Thursday, September 18, 2008
What's a Hoosier??
Back when Indiana was still a territory and not a legal state, about 1/3 of the property was owned by a man named Hoosier. He was (obviously) a very wealthy farmer. But besides being a very wealthy farmer, he was sympathetic to the plight of the slaves in the south. And he would hire slaves who had escaped their bondage in the south, and would pay them decent wages and give them homes to live in. These escaped slaves were called Hoosiers since they worked on the Hoosier farm. And when Indiana became a state all Indiana residents adopted this familiar name. I must say, I've never been so proud to take the name Hoosier in all my 2.5 years of living here. Bravo, Mr. Hoosier!