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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.

Dairy near Lake Wawasee was well known

Some may remember a time when milk was still delivered door to door and placed in a crate on the porch. Today, of course, we go to a grocery store or somewhere else to get milk out of a cooler. … Continue reading

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Building in Syracuse has a long history

Revolving Closet, a consignment store, occupies a building in Syracuse with a long history. The building is on North Huntington Street (also State Road 13), south of Main Street in the downtown area. Many may remember the building as Love … Continue reading

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House was once a nursing home in Milford

What is now a house in Milford used to be the site of a nursing home. Orn Nursing Home was located on the southwest corner of Main and Syracuse streets in Milford. Mary Orn started taking care of an elderly … Continue reading

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Old gym still hangs on in Silver Lake

I show this photo of the old Silver Lake High School gym in Kosciusko County and, quite honestly, I don’t know if the gym will even be around much longer. A friend sent me this photo of part of the … Continue reading

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Canal system came through town of Lagro

Prior to railroads being built, the Wabash-Erie Canal played a major role in the development of Indiana and also Wabash County. Built during a roughly 20-year span beginning in the 1830s, the canal system came through Wabash County and when … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Whitehead Cemetery is near New Paris

In the 1830s, across from what is now Maple Grove Church, the Whitehead Cemetery began. It is located west of New Paris on County Road 46 in Jackson Township, Elkhart County. The earliest known grave marker is that of Elizabeth … Continue reading

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Used car lot was once a service station

Throughout the city of Goshen in Elkhart County there are still several buildings that once served as gas stations. Some of them are not so recognizable, but others, like this one pictured, are. Now the Meadowlark Cars used car lot … Continue reading

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Former interurban railway in Michigan

About a year and a half ago, I visited the Lost Railway Museum in Grass Lake, Michigan, with a friend. I’m glad I went because it proved to be an interesting trip. It’s the only railway museum I’m aware of … Continue reading

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Photo is full of the history of Goshen

While visiting the Old Bag Factory in Goshen about a year ago, I took some photos of the history displays just inside the main entrance of where you go to visit all the shops. Shown is a very interesting photo … Continue reading

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