The depot was located where the current Post Office is located. The Stites Hotel was located to the immediate north. The Detroit, Eel River and Illinois railroad came to town in 1853, and was a vital reason for the growth of the town. the depot . . . — — Map (db m174729) HM
This tablet erected to perpetuate the memory of those who sacrificed their lives and honoring those who served in our armed forces.
World Wars I & II
This tablet is dedicated to amend the above tablet to include the Korean and Viet Nam . . . — — Map (db m16274) WM
First Church Site in Whitley County.
July 30, 1839, Jacob and Chatherine Van Houten
deeded 1/4 acre land here on the northeast
corner to the Methodist Episcopal Church
for a house of worship named Concord. A
log church served until . . . — — Map (db m67207) HM
This DX Station was located at the corner of W. Washington and N. Main. This was taken in 1938 when Dale Sprouls owned the station.
Later Bob Overholser took possession. He operated the station until the late 1960's. This station had an . . . — — Map (db m174730) HM
Shortly after the town's founding an application was made to the postal authorities at Washington for a post office under the name "Franklin".
It was refused because a Franklin post office already existed in Indiana and the department would . . . — — Map (db m174726) HM
"First Great Hoosier"
In 1795, Chief Little Turtle realized his confederacy of Indian warriors could not defeat General Anthony Wayne's U.S. Army and the large influx of settlers moving into Indiana and the Midwest. After he . . . — — Map (db m232397) HM WM
Operated on this corner by Clarence and Fern Brumbaugh from 1929 until 1942. They were a blind couple. Clarence lost his sight at the age of 12 and Fern at age 8.
Their home was on West Pleasant Street in Churubusco.
They made rugs and . . . — — Map (db m232393) HM
The R.J. (Jerome) Krider family has been instrumental in the development of the Churubusco Community Park since the Park was established in 1949. Jerome Krider not only assisted in the Parks overall establishment, but as the president of Turtle . . . — — Map (db m232427) HM
Johnny was a well-known resident in Churubusco and "All around nice guy". Born with down syndrome, his parents opted to raise him at home instead of institutionalizing him, as was the practice during the time. The community adopted him and through . . . — — Map (db m232398) HM
Clarence and Fern Brumbaugh, a blind couple, ran a popcorn stand one block south of here on the corner of W. Whitley and N. Main from 1929 to 1942. Clarence was born in Whitley County in 1880 and Fern in Wabash County in 1887. They met at the School . . . — — Map (db m232394) HM
2-13 Joseph Depoy 01/18/1865 31
Company F. 12th Indiana Volunteers
2-12 William H. Depoy 02/06/1864 23
16th Indiana Battalion. Died at Ft. Washington, MD.
13-6 Alfred Eberhart 01/05/1871 33
Served in Ohio
10-9 Joseph Hickman . . . — — Map (db m232429) WM
1. Robert Adams 1783-1854 Reared in Putnam County, New York. Raised family in Delaware County, Ohio; moved to Whitley County in 1838, buying land for $2.50 an acre. Seven children Lewis, Allen, Levi, Rachel, Eliza (Hartstock), Zillah (Thinkham), . . . — — Map (db m226588) HM
[Front Side of Marker];
With recommendation from Benjamin Franklin, Augustin de La Balme, former French Cavalry officer, came to America to assist in the American Revolution.
In November 1780, allegedly under secret orders from . . . — — Map (db m52817) HM
Lloyd Cassel Douglas, minister and author, was
born on this site, August 27, 1877. His father
A. J. Douglas, was pastor of Grace Lutheran
Church at that time.
Lloyd Douglas became a minister and served a
number of Lutheran and . . . — — Map (db m67209) HM
After General William Henry Harrison relieved Fort Wayne, he ordered Colonel James Simrall in September 1812 to prevent further Miami Indian attacks in the area. The Miamis fled as troops destroyed villages, crops, and supplies along Eel River; . . . — — Map (db m1335) HM
Ten Rods North. Site of a Miami trading post 1762. Fortified by Chief Little Turtle 1779. House built for him after Greenville Treaty. Spared when Fort Razed by Colonel Simrall. Sept 1812.
Funded by Col. Augustin de le Balme Chapter, Daughters . . . — — Map (db m222041) HM
Born in North Manchester, March 14, 1854, he practiced law in Columbia City until his election as Governor of Indiana (1909–1913). Served two terms as Vice-President (1913–1921). Died June 1, 1925, and was buried in Indianapolis. — — Map (db m1334) HM
Offices of this once prominent group were above - second floor front from 1889 - 1908.
Thomas R. Marshall (1854 - 1925) Governor of Indiana 1909 - 1913 and U.S. Vice President with Pres. Woodrow Wilson two terms 1913 - 1921.
William F. . . . — — Map (db m16273) HM
Come home there's a welcome for Old Settlers Day Legion Roundup Columbia City, Indiana August 11-12-13-14-1954
Come home there's a welcome for you Old Settlers Day Legion Roundup Aug 13,14,15-1959 Columbia City, Ind
Celebrate a Proud . . . — — Map (db m228153) HM
On this site Whitley County's Pioneers used these stones in this monument for the foundation of a residence constructed among the first buildings in the town of Columbia. As a continuing tribute to their workmanship and foresight for the future of . . . — — Map (db m232431) HM
Dedicated to the Glory of God this day 2-12-95 in honor of pastors who have served Zion Lutheran Church
O. Reichardt 1861-1876 J. Hasbold 1876-1877 K. Seitz 1877-1880 J. Zimmermann 1880-1883 T. Thieme 1883-1889 H. Jungkuntz . . . — — Map (db m232656) HM
Columbia City attorney and banker, Gates (1893-1978) was elected State Commander of American Legion, 1931. In 1944, he led Republican Party to control of state offices and Indiana General Assembly. As Governor (1945-1949), he created state . . . — — Map (db m67886) HM
This area is within the territorial limits of Seek's Village Miami Indian Reservation. The tribe, ordered by the U.S. government to a reservation near Leavenworth, KS, left in 1837. — — Map (db m232343) HM
This site, comprising 240 acres, was obtained
from the government in 1836 by Richard Baughan.
Here in 1841 he constructed the first flour
and saw mill. Flour was of inferior quality
and production was soon terminated. The saw
mill was . . . — — Map (db m67218) HM
Little Turtle (Mishikinoqkwa), c. 1747–1812, was born and raised here on the Eel (Kenapocomoco) River. The Miami village was destroyed by American troops in 1812 and most of the tribe was removed from Indiana by 1843. — — Map (db m1336) HM
This area of high ground, over 300 acres south of the Eel River, is called "The Island". It was once a principal stronghold of the Miami Indians under Chief Little Turtle. It was a boundary line for lands between the Pottawattomis and Miamis, an . . . — — Map (db m29996) HM
Whitley Countys most distinguished citizen was a Columbia City resident active in civic affairs for 33 years. Born at North Manchester March 14, 1854. Spent boyhood years at nearby Pierceton and youth at Wabash College at Crawfordsville. . . . — — Map (db m12269) HM
Dedicated to the
Valiant Men and
Who served their
Country and the
Cause of Freedom in World Wars I and II
They Gave their Lives only Yesterday
For a . . . — — Map (db m12244) WM
This County was named for Colonel William Whitley, who was born in Virginia, August 17, 1749, and moved to Kentucky in 1775. He built Whitley House, the first brick house West of the Alleghenies, near Sanford, Kentucky.
This adventurous . . . — — Map (db m12239) HM
( Front / North Side - Memorial )( Right Edge )
__ Brown - Co _ 187 Ind Reg - Watters Brigade J. Washburn - Co. F 12 Reg. I.V.I. - Co _ 132 Reg. I.V.I. _ N Hughes - Co. E 30 Reg I.V.I. - Enlisted Sept. 24, 1861 - Discharged . . . — — Map (db m13227) WM
This historic courthouse is the third iteration of the Whitley County Courthouse to serve this county. The first building was a wooden structure built in 1841. In 1850, a second courthouse was built on this public square. The structure was a . . . — — Map (db m175638) HM
The first public building in Whitley County
was a log jail built in 1840 on the southeast
corner on what is now the courthouse square.
That jail cost $490. It was burned in 1855
by a prisoner awaiting trial.
A second two story jail was . . . — — Map (db m226449) HM
Freedom is not Free
Korean War Memorial
Dedicated to all Who Served
1950 - 1953
By: M. Garvey
Those we left there is the cold
We remember We remember
Have no fears of growing old
oh do we remember . . . — — Map (db m13044) WM
To the men of Whitley County who gave their lives during the Korean Conflict so that mankind might live in Freedom.
William George Joy Glen Garland Kemery Lavan Roger Kitson Gene Robert Ruby — — Map (db m232430) WM
To the men of Whitley County who gave their lives during the Viet Nam Conflict so that mankind might live in freedom
Gary M. Archibald Kinsley B. Brennan Roger Egolf Lynn Harris Max Johnson Dennis Kneller Douglas Kreider Dale E. . . . — — Map (db m80554) HM
Miami captive at 14; adopted by Little Turtle; appointed chief scout by Wayne in 1793; granted farm near Ft. Wayne by Congress for "valiant and conspicuous service." Died in Ft. Dearborn Massacre. — — Map (db m58108) HM
This bell began to call people to worship in 1891, at Zion Lutheran Church at 203 E. Ellsworth Street.
It is given as a memorial to Rev. Ottomar and Ottilie Stamm and Dr. Otto and Grace Lehmberg by William O. Stamm — — Map (db m232655) HM
Built in 1866 By Columbia City, Indiana banker Franklin H. Foust Purchased in 1915 By John C. & Fanny Myers Gifted in 1936 To their daughter, Mary B. Anthes 2003 - 2005 Saved from destruction, Moved, & rebuilt by her grandson & his wife, Greg . . . — — Map (db m228157) HM
I first met Shinzo Ohki in the early summer of 1942. My family had moved to 203 Brownwood Avenue in Columbia City and the Ohki's were neighbors. I was about 9 years old at the time. My brother, Harrison, and I developed a neighborhood business of . . . — — Map (db m228160) HM
Ohki Alley is named after Mr. Shinzo Ohki, a Japanese immigrant, artist and businessman who came to Columbia City in the early years of the 1900s. Coming by a rather circuitous route, he came first to Seattle at the age of 13, having earned . . . — — Map (db m228159) HM
In 1915, Vice President Thomas Marshall traveled to Indiana to participate in dedication ceremonies in Hoosier cities that were celebrating the Lincoln Highway. In 1928 concrete markers provided by the Lincoln Highway Association were planted along . . . — — Map (db m228156) HM
Reino A Panula James R Parrett Terry T Wricht Rodger L Egolf Lynn A Harris Stephan C Himes Robert W Wilfong Dale F Mills Gary M Archibald Max A Johnson Everett T Culp Avery M Nye III Rickey L Scott Lyle E Smith Roy D . . . — — Map (db m228154) WM
Building erected late 1800's.
1915 Grocery opening.
1915 Staff posing for a
photo ready for their
Columbia House Interiors
1964 - 2016
Photo of Columbia House Interiors
after remodeling 1981.
Ribbon Cutting . . . — — Map (db m228151) HM
Originally a part of Noble County, it joined
Whitley County in 1860. The town of Etna,
surveyed by John H. Alexander in 1849, was
named by Lafayette Lanson for his former home
in Ohio. Due to the layout of the township
roads, five school . . . — — Map (db m67217) HM
was the first white child born in
Troy Township, Whitley County,
June 23, 1838, near this site.
Thomas Estlick Sr., his father, pur-
chased 120 acres of U.S. Government
land at $1.25 per acre and settled here.
He named Goose and Loon . . . — — Map (db m67236) HM
Located on the side of this hill, operated by Dr. and Mrs. Michael Gutscher, Dutch natives of eastern Ohio, 1895 until his death, May 1, 1904. Tea, made from various kinds of tree bark, used in steam treatments, cured acute and subacute diseases. . . . — — Map (db m226586) HM
Larwill, formerly Huntsville, was laid out
on November 13 1854 along the Pittsburg, Fort
Wayne, and Chicago Railroad. It was located at
the corners of four farms - Henry McLallen, Sr.
Jesse S. Perrin, Thomas J. Hammontree, and
Truman . . . — — Map (db m67235) HM
F - 84 Thunder Streak
Served Korean War
In Memory of Those who Served
our Nations Cause
in All Conflicts
Past - Present - Future
Veterans of Foreign Wars
of the United States
Dedicated September, 1985 . . . — — Map (db m67219) WM
In 1837 Joseph Parrett caused to be surveyed
and platted 42 lots on the north bank of Eel
River and named the town Springfield. Also
in 1837 a post office was established and
named Whitley by the department, there being
another . . . — — Map (db m226447) HM
This mill stone was used by the South Whitley Mill, built on this site by W.W. Arnold and Brothers in 1848. It was originally powered by water from the Eel River with the aid of a wooden dam. One of its products was "Sunshine Flour". The mill . . . — — Map (db m68032) HM