Greencastle in Putnam County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
John Jacob Eitel
Settled in Greencastle in 1908 because it was a good place to do business. Born in Bavaria, Germany, immigrated to America in 1882. Established John Eitel and Son Florist with the purchase of 3 greenhouses and property in the northeast section of Greencastle.
Jacob John Eitel
After apprenticeships in Indianapolis, joined his father in opening a retail outlet at Franklin and Vine Streets. Lived behind the business before moving to Melrose Avenue adjacent to the greenhouses.
Kenneth John Eitel, Sr.
Attended DePauw and Purdue Universities, joining Eitel’s Flowers after serving in WW II. Relocated the business to the present location in 1946.
Kenneth John Eitel, Jr.
Purchased Eitel’s Flowers in 1980 after 16 years of service with Horace Link and Co. In Greencastle. Expanded, diversified, and transitioned the business into Eitel’s Flowers and Gifts through the 1980's and 1990's. Has persevered at continuing a family heritage of contributing to vital courthouse square business district and serving the community.
Erected 2005 by Heritage Preservation Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • War, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1908.
Location. 39° 38.636′ N, 86° 51.814′ W. Marker is in Greencastle, Indiana, in Putnam County. Marker is at the intersection of South Vine Street and East Washington Street (U.S. 231), on the right when traveling south on South Vine Street. Located on the "Heritage Wall". It is the top row - at the right-end of the plaques. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greencastle IN 46135, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cannon's Men's Wear 1891 -- 1985 (here, next to this marker); Percy Lavon Julian (1899-1975)Eli Lilly & The Civil War (1861–1865 ) (here, next to this marker); Abraham Lincoln's Biography (here, next to this marker); Prevo 1900 - 1992 (here, next to this marker); The Ancient Peoples Who Once Walked Here (here, next to this marker); Julian Family Home (here, next to this marker); Women in Greencastle History (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greencastle.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 11, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 654 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on June 11, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.