Along The Way


By John C. Walker



Stories Growing Up In

"Small Town, Rural Indiana"



A collection of occurrences, remembrances and stories of life growing up and living in central, rural, Indiana 1931 -2005. This period covers the Great Depression, schooling, World War II, The Walker family business, Korean War service and several ''thoughts'' that were put on paper while looking out the window.. .abstract sharing bits! Enjoy!

About the Author

John C. Walker, retired in 2005 after serving thirteen years as Executive Director of the Tipton County Foundation. Walker is a native of Tipton, Indiana, attended Tipton schools, graduating from Tipton High School in 1949. He then attended Hanover College until called to service during the Korean conflict as an infantry officer. After discharge from service in late 1953, Walker returned to his family business the Tipton Produce Company. The Walker family also operated the Tipton Meat Market, Tipton Locker Plant and Walker Poultry Farms raising both broilers and laying hens. Tipton Produce was purchased in 1962 by the Hy-Line Chicks Division of Pioneer Hi-Bred Seed Corn Company. Walker worked in the Commercial Egg Processing and Marketing Departments until being transferred to the Seed Division as Sales Communication Manager. He then assumed the role of Sales Training Associate retiring in 1992. Walker is a member of Kemp Methodist Church, the American Legion, Elks Lodge # 1012, Sigma Chi Fraternity and the Tipton County Foundation.

Cost = $25.00 (hard copy), $20.00 (soft copy) for each book (plus $5.00, if mailed)

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Tipton County

Her Land and People



If You Missed It Before, Don't Miss It Now



This volume of Tipton County, Her Land, and People has many photographs of various scenes in Tipton County, as well as stories of the people who participated in the development of the county government. The Table of Contents lists politics, education, military service records, and histories of the social service organizations. There are also many stories about people within the townships that are informative and fascinating.

The appendix has a long list of the century farms, their original owners, and their descendants. It also has records of many of the post offices in the county from 1885 through 1892, with the names of the postmasters and the people that were involved with the post offices.

This hard-back book is printed on acid-free paper by offset lithography. It is bound in peroxylin-coated library buckram, and it is stamped in rich gold. The end sheets that hold the text and binding together are reinforced by cloth. This is a collector's volume that can be used and admired for many years.

It has Hundreds of County Families

This is a listing of a few of the hundreds of families and businessmen that are recorded in Tipton County, Her Land and People.

Armstrong, Barnett, Beatty, Biddle, Biltz, Bishop, Blount, Bogue, Brankle, Brown, Bundy, Burkhardt, Campbell, Carter, Cole, Collins, Compton, Conway, Cook, Cooper, Cox, Crail, Darrow, Davenport, Dawson, Day, Decker, Dennis, Duncan, Drake, Dunham, Etchison, Evans, Findling, Forsythe, Foster, Goodnight, Goodpasture, Goodwin, Gray, Green, Grishaw, Grove, Hall, Harlow, Hasket, Haynes, Heath, Henderson, Hobbs, Hoover, Hutton, Innis, Jackson, Jones, Jordan, Kelley, Kirtley, Leavell, Lee, Letsinger, Lilly, Little, Marshall, Mclntire, McMullan, McNeal, Meyer, Miller, Montgomery, Mozingo, Newkirk, O'Banion, Orr, Paul, Pence, Pitzr, Ploughe, Potts, Pratt, Pritchard, Quakenbush, Rayl, Reed, Retherford, Riffe. Rood, Rush, Sharp, Shirk, Shokney, Shortle, Small, Smith, Summers, Sumner, Thurman, Tranbarger, Trimble, Tyner, VanDevender, Warner, Weaver, Wheatley, Wilkins, Wimbrough, Woodruff, Wyrick, Yarling, and Young.


p. 57 - The Lake Erie & Western Railroad

p. 82 - Newspapers of the county

p. 88 -97 - County Commissioners and other offices

p. 109-114 - The three courthouses

p. 26-34 - Drainage

p. 111 - House of Justice

p. 117 - The Local Bar

p. 82 - World War I, 1917 -1918

p. 190 - World War II, 1941-1946

p. 381 - The Mill that Stephens built

The book was originally published in 1976. The editors were Prof. Gretchen Kemp, Miss Ruth Wimer and Ms. Julia McKinney. The Tipton County Historical Society, Inc., of Tipton, Indiana holds the copyright on Tipton County, Her Land and People. The volume is about 6 by 9 inches, and it has 832 pages. About 1,500 copies of the book were printed in the first edition, and 500 copies have been reprinted.

The Indiana Historical Society has given the Tipton County Historical Society permission to use the index for this edition. This comprehensive index includes persons, places, local businesses, and industries. The addition of the index makes the research of information about the county very accessible. It lists the heads of the families that were in Tipton County in the early days.

Cost = $ 55.00 for each book (plus $5.00, if mailed)

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Tipton County

 A Pictorial History



By The Tipton County

Sesquicentennial Committee


This sesquicentennial hard-back book adds richness to Tipton County history through photographs. It portrays the activities, the historical moments, and the lives of those who have been a part of Tipton County.

From swamps to farmlands, Tipton County has evolved into one of the most productive agricultural communities in the state. This pictorial history starts with the log cabin days, it progresses through the flourishing early 1900s, and it brings us to the present time. This manuscript is a pictorial record of the Tipton County citizens, and it shows the changes within the region during the past 150 years.

Memorabilia, as well as the old and the more recent photographs have provided the focus of this manuscript. The text explains and supplements the history that the pictures portray. The words and pictures tell the story of the people and the land of Tipton County. They provide a visual image of how the people have in lived in Tipton County from the early days to the present time.


Karen King, Donna Ekstrom, Judy McKinney, Linda Hull, and Randy Byal. Joe O'Banion was the photographer.

Tipton County Sesquicentennial Committee:

Elizabeth Burton, Joe Kemp, Ruth Wimer, Eldon Cage, Virginia O'Malley, Leon Warner, Dr. Philip Hobbs, Dr. Alan Safianow, Virginia Chambers, Patty Johnson and Susan McCorkle.





The Tipton Lands, Paleo-Indians to Settlers


By Leon E. Warner


A History of the Ancient Indian Lands




The book is a hard-back documentary about the ancient history of the Native Americans and the land that has become Tipton County, Indiana. It also includes some of the history of nearby counties and the State of Indiana. It is a revealing story of the many generations of people that have lived between the Upper Wabash Valley and The Upper West Fork of the White River. The Native Americans roamed throughout the region for at least 12000 years, and the descendants of the settlers have lived on the land for less than 200 years. It is about the native people that have lived within the mysterious region since the Ice Age. It has photographs of their artifacts, their landforms, their trails, and a great wealth of other evidence of their ancient culture. The history of the Great Miami Indian Reserve that passed through the present Tipton Lands is described in detail.

The First Settlers lived in the Woods

The book tells about many of the challenges that the first pioneer squatters and settlers encountered when they developed the land. It reveals the many difficulties that the early settlers had in clearing and draining the primeval swamplands. The story records that many Native American refugees lived on the land during the last days of a very unusual frontier. It describes the large numbers of dangerous wild animals that became crowded into the small region. Many of first pioneer squatters and settlers lived in the woods with the Indians and the numerous wild animals. The manuscript also describes the great difficulties that many of the pioneers encountered when they tried to obtain clear titles to the former Great Miami Indian Reserve lands.

The Indian Artifacts

The story relates that the Indians left many of their stone tools, their flint spear points and arrowheads, as well as their religious objects. Some of the "medicine" and religious symbols that the medicine men and shaman used for their rituals and ceremonies are still in place. The text also explains the meaning of the mysterious Indian artifacts and symbols that have been found within the region. The book has several pictures and drawings of the ancient lore of the Indians that lived on the Tipton Lands. It has illustrations and descriptions of Indian spear points, and arrowheads. They show how the flint weapons evolved into new models as the culture of the Native Americans changed through their many years of their tenure within the region.

Oldest Map of the Region

This documentary book has a detailed map of the area that is now Tipton County. The author has drawn it from the early federal surveyors' Field Notebooks from 1819 to 1847. He has also walked throughout the land during his lifetime and observed it in detail. The map shows the original landforms, the streams, the ancient Indian trails, and the boundary of the Great Miami Indian Reserve. It is the earliest map that has been made of the Tipton Lands region.

This large hardcover book is printed on acid-free paper. It is 8 and 1/2 by l1 inches, and it has 380 pages. There are twenty chapters, eleven maps, eighteen photographs, and several illustrations of flint spear points and arrowheads. It has a detailed index, a glossary, and a Bibliography with more than 230 references. It is about a mysterious land that has not been recorded before in this much detail.

About the Author

The former Tipton County Historian, Leon Warner, is the author of the new history book. He has written other books and articles that include Tipton County in 1844, Born in the Woods (a four-act drama about the formation of Tipton County and City of Tipton), History of the Samuel King Mill and The History of the Tipton Park. He is a direct descendant of some of the early families. They owned the land where the old Indian trails crossed. They purchased some of the most formidable swampland where there were many Indian refugees and numerous wild animals. The first settlers lived side by side with the Indians during the early days of the very unusual frontier.

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Spear Points and Arrowheads


Tipton Region


By Leon E. Warner



This book illustrates how to identify Indian spear points and arrowheads that have been found in the Midwest, with emphasis on the Tipton County Region. It shows how the flint points can be classified by name, age and function.

It is written for amateur Indian artifact collectors and for persons that have Indian artifacts that have been handed down to them through the years. It provides ample evidence that the Native Americans lived within the Tipton Region for at least twelve thousand years.

The manuscript illustrates how the models and styles of Indian spear points and arrowheads changed throughout the many years to adjust to the changes in climate, vegetation and types of animals that were hunted. It also illustrates how the styles of Indian spear points and arrowheads changed during and after the Indian Mounds Era when more emphasis was placed on rituals and ceremonies.

The book describes in detail the types of flint points that have been found that were made by the Native Americans from 12,000 years ago to the time that the settlers arrived. It shows how the amateur collectors can determine the name and the age of their flint tools and weapons that they have in their collections.

The Spear Points and Arrowheads, Tipton Region book has 147 pages of detailed descriptions, drawings and illustrations of 95 different spear points and arrowheads. It has a total of 127 illustrated pictures and drawings. It has five pages of definitions in the Glossary that will aid the amateur collectors to classify their Native American artifacts. It also describes how to locate old Indian campsites.

A detailed map that was made from the first Federal Government Surveyors' Field Notes of the Tipton County lands from 1819 to 1847 is also included. It shows the routes of the old Indian trails throughout the region where many old Indian artifacts have been found.

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Millennium Moments, Complete Collection

By Carolyn Etchison and Joan Wray

It has many very pleasant memories of the "old days".

Spiral bound, $20.00, plus $2.50 for shipping charges

Born in the Woods, Tipton County

By Leon Warner

A four act drama of the founding of Tipton County.

Spiral bound, 63 pages, $15.00, plus $2.50 for shipping charges

Hoosiers in the Making, Tipton County 1848-1868

By Thomas Kane.

It is a fascinating eyewitness story about the early pioneer days of Tipton County.

Spiral bound, 34 pages, $5.00, plus $1.50 shipping charges

Tipton County in 1844

By Leon Warner

It is a Sesquicentennial Year (1844-1994) publication.

It explains in detail the process of forming Tipton County and the Tipton City government.

Spiral bound, 23 pages. $3.00, plus $l.50 for shipping charges

Samuel King's Mill

By Leon Warner

This water-powered sawmill and gristmill was the first Industry of the Tipton County region. Spiral bound, 15 pages $5.00, plus $1.50 shipping charges

History of the Tipton Park

By Leon Warner

Spiral-bound, 18 pages $3.00, plus $1.50 shipping charges


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