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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.

Building was once a Gulf gas station

Here’s another building in Goshen that once served as a gas station. It’s on the southwest corner of Madison (US 33) and Seventh streets. I’m not sure what type of business is there now, but I’m told it was once … Continue reading

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Remnant of long ago abandoned cemetery

Just before Christmas last year, I stopped at a friend’s house on CR 800 South, east of State Road 5 and near South Whitley in Cleveland Township, Whitley County. She had told me earlier about finding part of what appears … Continue reading

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Used car lot once served as gas station

Sometimes it is fairly easy to tell if an existing building was once a gas station. Other times, you have to look closer to really catch it. I would say this building is fairly easy to come to the conclusion … Continue reading

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Brick church building dates to 1880s

A couple of years ago, I talked with a man who travels around the Midwest restoring grave markers in cemeteries. In northern Indiana, he’s often paid by township trustees to do the work. At the time I met him, he … Continue reading

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Remnant of old Jackson Township road

I have to be careful when I see what I think could be an old road alignment or remnant. I wondered about this driveway on County Road 21, just south of County Road 142 in Jackson Township, Elkhart County. I … Continue reading

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Former Brethren church in North Webster

Thousands of cars drive by this old church building in North Webster. It’s on a state highway, State Road 13, across the street from the NewMarket grocery store. Of course it has the look of an older church building. Originally … Continue reading

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Old farmhouse part of long family legacy

Very few families can say they have lineage all the way back to the 1830s in the same county. Probably even fewer farm families can claim this too. One exception is the Stutsman family farm in Harrison Township of Elkhart … Continue reading

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Schoolhouse still stands near South Whitley

I was driving to South Whitley from Huntington one day last year and noticed this old building at the corner of State Road 105 and County Road 800 South in Cleveland Township near South Whitley.  Built in 1909, the concrete … Continue reading

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Unusual bank barn remains in family

It’s interesting to note some of the farming families with lasting legacy in the local area. A few families can actually trace their roots to when the original settlers came to the area. Since the 1840s, the Fisher family has … Continue reading

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Barn is part of former historic farm

Just outside North Webster in Kosciusko County, off County Road 600 North to the west of town, sits a rather historic barn. As you will see on the barn itself, it is part of the historic Mid-Lake Farms. This farm … Continue reading

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