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Chronology for the Life and Work of Nicholas Lindsay




The chronology below was constructed at the request of Ervin Beck for this issue. No chronology of Papa’s life existed prior to this. The nine remaining Lindsay siblings searched for press and correspondence relating to Papa’s work as an artist and historian. His careers in building and the trades were included because his work there was central to his personae as an artist. We used documents to create a factual framework for this chronology We believe this chronology to be largely accurate. Our parents were grateful for the community they found through Goshen College. In the year or two prior to her death, Mama opined that “Mennonites make such good friends.” My siblings and I hope to honor this connection through this effort.

--The Lindsay Sibs #1 and 3-11

NICHOLAS CAVE LINDSAY

1927

Sept

Spokane WA

Born to Nicholas Vachel and Elizabeth Conner Lindsay

1928

Spokane WA

1929

April

Springfield IL

Moves back to family home

1930

Springfield IL

1931

Dec

Springfield IL

Father dies

1932

Oakland CA

E. Conner Lindsay works as secretary at Mills College Fine Arts Department.

1933

Oakland CA

1934

Oakland CA

E. Conner Lindsay gains her M.A. from Mills College while teaching English there

1935

Sept

Sept

Washington DC

Fairhope AL

E. Conner Lindsay appointed Dean of King-Smith Studio School

Attends Marietta Johnson Organic School of Education with sister

1936

Fairhope AL

Attends Marietta Johnson Organic School of Education with sister

1937

July

Sept

Nantucket CT

New York NY

Struck by vehicle while riding bicycle. Goes into coma.

In Nantucket Cottage Hospital for 2 months.

Transferred to the Hospital for the Relief of the Ruptured and Crippled in New York City. Spends 7 months there.

1938

April

June

Sept

Nantucket

Croton on Hudson NY

Spends summer recovering.

E. Conner Lindsay appointed headmistress of Oxford School Hartford CT

Attends Hessian Hills School with sister

1939

Croton on Hudson NY

Attends Hessian Hills School with sister/ E. Conner Lindsay living in Hartford CT

1940

Croton on Hudson NY

Attends Hessian Hills School with sister.. Mentored by Ralph Mann, Shop teacher and maintenance man.

E. Conner Lindsay living in Hartford CT

1941

Sept

Hartford CT

Willimantic CT

E Conner Lindsay living in Highland Street West Hartford CT

Attends Windham High School with sister

1942

Sept

Andover CT

Willimantic CT

Moved to Bunker Hill Road, Andover Connecticut.

Attends Windham High School

Makes highest score in US on National Biology test

E. Conner Lindsay appointed Dean of Women and Head of Literature Department at Hillyer College, Hartford CT

1943

Hartford CT

Starts first paying job: bench operator at Union Drawn Steel Mill. United Steelworkers of America Shop Treasurer

1944

Aug-

Dec

Hartford CT

Chapel Hill NC

Chapel Hill NC

Steelworkers strike. Travels to NC. Awarded Kay Keyser Scholarship for Dramatic Art at Chapel Hill

1945

Jan

Mar

Apr

Chapel Hill NC

Chapel Hill NC

Involved in radio program “Voice of the press”

Marries Frances DuBose

Registers for Army but was not enlisted

1946

June

July

Chapel Hill NC

Berkeley CA

Oakland CA

Oakland CA

Frances Lindsay graduates with Bachelor of Arts Degree

Couple buy a Harley Davidson motorcycle and cross country to the west coast

Lived on boat (the Mischief) in Berkeley yacht harbour

Birth of first child

Performs ballads at celebration of Americana at Mills College

1947

Oct.

Berkeley

Camden SC

Freight handler for Southern Pacific Railroad (Freight Handlers Union)

Stamford Electrical Engineering

Birth of second child

Family travels to Annapolis MD

1948

Annapolis MD

Worked as mechanic at Annapolis Buick. Attended Naval Academy for Engineering

1949

Aug

Columbia SC

Columbia SC

Attended University of SC

Birth of third child

1950

June

Aug

Sep

Old Fort NC

Old Fort NC

Graduates from University of SC B.A. in Modern Languages (Spanish and French)

Birth of 4th child

Teaching Mathematics, English and Geography at Old Fort High School

1951

Aug

Augusta GA

Moves to Augusta GA. to begin job at Savannah River Plant (Dupont Corp.)

United Brotherhood of Carpenters

1952

Feb

Augusta GA

Augusta GA

Aiken SC

Living at Floyd Road

Birth of 5th child

Involved with the Augusta Players

Carpenters Union. Form carpenter

Carpenter on building of the Hydrogen Bomb Project Savannah River Plant (Dupont)

1953

July

North Augusta SC

North Augusta SC

Birth of 6th child

Ads on radio for Wild Yankee Builder

Builds Harshberger house

1954

Aug

North Augusta SC

Continues building houses and boats. E. Conner Lindsay dies in Cambridge MA

1955

Spring

Sept

Edisto Island SC

Arrive on Edisto, Starts building family home on Peters Point Road

Repairs churches, houses and boats

7th child dies in childbirth

Is baptised and becomes a member of the Presbyterian Church

1956

Edisto Island SC

Moves in to and continues to build house and workshop.

Establishes Edisto Boat Works

Helps register African-Americans to vote

1957

Edisto Island SC

Continuing to build Peters Point Road house, entire family helping.

1958

Feb

Charleston SC

Birth of 8th child

Teaching high school in SC

1959

Edisto Island SC

Hurricane Gracie: works repairing damage

1960

Hanahan SC

Edisto Island SC

Teaching at Hanahan High School

Teaching himself Russian on way to school and at home

Gets African Americans to the voting stations

1961

Summer

Autumn

New York NY

New York NY

Edgewater NJ

Awarded fellowship in Russian Studies at Columbia University

Lived in Manhattan and the Bronx.

Teaches shop at George Washington Elementary School and Eleanor Van Gelder Junior High

1962

April

April

April

April

June

June

Summer

Sept

San Francisco CA

San Francisco CA

Napa Valley CA

San Jose

Edgewater NJ

San Francisco CA

San Francisco CA

New York NY

Poetry Performance at SF Poetry Centre

Poetry Performance at SF Museum of Art

Poetry Performance at Napa High School

Poetry Performance at San Jose State College

Poetry performance for Eleanor Van Gelder Junior High students

Performs at State Poetry Festival SF Museum of Art

(Shared poetry prize with Brother Antonius)

Intensive Russian immersion

Radio Performance

Return to Topping Avenue Bronx

Teaches at Stuyvesant HS

Works as a carpenter (non-union residential)

Teacher’s Union strike in NYC

1963

Summer

Sept

Edisto Island SC

Return to Edisto

Teaches at St Pauls HS Yonges Island SC

1964

June

July

Autumn

Morgantown W VA

Morgantown W VA

Edisto Island

Attends University of West Virginia for Russian and French

Birth of 9th child

Teaches at St Pauls HS Yonges Island SC

1965

May

July

Edisto Island

Detroit MI

Hillsdale MI

Teaches at St Pauls HS Yonges Island SC

Reads at the 19th Modern Poetry Week Wayne State University

Writes humorous criticism of contemporary poetry for Mad River Review

Hillsdale College- poetry/performance

1966

May

Autumn

Winter

Edisto Island SC

Edisto Island SC

Bloomington IN

Teaches at St Pauls HS Yonges Island SC

Birth of 10th child

Fellowship in Linguistics at Indiana University (French and Russian)

Quits fellowship and works at Dr Pepper Plant

1967

Nov

Bloomington IN

Bloomington IN

Springfield IL

Montreat NC

Wilmington DE

Works as electrician at Alexander Electric (non-union)

Poetry performance

Poetry performance

Poetry performance at Montreat-Anderson College

Records Vachel Lindsay Poetry for Caedmon Records

Poetry recital at Mt Pleasant High School

1968

Bloomington IN

Works as electrician at Alexander Electric. Unsuccessfully attempts to organize workers to be accepted by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers as a Union Shop.

1969

May

Autumn

Sept

Goshen IN

Goshen IN

Palatine IL

Goshen IN

First performance given at Goshen College

Assistant Professor of English and Resident Poet at Goshen College

Presents program of poetry and song at Harper College

Establishes Pinchpenny Press

Publishes “Esau Lanier” and “Prince of Glory, Prince of Darkness” (Pinchpenny Press)

1970

April

Nov

Dec

Goshen IN

Palatine IL

Goshen IN

South Bend IN

Carpentersville IL

Assistant Professor of English and Resident Poet at Goshen College

Recites poetry at Harper College

Birth of 11th child

Reads poetry at Indiana University

Published in Rhetoric of NO (Holt, Reinhardt & Winston)

1971

Oct

Dec

Goshen IN

Goshen IN

Goshen IN

Bluffton OH

Assistant Professor of English and Resident Poet at Goshen College

Runs Edisto Island Colloquium at Goshen College - students translating oral histories of island residents from Gullah to English

Publishes an anthology of student writing (Pinchpenny Press)

Performs at Bluffton College

Published in ”Since the feeling is first” Meclenberger & Simmons

1972

Jan

May

Goshen IN

Goshen IN

Chicago IL

South Bend IN

Assistant Professor of English and Resident Poet at Goshen College

Publishes student anthology of poetry and essays (Pinchpenny Press)

Interviewed for “Poets speak their piece” on WGCS FM

Interview in Working by Studs Terkel (Random House)

Poetry and Performance

Publishes “Sweat, Bread and Money” and “Words and the School” (Pinchpenny Press)

Built a 12’ long boat in living room of 1619 S 9th from salvaged barn timber at site of Peddler’s Village

1973

Goshen IN

Assistant Professor of English and Resident Poet at Goshen College

Publishes “To Heidi’s House” by Barbara Mosemann (Pinchpenny Press)

Publishes “The tree with the Broken Rim” and “Madonna of the Brickbats

(Pinchpenny Press)

1974

Goshen IN

Assistant Professor of English and Resident Poet at Goshen College

Wall Street Journal Review of Working describes Nick Lindsay as “a Thoreauvian voice at the edge of the counterculture”

1975

Feb

April

Nov

Goshen IN

Notre Dame IN

Salina KS

Assistant Professor of English and Resident Poet at Goshen College

Featured in “Arts and Artists” Program on Cablevision’s cable channel 2

Performs at Literary Festival at Notre Dame University with Robert Bly and Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Performs at Kansas Wesleyan University

Publishes “An Oral History of Edisto Island Sam Gadsden Tells the Story” and “Hope is a Condor” (Pinchpenny Press)

1976

Goshen IN

Assistant Professor of English and Resident Poet at Goshen College

1977

Feb

Sept

Sept

Goshen IN

Goshen IN

Edisto Island SC

Resource poet for 3-day Poetry Seminar Workshop at Goshen College

Publishes “The Life and Times of Bubberson Brown” (Pinchpenny Press)

Licenced electrician SC

1978

Edisto Island SC

Charleston SC

New Market TN

Performance with Robert Bly

Performance at Highlander Research and Education Centre

Begins building 72-foot long shrimp boat for Jimmy Bell

1979

Mar

Nov

Goshen IN

France

Springfield IL

Maryville TN

Goshen IN

3-day Writers’ workshop at Goshen College with Jack Duek

European tour 1: Sorbonne Nouvelle, American Embassy Cultural Centre, University of Strasbourg, Convention of European Americanists lecturing on Gullah and Creole and its West African Linguistic and cultural connections

Performances - City of Springfield, State of Illinois, Vachel Lindsay Society

Vachel Lindsay Festival at Maryville College

100th anniversary of Vachel Lindsay’s birth celebration

1980

April

June

Flagstaff AZ

Window Rock AZ

Columbia SC

Elkhart IN

Presents “Jungles of Heaven” at Northern Arizona University

Navajo Nation shows at Window Rock HS and other locations

Performance at E. Morris Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Centre

Performance at the Sideboard Restaurant

1981

March

Lucander, C-Flex are ‘Godfather’ of Shrimp Trawler” published in The National Fisherman (about experience building Bell’s 72’ shrimp trawler)

1982

March

June

Goshen IN

Goshen IN

3-day Writers’ workshop at Goshen College with Pamela Erbe

Polish romantics and American populists” at Goshen College with Waclaw Sadkowski

Published Southern Exposure Vol X no 3 Stories from Edisto

1983

North Charleston SC

San Francisco CA

San Francisco CA

Teaches conversational Russian at Charleston Navy Base

Guest lecturer of Angela Davis (Teacher of Community Studies) and Jack Fulton (Teacher of Photography) at San Francisco Art Institute

Guest performance at Ancient Currents Art Gallery

1984

Aug

Oct

Fresno CA

Edisto Island SC

New Salem IL

Camden SC

Poetry and performance at Fresno Pacific College

Builds Edisto Island’s first Fire Station

The Great American People Show at State Historic Site

Mother in law Belle Easley DuBose dies

1985

Edisto Island SC

Springfield IL

Builds 80-foot cabin cruiser La Belle Helene

Poetry and performance

1986

1987

July

Grantsville MD

Performs old ballads, poetry and songs on old Appalachian instruments at the 10th Annual Penn Alps Summerfest and Quilt Show

1988

Springfield IL

Listen to Your Heart: The challenge of Vachel Lindsay directed by Bill and Dean Snider

1989

France

Switzerland

UK

European tour 2: Public Theatre Strasbourg, University of Orleans

University Basel, University of Lausanne

University of Essex

1990

Sep

Nov

Edisto Island SC

Springfield IL

Llanrwst, Wales

Draws and builds trawler Cap’n Gabe

Builds ornamental patio for Sarah Lee’s twinkies millionaire

Ornamental ironwork for David Lybrand’s Middleton residential development

Rebuilds windows for Cypress Trees Plantation Mansion

Starts work on font for Presbyterian Church (cypress wood with sterling silver basin)

State acquires the Vachel Lindsay House, intends to restore it

Death of sister Susan in Wales. Pallbearer at funeral.

1991

Edisto Island SC

1992

Jul

Aug

Edisto Island SC

New Salem IL

New Salem IL

Finishes baptismal font for Presbyterian Church

The Great American People Show at State Historic Site

Performs the poetry of Vachel Lindsay at State Historic Site

1993

Nov

Edisto Island SC

Goshen IN

Performs at Goshen College

1994

Edisto Island SC

New York NY

New City performances WBAI Radio Show; Oblique Strategies

Nominated for a National Community Radio Award and a Community Public Radio Award

6 apparitions appear on a piano” co-production of Tribeca Lab and The Brecht Forum about Russian futurist poet Vladimir Mayakovsky

1995

Edisto Island SC

1996

Jan

Feb

Edisto Island SC

Camden SC

Woodstock VT

Co-divisor of “Sea Island Elegy” Exhibit at Bassett Gallery and Fine Arts Centre

Reads poetry of Vachel Lindsay as part of play “Gospel of Beauty” by the Three Winters Production Company at Woodstock Union High School

1997

June

Charleston SC

The Sky Blue Stallion” Piccolo Spoletto. Collaboration with Anonymity Dance Co.

1998

June

Charleston SC

Piccolo Spoletto. Collaboration with Anonymity Dance Co.

1999

Sept

Due West SC

Springfield IL

Performs “Sea Island Elergy” at Bowie Arts Centre, Erskine College

Performance and poetry

2000

June

Charleston SC

Piccolo Spoleto. “A Bird Print” Collaboration with Louisa, Charlotte & Emily Lindsay

Dock Street Theatre Courtyard

Published “And I’m Glad: An Oral History of Edisto Island” Arcadia Publishing

Published “Magnificent Storm” Pinchpenny Press

2001

Edisto Island SC

2002

Edisto Island SC

Consultant for the Film Standing in the Shadows of Motown

2003

Edisto Island SC

2004

Edisto Island SC

2005

Edisto Island SC

2006

Edisto Island SC

2007

Edisto Island SC

2008

Edisto Island SC

2009

Edisto Island SC

2010

Edisto Island SC

2011

Edisto Island SC

2012

Edisto Island SC

2013

Edisto Island SC

Publication of “The Fiery Serpent in the Wilderness” in “State of the Heart: South Carolina writers on the places they love” Aida Rogers (Editor)

2014

Edisto Island SC

2015

Edisto Island SC

2016

June

June

Edisto Island SC

Charleston SC

Death of wife Frances DuBose Lindsay

Performs “Esau Lanier – A Sea Island Prince” at Piccolo Spoleto - Dock Street Theatre Courtyard

2017

May

Jun

Goshen IN

Statesboro GA

Last visit to Goshen College. Performs an evening of poetry and song with Don Jost, Jeff Gundy, Julia Kasdorf

Marries Beth Russell, moves to Statesboro GA

2018

Statesboro GA

2019

Jul

Edisto Island

Nick Sr and Jr collaborate on the reinterpretation of Chekov’s first play Ivanov

2020

June

Statesboro GA

Dies

About the Author

Nick Lindsay, Jr., and his siblings compiled this chronology of the life and professional activities of their father, Nick Lindsay.