestes and began as a young man began to clear much of it for farming. At one time he owned nearly 400 acres. Before his death he was of unsound mind and lived the live of a recluse in a log cabin one mile north of Orestes. He kept two ferocious dogs and carried knives for protection for he believed someone was trying to poison him. He is survived by five children. Mrs. Louisa Doan and W.E. Heritage of Alexandria, Mrs. Sarah Lamar of Orestes, Mrs. Webb of Frankton, and Anthony Chamness of Elwood. The funeral will be at his daughters home in Orestes at 1:30 p.m. Rev. Bragg officiating. Interment is at the Carvers Cemetery.

04-12-1907
Ringling Brothers Circus coming to Anderson.

04-03-1907
Traction crash near Marion kills 2.

04-24-1907
Mineral Wool of Sawyer & Co. explosion.

05-01-1907
Union Traction service to improve.

05-09-1907
Beulah Park to open next month.

05-10-1907
LE&W brakeman injured.

05-16-1907
A horse attached to the Brattain plumbing wagon, driven by Charles Griffin, took fright at a street car near Harrison and Berry Street and ran away yesterday. The horse was headed north and at the approach of the street car, the horse whirled and upset the wagon breaking the shafts and one wheel throwing the driver out. This freed the horse and he ran as far as south side school building colliding with a telephone pole. Griffin was uninjured except for a few bruises. Mr. Brattain is driving the horse again today and he shows no signs of fright.

05-29-1907
Traction car hits a buggy.

06-19-1907
Boom days returning to Alexandria.

07-18-1907
New Rock Wool factory begins work (Hoosier Rock Wool Plant).

07-23-1907
Beulah Park opens.

08-24-1907
New ordinance prohibits dogs from entering grocery stores.

08-31-1907
Formal opening of Beulah Park.

09-17-1907
Pioneer woman passes away Mrs. Rebecca Keefer.

11-07-1907
No steps have been taken by the Union Traction Company looking toward the rebuilding of the car barns at Tipton, which were destroyed by fire several days ago. The debris remains practically untouched pending a settlement of the insurance. It is expected that rebuilding will be undertaken within short time, as the company is seriously pressed for room for its cars, many of which begin and end their trips in Tipton. The burned cars will be replaced as soon as possible.

12-05-1907
In order to avoid the spread of smallpox, which is epidemic in Elwood, the Union Traction company is fumigating all of its cars after they pass through the city, formaldehyde is being used. The waiting rooms along the line are also subjected the fumigation in order to eliminate danger from traveling on the interurban cars.

12-25-1907
John Moyer, one of the oldest men in Madison County, died last evening at his home in Orestes. He was 97 years, six months, and eighteen days of age, and had been in failing health for some time. The funeral will be held at the Orestes Baptist Church the 26th and interment will be at Carver graveyard. He came to the Orestes area from Kentucky in 1864. He was almost totally blind.

01-02-1908
Motormen and conductors strike IUT.

01-04-1908
Motormen and conductors strike IUT.

01-07-1908
UTC lineman electrocuted in Marion.

01-11-1908
Bridge over the Wabash River at Logansport is guarded in fear of problems from the strike.

01-23-1908
Glass workers at Lippincott use the LE&W instead of the UTC.

01-25-1908
The trolley wires on the traction line between Dundee and Orestes snapped and for several hours rail traffic had to stop at the scene of the trouble and transfer passengers, while the linemen repaired the break. At first the break was thought to have been caused by striking employees or sypathizers but officials ruled that out.

01-30-1908
Wiley Ellis, 86, died in Monroe Township (pioneer from South Carolina).

01-30-1908
The LE&W telegraph office at Orestes is being abandoned and the operator will be transferred to some other point. Miss Avis Iuppenlatz has been in charge of the UT company station at Orestes and will now be the new ticket agent for the LE&W. Several years ago the Orestes Station was quite an important one for the steam road but with completion of the traction line and the closing of the window glass factory, the receipts of the steam road diminished to almost nothing.

02-06-1908
Call for traction car speed limit in Alexandria.

02-26-1908
New superitendent for IUT. Ward Hubbard appointed division supt. for the company at Tipton March 1st. He will supervise Alexandria-Elwood-Tipton line. Supt. Harrison resigned to work elsewhere.

03-03-1908
A horse belonging to Albert Waymire of Orestes became frightened on North Harrison Street just after noon and ran away. The horse kept running until he collided with the corner of the Hanley Transfer Barn at Washington and Clinton Street, badly wrecking the buggy. No one was in the buggy at the time he dashed away.

03-19-1908
As a result of two new cases of small pox at Orestes, a fresh quarantine has been established there in hopes of preventing a further spread of the disease. The patients are Mrs. Ed Plackard and son of John White. Mrs. Plackard is a relative of the Gregories, who recently had small pox. The White boy was in school when he broke out and there has been a wholesale disinfection and vaccination in order to keep other children from becoming infected.

03-20-1908
As a result of the outbreak of small pox, the public schools at Orestes have been closed for the remainder of the term. The school would have closed next week and rather than taking any chances of spreading the disease. The White boy who broke out while in the school room is doing fine and all that were exposed have been vaccinated.

03-25-1908
As the result of Frank McMahan, a watchman at the idle factory of the American Window Glass Company at Orestes, having received a letter asking him to vacate the office building which he has used as a residence by April 1, the rumor has gained credence that the trust intends to put the factory in operation some time this year. Several years ago the factory was one of the best which the company owned and several times since the company closed. Reports have circulated that it would be started again. The start never came however and McMahan, the watchman, has been the only person on the payroll of the plant for several years. The request that he vacate the office building, is taken in some quarters to mean that the company desires to use the office for the manufacture of window glass. The starting of the factory would mean a good deal not only to Orestes, but Alexandria as well.

03-30-1908
Trolley derailed at Linwood.

04-08-1908
Big Four train in the ditch near Marion.

05-06-1908
The Union Traction Company intends to build a scenic electric line to Mounds Park at Anderson. The Ingersoll Amusement Company of Pittsburgh has received the contract for the building at $12,250. There will be a big double eight and will open by May 24th.

05-08-1908
Street car line in Alexandria may be done, also a Union Traction lineman, Walter Quinlan of Alexandria was injured in Lafayette.

05-13-1908
Boy falls from the UTC trestle and injured.

05-23-1908
UTC schedule changes affect Alexandria-Tipton and Indianapolis-Wabash.

05-28-1908
Conductor Edward J. Peek of the UTC had a narrow escape from death during a severe storm yesterday afternoon. The motorman ran the car onto the switch at the substation at Alexandria on West Monroe Street and took refuge in the building. They had been inside only a few moments when a bolt of lightning struck the traction car setting it on fire. Although the Alexandria Fire department responded very quickly, most of the woodwork and wiring was destroyed in the blaze. The street car service was knocked out for quite some time.

06-02-1908
The estate of Micajah Chamness settled.

06-15-1908
Woman gets $5,000 settlement from the UTCI.

06-17-1908
Traction Company and the city Alexandria reach agreement.

06-17-1908
John Ring was attempting to move a house across the Union Traction line at Orestes and was stopped by an injunction secured by the company. The house stood in the road at the site of the crossing Saturday and Sunday and was finally permitted to cross the line after a compromise was reached.

06-23-1908
Mrs. Nora V. Warner of near Curtisville has employed Mayor Edwards of Alexandria to represent her in the matter securing damages for injuries against the Union Traction Company. Nora was enroute to Tipton occupying a seat with her hand and arm resting on the window casing of the traction car. The window suddenly fell and badly injured her hand.

07-10-1908
The Marion Flyer struck a buggy near 3rd and Harrison in Alexandria.

07-17-1908
Thomas Cook of Alexandria killed by LE&W train.

07-18-1908
Union Traction employees were tearing out some old rails in Alexandria, breaking the old spikes off by snapping them with hard jolts from a hammer. One spike broke and flew striking thirteen year old Hugh Clegg in the head killing him instantly.

07-22-1908
More on Union Traction accident killing young boy.

07-31-1908
Two horse wagon hit by LE&W.

08-08-1908
Highway 28 to be improved between Orestes and Dundee.

08-12-1908
Traction line to be built between Elwood and Swayzee and will be named the Elwood & Swayzee Traction Company with gasoline motors.

08-19-1908
Trolley wire broken between Alexandria and Summitville.

08-28-1908
Traction employee guilty of theft at Tipton.

09-07-1908
Monroe Township teachers paid very well, $3.26 per day.

09-11-1908
New traction motors.

09-21-1908
Old Settlers Meeting at Mounds yesterday.

09-22-1908
Street car service abandoned in Alexandria.

09-26-1908
The Lilly Creek Detective Association meeting involves farmers of Orestes vicinity and northwest.

10-19-1908
An unknown woman arrived in Orestes late Saturday evening (two days ago the 17th) and left a four-week old baby on the door steps of Omer Blessing in Orestes. The child has been taken in and is being cared for at the Blessing home. The baby was left on a pillow and was very well clothed, indicating that it came from a home of some refinement. It is of rather dark complexion and of ordinary size. The strange woman carrying a baby was seen by several persons in Orestes. Efforts are being made to locate the parent that deserted the baby. Mr. & Mrs. Blessing lost two former adopted children and desire to keep this one.

10-19-1908
Man killed by traction car at Linwood.

10-22-1908
Man killed by street car in north Anderson.

10-31-1908
Road dispute near Dundee.

11-06-1908
Early yesterday morning, about 10:00 a.m., a gravel train on the traction line at Dundee struck Joe Silveys grocery wagon and knocked it about thirty feet from the track. The horse was killed instantly and the driver, Theodore Simison sustained some very severe bruises but will recover. The contents of the wagon were scattered about for some distance and the vehicle was badly smashed. The blame has not been positively placed on anyone. The motorman claims the whistle blew in plenty of time and the driver is just as sure it did not.

11-21-1908
The post office at Orestes was robbed about 2:00 a.m. this morning and $100 in stamps is missing. The post office is located is located in the drug store of Doctor John Reese, who is the postmaster. The thieves gained entry by crawling through an open transom. An unsuccessful attempt to open a large safe in which considerable money was kept, but by the use of some explosive, the robbers completely wrecked a smaller safe in which the stamps and other government papers were stored. There is no clue to whom the perpetrators were and the noise of the explosion was heard by a number of people living near the store. Neighbors gave the incident little thought until after the robbers made their escape.

11-23-1908
A switchman was struck and killed on the LE&W.

12-19-1908
Traction accident south of Marion.

12-25-1908
Tipton to Goldsmith traction line would be profitable.