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Proudly Celebrating 200 Years!
Winchester is a vibrant, growing community that respects its heritage and is a place where families, organizations and businesses find the resources, infrastructure and quality of life to thrive. Local leadership manages resources well and works with the community to instill a confidence and excitement about the future of Winchester. It is a community with an eye to the future that reaches out to surrounding communities and government units in partnership and cooperation for the benefit of the entire county, region and state.
Proud home to many hometown favorites;
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Rich in a variety of historical resources. The county museum, library and many more offices offer historical recollections.
Various outlets allow for fitness and family fun in Winchester. The YMCA, Camp Yale, Winchester Golf Club offer many activities for all to enjoy.
Randolph Central School Corporation takes pride in the education of our next generation. Classes have been created to better prepare our future workers.
Pride in the downtown area abounds not only during the holidays but year round.
Proud of the family parks that dot the town, from small to large parks, there is ample safe equipment for the entire family. Visit the pool as well as the free concerts.
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ne has to stop and think, in 1818, did our founding fathers have any idea as to what a great community they were beginning? Did they think that in 200 years our community would be home to a diverse community excelling in many different avenues? The answer is probably not, but it was surely their hope for us.
Us? Yes us! Not you or me, but us. We are the proud citizens of Randolph County celebrating 200 wonderful years together.
Randolph County provides a vibrant, dynamic atmosphere for people of all ages. As we continue to grow, the hometown feeling continues to be the focus for us, the residents, as well as the leaders in our communities.
To help us remember and look forward to the future, we have compiled a list of the 150 things, in no particular order, that you should see and do in our communities. Along with 50 “Did You Know” facts to round out 200 wonderful things about Randolph County. Many of these “can’t miss things” have made our community what it is today. They also continue to move us forward in the fields of economic development, inspiration in our future generations and much more! We would like to invite everyone to explore and take in the beautiful areas that foster creative expression, compassion, healthy living and participation.
You’ll find opportunities to be a part of hometown festivals and events all while escaping the stresses of a hectic lifestyle. Also our farmland’s homegrown goodness, with great parks, historic locations, shopping and dining opportunities, you will find an offering of a variety of interests.
Enjoy Randolph County!
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2. Culture Abounds! Farmland’s Cultural Center is home to some of Randolph County’s most diverse activites. In the heart of Downtown Farmland, the lovely hardwood floors and tin ceilings bring back memories of times gone by. Once a grocery store, the facility has been completely remodeled and is available to reserve for weddings, parties and community events.
3-4.Who Is The Best Bowler? Bowling at Winchester Bowl is great exercise and a fun activity for the family. Located at the east edge of town, bowlers can take part in league play or single games. Birthday parties are always a winner! In Union City, across the state line, is Woodcrest Lanes, another alley offering fun. Food and beverages can be enjoyed at both! 5. A Tucked Away Treasure! Nestled in the countryside of Modoc is Wilson Wines. The Winery was licensed in September 2000. During the summertime expect crowds at one of the many hosted events. Concerts of local as well as renowned talent can be enjoyed while drinking a glass of your wine.
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6. The Meaning Of Hub City. Early on in Union City, many major railroad routes intersected in the area, thus the area being coined the “Hub City.” In the Old Hotel and Railroad Learning Center located on Columbia Street, you will find railroad relics as well as other Union City pieces of the past.
13. Softball Anyone! For almost 40 years, Winchester has hosted the annual Men’s & Women’s Labor Day Softball tournament. Bringing in teams from all over the tri-state area, members compete in this marathon tournament beginning Friday night and ending on Monday. Camping sites and food available.
7-12. The Courthouse Square. When traveling to Randolph County one cannot miss visiting the courthouse square. Home to the county courthouse, built in 1876, the square is also home to a tank, a cannon and a bell, all with historical significance. The Soldiers and Sailors Monument is the crown of the square. It is the oldest Civil War monument in Indiana. The Dough Boy statue also adorns the square. Unveiled in 1928, this statue pays tribute to the thirty six men from Randolph County who died in World War 1.
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1. Stone Mansion! Located on Orange Street in Winchester is The Stone Mansion. Placed on the National Resgister of Historic Places in March 1979, General Stone built the house in 1872. The Stone Mansion has housed not only private dwellings but also a restaurant over the years.
14. Food, Fun & family Every late July and early August Union City hosts State Line Heritage Days. For many years this festival was known as Farmer Merchant Days. A large group of community volunteers pull together and use their resources to put on this wonderful event. They kickoff the event with a luncheon. This multi-day event encompasses entertainment for all ages and offers a parade and food. You can even see a melodrama Under the Big Tent. 15-17. Fore! Bring your golf clubs! Winchester Golf Club features three distinct 9-hole golf courses: Beeson, Pony, and Willow. Each course presents a unique challenge and because the clubhouse is centrally located to each of the Did courses it's easy to move from one to You any of the other two. The courses Know? feature water hazards designed to challenge players around the t greens. Hickory Hills, located on pos d l rfie the the countryside in Farmland, Dee s once rom e h f a T also offer an 18 hole course. ice w t office to f f o s Tournament or individual play po ter only inches yne. is always welcome. Don’t W t Wa forget about Union City Country For club either. Although located in Ohio, this course invites the avid golfer to play for lots of fun!
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20. Make a Memory! This holiday season take the family to Sickels Tree Farm located on St Rd 27 north of Lynn. Families are encouraged to venture out to the tree field and cut down your own tree. Also visit the gift shop for a fresh wreath or roping. The Sickels’ family has diligently worked to make this tree farm not just for the Christmas season. They also offer fall events and special tree sales during the year.
21. Go Sledding! Enjoy a family tradition of sledding at Morton Hill on Residence Street in Winchester. For many years, families have gathered at the hill to enjoy hours of sledding on their homemade or store-bought sleds. Day or night you can find sledders of all ages zooming down the hill.
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22. Enjoy Hoosier Hysteria! Indiana is known for its love of basketball. Randolph County is no different. Area schools vie each year to excel on the basketball court, most recently having teams advance to state finals with their skills. Take in a game and join in on the fun!
23. Sweets For Your Sweetie! Since 1999, connoisseurs of fine french pastries and gourmet chocolate have visited Union City to enjoy tours and shopping in the chocolate boutique of Ghyslain Chocolatier. Patrons can enjoy shopping in the boutique which features pastries and bread or a wide assortment of Ghyslain's gourmet chocolates.
24. Take In A Movie! Located on the square in Downtown Winchester, first run movies are shown on three large screens. The site of the old Boston Store, the facility has been completely remodeled and offers snacks and drinks.
25-26. Improve Your health! Visit the Randolph County YMCA. For the young or old, there is always something going on! The Y has recently redesigned the layout of the workout center and now offers more equipment and the ability to workout 24/7. The indoor walking track is an added bonus. Seeing the need for more local care for pre-school and younger the Y also offers daycare. Randolph County Fitness also offers a 24/7 workout facility in Winchester. The center offers classes and personal training to its clients. They also offer gymnastics for little ones. 27. Step Back in Time! Right over the railroad tracks in Farmland is The General Store. If you long for the days that you can pick out your candy from a barrel then you have ure found your place. Full of different and o cult lph e l a P The in Rando unique items, one can surely find the lived nty 12,000 o. perfect thing to take home. You will find Cou years ag 0 large beautiful flowers lining the streets 15,00 for sale and in the fall the mums are able to be purchased.
28-29. Not Quite Antique Alley! Although Randolph County is not quite antique alley, it is home to antique Did shops that carry quite a few of those You cherished items. Union City is home to Know? the Antique Mall housing booths and cases er of glassware, furniture and more. v i R a new a ississiame from , Winchester’s east edge of town is home to M e h d n T es its n wor tak ami India i, which .” Countryside Antiques and Salvage. Mi cihsinw a slope nima“it lies on 30-32. In Cultural Matters... means The Arts Depot in Union City is housed in a historic 1913 railroad depot. It is also the home of the Art Association of Randolph County. With its changing monthly exhibits and slated activities, there is always an ongoing event happening. Annual art and photo shows, kids programs and more are offered! The facility allows artists and art enthusiasts to enjoy. Local artists and artisans can also feature their handmade items at the Art Hub located downtown Union City. A retail store, the Hub, has wares designed and made by locals that take pride in making some one of a kind pieces for you to purchase.
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35. Rides, Food & Fun! For over 70 years, Winchester has celebrated the annual Mardi Gras Festival.The festival is a 4-day long tradition of providing rides, games of chance, refreshments, informational booths, live entertainment, pageants and a parade. The traditional Mardi Gras parade, with fire trucks, home built floats and candy throwing, participants have the crowds gathered alongside the streets to enjoy the fun.
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36. Learn a Little About Lynn. The lower level of the historic Lynn Library is home to the wonderful exhibits and displays of Did relics from Native Americans, early settlers and You early wars. Located on Main Street in Lynn, Know? stories from the guides will be ones that are cherished and remembered for many years in pointrming t s e to come. Plan a visit to this piece of history. h a ig The ha, beforenfdscape, Don’t forget to pick up a book to read as n a l a i Ind ged the w Hill in well. chan as in Sno County. w dolph Ran
37-38. Need More Information! Visit the Chambers of Commerce to learn more about the local communities. Union City and Winchester both are homes to a chamber of commerce. The Chambers in cooperation with their members promote and organize activities that bring visitors to the area.
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39. A Little of This & That. Bouser’s Barn, located on Union City’s western edge of town, is a local favorite. The dining room is full of hometown memorabilia as well as that from professional teams. Warm Glow Candles, homemade soaps and much more are just some of the items that brim the shelves at Bouser’s. Famous for their chicken they also provide a wide menu of sandwiches and pizza!
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40. A Hometown Tradition. Jerry’s Dairy Freezer located on Highway 32 in Parker City can be found to be rather busy on a hot summer day. Specializing in ice cream, Jerry’s also has a menu of other sandwiches and treats. Located out front, of the small outdoor dining eatery, is a daily specials board educating passers-by of that day’s deal.
41. Let’s Go Racing! There is a high-banked, asphalt, 1/2-mile oval track in Winchester. With its 37 degree banking and being dubbed the fastest 1/2 mile track in the world, it is no wonder this place draws not only big crowds but big names. Not only do the likes of Kyle Busch show up for a promotional event, but they also come to win the race. The seating capacity is over 4,000 and an underground walk-through tunnel makes commuting from the pits to the grandstands convenient. There is primitive camping at the Speedway for most events. There is a large concession stand and gift shop.
42-43. Need to Cool Off? On any hot, sunny, summer day you can guarantee you will find friends and families taking a dip in the community pool. Winchester and Union City residents are no different. Both towns, home to pools in their parks, offer the cool retreat at a very reasonable price. Goodrich Pool is located on Union Street in Goodrich Park just off of US Highway 27. Harter Park Pool is located in Harter D id Park on Jackson Pike and Old Union You City Road. Season passes are availKnow? able for the return swimmers. Lifeguards cking e are always on duty at both pools. or Ho prototyp h c n A d two ing ce nades dur were u d o r p ss gre These n. gla War II. oductio World ut into pr not p
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44. Concert in the Park? The amphitheater, an open-air venue for spectator sports, concerts, Did rallies, or theatrical performances and typically feature a more traditionYou ally theatrical-style stage with the Know? audience only on one side. Goodrich Park in Winchester is lucky to eville f Rid’gs most o have just that. With ample n a lm ty , . Kitse Coun ntors seating in the parks expansive Alva LRandolpphrolific inveents. He l grassy area around the was us and een pat first stee famo ing eight or of the ines that ampitheater, families can hold e invent nd mach encing. throw down a blanket, pack a was tllher skate awire farm f ro l weave lunch and enjoy the great w il performances.
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45. Native American History! In Ridgeville, you will find a sign located on N. Walnut Street on the side of the former Ridgeville Bank Building. This marks a line established by the Treaty of Fort Wayne in 1809, marking the separation of Indian Territory from U.S. Land.
46. Mid-Summer Tradition? For many years, Randolph County Youth have participated in many events at the local 4-H Fairgrounds located on US Highway 27 south of Winchester. It’s not just a summer event either. Area youth groom, feed, design and practice their projects to make sure when July comes around they are prepared to be the best of show!
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47. For the Outdoorsman in Us! The Farmland Conservation Club, located on Co Rd 500 West just outside of Farmland, is a great place for families and people of all ages. The facilities include a Rifle, Pistol and Archery Ranges and Dog Training Fields. They also have a climate controlled clubhouse with a kitchen, bathrooms, and fireplace. A stocked fishing pond contains nice bass, bluegill, and catfish. There is also a playground to keep the little ones entertained. The facility is available for rentals and is a great location to host a wedding. Many area schools take field trips to the Conservation Club to study the outdoor life.
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48-51. Bright Eyed-Bushytailed! That is how you will find the men at the local Lions Club when they hold their annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfasts. Men flipping flapjacks with sausage, a great glass of juice, milk or coffee, make for a wonderful start to your day. Area Clubs host this great fundraiser throughout the years. Watch for dates and times from clubs from Farmland, Lynn, Winchester, Union City and Saratoga to announce their events.
52. James Putnam Goodrich James Putnam Goodrich was born on February 18, 1864 in Winchester, the son of John Baldwin and Elizabeth (Edger) Goodrich. Goodrich attended public schools and intended to enter the US Naval Academy. He earned an appointment to the Did school, but he suffered a severe hip injury ending his prospect for a career in You the military. Know? Goodrich taught in Randolph County public schools for two years to save ya out b as money for college. He then n e k w a tent t y resident s enrolled in DePauw University. In a p t s t ir nu college he was influenced to be The f olph Coun by Sylva iler 0 d 5 n B Ra arch 18 Steam- o involved in politics. After in M t for a ulator, attending college for two years, Knigh ater-Circ er 7171. he was forced to quit for lack of W t numb Paten funds, and began to study law. Admitted to the bar in 1887, Goodrich practiced law in Winchester and quickly gained prominence in Republican politics. In 1910, he moved his law practice to Indianapolis. His investments in farms, grain elevators, coal mines and banks made him wealthy. He returned to active politics again in 1915 when he announced his run for governor. Goodrich was elected the 29th Governor of Indiana, in office 1917 to 1921. Following his term as governor, he became increasingly wealthy from his business interests and owned a controlling share in many companies. In 1920, Goodrich was Indiana's favorite son candidate for the Republican nomination for president, losing to Senator Warren G. Harding. Goodrich was appointed to the Russian Relief Commission. He made four trips to Russia, then governed by the Bolshevik regime of Vladimir Lenin, and gained a reputation as one of America's bestinformed observers of conditions there. Goodrich also served in Herbert Hoover's American Relief Administration. He remained active in Republican party politics and made large donations from his personal fortune to Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, where he served on the board of trustees and has a Hall named in his honor. By the time of his death he owned a major stakes in Central Newspapers, and held controlling interests in the Indiana Telephone Company, Goodrich Brothers' Company, City Securities and a host of smaller Did businesses. He died on You August 15, 1940. He is buried Know? in Fountain Park Cemetery in Winchester. ere w s e e uste hip Tr handle the 53. First Memorial Day Ser vices s n w o o t t T a y t a ll s Indian ed origina from the digent Located on the west edge of t g a n i e e cr ey com e for th in aced in Huntsville, outside of Modoc, mon d to car were pl ate. the Huntsville Cemetery is e t ho intend isabled w ound the s known for the first organized d r and rmaries a i f Memorial Day Services, started in 1868. in The annual decorating of graves is an important event in this area. 11
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54-56. Genealogical Find ! According to The Randolph County Historical Society website, Did there are almost 100 different You private, family, public and Know? unknown cemeteries in Randolph County. These include ones that can be found and those use er Overo h t r n u that can no longer be located but irst co by Ab a new The f uilt in 1818 0. In 1828, ed, are to be known to have existed was b for $254.5 was erect nt one time or another. One man urthouse the prese cemetery that has been brought co wed by in 1877. follo urthouse to the big screen is located on the co western edge of Winchester on Western Avenue. Established by David Heaston in 1844, Heaston Cemetery is known to be the home of “Our Jonnie” the headstone to have been the scene of midnight seances in the movie by Winchester Native, I. Marlene King, Now & Then. In recent years, with much effort, volunteers have made repairs and enhancements in order to restore the once dilapidated cemetery. Many headstones have been recovered and resurrected to bring the history back to the surface.
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57-58. Up We Go! Every June, the Randolph County Airport is the scene of the area’s annual Fly-in Breakfast. Serving a wonderfully scrumptious breakfast for starters, one can also take a ride in one of the planes that are on display for all to see. This event is held at the local airport and has been a tradition for many of those who take to the skies for a casual ride or a trip on business. Locals get to see the many planes that fly in from all around just to enjoy the festivities.
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59-60. This is Randolph County! On the square in downtown Winchester you will find the Randolph County Convention and Visitors Bureau and The Randolph County Economic Development Corporation. In order to get to know the county or invest in the future of it you need to visit them. With neverending efforts to bring tourism to the county, the staff at the Bureau are always in the know on what is hip, new and grand in Randolph County. Want to see if Randolph County is the place to build your next business? Talk to the REDC for demographics and more info to help you decide.
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62. Women Take A Stand In 2005, women in a local bridge club decided to take action against the Did county commissioner’s recent decision to tear down the historic Randolph You County Courthouse. Six ladies ranging Know? in ages from 77 to 94 posed “suggestively” as centerfolds for the now famous 2006 Courthouse Girls e in g stor cret u r D Calendar. Using porcelain altz a se ent The W ester had he basem n. replicas of the 1877 courthouse Wincheading to t Prohibitio placed strategically in front of ell l ring stairw akeasy du their bodies, the ladies used spe their calendar proceeds as a fundraiser towards their “Save the Courthouse” Fund. Even though, the community has lost a few of the fine ladies who posed, their efforts and their bravery for fighting in what they believe in will never be forgotten by those who hold the courthouse in its high historical regard.
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63. High Dreams. In 2010, Union City High school science teacher John Zakelj was trying to excite his students about science and math when he hit on the idea of putting up a small wind turbine outside the classroom. The Randolph County teacher also may have helped energize a movement to develop a sustainable form of energy and a badly needed source of revenue for school systems and small communities across Indiana. Two large wind turbines -- each generating enough electricity to power hundreds of homes -- have gone up in Union City, making it the first city in Indiana with commercial-size turbines.
64. First Cemetery in Randolph County Outside of Lynn, in Arba, sits what is known as the first cemetery in Randolph County, started by Quakers. It is behind the Arba Friends Meeting House, on 600 E (Arba Pike) and 1100 South. There is the site of the first church and school in Did Randolph County.
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67. The Kite Man the Farmland is home to Ansel nley, el a t S ob dith Toney, the Kite Man. For many Mere the 1946 N orn in l l e d he is remembered for his bright Wen inner of y, was b co-w r Chemistr diana. colored kites and kindness in fo , In sharing those with others. The Prize Ridgeville town honors him with a sign at the edge of town. He didn’t start making kites until late into his life and even had one of his kites flown on the White House lawn by Amy Carter, President Jimmy Carter’s Daughter.
68. How Modoc was named One legend to how the town got its name was that a man traveling on the train threw out a cigar box containing the name Modoc, and that one settler of the town, picked it up and suggested that it would be a good name for the town. 69. Campbell’s Soup and Saratoga Years ago, Saratoga was known to send tomato soup around the world from it’s Campbell’s Soup Canning Factory that was located there.
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75. Celebrating 25 Years Annually, The Community Foundation of Randolph County, Inc., gives scholarships to area students showing excellence in their education. In cooperation with the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program, the Foundation maintains hundreds of funds, some of which are scholarship based. They are celebrating 25 years of giving in 2018.
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76. School Destroyed On April 3, 1974, Monroe Central Jr.-Sr. High School was destroyed by a tornado. Students, community members, and other volunteers worked long hours to salvage materials to plan for the students for the remainder of the school year. Monroe Central School Corporation has rebounded significantly. With supreme education and academic accomplishments, Monroe Central, serving students that live in towns of Farmland and Parker City, has much to be proud of given where they have been. 77. General Ashael Stone
Gen. Stone was born July 29, 1817. In 1839, he moved to Winchester. He was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives and then to the State Senate. During the Civil War, Gov. Oliver P. Morton appointed him Quartermaster General. After the war Gen. Stone returned to the Winchester area and was recognized as a business leader in the community. He was an organizer of the First National Bank of Winchester and later president of the newly formed Randolph County Bank. Gen. Stone passed away in 1891. The General and his wife Lydia are buried in Fountain Park Cemetery.
78. Randolph County Historical Museum The Museum features many items unique to Randolph County including the Clock from the Randolph County Court House, a restored 1903 Union City Carriage, military service Did items, school records and You photos, clothing and textiles, Know? quilts and newspaper collections, native artifacts, unique furniuch ture, structure models, spinners, r of s ic, o t c e local business items, household us , dir . Wise ound of Mar Trek: items, genealogy library, and reE t r Robe s as The S y, and St born in film ide Stor re, was unty, search help. o S tu West otion Pic andolph C M R e Th ester in iana. 79. The Randy Players Ind Winch The players first organized in 1946 as the Randolph County Little Theatre. They presented three productions a year, either in Union City or Winchester, and attendance was by membership season tickets only. Today they are noted for their shows at the Union City State Line Heritage Days.15
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80-81. National Pie Day In January 2009, the state adopted Sugar Cream Pie as its official pie. Thanks to Wick's Pies, Inc.'s many Did decades of producing and You selling the pie nationally, Winchester was named the Sugar Cream Pie Capital. Soon the Indianapolis Colts adopted Wick's black ere Sugar Cream Pie as their official t s r i f g the ana w Amon nts in Indi reenville, pie. in me dG settle Creek an ere settled 82. Jim Jones, Infamous Leader Cabin of which w now Hill, S . h t 8 d Born in Crete, Indiana, a small bo 822, an d in 183 1 e l t t e town outside Lynn, James "Jim" first s Jones (1931–1978) was the founder and leader of the Peoples Temple, which is known for the November 18, 1978 mass suicide of more than 900 Temple members in Jonestown, Guyana. He started the Temple in Indiana in the 1950s before settling in Jonestown years later.
83-84. Big Screen comes to Parker City TV actress, Shelly Long from “CHEERS,” came to Parker City and made a movie! George Pursley's part was to "pretend" to give one of the actors a haircut and Lloyd Townsend had a quick scene with Shelly during the parade. This movie was shot with the street fair as a backdrop with actress Shelly Long and 3 actors as an educational feature explaining the workings of "Credit." Many Parker City citizens can be recognized as "bit" players in the movie also. The movie was produced by 1956 Parker High School graduate Tim Conner. 85. Randolph County And Inventions Randolph County has a rich history in inventing, improving and manufacturing items that improved their lives and many we still benefit from. Like J.W. Locke from Spartansburg, IN on September 24, 1872 received a patent for a Washing Machine. #131592.
86. Fountain Park Cemetery The cemetery was designed and laid out by Ashael Stone. He donated it to the people of Winchester in 1880. Many bodies were moved here from other cemeteries. A marker is here for the grandparents of James Whitcomb Riley, Indiana’s poet. Many acres have been added to the original 18 Did sections.
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87. The McCoy’s Formed in Union City, Indiana, in 1962, young guitar great, vocalist and vis in o l C entertainer Rick Derringer was just nd five ny as e been fou is points 17 when his band The McCoys a m s A ts hav y. Clov lture poin h Count Paleo cu ints recorded the No.1 hit "Hang On po he olp Rand made by t est known ca. Sloopy" in the summer of 1965. were re the old rth Ameri The McCoy’s also included Rana and ade in No m dolph County resident Ronnie Brandon who still resides in Winchester.
90. Hardware in Union City One thrifty and successful business man of Randolph County was George P. Kennedy, a well-known hardware dealer of Union City. George received his education in the parochial schools of Union City, then learned telegraphy and when only sixteen years of age he commenced work as telegrapher for the old "B" line, with which he remained twelve years. He left the service of the road and began in the hardware business in Union City, in partnership with P.J. Wiese, under the firm name of J.P. Wiese & Company. Did The partnership continued until You the death of Mr. Wiese, in 1901, after which his widow, Mrs. Know? Angie Wiese, continued the business until 1913. She sold out to Mr. he t h g hrou & Kennedy, but the firm was still oad t ianapolis ) known as the Wiese Hardware r l i a r ine irst Ind The f y was the now Bee L 2-3. Company. This was one of the 5 t ( coun fontaine leted in 18 largest and best known stores of e p Bell ad, com o its kind with a complete stock of r l Rai general hardware, stoves, paints, oils and pumps.
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89. Burial Slippers from Ridgeville In the 1920s, Ida Kitselman-McCamish of Ridgeville, designed, patented and made "burial slippers" at home for about five years while her husband, James, traveled, introducing and creating the demand for the McCamish Slipper. The McCamishs moved to Winchester where the McCamish Burial Slipper Company was a successful business for over thirty years. Success came, not by chance, but through years of patient labor, courage, sacrifice and perseverance on the part of each member of the McCamish family. In the 1940s, undertakers began viewing to just half corpse viewing. The footwear became optional for the deceased and the Burial Slipper Company closed in 1949. James W. McCamish died in 1949 at the age of 87. In addition to purchasing the clothing store, first owned by Ida's father, Davis Kitselman in Ridgeville, he was at one time the President of the old Ridgeville State Bank.
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91-92. Ice Cream Anyone! The House of Flavors, located in Winchester, invites you to step into their old ice cream parlor and enjoy their oversized scoop of ice cream. Daily specials of home cooked meals are a sure bet. Or stop at Bogies Ice Cream Did on the east end of Winchester. You Soft-serve ice cream, flurries, snacks Know? and much more dot their menu. Drive-thru or walk up to place your vy order. s hea t i h t i d ty, w Coun ulation an lved h p l o 93-94. Send A Card Today! Rand uaker pop ctively invo ad, Q , w as a Two Hallmark Stores can be ailro nce rground R edom. e u l found in Randolph County. f in Unde to fre Haines Hallmark in Winchester in the ing slaves mov and The Corner Cupboard in Union City. Both offer a wide selection of cards for all occasions as well as boxed holiday cards and more! The stores both carry different varieties of gift items. Haines also has an old fashioned soda fountain. So grab a seat at the bar and enjoy a fresh flavored drink.
95. Back in the day? Travel to the town of Modoc and head downtown. Modoc Food Market sits in the middle of the small town brimming with your general grocery items. But you will soon find that it sells more than groceries. Stop in and celebrate your teams victory or grab a pizza to take home for dinner.
96-100. Celebrate Downtown! The winds whip and the snow flies, but that doesn’t stop the hustle and bustle of the holidays in most downtowns. Activities include the lighting of the tree and visiting with Santa. Garland and lights are hung among the trees and poles but nothing says Christmas quite like the holiday festivities that you can enjoy during the holidays.
101. Fun For All in Lynn! Although it is a smaller part of Randolph County, Lynn Indiana does know how to put on a fair. The Lynn Lions Fall Festival brings families together with their many activities. From Tractor Pulls and Rodeos to Whiffle Ball and a Kids Fun Did Day, there is always a fun time in Lynn. You Fair food is not to be forgotten. 102. Hall of Fame Coaches! Randolph County has two wrestling coaches who have been inducted into the Indiana High School Wrestling Hall of Fame. Ron Anderson was inducted in 2005 and Kevin Jones in 2017.
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103-104. A Pool, Ball Games & More! Just off highway 27 in Winchester you can find the Goodrich Park. Maintaining acres of land, home to baseball and softball fields, is not easy but Did constant efforts are being made for You improvement. Equipment such as swings, slides and don’t forget the large Know? resin animals are some of the children’s favorites. Tennis e l of th a p i c courts are also available. prin or rote f dder, i w There is a skateboard park K , l n o Joh cho in and community pool. ade S r G urnal n o o J t r g o Several shelter houses are M acin 6. uto-R A available for rental. Weddings e in 194 h t s i l o ap have also been performed Indian over the years at the park.
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104-105. Education Day ! Being such an agricultural driven county what would it be like without the Randolph County Ag Days. Annually in the spring, children and adults alike flock to the Randolph County Fairgrounds to take in some education on area agriculture. Many different stations throughout the grounds hold a different lesson on an agriculture topic. The annual Farmer’s Share Breakfast is always a hit. Beginning at the break of dawn people can feast on a breakfast of eggs, toast, sausage and all the trimmings for a meager amount.
106. Top Off and Enjoy! As you are traveling around Randolph County don’t forget to pass through Saratoga. One tradition remains, Manning Service. Located in the heart of town, gas, snacks and more are the staples but they are also well known for the kerosene heater sales & service. They have also been a part of Saratoga’s annual Santa Day for the past 70 some years. 107. State Track finalists! For the first time, in 2018, four different athletes from Randolph County advanced to the state track and field meet at Indiana University. Monroe Central’s Nick Mitchell and Miranda Haney advanced in the 100-meter hurdles and high jump, while Randolph Southern sisters Emma and Leah Keesling advanced in the 3200 Did and 1600-meter runs. You
108. Football Champs Monroe Central’s football team became the first Randolph County team to win a regional in 2017 with a 28-21 victory over Southwood.
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109. Masonic Lodge Winchester’s Masonic Lodge hosts an annual Pork Chop Dinner every summer. Walk along the street and you will see the large charcoal grills billowing their wonderful smell. A large pork chop and sides are available for dine-in or carry-out. They also hold monthly breakfast and game nights.
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110. A Wise Director! Robert Wise was born in Winchester, Randolph County, Indiana. Wise was an American film director, producer and editor. He won Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture for both West Side Story (1961) and The Sound of Music (1965). He was also nominated for Best Film Editing for Citizen Kane (1941) and directed and produced The Sand Pebbles (1966), which was nominated for Best Picture. Winchester is proud to have had such a legend call us home.
111. Abolitionism Randolph County’s early history is distinguished by its embrace of abolitionism. Union Literary Institute, a racially-integrated school in the southeastern part of the county, was established in 1845. The county was home to three distinct settlements of free African-Americans, and numerous pieces of documentary evidence exist to show that the county was an important part of the Underground Railroad.
112. Oldest Church in Winchester In May 2018, the Winchester Friends Meeting celebrated the 120th anniversary of the church building on East Washington Street in Winchester, Indiana. The Friends Meeting House was dedicated on May 16, 1898. The first meeting of the Friends in Winchester was held in City Hall on May 4, 1883 under the pastor ElkaDid nah Beard. The work of the You Friends in Winchester was so successful that within 16 years, Know? they were able to build the church t of s wes heel that stands today. a w h hic is w ake, w had a ferr e they L s l l i 113. State Champ Wrestling , r M ester ll whe ith h a c h n i e w c W ts the In 2009 Winchester’s Adam an and d osted even z bands in Chalfant become the first z h nd ja 40’s. a g n i d Randolph County wrestler to n sw local 1930’s a win an individual state championship. Chalfant finished the season undefeated and later would wrestle for Indiana University where he was ranked second nationally in the RPI in his senior season (2013-14) and was named an All American.
114-115. Randolph County Infirmary Indiana Township Trustees were created originally to handle the money coming Did from the state intended to care for the indigent and disabled who were placed in You infirmaries around the state. Randolph Know? County Infirmary was built around 1851 as county poor farm which burnt to the d m i, a n ground. The next building was a i M , re elawa constructed around 1855 and this in Ran d e v i The D l the i be s building stood for forty years ted in nee tr n w u a h h S until the county closed it down and . unty o C basin r h due to poor conditions. The e p l v i r o d River building which is known as the White Randolph County Infirmary was started in 1899 which eventually closed down in 2009. At that time only five patients were housed within. The current owners bought the building in August of 2015. The location was used for everything from orphan children to homeless people, mentally insane and even tuberculosis patients. The attic was used mostly for storage and the wooden bins still there today were used to dry corn. There is a solitary room that has a prison cage complete with bars that was often used for unruly patients. The current owners have conducted ghost tours and sleepovers for those brave enough. Ghost presence has been supposedly confirmed by ghost hunters at this location. The location has been used as a film location and Hollywood guest star appearances have been made to promote the location.
116. Get More Than a Book. In the quiet town of Ridgeville you can not only go to the local, recently renovated library to read a book, but also to learn a little history. Located inside the library is a picture gallery produced from antique, glass negatives, items from Dr. Henderson’s early office and family artifacts from the Kitselman Did family.
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117-118. Join A Club! Throughout our county, no wa matter what town you travel to, ssina he i s s I he M of t you will find a service club or h of t is the site f 1812, organization ready and waiting t r o n Just te road 1 soldiers o Caron sta s of three Thompson att. for a new member to join. Kiwanis, Lions Club, Rotary grave Benton, alem Pey Jesse han, and S and Athena Club are just a few na that you can find here. The area clubs sponsor many events to sponsor scholarships and other worthwhile projects. Volunteering and philanthropy are what all clubs strive to achieve.
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120. Coins and more! Since 1949, Silver Towne L.P. has been providing quality precious metals and coins to collectors all over the world. From a cigar box under a lunch counter to a multimillion dollar business, SilverTowne L.P. has grown from just a coin shop to opening a studio in their Winchester facility to broadcast their television show “The Coin Vault.” The show made it necessary for a call center, a film crew and staff to be added to the coin shop and employs roughly 45 people adding to the economic front in the area.
121. Burgers, Shakes & More! The Chocolate Moose in Farmland has been a long standing tourist attraction. Stopping in for a signature sandwich, homemade shake or ice cream cone is the main stay of this business. Stepping back into the 50’s with checkerboard tiles and Coca-Cola themed dining area, the Moose has been featured in many tourist pieces over the years featuring their unique offerings.
122. Appearing in the Ring ! The Circle X Ranch is located on County Road 250 North, 1 mile west of Old US 27 North. The 45 acre ranch is a members Club and has woods, trails, a camping area with outdoor water hydrants, riding pen, and a show arena. Stop by to catch many Did activities such as horse shows, You dog races and music events. The grounds and building may Know? be rented at very reasonable rates. o t ttlers e on e s t s fir her of the nty came ere y 123. Union High School n a u w M o lph C agons and o Union Township High School d n Ra ered w f the opened its doors in 1952 and in cov embers o rch. m hu C r e 1953 the Rockets nearly won a Quak sectional by defeating Stoney Creek, Winchester and Union City to reach the finals. But the Rockets run to the title was dashed by those boys in purple, the Parker Panthers, who won a 54-33 verdict in the finals.
124-126. Light up Har ter Park! The holiday season starts the weekend before Thanksgiving. Hosting an annual Holiday Shopping Day, Christmas in the Did City and the Community Christmas, Union You City has much to offer the holiday lover. Know? Take the family to view the spectacular light displays. Trees, shelter houses and ’74) Enis r( years ic R lawn displays cover the park. A ate fou grad6u yards innis placed). A y it C 9 E 73 gift shop also offers more of the Unioend for 2,0h schoolhot put (’ional ig s s h holiday spirit! If you are lucky rus t IU. In h e state profes me a a d in th cut his beca after you can visit Santa and Mrs seconnee injuryhort so hre, retiring k reer s boxe s. Claus. ca nal che
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128. Learning the Trade Seward S. Watson, well-known editor and publisher of The Winchester Herald, was a typical newspaper man, both by nature and training, and he has therefore succeeded at his chosen vocation. Mr. Watson was born in Winchester on January 29, 1857. He was a son of Enos L. and Mary (Judd) Watson, a prominent pioneer family. In his early years, he learned the printer's trade. Desiring to forge to the front in the field of journalism, he applied himself to learning the ins and outs of every department and he filled every position in the country newspaper office. He became part owner of the paper and for a period of twenty-six years was associated with different individuals in its Did publication. In 1901 he became You sole owner of The Herald, Know? making it one of the brightest newest and most influential Jill duate tar, is papers of its type in the state. a r g 3 ll-S 201 estern Indiana As all-time s. 129. Basketball Excellence h c n i ’ t W on, a is ph County 1,982 poina’s Chip Mehaffey’s legacy at r r o M ndol r with dian Ra score h on In . Winchester Community High t g t leadine ranks 46 scoring lis School may never be matched. e h S All-tim From 1997 until 2009 Mehaffey coached the Golden Falcons to nine sectional titles, six regional titles, three semi-state championships and three state runner-up finishes. Class basketball began at this same time and there was a bench-full of great talent. With so many dynamics changing during this period, some say it was a perfect storm for the Winchester basketball team. 23
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130. More newspaper news... Emory L. Ashcraft received his education in the common schools of Fort Recovery, Ohio. As a boy he learned the printer's trade in the office of “The Fort Recovery Journal,” where he worked three years. In 1896, he went to Redkey, Indiana, 87, where he was foreman of “The pt 1, 19 riff e S n cG Times” for three and one-half ao Indian nd John M urth , d l e i years. Then, in 1899, he came a -fo erf iff In De ard McGr heir ninety them the to Parker and established h t -Ric lebrated e, making d States “The Review,” which was ce ay her e Unite rld. successful from the first. It birthd twins in th e in the wo t ranked with leading country oldes d at the tim an newspapers of this part of the state, being all that could be desired from a mechanical standpoint, and its columns were filled with the latest and best news and much advertising matter. Its circulation rapidly increased.
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131. All About the Pie...Wick’s Pie that is Duane “Wick” Wickersham was known as a hard working entrepreneur. In 1944, Wick made a delivery to a local factory in Winchester, IN, that would change his life’s path forever. After a brief stint as a cantian owner, Wick opened “The Rainbow Restaurant” in downtown Winchester. He used family recipes and was successful with his new restaurant. The pies were such a hit (especially Sugar Cream Pie) that he started delivering them out of a 1934 Buick Sedan. Wick reached his goal of producing and selling 300 pies per day after just 4 years. Through hard work and word of mouth, the demand for Wick’s pies outgrew his capacity, and he needed to scale his production. In 1961, Wick purchased a building just east of downtown Winchester and built his new production t d tha ians line which featured a nitrogen e t r o freezing process that alrd ep was r s and gua n City, lowed for the shipment of t i , 2 t In 193 45 paren n in Unio inated frozen pies. The comre c nearlyhool childt been vacested by , pany still resides in c r r o of s have n , were ar incheste who mallpox on of W ounty. Winchester, where the second and third generafor s es Daviss ndolph c tions of Wickersham family and Ulyss eriff of Ra Sh over 70 employees make 10,000 pies and over 30,000 pie shells in an 8-hour shift. The Sugar Cream Pie has been named the official Indiana State Pie and Wick’s are the proud manufacturers of the pie.
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132. How it all started! The Indiana General Assembly authorized the formation of Randolph County in 1818, naming it for the North Carolina, home of many of the area’s Quaker settlers. The county’s government was organized in August 1818 in the cabin of Benjamin Cox, a prominent Quaker who was a he native of Randolph County, am e t c e b in ffice North Carolina. Five early ost o ice opened rk of p r e t ff es Cle settlers donated land for a Winch ond post o y, with the onway C c t county seat in 1818. se Coun t, Charles er. h p l o r Rand ircuit Cou post mast 133. The Winchester the C s the first a Community Library Visit the genealogy collection which contains the Randolph County histories, including History of Randolph County, Indiana by E. Tucker, Past and Present of Randolph County Indiana by John Smith, Randolph County, Indiana 1818-1990, and A Portrait and Biographical Record of Delaware and Randolph Counties, Ind. as well as an assortment of yearbooks, unofficial cemetery records, newspaper clippings and family histories. The library holds copies of the local Winchester newspaper on microfilm dating back to 1876. However, there are a few gaps in these holdings. Photocopies of obituaries are available from the newspaper archives for those who have a date of death. In addition, several years of obituaries have been bound and indexed are available for easy searching by name.
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134. Randolph County mounds, embankments, etc., One of the best known is to be seen (partly) northwest of Winchester. It is an enclosure of forty-three acres in the form of an exact square. The embankment was from seven to ten feet high, with openings east and west eighty feet wide as also having a mound in the center of the area fifteen feet high. The whole enclosure and the embankment of also, when found by the first north l d settlers was covered with e t loca s conica d n u . It l mo is an large forest trees exactly Buria nn, Indiana ply that it like the adjacent regions. Ly ould im und. The eastern opening was w o shape Adena m unprotected, the western one was surrounded outwardly by an embankment shaped, like a horseshoe open toward the gate, joined on the north side to the main embankment, but left open at the south side of the gate for a passage to the outer grounds.
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135. Knights & Ladies of the Golden Eagle Existing from 1886-1936, the lodge was located in the upper rooms of the building on the southeast corner of Columbia and Oak streets. After 50 years the lodge was forced to close due to lack of members. The membership was only for white males of the Christian faith. They could have up no mental problems or infirmiivided ver is d s i i ty ties. They had to be Coun s. White R st 75 h p l o p i o d financially able to support Ran 2 townsh uring alm econd g1 as ss themselves and their amon argest, me e. Union i ird. family. They also had to the l iles in siz n ranks th to em have the ability to read and squar d Washing n a write with enough education
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to sign their application. No member could be employed in the making or selling of alcoholic beverages, none of which were permitted or consumed in any lodge hall or at any lodge function.
136. The Hoosier Club Minstrel The Minstrel was a variety show founded in 1914. The cast of that first show included characters in the Al Jolson "blackface" tradition. The Hoosier Club eventually dissolved and the sponsorship of the annual show was carried on by the Kiwanis Club. It continued with great popularity into the late 1970's.
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137. Reminiscences of Indiana Childhood Publisher Charles (Charley) E. Jones (1900 - 1966) shared his memories of Winchester, IN. Although born in Anderson he spent his boyhood years from 1906 to 1915 in Winchester, Randolph County. “The Laugh Book” was Jones’ nationally known monthly collections of all forms of comic writing and drawings. He was a member of the selfproclaimed, “Salt Creek Desperadoes” a boyhood gang he shared with many of his friends in Winchester. In his re es we unty book, Jones writes,”The o d a rn o een to andolph C only youngsters of today think t e n i N d in R 17 e nd 20 from a in terms of the automot a r o 0 p 5 re eath en 19 bile, the airplane, the betwe ng in one d in 1974. radio and television but i result 4 tornado even with all those things, it F seems to me they can never enjoy the rich fullness of life, which we who were born earlier in the century were privileged to enjoy. And that thinking comes to me with startling force when in New York I see the kids, who are forced to live out their lives within the narrow confines of the rocky canyons formed by the city's streets.”
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138-139. Going Green Randolph County is fast becoming one of the greenest counties in the state on a per-capita basis. Wind Turbines that generate electricity are popping up all over the county. The reason? Randolph County has the highest average elevation of any county Way in Indiana with wind patterns anda en m A , ty lp wom t, perfect for generating e Coun olph a way to h abolitionis ble d n a R r d e electricity via wind turbines. in rka n e Born d and fou nt. A pion , this rema r, was t e e g w is w r n We are also on the leading e fo er she hibitio ing th a first herev t and pro spitals dur ecame the d to w edge in the alternative b gis se ho suffra n served editor and tates licen l Church. fuels business with Impco a wom wspaper United S piscopa a ne an in the thodist E Automotive in Union City wom in the Me leading the charge in converh preac sions of trucks and busses to CNG and LPG Bi-Fuel Injection systems. Finally, Cardinal Ethanol converts corn to ethanol in eastern Randolph County, producing train car loads for use as a gasoline additive and for E85 fuel. Watch for a solar farm to appear in the southwest corner of Randolph County soon.
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140. More than an Educator Dr. Greg Hinshaw was the Superintendent of Schools of the Randolph Central School Corporation and the state-appointed county historian for Randolph County. A lifelong resident of Randolph County, he is an academically trained educator and historian who has published numerous articles and books in the fields of local and religious history. â€œHinshaw's Historical Index of Winchester, Indiana Newspapersâ€? is one of the most unique tools for historical research in Randolph County, Indiana, ever produced. This book covers all surviving newspapers from Winchester, Indiana, from 1857 until 1984. For many years, three different weekly newspapers served the comtoric f His 1994, munity. The material is o r e t and in in organized alphabetically by Regis ional ized Farml inchester t a category, including N The recogn 99 and W icts in s r t 9 Place n City in 1 istoric dis ere are 13 he buildings, businesses, Unio 2001 as h ounty. Th listed on t . cemeteries, churches, C tricts ounty clubs/organizations, olph s Rand ies and di ter in the c t libraries, lodges, newspas r i e g prop tional Re pers, people, politics, post offices, a N schools, transportation, and others. Each entry includes the newspaper title, the date of the entry, and a summary of the material included. No other source has ever attempted to organize so much information about Randolph County in one place.
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141. Union City’s Founder Judge Jeremiah Smith came to Randolph County, in 1817. He was truly a self-educated man. He acquired a knowledge of surveying, and from 1820 until 1822 he was engaged on the survey of Kankakee at. ty Se t County. Judge Smith was a n u o i C is the 18, by 1849 h 11 r e t man of pronounced s e ic 18 Winch settled in ses, of wh opinions. He was a strong First ed 151 hou , with a partner of the k in 0. conta were bric f about 75 Democratic party, of o which he was an able and lation u p o p uncompromising advocate. He studied law in Winchester and was admitted to practice there in 1837. He held nearly every office in Randolph County and the judicial district including the offices of sheriff and deputy sheriff, prosecuting attorney, surveyor, deputy clerk, and judge of the Circuit Court. His principal attention, however, was given to his profession, which he practiced for thirty years, gaining the reputation of being one of the best judges of English law in the courts of Indiana. In 1839 he erected the Franklin House in Winchester. In connection with Hon. O. H. Smith, he located the town of Union City, which had made progress after the completion of the Bee Line in 1853. Judge Smith, however, maintained his residence at Winchester, making that place his home until his death. He was the author of several manuscript volumes, among which may be mentioned, "Reminiscences of Randolph County," and "Civil History of Randolph County." He married Cynthia who died July 7, 1872, from terrible injuries she received in a railroad accident .
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142. Small Pox Outbreak In the fall of 1902, small pox "surfaced in Parker City." Before the perfection of the small pox vaccination, the only means of preventing the spread of the disease was to isolate the households that were affected. Two guards t, egget in an were placed at each L . E d rge ille , affected home to work 12 , Geo yor, was k s. Leggett 8 1 9 1 r n a I r hours on - 12 hours off ster M ent. M ith he inche bile accid machine w ly hurt. W and paid $1.50 per o e us automo was in ths not serio iting their 12-hour watch until the wh nd, wa been vis . quarantine order was husba uple had fersonville o f The c son at Je removed. Claims were still being paid in June of 1903 for guards and disinfection of homes.
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143. Union Literary Institute The first session of the Union Literary Institute commenced June 15, 1846, with Rev. Ebenezer Tucker as Principal, in a two-story hewed log house, upon ground cleared from the heavy green woods for the purpose. A huge tree-trunk, four feet through, w as lay for years not twenty feet esterwas a h c n i from the door, that had just . It in W ousering of 181n9e story rd h t s r i been felled 48 in the green, The lft in the spg-cabin, oth clapboeay. It and the boarding house bui ound, lo own" wi y chimn ront, r hed d nd cla rth F or erected the next year had a o f tc "scru and stickot No. 9, Noccupieder. f l several green stumps under m d n o I o n o r od on ned a rtin C sto was ow s by Ma the floors. and any year m 144. Timber! In 1903, John Miller purchased a small lumber mill serving the needs of local farmers in Union City, Indiana. Upon his death, his son Frank assumed leadership of the company that has evolved into Frank Miller Lumber. In continuous operation for more than a century, the company remains familyowned and directed. Over the years, Frank Miller Lumber has developed new markets, increased product diversity, and employed proprietary and leading-edge mill technologies. This has earned the company a reputation for being one of the worldâ€™s largest and most reliable premium quartersawn hardwood producers.
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145. Schemmel-Keck Mansion Located in Union City, this mansion is an extraordinary example of Tudor-Revival architecture. A present to his daughter Estelle upon her marriage to Mr. Paul Keck in 1927, Mr. R.C. Schemmel built the home in 1927. The home adopted the style and grace of an English Manor House and the renowned architectural firm of E.J. Hughes of Dayton, Ohio brought the original plans to the United States. Cathedral t s u g shaped doors at the u ld in A Wm. e h s main entry welwa ere ection s elected w Judges; comed visitors into l e y t r un office ate ; David t irst co ssoci The f 18. The firs Wright, A Recorder roner; the marble foyer and of 18 rds, John Clerk and right, Co mes, the marble faced Edwa s Conway, olomon W x, John Ja winding staircase o ;S le Char ht, Sheriff enjamin C ers. to the second Wrig verman, B mmission floor. The home was Co Eli O once a bed and breakfast but is now a private residence.
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146. Parker City Indiana Parker City was originally platted as Morristown in 1851, and the new name of Parker was given to the area when the Bellfontaine and Indiana railroad was brought to the town shortly after.
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at. ty Se t 147. Fort Wayne Post Office n u o i C is the 18, by 1849 h 11 Fort Wayne post office was r e t s e ic 18 Winch settled in ses, of wh created when Randolph First ed 151 hou , with a k in 0. County stretched all the conta were bric f about 75 way to the Indiana/Michio n o i t gan state line (1820-1824) and la popu
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148-149. Lee L. Driver Driver was elected county superintendent of schools of Randolph County in June 1907. When he assumed the office, the county had only one consolidated township high school and more than one hundred one-room schools. Over the course Did of the next twelve years, Driver would You oversee the consolidation of all but nine Know? of the county's one-room schools and nty's the creation of fourteen addie cou an h t , 4 Michig r tional consolidated township nd 182 1820 a ded to the the plat fo n e e n high schools and five consoliBetw ory exte quently, w a city) territ ry; conse Wayne (no ounty's dated township grade t C da boun wn of For andolph . schools. Randolph County the to orded in R r's Office is rec Recorde was widely regarded as the model county in rural school consolidation and was given attention by men like Progressive reformer Ellwood P. Cubberley, U. S. Commissioner of Education Philander P. Claxton, Albert Winship, editor of Boston's Journal of Education, and others.
150. New Lisbon Post Office Mars Hill post office is mentioned in the 1882 County History Book by E. Tucker. It had been closed for 15 to 20 years at that time, located in New Lisbon, but could not be named New Lisbon as a post office by that name already existed in Henry County, Indiana. Little is know of this post office, but New Lisbon is noted as a post office village in the 1855 World Gazetter. William Wickersham was postmaster of Mars Hill. Wickershams are known in the New Lisbon area, but the unidentified post office in 1855 could also be Point Pleasant post office.
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