Joel Barnes – Select Newspaper Articles transcribed.

Select Newspaper Archives articles found via Find My Past regarding Joel Barnes
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December 12, 1884 – Sullivan Democrat – Sullivan, Indiana, – Public Notice – Nelson Barnes Property to be sold. See: Sullivan Democrat December 12, 1884 – NA-FMP – Crop.png for details. Same notice also ran on December 19th and December 26th. Of particular interest is the spelling of Plautina and Tryphenia and that the marriages for Lucy, Martha, Plautina, and Tryphenia all occurred before 12 Dec 1884.

December 25, 1886 – Sullivan Times – Sullivan, Indiana – Mr. Joel C. Barnes has resigned as constable of Turman Township.

July 23, 1889 – Sullivan Democrat – Sullivan, Indiana – Clint Phillips and Joel Barnes, of Turman township, each buried an infant child last week.

January 7, 1890 – Sullivan Democrat – Sullivan, Indiana – Announced himself as candidate for Assessor of Turman Township, subject to the primary election. Notice also ran January 14th, January 17th, January 21st, January 24th, and January 28th, January 31st, and February 4th.

June 14, 1892 – Sullivan Democrat – Sullivan, Indiana – An advertisement indicated that Joel C. Barnes had a 1250 pound binder made by Milwaukee Steel Junior. Ad also ran on June 21st and

June 9, 1893 – Sullivan Democrat – Sullivan, Indiana – Joel C Barnes purchased e ½ NE Section 5, T 8. R 10 for $675 from John Pittman.

September 15, 1893 – Sullivan Democrat – Sullivan, Indiana – Joel Barns, pt e ½ ne sec 5, t8, r10 from Rebecca Drake.

May 15, 1896 – Sullivan Democrat – Sullivan, Indiana – Joel C. Barnes transferred a tract in Turman to Flora Riggs $400.

April 30, 1897 – Sullivan Democrat – Sullivan, Indiana, – Joel Barnes brought a suit for James Trueblood to quiet title.

October 8, 1897 – Sullivan Democrat – Sullivan, Indiana, – Joel Barnes attended the wedding of Mr. B. A. Dix and Miss Emma Graves.

March 8, 1900 – Sullivan Democrat – Sullivan, Indiana – Real Estate – Emma Dix to Joel C Barnes 8 acres in Turman tp, $280.

January 1, 1902 – Sullivan Union – Sullivan, Indiana, – Mrs. Malinda Lister is very sick at her daughter’s, Mrs. Joel Barnes, near Fairbanks.

April 3, 1902 – Sullivan Democrat – Sullivan, Indiana – Joel C. Barns, of Turman township, was in town today for the first time in several weeks. He has had a serious spell of sickness with malarial fever, but is recovering his strength rapidly.

April 9, 1902 – Sullivan Union – Sullivan, Indiana – Joel Barnes has recovered from his spell of sickness.

March 10, 1904 – Sullivan Democrat – Sullivan, Indiana, – Petit Juries for March Term – The Men Who Will Make up the Panels for the Coming Court Session. – Joel C Barnes, Turman tp.

April 27, 1904 – Sullivan Union – Sullivan, Indiana, – Circuit Allowances – Joel C. Barnes Petit Jury $25.00

September 29, 1904 – Sullivan Democrat – Sullivan, Indiana – Joel Barnes and family attended the funeral of Bob Conner’s little boy Saturday.

November 3, 1904 – Sullivan Democrat – Sullivan, Indiana – Frances Conner called on his brother-in law, Joel C. Barnes, Sunday. [This relationship is not understood.]

March 29, 1905 – Sullivan Union – Sullivan, Indiana, – Joel C. Barnes, of Fairbanks township, made the Union [Newspaper] a call Friday. Mr. Barnes is now 48 years of age and still resides in the house that he was born in. He states that he has not been out of Sullivan county only a few times during his lifetime.

January 24, 1907 – Sullivan Democrat – Sullivan, Indiana – Mr. Joel Barnes pronounces the complaint rheumatism.

February 21, 1907 – Sullivan Democrat – Sullivan, Indiana, – Joel C. Barnes of Dodd’s bridge was in the city Monday to get an outfit which he had ordered for making maple sugar. Mr. Barnes is the owner of 400 fine sugar trees and is in the sugar and molasses business quite extensively. He says that the sugar is running in great shape.

March 5, 1907 – Sullivan Daily Times – Sullivan, Indiana, – Mr. Joel Barnes is in the maple sap business, wholesale this year. Joel is an old hand at the business and is manufacturing some excellent syrup without any brown sugar.

April 24, 1907 – Sullivan Union – Sullivan, Indiana, – Joel Barnes and Charles Harris are hauling logs for the new church.

May 22, 1907 – Sullivan Daily Times – Sullivan, Indiana – Joel Barnes has purchased a new corn planter.

May 23, 1907 – Sullivan Democrat – Sullivan, Indiana – Joel Barnes is shearing many sheep this season.

July 16, 1907 – Sullivan Daily Times – Sullivan, Indiana – Mr. Joel Barnes took a load of fine lambs to the Sullivan market last week.

January 16, 1908 – Sullivan Daily Times – Sullivan, Indiana – Joel Barnes has embarked in the lumber business. Quite a number of logs can be seen at Francis’ Mill belonging to Mr. Barnes ready for the mill.

January 22, 1908 – Sullivan Union – Sullivan, Indiana – Conferred the Degrees – Graysville, Jan. 18. – The Fairbanks Star No. 321 visited Graysville Chapter this afternoon and conferred the mysteries of the order upon Mr. and Mrs. William Benefield.
Those that attended were…. Mr. and Mrs. Joel Barnes and daughter. After the work was conferred the Graysville chapter prepared a banquet in honor of the visiting members.

May 14, 1908 – Sullivan Democrat – Sullivan, Indiana, – Bro. Joel Barnes attended prayer meeting at our church last Thursday night.

August 21, 1909 – Sullivan Daily Times – Sullivan, Indiana – WOMEN PULL HAIR ONE IS ARRESTED – Interesting Scene is Enacted at Dodds Bridge Church Last Sunday

Constable John Watson Saturday just before noon arrested Mrs. Clint Riggs of near Dodds Bridge for assault and batter on Mrs. Joel Barnes. Mrs Riggs promised to come to Sullivan Monday and attend to the matter. Both are prominent, being the wives of well to do farmers in the northwest part of the county.
The assault is alleged to have occurred just as Sunday school adjourned last Sunday and the affair caused quite a sensation in the Neighborhood. Mrs. Riggs is said to have thrown Mrs. Barnes down as she stepped from the church and to have administered a pretty good hair pullinb [sic] before those standing near by separated the two fighting females.
Mrs. Riggs justifies her action by saying that Mrs. Barnes had been telling over the neighborhood that she, (Mrs. Riggs) stole chickens from the Barnes hen roost. Mrs. Barnes denies having told stories of this nature.
Should the case come to trial in the Justice’s court pretty interesting session is looked for.

[Question: Is Mrs. Clint Riggs the mother-in-law of Flora Barnes Riggs and mother of Harlon Riggs? (Also note, Mrs. Joel Barnes (Marada) is Flora’s step-mother and would be about 42-years-old.]

September 16, 1909 – Sullivan Democrat – Sullivan, Indiana – Mr. Joel Barnes and family went to the Webb graveyard to attend to Mrs. Barnes’ parents’ grave last Friday.

August 11, 1910 – Sullivan Daily Times – Sullivan, Indiana – Mrs. Joel Barnes and daughters, Alma, Essie and Mabel spent Thursday visiting Mrs. Barnes’ grandsons, the Riggs twins.

[Flora Barnes Riggs had twins.]

February 23, 1911 – Sullivan Democrat – Sullivan, Indiana – Joel C. Barnes has sold 72 acres of land known as the Prairie farm to a Mr. Alexander of Paris, Ill. Mr. Alexander has also purchased the Ladd place which contains 402 acres and the Charles Boles farm of 120 acres.

March 6, 1911 – Sullivan Daily Times – Sullivan, Indiana – TRANSFERS – Joel C. Barnes to Warner S. Alexander, Land in Fairbanks, $2920.

March 9, 1911 – Sullivan Democrat – Sullivan, Indiana – Tuesday Feb. 27th being the 44th birthday of Mrs. Joel Barnes a large number of her neighbors and friends gathered in to remind her of it. The surprise was complete. At noon 45 guests sat down to such a dinner as the good housewives of that vicinity now how to prepare. The remainder of the day was spent in conversation and singing. And a very touching prayer by Bro. Jas Dodd after which all returned to their homes wishing Mrs. Barnes many a happy return of the day.


Mrs. Triphena Mayfield of Beech Grove visited her brother Joel C. Barnes and family Thursday and Friday.

[Note the Sullivan Daily Times reported it was her 43rd birthday. However, it was actually her 44th as reported correctly by the Democrat.]

June 15, 1911 – Sullivan Daily Times – Sullivan, Indiana – Joel Barnes has purchased a new carriage.

July 21, 1911 – Sullivan Daily Times – Sullivan, Indiana – Those who attended the conference at Merom were Mr. and Mrs. Joel Barnes and daughters, Alma, Essie and Mabel and Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Brown and daughter Hazel, Mr….

November 8, 1911 – Sullivan Daily Times – Sullivan, Indiana – Joel Barnes an Charles Harris have been hauling gravel on the Kentucky road.

November 9, 1911 – Sullivan Democrat – Sullivan, Indiana – The appearance of the church was greatly improved last week by grading the lawn and making some concrete steps. Those that assisted in the work were Chas. Boles,… Joel C. Barnes ….

December 26, 1912 – Sullivan Democrat – Sullivan, Indiana –



Miss Alma Barnes and Charles Harris Wed Quietly

The marriage of Miss Alma Barnes and Mr. Charles Harris of Dodd’s Bridge Thursday, December 19 was a surprise to their many friends. The young couple went to Sullivan where the ceremony was performed.
The Bride is the accomplished daughter of Joel C. Barnes and Mr. Harris is the second son of Mrs. Ann Harris of Sullivan and a prosperous young farmer in this vicinity. They will be at home to their many friends ad his country home after January 7, 1913. We wish them much happeniess.

[Note: Strange phraseology for Charles Harris’ paternity.]

March 13, 1913 – Sullivan Daily Times – Sullivan, Indiana – DODD BRIDGE – The coal drill which was drilling a test hole on Joel C. Barnes’ place completed their work last week and moved the machinery to Sullivan. Good quality of coal was found and also deep veins. The farmers are all anxiously awaiting for their money.

November 24, 1913 – Sullivan Daily Times – Sullivan, Indiana – TWO GOOD WELLS ARE BROUGHT IN – Kennedy and Ohio Oil Companies Find Couple Of Producers.
The Ohio Oil Company has made a location on the Joel Barnes farm just a short distance north of Dobbs Bridge in Fairbanks township.

December 17, 1913 – Sullivan Union – Sullivan, Indiana – The Ohio Oil Company Sunday hit a fine producer on the Joel Barnes land near Dodd’s bridge and parties from West Yorkm, Ill. Struk a good producer on the Cushman Farm. Northwest of Graysville. These two finds have caused great excitement in the west part of the county.

December 18, 1913 – Sullivan Daily Times – Sullivan, Indiana –

Joel Barnes Farm In Turman Township Center of Attraction Today.

The well on the Joel Barnes farm in Turman township was drilled in Wednesday,, and will be shot this afternoon. This well is one half mile north of Dodds bridge and is in an entirely new territory, A large number of Sullivan people have gone out to see this well shot.

December 24, 1913 – Sullivan Union – Sullivan, Indiana – …. The fact that a producing oil well was struck last week on the farm of Joel Barnes in Fairbanks township caused considerable excitement in the west part of the county. The well was first reported as a regular gusher but is now producing twenty barrels per day. The….

July 1, 1914 – Sullivan Daily Times – Sullivan, Indiana – Mr. and Mrs. Joel C. Barnes and daughters Essie and Mabel and Mrs. Alma Harris went to Shelburn Sunday to be present at the arrival of the body of their nephew, who died in Honolulu in May.

[Note: need to determine who this may have been.]
Barnes Family in motor car.
c. 1915-1916

August 2, 1916 – Sullivan Daily Times – Sullivan, Indiana – Mr. and Mrs. Joel C. Barnes and family motored to Bicknell Saturday to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lister and daughter, Francis.

[Note: This is the first mention of the Barnes family “Motoring” and probably relates to the photo of the family in the automobile.]

August 31, 1916 – Sullivan Democrat – Sullivan, Indiana – Mrs. Mary Crooks, of Sullivan, is visiting her sister, Mrs Joel C. Barnes and recuperating from an attack of hay fever.

March 19, 1918 – Sullivan Daily Times – Sullivan, Indiana – A delightful surprise party was given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joel C. Barnes, in honor of their fifteenth birthday of their daughter, Miss Essie, and also the birthday of Ray Butler, of near Shelburn. Those in attendance were…

October 25, 1918 – Sullivan Daily Times – Sullivan, Indiana:

Joel C. Barnes has received the following letter from his son, Ray Barnes:
Co. E, 309th Amm. Train.
84th Div., A. E. F.


Dear Folks:

Am O. K, and hope this will find you people the same. We are on the water now, so you know that I am happy. We are certainly having find weather.

How are the girls getting along in school, and how do they like to be hauled to school? I bet it makes them get up pretty early to get started. Has the Jewell boy got back yet? I heard they were going to send him home. I saw Sam Holt, who used to be at Graysville, at the last camp where I was, and also Jesse Lowery and the Shelburn boys. They sure look like real soldier now. I suppose all of the meons are gone by now. Are are the crops this year? Have they jeard from Oral and Buck lately?

Write to me, if you don’t hear from me as often as you used to.

Your Son,

January 16, 1919 – Sullivan Daily Times – Sullivan, Indiana – FELL FROM LADDER – Mrs. Joel Barnes of Dodds Bridge fell from a twelve foot ladder while assisting her husband in trimming shade trees, and suffered the fracture of her haw bone and right arm. She was brought to the county hospital by Dr. H. E. Bland of Fairbanks.

[Note: Front Page Article along with WHOLE OF U.S. VOTES DRY – NEBRASKA IS 36TH STATE TO RATIFY]

August 12, 1919 – Sullivan Daily Times – Sullivan, Indiana – Joel C. Barnes received word of the death of his brother, Theodore Barnes, at Danville. Mr. Barnes was a soldier of the Civil War.

July 6, 1921 – Sullivan Union – Sullivan, Indiana, Front Page

Joel C. Barnes, 64, of Turman Twp., Succumbs to Attack of Heart Failure

Joel C. Barnes, 64 years old, a native of the county and a life-long resident of Turman township, was found dead in his bed early Thursday morning by his family, who had called him for breakfast and receiving no response found his lifeless body in bed.

The funeral was held Friday afternoon at the Dodds Bridge M. E. church, of which the deceased was a member, and was conducted by Rev. L. L. Johnson, pastor of the Methodist church at Graysville, and the Masonic lodge of Fairbanks, of which the deceased was a member. The widow survives, together with one son, Ray Barnes of Sullivan, and four daughters, Mrs. Harlan Riggs of Fairbanks, Mrs. Chas. Harris of near Dodds Bridge, and misses Essie and Mabel Barnes, who live at home.

Joel C. was a son of Nelson and Mercy (Taft) Barnes who came to this county from Neew York state during the forties. He was born and reared in Turman township and had always followed the vocation of a farmer. In 1876 he was married to Josephine Conner who died in 1892. Five children were born to this union, two survive, Mrs. Charles Harris and Mrs. Harlan Riggs. In 1893 Mr Barnes was married to Maranda Lester, five children being born to this union, three surviving, Ray Barnes and Misses Essie and Mabel Barnes.

Mr. Barnes was a democrat in his political affiliation and was an active member of the Masonic lodge and the Eastern Star lodge at Fairbanks.

July 13, 1921 – Sullivan Union – Sullivan, Indiana


Notice is hereby given that the undersigned as been appointed administrator of the estate of Joel C. Barnes, late of Sullivan County, Indiana, deceased. Said estate is supposed to be solvent.

Ray Barnes, Administrator. Arthur E. DeBaun, Attorney.
1st insertion July 13, 1921 – 3t.
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Newspaper Research Day – 12 new venues for Donna Montran and “Chin Chin”

Newspaper Research Day

Today was a Newspaper research day.  I utilized three of my favorite newspaper sites looking for places that the show “Chin Chin” was playing during April and May of 1920. “Chin Chin” has funny search results depending on how and where you search.  I have found that instead of searching for Donna Montran and “Chin Chin,” it is better to search for Chin “Roy Binder” or Chin “Walter Wills.” Binder and Wills were the stars of the roadshow and are named in almost every article regarding the show. 


Elephind is a free site.  It searches the Chronicling America (US Library of Congress) as well as several other newspaper sources including the California Digital Newspaper Collection, and Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections.  The advanced search doesn’t give many additional search options, just years, countries, and sources. In my case, I sought only records in the United States and during the year, 1920.  
Elephind makes downloading a searchable PDF very easy. First, click on the article page.  Then I highlight the page information, for example, I highlighted the following:   The Bennington evening banner., May 13, 1920, Page PAGE TWO, Image 2.  Then click on PDF and then the download icon. When it presents the file name, I replace it with my copied title.  The metadata for the downloaded file indicates where the it came from. So between the filename and the metadata I have all of my source information.

Next, I went to Their search methodology is straightforward. It is easy to narrow the date to a particular month, in my case I searched from Apr 1 to May 30, 1920.  Once Newspapers.Com identifies your matches, it is very easy to review the option then print/save the article as either a clipping or as a full page. The good news is that if you select “Save as PDF” it auto-documents the source information for the page. The bad news is that the article is an image within the PDF and is not searchable.  It is like a JPG embedded in the PDF. 

Newspaper Archives via MyHeritage

Next, I searched Newspaper Archives. I had a subscription to Newspaper Archives a few year ago and liked it. Now my subscription is through MyHeritage where my Data Subscription allows access to Newspaper Archives.  The good news is that searching Newspaper Archives within MyHeritage resulted in many more matches than either Elephind or produced. The bad news is that the date filters, even when set to “Match Exactly” don’t work. So, my search for “Chin AND Binder AND Wills” during April 1920, yielded 787,764 results.  Admittedly, the first six matches were all articles I was looking for, however, after that the matches began to be from other months within 1920.
I did run into a problem using Newspaper Archives via MyHeritage.  I often would find a match and then click on the article to see the detail, then not be presented with an option to display the actual page.  I could not view the page nor download it.  I sent their customer support an inquiry and provided them a screen shot of what I was seeing.
Upon drilling in and verifying the information was what I was looking for, sometimes the files downloaded fine, sometimes the file download errored. I was, however, able to download all the files I could zoom into and review. Like the technique I used on Elephind, I’d copy the newspaper title, examine the article, confirming it was an article I am interested in; then I’d download the file using the Document information I copied moments before.  The files downloaded are PDF files and are fully searchable.

Genealogy Bank

I used to have a subscription with Genealogy Bank.  I liked them, but I found I just couldn’t afford three premium newspaper services. Once one of my other premium newspaper services expires, I won’t renew with them and will go back to Genealogy Bank.  My plan is to continue with two premium newspaper subscriptions at a time.   

12 New Venues for “Chin Chin”

Between the three sources, I found articles indicating that “Chin Chin” played on the following dates at the following cities:

1920-04-05 – Sandusky, OH
1920-04-06 – Lima, OH
1920-04-09 – Steubenville, OH
1920-04-10 – New Philadelphia, OH
1920-04-11 – Coshocton, OH
1920-04-20 – Cumberland, MD
1920-04-22 – Frederick, MD
1920-05-04 – Wilkes Barre, PA
1920-05-13 – Bennington, VT
1920-05-18 – Oneonta, NY
1920-05-19 – Mt. Carmel, PA
1920-05-31 – Bridgeport, CT

The research didn’t fill out April and May 1920, in its entirety, but adding a dozen new places for Donna Montran’s career is a good day of research. Now I just need more time to research the particular venues.
– Don Taylor
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Fulton History

Fulton History
I recently ran across the Fulton History website. My initial thought was, I don’t really have any family from Fulton, New York.  They have post cards and things, then I realized they have over 20 million New York newspaper pages scanned.  Certainly, the OCR digitization isn’t particularly good, but a search of my grandmother’s stage name yielded 40 pages and my grandmother’s maiden name yielded another 20 pages.  It will take me days to process all of the new information.

A lot of what I found I already knew, however, the newspaper articles provided specific dates and places that I didn’t know before.  I found she performed at Keeney’s Theatre in 1920 and 1921.  The theater had been built in 1915.

I was extremely happy with the site and have added it to my favorite sites.