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Guide for the novice Kankakee River hunter

Guide for the novice Kankakee River hunter

Major Samuel L. McFadin was a prolific writer about the Kankakee River. Much of the source material I have comes from his pen.

August 22, 2014 12:00 am
Steamboats on the Kankakee River

Steamboats on the Kankakee River

Most early Kankakee River settlers trapped, hunted, farmed and logged. All of these activities required a means to get their product to market. The river met most of those needs. The problem was that the Kankakee was a rather slow and cantankerous waterway. Steamboats solved this predicament.

July 25, 2014 12:00 am
Baum's Bridge Park

Baum's Bridge Park

The Baum's Bridge area in south Porter County has had continuous occupation for more than 11,000 years. In early times, it was a Native American encampment; later it was the site of a ferry crossing where today a bridge from Jasper to Porter counties is located.

July 11, 2014 12:00 am
More artifacts unearthed at Collier Lodge

More artifacts unearthed at Collier Lodge

KOUTS | High school students from the University of Notre Dame's Summer Scholars program found artifacts at the Collier Lodge in Kouts after two days of digging. 

July 03, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Linden log cabin ready for resurrection

Linden log cabin ready for resurrection

The more than century-old Linden log cabin is ready for its resurrection.

February 23, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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'Pioneer Hunters of the Kankakee' traces marsh's history

'Pioneer Hunters of the Kankakee' traces marsh's history

"Pioneer Hunters of the Kankakee" by J. Lorenzo Werich is considered by many as a must-read book about the Kankakee Marsh.

January 10, 2014 12:00 am
The Hall family history

The Hall family history

The Hall family story is one of the more interesting Kankakee River tales. Edward Hall was born in Ireland in 1812. He immigrated to Canada with his wife, Ann Maxwell, where they lived for two years and then on to Indiana in 1836. Major McFadin was a close friend of Edward Hall's and wrote t…

November 29, 2013 12:00 am
Rowley Morehouse a Kankakee River legend

Rowley Morehouse a Kankakee River legend

One of my first columns was about the Rowley and Bertha Morehouse 50th anniversary in 1937. Rowley was arguably one of the most knowledgeable and legendary characters of the old Kankakee River. Rowley was born in 1859 in Michigan. Around 1882 he moved to Jasper County. Eventually, Morehouse …

September 20, 2013 12:00 am
Aukiki River Festival offers glimpse of bygone days

Aukiki River Festival offers glimpse of bygone days

KOUTS | The train ride from Chicago was 40 cents, and $2 purchased a room, meals, a boat, and a river guide.

August 24, 2013 8:00 pm Photos

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Linden log cabin finds a new home

Linden log cabin finds a new home

PORTAGE | The Linden log cabin has found a new home.

May 04, 2013 7:10 pm Photos

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New South Porter County Park Project

New South Porter County Park Project

Porter County Parks Department is working on construction of a park in south county. I am overjoyed about this project — it is long overdue! The Dunn's Bridge boat launch is currently the only county facility along the Kankakee River in Porter County.

May 03, 2013 12:00 am
Linden log cabin looking for a home

Linden log cabin looking for a home

PORTAGE | The Linden log cabin is ready for a another journey, it just needs a permanent home.

April 09, 2013 6:15 pm Photos

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Max Ahlgrim was early entrepreneur along Kankakee River

Max Ahlgrim was early entrepreneur along Kankakee River

Max Ahlgrim was 17 years old when he took his first trip down the Kankakee River.

March 18, 2013 12:00 am
Century-old journal makes long trip home

Century-old journal makes long trip home

Scrawled in pencil, Max Ahlgrim took note of every day happenings, from his children's clothing sizes to the depths of points along the Kankakee River.

March 18, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Century-old journal makes long trip home

Century-old journal makes long trip home

John Hodson, founder of the Kankakee Valley Historical Society, holds a hand written journal from 1899 to 1901 by Max Ahlgrim who helped settle the area along the Kankakee River in Lake County. Ahlgrim had measured parts of the river and recorded the distance in the journal.

March 17, 2013 12:00 am
Centruy-old journal makes long trip home

Centruy-old journal makes long trip home

An entry in Max Ahlgrim's journal from August of 1899 in which he kept track of debts and their payments. (Provided photo)

March 17, 2013 12:00 am
Century-old journal makes long trip home

Century-old journal makes long trip home

Max Ahlgrim came to the Kankakee River area in 1875. He founded Ahlgrim Park and, with his wife Ida, raised 11 children in the area. An early entrepreneur, Ahlgrim kept a journal. One of his journals, similar to the one sticking out of his vest pocket in this photograph, recently surfaced. (…

March 17, 2013 12:00 am
Century-old journal makes long trip home

Century-old journal makes long trip home

John Hodson, of Kouts, founder of the Kankakee Valley Historical Society, talks about the research completed in linking a century-old journal with early Kankakee River pioneer Max Ahlgrim.

March 17, 2013 12:00 am
Century-old journal makes long trip home

Century-old journal makes long trip home

Max and Ida Ahlgrim and their 11 children gathered for this family photograph at their home. The photograph was likely taken in the early 1900s. (Provided photo)

March 17, 2013 12:00 am
Century-old journal makes long trip home

Century-old journal makes long trip home

A page in the century-old journal of Max Ahlgrim shows his sketch of a boat's rudder and measurements. (Provided photo)

March 17, 2013 12:00 am
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