From the round room in the house at the round barn site decorated for Christmas. Photo by Jason Selby
During this year’s annual Holiday Tour of Homes, participants will get a chance to walk through history, renovated and decked out for the season. The round barn site east of Allerton will be on this Christmas’ circuit, specifically the old house, which was built in 1897 by a Civil War veteran with only one arm.
Joseph F. Wilson commissioned the home for wife Victoria and their family, kitty-corned from the Allerton Methodist Church. For the longest time after Wilson sold the property and moved to Milwaukee, Wis., locals knew it simply as the Bracewell house. It was done in the Queen Anne style of architecture popular at the end of the Victorian Era. Nov 21, 2016, 09:02
David Thomas poses with his M-16 on a road during the Vietnam War.
When David Thomas describes history to his students, he does not always need to consult a textbook. His memory often suffices.
Before dictator Pol Pot reigned in narcissistic madness over the trembling nation of Cambodia, massacring millions, Thomas was fighting the NVA and Viet Cong by destroying their stockpiles of weapons across the border with Vietnam.
Later, when Cambodia turned against Vietnam—in the greater struggle between Soviet and Chinese Communism—it would be a Vietnamese invasion in 1979 that put a stop to the Khmer Rouge.
“They just exterminated people,” Thomas said of the Killing Fields of Pol Pot, which came to fruition in 1975. “They started with all the teachers, all the people that had an education—they were the first ones to go, because they didn’t want anyone to be educated. They just wanted them to be followers.” Nov 8, 2016, 09:26
Wayne County native Steve Thomas sits in the jungles of Vietnam in 1969, an M-16 resting against his knee.
After serving in the Vietnam War, Wayne County native Steve Thomas rarely talks about his time in the military, even though his brother David Thomas’ tour overlapped with his own. David served in the 1st Cavalry and now lives in Mexico, Mo.
“I’d been there six months when he went in,” Steve said. “He got to go to Cambodia. He told me of times—the weapons and ammunition they had in Cambodiahe said the Americans took Caterpillars and pushed this stuff up in the mountains and tried to blow it up. In other words, [the enemy] was well supplied—all they had to do was go across the border and bring their stuff in.
“You could go on a mission and be way up on a mountain, and look off way down there to the Laotian border and see those guys coming down the trail.
“A lot of us, we don’t discuss what’s going on,” Steve said, using the present tense to describe combat from 50 years ago. “They’re just things you want to forget. Wesley Selby would never tell you the whole thing. It’s something he always had in his head, and everybody will have in their head that was there. I’ve never told my kids what I did.” Nov 1, 2016, 08:16
Dan Rockhold is dwarfed by his new law office on the west edge of the Corydon square. Original to the building are its 15-foot ceilings, hardwood floors and brick walls. Photo by Jason Selby
STEVE HAGAN, PROTOS PROPERTIES AND OTHERS WORK TO RESTORE SOME OF THE LUSTER OF THE CORYDON SQUARE
Wayne County attorney Dan Rockhold spent many afternoons on the links at Walden Park with the late Bob Crawford, who once ran an insurance office out of what is now Rockhold Law.
“He did my taxes when I was in high school,” Rockhold said. “He was also quite the trash talker on the golf course.”
After leaving the Law Office of Verle W. Norris, Rockhold began his private practice out of his home.
“Office space, as you can imagine, is not just readily available in Corydon,” Rockhold said.
Rockhold then moved into the storefronts west of the Corydon square with the knowledge he would soon have a beautiful, restored workplace. Steve Hagan and Protos Properties did not disappoint. Oct 24, 2016, 15:19