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Volume 7, Issue 2

May 1, 2004


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James Lane

South Bend part of Michigan

What a Soldier Needs

I Want to be a Soldier

Family Favorites - Milky Way Cheesecake

Photos of the Past

James Lane


James Lane was born in Garrett county, Kentucky, near Lancaster, October 12, 1831 to Milly and James Lain. He was the second of four children.

He was married in 1853 to Sarah Denton (born December 30, 1830 in Louisville, Kentucky) and to this union were born ten children, Sarah, Margaret, John, James, William, Kel, Shedrick, Elizabeth, Henry, and Clara.

A few years after he was married the deceased moved, settling on Jonathan Creek in Moultrie County, Indiana for 30 years.

He was a soldier in the Civil war, being a member of Co. H, 117th Indiana Foot Volunteers and afterwards enlisting as a veteran in Co. B, 42nd Indiana Veteran Volunteers. He marched with Sherman to the sea and in the campaign sustained injuries from which he never entirely recovered.

He was a member of the Christian Church. He was industrious and honorable.

James’ wife Sarah passed away in April 1903 and James followed her in September 1905.

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South Bend part of Michigan

 The Indiana Territory, formed in 1800, was the first of six states to be created from the new area known as the Northwest Territory. Ohio was formed in 1803 and was immediately followed by the Michigan Territory. Almost immediately two boundary disputes arose.

The border controversies are important for genealogist to understand as they research the border counties because immigrants of the early 1800s spent years trying to determine which state to call home.


Residents patronized the villages and businesses closest to their residences and not necessarily those in the county in which they lived. Therefore, a variety of records, including census records and death and cemetery records, may be in neighboring counties.
in 1805, the northern boundary of the Indiana Territory was established at the southern tip of Lake Michigan. Everything north and east of that point was known as Wayne County Michigan.

If you peruse a map of the Michigan/Indiana border, you will see that a line across the southernmost top of Lake Michigan would have divided what is now LaPorte city and would have located portions of LaPorte, St. Joseph, Elkhart and LaGrange counties in what is now Michigan.

Of course, Ohio residents were opposed to the line location and took the matter to Congress. That resulted in a bill in 1812 to survey the boundary. At that time, the country was engaged in the War of 1812 as well as skirmishes with Indians locally, so no surveying was undertaken until about 1815.

All the while, immigrants were migrating to the new territories, making the question of jurisdiction more important than it was in the formative years of 1802-03.

The survey was made in 1816. The state of Ohio hired a man named Harris to survey the line. However, he did not follow the president’s direction but instead used the proviso of the Ohio State Convention. The Harris line is the second of these two northern boundaries. On April 19, 1816, Congress adopted an act that established the boundary line 10 miles north of the southern point of Lake Michigan. A strip, 10 miles wide and 100 miles long, was cut off the Michigan territory. Indiana ratified the new boundary to achieve statehood and was admitted into the Union on Dec. 11, 1816.


Michigan claimed that the strip had been guaranteed to the state
in 1787, but it let the land go because of the eastern border

controversy known as the Toledo War and because Indians still outnumbered the immigrants in the area.

Meanwhile, the battle over the line continued for about 15 years. Ohio contended that it owned the land at the mouth of the Maumee River and the trading city of Toledo. Then, in 1833, Michigan applied for statehood. No form of government could be established on the Toledo strip because of the controversy. Steven T. Mason, Michigan’s 19-year-old governor, who was known as a “hothead,” sent Michigan’s militia toward the Ohio border.

Ohio, of course, responded with its militia, but no one was injured because the two armies got lost in the swampland near Perrysburg and could not find each other.

In 1836, Congress decided that Michigan must give up the Toledo strip as a condition of statehood. To compensate for the trade of the Toledo strip and the 100-mile strip along the western part of the border, Michigan got the northern portion of the Northwest Territory known as the Upper Peninsula. Ohio got Toledo.


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What a Soldier Needs

Life was not easy for the soldier in 1865. He must be strong and agile.

The least a soldier carried was a musket or rifle with bayonet, cartridge box, percussion cap pouch, haversack, canteen, blanket and knapsack. The knapsack might contain a razor, soap, socks, underwear, waterproof matchsafe, playing cards, dice, paper and pen, a “housewife” (sewing kit), candles and holder, a pipe and

 tobacco, books and a small musical instrument such as a harmonica or jaw harp.

Recruits received extra clothing and equipment such as a heavy wool overcoat, a waterproof poncho, a tent half and a waterproof blanket. The soldier carried all this gear on his back.
The musket or rifle weighed 15 pounds, the cartridge box w/40 rounds—4 pounds, the full canteen—4 pounds, the haversack full of ration—6

pounds, the blanket—5 pounds, and the knapsack—20 pounds. The total weight of his equipment was 53 pounds.

With this weight on his back the soldier was required to march through rain or heat and across any terrain. He was also required to fight any enemies he came across while marching.


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I Want To Be A Soldier

I want to be a soldier,

       and with the soldiers stand,

A knapsack on my shoulders,

       A musket in my hand;

And with my bayonet gleaming,

       So glorious and so bright,

I’d join our gallant army,

       and for my country fight.


If ever I get wounded

       I’ll never shed a tear,

Though in the midst of danger,

       No sorrow would I fear;

But brave and patriotic,

       Like our brave sires I’d fight,

And with ten thousand soldiers

       Put rebels all to flight.


I know I’m young and tender,

       But mother dry your tears,

For many a one as young as I,

       Has joined the volunteers.

And mother, should I perish,

       and for my country die,

I’d think of you and sister,

       and meet you in the sky.


Then let me be a soldier,

       and with the soldiers stand,

A knapsack on my shoulders,

       A musket in my hand;

And with my bayonet gleaming,

       So glorious and so bright,

I’d join our gallant army,

       and for my country fight.


The Mishawaka Enterprise

February 1, 1862

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Family Favorites

Milky Way Cheesecake




24 chocolate wafer cookies    

3 Tbs. Sugar

3 Tbs. Butter, melted



4 pkgs. (8 oz each) cream cheese, at room temperature

1-1/2 cups sugar

5 eggs

1-1/2 cups heavy cream

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 tsp. Vanilla extract

10 fun size Milky Way bars, coarsely chopped, 1-1/2 cups    


1/4 cup hot fudge sauce from a jar

1/2 cup Milky Way’s or caramel topping from a jar

3/4 cup heavy cream

5 fun-size Milky Way bars, halved diagonally, optional



Position racks in center and lower third of oven. Preheat oven to 325ºF. Place roasting pan on lower rack; fill halfway with water. CRUST: In food processor process cookies and sugar until fine crumbs form. Transfer to bowl: stir in butter. Transfer to 9” springform pan. Using bottom of measuring cup or flat-bottomed glass press mixture onto bottom and 1” up side of pan. CAKE: At high speed beat cream cheese and sugar until fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Reduce speed to medium; beat in eggs one at a time. Add cream, flour and vanilla; beat until blended. Pour half of batter into pan. Bake 40 minutes or until top is starting to firm; remove from oven. Place chopped candy in single layer over cheesecake, leaving 3/4” border around edge. Pour remaining batter into pan. Bake 40 minutes or until center jiggles slightly when pan is shaken. Turn off oven; let cheesecake stand in oven with door closed 30 minutes. Remove form oven. Run knife around edge of cake to loosen; cool completely on rack. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. TOPPING: Place fudge sauce in small plastic food storage bag; snip off 1 corner. Remove side of pan. Spread Milky Way topping over cheesecake, allowing topping to drip over sides. Pipe fudge sauce over caramel topping. At high speed beat cream until stiff peaks form. Transfer cream to pastry bag fitted with large star tip. Pipe rosettes around top of cake; garnish with candy bars, if desired. out. Bake 1 hour at 350º F.

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Photos of the Past

October 19, 1929

Top Row: Charles Willard Irish, Charles Freeman Irish, Wayne Irish

Bottom Row: Lawrence Irish, Laura Johnson, Olive Irish


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