The former Soller-Baker funeral home, in Lafayette, Indiana.

The former Soller-Baker funeral home, in Lafayette, Indiana. The former Soller-Baker funeral home, in Lafayette, Indiana. The former Soller-Baker funeral home, in Lafayette, Indiana. This once beautiful, Queen Anne style mansion, has stood on this site, at the corner of Fourth and Alabama Streets, near downtown Lafayette, Indiana,  since 1865.

As of today, Memorial Day, May 26th, 2013, it is awaiting demolition. It had served as a private residence, then in 1929, it was used as the Soller-Baker funeral home. It has stood empty since 1996. It was scheduled for renovation as apartments, or condo’s, but the project was abandoned when it became cost-prohibitive, in 2009. Eventually, the City of Lafayette, eventually bought it, with plans to demolish it and redevelop the site. There have been many additions to the original mansion, whilst it was a funeral home. The brick additions are due to be dismantled first, starting June 4th, the main part of the mansion, about a week later.

Some history of this house, that I found by online research:-

In 1842-1843, John H. Newman and his brother-in-law Abraham Miller established a brewery in the south part of Lafayette near the Wabash & Erie Canal. Miller died shortly afterward and Newman operated the brewery for several years. In December, 1856, Newman purchased a $3,500 piece of property on the east side of Illinois (now Fourth) street south of Alabama Street from James Spears, on which he built his new brewery in 1857.

At about the same time, Newman built a large Italianate brick house with a cupola adjacent to the brewery, on the southeast corner of Fourth and Alabama Streets.

John Newman died on September 1, 1888. In 1895, George A. Bohrer bought out the Newman heirs for the sum of $12,000, acquiring the Spring Brewery and the adjacent Newman House. The house was heavily remodeled for his son, Edward F. Bohrer (who was soon to marry Miss Jennie Powers), with the addition of bay windows, a turret, a large porch, a third floor, and a completely new interior.

Prohibition went into effect in Indiana at midnight on April 2, 1918, closing both Thieme & Wagner and the George A. Bohrer Brewing Co. The George A. Bohrer Bottling Works remained open until about 1929. About that time the Bohrer Products Co., apparently a successor to the brewery, began manufacturing ice cream, selling soda water, and distributing “Cereal Beverages.” The company seems to have lasted until about 1928.

https://www.indystar.com/article/BY/20130328/NEWS02/303280024/Demolitions-hold-promise-of-future-Lafayette-development

http://n2avg.com/?p=703

http://www.jconline.com/article/20130523/NEWS/305230039/Centennial-Neighborhood-eyesores-razed-by-August

http://www.b-levi.com/lafayette/breweries/bohrer.php

 

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Then and Now – the Alamo Christian Church in Alamo, Indiana

I came across an old photograph, on the Indiana Gen Web genealogy website, whilst researching the the old Alamo Christian Church, in Alamo, Indiana.

I figured this, with the current photo, would make a good Then and Now waymark.

The old picture is a photograph, that according to the website, says the  5th Sunday in August 1920. Upon further research, August 1920 did indeed have 5 Sundays, the 5th one being the 29th. So this was taken on August 29th, 1920.

The Alamo Christian Church is located in the small town of Alamo, in Ripley Township, Montgomery County, Indiana.
As of the 2010 Census, the population of Alamo was listed as 66 people.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alamo,_Indiana

Both these pictures were taken from Madison Street looking northwest. The church is located on the corner of Madison Street and CR 825W.

I like the old cars in front of the church …

Alamo Christian Church small 5th-sund-aug-1920

The Alamo Christian Church, August 29th, 1920.

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The Alamo Christian Church, in Alamo, IN, Sunday March 17th, 2013

If you compare the two pictures, you can see that there was a chimney or flue on the building, in 1920. There are two entrances showing in the now picture, the entrance has been added onto, and one of the side windows has been removed.

I located another similar postcard (below), also on the same website. This appears to maybe be a view of the back of the same church building, although considerably earlier than the 1920 picture.  Alamo church-of-christ small

Then and Now – the former M E Church in Wingate, Indiana

Because of an old postcard I had seen on my county’s library website, showing the old Wingate M E Church, in Wingate, Indiana. I figured it would make a good “then and now” waymark. http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMG81G_Former_Wingate_M_E_Church_Wingate_IN_USA

The old picture is from a postcard, from about 1910.

The description from the Library website:-

The Wingate Methodist Episcopal
Church (also known as the Wingate M. E. Church) is pictured. Much of the
church building is obscured by trees. Digitized copies of this and other
postcards were provided by Jane Lyle, February 2011.

These pictures were both taken at the junction of Main and Main Cross streets, in  downtown Wingate, Indiana. Taken from the south west corner, looking north east.

 http://history.cdpl.lib.in.us/images/pc061-2.jpg

The M. E. Church, in Wingate, IN C.1910

 

The M. E. Church, in Wingate, IN, November 23rd 2012

 

The former Methodist Episcopal Church, now known as the New Hope Chapel, is located on Wingate, Indiana, at the junction of Main and Main Cross Streets.

If you compare the two pictures, you can see that there was a spire on the building, in 1910, as well as three entrance doors showing. There is only one entrance showing in the now picture, and the spire has been removed.

I located another similar postcard (below), also on the Crawfordsville Public Library website. It shows the Church and Parsonage, to the north of the church. That is now a house, seen on the left of the church, but is still there today.

The description from the Library website:-

Wingate (Ind.) M. E. Church
and Parsonage. Sent to Della Fine, Wallace, Ind. [Dear Della. I that you
had left the country. Why don’t you come up. Come when you have a vacation.
R. J.] Postmarked Nov 22, 19–.

http://history.cdpl.lib.in.us/images/pc061-1.jpg

Home Hospital, Lafayette, IN, before demolition

The former Home Hospital in Lafayette, Indiana has been closed. The approximately 20 acre site has been sold to an, Indianapolis based, group of investors, Columbian Park Redevelopment LLC.

The hospital building is due for demolition starting in January of 2013. As I type this, they have started with internal demolition and Asbestos removal. Before the external demolition is started, they plan to erect an 8 foot high security fence around the property.

Before the fence is erected, or the building was demolished, I took the opportunity to get some pictures of it.

These are some of the pictures, taken on January 5th, 2013. I tried to get pictures from most angles around the site. There are 30 in total.


Home Hospital, Lafayette, IN - a set on Flickr

Home Hospital, Lafayette, IN - a set on Flickr

Home Hospital, Lafayette, IN - a set on Flickr

To see the rest of the 30 pictures taken at Home Hospital, Lafayette, IN ( a set on Flickr) CLICK HERE

Then and Now, downtown Morocco, IN

On Saturday November 24th, 2012 we went to look around my wife’s old home town of Morocco, and Kentland, both in Newton County, in Indiana. I got to take some nice pictures, and co-ordinates to Waymark some of the town’s features.

This was partly because we had to drop her brother off at his home in Fowler, and partly because of an old postcard I had seen on Flickr, showing downtown Morocco, covered in snow, from about 1908. I asked my wife if the stores shown were still there, she recognized the location, but was unsure of the look of the area nowadays. I figured it would make a good “then and now” waymark, if nothing else.

These pictures were taken at the junction of State and Clay streets in downtown Morocco, Indiana. Taken from the south west corner, looking north east.

Old postcard scan

Morocco, IN in 1908

Morocco, IN in 2012

The pictures taken November 2012, are uploaded to Flickr

in Kentland, IN

and Morocco, IN

Then and Now, Gymnasium, Wingate, IN

Because I had seen, an old postcard, on my county’s library website, showing the old Gymnasium in Wingate, Indiana. I figured it would make a good “then and now” waymark. http://history.cdpl.lib.in.us/images/pc061-3.jpg

The old picture is from a postcard, that was mailed in 1928, from Wingate to Indianapolis, IN.

The description from the Library website:-

This barn was used by Wingate High School as a practice gymnasium for their state championship-winning basketball teams. The postcard was addressed to Mildred Burdon at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana, and the stamp was canceled in Wingate on 1928-10-30. The note on the back of the postcard reads, “Wingate, Ind. – 1928-10-28 – Dear Mildred, Hope you will ? better. So you can return home soon. From John Greenburg.” Digitized copies of this and other postcards were provided by Jane Lyle, February 2011.

These pictures were both taken at the junction of Main Cross and High streets in downtown Wingate, Indiana. Taken from the north east corner, looking south, southeast

The Gymnasium in Wingate, IN C.1928

The Gymnasium in Wingate, IN,November 23rd 2012

The gymnasium is located next to the US Post Office in Wingate, or rather, as the gym was there first, the Post Office is located next to the Old Gymnasium. On the far left of both pictures, you can see the back, lean to porch of an old house, that is there.

As I write this, in November 2012, the old gymnasium is up for sale,