Columns of Will Ball
Settlers Who Came Via the Canal)
Some time ago, we suggested that we
would like to hear from writers whose ancestors came to Logansport on the canal
or by canoes or pirogue on the Wabash.
So far we have heard from three.
Perry Delawter, retired rural mail
carrier, was one. His father was Jacob
Delawter, for many years a Tipton Township farmer and his wife Indiana, both
came on the canal and traveled many times to and from their farm home to reach
the canal, crossing at Lewisburg, either on the bridge or fording the stream
before the bridge was built. The
Delawters retired and moved to Logansport, living on the High Street Road near
Spencer Park where they ended their days eight or ten years ago.
Arthur McTaggart told us his grandfather
Michael McTaggart came on the canal from England as far as Peru, riding the
rest of the way to Logansport in a wagon.
Arthur is not sure just when that was but we are guessing it was before
1838m, for the canal reached Logansport that year. It reached Peru a year of two earlier.
Michael McTaggart had a brother, James,
in Logansport before he came. Another
brother, John, came later on as also did
their father. In 1859, James had a grocery
on the north side at Broadway between 4th and 5th where
one of the dime stores now stands.
Michael was a tailor, with a shop on Bridge (Third) between Broadway and
Market. He later had a clothing store on
4th and Broadway. He owned
the building that still stands there.
Mrs. George Moriarty is another who gave
us information about her ancestral “canawler”.
Her grandfather, James Logan, came here from Cincinnati via the
canal. In order to make that trip, he
had to go to Defiance over what we believe was known as the Miami Canal and
transfer there to the Wabash and Erie.
James Logan was a millwright for Knowlton
and Dolan at their foundry on Duret Street, now the railroad. Mrs. Logan and two children came a little
later, making the trip over the same route.
A brother of James, named Hamilton
Logan, appears in the Logansport Directory for 1839 while James does not, so
evidently Hamilton, as he was known, came first.
Logansport Press, October 28, 1951
Transcribed by Christine Spencer, April,
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