Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Nursery Rhyme Time Returns

Crafty Gal's video series, Nursery Rhyme Time, returned big-time yesterday, with 13 new rhymes for her early literacy patrons.  We uploaded these to the MPL YouTube Channel, which now has over 500 videos.

Nursery Rhyme Time With Miss Michelle @ MPL
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Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Over Two Million Googleviews!

I logged into my Google account this evening to check some settings and discovered that my profile, which is a combination of my blog and the MPL YouTube Channel (they're linked, for some reason), has been viewed . . . drum roll, if you please, minions.

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Over two million viewings!  That calls (or, perhaps, cauls . . . for Cauli--get it?) for canned tuna-in-oil for everyone, as Crafty Gal would say.

I'm not exactly sure how my Google profile viewings compare with my blog viewings or our YouTube Channel video viewings, but, hey, 2.1 million is a truly big number.

Maybe I'll finally get my Legacy Lane paver.  Just saying, Boss Lady.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  You, too, can have a Legacy Lane paver at my Library.  Our promo trailer explains how.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Following Paul Hadley's Footsteps, Part Onze

Another Paul Hadley painting on display at my Library is "East Fork of White Lick [Creek]."

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According to long-time Morgan County Historian Becky Hardin (1908-1995):
  • "Mrs. Claude (Mary) Stokesberry's family asked artist Paul Hadley to paint a picture for her birthday present.  At that time she was living in Hadley's former home on Lockerbie Street.  He called one day making an excuse that he wanted to see how they had remodeled the house.  The painting was designed to fit over the fireplace, and is wider than it is high.  Since Mrs. Stokesberry has moved to a retirement home her son John has the painting."  [Hardin, Becky, The Indiana State Flag: Its Designer (Biography of Paul Hadley with Anthology of his Paintings), p. 17 (1976). Click here to find links to read a digital copy of this fine biography.]
John Stokesberry subsequently donated the painting to MPL.

The East Fork of White Lick Creek runs along what was once the eastern edge of Mooresville (when Hadley painted it) and then flows south until eventually merging with the White River near Centerton, Indiana (north of Martinsville, in Morgan County).  It is along the portion of the East Fork just past the intersection of state roads 67 and 144 that presents one likely location at which Hadley painted the Stokesberry gift.

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Map Excerpts Courtesy of Google Maps

Note the bend in the creek immediately north of Rooker Park.  That resembles the same perspective in Hadley's painting.  Here's an aerial view:

East Fork of White Lick Creek
Near Rooker Trace
(Early 19th Century Primitive Road)
Southeast of State Roads 67 & 144

I'm not sure if we can reach this point on the creek--it's private property--but I'll send my minions to check it out.  I'd better tag along, to make sure they don't get lost.

North end of Rooker Park
(Probable Hadley painting spot is in the woods at the far end) 

Getting close to the creek now--
Hadley may have been standing up ahead

Where I'd have been, if Hadley had painted moi into the picture

The trees are bigger and more plentiful, and the underbrush is overgrown, but the bend in the creek looks strikingly similar to Hadley's landscape.

Why is this location likely to have been where Hadley painted the creek scene?  It was within easy walking distance--Hadley never drove motor vehicles--and the area was heavily wooded near the creek, then as now. The land east of the creek was farmed in Hadley's day, but it is now residential subdivisions.  Admittedly, Hadley could have painted other bends in the East Fork, but many of these were not sufficiently wooded, even in his time.  Our candidate is as likely a location as any of the other possibilities.  Still, let's consider other options.

The East Fork of White Lick Creek also runs along the eastern edge of Pioneer Park in Mooresville, in a heavily wooded region.  Unfortunately, there aren't any sharp bends in the creek that resemble Hadley's painting.

 East Fork of White Lick Creek
along rear of Pioneer Park

However, if we move downstream toward Bridge Street, then we find an excellent bend that easily could have been Hadley's painting spot.

 East Fork of White Lick Creek
East of Samuel Moore Parkway (Old State Road 67)
and North of Bridge Street

Once again, we have the difficulty of reaching the creek bend on private property.  So these aerial views may be the best we can do.  My minions couldn't get close to the creek without traipsing through folks' backyards. Works fine for moi, but not a good idea for people.

Paul Hadley was often inspired by Hoosier landscapes and nature, and he captured them beautifully in watercolor.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Simon Moon Update

Recently I blogged about Paul Hadley's painting, "Simon Moon's Cabin." We couldn't reach the back side of his wife's tombstone to see if his information was there, so we returned to clear more underbrush and take a closer look.

Simon Moon's Burial Stone
on the back side of his wife's monument
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Just as I thought.

Read my full blog post about the painting and Simon Moon by clicking here.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Following Paul Hadley's Footsteps, Part Dix

Another Paul Hadley painting on display at my Library is "Portrait of Young Man."

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This watercolor was donated to MPL by long-time Morgan County historian Becky Hardin (1908-1995).  In her biography of Paul Hadley, Hardin identified the subject of the painting as "A. M. Sayler," a law student:

  • "[Paul Hadley's] portrait of a young law student, A. M. Sayler, won sweepstakes at the Indiana State Fair.  It was judged 'for excellence in technique in medium used.'  (It is difficult to paint portraits with water color.)"  [Hardin, Becky, The Indiana State Flag: Its Designer (Biography of Paul Hadley with Anthology of his Paintings), p. 22 (1976). Click here to find links to read a digital copy of this fine biography.]

Try as we might, we have been unable to locate A. M. Sayler in the historical record.  Hadley probably painted the portrait between 1920-1940, so, given his appearance in the painting, A. M. Sayler was probably born no earlier than 1890 and no later than 1920.  No matches were found in the Indiana Roll of Attorneys or alumni records for Indiana University's law schools.

We found several persons named A. M. Sayler (under various first names--mostly Arthur) in the Social Security Death Index (SSDI), U.S. Censuses, and other information available through Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest Online (see links on our website), but they were unlikely candidates, because of age (born too soon or too late), education (e.g., 8th grade or less), occupation (not lawyers, although, admittedly, A. M. Sayler might not have been practicing law when the 1920-1940 censuses were taken), or other discrepant details.

We did, however, discover an attorney named Sayler who would have been the correct age and location, although his middle name doesn't begin with M.

Arthur Daily Sayler (1894-1955)
Attorney at Law

Arthur D. Sayler was born and lived much of his life in Huntington, Indiana, taking over his father's law practice there when his father passed in 1920.  In 1917 he received his bachelor of laws (Ll.B.) degree (equivalent to a modern American doctor of jurisprudence [J.D.] degree) from the Indiana University Law School in Indianapolis.  That would have placed him in the vicinity of Paul Hadley, who operated a studio on the fifth floor of the Union Trust Building, East Market Street, Indianapolis (1921-1939) and worked at Herron Art Institute during the late 1920's to mid-1930's.

There is, of course, only one supreme obstacle to this theory.  Well, two obstacles, really:

  • Hardin identified Hadley's portrait subject as "A. M. Sayler." This could have been an error, but knowing how thoroughly Hardin researched history, I doubt it.
  • The photo of Arthur D. Sayler does not much resemble the painting of A. M. Sayler.  That one's a deal-breaker, I'm afraid.

Frankly, we're stumped.  We haven't come close to exhausting historical and genealogical information, but we have invested enough time to know when it's time to move along.

Wherever you may be, A. M. Sayler, we raise our paws in salute to you. Hadley's portrait is fantastic.  He really captured the essential A. M.  Too bad we didn't get to know you better.

In our next Hadley adventure, we'll journey along the East Fork of White Lick Creek to find another landscape Paul Hadley captured in watercolor.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat