In 1939, Paul Hadley painted this cabin. Well, he painted a picture of the cabin. I assume somebody else painted the cabin itself. (There's a great Paul Hadley joke about that. I'll tell you in a minute.)
- "This painting ["Cabin"] was presented to the Mooresville Library by the Tri Kappa Sorority. A newspaper story says it is 'The Robb Cabin' but some people think it was the Spoon home. [. . . .] Spoon's Cabin was the subject of Hadley's Paintings at different seasons of the year. [One shown in her book] is Spoon's Gate and was probably for his [Spoon's] cabin. It is owned by one of Hadley's cousins Mrs. Harold Swift. The gate is something like the one [in "Cabin"], which has an open gate. Although the location may have been the same the paintings are different." [Hardin, Becky, The Indiana State Flag: Its Designer (Biography of Paul Hadley with Anthology of his Paintings), p. 16-17 (1976). Click here to find links to read a digital copy of this fine biography.]
During a program celebrating Paul Hadley and the Indiana State Flag's centennial, one of the panelists, Peggy Killian Benson, vividly recalled that Spoon's cabin was situated near White Lick Creek just south of town. In the video (below), you can hear her talking about her "Uncle Herb" who had lived in the cabin until his death. This would have been Herbert Spoon (1892-1954), who was a livelong Mooresville resident.
Peggy Killian Benson's living memory of the Spoon cabin site should be dispositive of its true location. There were, however, many Spoons living in and around Mooresville during the 19th and 20th centuries, and perhaps it would be fun to talk a little about some of them. Using the U.S. Censuses from 1870-1920, along with genealogical information from our Spoon family vertical file (in the MPL
The house is listed by exact address in the 1920 census, when Alonzo and Etta May Spoon lived at 142 East Harrison Street.
Indiana shows Alonzo and Etta M. Spoon living at 142 E. Harrison St.
(the 1870-1880 censuses listed Alonzo's grandfather, Peter Spoon, residing there)