Sugar Cream Pie is one of those "desperation" pies from when people couldn't get ingredients like nuts or fruit. Similar to mock apple pie, vinegar pie, etc. There's an interesting discussion of the history here, although the true origins are lost to time. The web seems to pretty consistently state that the pie was born around the same year as Indiana became a state (1816).
You can find lots of different recipes online, but this one is, IMHO, most likely to be historically accurate.
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What's kind of funny is that I've lived in Indiana all my life, but never heard of sugar cream pie until I moved south. My dad has lived here for over 50 years, and he hadn't had it before last night. "The Region," as they call the area around Grammaland, is kind of it's own separate state. We get most of our news from Chicago, the ethnic blend is very different, and it's just kind of its own little universe. Sugar cream pie is more of a rural thing than a city thing, and Grammaland is definitely more urban than the rest of Indiana. It makes sense that sugar cream pie would be rural, because the ingredients are all things that you'd have on hand on the farm, and don't go out of season. In the city, you don't have to worry about having things on hand because it's an easy trip to the grocery store.
If you come visit we'll pick up a "Hoosier Pie" and treat you, Rob!