LOCAL HISTORY QUIZ
How well do you know your Mooresville history? Find out by taking our local history quiz. Click the graphic (below) to begin. Then impress your family and friends with all your hometown knowledge. Learn more local history from this page–just scroll down to see various topics and links to digitized materials.
WILLIAM GREGORY HARRISON’S CHRONICLES
CLICK (ABOVE) TO READ HARRISON’S JOURNAL
Between October 1880 and May 1881, William Gregory Harrison, who lived in Jefferson Township, Morgan County, Indiana, wrote a daily journal detailing farm life in the area. A digitized version is now available online. It is a fascinating look at Morgan County life in the late 19th century, told in the vernacular of the day. Teaching notes are included for Indiana studies/history teachers.
VINTAGE MHS YEARBOOKS (DIGITAL PHOTOS)
Click the links below to see vintage Mooresville High School (MHS) yearbook digital photos, courtesy of the Mooresville High School Alumni Association Facebook page.
- 1909 Senior Annual
- 1911 ‘Levenite
- 1914 The Argos
- 1917 The ’17 Packet
- 1920 The Cauldron
- 1923 White Lick Review
- 1925 White Lick Review
- 1930 Arch Wisdom
TAKE THE VIRTUAL TOUR
Take our “virtual” walking tour of historic downtown Mooresville, Indiana. Then check-out our audio tour guide on CD (along with this handout) and walk the self-guided route yourself.
“Virtual” Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Mooresville, Indiana from Mooresville Public Library
Do you recognize these famous folks who hailed from Mooresville, Indiana? Find out here.
“OLD SETTLERS” (FOLK SONG)
“Old Settlers” was composed in 2010 as a tribute to the pioneers who settled in Mooresville and Morgan County, Indiana. Click the following links to see the musical score, lyrics, and blog post about the song.
A “TREASURE TROVE” OF MOORESVILLE HISTORY
The library’s Indiana Room has a variety of free digitized resources summarizing some of Mooresville and Morgan County’s local history. Click the links below to see each item.
BOOKS ABOUT MOORESVILLE HISTORY
- Books available in our Indiana Room collection: History of Mooresville & Morgan County, Indiana (brochure)
- A Brief History of Mooresville and Vicinity, by Almira Harvey Hadley (1918)
- A Brief History of Mooresville, Indiana, 1824-1974, by Clara S. Richardson (1974)
- Counties of Morgan, Monroe and Brown, Indiana: Historical and Biographical (Blanchard, C., ed., 1884). Chicago: F.A. Battey & Co., pp. 99-111; 217-245.
- Early Mooresville, Centennial Souvenir, 1824-1924 (published in 1924)
- Includes Early Mooresville (1884), a paper written and read by Margaret W. Fogleman, daughter of Samuel Moore, at the Diamond Jubilee (60th anniversary) of the town of Mooresville, Indiana; and Ye Early Pioneers: Reminiscences of the Settlement of Morgan County (1875), a letter that was written by John Matthews, one of the earliest pioneers in Brown Township, Morgan County, Indiana.
SPECIFIC LOCAL HISTORICAL TOPICS
- Baseball in Mooresville (see also Amos Rusie on our “Famous Mooresvillians” web page)
- Bass Drugstore
- Bridge Database: Historic Bridges of Morgan County, Indiana, by James L. Cooper.
- Bucker Monuments
- Calvert, Jarvis P. (J. P.) (1842-1917) (photographer) (many of the library’s historical photographs were taken by Mr. Calvert)
- Calvert, J. P. (1886). A Private Soldier’s Recollections of the War of the Rebellion. (Mooresville, Indiana : self-published). [This may be the only copy of this book in existence–donated to MPL by the author in 1916.]
- Biographical Sketch (1884)
- Obituary (Mooresville Times, Sept. 21, 1917)
- “Selfie” (ca. 1890) (i.e., photographic self-portrait)
- Covered Bridge, Waverly Road, Southeast Mooresville (today’s East High Street/State Road 144 at State Road 67)
- Covered Bridge, Waverly Road (ca. 1910 photo by J. P. Calvert).
- Covered Bridge, Waverly Road (Calvert photo reproduced by Frank M. Hohenberger, Alco-Gravure Section (Vol. 8, No. 19), The Indianapolis Sunday Star, March 4, 1928)
- John Dillinger’s holdup (on September 6, 1924) of Frank Morgan, owner of the West End Grocery on West High Street (in Mooresville), resulting in Dillinger’s first criminal conviction (also see our “Famous Mooresvillians” web page)
- Downtown Mooresville Self-Guided Walking Tour (click links in our brochure to learn about our audio guide)
- Fall Creek Furniture Company
- Farmers State Bank
- Founding Stone (Samuel Moore’s downtown business location–historical marker)
- Gravity Hill (video by WFYI-Channel 20)
- Gravity Hill (newspaper clippings & handouts)
- Greencastle Road Bridge Collapse, September, 1956
- Hadley, Paul and the Indiana State Flag
- Baker, Marie Siebert. “How Indiana’s State Flag Was Developed.” Hoosier Farmer (July, 1983).
- Paul Hadley article (“Mooresville Claims Fame as Home of Indiana Flag,” Six County Topics: Star Courier Tribune, v. 1, #12, Wednesday, February 5, 1969).
- Paul Hadley bibliography
- Paul Hadley (blog posts)
- Paul Hadley illustrated letter to Fred R. Glidden, with original sketches (postmarked April 30, 1943).
- Paul Hadley paintings on display at MPL
- Paul Hadley photos (1885, 1888, ca. 1905) (donated by Sheila Jones of Yellow Moon Antique Mall)
- Hardin, Becky. The Indiana State Flag: Its Designer (Biography of Paul Hadley with Anthology of his Paintings) (1976).
- Perry, Rachel Berenson. “Paul Hadley: Artist and Designer of the Indiana Flag.” Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History 15:1 (Indiana Historical Society, Winter 2003): 20-29; “Paul Hadley, Indiana State Flag Designer.” Indiana Magazine (Indiana Dept. of Commerce, Nov. 1977): 24-25; MPL biographical handout.
- Poletika, Nicole. “‘A Permanent Emblem of Its Own:’ The Indiana State Flag & Its Designer.” Indiana Historical Bureau (blog), January 11, 2017.
- Representative David W. Evans (Indiana) spoke about Paul Hadley and Becky Hardin’s biography in The Congressional Record, April 14, 1976 (“Accomplishments of Citizens and Patriots“).
- The Indiana Senate passed a resolution honoring Paul Hadley following his death in 1971 (see copy).
- Harvey Funeral Home
- Hendricks County Interim Report (Indiana Historic Sites & Structures Inventory), published by the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana.
- Historic Houses of Mooresville
- Historic Houses of Mooresville #2
- Honolulu Conservatory of Music (Mooresville Studio) (Oahu Publishing Company Franchise)
- Hoosier Sports Heroes of Olden Days (Ogden, Dale. “Thunderbolt, The Ebony Streak, The Blond Terror of Terre Haute …,” Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History 1:1 (Indiana Historical Society, Winter 1989).
- Hospitals in Mooresville
- Huston, Rev. Dr. Frank C.
- I.O.O.F. (Odd Fellows) Buildings (& Capstone)
- Indiana State Emblems (State Bird, Flag, Flower, Motto, Seal, Tree)
- Indiana State Flag (see also Hadley, Paul, above)
- Interurban Railway
- Likely Literary Club
- Lindley Block
- Methodist Episcopal Church
- Mooresville Around Downtown
- Mooresville Chamber of Commerce (January 1975). “Welcome to Mooresville” brochure.
- Mooresville Historical Fun Facts
- Mooresville History, by Julie Kyle-Lee
- Mooresville History, by Wanda Potts (1966)
- Mooresville Moments, by Wanda Potts (1999)
- Mooresville Public Library dedication (January 27, 1916)
- Mooresville School History, by Susan Haynes
- Mooresville Town Views
- Morgan County Interim Report (Indiana Historic Sites & Structures Inventory), published by the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana
- Nature Club of Mooresville
- Neil Armstrong Elementary School 3rd Graders, Brief History of Mooresville (slideshow)
- Newby Elementary School 3rd Grade Q & A
- 1901 Petition for Bridge Across “House’s Branch” of White Lick Creek (now Orchard Creek crossing North Rooker Road, in Brown Township, Morgan County, Indiana)
- Old Settlers Picnic, Parade, and Festival
- “Old Settlers” (2010) (Folk Song) (a tribute to the pioneers who settled Mooresville and Morgan County, Indiana)
- Pennington homestead, 1819 (articles from the Mooresville Times, 3/1/1969 & 4/8/1987)
- Police Car, Mooresville’s First
- President Reagan’s Visit (June 19, 1985): A Commemorative Remembrance (1985). Mooresville, IN: Chamber of Commerce, Mooresville, Indiana.
- Sanitarium (Mooresville/Comer/Kendrick Hospital)
- Kendrick Hospital Postcard (early 1960s)
- Scruggs Dry Goods Store
- Thompson’s Stores
- West Main Street, North Side of
- York & Overton
MPL “TREASURE TROVE” VIDEOS
CLICK HERE to watch the library’s “treasure trove” of local history videos. An example (below) showcases Imperceptible, a local historical book written, edited, and published by the Mooresville High School Class of 2012.
FLASH FROM YOUR PAST
Here’s a “flash from your past,” if you’re a long-time Mooresville resident. We present our local history flashcard series, featuring old photographs in and around Mooresville and northern Morgan County, Indiana. Just click the links below to see each flashcard.
- Flashcard #1: Farmers State Bank
- Flashcard #2: Mooresville’s First Police Car
- Flashcard #3: Day Grocery
- Flashcard #4: Covered Bridge on the Old Waverly Road
- Flashcard #5: Mooresville Sanatarium (i.e., Sanitarium)
- Flashcard #6: Sam Wade
- Flashcard #7: Dr. William L. Thompson, M.D.
- Flashcard #8: Banner Flour Mill
- Flashcard #9: Bolton Sorghum Factory
- Flashcard #10: Comer & Scearce Lumber Company
- Flashcard #11: Indiana Brass & Iron Bed Factory
- Flashcard #12: McCracken House (Restaurant & Hotel)
- Flashcard #13: Allison Grocery
- Flashcard #14: Northside of West Main Street (1960s)
- Flashcard #15: Pure Oil Gasoline Station
- Flashcard #16: Henry Conduitt House (later Comer Sanitarium & Kendrick Hospital)
- Flashcard #17: Burch Grocery
- Flashcard #18: Scruggs Dry Goods Store
- Flashcard #19: Methodist Episcopal (M.E.) Church
- Flashcard #20: Mooresville Public Library
- Flashcard #21: Samuel Moore & Eliza Moore
- Flashcard #22A: “Old” Town Park
- Flashcard #22: Old Settlers Picnic #1: Origins
- Flashcard #23: Old Settlers Picnic #2 (Rocking Chair Competition)
- Flashcard #24: Old Settlers Picnic #3: Parade
- Flashcard #25: Indiana State Flag (& Paul Hadley)
- Flashcard #26: Amos Rusie, “the Hoosier Thunderbolt” (all-star professional baseball pitcher)
- Flashcard #27: Mooresville Town Banner (Flag)
- Flashcard #28: Mooresville Academy School
- Flashcard #29: Old Mooresville High School
- Flashcard #30: I.O.O.F. (Odd Fellows) Building
- Flashcard #31: First Christian Church
- Flashcard #32: Fall Creek Furniture Company
- Flashcard #33: Mooresville Friends Church
- Waverly Flashcard #1: Waverly School #1
- Waverly Flashcard #2: Waverly School #2
LOCAL & REGIONAL ARTISTS’ WORKS ON DISPLAY AT MPL
The library has many local and regional Hoosier artists’ paintings and other art work on display. Click here for a list.
We also have “promo trailers” showcasing artwork on display throughout the library. Click the play buttons in the boxes below to start the videos.