Reminder of a farm in former Stumptown area

Stumptown, in Union Township of Elkhart County, is one of those “ghost” communities today. It was never actually an incorporated town and at one time had a general store with a dance hall on the top floor and also a sawmill nearby. It was located along County Road 11 near County Road 50. One of the farms in Stumptown was a farm owned by the Stump family. Daniel Stump granted each of his 13 children 80 acre parcels of land, which then became Stumptown. Johnathon Stump owned this particular farm where there were once eight different springs feeding a pond. The pond remains and the photo shows a small bridge across it. One could imagine wagons crossing the bridge when the springs were still in operation. Today, no one with the last name of Stump lives in the area and unless you are from there or are related to someone who is, you likely would never know there was such a place called Stumptown. The Stumps have either passed away or moved elsewhere. A few remnants remain of the Stumptown era.

Old bridge crossing a pond once fed by several springs in Elkhart County.

Old bridge crossing a pond once fed by several springs in Elkhart County.


About historynut11

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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One Response to Reminder of a farm in former Stumptown area

  1. Linda Kelch says:

    Daniel Stump (1790-1877) did have 13 children & there were 13 parcels of land. At least 4 (Joseph, Benjamin, Daniel & Susannah) never received land in Elkhart Co. Daniel was a Bishop in the River Brethren Church [later known as the Union Grove Brethren in Christ Church (BIC) & NOT Church of the Brethren (COB)]. The River Brethren met in homes, like the Mennonite & Amish. The church was not erected until after Daniel’s death & celebrated its centennial 9 June 1985 for the church building. Union Grove Church congregation is now in the old Union Center elementary school at 69954 CR 11, Nappanee, IN. Daniel has many descendants in the old Stumptown area & that attend both Union Grove Church & Union Center Church of the Brethren (COB).

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