While living with his father on a farm about seventeen miles from here came often to Boonville to hear court trials and to borrow books from John A. Brackenridge. From this corner Abraham Lincoln traveled north by ox-team on the old Boonville-Petersburg-Vincennes road when emigrating to Illinois in 1830.
Sponsored by the Warrick County Historical Society
Erected in 1932
Boonville bears the family name of Ratliff Boon, Warrick County’s most illustrious citizen and public official. Whether or not it was named for Ratliff, as is generally stated, or for his father, Jesse (who is buried in Harpole Cemetery just West of Boonville), or a son, as some historians assert, undoubtedly Ratliff Boon, born January 18th, 1781, was most influential in the establishment of Boonville and Boon Township.
Ratliff Boon came to the Warrick county area in 1809, was commissioned a lieutenant in the territorial militia in 1812 and rose to Colonel of the Tenth Regiment in 1817. With the formation of Warrick County in 1813, he was the first county treasurer and was active in public life for 25 years. He was a member of territorial assembly and each house of the state legislature. He was Lieutenant governor of Indiana, 1819-1822, and was acting governor of Indiana in 1822, from September 12 to December 4th. In the U.S. Congress he was a member of the House for six terms during 1825-1827 and 1829-1839. He was President Jackson’s “faithful among the faithless”. In 1839 he moved to Missouri. On November 20, 1844 Ratliff died and was interred in Riverview Cemetery, Louisiana, Pike County, MO.
Ratliff Boon was said to be a cousin of Kentucky’s famed Daniel Boone. However, this has not been confirmed in any historical documents or genealogies.
JAMES A. HEMENWAY (1860-1923)
Who through hard work, practical genius, and American opportunity, rose to positions of high honor and responsibility in both houses of Congress. His distinguished service to the state of Indiana was an important contribution to American ideals of good government. In appreciation of his qualities and service this memorial is erected by his many friends and a grateful community.
Warrick County Historical Society
Erected in 1928