This place, situated in Donation 37, in Township 2 north, Range 9 west,
was laid out August 29, 1856, by W. C. Davenport. The land was conveyed
from Monroe Alton and wife to Alexander Lesley. George Shouse's Addition
was made to the town on October 20, 1856, being surveyed by Andrew
Armstrong. Martin's Addition of twenty-five lots was made April 11,
1871, James E. Baker being the surveyor. Monroe City, or Nashville or
Lively Dale, as it is variously called, is surrounded by an excellent
farming country and is far away from other rival towns, in consequence
of which it has made a steady and healthful growth. Dennis P. Coonrod,
who was one of the first business men of the place, is still in
business. Other early merchants were James Lee, who was in business a
short time and sold to Albert Smith, and he to John Howell; other
business men have been Joseph Summit, Emanuel Beel, Dr. Trent, B. V.
Alton, J. B. Snyder, A. Helderman, M. J. Stafford and Vankirk & Simpson.
Physicians: N. M. Bonham, A. Harrington, Daniel Trent, W. T. Martin, J.
H. Barnett, N. Young, W. O. Barnett, N. B. Sparks, E. C. Vantrees, W.
Ashton and Dr. Vankirk. At the September term of the commissioner's
court, in 1874, a petition was presented to the commissioners by John N.
Hart, W. J. Pry and John H. Barnett and signed by forty-two voters of
the town, praying to have the town incorporated.
The town was
surveyed by James E. Baker, and a census taken by J. H. Barnett and the
same sworn to before J. G. Soners, J. P., and placed in the postoffice
for inspection twenty days before presenting to the commissioners. The
prayer was granted and an election ordered, in October following, at the
office of Dr. J. H. Barnett. The election board consisted of William
Madden, inspector; A. W. Sampson, clerk, J. G. Soners and A. P. Larkin,
judges. The result of the votes were forty-seven "for incorporation" and
one "against incorporation."
Dry goods and
general stores Dr. P. Coonrod, David Vankirk, Washington Smith,
Mallory & Snyder, Martin L. Vanada and Hebert Snyder.
Elijah Shouse & James West and Albert Falls.
formerly A. Helderman, now Scott Pry.
Mathias Berry and Gerrard Bobinson & Son.
mill Baldwin & Snyder.
Williams, Sparks, Barnett, Van Trees, Trueblood, Hunt and Kensenger.
City Lodge, No. 548, F. & A. M., was organized June 18, 1878. Charter
members : Harvey Baldwin, H. A. Baldwin, John H. Barrett, D. P. Coonrod,
A. C. Falls, J. N. Hart, William Madden, J. B. Snyder, J. G. Soners and
W. C. Wilmore. The officers were : W. C. Wilmore, W. M. ; J. N. Hart, S.
W. ; William Madden, J. W. ; D. B. Vankirk, Treas. ; Harvey Baldwin,
Sec; A. C. Falls, S. D., and J. H. Barnett, J. D. The present officers
are E. N. Hart, M. ; M. A. Campbell, S. W., and Joe Belsher, J. W.
Membership, thirty-five. Lovely Dale Lodge, No. 566, I. O. O. F., was
instituted in February, 1869. E. N. Hall was N. G. ; J. J. Laswell, V.
G. ; D. B. Vankirk, Sec, and David Miller, Treas.
only town in Widner is Freelandsville, located in Section 16, Township 5
north, Bange 8 west. The town was named in honor of Dr. John T.
Freeland, who was for many years a prominent physician of the place. The
town was first surveyed by Samuel E. Smith for John ritterskamp on July
31, 1866. This survey, however, was never legally acknowledged. Dr. John
T. Freeland's Addition was made to the town in May, 1867. C. E.
Baker's Addition was added January 3, 4 and 5, 1870. Henry Heithecker's,
March 16, 1870; his second addition March 16, 1872. John Eitterskamp 1 s
Addition was made November 14, 1877. Chamber's Addition was made July 2,
1871, and the Christian Church Addition was made December 25, 1871,
through its trustees, Herman L. Bergeman, Austin P. Cox and William
Hooper. C. E. Baker and E. Bierhaus began business where the town now is
in 1857 or 1858. The style of the firm was C. E. Baker & Co. and
continued in business up till 1868. John Ritterskamp began about 1860.
George Krebs was in business for a short time. The mill was erected
about 1864 by Baker & Ritterskamp; afterward, about 1868, Nolting became
owner. It is now owned by Dierman & Co. Hardware, Farming Implements,
etc. L. Bergeman. Dry goods John Ritterskamp & Sons and C. E. Baker.
Stoves, Hardware, etc. French & Sons. Cooper shop C. H. Weitzel.
Drug stores H. F. Albert and A. M. Berry. Steam mill Dreiman, Merch
& Co. The town has also a butcher shop, tailor shop, milliner shop,
three blacksmith shops, two hotels. The physicians are Drs. McDowell,
Geo. T. Martin, McGauchey and Myers.
This place is
situated near the western line of the southern part of Vigo Township, on
the Indianapolis & Vincennes Railroad. It is in Sections 21 and 15 of
Town 4 north, range 8 west. The town was laid out for John Bicknell, for
whom it was named, October 1, 1869. The first business house in the
place was erected by George W. Fuller, who had purchased land there
before the town was laid out. Here he built a frame store and dwelling
house near. About 1870 Bruce, Reel & Mitchell began business on Lot 7,
where they continued business for about six months, when they were
burned out. They rebuilt and soon after sold to Slater & Bicknell, who
after a short time (1873) sold to William Hollingsworth, who moved to
Edwardsport about 1875. In 1874 Chambers & Bros, sold goods; the house
was soon closed. A drug store was opened in the same building by S. W.
Slinkard, who sold to Jones & Denton. Hugh Barr sold goods for a time in
the house where Hollingsworth had done business. He soon after
sold to J. L. Cox & Sons, who continued in the old building till 1875,
when they erected a new building. In 1876 G. W. Fuller erected a new
store building. In 1876 Samuel Slinkard began business again, but sold
to Emanuel Freeman. The first blacksmith was Moses Reeves, who opened a
shop in 1872; the next was Henry Kixmiller. Among the physicians that
have been are Emanuel Reel, James Moore, J. G. Martin, E. C. Vantrees,
William Jones, James Wells, Isaac Wells, and J. W. Trueblood. A
flouring-mill was built in 1873 by John Sholtz, who sold it to Slinkard
& Co. in 1873, and they to Wells & Winter in 1875. Present business of
Bicknell: General stores Joe Freeman, John Paul, and George Donaldson.
Drug stores W. S. McLinn and Samuel Bunting. Boots and shoes
Kixmiller & Bros. Grain and stock dealer George W. Fuller. Livery
stable N. Alton. Hotel Joseph Buckles, formerly J. L. Cox.
Physicians Drs. Dorsey, Staley, and Huron. Secret societies Masonic
Lodge, No. 535, was instituted in 1876; also I. O. O. F., No. 527, in
the same year.
Bruceville is located eight miles from Vincennes on the Indianapolis &
Vincennes Railroad. It lies in Donation 184. The land on which the town
was built was owned by William Bruce, for whom the town was laid out on
December 10, 1829. A "mapp of thirty-six lotts" was made and sworn to
before A. G. Roberts, a justice of the peace. The original plat
contained only Washington, Main Cross, and Poplar streets. To the old
town John H. Bruce' s Addition of seventeen lots was made to the south
side on May 5, 1870. Although the town was not laid out till the above
date, it was known as a town before 1820. As stated elsewhere, the house
in which Mr. James Bruce now lives was begun in 1811 by Maj. William
Bruce, the proprietor of the town site. Jacob Harper is said to have
been the first blacksmith in the place ; William Hummer the first
wagon-maker ; Peter Ruby the first carpenter ; Thomas Alton the first
tanner ; J. T. Simpson the first merchant; Obed Macy the first
physician, and John Green the first tavern-keeper. Henry Wheeler built
the first wool carding machine in the county at Bruceville in about
1820. Other early businesses were a store by Bruce & McDonald; an inn by
William Bruce ; an oil mill for extracting the oil from the castor bean,
John T. and George Simpson. Bruceville had an ox tread-mill, a small
still-house, and a mill at a very early day. Late business houses: Barr
& "Willis, Barr, Willis & Boberts, and Steffey. Physicians Drs.
Dinwiddie, Macy, and Fairhurst. Present business of Bruceville: Dry
goods and general stores Roberts, Emison & Steffey, Willis & Barr,
Hill Bros., and J. H. Scroggin. Blacksmiths Elias Kackley and John
Slawson. Boots and shoes William Martin. Physicians Z. G. Martin, J.
W. Milam, and James McDowell. Drug store Milam & Alexander. The I. 0.
0. F. Lodge, No. 547, Bruceville, was instituted May 17, 1877, on
application of L. C. Roberts, James Emison, G. W. Melton, Calvin Clark,
Thomas Hollingsworth, Hiram Antibus, Thomas Winemiller and Alfred Green.
The charter was granted by Leonidas Sexton, G. M., and B. F. Foster, G.
S. The membership of the lodge is twelve.
Oaktown is the
principal place of business in Busseron Township. It is situated in
Section 17, Town 5 north, Bange 9 west. It was laid out for George Bond
by Samuel E. Smith, May 20, 1867. To this was added Shepard's
Enlargement, of fifty lots June 19, 1867. Adam and Watts Bond's
Enlargement was made October 4, 1876. One of the business houses of
Oaktown was the grist-mill of Bond & Co. This mill is still in
operation. Dry goods and grocers Sproatt & Son, Watts Bond, and C. L.
Haughton, all substantial firms. Groceries and notions George H. Bond.
Hardware and agricultural implements formerly Polk, but now Polk &
Walker; also, George Shepard. Drug stores William McGowen and Pifer &
Beed. The town has its complement of physicians, two hotels, two
blacksmith shops, millinery shops, etc. The population of the place is
estimated at 300. The business houses of the place are above the average
for size and quality. Large quantities of produce are handled here.
The Oaktown Lodge, No. 471, was organized under dispensation May 26,
1874, and a charter granted October 17, 1874. The following were charter
members: T. T. Townsley, W. M. ; W. H. Wise, S. W. ; A. B. Pike, J. W. ;
W. H. Bell, Treas. ; J. W. Pugh, Sec. ; David Williams, S. D. ; J. M.
Shepard, J. D. ; James Williams, Tyler; others, J. W. Burnett, John Wolf
and J. T. P. Clark. The present officers are C. L. Haughton, W. M. ;
Frank Starner, S. W. ; John Brener, J. W. ; D. W. B. Grigsby, Sec. ;
Alonzo Ashley, S. D. ; Elmore Scanlan, J. D., and A. Tewalt, T.
Membership is about thirty. The Caldwell Lodge, No. 271, I. O. O.
F., was granted November 21, 1866, on petition of J. M. Shepard, J. H.
E. Sprinkle, H. J. Smith, W. R. Miller and J. W. Benefield. The officers
are J. E. Reed, N. G. ; W. H. Blann, V. G. ; Alonzo Collen, Treasurer;
J. N. Shepard, Sec. Membership about thirty. This lodge had the
misfortune to lose by fire, within the last year, its hall and records.
This town is
located on the southeast quarter of southeast quarter of Section 4, Town
5 north, Range 7 west. The town is on the Indianapolis & Vincennes
Railroad in the Northern part of Vigo Township, and was laid out by
George Halstead, October 7, 1868. The place was named in honor of a
civil engineer on the Indianapolis & Vincennes Railroad. It is in a good
farming community, and large quantities of grain and stock are shipped
from this point. An extensive business was done in the place, between
1865 and 1870, by Dewey, Crane & Co. Stores have been run at Sandborn by
Alonzo Hays, Henry Houghland, Simon Kaufman, Bailey & Son, and Hill.
Present business is represented by Hill and Lowdermild, each in dry
goods and general stores; drug stores, Wiley McGinnis and John Beck;
restaurant, William DeLay; blacksmith shop and gunsmith, C. Copper. The
mill was owned by Robinson for about twelve years, when it was sold. It
is now owned by Hill & Hill, and is run as both a saw and grist-mill ;
hotel, C. E. Crane. On May 11, 1878, Hayden Hayes had seven acres of
land laid out almost adjacent to Sandborn. This lay mainly on the west
side of the Indianapolis & Vincennes Railroad, and the new town was to
be called Banham. The town did not materialize. Additions: Presley
Anderson's Addition of six lots was made to Sand- born, December 20,
1871, and Isaac Cade's Addition of eight lots was made January 22, 1873.
situated in Donation 107, near the central portion of Steen Township. It
is on the Ohio & Mississippi Railroad. It was laid out
December 29, 1858, by A. Armstrong for William Long, guardian. The town
is divided into three parts: North, South and East Wheatland. North
Wheatland is the town proper. South Wheatland is R. E. Steen's Addition,
and consists of sixty-seven lots. It was surveyed by George Calhoun,
June 29, 1859. East Wheatland was surveyed by Samuel E. Smith, April 6,
1868. for R. E. Steen. It consists of thirteen acres of land. The town
was named Wheatland from the amount of good wheat land around the town.
James Green was the first to do business in the place. He began before
the town was laid out. He bought grain, wheat, corn, and all kinds of
produce. His place of business was near where the postoffice now stands.
He became dissipated, and closed about the be- ginning of the war.
Thomas Brooks was the next in business. Horace Anderson, from Maysville,
began business about 1859. William Wallace was in and out of business
for several years. Others were Emison & Evans, Fay & Byers. Barber &
Clemens, and Barber, alone. Present businesses: Dry goods S. B.
Niblack, M. E. Anderson & Son. Drug store W. J. Nicholas & Co.
Furniture and undertaker James F. Woods ( twelve years ) . Shoemaker
John. W. Burrus, who has been in business for twenty years. Livery
stable Jacob Comer. In 1805 a mill was erected in the place by John W.
Emison. of Bruceville, but the machinery has recently been taken out,
and the town is now very much in need of a mill. Dare & Sons are running
a small machine shop and blacksmith shop. The following have been
postmasters at Wheatland since the removal of the office to that place:
Will- iam Wallace, George Barber, William Clemens, J. E. Smith, J. W.
Burrus, W. J. Nicholson, Anderson Nicholson and Robert Grider.
usually known as Deckers, is almost on the line between Johnson and
Decker Townships, and lies on White River. It is in a fractional part of
the southwest quarter of the northeast quarter of Section 16, Township 1
north, Range 10 west. The town was laid out by Isaac Decker in June,
1869. There are platted forty-two lots, each 145x75 feet. The streets
running parallel with the railroad are numbered 1, 2 and 3,
respectively. Those at right angles to the railroad are Main and Oak
Streets. The first business house in the place was built by Hugh O'Neal.
This was afterward sold to James Dick, but it again passed into the
hands of O'Neal. Robert McCracken and Jacob Kimmons started the next
store in the place. The only dry goods store in the place now is owned
by the Jourdon Bros. The mill was erected by Robert McCracken about
1874. It afterward passed into the hands of William Wallace. Drs.
Littlepage, Bell and Morgan were the earliest physicians. The present
are the Drs. Davis. The place is of some importance as a ship- ping
point on the Evansville & Terre Haute Railroad for Johnson and Decker
Townships. Albert' C. Shreve's Addition was made to the town November
17, 1876, and William M. Anderson's, of twelve lots, was made April 27,
1875, and his second addition of 18 lots September 3, 1875.
This now extinct
town was located in Donations 6 and 7, lying immediately on White River
below Deckertown. The land was conveyed by Thomas Dick to Andrew Purcell
December 1, 1836. The town site consisted of ninety-three lots, aboiit
half of which were never sold. The streets parallel with the river were
numbered, First, Second and Third, in order. Those at right angles were
named Purcell, Hill and Coddington, respectively. The owners of lots
were James Patterson, James Crow, James and Joseph Kimmons, Landers
Bilderback, James Edwards, James Youngman, Henry Fisher, Isaac Purcell,
Hiram Minor, John Anthis, Henry Martin, Thomas Johnson and a man named
Coddington. The place was long known as rather a "hard place," being the
resort for the rougher class. Tilts at fisticuff and cocking mains were
common pastime. The place has long since gone down, and a great portion
of the land where the town stood has been washed away by the river.
This place was
laid out March 31, 1839, on land owned by Purcell, in Donation 54, in
Palmyra Township, on the Ohio & Mississippi Railroad. The plat contained
thirty-nine lots, and the streets were given city names. The only thing
that now marks the place is a side track on the Ohio & Mississippi Eail-
road. The town plat embraced twelve acres of land. The place took its
name from the character of the soil around it.
This place was
laid out and surveyed by E. P. Mayfield for Frederick Pohlmeir, in
December, 1881. It is on the Indianapolis & Vincennes Railroad, in Town
5 north, Eange 7 west. The lots were laid out 75x150, and the streets 75
wide. As a town it never had existence in reality. Near the place is a
large Lutheran Church, to which the majority of the community belong.
The place was named from Westphalia in Europe. A little south of this
place, on the railroad, is a station called Wagner's Station. The
community of this section is largely German. This place is located near
the middle of Busseron Township, when measured from north to south. It
was laid out May 30, 1854, and is on the Evansville & Terre Haute
Railroad, twelve and one-half miles from Vincennes. The town is located
in Sections 29 and 30, Township 5 north, Eange 9 west. It was surveyed
by George Calhoun for W. W. Harper, J. A. McClure and T. P. Emison, as
proprietors. The town contains twenty lots, each 100 feet square. The
town now is one only in name, being simply a station on the railroad.
The town site of
Emison was laid out by C. S. Kabler for Samuel A. Emison, in May, 1867.
The town site contains twenty- six lots, the full size being 120 feet
square. It is in Donation 207, Town 4 north, Eange 9 west. The place was
of some im- portance as a lumber market. Some grain and other produce
are shipped from this point over the Evansville & Terre Haute Railroad.
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source: History of Knox County 1886