Old farmhouse in Elkhart County

One door closes, another one opens. It happens once in a while when researching history. I was trying to locate the former Murray farm on County Road 30, west of Goshen, in Elkhart County. I saw in the architectural survey of historic sites in the county done by Indiana Landmarks several years ago the Murray farm listed. On the farm is an Italianate cube house built in about 1872. As shown in the photo, it is beautiful. But when I researched the Murray name, I did not find it listed on any of several township plat maps I looked at, nor was it listed in several county directories I looked at. At least not at that address. Apparently there was a mistake made when the survey was done. But what I did find was a man Joseph Ummel came to Elkhart County in 1854 and purchased 350 acres of land, then cleared it for farming. He still owned the land in 1874, so I surmise he is the one who built the house or had it built. The farm was passed on to his wife when Joseph died in 1883, then later it was passed on to a daughter. She, in turn, passed it on to a daughter. As of 1937 it was still in the family. I’m not sure who lives there now, but obviously there is quite a bit of local history associated with this farm. Joseph Ummel was one of the early settlers in Harrison Township.

Old Murray Farmhouse on CR 30 002

Historic house in rural Elkhart County.

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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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