The Passing of James Asher, M.D.

Earlier this week we received word that our neighbor and friend, Dr. Jim Asher, passed away. Dr. Asher and his wife Annamae had recently relocated to Missouri to be closer to a daughter. Fortunately for all of us, prior to their move they made arrangements with an adjacent farm owner to maintain the house and farmland and by all reports their property will not be sold for redevelopment . Dr. Asher’s healing hands touched many. From a small office in New Augusta, Dr. Asher took over a practice established in the 1800’s by his father, possibly one of the first medical practices in Pike Township.
He loved the rural character of the area and resisted numerous opportunities to sell any portion of his 100 + acre property; which lies on both sides of Moore Road. But recently he and his wife made arrangements to donate a portion of their farm for the expansion of the Old Pleasant Hill Cemetery, which their property surrounds on two sides. Their donation carried with it a small request; that a family plot be established there for the Ashers. His home is mentioned in the Multiple Property Listing as the Moore-Asher House (1879) referring to the original owner, Tolbert Moore for whom the road is named. The report indicates the property has significance for both the agricultural and estate periods and that it may be eligible for National Registry listing.

About Ross Reller

I am pleased you have expressed interest in learning more about the historic Traders Point area in Indianapolis, Indiana. From 1980 to 1982 I was employed in the PR department at Conner Prairie Museum in Hamilton County. There I learned about William Conner, an important figure in Indiana's pioneer days. A decade later I became interested in the history of the Traders Point area and was surprised to learn that William Conner had been the first land owner in the area. In 1823 he acquired, through the Federal land office in Brookville, a patent for an 80 acre tract carved by Eagle Creek and an Indian trail that was about to be named the first toll roadway through the township (Lafayette Road). Thirty years later a village took shape within this tract. A grain mill on the creek, houses, churches, stores, restaurants, and two gas stations would take shape here in the creek valley hamlet of Traders Point. By 1962 all improvements (except a farmer's co-op) had been removed by the Indianapolis Flood Control Board to make way for Interstate 65 and a new reservoir. This blog is dedicated to preserving evidence of this historic area but I will occasionally use it to discuss related topics. To activate this follow, simply click the confirm button below. If you don't want to follow, ignore this message and we'll never bother you again. I am also a member of the Old Pleasant Hill Cemetery, a non profit association still selling burial plots for those who would like to spend all eternity in Traders Point, and I am an officer in the Pike Township Historical Society and the Traders Point Association of Neighborhoods.
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1 Response to The Passing of James Asher, M.D.

  1. David Bowers says:

    Dr. Jim Asher was my family’s physician in the 1960s. I was 6 or 7 years old when I was stricken with severe hayfever and asthma. Dr. Jim made house calls in the middle of the night to give me adrenalin injections to help me. He was a ‘minister’ to the ill and was an angel with a physicians education.

    May his soul rest in peace for having contributed to the well-being of his fellow man and for being a true and honorable human being.

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