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PINE VILLAGE, IND., Feb., 21, 1869.

Dear Sir:-Noticing a few weeks ago in the Republican, an invitation to write local items from different parts of the County for publication, I have concluded to try my hand at it. As it is likely some of the numerous readers of your paper do not know the exact postion of Pine Village, I will try and give them a brief historical and geographical description of the place. Pine Village is situated on Pine Creek, twelve miles north of Attica, and 22 miles west of LaFayette. It has a population of about four hundred souls. The first house was built about twenty years ago, when all of our now beautiful farming country was an almost total wilderness.

A protracted meeting was commenced here on Saturday night. It is being conducted by the Methodist. The principle sentiment of politics in this vicinity is Union. In Pine Village there is but one man who had the hardihood to vote for Seymour, and he was not surprised, or disappointed, when he found he had lost his vote. The scarcity of "Dimocrats" explains the scarcity of Saloons in our town. We have one "Seymourite," but have not, and never have had, any "Doggery." The roads are almost impassable for wagons. Twelve inches of mud, one inch frozen, and six inches of snow on top is the sort of roads we have here.

The enterprising of this community are talking of building "Nicholson Pavement" from here to LaFayette. Business is dull here now, but the merchants intend to revive things soon. Mr. Frank Buckles is repairing the old Tavern Stand, and is going to put in a stock of Drugs and Groceries in the first story. Mr. Turman will continue to accommodate travelers to first rate "grub" at low prices as heretofore. Mr. Clark is going to build a new store room on Main Street, and remove his stock of Dry goods &c., into it. Mr. J. B. Rowen is going to sell out if he can and go west, if can't he is going to put in a mammoth stock of Dry goods, Groceries, &c. We have three blacksmith shops, one shoeing shop, one plow shop and one wagon shop. Also one buggy shop, one hotel, one shoe shop and two harness and saddle shops.

Wheat is looking fine now, and the farmers are sanguine of a good crop.

The citizens of this community are signing and circulating a petition to the Hon. Board of Commissioners of Warren County, asking for a wagon bridge across Pine Creek, at this place. We much need a bridge here, for quick sand has made it almost impossible to cross at any time with a load; and there is generally one or two months in the year that the creek is up so that it is not safe to ford it. It is said that the creek is crossed here more than at any other place on the creek. More anon.

J. X. Y.

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Date: 2/25/1869
Origin: Warren Republican
Record ID: 00002044
Type: Periodical
Source Archive: Warren County Historical Society
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Clippings scrapbooks
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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