Jennings Township Towns (The Vanished Towns)
From the Essay of Vinton Cox (1992)
Vinton Cox was born in 1916, in Scott County Indiana, near the Hardy Lake area. In 1926 his family moved to Austin, where he lived the rest of his life until he passed away in 2001. Cox a 1936 Austin High School graduate was well respected in Scott County, and a member of the Scott County Leadership Group. He had a strong interest in the history of Austin and Jennings Township, which is evident in the essay he wrote in 1992 for the Scott County History Day. Cox was buried in Harrod Cemetery next to his beloved wife Ruth Coons Cox.
At right is Austin resident Virgil Worley in 1888 standing in front of the Jersey Bridge that conncected the communities of Austin (Scott County) and Crothersville (Jackson County).
The Town of Jersey or Bakers Mill
The first town established in Jennings Township, in 1834, was called Jersey or Bakers Mill on the Muscatuck (Muscatatuck) River, where High Way 31 and the railroad crosses the river, with most of the town being in Jackson County.
It flourished for about Forty years consisting of a number of stores, one operated by Nathan Morgan the great-great Grandfather of John Morgan. The community also consisted of a bank, a large grist mill and a saw mill. The railroad had a ticket office and an express agency there after 1852. Also a post office after 1854 and a large cooperage mill.
Due to flooding and other problems, the town started to decline in the 1860s and 1870s and was washed out in the 1879 flood. What was left moved to the new town of Austin (1853) and Crothersville (1858).
The Town of Albion
The 2nd town established in Jennings Township was Albion, platted in 1837, by Harper Cockran. The goal was for Albion to become the county seat as this location was more centralized in the county than Lexington. It was located ½ mile east of Terry’s Corner on the old Bethlehem Rockford Road. Because of the action by State Legislative deciding to leave the county seat at Lexington for awhile this town never became more than a small village.
The Town of New Frankfort
Another vanished town was New Frankfort, which was platted in 1838 and established by Gara Davis. It was located about a mile east of Albion and also on the Bethlehem Rockford Road. It grew rapidly and soon became a very prosperous little town, although it was also doomed when the railroad came west of it in 1852. During its heyday thee was a post office, district school, three churches, Masonic Lodge, pump factory, boot and shoemaker, hotel, brickyard and 223 people. After the advent of the railroad in 1852, most people and businesses moved gradually to Austin by 1870.
The Town of Wooster
In 1847, yet another town that is now a ghost town was platted one mile east of New Frankfort by Stephen Rice. It was named Wooster or Wooster Town and grew by leaps and bounds. It was located on the old Madison Brownstown Road connecting with the Bethlehem Rockford Road at New Frankfort. Mr. Rice must have been quite patriotic as he named the streets of Wooster such as Washington, Madison, Taylor, Harrison, Jefferson, Clay etc...
In this village was a Methodist Church, a 22-room hotel, a general store, wheat fan factory, tanning yard, saw mill, chair factory, cabinet factory, gunsmith, three doctors, harness maker, blacksmith, two lawyers, a wagon factory, and a dentist. One of the doctors was John Sarver, son of Morris Sarver who had the original idea of the town of Austin along the Pennsylvania Railroad. By 1860 Wooster still had a population of 232, but rapidly dropped as they too moved to the railroad at Austin or Holman
there is nothing left to show that these three towns ever existed.
Wooster, is now a forgotten community. The only reminder is Wooster Road off of State Road 256, about 5 miles east of Austin.
2011 Photo by Mike Barrett
Cox, Vinton. (1992). Scott County History Day. Early History of Jennings & Johnson Townships, Scott County Indiana. Submitted to Scott County Leadership Group, October 18th, 1992. (Accessed Scott County Public Library, Scottsburg, Indiana. 2011.)
Footnotes: Inserted by Austin Indiana History Website
 Nathan Morgan 1825-1878: Was Civil War Veteran and his father was David Morgan an early pioneer of Scott County Indiana.
 John Morgan CEO of Morgan Foods (2011)
 Grist Mill: A building which grain ground into flour
 Cooperage Mill: A manufacturer of wooden barrels for whiskey and other products
 New Frankfort was named after the Capitol of Kentucky
 Holman was an early name for Blocher Indiana.
 When Cox refers to “today” he means 1992
New Frankfort Road - Scott County Indiana
May 30, 2011
Pictured above is a photo of a small business on New Frankfort Road in Scott County Indiana. In the mid 1800s the area was a flourishing community. The business pictured is the only business in the area now and it was established in 2008, the photo was taken in 2011 by Mike Barrett.
Scott County's Unknown Civil War Soldiers
May 26, 2011
By – Mike Barrett
During the Civil War years (1861-1865) it was common for military trains to pass through Austin, Indiana, via the Pennsylvania Railroad. The trains transported Union soldiers from Scott County and northern Indiana to the southern states, with the mission of placing Union troops as close and as safe to enemy territory as possible.
Indiana Volunteer Infantries often returned from the war by train as well, passing through Austin, on their way home. It was the belief among Scott Countians associated with the early history of Austin that a train returning Union soldiers home, is how the tombstones of Scott County’s Unknown Soldiers came about in the Whitson Austin Cemetery.
The report from early Austin historians is that during the Civil War a military train stopped at the Austin Train Depot in south Austin, and the bodies of two Union soldiers were removed from the train and Austin officials were asked to bury the soldiers. It is unclear how the names of the soldiers went undetermined, but Government stones were used to mark the final resting place. The only markings on each tombstones was “U.S. Soldier”, and since that time the tombs have been known as “Scott County’s Unknown Soldiers.”
On May 14, 2011, with my family I was able to locate and clean one of the tombstones. (Photo at right) As you can see from the photo the marker is still in great shape. We were not able to locate the 2nd tombstone at that time, but returned one week later and discovered it about 35-feet east of the first one. The 2nd tombstone was similar in style but it was a little smaller and completely covered in mildew.
In 2000, I met Carol Susnick a person interested in the history of Scott County for many years. My meeting with Mrs. Susnick took place at the Whitson Austin Cemetery and we discussed the “Scott County Unknown Soldiers” story. During our conversation she told me the story of the military train that I mentioned earlier. At that time we tried to locate the tombstones but could not find them, and while Mrs. Susnick was sure they existed at one time, she went ahead and placed small American Flags in the ground in their honor. I realize now that the day Mrs. Susnick and I looked for the stones, we were only about 30-feet away from the one I located with my family on May 14th.
Mrs. Susnick’ s story of the Unknown Soldiers was an almost verbatim account, told to me earlier in 2000, by Vinton Cox (1916-2001) a life long resident of the Austin (Jennings Township) area. Cox is another person who studied the history of Austin and in 1992, wrote an essay about the early history of Austin and the ghost towns of Jennings Township. In late 2010, when I started researching “Austin in the Civil War” my interest was perked once again when reviewing the Scott County Civil War Records at the Scott County Library. The Civil War file contained the alphabetical listings of Civil War Veterans from Scott County and of veterans buried in Scott County Cemeteries. In the letter “U” section, there is a card for “U.S. Soldiers”, and the notes typed on the card read, “Scott County’s Unknown Soldiers”, buried at Whitson Cemetery in Austin Indiana. Since the Scott County Civil War Records were the first official documentation of “Scott County’s Unknown Soldiers,” I decided to investigate further.
Indiana Historian and former Austin Physician Dr. Carl R. Bogardus, (1906-1992) who researched the history of Austin and Scott County exhaustively, donated his works to the Scott County Library a few years before his death in 1992. Bogardus’ files include a Civil War history and in his handwritten notes from 1945, he notes the Unknown Civil War Veterans buried at Whitson Cemetery. The Bogardus recordings are noted in short brief descriptions, “Union officers leave the bodies of two Union Soldiers at Austin Train Depot in South Austin, and ask Austin officials to bury. Soldiers buried at Whitson Cemetery in 1863. Tombstones marked only as U.S. Soldiers.” (There are no other notes on the subject by Bogardus, but he did note the Scott County Journal 1863 Austin edition, at the bottom of his notes on the paper with the Civil War notes.) A fire at the Journal’s headquarters in the early 1900s destroyed all Scott County Newspapers prior to the 1880s. Four years after the 1945 notes, Bogardus completes a report of Scott County Civil War records, which he names “Scott County in the Civil War”.
In the 1949 Scott County Civil War report compiled by Bogardus, included is the burial site of “Scott County’s Unknown Soldiers.”
On page 75 of the Bogardus report
U.S. Soldiers (2) Unknown. Scott County’s “Unknown Soldiers”. Buried in Austin Cemetery, Jennings Township. 2 Government Stones are marked only “U.S. Soldier”.
During the review of the Bogardus report, I learned there are 31 Civil War Veterans buried at the Whitson Austin Cemetery, and I decided to see how many of them could be located, but I did not expect to have much success. To my amazement, I was surprised to find that a lot of the tombstones are still in great shape and I photographed many of them, which can be seen by clicking on “Austin in the Civil War – 1861-1865” in the main menu. As I mentioned earlier, I had already looked for the tombstones of the “Unknown Soldiers” back in 2000 with Carol Susnick. So during my May, 2011, visit to the cemetery I wasn’t even looking for the “Unknown Soldiers” stones; I was there to attempt location of the stones for the names from the Bogardus report. After finding several names on the list we walked upon a tombstone that was covered in mildew except for two letters, “e-r”. Almost immediately upon cleaning the marker, we knew it was a tombstone of one of the “Unknown Soldiers”. While this was an exciting moment, it was a solemn moment and one that this author will remember the rest of his life.
The Austin Indiana History Website is pleased to announce the re-discovery of the tombstones of “Scott County’s Unknown Soldiers” and recognizes the historical significance of honoring this important piece of history.
Location in Cemetery to the first tombtone found on May 14th, 2011
On the grounds of the Whitson Austin Cemetery, here are the directions to the tombstone of one of Scott County’s Unknown Soldiers: Locate the Indiana State Marker on the north side of the cemetery, which is a brief history of the cemetery. From the marker walk two rows of graves to the west, then walk three tombstones to the south.
Location in Cemetery to the 2nd tombstone found on May 21st, 2011
From the first “Unknown Soldier” tombstone marker walk three rows of graves to the east, and then walk two tombstones to the north. (The 2nd marker is faded more than the first one. Approximately 33-feet from first marker.)
(Author’s Note: For any history buff these are worth seeing, a real link to the Civil War and an important piece of Austin history.)
A few years before his death in 1992, Dr. Bogardus donated his collective works of the history of Austin and Scott County, which is nearly 40-years of research to the Scott County Public Library. The Austin Indiana History Website recognizes that the great pieces of Austin history would be nearly forgotten without the works of the late Dr. Carl R. Bogardus. It is truly a humbling experience to go to the Scott County Public Library and see first-hand his commitment and passion.
Special thanks for this article should also be given to the late Vinton Cox and to Scott County historian Carol Susnick, for their interests and commitment to preserving this important piece of history.
Sincere appreciation is extended to the staff of the Scott County Public Library for recognizing the importance of maintaining and controlling the Civil War records of Scott County.
Austin in the Civil War
Please visit our complete history by clicking on “Austin in the Civil War” in the main menu.
Bogardus, Dr. Carl R. (1945 & 1949). Dr Carl R. Bogardus Files. Hand written notes and Scott County in the Civil War Report. Scott County (IN) Public Library, Scottsburg Indiana. Retrieved 2011.
Scott County Civil War Records 1940s. Scott County Public Library, Scottsburg Indiana. Genealogical Section. Retrieved 2011.
Contributions: (Cox, Vinton. 2000.) (Susnick, Carol. 2000.)
 Ghost Towns: Towns that no longer exist
Austin Property is Burial Site of Amercian Revolutionary War Veteran Asama Mitchell
The above photo is the abandoned “Friendship Cemetery” in Austin Indiana, which is located three miles east of Austin city limits on the property of Carol and Nick Pastrick. The cemetery, nestled in the woods on the private property of the Pastricks, is the final resting place for a group of persons who lived near the area and were born in the mid to late 1700s and passed away in the 1800s.
Most notably it is the gravesite of Asama Mitchell (1761-1851) a veteran of the American Revolution who served under General George Washington’s army as a fifer.
Historic Highlights of Asama Mitchell (1761-1851)
1) Was born in Connecticut in 1761
2) All six of his brothers entered the American Army around 1776. (Asama never saw or heard of his brothers after the war.)
3) Asama entered the Army at the age of 15 as a fifer, and was under the immediate command of General George Washington.
4) Asama was stationed at Valley Forge (Pennsylvania) during the historic winter of 1777, where he witnessed George Washington praying on his knees alone in the woods. (Other notables at Valley Forge: Martha Washington, Benedict Arnold, Nathanael Greene, Alexander Hamilton, James Monroe, and Baron Von Steuben.)
5) Witnessed the execution of British Major John Andre in 1780 in Tappan, New York.
6) Was fifer for the battle of Yorktown (Virginia) in 1781, which was the last official battle of the Revolutionary War before America, won its freedom. Asama witnessed the surrender of Britain General Charles Cornwallis.
7) After the war he made his home in New York, where he married Mary Freymeyer (1770-1836), March 25, 1788.
8) Asama and Mary moved to the Austin, Indiana (Jennings Township) area in 1832, when he was 72 years old. It is not known why they moved to Indiana.
9) Mary Mitchell passed away in 1836, and is also buried on the Pastrick property.
10) Asama Mitchell passed away in 1851. His funeral included an honor ceremony presented by the State Militia under the command of Joseph Keepens of New Frankfort. The ceremony included a 500 horsemen salute to Mitchell, and a very large following of citizens on foot, and in wagons.
On July 15th, 1979, the Scott chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAA), with several descendants of the Asama Mitchell family erected a stone at the Harrod Cemetery in Austin Indiana. It was revealed during the ceremony that Asama and his wife Maria, moved to Scott County at an old age to be near their children who lived in the area. While the remains of Asama are still resting at the Pastrick property, the DAR wished to have a monument in public cemetery.
At the bottom of the new tombstone inscribed is, “Buried at Friendship Cemetery”.
A photo of the tombstone at Harrod is pictured below. (2011 photo by Kelsey Barrett)
 A fifer is a non-combatant military occupation of a foot soldier who originally played the fife during combat. The practice was instituted during the period of Early Modern warfare to sound signals during changes in formation, such as the line, and were also members of the regiment's military band during marches.
These soldiers, often boys too young to fight or sons of NCO's, were used to help infantry battalions to keep marching pace from the right of the formation in coordination with the drummers positioned at the center and relayed orders in the form of sequences of musical signals. The fife was particularly useful because of its high pitched sound, which could be heard over the sounds of battle.
Austin native Eldo Buzzard Killed in Action During World War I
United States Soldier Eldo Buzzard of Austin, Indiana, was the first person from Scott County, killed in World War I. He was a member of Austin’s first high school basketball team in 1915. Eldo was born in Austin on April 4th, 1894 and his parents were Mr. and Mrs. Asbury Buzzard.
His family received word of his death by telegram from the United States War Department. The official information was: Eldo Buzzard was killed on August 9th, 1918, from wounds received during battle in France.
Eldo was survived by his parents, five brothers and two sisters. One of his brothers was Jack Buzzard Austin High School’s first star athlete, who later coached the Austin basketball team to their first sectional championship in 1928. Eldo was buried in the Whitson Austin Cemetery.
Methodist Church Future in Question
November 6, 2011
Pictured above is the Austin Methodist Church, which has been a landmark in downtown Austin since it was erected over 150 years ago, in 1859. The future of the building is in question, as services ceased at the church in 2009. The building privately owned is now for sell, and many fear its fate will be similar to a home built in 1856, which formerly set next to the church and was demolished in 2007.
The exact date of the founding of the Methodist Church in Austin is not known, but before the 1859 church was built we know the founding church resided at the Austin Whitson Cemetery just east of town. The church at Whitson which of course no longer exists was built in 1839. When the Austin Methodist Church was built downtown members moved in from the Church at Whitson, and from the New Frankfort Methodist Church which was founded in 1842.
The downtown church was built on property owned by John and Cynthia Trulock, and was deeded to Austin Methodist Church trustees Aaron C. Mann, William Hughbanks, Thomas W. Whitson, and Samuel F. Christie.
Everitt B. Hunley United States Army Reserve Building
The United States Army Reserve building in Scottsburg is named after Austin soldier Everitt B. Hunley who was killed in World War II in 1945. Hunley was a member of the 111th division of General George Patton’s Third Army, when he lost his life in Germany in 1945. He was the son of Mr. And Mrs. James A. Hunley.
Austin’s Connection to the Marshfield Train Robbery of 1868
There are several documented accounts at the national level about the train robbery of Marshfield, Indiana, which occurred in Scott County Indiana in 1868. Marshfield, now a ghost community was located between Austin and Scottsburg near the overhead bridge on U.S. Highway that connects the two communities. While the events of the robbery performed by the Reno Gang are printed in several publications throughout the United States, the connection to Austin while mentioned in several publications is often over looked when the historical event is discussed.
“At 11:00pm on May 22nd, 1868, the north bound train made its usual stop at Marshfield. The fireman and engineer were knocked unconscious from behind as they climbed down from the cab. At that point a dozen or so members of the Reno Gang took charge of the train, and unhooked the passenger coaches. The engine tender and express car under the control of the Reno Gang then proceeded north into Austin Indiana.” (Bogardus, 1944.)
What happened next is Austin’s connection to the robbery, which was recorded by Dr. Bogardus in the 1953 publication, The Centennial History of Austin.
“The old wood-burner (train) with one of the bandits at the throttle, chugged off through the darkness to Austin, a regular stop, about two miles north, where they halted at the depot.” (The Depot was in South Austin, which was the main part of town in 1868).
“The Adams Express messenger, Thomas Harkin (Austin resident), who did not know what had happened at Marshfield, opened the baggage car door. The bandits were ready and pushed into the car. Harkins fired at them, but missed, and they beat him into unconsciousness. Then once again the one car train got underway. A short distance north of Austin, the door of the car was held open and the unconscious Harkins was hurled down a steep embankment, where he was found the next morning miraculously still alive.” (Bogardus, 1953.)
Bogardus, Carl R. (1953). Centennial History of Austin Scott County. The History of Austin. P 42.)
Bogardus, Carl R. (1944). Handwritten notes accessed at Scott County (IN) Public Library. 2011
The Coffee Pot - Austin Indiana
Coffee Pot Curve by Mike Barrett
Before Interstate 65 was built the main highway from Indianapolis to Louisville was U.S. 31. A small section of U.S. 31 in Austin, just a mile south of town towards Scottsburg is known as Coffee Pot Curve. The reason for that is simple; in 1929 a Louisville businessman by the name of J.G. Bennett thought it would be a great place to build a coffee shop for travelers. Bennett wanted something to catch a traveler’s eye, so he built a small two-story café shaped like a coffee pot. The first floor was a round 20’ x 20’ area, which included a small coffee room and the kitchen. The 2nd floor was an 18’ x 18’ dinning room. The Coffee Pot was open for ten years from 1929-1939, and about ten years after its doors were closed the building was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Miller. The Miller’s actually bought the building to live in which they did from 1950-1957. Finally in 1960 to make room for a subdivision in the area the Miller’s tore the Coffee Pot down.
Star Food Canning Company
July 17, 2011
Austin Indiana - The Star Canning Company was located in South Austin. Company was built on property of what is now known as the corner of Van Campen Road and York Road in woods next to Pennsylvania Railroad (Louisville-Indiana Railroad). Established in 1904 the Star Canning Company was established by: John W. Montgomery, Robert Blunt, Robert Peacock, Archie Mann, A.W. Garriott, David Hughbanks, W.L. Morrison, Frank Gardner and Delmar Williams.
The Star Canning Company was operated from 1904-1916, before it was purchased by the Austin Canning Company. J.S. Morgan moved the equipment to his plant in North Austin and never used the Star factory for his operations, other than storage for a few years.
Over the years some people in Austin, have confused the Star Canning Company as Morgan’s and have said South Austin is where Morgan’s was originally constructed. This is not true as Morgan’ was established in 1899, five years before the Star came into existence. The original location of Morgan’s is where Morgan Foods is located today and has been since 1899.
The Electric Interurban Railway - by Mike Barrett
June 29, 2011
In the early 1900s the electric interurban railway was a common form of transportation for Austin and other communities across Indiana. The service long forgotten by most locals remains an interesting and unique piece of Austin’s history. The interurban was designed to compete with the locomotives of the railroad systems in the transportation of both passengers and freight. In Scott County, the interurban lasted for 32 years from 1907 – 1939, where it offered quick access in and out of the community at affordable rates. Eventually, automobiles and buses along with paved roads were the demise of the interurban.
Just as Austin was in an ideal location for the Pennsylvania Railroad in the 1850s, the interurban recognized the same common link, a direct line from Louisville to Indianapolis. Indiana was a leader in the interurban rail system. “At its peak, the state of Indiana had one of the largest interurban systems in the country. With only a couple exceptions, every sizable urban area in the state was part of an electric rail system, and 68 of the 92 counties hosted at least one line in operation. The interurban fell into three distinctive areas: the upstate lines of the northwest focused on connecting to Chicago, the downstate lines in the northeast and central parts of the state (with one line down to Louisville), and the lines centered on Evansville. The upstate and downstate areas were connected to each other, and interconnected with the surrounding states' interurban systems. All of Indiana's interurban lines were built between 1898 and 1920, and nearly all were gone by 1941.” (Indiana Railroads, 2011).
The first interurban car through Austin was in September of 1907, and was a single car passenger train, operated by the Indianapolis – Louisville Traction Company. (Car # 203 is pictured above right on the very first day it ran through Austin.) One car was 50-feet long, and eight feet and ten inches wide with a seating capacity of 53 passengers. Freight cars were made to look like passenger cars and were identical in size. A few years after the interurban was in business, several interurban cars were manufactured in Scottsburg (Indiana) at the Car Barn near Lake Iola.
By late 1907 cars were running regularly from Louisville to Indianapolis and consisted mostly of passenger cars. But in just a short time interurban cars were transporting freight on a regular basis to the Austin Canning Company (Morgan Foods) and the Speed (Indiana) Cement Company. Both firms built freight sidings, where they could ship outbound car loads and receive inbound freight on the same dock.
The Interurban in Austin
Coming in to South Austin the interurban track laid a few feet west of the Pennsylvania Railroad (PR), where at York Road it veered off from the PR in a northwest pattern. Eventually the line connected into High Street, which was one full town block west of the PR. The High Street line ran straight north and right through the main section of Morgan Foods. The tracks kept going north through the plant and exited into North Austin towards Jackson County. (In the 1910 photo below the interurban track is visible on High Street. The first building on the far right is the Austin Interurban Station)
Once the interurban became established a typical passenger train through Austin consisted of eight cars, while freight trains consisted of a lead car and two freight cars. In the beginning the greatest demand was for passenger transport, which meant that most of the freight across the interurban ran late at night to avoid delays for passengers. But later on when passenger transit declined, the interurban was mainly a freight hauler.
The interurban line utilized through Scott County was the first electric railway in America to operate on a direct current system of 1,200 volts. At the time the rest of the country operated on a 600 volt direct current. The power house of the line was located at Scottsburg next to Lake Iola. The reason it was stationed there was because it was considered halfway between two busy and important interurban locations, Sellersburg and Seymour. (Bogardus, 1953).
From Louisville to Indianapolis
The run time from Louisville to Indianapolis took about three and one-half hours. The interurban cars were a popular transportation choice among the professional baseball teams of Indianapolis and Louisville.
The Demise of the Interurban
In the 1930s transportation in America was changing rapidly, commuters began to prefer automobiles and buses as their primary transportation choices. The interurban was a passenger paying business, and if the passengers weren’t riding, they weren’t paying. In 1939 the Indiana Railroad, which was formerly the Indianapolis-Louisville Traction Company announced its plans to shut down the interurban line from Louisville to Indianapolis. That news in Austin was somewhat disturbing due to the number of people who were employed at Morgan Packing Company (Morgan Foods) and commuted daily from other communities into Austin, through the interurban.
On the evening of October 31, 1939 the last interurban train to pass through Austin left Louisville and headed to Indianapolis, stopping there around four hours later. Later that evening a gentleman named Wes Hartley of Scottsburg turned off the electric current for the interurban line, and the days of the interurban railroad in Austin and southern Indiana were over. In January of 1941, all of the remaining interurban lines in Indiana were shut down, and within a few years communities were tearing up the unused tracks and replacing them with roads for automobiles.
Other Voices: Joe Shields 2011 - Life long local who rode the interuban as pre-teen boy in the 1930s
"You could ride from Austin to Scottsburg and back for ten cents."
Bogardus, Carl R. (1953) Centennial History of Austin Indiana. The Interurban. P. 111. (Stouts Print Shop, Paoli Indiana.)
The Indiana Interurban System (2011). In Indiana Railroads. Retrieved June 26, 2011, from http://www.indianarailroads.org/historic/interurban.php?name=all
Other Voices: Marshall Houchen
July 3, 2011
Beulah Marshall (Preferred name Marshall) Adkinson Houchen was born in 1917 in Harrodsburg Kentucky. In the early 1930s her father Lloyd Adkinson, came to Scott County and worked on a farm in Lexington Indiana. Marshall and her siblings would visit the area during the summers and by around 1932 or 1933 her father was working at Morgan Packing Company. It was then that Marshall came to Austin and worked in the pack at Morgan’s as a teenager. After high school in 1935, she left Kentucky for good and returned to Indiana to seek fulltime work at Morgan’s, she has lived in Austin since. All together she worked at Morgan Packing (Morgan Foods) for about 40 years on and off.
At the time of this interview on 7/3/2011 Marshall was just a few months short of her 94th birthday, and still living in the home on South First Street in Austin that she and her husband Emil Houchen purchased in 1947. (Emil found employment at the Speed Indiana Cement Plant in 1939, and right before his retirement he passed away in December of 1979. The Houchen’s had one daughter, Sharon, a 1967 Austin High School graduate.)
Marshall Houchen on the Electric Interurban Railway
“I loved the interurban we took it everywhere. When I started dating my husband he lived in Henryville and rode the interurban to Austin to see me. I would meet him at the Austin station on the corner of High and Main Streets, the Church of God is there now. We would eat at a restaurant, which was right beside the station. (Marshall and Emil were married in 1937) The restaurant was a big building and was always crowded as people who rode the interurban would go in there. The restaurant was owned by Floyd Everitt and I think later it became a skating rink.”
“The interurban was fun and fast, I knew some ladies from Underwood that worked at Morgan’s and they rode the interurban everyday. My husband used to ride it to his job at the Speed Cement Plant until the interurban quit running. We would go out and eat with friends on a Saturday night, and I can remember riding on the interurban to Seymour and Louisville several times. Sundays seemed to be the biggest day, people were visiting each other and the cars were always packed on Sunday.”
1907 - Austin Indiana - Interurban Car
South Austin - Early 1900s
An unknown Engineer and Conductor of the Interurban Railroad pose for a photo in the early 1900s in Austin Indiana.
1907 - Female passenger waits to board the interurban car in Austin Indiana
Circa 1910 - Interurban Freight Car near Austin Canning Company (Morgan Foods)
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