The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update


October 26, 2013

The statues and their parents: The rest of the story

The statues of Gertrude and Charles Hilligoss stand stalwart above their graves in West Maplewood Cemetery. The statues are a tribute to enduring parental love and it is impossible to fully know their story without knowing the stories of the parents who made sure that their children wouldn’t be forgotten.

Dr. Hilligoss

George N. Hilligoss was born in Rush County, Indiana. His family moved to Madison County when he was a child and he started out as a farmer. He also had a job for a while clerking in the drug store of John Westerfield in Anderson. During the Civil War, Hilligoss served for two years in the 75th Indiana Infantry, fighting in Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia. After his discharge in 1864, his life changed direction. He studied medicine for three years with Dr. William Hunt in Anderson and obtained his medical degree from the University of Michigan in 1867. His first medical practice was set up in North Vernon in Jennings County, Indiana. While he was there, he made several lifelong friends. He also met Caroline Grawlig, a school teacher from Madison, Indiana. Grawlig, born in Frankfurt, Germany, had come to the United States as a small child and was well-educated and cultured. The young couple married in 1870 and moved to Fishersburg, where Hilligoss started a medical practice.

The Hilligoss family was relatively poor when they came to Fishersburg, but Dr. Hilligoss did well there. He was both a good doctor and a good businessman. He opened a drug store in Lapel. He had a fine house and the fastest, smartest driving rig in town. The Hilligosses were especially proud of their children. Nine year old Charley clerked for his father in the drug store and was smart and reliable enough to be trusted with business errands to nearby Anderson. His little daughter Gertrude was bright and loving.

Text Only
  • FEA HB0424 Bids for Kids Bears - April 2014 Annual Bids for Kids auction starts Friday

    Breaking the cycle of child abuse is one of the most difficult things to do, but the people of Madison County aren’t ready to give up trying.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Spotlight on the kids When pianist Nathan Cook started volunteering for the special education program at Anderson High School, he started mulling over ideas how he could do more to help.

    April 23, 2014

  • Jim Bailey: Figuring out how to have the good in life without the bad Most of us have had those faith-shaking episodes in our lives. The tragic episodes that leave us wondering what life is all about.

    April 24, 2014

  • Community Briefs: April 24 A compilation of community news as published in the Thursday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    April 24, 2014

  • FEA - HB0423 - food truck file -NE Food Truckin' Thursday returns

    A new favorite that combines food and cars is rolling back into town next week. Food Truckin' Thursday starts back up May 1. For about six months, local vendors will pull up their food trucks to Citizens Park Plaza at Ninth and Main streets from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • FEA HB0423 Tipton Community Briefs: April 23

    A compilation of community news as published in the Wednesday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Community Briefs: April 22

    A compilation of community news as published in the Tuesday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    April 22, 2014

  • life saver.jpg Man credited with saving life says he was doing his job

    When Richard Goff walked into Louis Moyer's home, he smelled gas.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • FEA HB0421 Silent Movie 2 Acting without words

    Nineteen area students will take a walk down the red carpet Tuesday evening as their film projects premiere at the Paramount Theatre during the WRC Silent Film Festival.

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • Community Briefs: April 21

    A compilation of community news as published in the Monday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    April 20, 2014

Reader Pet Photos

We're looking for your best pet photos! Share your photos of your favorite non-human companions in our new photo gallery. Click here to upload your photos

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
More Resources from The Herald Bulletin