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Pen and CAmera of the pretty
and prcgressive city of
Connersvi 1 le, Indiana



Digitized by the Internet Archive

in 2010 with funding from

Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center



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Designed, Compiled and
Illustrated by

REV. JULIUS F. SCHWARZ




Aulhorized by the Cily Council
in Session Oct. 2. 1906



Connersville. HiSi^
1906



MOTTO: More Industries. Increased Population, and Every
Citizen a Property Owner



FREDERICK. I. BARROWS

Mayor

JACOB S. CLOUDS
Cily Clerk



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Cbe Commercial Club




RGANIZED for the purpose of promoting the commercial
and industrial welfare of the city and with an eye single
to even a greater realization of accomplishments than those
which have already made the city so singularly noted
within the past decade. ^ The Club embraces in its
membership the leading business men in the city, repre-
senting practically the aggregate wealth and enterprise of
Connersville. ^The second and third floors of the
" New Theatre Building, " which has just been completed,
have been especially equipped as headquarters for The
Commercial Club. ^ Specific information relative to the
city, touching upon any desirable feature, can be obtained
by addressing

THE COMMERCIAL CLUB

Chamber of Commerce, New Theatre Building
Connersville, Indiana



Connerstiille, 3Jnbiana



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I ESTLED in the picturesque valley of the White Water River and surrounded by
a beautiful scenery of w^oodland and cultivated fields, orchards and meadow lands,
rich bottoms and fertile highlands is located the pretty and progressive city of
Connersville, Indiana. As the County Seat of Fayette County, the city is cen-
trally located on the Cincinnati, Hamilton & Indianapolis division of the C, H.
& D. Railroad, also the White Water division of the C, C, C. & St. Louis,
Lake Erie & Western, Fort Wayne, Cincinnati & Louisville, and the Indianapolis
& Cincinnati Interurban. It is situated 68 miles w^est of Cincinnati, Ohio, and
57 miles east of the State Capitol, Indianapolis, Indiana.

John Conner, a hardy and shrewd pioneer, after whom the city was named,
selected the present site about the year 1816. He laid off a small tract of land
into town lots along the river bank, now known as Water Street, and then built a
mill just above the town. This not only attracted patrons of the adjoining country, but induced others
to erect log cabins on the well-chosen sight and thus converted the wilderness into a growing village.
In the spring of 1 868 the population was estimated at 2,500, and steps were then taken looking
to the change of the town to a city. At an election held June 16, 1869, the voters expressed
themselves in favor of a city charter, which was procured and adopted, and the city ordered divided
into wards. In 1890 the census report on the population of the growing city was 4,537, which
number has increased to over 8,000. Embracing the adjacent suburbs of East Connersville,
Edgewood and the new additions that have recently been platted out, will increase this number
to over 10,000. The population is steadily increasing — families from every section of the country
are seeking a place of abode and are erecting new homes in and about Connersville.



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Looking South on Central Avenue from Fourth Street



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Looking North on Central Avenue from Fourth Street




Looking East on Fifth Street from Central Avenue



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Looking West on Fifth Street from Central Avenue



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Looking South on Central Avenue from Sixth Street



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Looking North on Central Avenue from Sixth Street



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Looking East on Sixth Street from Central Avenue



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Looking West on Sixth Street from Central Avenue




Fayette County Court House



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City Hall — First Floor, Council Chamber and City Offices
Second Floor, Masonic Banquet Hall Third Floor, Masonic Assembly Hall



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First National Bank Building



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McFarlan Hotel and Office Building. V. K. Brown. Hotel Proprietor




The Buckley House



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The New Theatre Building and Chamber of Commerce



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Thomas Omnibus Railroad Transfer Line



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City Fire Department



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The Hydraulic and Water Works



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One of the numerous automobiles seen on the avenues of Connersville



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One of ihe Indianapolis and Cincinnati Traction Cars running into Connersville



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Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton Passenger Train



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Interior of Dining Cat "Big Four" Railway, one of the roads running tfirough ConnersviUe




Maplewood School Building




Fifth Street School Building



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Eighth Street School Building



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High School Building



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Scene on the White Water River between the bridges



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First Baptist Church and Manse



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Grand Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church



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First English Presbyterian Church



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Central Christian Church



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9Relt|jiou2!, Ctiucattonal anti JFraternities

ONNERSVILLE marches to the music of the church bells and is
well provided with places for worship as is readily obvious to the
spectator when he sees the heaven pointing spires of the churches
representing the leadmg denominations of the various Christian
organizations. Most of the churches are handsome ecclesiastical
structures, occupying conspicuous sites, contributing much to the
beauty of the city.

Public Schools — The school system of Connersville is a source
of perennial pride and is conducted by well qualified directors, who
insist on the best force of teachers. A fine high school and three
graded and grammar schools constitute the physical equipment of the
system. Two daily and three weekly papers are well patronized by
an extensive list of regular subscribers. A public library, with a choice collection of
the best publications, is liberally maintained. The professional class ranks high in
degree and scholarship — the attorneys, physicians and accountants all standing at the
head in repute.

Fraternities — The fraternal spirit of Connersville is exceptionally strong, as induced
by the many and great varieties of its lodges. Most of them maintain well equipped
club rooms for social intercourse and business purposes.




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Second Methodist Episcopal Church



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Mount Zion Baptist Church and Parsonage



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Seventh Day Advendst Church and Apostolic Holiness Church



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Residence of Mr. George B. Markle, "Elmhurst"



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Surrounding Landscape of Mr. George B. Markle's Residence, "Elmhurst"



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HE log cabins of pioneer days have yielded their space to commodious
and handsome homes. The several Building Associations and other
agencies have ever pursued a liberal policy in assisting laboring men
to acquire their residence property. As a result the majority of families
occupy their own homes and the city presents an attractive appearance
as permanent improvement and adornment are everyw^here apparent.
Many new homes are annually erected and persons awaiting their
completion for occupancy.

Connersville is proud of her beautiful public buildings, her well
kept streets and over 50 miles of smooth, well shaded cement walks,
the combined curb and guttering, and the general air of thrift and
taste, which is apparent everywhere. The environment of the city is
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contiguous country, but the uniform and well piked country roads render driving and
wheeling ideally enjoyable. Within easy access is the beautiful Roberts Park embracing
eighty acres of land perfectly designed by nature for park purposes. Thousands of people
are annually attracted to this place by the great Fayette County Free Fair being unique
and the only one of its kind in the great State of Indiana.



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I ONNERSVILLE is abundantly supplied with public service utilities,
gas, both natural and artificial, electric light, heat and power plant,
two telephone exchanges and two telegraph companies. The water
supply is well distributed throughout the city by a comprehensive
system operated by the city. The city is provided with a sewer
system which is being extended as rapidly as the exigencies
demand without unduly burdening property owners. With the sys-
tem is combined perfect surface drainage. The work of the fire
department is most efficient. The police department well organized
and disciplined, the service of the officers being such that the city
has the reputation of being one of the most orderly in the State.
The city is the center of the county system of daily rural free
delivery, having ten routes, besides the regular city deliveries that are made two and
three times daily. Eighteen passenger trains stop at the two stations daily. These,
together with the hourly accommodations of the traction line, enable one to connect
without delay for all points on the various main lines in the United States and Canada.



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Residence of Hon. Francis T. Roots



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Residence of Mr. E. Dwight Johnston



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Residence of Mr. J. W. Faulkner



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Residence of Mr. J. Edward McFarlan



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Residence of Mr. Theodore P. Heinemann



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Looking North on Central Avenue from Eleventh Street



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Residence of Mr. James M. Mcintosh



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Residence of Mr. A. E. Leiter



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Residence of Mr. P. H. Kensler



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Residence of Mr. E. P. Hawkins



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Residence of Mr. E. W. Ansted



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Residence of Mr. E. V. Hawkins



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Residence of Mr. Robert T. Huston



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Residence of Mr. Joseph E. Huston



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tlDlje itflanufacturers' Club anb tf)e
iKlncJjants' ^00ociation

|HE MANUFACTURERS' CLUB is an institution organized in
the year 1900 by the different manufacturers of the city for the pur-
pose of helping build up and improve the city by inducing other
industries to locate here, and to lend their assistance and influence to
such enterprises and affairs which might be of benefit to the community.
Through their efforts a number of thriving manufacturing and other
industries were recently located in Connersville. Matters pertaining to the
welfare and advancement of the city's interest, or the location of new
factories, will be gladly looked after by the Club. Interesting monthly
meetings are held, and it is the ulterior aim of the Club to increase
the population of Connersville to 20,000 inhabitants.
THE MERCHANTS' ASSOCIATION is composed of the lead-
ing retailers of the city for the purpose of maintaining a permanent social feeling among
the merchants of Indiana, to safeguard their interests, to abate trade abuses, injurious
and unbusinesslike practices, to secure national, state and local legislation for the mutual
protection of merchants, to protect the public against inferior qualities and short weights,
and to discourage anything affecting a fair deal between the merchant and his patrons.




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Parting of the Ways — Virginia and Central Avenues



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Residence of Miss Jennie Shipley, Front View



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Residence of Miss Jennie Shipley, Side View



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Residence of Dr. J. R. Mountain



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Country Home and Dairy of Mr. J. M. Webster



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Residence of Mr. Adam J. Roth



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Residence of Dr. H. M. Zehrung



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Residence of Mr. W. M. Gregg



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The German Presbyterian Manse



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Residence of Mr. Wm. Basse



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Residence of Mr. J. H. Fearis



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Residence of Mr. A. E. Barrows



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Residence of Mr. J. C. Turkenkoph



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Residence of Mr. Samuel W. Beck



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Residence of Mr. John Stoll



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Residence of Mr. Jacob F. Sloll



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Residence of Mr. Fred Neal



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Residence of Mr. David W. McKee



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Reed Street Terrace



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Residence of Mr. Wm. Newkirk



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Residence of Mr. J. B. McFarlan, Sr.



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Residence of Mr. C. E. J. McFarlan



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Residence of Mr. George R. Carter



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Residence of Mr. Joseph I. Little



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Residence of Mr. Chas. A. Rieman



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Residence of Mr. J. H. Rieman



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Catholic Sisters Home




Residence of Mr. J. T. Wilkin



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Residence of Mr. E. W. Tatman



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Residence of Mrs. J. H. Tatman



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Residence of Mr. Chas. C. Hull



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Residence of Mr. Andrew H. Rieman



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Residence of Mr. John P. Brown



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Residence of Mr. John E. Chitwood



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Pavilion at Roberts' Park



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Terraced Amphitheater and Race Course at Roberts' Park



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3fntiu0trir0 of ConnerstiiUe

I HE iron horse and its glistening roadway have practically made of Connersville a
commercial center where industries have been prompted to locate, and through
the technical and mechanical skill employed by them, have won for themselves a
world-wide renown. They have all developed, from meager beginmngs that were
well managed, with perseverence and persistency. From the pioneers' stores sixty
L^^r or more years ago have grown the stately empormms and manufacturing establish-
ments which line the streets of the city today. Starting with small beginnings,
these establishments have one and all outgrown their quarters, and some of them
have even been forced to multiply their space and capacity in order to meet the
growing demand of their business. Several thousand are employed in the various
establishments. Almost every branch of business is represented, embracing build-
ing material, wearing apparel, as well as the needs and luxuries of life.
As a natural corollary the farmers purchase liberally in the Connersville market, which offers them,
as it does the residents of the city, superior facilities. The retail stocks in every line are large and
comprehensive, and lively competition inures to the benefit of all.

Connersville' s banking interests are composed of the First National, Fayette National Banks and
the Farmers' & Merchants' Trust Co. They are the strongest support of the manufacturing and mer-
cantile interests in the city, and, working in alliance with these interests in all their legitimate phases,
each partakes of and sustains the other. Hence the banks of the city, like her business enterprises,
are noted for their sound, energetic, yet conservative management, command the entire confidence of
business men and capitalists, and hold high rank among the financial institutions of the country.

MOTTO: More industries, increased population, and every citizen a property) owner.




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Connersville Ice Plant

Cold Storage



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Connersville Blower Co. — Elevated View of Plant



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Connersville Blower Co. — Side View of Plant



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Ansted Spring and Axle Works — Spring Works



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Ansted Spring and Axle Works — Axle Works



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Rex Buggy Company



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Rex Spring Wagon Works



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Rex Wheel Works




Central Manufacturing Company



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Rex Shield and Manufacturing Company



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George R. Carter Leather Works



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McFarlan Carriage Company, East Building of Factory




McFarlan Carriage Company, West Building of Factory



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Connersville Buggy Company




Connersville Lumber Company



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Triumph Safe and Lock Company



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Triple Sign Works — (Roots & Heinemann)



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McCann's Roller Mills




Uhl & Snider Flour Mills



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p. H. & F. M. Roots Foundry — Elevated View



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p. H. & F. M. Roots Foundry — Rear View



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Indiana Furniture Company




Light Heat and Power Company



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Connersville Furniture Company



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Float designed by the Rex Buggy Co., representing the King of the Free Fair



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Float Designed by the Elks, representing the Queen of the Free Fair



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Float designed by the Catholic Knights of Columbus for the great Free Fair Pageant



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A Street Demonstration of the Great Annual Free Fair Pageant



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