W. William Wimberly II
In late autumn 1902, a macabre scene unfolded at the original burial ground of Wabash, which had been called both the Old Cemetery and Hanna’s Cemetery. The task at hand was the disinterment of four bodies. The newest of the four graves held whatever might be left of the corpse of Col. Hugh Hanna who, more than any other citizen, was the founding father and civic icon of the prosperous and picturesque community. It might be argued that Hanna’s disinterment was a high-water mark in an outpouring of the visible progress, cultural energy and palpable optimism his town had experienced during the preceding 67 years. Hanna’s Town is the history of 19th-century Wabash, Ind., where the author was raised and where his father was a minister for 30 years.