Hobart Indiana Historical Society

Hobart Indiana Historical Society The Hobart Historical Society was founded in 1965 to preserve our precious local history for future generations.

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Hobart Township School, District #9, Lennertz SchoolOur last school is the William Lennertz School which was located sou...
09/14/2021

Hobart Township School, District #9, Lennertz School

Our last school is the William Lennertz School which was located southwest of Hobart at 57th and Liverpool Road. Interestingly, it was located opposite the Lennertz property, on the east side of Liverpool Road, in "Schnabel's Woods', between Eugene Chandler's and Walter Buzecho's respective homes. The bulk of information about this brick one room schoolhouse comes from handwritten notes found in our archives. The notes are unsigned and undated and written in blue ink in a shaky hand. Apparently, it is someone's remembrances and is highly detailed. Without this information, assuming it is correct, we would have little known about Lennertz School.

It cites the teachers as first, Emily Hayward, then Bliss Roper, followed by Dora Stafford. (Based on the 1900 U. S. Census, Emily Hayward, age 30 is unemployed; Bliss Roper, age 19, is listed as having been a teacher for one year.) So, these facts give us some idea as to a timeline. The notes state that Emily kept her horse in the Lennertz barn during school hours!

The following were listed as students: "Gertrude Lennertz (Kraft), Frances Lennertz, Laura Lennertz; J ohn, Carl and Esther Lennertz; Josephine , Kate and Frank Deppe; Frank and Laura Reissing; Warchus children; Bolt and Born children; Schnabel children; Case Children; Halstead children; Hayward children; Wm. Reissig family; Ewigleben children; Nicholas." If you look at the plat map you can find most of these surnames.

So, we belatedly thank our unknown contributor for these details. I have an idea who this person was, based on some other information in the notes, but need to compare some handwriting and do more research. That could become a future post!

Hobart Township School, District #8, Miller SchoolThe architect of this building, erected in 1910, was a C. E. Hendrick....
09/10/2021

Hobart Township School, District #8, Miller School

The architect of this building, erected in 1910, was a C. E. Hendrick. It still stands at the intersection of S. Lake Street and E. 7th Avenue. When Miller was annexed by Gary in 1918 the school became a part of the Gary School system. It continued to serve as a school until 2002. It is the area's only remaining school of the Neo-Classical design and is listed in the Indiana Historic Sites and Structures inventory.

Hobart Township School, District #7, Banks SchoolThis school was featured in our February 9, 2019 post.  It still stands...
09/08/2021

Hobart Township School, District #7, Banks School

This school was featured in our February 9, 2019 post. It still stands on the west side of South Lake Park Avenue near the intersection of 13th Street. It has been remodeled but is still recognizable and has been a private residence for many years. It was built in 1897 and was the last school to be consolidated. The photo of the student body dates from 1897. According to records it was named for then school trustee, N.P. Banks. As it was the last township school to open, it was the last to close in 1911.

We have mentioned Hobart Township District School #5 in a post from February 6, 2019.  Kruse School was built c. 1855-18...
09/01/2021

We have mentioned Hobart Township District School #5 in a post from February 6, 2019. Kruse School was built c. 1855-1860 on the east side of present day Lake Park Avenue just north of Highway 6. It is opposite the north end of Crown Hill Cemetery and the entrance road to the Hobart Airport. It was closed in the early 1900's and became a the home of John E. Larson in 1910. The photo dates from 1917. It is still stands as a private residence.

Hobart Township School District School #6 was Kostbade School and was located near the intersection of Highway 6 and Union Street. A William C. Kostbade owned 88 acres in the northwest quarter of Section 28 according to a 1908 plat map. The exact location of the school is not documented in our files.
An interesting news item in The Crown Point Register, July 3, 1891, indicates that, after the fact, there was some opposition to the Kostbade site. It reads, "The school house at Kostbads should have been built at Earltown and pressure is now being brought to bear upon our Trustee Lightner to locate and build a commodious school house on one of P. J. Kelly's lots, adjacent to Swede avenue and north of the railroad, in the district known as Canada. It is estimated there are 150 of school children, who will not cross and recross the railroad when the school is built, as they now do, exposing themselves to danger."

Continuing our retrospective on the Hobart Township Schools...the school dubbed #4 in the district was the Shearer Schoo...
08/30/2021

Continuing our retrospective on the Hobart Township Schools...the school dubbed #4 in the district was the Shearer School. As per the map it was located on the property of Jeronomy Shearer, on the southeast corner of his lot. It was erected on the north side of present day 10th Street near the intersection of Hobart Road (Co. K Road) in 1878. There are no existing pictures (that we are aware of). Apparently, according to a note in our files, another location had been considered, but after input from the citizenry, this location was felt to be more central for the scholars.

In a previous post we examined the beginning history of the Hobart Township District Schools (April 5, 2021) highlightin...
08/25/2021

In a previous post we examined the beginning history of the Hobart Township District Schools (April 5, 2021) highlighting District School #1.
An older post from October 18, 2020 highlighted the District #2 school as we noted the 175th anniversary of education in Hobart.

Hobart Township School, District #3, was Parker School, located at the intersection of what is now Liverpool and Old Ridge Roads. It stood on the northeast corner and was a frame building. It dated from about 1858 and some records indicate that it was built on the site of an older log school. The undated photo is looking east on Old Ridge Road and shows the frame building on the rise to the left. It was replaced by a brick building according to records.
Our Ridge Roads were originally well traveled east-west trails for the Native Americans and early explorers in the area wishing to avoid the marshes south of the Ridge. The convergence of what we now know as Old Ridge Road and Liverpool Road was the site of the home of the first white settlers, the Samuel Sigler family, who emigrated here in 1836 or 1837. By 1846 they had opened a general store. Their children married into the Hurst, Mundell and Woods families. A few years later the Parker and Boldt families occupied parts of the four corners of the intersection, hence the name of the school. The Parkers also owned the land where Ridge View School was built. So much history at those four corners! Now there is a beautiful home perched atop that hill where the school once stood.
More to come on the other township District Schools soon.

Hobart: from wilderness, to village, to town, to city...Recently, we have had many inquiries as to how old Hobart is.  2...
07/05/2021

Hobart: from wilderness, to village, to town, to city...

Recently, we have had many inquiries as to how old Hobart is.

2021 marks the centennial of Hobart becoming a city.

Of course, it is officially 174 years old, dating from December, 1847, when George Earle opened the doors of his grist mill for business. He had already built a log cabin for his family and established a post office. He honored his brother Frederick Hobart Earle, of Falmouth, England, by naming the little village after him. At that time Indians still lived and visited the area and it was heavily wooded and wild game was plentiful. The centennial of the founding of Hobart was elaborately celebrated over the 4th of July weekend in 1947.

From 1847 to 1889, the most important political officers were the Hobart Township Trustee, the Justice of the Peace, and the the Constable.

In January of 1889, Hobart was incorporated as a town with the election of a three man Board of Trustees, a Clerk-Treasurer, and a Town Marshall.

The Town of Hobart became a city on November 22, 1921. Sherman Henderson was elected the first Mayor. Our photo identifies others who were the first city officials.

The 4th of July, circa 1895. This charming photo is from the Melin family files in our archives.   The two littlest boys...
07/04/2021

The 4th of July, circa 1895.

This charming photo is from the Melin family files in our archives.
The two littlest boys are Arthur (b. 1889) and Deering (b. 1891). The site is along the Nickel Plate R.R. Their mother, Emma Peterson Melin, is most likely the woman in white. Their paternal grandmother lived with them and is possibly the woman in black under the umbrella.
Andrew Melin was Emma's husband and the father of the boys. He immigrated from Sweden in 1881 to join his uncle, August Melin, in Indiana. They both became instrumental in the management of the W.B. Owen brickyard.
Andrew and Emma built the beautiful brick home on the corner of Cleveland and Michigan Avenues and raised their family there.
Have a safe and fun 4th!

100 years ago, the activities leading up to the HHS graduation were well documented in the local press.The April 28, 192...
06/03/2021

100 years ago, the activities leading up to the HHS graduation were well documented in the local press.

The April 28, 1921 edition of The Hobart News reported on an "elaborate three course dinner" hosted by Senior class treasurer, Alice Paine at her home. It was attended by all thirteen graduates, although a few motoring to the party together were late as they got lost and then got stuck in the mud! The menu was carried out in the class colors of green and gold, including a 4 layer cake with green icing and topped with the design of the class pin in gold. The servers were two high school teachers. All attendees received an artificial American Beauty rose, the class flower. Stories, jokes and dancing followed the dinner, which didn't break up until after midnight.
The Hobart Gazette also covered the Senior dinner, as well as the other events leading up to graduation. Baccalaureate was held at the Methodist Episcopal Church on Sunday evening, May 22. The following Tuesday a reception and banquet was held at the church hosted by the Junior class. On May 25 examinations were held as well as a Junior-Senior "hunt". The school picnic was also held that day and the auditorium of HHS was decorated for the commencement ceremony. Thursday evening was the day of the Alumni reception and dance. And finally, on Friday, May 27, final grades were delivered.
The commencement program at 8pm that evening in the high school auditorium included several instrumental and vocal selections, presentation of diplomas by Superintendent, G.A. Fowble, and the presentation by John Killigrew of the Alumni Medal to Raphael Pierson (having had the highest grade point average for four years). The class address was given by Dr. Kirk Robbins of Chicago. The invocation and benediction were given by a Rev. Whitt and a Rev. Stark, respectively.

The "yearbook" of 1921, "Memories", is about 7 1/2 by 9 1/2 inches and is bound by a faded tasseled cord. We have only one copy in our archives.

These are the thirteen members of the Class of 1921. They were Harry Hawke, Martin Friedrich, Franklin Rodd, Frieda Stark, Walter Isakson, Alice Paine, Dorothea Crisman, Florence Larson, Mildred Wild, Grace Nelson, Raphael Pierson, Dorothy Blaemire and Selma Hideen.
Fifty years later, ten of them attended their reunion and were honored at the 1971 Commencement ceremony. Grace Nelson Peterson's granddaughter, was a member of that class.

Our Blue Star Memorial Garden is beautiful this year! Many thanks to the Hobart Garden Club for all their work.  Take a ...
05/31/2021

Our Blue Star Memorial Garden is beautiful this year! Many thanks to the Hobart Garden Club for all their work.
Take a moment to pause and remember all those who gave their lives for our country. 🇺🇸

Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 1p-4pPlan to attend a celebration of Merrillville’s 50th year and celebrate its history!The ...
05/20/2021

Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 1p-4p

Plan to attend a celebration of Merrillville’s 50th year and celebrate its history!
The museum, located in the town’s historic district, will be open for the first time this year. Everyone involved with this event has been working very hard to bring you some food, fun and history!!!

EARLY HOBART TOWNSHIP DISTRICT SCHOOLSIn 1849 part of the northeast section of Lake County was designated as Hobart Town...
04/05/2021

EARLY HOBART TOWNSHIP DISTRICT SCHOOLS

In 1849 part of the northeast section of Lake County was designated as Hobart Township. Six years later civil townships were set up as school townships and several one room school houses were established over the years as the area population increased. Hobart Township was much larger back then and included present-day Lake Station, River Forest, Miller and Aetna areas. The Hobart school district covered about 35 square miles and served students more than six miles from town.
The nine small district schools were as follows:

District #1: Lake Station: the first school building was constructed of wood and was known as the "church". The second school was built in 1878 at 2480 Putnam street and was used as a school until 1914. The building is still standing and is a private residence. See photo.

District #2: Hobart, in town.
District #3: Parker, west of town at the intersection of Liverpool Road and Old Ridge Road.
District #4: Shearer, southeast of Hobart on 10th Street.
District #5 Kruse, on North Lake Park Avenue.
District #6 Kostbade, near Union Street and U.S. 6
District #7 Banks, South Lake Park Avenue
District #8 Miller, town of Miller, on Lake Street
District #9 Lennertz, southwest of Hobart on Liverpool Road.

We will post more on the history of the schools as we continue to celebrate the 175th anniversary of education in Hobart!

FROM SLATE AND CHALK TO CHROMEBOOKS...CELEBRATING 175 YEARS OF EDUCATION IN HOBART On December 12, 1984, a historical pl...
10/18/2020

FROM SLATE AND CHALK TO CHROMEBOOKS...
CELEBRATING 175 YEARS OF EDUCATION IN HOBART

On December 12, 1984, a historical plaque marking the site of Hobart's first schoolhouse was dedicated. The marker was placed by the Hobart Historical Society on the grounds of the Masonic Temple at 219 Center Street. Richard Abel, the Superintendent of Schools, called the marker a "living stone", remembering the vision which pioneer settlers had for their children and the continuing commitment for quality education.
The first school house in the village, soon to become a town, was a one room building built in 1845. Legend has it that one oak tree on the lot was cut down providing all the lumber needed for the building and for furniture! The wood was cut at George Earle and Henry S. Smith's sawmill and the work of building was done by volunteer labor. The school apparently had a stove in the center of the room with a chimney. Miss Fannie VanHouten was the first teacher in the little frame school house. Her salary was about $1 a day.
The school year consisted of a summer term for younger children and a winter term for older children, who were needed at home in the summer as farm help. The 1850 census of Hobart Township shows 240 people in 48 families, with 26 children in school. Subjects in the curriculum were arithmetic, reading, geography, spelling and writing.
This school educated the village young for about 20 years. Then school was held in three different locations: East Street, Third Street and Main Street. In 1877, the new brick school was built on 4th Street. Twenty years later a move was made to consolidate all the area Hobart Township schools by Trustee N.P. Banks.
The oldest school building became a private residence and was eventually moved off the site and relocated somewhere on Water Street.
We had planned to have a special exhibit on Hobart Schools at the museum. Instead, our next few posts will continue to explore the history of all the schools in the old Hobart Township district. Stay tuned!!

100 YEARS AGO OR SO...Let's cool off and look at the 200 block of Center Street, viewed north from Third Street, sometim...
08/30/2020

100 YEARS AGO OR SO...
Let's cool off and look at the 200 block of Center Street, viewed north from Third Street, sometime after 1920 and before1925. We can approximate the time frame from what is seen and what is not.

The stairs on the far left are part of the Guyer Building. Elijah lived on the second floor until he died in the house at 224, which he also owned but rented. The Fred Hillmans owned 220. (Is that a radio antenna??? Anyone know?) Louis Banks owned the house at 212 and John M. Gordon's home at 200 stood on the SW corner of Center and Second. We can see part of the E.R. Gordon home at 201 on the SE corner.

The wood frame house at 215 was probably razed around 1922. The large open area on the right had been the site of Hobart's first school; the building itself was moved and became a residence before 1920. The Masonic Temple was built on the site at 219 in 1925. In 1929, Dr. A.G. Miller built a two story building to house his office and clinic with living quarters upstairs at 225.

Much of the information about the homes and families who lived on Center Street is based on a document put together by one of our members. Some of the house numbers are arbitrary as Hobart did not have house numbers prior to the late 1920's. The research is extensive and invaluable.

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100 YEARS AGO OR SO...
Let's cool off and look at the 200 block of Center Street, viewed north from Third Street, sometime after 1920 and before1925. We can approximate the time frame from what is seen and what is not.

The stairs on the far left are part of the Guyer Building. Elijah lived on the second floor until he died in the house at 224, which he also owned but rented. The Fred Hillmans owned 220. (Is that a radio antenna??? Anyone know?) Louis Banks owned the house at 212 and John M. Gordon's home at 200 stood on the SW corner of Center and Second. We can see part of the E.R. Gordon home at 201 on the SE corner.

The wood frame house at 215 was probably razed around 1922. The large open area on the right had been the site of Hobart's first school; the building itself was moved and became a residence before 1920. The Masonic Temple was built on the site at 219 in 1925. In 1929, Dr. A.G. Miller built a two story building to house his office and clinic with living quarters upstairs at 225.

Much of the information about the homes and families who lived on Center Street is based on a document put together by one of our members. Some of the house numbers are arbitrary as Hobart did not have house numbers prior to the late 1920's. The research is extensive and invaluable.

We remain closed but are open to questions and comments via Facebook and e-mail ([email protected])

Please share our posts and continue to care of yourselves and each other.

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Just reviewing website very impressive. My grandmother was a Hillman and as a young girl I remembr going to the farm on Ridge Rd. Would like tto know if any one there remembers the Hillmans Flahertys and the Smalleys. Trying to do geneology of my families. Any info would help. [email protected]
Does anyone have information on the Fan-Dene Inn, advertised as a fine dining restaurant in business from the early 1940s to the 1960s? Thanks, Jane Ammeson
While visiting the cemetery in town I noticed George Earl had possibly twin sisters who both died very young the same year, possibly the same time. What's the story there if you don't mind me asking.
Hobart's all time legend and Brickie football great Bob Kuechenberg 1947 -2019
Looking for information on corner stone / dedication ceremony for the new high school, thanks.
This photo here is courtesy of Becky Zander , a Hobart resident This sign here is from Scharbach Lumber is in the den inside the home of Robert Scharbach.
Hi...My friend Jim is stopping in Hobart this afternoon, Wednesday, walking his way across America. His story is pretty incredible. Please take a look: www.pttjourney.com He could use some help with anyone willing to give him a roof and a floor for the night or just a friendly hello. His number is ‭(717) 554-9847‬
Here in this photo at the Hobart Historical Society is Jaidah Staples, she is eight years old, and the grand daughter of my wife Denise and I. I gave her formal computer training for the volunteer work I do here on Saturdays when I can. Which is building a massive computer file of our Hobart High School graduates.
Found this in my grandmother's scrapbook. Looks like a normal, old, yellowed newspaper but just printed on one side. Can anyone tell me where this might have come from and, if it's real, where I might find the full copy. Ray Meisel was my uncle so kind of curious to see the story that's supposed to be on Page 3.
Frank Sinatra won the #Oscar for "The Man with a Golden Arm." Here's a great cross #NeighborhoodSpotlight event. Our Nelson Algren Society folks are showing one of his movies at #TheArt in Hobart on 10/22. Let's try to get a good showing of Gary's #MillerSpotlight and #NWHobartSpotlight folks. 🎬
Here in Hobart is the address of 1110 E. Cleveland Avenue. It is currently owned by a Hobart resident, Becky Zander. This house was built in the year 1893 and was once owned by one of the Scharbach brothers that once owned and operated Scharbach Lumber here in Hobart on Linda Street, where the VFW here in Hobart is currently located at 202 Linda Street. This house right now is going through a massive restoration.