Curt Lore “Shoots Wells” With Nitroglycerine and Dynamite – 52 Ancestors #325

Within the article, Outside the Pale: The Lore Family’s “Remarkable” Life Revealed Through the Newspaper, we found particulars in regards to the lifetime of Curt Lore, often called C. B. Lore, in Rushville, Indiana. One article said that he lived in Greenburg, however the Greensburg newspaper was not accessible for that timeframe at

My great cousin got here to the rescue, offering info from one other supply that helps bridge the hole of that pesky lacking 1890 census.

Curt Lore married Nora Kirsch in January of 1888 in Aurora, Indiana. Based mostly on the truth that he drilled for fuel in Aurora, Indiana and as a substitute, unintentionally tapped right into a mineral water reserve that turned the Blue Lick Nicely, I assumed he lived in Aurora, at the least for some time earlier than he married Nora. The Blue Lick properly was a couple of mile from the Kirsch House, the tavern/resort that her parents owned.

However, because it seems, Curt apparently was solely visiting Aurora, in response to a information article within the Greensburg, Indiana, newspaper.

Much more attention-grabbing is the truth that Curtis not solely wasn’t dwelling in Rushville, or Greensburg, however was a resident of Findlay, Ohio. Who knew?

This map of the fuel fields may clarify that scenario.

Shotgun Marriage ceremony & Two Wives

  • January 10, 1888, within the Greensburg, Indiana newspaper.

Not solely can we uncover that Curt lived in Findlay, however we study that he rode the 1:23 prepare from Greensburg to Aurora, together with his well-driller crew, and was married at 4:30. I don’t know the way lengthy that prepare trip took, however he clearly wasn’t late. Nor, apparently, was there a variety of prep concerned for the groom.😊

That journey is about 40 miles, so perhaps an hour’s prepare trip.

I can’t assist however marvel what Curt was pondering because the prepare whizzed alongside. Because the surroundings blurred, was he serious about somebody, someplace else, within the not-so-distant previous?

Right this moment, by digging within the “Lunatics, Alcoholics and Divorcees” guide of data within the Warren County, Pennsylvania courthouse, we all know that Curt was nonetheless legally married to his spouse, Mary, in Pennsylvania. Perhaps that was a authorized technicality, or perhaps not. Mary had filed for divorce in November of 1887, stating that he had abandoned her and their 4 youngsters and had been gone for greater than a yr. Not solely that, he both left Mary 9 months pregnant and by no means got here again, or with a new child child. There’s no query that he knew this as a result of he was within the courthouse in Pennsylvania on November 17, 1887, when the divorce papers have been “learn to him,” in response to the courtroom data.


Pesky particulars anyway!

Did this hassle Curt as he rode the prepare to marry Nora? Even just a little bit?

Curt was technically a bigamist, as a result of the divorce wasn’t granted till April 5, 1888, 4 months after he married Nora.

Complicating every little thing, Nora was pregnant by the point they married, and her Dad was a crack shot and doubtless mad as hell.

Indignant father who was a nationwide taking pictures champion or divorcing spouse a number of states away.

Selections, choices.

Curt Lore could not have been risk-averse – however he additionally wasn’t loopy. We all know which resolution he made. He smiled, acted like every little thing was simply tremendous, and acquired married at 4:30.

That is Curt’s wedding ceremony image and considered one of solely three we have now of him. He definitely doesn’t look harassed. Actually, he appears to be like fairly glad.

Capturing Wells

Till I learn the following article, I didn’t notice that well-drilling handled explosives. No marvel this was a high-risk occupation and attracted solely those that weren’t afraid to take dangers. In fact, like many issues, if you happen to survived, the potential rewards have been important. And if not…

  • January 13, 1888

Hoo boy. Curt “assumed the alleged temperature of a lime kiln.” What an outline. I really like that reporter! Simply in case you’re questioning, that’s between 900 and 1000C.

Curt had a mood.

This isn’t the primary time we’ll hear about Curt Lore getting sizzling behind the collar. Then once more, that’s in all probability a survival mechanism within the oil fields. These oil fields have been populated with males filled with testosterone. Couldn’t discover work elsewhere – be a part of the tough and rowdy oil crews. When you may survive, you have been welcome on the earth of wildcatters and roughnecks the place each job was harmful and a few have been extraordinarily so.


  • The Indianapolis Information on March 28, 1888 – The individuals of Shelbyville are excited over the putting of pure fuel in properly #4 on the farm of Jonathan Tenant. The properly shall be “shot” on Thursday, when the movement will, little question, be enormously elevated. C. B. Lore, the contractor says the properly, because it now stands, is the same as any three in Greensburg. Different wells shall be put down without delay.

Shelbyville is about 22 miles northwest of Greensburg.

  • April 3, 1888 – Fuel properly #4 on the farm of Jonathan Tenant, 2 miles east of Shelbyville was “shot” yesterday by C. B. Lore of Greensburg. The end result was extremely passable, the properly being 5 occasions pretty much as good as earlier than the taking pictures. It has a capability of 1,500,000 cubic toes per day. Different wells shall be drilled without delay, and the piping of the city commenced inside 90 days.

Capturing Oil Wells

So, what’s oil properly taking pictures? In keeping with Wikipedia, “oil properly taking pictures is a technique of accelerating manufacturing of an oil properly by eradicating obstructions to drilling, straightening crooked holes, stopping water penetration, and/or growing the movement of oil.”

Previous to 1910, a “shell,” fabricated from dynamite and a sheet metallic casing was lowered right into a properly and detonated by a blasting cap with a fuse. Each dynamite and nitroglycerine have been used to fracture the oil shale and enhance productiveness. Untimely explosions which did extra hurt than good have been frequent and naturally, have been usually deadly. You may learn technical particulars, here.

Hanging fuel was the precursor to fuel lights for municipalities and finally gas-heated houses in cities and cities close to the fuel fields. Everyplace was anxious to drill within the hope of discovering this worthwhile useful resource.

The Library of Congress website has a number of photographs of filling metallic “shells” with nitroglycerine in preparation for shooting wells in Pennsylvania, here.

Discovering that Curt shot wells actually provides me pause, particularly since this harmful expertise was liable for an incredible many deaths within the oil fields. The expertise was patented after the Civil Warfare and was employed broadly within the Pennsylvania oil fields, together with Warren County the place Curt grew up.

Maybe it was perceived that an orphan like Curt had little to lose and was expendable. No household to be devastated if he died. Maybe Curt discovered this option to make a dwelling with a profession that few needed. He clearly wasn’t careless, or I wouldn’t be right here at this time.

Curt was a natural-born gambler, it appears. Good at what he did and confident. If you’re assured sufficient to cope with nitro and dynamite, some aggressive man gained’t hassle you a lot.

I’ve a newfound respect for this man. Simply the although of nitro plus dynamite provides me the shakes.

Household Life Begins

  • August 2, 1888 – Edith Lore, the primary little one of Curt and Nora entered this world, apparently in Marion County, a number of miles away. I’ve completely no thought why Nora would have had a child there, until by some likelihood she was staying with unknown family members. She wouldn’t have stayed along with her mother and father due to the stigma of a child arriving “early.” Everybody may rely to 9.
  • August 22, 1888 – The tremendous saddle mare belonging to C. B. Lore died of fever final week, in response to the Greensburg paper.

Rig For Sale

  • March 9, 1889

Okay, I’m flummoxed. Why was Curt promoting his properly drilling outfits? Perhaps his bride thought his profession selection was just too harmful. Perhaps he had a detailed name. Maybe fatherhood brought on him to be considerably extra cautious. He could have bought his drilling gear, however these expertise served him properly for his total life.

Perhaps Curt didn’t promote all of his rigs.

This 1885 picture of pure fuel miners and their drill was taken close to Kokomo, Indiana, a part of the Trenton gas field that stretched beneath this a part of each Ohio and Indiana.

The primary properly was drilled in 1886 and the natural gas boom started. No less than now we all know when and why Curt got here to Indiana, and why he would have been in Findlay Ohio. 1886 dovetails with the truth that in 1887, Mary Lore, in her divorce submitting said that Curt had been gone a yr.

The Blue Lick mineral water properly that Curt stumbled throughout in Aurora was an accident and from a fuel perspective, was a “dry gap.” The very best factor to return of that accident was his marriage to Nora Kirsch and my grandmother, Edith.

This pure fuel “flambeau” show occurred in 1889 in Indiana, at which era it was believed that pure fuel was limitless, so fuel was lit on the tops of vent pipes to name consideration to the wells. Discover the group.

Pythias Lodge

  • March 30, 1889

The Greensburg paper carried the story about Curt’s induction into the Phythian Lodge, a fraternal group.

His membership certificates would have regarded like this one from 1890. The verbiage says:

Friendship, Charity, Benevolence. Knights of Pythias. Based February nineteenth, 1864. The Order is based upon naught however the purest and sincerest motives. Its goal is to alleviate the struggling of a brother, succor the unlucky, zealously watch on the bedside of the sick, soothe the pillow of the dying, carry out the final unhappy rights on the grave of a brother; providing comfort to the , and caring, with all a brother’s love, for the widow and orphan. Cohesion and charity are the Pillars on which it rests; Friendship and Reality the bond and surety of its preservation. Peace on earth and goodwill towards males.

The Greensburg Lodge constructing wasn’t constructed till 1899, so Curt may need attended neighboring Rushville. This constructing was built in 1850 and bought by the Lodge in 1889. After shifting to Rushville, Curt assuredly attended conferences right here.

Sadly, a lot of 1889 and 1890 within the Greensburg paper is silent.


  • March 8, 1891 – Curt and Nora’s second daughter, Curtis, clearly named for her father, was born, apparently in Greensburg.
  • Might 14, 1891 – The paper reported about C. B. Lore that “all of a drilling outfit that might burn” was destroyed by hearth by some meddlesome boys that lit the fuel escaping from a properly he had simply completed drilling. His losses have been heavy, almost $1000.” Clearly, he had not bought all of his drilling gear, or perhaps the sooner gross sales funded the acquisition of higher gear.
  • June 7, 1891 – The Cincinnati Enquirer Newspaper, beneath “Aurora, Indiana Information,” reported that Mrs. Curt Lore of Greensburg, Indiana is visiting her mother and father Mr. and Mrs. J. Kirsch, and that her brother, Martin Kirsch has returned from Buffalo, New York. I ponder what Martin was doing in Buffalo.
  • October 7, 1891, again in Greensburg, we uncover that adjustments are underway.

Breaking Up Housekeeping

In October of 1891, Edith would have been simply over three years previous and Curtis 6 months previous.

The phrase “breaking apart housekeeping” makes me marvel if their marriage was in hassle, and so they subsequently patched issues up. Did Nora discover out about Mary and Curt’s 4 different youngsters?

Being a single mom, or divorced, in that point and place carried an excessive stigma. Moreover, as I unintentionally found studying the Rushville newspapers from this timeframe, divorce legal guidelines weren’t common. One may very well be divorced in a single state, and different states not acknowledge the divorce. Moreover, one get together may petition the courtroom to vary their thoughts, inflicting the couple to grow to be legally married once more, with out remarrying. In different phrases, somebody may really imagine they have been divorced after they weren’t.

To not point out that the mere undeniable fact that divorce data have been stored individually, in at the least one state, in a guide together with the “Alcoholics and Lunatics” says all we have to find out about how divorce was considered.

We hear nothing extra in regards to the Lore household till June of 1892 when C. B. Lore, then dwelling in Rushville, filed a lawsuit within the courthouse.

The Rushville Chapter Begins

Nora and Curt had clearly settled in Rushville at this level the place they might reside the remainder of their married life. They settled right into a rented dwelling and their life commenced among the many horse-racing socialites.

Maybe Curt was now not drilling and taking pictures wells. We all know he owned racehorses and established an ice plant on the location of the previous woolen mill on the riverbanks, close to the footbridge and the horse race observe.

I believe the “Race” on this postcard is the previous mill race.

Within the last part of our story, we left Curt and Nora Lore in December of 1900, simply as Curt was publicly named in a horse racing scandal the place he and a number of other different males have been nationally sanctioned for submitting falsified race sheets for “wins” in races that have been by no means run.

Nora possible went dwelling to her mother and father for a month or so at Christmas, and Curt may need been censured, however he doesn’t appear to have been chastened. Maybe this yr, he accompanied his spouse to Aurora with Edith, now 12, Curtis, 9 and Mildred 8 months previous.

I can solely think about the conversations that occurred between Curt and Nora. In mild of this, perhaps he didn’t go to Aurora with Nora in any case. The brand new yr got here and went with out the couple being point out within the newspaper in any respect. That in itself is uncommon – as a result of usually the truth that Nora plus whoever else visited Aurora is talked about within the social columns.

Curt was in all probability regrouping, making an attempt to determine what to do subsequent. Did he have a future in Rushville, or did he want to maneuver on once more?


  • Feb. 15, 1901 – Actual property transfers. John H. Muire and spouse to Curtis B. Lore a part of lot 5 within the unique plat of Rushville, $100.

Lot 5 is the unique mill website/icehouse property once more. Curt had apparently misplaced this land within the Eighteen Nineties, however now bought it once more. I ponder why, however the subsequent article gives a clue.

  • Feb 22, 1901

Curt ha procured the contract for road sprinkling. Whereas I can’t discover a copyright-free picture, consider a wagon-sized barrel of water pulled by two horses the place the motive force rides on prime of the barrel whereas a hose sprinkles the filth streets to scale back the mud.

Curt needed to pump water from this lot into his wagon. The ice plant he previously owned occupied (at the least a part of) this lot and lot 152 subsequent door, nearby of the previous lined bridge crossing the river at Essential Road.

I can hear the clip-clop of the horses hooves crossing this bridge, pulling carriages.

  • March 5, 1901 – The Presbyterian Sunday faculty graduated 8 pupils from the toddler class into the first division final Sunday morning. Bibles and diplomas have been offered to the graduated after the rendition of this system. Graduated included Curtis Lore.

Curtis, then 10 years previous, was the daughter of Curtis Benjamin Lore. She was clearly named for her father. So was his son from his first marriage, John Curtis Lore.

The previous Presbyterian church, proven right here about 1910, was attended by Nora and the ladies. Though Curt was formally a member too, he didn’t appear energetic.

Mother and I visited this church about 1988.

It warms my coronary heart to see Mother strolling within the literal footsteps of her mom and grandmother.

  • March 19, 1901 – C. B. Lore was one of many officers elected for The Social Membership which was reported to be in “flourishing situation.”

Curt could have been publicly shamed, however that didn’t appear to wreck his social standing. He was reported to be very personable and most everybody favored him.

  • April 19, 1901 – C. B. Lore is recovering from an assault of the grip.

The grip is an old style phrase for flu.

  • Might 10, 1901 – On movement of Mr. Keating, the Road committee was instructed to see C. B. Lore in regard to his placing an excessive amount of water on the streets.

I’m guessing they didn’t need mud.

  • Might 21, 1901 – Choose Morris has dissolved the momentary restraining order within the injunction proceedings introduced by Alger and Grey towards C. B. Lore.

I’d like to know what this was about.

  • June 7, 1901 – The Metropolis Legal professional was instructed to attract an ordinance governing road sprinkling by C. B. Lore.
  • The Presbyterian Church Youngsters’s Day program will happen subsequent Sunday night at 7:30 and Curtis Lore will current “The First Youngsters’s Day.”
  • The matter of C. B. Lore’s pumping equipment within the neighborhood of the mill was referred to the Road Committee.

I ponder if this go well with has to do together with his rig being parked in the best way, interfering with one thing that Grey and Alger have been doing.

  • July 5, 1901

  • Oct. 8, 1901 – The next circumstances have been set for trial on the November time period of courtroom which convenes on November 18th: Lore vs Alter, Nov. 29th
  • Nov. 22, 1901 – The Excessive College has had no guests this week, however Mrs. Lore visited the grades.

The grade faculty was the Graham College, proven right here about 1910.

The Lore ladies attended this faculty provided that it was the one faculty on the town.

Mother and I visited this constructing too, nearly 80 years later. I want we had gone again with my grandmother’s sister, Eloise, earlier than she handed away. What tales she may have informed.

I can’t assist however consider Nora and Edith strolling out and in of this very door, perhaps holding palms. Maybe Edith fortunately skipped.

Edith turned 13 in 1901. Maybe too previous to skip alongside or maintain her mom’s hand.

  • Nov. 26, 1901 – C. B. Lore is recovering from an assault of illness.
  • Nov. 29, 1901 – Lore vs Alger trial to convene Monday.
  • Dec. 24, 1901 – Mrs. C. B. Lore and kids left final Saturday to go to her mother and father at Aurora, through the holidays.


  • January 7, 1902 – Lore vs Alger trial shall be heard at February time period of courtroom.
  • February 21, 1902 – The Presbyterian Junior Christian Endeavor Society has elected Mattie Hogsett as President, Edith Lore Vice-President.
  • February 14, 1902 – C. B. Lore returned dwelling final night time from Kentucky the place he has been drilling oil wells.
  • March 15, 1901 – The agency of Alger and Grey, by John M. Stevens, lawyer, have filed a go well with in courtroom towards Curtis B. Lore to enjoin him from placing a constructing within the driveway that runs previous their coal shed on the foot of Morgan road. Choose Morris has granted a short lived restraining order till the ultimate listening to of the case.

So it seems this go well with is about land use and entry to a coal shed. In fact, nothing of the unique buildings stays at this time.

  • March 18, 1902 – Curtis Lore and spouse performed playing cards with various different {couples}.
  • March 21, 1902 – Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Kirkpatrick of close to Henderson entertained Claude Kirkpatrick and spouse, W. R. Coverston and spouse and C. B. Lore and spouse at dinner, Sunday the 16th. An pleasurable day was handed and all report an excellent time.

These at all times make me chuckle. Who was going to inform the newspaper that that they had a depressing time for the social column?

  • March 28, 1902 – The Presbyterian Sabbath College could have particular workouts on the Sabbath-school hour on Easter. The next program: Duet – Edith Lore and Mattie Hogsett.
  • April 4, 1902 – Cradle Songs of Many Nations – this beautiful and attention-grabbing leisure, given beneath the administration of the women of St. Paul’s M.E. church final Tuesday was properly attended. This system started with a grand match by the kids, in costume, and was adopted by a refrain together with a Chinese language tambourine duet by Edith Lore and Mattie Hogsett. Gross receipts have been $105 and internet have been $78.


  • April 25, 1902

That is odd. Nora’s sister, Carrie, married in her sister’s dwelling in Rushville as a substitute of in Aurora on the Kirsch Home. Given what I do know is coming subsequent, I’d guess {dollars} to donuts that Jacob Kirsch knew that Wymond was dangerous information.

Why did Carrie marry him? Carrie was 31 years previous – no little one bride.

I’d take this elopement as proof optimistic that Carrie’s mother and father’ didn’t approve. Joseph Wymond and his household lived regionally in Aurora, and the whole Kirsch household would have recognized that he was a “playboy.”

Each picture I’ve ever seen of Carrie exhibits her smiling and joyful. The one picture of Wymond, a decade older than Carrie and from a rich household exhibits an unsmiling man that appears “stiff.”

Carrie assuredly thought this was the start of happy-ever-after – however in actuality – it was the start of a nightmare. He died 8 years later, of issues from syphilis after being institutionalized for 8 months. She died 24 years later, additionally institutionalized, after struggling terribly, of organ failure from the identical illness.

I’m certain the whole Kirsch household rued at the present time, however no yet another than Carrie herself.

Visiting and Entertaining

  • July 8, 1902 – Mrs. C. B. Lore left yesterday for a go to at Aurora.
  • Aug 22, 1902 – C. B. Lore and household, Miss Ida Kirsch of Aurora (and others) shaped a celebration which drove out to White’s Mill yesterday and spent the day fishing.
  • Aug. 22, 1902 – C. B. Lore returned dwelling final Wednesday from Corbin, KY the place he has been drilling fuel wells.
  • October 21, 1902 – Mrs. J. S. Wymond of Aurora is visiting her sister, Mrs. C. B. Lore.
  • October 24, 1902 – Mrs. W. A. Jones and Mrs. C. B. Lore entertained a lot of pals on the Social Membership rooms final Wednesday night.
  • October 31, 1902 – Mr. and Mrs. Lore of Greenfield visited Mrs. Carpenter this week.

No Lore seems in Greenfield, or Greensburg, within the 1900 census.

  • Dec. 30, 1902 – Scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 5, Lore vs Alger.

I don’t know precisely what this case was about, however Alger owned land the place fuel wells have been being drilled, so I believe maybe one thing on this vein.

These males appeared to be at nearly fixed odds for a number of years.


  • February 6, 1903 – The case of C. B. Lore towards Alger and Grey was tried in courtroom yesterday. A compromise was reached between the events earlier than the case was completed.
  • March 6, 1903 – Phil Wilk and C. B. Lore have been guests at Greensburg Wednesday.
  • March 6, 1903 – C. B. Lore, J. C. Clore, George T. Caldwell, George T. Aultman and the Rushville Fuel and Gentle Firm petitioned council to vacate Water Road west to Jackson Road. The request was continued till the following morning.

On this aerial, it definitely appears to be like like a road was once positioned the place the purple arrows are pointing.

I can’t assist however marvel why the request to vacate the road. Did they drill a properly on this location?

  • April 10, 1903 – The next program shall be rendered on Easter night time at 7:30 on the Presbyterian Church by the Sunday College. All are cordially invited. Solo – Mildred Lore, Recitation, “An Easter Prayer” – Edith Lore

Edith would have been a couple of months shy of 15.

  • April 14, 1903 – Mrs. Joseph Wyman of Aurora is visiting C. B. Lore and household.
  • July 7, 1903 – C. B. Lore Drilling Firm has been organized with C. B. Lore of this metropolis as supervisor and B. B. Conway of Jeffersonville, Indiana as treasurer. Mr. Phil Wilk can be a member of the corporate. The corporate bought the drilling outfit of William Worth and they’re going to ship it to Scott county subsequent week to develop a promising oil subject.

This appears to be like like “go massive or keep dwelling” time.

Notice that Phil Wilk is the daddy of Edith Wilk, the eventual spouse of Wendell Wilkie, an Indiana politician who unsuccessfully ran for president. Nora was pals with Edith and visited her throughout her husband’s political marketing campaign in 1940. Edith labored for Wilke throughout his marketing campaign.

  • July 7, 1903 – Mrs. Joseph Wyman of Aurora and Mrs. Luisa Fiske of Jeffersonville who’ve been visiting their sister, Mrs. C. B. Lore returned to their houses yesterday afternoon.

I believe that this may increasingly have been the event when this pretty summer season hat picture was taken. It could have needed to have been when Carrie, Lou, and Edith have been collectively, together with somebody taking the image – possible Nora.

These lengthy skirts look miserably sizzling in July.

October 8, 1903 – Not famous within the paper, however Curt and Nora’s fourth daughter and final little one, Eloise, joined the household.

  • September 8, 1903 – checklist of unclaimed letters on the put up workplace: P. L. Lore

That is attention-grabbing as a result of there’s a P. L. Lore who seems in Warren County, PA, the place Curt was born, additionally concerned in well-drilling, that I’ve by no means been capable of determine.

  • October 13, 1903 – Record of unclaimed letters on the put up workplace: Mr. W. L. Lore
  • October 28, 1903 – Indianapolis Journal – Rushville. Headline: “Roaring Rushville Nicely – Sturdy Circulation of Fuel Struck at Depth of 915 Ft.” A fuel properly drilled by C. B. Lore for George Caldwell, a liveryman of this metropolis, is taken into account one of the best properly ever put down on this neighborhood. A powerful movement of fuel was struck this morning at a depth of 915 toes, 15 toes in Trenton rock, which confirmed a 17-foot blaze with out taking pictures the properly. That is the sixth properly not too long ago drilled on this metropolis and is one of the best one.
  • November 24, 1903 – Kurt Lore was in Indianapolis Sunday.
  • November 24, 1903 – Miss Edith Lore who has been spending 3 weeks at Cincinnati and Aurora having her eyes handled returned dwelling yesterday.

What was flawed with my grandmother’s eyes? She would have been 15 years previous. I certain want I may ask my mom.


  • March 14, 1904 – Curt Lore was among the many Indianapolis passengers this morning.
  • April 14, 1904 – Miss Curtis Lore of West Second road who has been sick with the grip is now some higher.
  • April 28, 1904 – Mrs. Jos. Wymond of Aurora is visiting C. B. Lore and household of this metropolis.
  • Might 9, 1904 – The water and light-weight committee of the town council has contracted with C. B. Lore to drill the two new wells ordered by council on the final assembly.

I ponder if this is the reason they vacated Water Road and that is the place the wells have been drilled.

  • Might 9, 1904 – Mrs. C. B. Lore and daughters, Mildred and Eloise are the visitors of family members at Aurora.

The place was Edith? She would have been sufficiently old to remain at dwelling. Maybe she wanted to rehearse for the upcoming play.

  • Might 25, 1904 – Giant Viewers Greeted Senior Class in Service provider of Venice

Miss Edith Lore within the a part of Jessica, Shylock’s daughter, couldn’t have performed her half higher.

  • Might 26, 1904 – C. B. Lore left this morning on a enterprise journey to Dillsboro, Indiana.
  • June 2, 1904 – The C. E. Society of the Presbyterian church will give a “Seven Social” on the church, Tuesday, June 7th. This system will start at 7:60 PM. Admission: seven occasions two and one half cents. Program consists of: Seven occasions three – Love; Edith Lore
  • June 22, 1904 – Curt Lore handed via right here from Dillsboro the place he has been transacting enterprise, to Fairmount and Marion.
  • June 23, 1904 – Curt Lore returned dwelling this morning from a enterprise journey to Fairmount and Marion.
  • June 24, 1904 – Curt Lore who has been dwelling together with his household for a day or two returned to Dillsboro this morning.
  • June 30, 1904 – Miss Curtis Lore is visiting family members at Aurora, Indiana.
  • July 20, 1904 – C. B. Lore returned this morning from a enterprise journey to Dillsboro.

Curt appears to have transitioned to businessman from oil driller.


  • January 4, 1905 – C. B. Lore and two daughters, Edith and Curtis, have returned from Aurora the place they spent the vacations with family members.
  • January 5, 1905 – Greensburg Graphic: Curtis B. Lore of Rushville spent Wednesday right here with family members.

Who was Curt associated to in Greensburg? Why couldn’t they simply SAY???

  • January 10, 1905 – Curt Lore will drill a ten inch properly for the town, close to the water plant for the aim of accelerating the water provide.
  • January 17, 1905 – Mrs. C. B. Lore and daughter Mildred have returned dwelling from a go to with family members at Aurora.
  • January 19, 1905 – Bills submitted to council embody Lillian Lore for educating in Posey Township, additionally Lillian Lore, “institute”

I don’t know who Lillian is and he or she is probably not associated. I can discover no hyperlink.

  • January 27, 1905 – Mildred, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Curt Lore is sick with fever.
  • January 27, 1905 – Curt Lore has returned from Lawrenceburg. He expects his properly drilling outfit right here at any time and expects to go to work on the town properly as quickly because the climate moderates.
  • February 1, 1905 – Those that Attended the Masked Social gathering Loved Themselves Massively – occurred within the massive yellow home on the nook of Harrison and Second Road.

Edith would have been about 17.

Right this moment, just one unique home stays at this intersection and primarily based on the home numbers, this seems to be the “giant yellow home” the place this get together was held.

  • February 4, 1905 – Mrs. Joseph Wymond of Aurora is the visitor of her sister, Mrs. C. B. Lore.
  • February 6, 1905 – The Girls Band of Employees of the Presbyterian church will meet Wednesday afternoon with Mrs. C. B. Lore at her dwelling on West Second Road.
  • February 10, 1905 – The Girls Band of Employees of the First Presbyterian Church held their weekly assembly final Wednesday on the dwelling of Mrs. C. B. Lore on West Second Road.
  • February 11, 1905 – Mrs. J. S. Wymond of Aurora who has been visiting Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Lore returned dwelling at this time.
  • February 11, 1905 – C. B. Lore has bought the casing for the brand new properly on the water and light-weight plant and expects to start work as quickly because the climate moderates.
  • February 22, 1905 – C. B. Lore reported that he’s making good progress with the brand new water properly on the water and light-weight plant and said that the properly will undoubtedly be an excellent one
  • February 28, 1905 – Headline “Query of Drilling Extra Wells Led to Some Heated Discussions” – The Metropolis Council convened in particular session final night time with all members current and Mayor Corridor presiding to contemplate the letting of the gas contract for the water and light-weight plant for the yr starting April 15th. Eight proposals submitted.

Feels like that assembly acquired a bit heated!

  • March 20, 1905 – Curt Lore is drilling one other new water properly for the town provide within the heart of Washington Road close to Second.
  • March 22, 1905 – The committee having in cost the development of the brand new water wells, reported that that they had contracted with C. B. Lore to drill 3 wells on the worth of $3.30 a foot, he to furnish and assure every little thing.
  • March 25, 1905 – Curt Lore is now at work on the second of the brand new water wells being drilled by the town. The work is progressing properly.
  • March 28, 1905 – The second water properly drilled by C. B. Lore for the town proved to be not so good as the primary one. Mr. Lore is now at work on the third properly. The second properly is about 84 toes deep.
  • Thursday, March 30, 1905 – Misses Pauline Coverston and Edith Lore have gone to Franklin for a go to. They’ll return dwelling on Monday.

Edith Lore, born in 1888, would have been a couple of months shy of 17. Pauline was the daughter of William and Ethel Covertson and was a couple of years youthful than Edith, born in 1892. Pauline married Richard Wangelin in 1917 and lived in Goshen, Indiana, close to Edith after she married for a couple of years, then in Indianapolis. I don’t know if these women stored in contact.

  • April 7, 1905 – Miss Mildred Lore has issued invites for a day get together, Saturday from 2 till 5 o’clock.
  • April 14, 1905 – C. B. Lore has returned dwelling from a enterprise journey to Aurora.
  • April 19, 1905 – C. B. Lore who contracted with the town for 4 deep wells on the metropolis energy home has accomplished two and is now starting on the third.
  • Might 4, 1905 – Curt Lore was at Lawrenceburg yesterday shopping for repairs for his drilling outfit.
  • Might 6, 1905 – C. B. Lore made a enterprise journey to Indianapolis yesterday.
  • Might 9, 1905 – The water and light-weight committee of the town council has contracted with C. B. Lore to drill the two new wells ordered by council on the final assembly.
  • Might 9, 1905 – Mrs. C. B. Lore and daughters, Mildred and Eloise are the visitors of family members at Aurora.
  • Might 20, 1905 – C. B. Lore will spend Sunday at Aurora the place his spouse and little daughter, Eloise are visiting.

Eloise would have been about 18 months previous presently. She was the youngest and final little one they might have.

  • Might 27, 1905 – An immense viewers attended the Graduation Train on the Christian Church – The Women Glee Membership delighted the viewers with a tune, “Merry June” and being heartily applauded responded with an equally fairly choice. The membership consists of <checklist of names omitted> and Edith Lore.

Edith performed the piano very properly and it was her life-long love. I’ve imprecise recollections of her sitting on the piano, enjoying, within the music room in Silver Lake, some 55 years later.

Clearly, Nora and Curt had a piano in the home. Her good friend, Pauline, in response to later newspaper accounts, performed as properly.

  • Might 30, 1905 – C. B. Lore is now at work on the 6th of the brand new wells drilled close to the water and light-weight plant. The drill is down about 50 toes.
  • Might 31, 1905 – Misses Marie Clark and Edith Lore visited pals in Morristown yesterday.
  • June 10, 1905 – First Presbyterian Church – Following is given in a program of the Youngsters’s Day workouts to be held on the church tomorrow night. Duet – “A Message from Heaven” – Edith Lore and Katherine Petry.

Mom or Eloise believed that Curt could have constructed or helped to construct the church that stands at this time. I ponder if he put in fuel lights or warmth, maybe.

  • June 13, 1905 – It appears now that the 6th properly sunk in Arthur Road north of the C.H. and D. tracks by C. B. Lore for the town water and light-weight, is a dry gap. The properly is now down 105 toes and the committee having the matter in cost doesn’t know whether or not it desires to go farther down or not. Members of council have objected to this properly being drilled and they don’t imagine that the committee can be justified in going farther down.

On the assembly final night time Councilman Smith refused to OK Mr. Lore’s invoice of $315 as a partial fee for his work. Mr. Lore grew sizzling beneath the collar and mentioned some very heat issues. Mr. Lore objects to working after which being stored frequently ready for his cash.

I can’t say as I blame him.

  • June 21, 1905

This isn’t the one time that Curt “grew sizzling beneath the collar and mentioned some heat issues.”  His mood brought on him to wind up within the paper greater than as soon as. That’s not one thing that ever filtered down via the household, however then once more, his daughters could not have recognized. Nora in all probability stored them fairly properly insulated.

  • June 22, 1905 – Curt Lore was among the many Rushville individuals at Greenfield yesterday attending the establishment of an aerie of Eagles.

Curt Lore apparently belonged to the fraternal order of Eagles. An aerie is the identify of their lodge. The Eagles began advocating for Mom’s Day in 1904 and in 1935, for Social Safety. Based in 1898, “the Fraternal Order of Eagles, a global non-profit group, unites fraternally within the spirit of liberty, reality, justice, and equality, to make human life extra fascinating by lessening its ills, and by selling peace, prosperity, gladness and hope.”

It’s becoming that the Eagles Lodge in Rushville now stands on the land Curt as soon as owned, the place ice firm as soon as stood.

  • June 23, 1905 – Misses Mary Neutzenhelzer, Edith Lore, Marie Clark and Hazel Moore picnicked yesterday close to Arlington.
  • August 7, 1905 – Miss Ida Kirsch who has been the visitor of Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Lore returned dwelling at this time to Aurora, Indiana.

Did Ida go to to have fun her niece, Edith’s, 17th birthday on August 2nd? This gown seems to be from the identical period because the white attire of the opposite girls within the earlier picture.

  • August 11, 1905 – C. B. Lore has accomplished the 6th water properly for the town water and light-weight plant.

Lon Lore

  • August 22, 1905 – Lon Lore left at this time on a enterprise journey to Cincinnati.

This entry is definitely extraordinarily attention-grabbing. Curt’s brother’s identify, or nickname, was Lon as reported by Aunt Eloise, Curt’s daughter. It’s thought this may need been brief for Alonzo however from the data I’ve discovered, there isn’t any Alonzo on this household. The one place Alonzo is discovered is mistakenly on the grave marked A. D. Lore, as given by his dying certificates and each census report we are able to discover. A. D. Lore is just not Alfonzo Lore.

One Alonzo Lore is born and lived close to Philadelphia and if discovered together with his mother and father, so clearly not this man.

Nevertheless, there’s an Alonzo Lore born about 1861, in response to the Crawford County, Pennsylvania 1880 census. He was divorced by Mary getting divorced in Warren County, Pennsylvania in 1898, after which he disappears within the data completely – till now – a decade later.

It’s attainable that Alonzo is Curt’s youngest sibling, born the yr after the 1860 census, and unaccounted for in 1870. There’s a Mary Clark who died in 1909 who had two youngsters, Hazel then married to Henry Haser, and one Henry Lore born in 1894. In some way her husband at dying, Fred Clark, was concerned with P. L. Lore and oil drilling.

If Lon lived in Rushville, this leads me to marvel if he and Curt labored collectively.  Trying to find different situations of Lon or Alonzo Lore within the Rushville paper got here up empty-handed. Whoever Lon was, he reportedly “by no means got here again” to go to Curt after Mildred and Eloise put a thumbtack on his chair and he sat on it.

Upon rising, quickly, he reportedly introduced that Curt’s ladies have been horrible, and departed. Eloise who was born in 1903 remembered this occasion and mentioned she was perhaps 4 or 5, so that might have been about 1908.

Enjoyable and Festivals

  • August 26, 1905 – Greensburg Information – Friday – Our metropolis has outgrown Curt Lore, of Rushville, a former resident right here. He took the flawed one of many quite a few out-bound trains, yesterday night, in his try to get dwelling. That is Curt’s second or third offense of a like nature inside a really brief time.

I guess Curt was in all probability distracted on the time and fairly embarrassed by this. It made me chuckle. There are such a lot of severe occasions in his life – I loved this light-hearted humor. I feel I inherited this trait!

  • August 29, 1905 – Among the many Rushville individuals who could have stands on the honest are C. B. Lore, southwest nook of floral corridor.

I’m dying to know why Curt had a stand on the honest. He clearly wasn’t promoting for municipal well-drilling enterprise. And within the floral corridor? His films maybe? Electrical energy? Telephones? Plumbing?

The Rush County fairgrounds regarded like this round 1907. Horses and buggies have been the transportation of the day. However these poor horses would have gotten awfully sizzling with no bushes for shelter.

Alas, with the honest over, it’s again to work.

Again to the Day by day Routine

  • Sept. 6, 1905 – The committee which had been appointed to make a report as to what must be carried out in regards to the matter of connecting the three water wills which have been drilled by Curt Lore for the town water and light-weight plant, reported that they thought it the wisest plan to not join these wells with the reservoir till subsequent yr.
  • Sept. 20, 1905 – Metropolis Clerk Lakin was instructed to order C. B. Lore to maneuver his drilling outfit from Arthur Road.
  • Sept. 25, 1905 – Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Coverston, Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Lore (and others) spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Earl Coverston at Fairmount and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Coverston at Jonesboro.
  • Oct. 10, 1905 – Zike Lore, an old-timer of this county is on this metropolis for a couple of days. Mr. Lore is a specimen author and offers in specialties, in pens and promoting provides. He’s positioned on the nook of Essential and Second streets.

I’ve no clue who this is perhaps, however he doesn’t appear to be associated. I don’t discover any related identify within the 1900 census.

  • Oct. 17, 1905 – Republicans select delegates for metropolis conference tonight. Curt Lore – alternate for second ward.

Devil Visits the Masked Ball

  • Nov. 1, 1905

I needed to learn this twice. I can simply see these girls in lengthy skirts climbing the ladder and coming into via the window. I’d wager there was a HUGE quantity of laughter, and never one individual had any dignity left by the point everybody managed to get inside.


  • Nov. 6, 1905  – If the Democratic get together has performed AN HONEST metropolis administration, why is it that the contract for the primary new water properly, the take a look at properly, was let to C. B. Lore and no different properly ?? was consulted. W. A. Mull a ??(torn) was not given a ??torn trustworthy method of let- ??torn…

Uh-oh, hassle in paradise.  Feels like coping with municipal authorities contracts and politics hasn’t modified a lot in 100+ years.

  • Nov. 8, 1905 – P. L. Lore of Cincinnati amongst those that got here dwelling to vote.

Is that this man in a roundabout way associated to Curt?  No absentee ballots then? There was a P. L. Lore in Pennsylvania, a relationship that I may by no means work out. In fact, this may very well be completely unrelated and P. L. Lore could also be completely unrelated to Curt.

Nevertheless, the hyperlink between a P. L. Lore, well-drilling, Curt, Adin, Alonzo, the Clark household, and extra in Warren County, PA is simply an excessive amount of coincidence. In some way, these households are associated. Most people merely disappear from the data. This appears to be a Lore household factor.

By no means a Boring Second

  • Nov. 17, 1905 – Miss Curtis Lore has been absent from faculty on account of illness.
  • Nov. 25, 1905 – Miss Edith Lore of west Second road is visiting her good friend Miss Marie Clark of North Essential Road who’s attending faculty at Butler College, Irvington. Miss Lore will stay over Sunday.
  • Nov. 28, 1905 – Miss Edith Lore has returned from a go to with Miss. Marie Clark, at Irvington.
  • Dec. 1, 1905 – Insurance coverage case on trial. Males who compose the jury are (checklist of names omitted> and C. B. Lore.

Jury responsibility – what enjoyable!  Right here’s the courthouse that Curt Lore knew up shut and private and the place he sat as a juror.

I can’t assist however marvel if Curt put in these utility poles.

Then, and now.

  • Dec. 5, 1905 – Bids submitted by C. B. Lore and the Ohio Valley Bridge Co. for repairs to the Arlington bridge have been rejected given that they have been in extra of the appropriation.

Arlington bridge, picture courtesy of the Indiana Historic Society BH picture #445954.

I ponder what Curt was doing to restore bridges. He appeared to have the ability to do actually absolutely anything.

  • Dec. 8, 1905 – C. B. Lore suffered fairly a loss yesterday. A horse belonging to him dropped useless whereas at work on the farm of Clarence Carney in Noble Township.

Curt had horrible luck with horses it appeared. This isn’t the primary horse that dropped useless. How terribly unhappy.

What sort of a relationship did C. B. Lore have with Clarence Carney? Why was his horse working there?

  • Dec. 12, 1905 – The Younger Girls Missionary Circle of the First Presbyterian Church will meet this night with Miss Edith Lore, west Second road.
  • Dec. 13, 1905 – The Younger Girls Mission Circle of the Presbyterian church met final night time on the home of Miss Edith Lore on West Second Road.
  • Dec. 22, 1905 – Mrs. C. B. Lore has gone to Aurora to spend the vacations with family members.

This makes me marvel why Curt wasn’t talked about.


On January 3, 1906, Barbara Mehlheimer Drechsel, Nora’s grandmother, died of cardiac arrhythmia after being sick for nearly a yr. She was buried on January 7th.

  • January 4, 1906 – Mrs. C. B. Lore and daughters have returned from Aurora the place they spent the vacations.

That is an attention-grabbing entry. I’m stunned that they didn’t keep in Aurora for Barbara’s funeral. She was Nora’s grandmother in any case, and Nora would have needed to be supportive of her mom, so I’m mystified by Nora’s return to Rushville on January 4th.

The paper entry mentions holidays, however this season would have been overshadowed by Barbara’s impending dying.

  • January 11, 1906 – The next solid of characters of “The Union Depot” which shall be given tomorrow night time on the opera home beneath the auspices of the Girls of the Presbyterian Church. Curtis Lore – College lady.

Curtis, the second oldest daughter would have been couple months shy of 15.

  • February 10, 1906 – Republican delegates chosen for county conference. C. B. Lore from the second ward.

That is attention-grabbing. Curt is a Republican, however earlier, somebody was complaining {that a} Democratic council has been unfairly biased in the direction of Curt. Curt’s father-in-law, Jacob Kirsch was a Democrat and served in that capability in Aurora. In fact, the leanings and platforms of the events have been completely totally different than they’re at this time.

I guess these conversations have been attention-grabbing, nonetheless. I ponder if the ladies left the room and made certain the granddaughters couldn’t hear.

  • Feb 22, 1906 – The Websterian Literary society, part B, division 2 composed of Freshmen and Sophomores in the highschool will current the next program tomorrow afternoon at the highschool constructing in honor of Washington’s birthday. Recitation – “On the Shores of Tennessee” by Curtis Lore.

The Websterian Literary Society seems to be a coeducational society with packages that included instrumental and vocal music, readings, declamations, and debates.

  • February 24, 1906 – Edith Lore to furnish particular music on the Presbyterian Church Sunday.
  • March 21, 1906 – C. B. Lore agreed to tear down and rebuild the stack to its current top furnish all labor and materials for $775. (Another person underbid him by $10 and he didn’t get the contract.)
  • March 26, 1906 – Mrs. J. F. Wymond of Aurora, is the visitor of her sister, Mrs. C. B. Lore.
  • March 26, 1906 – Miss Bertha Helm entertained various pals Saturday night in honor of Mrs. J. F. Wymond, the visitor of Mrs. C. B. Lore.

Carrie married Joseph Wymond in 1902 and he died of syphilis in 1910, so clearly by this time, she certainly knew that he, and he or she, each had the illness. Was this when she got here to speak issues over along with her sister? Nora should have been devastated, understanding that syphilis at the moment was a certain, and gradual, horrific dying sentence.

Wymond’s household was fairly rich and he was reportedly a riverboat gambler. Mother referred to him as a “dandy,” which, belief me, was not a time period of endearment.

  • March 27, 1906

I’m glad Curt wasn’t harsh with these boys. Maybe he remembered being desperately poor as a baby.

This speaks to me personally about Curt Lore and the way he handled youngsters. These boys in all probability didn’t have a bicycle – provided that it was ridden to dying. Curt in all probability needed to show them a worthwhile lesson, however not injury them. Hopefully his charity, generosity, and delicate lesson served them properly for the remainder of their life. Curt was apparently a sort man.

  • April 16, 1906 – A big viewers attended the providers on the Presbyterian church at night time. Particular workouts have been held at the moment by the Sunday College. Miss Edith Lore furnished particular music on the morning service. She additionally did a studying.

I don’t know the place, precisely, Edith realized to play the piano, however it was clearly as a baby in Rushville. It could serve her properly for her total life in some ways. She performed for church, pals and her daughter, my mom’s, dance recitals.

  • April 18, 1906 – C. B. Lore bids on bridges.
  • April 19, 1906 – Graduates at Milroy – Music by Glee Membership – Music was furnished by the Rushville highschool Women Glee Membership which consists of the next younger women <checklist of names omitted> and Edith Lore. There have been 8 graduates.
  • April 24, 1906 – The native highschool this spring could have one of many largest graduating courses in recent times. A extra good set of scholars has seldom graduated right here. The category will encompass 23 younger individuals – 14 younger women and 9 younger gents together with the next college students <checklist of names omitted> and Edith Lore.

Apparently, if the scholars didn’t move their exams, they didn’t graduate. Edith’s pals for the previous dozen years would have been the opposite college students in her graduating class. I want there was {a photograph} of the graduating class.

The next photographs have been taken of Edith about this time and should have been taken for commencement.

On August 2, 1906 – Edith Lore turned 18. Formally an grownup.

Unexpected Adjustments

Edith graduated, and Curt turned sick.

Very sick.

Gravely sick.

And he’s not the one one.

What is going to occur to Curt? To Edith? To Nora?

What about the remainder of the household?

Life is altering quickly and in unanticipated methods…that’s for certain.

There’s just one factor to say.


Tune in subsequent week.



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