Santa Claus, Indiana connections and events
Santa Claus, Indiana was the site of the Hannings and Freyhofers, along with a church assignment for Rev. Weiler and his wife Addie Hanning, all on my mother’s side.
- 1816-1830 Abraham Lincoln lived about four miles away as a boy on Pigeon Creek Farm.
- 1847 the Hannings settled there and helped named the town.
- 1852 The Freyhofers settled there at the invitation of the Hannings
- 1854 Theo Hanning cofounded the Santa Claus United Methodist Church
- 1862 Henry Freyhofer was buried in Santa Claus, Indiana after succumbing to Typhoid in the civil war.
- 1875 Addie Hanning was born in Santa Claus
- 1912-1917 Rev. Weiler and wife Addie Hanning moved there to preach in the Santa Claus United Methodist Church, the same church Addie’s grandfather started in 1854.
- 1917 Rev. Weiler was accused of being a German sympathizer during WWI by the Postmaster in Dale who sent a letter to the FBI about him.