Website by Steve Graves
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Steve is a great-grandson of Elmer E. Rudder who was a supervisor at the brick plant in 1914 and of lineage of John M. Rudder b. 1788 Virginia – d. 1852 Salem, Washington County, Indiana. Steve is also a great-grandson of John P. Henderson (1865-1942) and of that line of Medora area Hendersons: Joseph Patten Henderson (1831-1916) and William Henderson (1794-1863). Both these Rudder and Henderson families are Indiana pioneer families having come to the state prior to 1825.
Raised in Central Illinois, where his mother, uncle and their Medora raised and schooled parents moved in 1922, Steve received 1920s photos of his Henderson and Rudder ancestors which put him, in 2004, to researching further and learning about Medora and that his great grandfather Rudder had a little connection to a brick plant.
After reading that the plant was (then) on
Indiana's 10 Most Endangered Historic Sites list, he gathered more
information and photos pertaining to the plant and created a website,
with that material. The site quickly caught the attention
of a state legislator, who suggested he submit an application to the
State of Indiana for placement of one of its historical markers to
commemorate the plant's history. The marker was set in an event on May 3, 2008 in the
center of the town of Medora where more people would appreciate it
rather than out at the plant where there was no activity, and where, it
was suggested, "the marker might well come under fire as a target for
young folks with their deer rifles!" The bank parking lot seemed a
In 2016 Steve, who has lived in Florida since 1981, was very pleased to learn of an uptick in local interest in the plant coupled with the nuturing watchfulness of the Indiana Landmarks organization. In September 2016 he attended the initial meeting of the Save the Medora Brick Plant group and continues to keep this website up in support of efforts to keep Medora Brick Plant alive.
Steve feels Medora area ancestors would be pleased that their homeplace area, particularly the brick plant, is remembered. "I'm glad I could help a bit and do appreciate the kindness extended to me by Paul Carr, Bernard Gray, Tim Reynolds, Dale Shoemaker and others on my visits to Medora, seeing the results of their efforts in saving the brick plant."
This site aims to tell the story of the Medora Brick Plant and foster thought, discussion and action about its future.