John Swihart house built in the 1920s

This house on Front Street in South Whitley, Whitley County, near the intersection with Calhoun Street, is nearly 100 years old. According to the Indiana Landmarks inventory of historic structures for Whitley County, this Bungalow style house was built in 1920 by John Swihart. It is part of the South Whitley Historic District. Swihart served as the president of Farmers State Bank in South Whitley for several years. He lived on a farm for a while also that was likely located along both sides of what is now State Road 14 in Washington Township near the line with Cleveland Township. The 1916 Whitley County plat map shows he owned property on Front Street where the house is located. The Swihart house may have been the first one on the property. Swihart was doing bank business when he was involved in an automobile accident that eventually led to his death in 1926. He must have been a fairly wealthy man because he was one of the few people in the county to own an automobile in the very early 1900s. Note I’m talking about the house to the left in the photo.

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Swihart house in South Whitley.

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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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