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Kintner Family


The writer has often been led to wonder at the number of men and women who came to Logansport from Corydon, the first state capitol of Indiana; coming here directly from that town or by way of Ft. Wayne.  Three weeks ago, we were in Corydon, having gone there with the Society of Indiana Pioneers on their fall pilgrimage.  The citizens of Corydon had arranged a tour of a few of the old houses for the benefit of our two busloads.  The first place to which we were escorted was a very well preserved brick house known as Cedar Glade.  It is occupied by a family named McGrain, descendents of a man by the same name who procured title from the builder Jacob Kintner, who had erected the place.

The name Kintner aroused our interest, for in the late 1820’s and later, there were two men, James and Frederick Kintner, saddlers, who had a place of business in Logansport on Commercial Row, which, way back then, was the name given to the south side of Market Street between Walnut and Bridge Streets or 2nd and 3rd as we know the streets today.

The two local saddlers came from Corydon in 1828 by way of Ft. Wayne and Wabash County, having lived in both places for a short time.

A letter from J.B. Slaughter, another Corydon man, brother-in-law of John Tipton, while he was a senator, mentions Jacob Kintner, Jr., saying that Kintner intended to move to Logansport. We have seen nothing to show if Jacob, Jr., actually came here.

Jacob Kintner, Sr., traded his fine home in Corydon, its furnishings complete, and 1,000 acres of land, for some Louisville property.  Much of the original furnishings are still in that old home and it is really wonderful.

James Kintner, the saddler, married Elizabeth Heth in Logansport on May 29, 1832.  She was probably a sister of Harvey Heth for whom the west side street was named.


Logansport Press, October 28, November 25, December 2, December 30, 1951


Transcribed by Christine Spencer, April, 2009

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