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During WWII the P-47 fighter-plane was manufactured in Evansville at Republic Aviation.

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Swan's Down Prepared Cake Flour
Makes Delicious Angel Food and Other Cakes
Costs only 2 cents a ca
Evansville, Indiana, USA

Swan's Down Prepared Cake Flour
Makes Delicious Angel Food and Other Cakes
Costs only 2 cents a cake

Igleheart Bros.
Dapartment C.
Evansville, Ind.

The Ladies' Home Journal
June 1898
Scene in Mesker Park
Evansville, Indiana, USA

Scene in Mesker Park
Walnut Street Presbyterian Church
Evansville, Indiana, USA

Walnut Street Presbyterian Church
Fulton Ave.
Evansville, Indiana, USA

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1854 - Evansville
Evansville, a flourishing town, port of entry, and capital of Vanderburg county, Indiana, is situated on a high bank of the Ohio river, 200 miles from its mouth, and 200 miles below Louisville, in Kentucky. It is connected by railroad with Vincennes, 60 miles distant, and is the terminus of the Wabash and Erie canal, which was completed in 1853. This canal, which is about 460 miles long, is the most extensive in the Union. The course of the river is here so winding that Evansville is not far from the centre of the county. The situation is fine, on ground which ascends gradually. About one-fourth of the houses are built of brick, and the others of wood. Among the public buildings are 9 or 10 brick churches, a court house, the branch of the State Bank, a splendid and costly edifice, and a marine hospital. There are 6 printing offices. The commercial advantages above named, together with the navigation of the Ohio, which is seldom obstructed either by drought or ice below Evansville,... Read MORE...

Evansville, Ind., May 29. -- A tremendous rain fall visited this city yesterday afternoon. The centre of the cloud-burst seemed within the territory bounded by Indiana and John Streets and Main Street and Garfield Avenue, and the streets and pavements in that district were covered with water to a depth of six inches. Cellars were flooded and many first floors of stores and residences were flooded causing heavy damage. Street car travel was suspended. The Evansville & Terre Haute passenger depot and yards were flooded to a depth of six inches. The loss to property will reach $20,000.
Evening Observer
Dunkirk, New York
May 29, 1885
1889 - On the 9th, R. F. Schor, book-keeper of the First National Bank of Evansville, Ind., committed suicide by hanging. Unsuccessful speculation was the cause.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
April 13, 1889
1890 - Tornado
Later Reports Show the Loss of Life and Property Increasing.

EVANSVILLE, Ind., March 31. - Every hour brings additional news of the dreadful results of the tornado which passed over the Ohio valley on Thursday night, and it seems as if the calamity has neglected no community in its work of destruction to property and life. News from all directions is of the most sickening and harrowing.

In Union township, below the city, the waves dashed against the soft band and carried nine farm houses and a crossroads grocery away - not a vestige of any of them is left remaining. Several of the farmers lost most of their live stock. The waves carried off about 1,200 feet of bank.
Newark Daily Advocate
Newark, Ohio
March 31, 1890
1895 - Evansville
Evansville, a city and port of entry of Indiana, the capital of Vanderburg co, is situated on a high bank of the Ohio River, about 190 miles below Louisville, and 190 miles above Cairo. It is on the St. Louis & Southeastern Rail road (which here crosses the river by a ferry-boat), 162 miles E.S.E. of St. Louis, and is the south terminus of the Evansville & Terre Haute Railroad, which connects here with the Lake Erie, Evansville & Southwestern Railroad, 109 miles S. of Terre Haute. The course of the river is here so remarkably sinuous that Evansville, though upon its bank, is near the centre of the county. The city contains about 50 churches, a city hall, 5 national banks, a savings bank, a high school, a handsome court-house, an opera-house, a custom-house, 8 public halls, a United States marine hospital, and printing offices which issue 6 daily and 5 weekly newspapers; 2 of the dailies are in the German language. Its prosperity is chiefly derived from trade, and extensive... Read MORE...

1901 - February 5 - In Evansville, Indiana, a fire burns through the business district, causing $175,000 of damage.
February 5, 1901
1902 - Lightning Destroys a Fine Evansville Church. FINE CHURCH RUINED. Lightning Causes Fire That Destroyed Structure.
Evansville, Ind., March 31 - St. Boniface Catholic church, located in the western suburbs of this city, was struck by lightning at an early hour Sunday morning. The structure took fire, and the interior of the building was a mass of flames before an alarm was turned in. When the department arrived it was too late to do any good. The building is an entire loss. Rev. Father Burkhardt, when he heard of the loss, fainted, and for several hours was unconscious. His residence, to the left of the church, was damaged, and his fine library, worth many thousands of dollars, was destroyed.

St. Boniface was probably the largest and finest Catholic church in this state on this side of Indianapolis. It was commenced in 1878 and finished in 1881. The dedication ceremony brought nearly 50,000 people to the city. The church cost about $200,000, and there was only $10,000 insurance on the edifice. The congregation is wealthy, and the church will be rebuilt at once.
The Daily Review
Decatur, Illinois
March 31, 1902
Evansville, Ind., March 20 - Five were killed and a score injured in an explosion at the Sunnyside mine this afternoon.
The dead:

The explosion was caused by a windy shot, due to an overcharge of powder said to have been placed by JOHN PETIT.

PETIT is burned over his entire body and will die.

The dead were all killed by sulphuric fumes which followed the shot.
The mine was swept as if by a whirlwind.

Twenty-nine men were in the mine when the explosion occurred.
The rescuers found the dead, injured and suffering miners thrown over all portions of the west shaft.

All the dead and injured were identified as fast as brought from the mine cage.

The first intimation of the disaster to those on the surface was a terrific concussion which stopped the fan. Realizing what had occurred the engineer turned the full power on the fan and began filling the mine ... Read MORE...

Evansville, a city of Indiana, the capital of Vanderburg co., and the second city in population in the state, is situated on a broad, high plateau, which here forms the northern bank of the Ohio River, 163 miles by rail E. by S. of St. Louis. It is on the Evansville and Terre Haute, tho Evansville and Indianapolis and other railroads, some of which connect by bridge across the Ohio with the Louisville and Nashville and the Ohio Valley lines. The city contains a number of prominent buildings, among which are the handsome court-house, city-hall, United States marine hospital, the Southern Indiana Hospital for the Insane, St. Joseph's Academy, Willard Library and Art Gallery, etc. Its prosperity is chiefly derived from trade and extensive manufactures of furniture, machinery, stoves and heaters, flour, saddlery and harness, lumber, tobacco, farming-implements, etc. There are extensive flouring- mills, breweries, iron-foundries, machine-shops, woollen- and cotton-mills, planing- and... Read MORE...

EVANSVILLE, Ind., Monday, Jan. 25 - (UP) - Ohio river flood waters swept over the 51-foot flood wall at Evansville today and began creeping toward the business district.

The river was at its highest peak in Evansville history. Forecasters said it would go up at least two more feet.

Residents who for days as flood waters rose menacingly had believed themselves safe behind the giant barricade, prepared to evacuate.

Nevada State Journal, Reno NV 25 Jan 1937

Guardsmen Order 100,000 People Out.

Evacuation of Evansville, a city of 100,000 population, was ordered by national guard headquarters at Indianapolis.

Evening State Journal, Lincoln, NE 25 Jan 1937
1953 - September 09 - WFIE TV channel 14 in Evansville, IN (NBC) begins broadcasting
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Evansville:
Mesker Park Zoo: Take a walk on the wild side at Mesker Park Zoo. It's a great place to spend the day with family or friends, checking out the diverse array of animals.

Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science: If you're into art, history, or science, this museum is a must-visit. It offers a fascinating blend of exhibits that cater to various interests.

Angel Mounds State Historic Site: For a journey back in time, explore the Angel Mounds. This archaeological site provides a glimpse into the Native American civilization that thrived in the region.

Wesselman Woods Nature Center: If you're a nature enthusiast, Wesselman Woods is the place to be. It's one of the largest urban old-growth forests in the United States, offering hiking trails and educational programs.

Evansville Riverfront: Stroll along the scenic riverfront, where you can enjoy the view of the Ohio River. There are often events, festivals, and concerts happening in this area.

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Evansville, Indiana, USA

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female ancestorMartha Jane PEARSON (9 March 1831, Evansville, Indiana, USA - 26 October 1923, Dillon, Montana, USA)
male ancestorHeinrich A BREDENKAMP (1843, , Prussia (Germany) - 14 April 1902, Evansville, Indiana, USA)
male ancestorHenry GIMLICH (April 1857, , Indiana, USA - 18 January 1909, Evansville, Indiana, USA)
female ancestorKatie WEIMEIER (August 1867, , Indiana, USA - 21 January 1927, Evansville, Indiana, USA)
male ancestorCharles Goldwin DAVIS (1 October 1874, Evansville, Indiana, USA - 26 October 1950, Evansville, Indiana, USA)
female ancestorEmma Helen CAMP (11 August 1878, Grandview, Spencer, Indiana, USA - 1955, Evansville, Indiana, USA)
male ancestorAugust Philip GIMLICH (23 December 1891, Evansville, Indiana, USA - 20 June 1961, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA)
female ancestorBertham Mariam SCHLACHTER (16 August 1894, Evansville, Indiana, USA - , )
female ancestorCaroline Emma EBLE (25 September 1894, Evansville, Indiana, USA - , )

Ancestors Who Were Married in Evansville, Indiana, USA

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male ancestorLudwig Louis EBERT (13 February 1864 - 6 December 1936) and female ancestorKatherine Charlotte BREDENKAMP (15 August 1875 - 23 October 1931) married 16 August 1894

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