Saturday, March 11, 2006

James Whitcomb Riley Made Hay While The Sun Shined In Peru

Did you know that James Whitcomb Riley, the famous poet, once lived in Peru? When Riley was in his 20's he traveled from town to town painting signs and writing poetry. He had a partner by the name of Smith. They set up shop on the second floor of a two story building over a livery stable owned by John and Ben Wallace located on East third between Wabash Street and Broadway. As near as I can place the building it was either where the hotel was or directly behind it. The business was quite successful as they became known in the community.While here he painted a painting called "Making Hay While The Sun Shines"and the other "The Queen of the School". They are at the Miami County Museum.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Going To The Peru Movie House--1918 Style

There existed a certain honesty to movies in the early 20th century. This movie, "Hearts Of The World" provided an unflinching look at the horrors of war

Peru Then and Now

Peru Then and Now
I marvel at the kids today with their knowledge of computers. My 8year old grandson can surf around the web with no problem. I thought an application was for employment. I thought memory was something you lost with age. A program was a tv show. A cursor used profanity. A keyboard was a piano. A web was a spider's home. A virus was the flu. A cd was a bank account.A hard drive was driving to Coshocton, Ohio to see my son. A mouse pad was where a mouse lived. So much for what I know!

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Okie Pinokie

This site used to be swampy and marshy and there have been at least 8 decaying bodies found there (reported by Mississinewa staff). This site could be an old burial ground from the Indians wandering in this area. Is this area haunted like people have said? Have you ever been to Okie Pinokie and whistled to see if anyone returns the whistle. It used to be a hangout for young teens having beer parties back in the 50's. Maybe all the beer dumped on the ground made for the good mushroom hunting. It is a large woods where many people look for those famous morels. As far as being haunted I can't say but I am not to sure that I will go there at night. How about you?