Roots of Carol’s Corner date to early 1950s

Seasonal drive-in restaurants/ice cream stands are not so plentiful anymore. Most of them are family or locally owned and must compete with larger corporate chains. Here’s an example of one that has stood for several years in the small Whitley County town of South Whitley. Carol’s Corner Drive-In was built on its present site on the northwest corner of State Street (also State Road 5) and Columbia Street in 1951. Foy Eisaman and Ken Hostler were the original owners and then after five years it was sold to Juanita Newell. In the early years the business was known as Spec’s, derived from Newell’s nickname. Then in 1970 Carol Eberly purchased the building. It became known as Carol’s Corner and has been a popular summer stop since then. Many hot dogs, sandwiches and ice cream cones have been sold through the years at Carol’s Corner. In 1986, Eberly purchased an adjoining business and it was razed to expand the parking area for Carol’s Corner. Prior to 1951, this corner had a gas station on it. A business of some type has stood on the corner for more than 150 years. Information for this post was obtained from the South Whitley Public Library.

Carol's Corner by the stoplight in South Whitley.

Carol’s Corner by the stoplight in South Whitley.

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My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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