Category Archives: Historic Residents

Traders Point Indians- Another Story of Pioneer Life: The Stolen Horses by Jerry Reade (1822)

  Artist Cassilly Adams (born 1843) died in Traders Point in 1921 (Indiana American – March 27, 1869) Grandfather drew his chair nearer the fire and began: ” I well recollect the time.  It was in 1822 and in the … Continue reading

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Henry Ward Beecher and Traders Point

Today during a visit to the Pike Township Historical Society Archives I was researching the history of the two-room brick school house that had once stood within the northeast corner of Lafayette and Moore Roads.   I had recently been shown a … Continue reading

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Growing up in Traders Point – 1880 to 1895 – The autobiography of Bertha Lee Redden Shaw

The Life of an Octogenarian  by Bertha Lee Redden Shaw (written in her hand about 1962)   This manuscript is now available for purchase by clicking on the link beneath the masthead (flood photo) on the home page of this … Continue reading

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Traders Point – History of Indianapolis and Marion County – Pike Township – B.R. Sulgrove – 1884

The village of Trader’s Point was laid out by John Jennings and Josiah Coughran in 1864. They erected a flour mill, with four run of burrs, three for wheat and one for corn. It was at first a water mill … Continue reading

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Traders Point, Purdue University, J.K. Lilly & Herman Krannert detailed

Friend of this blog Nick Harby, of West Lafayette, has tipped me off to a fascinating account of Purdue University’s role in two high-profile former area property owners; J.K. Lilly and Herman Krannert. Nick writes: “Years ago I found a … Continue reading

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Demolition soon for historic Ropkey farmhouse?

Tuesday, January 13, 2009 This today from a Traders Point neighbor: “Kite Realty has applied for a demolition permit for the Ropkey farmhouse at 79th and Marsh Road. This property is on the list of historic places. We need publicity. … Continue reading

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Homer Resler

One-Armed Homer Resler Homer Resler and George Wilkins were a couple of the earliest auto mechanics on the northwest side of Indianapolis. Their garage greeted motorists from the 1920s through the 1950s who either needed gas or mechanical help at … Continue reading

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