Southern Indiana Living

JUL-AUG 2018

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Jul/Aug 2018 • 15 from the Trav'ler Karenolo Radio and Television Corp., which operated in the town from 1944 to 1963; photos of the late John B. Stetson, of Stetson Hat fame, and his wife, Elizabeth; memorabilia of local military heroes including Civil War Gen. William T. Spicely; and an Oh Henry can- dy bar wrapper. "When a town is 200 years old, a lot of good stories emerge," said Henderson. The love story of John Stetson, a wealthy East Coast hat manufacturer, and for- mer Orleans resident Elizabeth "Libbie" Shindler is one of those. While visiting in Philadelphia, the beautiful young Shindler met Stetson, a widower some 20 years her senior. He stopped in Orleans to see her while on a train trip through the area. "They were married soon after," said Henderson. "He presented his bride with a house, which was fabricated in Philadel- phia and shipped to Orleans where it was constructed. That was about 1894 and it is still standing." The Stetson House is known by locals as "the storybook house" or "the house that hats built," Henderson said. "The little Orleans girl's fairy story contin- ued after the death of her husband. As the Stetson hat heiress, she was engaged in many philanthropic endeavors and later married a Portuguese nobleman, taking the title of countess." And that Oh Henry wrapper on - Robert F. Henderson

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