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Meet Local Sprint Car Racers

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Local Sprint Car Racers

Race to meet local Sprint Car Drivers
Jeff Bland Jr. – Steve Bradley – Scott Bradley – Andy Bradley – Kerry Kinser and Nathan Hughes at Springville Park from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, June 18th, 2009.

William Haggerty

The “Volunteer Soldier of America” along with the pioneer settler made this great land of ours.  His courage in performing his duty will stand forth in the annals of history for all time.

There is one soldier of the American Revolution buried in Perry Township.  This is his story:

William Haggerty

Within the sacred soil of the old Baptist Cemetery lies the dust of the township’s only soldier of the Revolution.

On May 12, 1776, William Haggerty enlisted for the period of two years in the 1st Pennsylvania Regiment.  His company commander was Captain Lowden and his regiment was commanded by Colonel Hand.  His place of enlistment was Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  Haggerty was in the battles of Long Island, White Plains and was at the capture of General Burgoyne at Saratoga.  He was honorably discharged after his tour of duty at Valley Forge.

Haggerty married Nancy Buford and they had four daughters;  Sally, Nancy, Mary and Lucinda.

On April 2, 1821, while a resident of Mercer County, Kentucky, Haggerty applied for a soldier’s pension.  He stated that he had no trade but was a soldier by profession.  Due to his age and infirmity he was not able to work.

Records show that he was living in Lawrence County, Indiana, in 1830, where he moved to be near his children who had moved here previously.  Haggerty died in 1836 and was buried with his wife in the Springville Baptist Cemetery.  His grave is marked by a large limestone monument and a government marker.

–Taken from the Book:  Springville, Indiana – Village on Spring Creek (Sesquicentennial Edition) Compiled and Written by Jay Wilson, Jr.

Arthur Beyers

One of Perry Township’s most remarkable people was Arthur Beyers.  Mr. Beyers, after living a very amazing life, died on September 23, 1973, at the age of 92.

Arthur Beyers was blind 82 of his 92 years of life.  As a boy he suffered an eye injury while playing with his brother.  The attending doctor administered a medication into both eyes which rendered him blind. The tragedy only strengthened his resolve to develop his potential to the fullest.

Mr. Beyers developed his senses to the finest, well developed degree.  His sense of hearing and smell were so well developed, it was said that he could hear a snake moving through the grass.

He was interested in everything – local, state, national, and world.  He possessed a quick mind and absorbed everything readily.  He was interested in people and enjoyed being with them.  He had a background of county history and geography that ranked him as a foremost historian.  He loved politics and throughout his life was a Republican.  He was always on hand for the election returns.

Mr. Beyers lived alone, never having married.  He prepared his own meals and did various jobs on his farm, such as cutting wood for his stove and cleaning fence rows.

At one time he was a rural mail carrier, delivering mail by horseback.  No assistance needed.  He also was a sales representative for a fertilizer company for many years.  His brother drove him as he made his calls.

There are many stories about this remarkable man.  His is a story of courage and fortitude, that should make everyone walk a bit taller.

–Taken from the Book:  Springville, Indiana – Village on Spring Creek (Sesquicentennial Edition) Compiled and Written by Jay Wilson, Jr.

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