Tree line is a clue to the past

There is more to this photo than a farm field and a tree line. Actually the tree line is the focus in this week’s post. I had been researching the history of a Ganger family line dating to the 1830s in Elkhart County. The original homestead was located on what is now State Road 119, west of Goshen in Harrison Township. One of the children born on that homestead, Levi Ganger, was a grandson of the original farm owner. He later moved away from the farm and eventually owned his own farm in Harrison Township bordering what is now Bashor Road (County Road 30) and Old County Road 17. This photo was taken along Old CR 17, south of Bashor Road. The tree line off in the distance was the boundary of the Ganger farm. Levi died in 1950 and part of the farm was sold off later and developed as a subdivision. There are houses now along Old CR 17 where this farm used to be. Levi’s farm went to the south about to where Clinton Street now intersects Old CR 17.

Tree Line Near Bashor Road 001

Tree line in Harrison Township, 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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