On December 23, 1915, William Edward Michael Hackleman pulled up a chair somewhere in his beautiful home and sat down to write his friends and associates holiday notes. One of those recipients was his neighbor, the Reverend Ennis M. Barney. He could have dropped the card off at his house but that would have not been considered proper in 1915. At some point, a member of the Barney family would have stopped by the Irvington Post Office (5501 East Washington Street) to pick up the mail and among their other holiday cards they would have found this nice note from Mr. Hackleman. To learn more about the biography William E. M. Hackleman, click on the link below.
|William E. M. Hackleman and his wife and family dwelled at 5438 Lowell Avenue in 1915. This is the house as it appeared in a Butler University yearbook in 1924|
|Prohibitionist, Christian Hymn composer, and pillar in Irvington, William E. M. Hackleman died in a car crash in 1927.|
|The recipient of the card, the Reverend Ennis Barney and his family dwelled at 5452 Lowell Avenue. Mr. Barney was Superintendent of the Indianapolis Saloon League|
The historic Christmas card is courtesy of Susan Gulde.