People of Medora Brick Plant



Medora, Indiana
Indiana 425 southwest of Medora in Jackson County

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Names and information presented is what is believed to be true BUT without  guarantee.  Historical references used to compile this list can be inaccurate or incomplete. 

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B

Branaman, William T.

Founding Board of Directors 1904; third largest stockholder at that time.

  Brown, Cecil truck driver as per 1940 census
 

Brown, Harry

machinist in 1930

C

Chapman, Charles

burner at brick plant in 1915; wife Delia A.

 

Clark, Howard

Superintendent of the plant in 1930 at the age of 58. Resided with wife Clennia at 162 Main St. in Medora

D

Darkis, Troy L.

Current owner of the Medora Brick Plant site.  Worked at the plant as a young man.

  Davis, Ansell laborer as per 1930 census
  Dixon, Alva laborer as per 1930 census
 

Dixon, Harold

laborer as per 1930 census

E Earl, Franklin laborer
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G Gallion, Stclair laborer as per 1930 census
 

Gray, Bernard A.

Superintendent of plant from 1968-1992. Began working at the plant in 1946 as a high school student then full time in 1951. 

 

Gray, Ralph

Worked at the plant beginning in 1925 as a laborer and later (after 1940 sometime) became Surperintendent. Wife was Doris. Father of Bernard A. Gray and Erridine Gray.

 

Gray, Erridine

Brick plant salesman, son of Ralph Gray and brother of Bernard A. Gray

  Greathouse, Helen laborer as per 1940 census
Greathouse, Lester laborer as per 1940 census
H Hamilton, Isaac laborer, married to Gertrude Darkis
 

Heller, John W.

Purchased the Medora Plant in 1925.  His son James P. Heller followed as President of the company beginning in about 1946.

 

Heller, James P.
 

President of Medora Brick Plant and the Jackson Brick & Hollowware Co. 1946 through 1970's when the Jackson Co. was still operating and then Medora until its closing in Jan. 31, 1992.  James Heller (1909-1999).

 

Heller, Mildred Inez Gossman

Wife of James P. Heller.   Passed in 2011 in Brownstown. (1910-2011)

 

Hook, Fred N.

brick burner in 1915; wife Ella

  Hubbard, Roy laborer as per 1930 census
 

Hughes, D.M. 

occupation farmer/ investor who was the largest stockholder at the plants founding in 1904.  Board member in 1908.

  Hughes, Nin (Nineva) laborer as per 1940 census
 

Hunsucker, Josiah L.

Founding Board of Directors 1904.  Board member in 1908.

  Hunsucker, Henry S. laborer as per 1930 & 1940 census  Son of Robert below
  Hunsucker, Robert H. laborer as per 1930 census; worked at plant 27 years, died. at 73 in 1952
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Jackson, Curtis

perhaps he worked at the plant - listed as a  'brick maker'

K

James Keiser

25 years there
L Lambert, Hubert laborer as per 1940 census
  Lane, Everett laborer as per 1940 census
 

Lockman, Erastus

laborer as per 1930 census

  Lonsberry, Henry as per 1910 census
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Medora Shale Brick Company

The original name of the company operating the Medora Brick Plant.

 

McMillan, C.C.

Board Member in 1908; bookeeper for the plant as per 1910 census

  McMillian, Roland laborer as per 1930 census
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Parker, Samuel

Know to be the Superintendent of Brick Plant in 1910 at the age of 30. born ~1879 married for seven years with child, Florence age 4 . He was from Ohio. Wife Eliza parents, 31, born in Ohio 1878 from England, Daughter

  Peck, Lew as per the 1910 census
  Plummer, Jerald (Jerry) truck driver for 15 years
  Poor, Ralph laborer as per 1930 census
  Pray, John laborer as per 1930 and 1940 census
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R Reynolds, Ellis laborer as per 1940 census
 

Robertson, Joseph

President of both the Medora Brick Co. and the Jackson Brick & Hollowware Co. of Brownstown ~1922-1940.  Purchased the Medora plant in partnership with John W. Heller in ~1922.  Joe would have been 44 in 1922. Wife Bessie B. and daughter Carolyn born in ~1921.

 

Rudder, Elmer E.

a foreman at the plant in 1914; maternal great grandfather to this website's creator, Steve Graves.

S Shep(p)ard, Charlie laborer as per 1940 census
 

Sheppard, George A

a foreman in 1930

  Sheppard, Harry Kenneth worked at the plant until 1942
  Shelton, Charles E. laborer as per 1940 census
  Shelton, Frank laborer as per 1940 census
  Shelton, John W. laborer as per 1940 census; a John Shelton appears in the 1910 census
  Shelton, May laborer as per 1940 census
  Sherrill, Jerome laborer as per 1940 census
  Sons, Nick 1910 census. Brother in law to Henry Lonsburry
  Sons, Alvie "Perk" laborer
  Sons, Willie laborer as per 1940 census
  Smith, Frank

laborer as per 1930 census

 

Smith, H.M.

Board of Directors 1908

 

Sutherland, Alva

Age 27 in 1910 - engineer at the plant - keeping equipment running.

 

Sutton, John H.

Founding Board of Directors 1904

T Taylor, George feet and ankles crushed at plant - Nov. 6 1916 Seymour Tribune
  Tomsberry, Henry laborer as per 1930 census
 

Trautman, Cornelius V.

Founding Board of Directors 1904 and second largest stockholder at that time. Occupation: miller.  Board member in 1908.

  Trueblood, Virgil as per 1910 census
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W Watts, Clarence

laborer as per 1930 census

  Watts, James laborer as per 1930 & 1940 census
  Wayman, Henry rock fell on him according to Mar 20, 1913 Seymour Tribune article
  Weddle, Henry laborer as per 1930 census
 

Weddle, William

fireman at brick plant in 1915; wife Laura

  Williams, Charlie (ey) laborer as per 1910 census
  Williams, William S. laborer as per 1930 census
  Williams, Wm. (Willie) L. laborer as per 1930 census  son of Wm. S.
  Wineineger, Millard laborer as per 1930 census
  Wesner, Caroll R. laborer as per 1930 census
  Woods, Daniel W. laborer as per 1930 census
  Woods, David laborer as per 1910 census
  Woods, Gary laborer as per 1910 census
  Woods, Lewis laborer as per 1930 census
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Zollman, George W.

Founding Board of Directors 1904

 

 

The following people who resided in Carr Township (Medora) of Jackson Co. Indiana  indicated in the ~ April 11-22, 1930 Federal Census that they worked at the Brick Plant:   *In the process of verifying and adding to list above (12/8/13)

Name and age in 1930

 

Blair,Price 32  
Brown, Frank 24

 

Durham, Perry 20

 

Durham, Gilbert 57

 

Greathouse, Clifford 28

 

Greathouse, Lonns 25  
Henderson, Russell 24

 

Lonsberry,  John 29

 

Sheppard, John W. 37

 

Smith, Taft 22

 

Sons, Frank 47

 

Weaver, Carroll R. 21

 

Williams, Clarence 28  

 

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