Westfield Washington Historical Society & Museum

Westfield Washington Historical Society & Museum We are promoting the history of Westfield and Washington Township in Hamilton County. Posts by Bruce Hansen - bsh and Michael Kobrowski - mek
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We are promoting the history of Westfield and Washington Township in Hamilton County Indiana. The mission of the Westfield Washington Historical Museum is: ·To promote Westfield & Washington Township through the creation and maintenance of a museum and associated projects; ·To preserve the history of Westfield Washington Township for current & future generations; ·To increase local and national awareness to Westfield Washington Township history. Our museum has some informational displays and display cases for historic artifacts. We are housed in the first building built in Westfield as Fire Station in 1923. Free admission, but donations are welcome! Follow us also on http://www.twitter.com/wwhsm 2015 Officers, Board Members and Historical Society Contacts You can contact the officers directly or leave a message at the historical society (317-804-5365) Steve Osborne President [email protected] 317-896-2138 Rachel Merrill Vice President [email protected] 317-679-2772 Bruce Hansen Programs [email protected] 317-626-8559 Open Communications & Newsletter Michael Kobrowski Curator [email protected] 317-840-6456 Diana Peyton Secretary [email protected] 317-710-7919 Paula Monroe Membership [email protected] 317-867-0249 Jim Peyton Special Projects [email protected] 317-557-4871 Jeff Beals, Treasurer [email protected] Tom Roberts, Recorder Susan Yokel Boyer, Board Member

Westfield High School said it very well.
01/20/2020

Westfield High School said it very well.

Today as we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day we remember his words shortly before his death - in a message about what people might say at his funeral, Dr. King said, "I’d like for somebody to say that day, that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to love somebody."

His influence in the country has been tremendously undeniable. Yes, we still have racial issues in this country but we also know how to treat and love each other better than we did. Each day is a journey to get better and to love better. Just like The Westfield Way is based on love and encourages Shamrocks to be 10% more kind, present, positive, and grateful than the day before, we know Dr. King's influence encourages us to love each other a little better today than we did yesterday!

Thanks to our Black Student Association we have a beautiful sign hanging in our halls that reminds us to strive to live up to Dr. King's example and work every day to love somebody. So that someday, someone might say of every Shamrock, "they loved somebody." #WHSRocks #MartinLutherKingJrDay2020

Westfield Washington Historical Society & Museum
01/19/2020

Westfield Washington Historical Society & Museum

BIG NEWS! As we have talked about during our program meeting on January 16th 2020 we have started to undertake an urgent preservation project to save an 1830s Westfield Washington Township Log Cabin Home! It is quite well preserved for the age and is a much larger structure than the normal log cabin! We are starting a fundraiser on GoFundMe for this shortly, tell you more about the plans and history behind this amazing structure! Meanwhile, enjoy these first pictures of our Historical Society board members and restoration specialist Steven M Lalioff in the amazing structure! Please share far and wide we will need more support than ever with this huge project! Please donate to our GoFundMe to preserve and restore this Log Cabin Home here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/disassemble-an-1830039s-historic-log-home?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

BIG NEWS! As we have talked about during our program meeting on January 16th 2020 we have started to undertake an urgent...
01/18/2020

BIG NEWS! As we have talked about during our program meeting on January 16th 2020 we have started to undertake an urgent preservation project to save an 1830s Westfield Washington Township Log Cabin Home! It is quite well preserved for the age and is a much larger structure than the normal log cabin! We are starting a fundraiser on GoFundMe for this shortly, tell you more about the plans and history behind this amazing structure! Meanwhile, enjoy these first pictures of our Historical Society board members and restoration specialist Steven M Lalioff in the amazing structure! Please share far and wide we will need more support than ever with this huge project! Please donate to our GoFundMe to preserve and restore this Log Cabin Home here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/disassemble-an-1830039s-historic-log-home?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

Westfield Washington Historical Society & Museum's cover photo
01/17/2020

Westfield Washington Historical Society & Museum's cover photo

My Show&Tell item (Michael K): Thank you to the @Hamilton County Historical Society for donating this sign twice to West...
01/17/2020

My Show&Tell item (Michael K): Thank you to the @Hamilton County Historical Society for donating this sign twice to Westfield Washington Township! It was put up in 1926 to commemorate Old Number One first Washington Township school! The Hamilton Co Historical Society donated I back then, and they gave it to us now after having it in their collection for years. Hamilton County Historical Society Old Sheriff’s Residence and Jail

01/17/2020

Program meeting Show & Tell and Board election

Very full parking lot earlier today! Emergency meeting because of important new developments. Exciting news coming soon....
01/11/2020

Very full parking lot earlier today! Emergency meeting because of important new developments. Exciting news coming soon. Thank you to President Diana Peyton for all you do! And all the other volunteers!

2/2 - 100 Years ago in Westfield and Washington Township. I was curious how folks spent the time this time of the year 1...
12/30/2019
19191231_NobLedger_P2and4_Westfield.pdf

2/2 - 100 Years ago in Westfield and Washington Township. I was curious how folks spent the time this time of the year 100 years ago and getting ready to celebrate the 1920s. Well, I got more than I asked for. Westfield news wasn't covered in the 12/30 edition because there was no room! So many entries for Westfield it was on most of Page 2 and Page 4! Below the link to screenshots of the entries, plus the first 5 as pictures, plus a link to the PDF of all of them printed together! People were busy and very openly sharing, almost like 1920s Facebook! :)
Link to Folder with pictures:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-j_VHabfHXV7FTsjKLlyvOyQQOneT8ON
Link to PDF: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PzleoOxWad0nGE5fnPCL9QCVGxEg-83A/view?usp=sharing - Michael K

1/2 - 100 Years ago in Westfield and Washington Township: I was curious how folks in the area celebrated the upcoming 19...
12/30/2019

1/2 - 100 Years ago in Westfield and Washington Township: I was curious how folks in the area celebrated the upcoming 1920s and looked a bit in Newspapers.com. I first looked in December 30th edition, mostly looking for Westfield and didn't find the full Westfield news coverage. Just a couple entries about events for Jan 1st and news of Hortonville. Thats because Westfield was in Dec 31st edition- see next post. - Michael K

Our new neighbors are making great progress! Welcome to the neighborhood!
12/24/2019

Our new neighbors are making great progress! Welcome to the neighborhood!

It's beginning to look a lot like... a NEW Playhouse! 🎭

Two months after the groundbreaking, a lot of progress has been made! Check back here for future updates 🏗⚒🧱🛠

2019.6.15 Westfield High School Class of 1939 picture. Accessioned by our summer intern Kellyn Tombs (thanks!). I scanne...
12/21/2019

2019.6.15 Westfield High School Class of 1939 picture. Accessioned by our summer intern Kellyn Tombs (thanks!). I scanned it again in a higher resolution, you can look at it here and see details of each individual very clearly. Hilda Lease (Jay) donated this accession. So many great items. Click on the link to get even better view - Michael K: https://drive.google.com/open?id=14VPVxz3n1GnXdPJXiF2gQMGFV0NtHNR-

Due to ice and snow our North entrance with outside stairs is closed. Please use our West entrance (pictured - has stair...
12/21/2019

Due to ice and snow our North entrance with outside stairs is closed. Please use our West entrance (pictured - has stairs indoor) or South West entrance (accessible ramps) to visit our museum.

Thanks!

Tomorrow, Saturday Dec 21st the museum will be open from 10a to 2pm.Normally we are closed the weekends around holidays ...
12/20/2019

Tomorrow, Saturday Dec 21st the museum will be open from 10a to 2pm.

Normally we are closed the weekends around holidays but because our archivist, Michael, was busy with work this year and hadn't made it in often enough he feels guilty and wants to open!

So join us Saturday for some history, bring your historic Westfield or Washington Township (Hortonville, Eagletown, Jolietville, Lamong, etc) pictures or artifacts and let's chat :-)

Win in Pulaski Co! The Courthouse is being saved!
12/11/2019

Win in Pulaski Co! The Courthouse is being saved!

We are thrilled with the decision to repair the courthouse! We need to keep this iconic structure standing tall! Thanks to the public for speaking up and showing your support for this important piece of our history. We need to stay vigilant and speak up when our elected officials seem to be headed in the wrong direction. Now, let's stay on top of the financial issues we face as a community. There are reasonable, common sense solutions. Let's help find them.

Borrowing this from the amazing Johnson County Museum of History, Indiana - HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
11/28/2019

Borrowing this from the amazing Johnson County Museum of History, Indiana - HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

#CURATORSCORNER
Thanksgiving has arrived! Check out this 1912 Thanksgiving Greetings postcard from the collection. The Museum staff want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

This Veterans Day, the 100th anniversary of the proclamation by President Wilson, we commemorate veterans from past serv...
11/11/2019

This Veterans Day, the 100th anniversary of the proclamation by President Wilson, we commemorate veterans from past services for our country and the world.
Pictured: Framed World War I veterans pictures that used to be in the Little Eagle Creek Christian Church (have to get a better scan of it! - Michael) 2016.4.1

Brouhard, Virgil
Carr, Virgil B.
Conrad, Harold T.
Conrad, L. Cloy
Conrad, Tracy O.
Corbin, Clair
Corbin, Claude
Corbin, Doyle S.
Cutts, Dewey
Cutts, Wilbur
Davis, Clarence
Davis, Vernon
Edwards, George
Feaster, Raymond
Feaster, Roy
Heinzmann, Harry
Huffman, Otha
Kittinger, Clyde
Leonard, Liseo
Morrow, Loring
Ottinger, Loyd B.
Pfaff, Oscar
Pfaff, Paul
Routh, Paul
Saylor, Varner
Seeright, Fred
Seeright, Glenn
Sluder, Adron
Sluder, T. Gale
Stephenson, Paul
Stulz, Desha V.

Happy Birthday Levi!
10/28/2019

Happy Birthday Levi!

Happy 221st birthday, Levi Coffin! 🎉

Levi was born #OnThisDay in North Carolina in 1798, and he was married to his wife Catharine on his 26th birthday. The couple moved to Newport, Indiana, in 1826 and later helped 1,000+ freedom seekers during their travels on the Underground Railroad.

Learn more about the Coffins and their incredible story during a visit to Levi and Catharine Coffin House State Historic Site. Plan your visit: http://bit.ly/2knRi2Z

Never know what you find at the Hamilton County Historical Society Old Sheriff’s Residence and Jail. Thomas J Lindley. P...
09/22/2019

Never know what you find at the Hamilton County Historical Society Old Sheriff’s Residence and Jail. Thomas J Lindley. Prominent Westfield Citizen. Politician! Don't remember seeing this one before. - Michael K

08/21/2019
City of Westfield - Government

Important City Meeting tomorrow

TOMORROW night (Thursday, Aug. 22) the City of Westfield - Government will hold a public information meeting on the Downtown Westfield SR 32 Reconstruction. The meeting begins at 6pm at the IMMI Conference Room (18880 N. East Street, Westfield, IN). There will be a short presentation and informal open house. The goal is to gather input on our transportation challenges and potential solutions.

For more info click here: http://bit.ly/2P8UYEn

Wonderful reuse in Sheridan, IN! - Michael K
08/19/2019

Wonderful reuse in Sheridan, IN! - Michael K

Thank you HAND for the sneak peak of the new Blackhawk Commons. Our community is fortunate for the time and effort to make this possible.
The old building is being revitalized and an asset for Sheridan. I’m amazed at all the materials they were able to save and reuse.
#housing4all

Westfield, IN Chamber of Commerce it was great hosting you and giving you a tour. Come again soon!
08/14/2019

Westfield, IN Chamber of Commerce it was great hosting you and giving you a tour. Come again soon!

Very cool history lesson this morning. Thank you to the Westfield Historical Society for hosting and the tour. If you haven’t been, go check it out!

Here a great bridge picture from our neighbors to the north/east of Hamilton Co. Anybody have any cool bridge pictures o...
08/12/2019

Here a great bridge picture from our neighbors to the north/east of Hamilton Co. Anybody have any cool bridge pictures of Westfield or Washington Township? Hamilton County? 1900s? 1800s? :-) - Michael K

The old Moss Island Bridge many years ago.

Anybody up to transcribing a 30+ legal page handwritten court case between Jacob Bales (Father of Asa Bales), Bowater Ba...
07/30/2019

Anybody up to transcribing a 30+ legal page handwritten court case between Jacob Bales (Father of Asa Bales), Bowater Bales, Nathan Bales, several Pearces and Burnsides and Hutchinsons vs. John White, Isaac Baldwin, Levi Pennington and several others. Basically all of Westfield sued each other 1848 over Asa Bales will and testament? After someone transcribed it, I probably could use a lawyer too to explain it ;-) Michael K

Fascinating Indiana Interurban History. It technically didn't get into Washington Township/Westfield, but the closest on...
07/29/2019
How in the World did Indiana University School of Medicine Faculty Travel from Fort Wayne to Indianapolis in 1908? - Blogs

Fascinating Indiana Interurban History. It technically didn't get into Washington Township/Westfield, but the closest one was at 146th and Gray Rd! So almost made the township! - Michael K
https://medicine.iu.edu/blogs/pediatrics/how-in-the-world-did-indiana-university-school-of-medicine-faculty-travel-from-fort-wayne-to-indianapolis-in-1908/

By: Richard L. Schreiner, MD, Edwin L. Gresham Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine; Retired Chairman, Department of Pediatrics; Chairman, Riley Hospital Historic Preservation Committee; Retired Physician-in-Chief, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health and Karen...

Doing research.
07/27/2019

Doing research.

The co-founder of West Field Indiana was a very busy man!
07/27/2019

The co-founder of West Field Indiana was a very busy man!

Historic Westfield/Jolietville Home for sale. Anybody know by heart who built it?
07/23/2019

Historic Westfield/Jolietville Home for sale. Anybody know by heart who built it?

18465 Joliet Road, Westfield, Indiana
c.1910. 3,588 square feet. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths on 1.66 acres. $579,900! Thanks to Matt for sending this one in! Character Galore. This One Of A Kind Farm House On 1.66 Acres, Built The Old Fashioned Way Has Been Updated To Keep All The Character But Give You All The Modern Comforts. Updates Too Numerous To List But Include A New Roof (gaf Timberline 3 Dimensional Shingles), Siding, Shutters, Newer Griffith Hardwood Floors, Furnace, Heat Pump, Appliances, Etc. Property Has An Animal Barn With A Stall, Partially Fenced For A Couple Animals, Detached Garage Has A Finished Office, Driveway Resurfaced 3 Years Ago, Perennials Galore, Americrawl Encapsulated Crawl System, Kitchen Has Granite Countertops, All Bathrooms Updated. You Have To See It To Understand The Beauty And Quality. Come Take A Look! For More Information: Heather Tucker Talk to Tucker (317) 491-2582 #loveofoldin

One never knows what you find when you take the time to look.
07/22/2019
New bus terminal construction being delayed

One never knows what you find when you take the time to look.

Work on the new bus terminal in downtown Anderson is being delayed because a third environmental study must be completed.

Thank you Troy & Stacy Richards for donation 2019.5. More puzzles to research. Anybody know about 1920 graduate Drusilla...
07/20/2019

Thank you Troy & Stacy Richards for donation 2019.5. More puzzles to research. Anybody know about 1920 graduate Drusilla/Druzilla Harold? Her diploma was stuck in a frame as the matting of the landscape painting. Also received with that donation photo of school age children. No names. Anybody have ideas? - Michael K

We are open! Step in, it's cool inside!
07/20/2019

We are open! Step in, it's cool inside!

FYI, we will be open on Saturday 10a to 2pm. I (Michael) will be at the museum, maybe others too, and I will make sure t...
07/18/2019

FYI, we will be open on Saturday 10a to 2pm. I (Michael) will be at the museum, maybe others too, and I will make sure the AC is turned quite cold so you can cool down from the outside! And look at some history! Meanwhile some cooling impressions from Penn Street circa 1934!

We will never forget their sacrifices! Thank you
06/06/2019

We will never forget their sacrifices! Thank you

Today is the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied forces invasion of Normandy that was one of the most pivotal operations during World War II. Private Wesley R. Leland was killed in action on D-Day and his official death notice is in our collections. Today we honor his sacrifice and the sacrifice of so many others who fought on the beaches that day to save the free world.

Learn more about our military collections: https://bit.ly/2UDbwpv

04/28/2019
Indiana Landmarks

Impressive - Michael K

Historic Madison, Inc. wins Indiana Landmarks’ 2019 Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration for their four-year transformation of the 1849 Shrewsbury-Windle House in Madison.

Read more: indianalandmarks.org/award-winning-restoration-revives-madison-masterpiece

Video by Road Pictures

04/27/2019

By the way we are open still until 2PM! You can early vote in the front of the building as well until 3 PM!

More pictures from the Silvernotes Choir concertDid you miss it? That's a tragedy! They were amazing! Thank you Purdue E...
04/16/2019

More pictures from the Silvernotes Choir concert
Did you miss it? That's a tragedy! They were amazing! Thank you Purdue Extension Hamilton County

04/16/2019

Silvernotes Choir Concert - Westfield School Song - Glory To Old Westfield Thank you Purdue Extension Hamilton County

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I am a descendant of Nancy Trotter Fisher who died in May 1890 at the county farm. Do you have any records from the county farm? In 1880 Nancy was living in Iowa with a nephew, but she evidently moved back to Hamilton County before her death which was reported in the Noblesville Ledger. I also descend from Elias and Mary Carey Barker. My grandmother, Nina Barker Losw was born in Westfield. Any info would be appreciated. Dorothy Low Grimsley
The pretty one: top row, 3rd to the right is my Grandma (Blazier) Foland. This picture hung is her farmhouse for years. She purchased it at an auction the school had and then it was sold in the auction my Dad had of Grandma's estate in 2010.
As Mayor of Westfield, I will collaborate with the Westfield Preservation Alliance, the Westfield Washington Historical Society and Museum, and the City Council to ensure that Westfield maximizes its ability to preserve it's rich history. To this end, my administration will leverage the opportunities made available through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Preservation and Archaeology, including grants from the Historical Preservation Fund. https://www.in.gov/dnr/historic/3671.htm I will work to balance our city's growth and new development with proactive efforts to preserve and maintain Westfield's historical significance in central Indiana.
From a Hortonville kid. You may have seen this before but love the picture.
Museum now open until 2. Drop by , I"ll put the coffee on!
I am hoping WHS alumni might be able to help us out! I am an IA at WIS. This years homecoming parade theme is Game On. The Intermediate school has decided to do a throwback float and highlight old championships that we won and Westfield sports in general. Here comes the favor... does any one have an old uniform or anything they would let us borrow on Sept 27th! I promise that we will take exceptional care of it. Thanks in advance.
Museum is open now untill 2:00.
What was the name and where was the home for unwed mothers in Westfield during the 50's?
A long awaited special day, preparing since end of Jan. A lot of dedicated volunteers.
Seems so long ago. LOL.