A History of 301/303 South Sixth Street Goshen Indiana

BARNS SOUTH AKA SOUTH, DEED V15 P273 B: L: 37 OL: P: PT LOT 37 SUBDIVISION
Formerly 220 East Jefferson St.

1886
Melvin B Hascall, day clk Hotel Hascall, res 220 e Jefferson; Goshen City Directory

1886
Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
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1890
Hascall, M.B., r 220 E Jefferson; Goshen City Directory

1892
Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
Version 2

1896
Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
Version 2


1900
Home owned by

BECK Joseph C. Jr.         head, age 38, born Aug 1861
Kate G.                              wife, age 37, born Oct 1862
Jeanette C.                       daughter, age 12, born May 1888
Robert W. W.                  son, age 9, born Nov 1890
Louise C.                          daughter, age 7, Sep 1892
1900 United States Federal Census Place: Elkhart, Elkhart, Indiana; Roll: 369; Page: 7B;Enumeration District: 0022; FHL microfilm: 1240369 Description: Goshen City, Ward 4

1901
Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
Version 2

1905
Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
Version 2

1910
Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
Version 2


1917
Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
Version 2

1920
Home owned by
BECK Joseph C     head, age 58
           Kate G        wife, age 56
           Robert G     son, age 28
Year: 1920; Census Place: Goshen Ward 4, Elkhart, Indiana; Roll: T625_431; Page: 4A; Enumeration District:18; Image: 778

1930
Home owned by
BECK Joseph C              head, age 68
Kate G                              wife, age 67
Robert                              son, age 39
WITMER Louise  dau. wid., age 37
FREY Nina F            servant, age 23
Year: 1930; Census Place: Goshen, Elkhart, Indiana; Roll: 585; Page:11A; Enumeration District: 0030; Image: 315.0; FHL microfilm: 2340320

1932
BECK J C r 301 S Sixth; Goshen City Directory

1933
BECK Jos C h303 S 6th; Goshen City Directory

1935
BECK J C r 301 S 6th; Goshen City Directory

1936
BECK J C r 301 S 6th; Goshen City Directory

1940
Home owned by
BECK Joseph C                            age 78
           Robert G (son)                  age 49

WHITMER, Louise B (dau. wd.) age 47
Year: 1940; Census Place: Goshen, Elkhart, Indiana; Roll: T627_1041;Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 20-41

1941
Whitmer Louise B (wid Harry R) pres Goshen Sash & Door Co h301 S 6th; Goshen City Directory

1946
Beck Robert G (Indiana Abstract Co), Lawyer, 107 S 5th, h301 S 6th; Goshen City Directory
Whitmer Louise B pres Goshen Sash & Door Co r301 S 6th; Goshen City Directory

1948
Beck Robert G, Lawyer, 107 S 5th, h301 S 6th; Goshen City Directory

1951
Beck Robt G lwyr 107 S 5th h301 S 6th; Goshen City Directory
Whitmer, Louise B (wid Harry R) pres Goshen Sash & Door Co h303 S 6th; Goshen City Directory

1955
Beck, Robert G lwyr 107 S 5th h301 S 6th; Goshen City Directory
Whitmer, Louise B Mrs pres Goshen Sash & Door Co h301 S 6th; Goshen City Directory

 1957
Whitmer, Louise B Mrs pres Goshen Sash & Door Co h301 S 6th; Goshen City Directory

1958
Whitmer, Louise B Mrs pres Goshen Sash & Door Co h301 S 6th; Goshen City Directory

1960
Beck Robert G (Indiana Abstract Co) lawyer, 107 S 5th, h303 S 6th; Goshen City Directory
Whitmer, Louise B Mrs pres Goshen Sash & Door Co h303 S 6th; Goshen City Directory

1965
Robert Beck, d. 7 Sep 1965 Find a Grave Memorial

1981
Louise Whitmer, d. 15 Jul 1981 Find a Grave Memorial

1986
House sold:
Louise B WHITMER (grantor) to Donald C ROCK (grantee) and Dorothy A ROCK (grantee)

Quit Claim Deed Jean V HURNEY (grantor)
Quit Claim Deed Katherine H DOLAN (grantor)

Elkhart County Land Records Search

Note: Jean Vernon Hurney, is the daughter of Jeannette Beck and Harry Vernon.  Katherine V. (Vernon) Murchie is their daughter.


1989
House sold by Donald C. and Dorothy A. ROCK to George W. DONAT and Edith L. GRAY
Elkhart County Land Records Search

2016
APR 1 House sold by Edith L. GRAY and George W. DONAT to Sheldon and Ericka TROYER
Elkhart County Land Records Search

Bathroom Mini-Renovation

Putting in white hex tile in my little downstairs bathroom. When I popped the metal threshold off, I couldn’t resist a peek underneath. After all, there might have been the same type of tile that I’m installing! Instead I found this darling linoleum with embossed daisies. After a quick search, the most similar that I see online is made by Kentile. It seems that under that is more of the hardwood that was installed during the 1930-40s renovations.
I guess I’m just adding my own layer of history to this floor.

Janet (Lockerbie) Weaver Biography

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Goshen Historical Society Newsletter November-December 2003

Life Member Profile
Janet Lockerbie Weaver
   Janet Lockerbie was born July 5, 1914 in Goshen. As a child she lived on Emerson Street and North Second Street where her next door playmate was Everett Holderman. She was one of 141 seniors to graduate from Goshen High School in 1934. She attended Goshen College. Janet had worked in the office of her father John Lockerbie’s business, Standard Plating Works, on Second Street, from high school days. (This property was demolished for the construction of the county office building.) She continued working there after her marriage to another Goshenite, Frank Weaver. They purchased a home and lived on Jefferson Street for over 60 years.
   After the birth of her son, John, Janet’s interests included Home Ed Club, and serving in various capacities at the First Presbyterian Church. She sang in the church choir for many years. The family also owned a summer cottage on Lake Wawasee for over thirty years. Many enjoyable summers were spent swimming, fishing, sailing and eating at Foo and Faye’s. One childhood memory that Janet recalls children today probably wouldn’t believe was sledding down North Main Street in the winter. Janet states that the street was closed to all traffic A really good run was to reach the railroad track! Another memory was that every household took their trash to what is now Shanklin Park because it was the city dump. When it became a city park, it was named for Goshen High School teacher, Merle Shanklin.
   Janet enjoyed traveling to Presbyterian mission stations in foreign countries. Two of the most impressive historical sites she visited were the Great Wall in China, and the Taj Mahal in India. 
   Janet has donated to the historical society many old photos and various memorabilia from Standard Plating Works, including photos of the Goshen Greys baseball team. She feels it is important to preserve the past.
   Janet’s favorite historical society programs have been Karl Gates antiques appraisals. She is also thankful that the GHS has preserved the photographs of many of the beautiful old homes of Goshen which have been demolished.

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A History of 212 East Jefferson Street

              BARNS SOUTH AKA SOUTH, DEED V15 P273 B: L: 37 OL: P: SUBDIVISION

1886
Fred O M Hascall, bkpr J H Lesh & Co, res 212 e Jefferson; Goshen City Directory

1886 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
This is a two story frame (yellow) dwelling. The back portion of the house is single story. The ‘x’ indicates shingle roofing, while the hollow circle shows a slate or tar roof. This is notable as it would imply the location of the kitchen, which holds true with what we were told by the previous owner of this house.
You can see that there’s no porch at this time, but there is the addition of one in later maps. The rectangular protrusion on the right side of the house is a box window, which I’ve seen on many of the houses in town with a similar architecture to mine.
Since these maps are artistic renditions of the house used for fire and insurance purposes the measurements of the house are not exact and vary somewhat from year to year.
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1890
Hascall Frederic O.M. bookkeeper, r 212 E Jefferson; Goshen City Directory

1892
1892 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
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1896
1896 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
Here you see the addition of the porch to the front of the house.
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1900
Peter Conrad, age 60; daughter, Bertha, age 25. 1900 United States Federal Census Place: Elkhart, Elkhart, Indiana; Roll: 369; Page: 7B;Enumeration District: 0022; FHL microfilm: 1240369 Description: Goshen City, Ward 4

1901
1901 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
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1905

1905 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
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1906

John (Doretta R.) Winter; Goshen City Directory

1907
John (Doretta R.) Winter; Goshen City Directory

1908
John (Doretta R.) Winter prop Goshen Eyelet Co h 212 E Jefferson; Goshen City Directory

1909
John (Doretta R.) Winter prop Goshen Eyelet Co h 212 E Jefferson; Goshen City Directory

1910
1910 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
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1912
John (Doretta R.) Winter, prop Goshen Eyelet Co. h212 E Jefferson; Goshen City Directory

1917

1917 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
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1920

WINTER, John, age 56; wife, Doretta, age 50; son, William, age 14; Year: 1920; Census Place: Goshen Ward 4, Elkhart, Indiana; Roll: T625_431; Page: 5B; Enumeration District:18; Image: 781

1930
LOCKERBIE, John, age 49; wife, Violet, age 46; dau, Janet, age 15; son, Richard, age 10;
Year: 1930; Census Place: Goshen, Elkhart, Indiana; Roll: 585; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 0030; Image:315.0; FHL microfilm: 2340320

1932
Lockerbie John r 212 E Jefferson; Goshen City Directory

1933
Lockerbie, John r 212 E Jefferson; January Goshen City Directory
Lockerbie, Walter (Clara A) plater h212 E Jefferson; Goshen City Directory
Gordon, Jas C r212 E Jefferson; Goshen City Directory

1934
Lockerbie, Walter r 212 E Jefferson; JUL Goshen City Directory
Janet married Frank Marchand Weaver Dec. 23, 1934, in Goshen.

1936
WEAVER, Frank 212 E Jefferson; JAN Goshen City Directory
WEAVER, Frank 212 E Jefferson; JUL Goshen City Directory

1937
Weaver Frank (Jeanette) 1  emp. Standard Plating Wks; Goshen City Directory
212½ LEEDY wm D; Goshen City Directory

1939
Weaver Frank (Jeanette) 212 E Jefferson; JAN Goshen City Directory
Weaver Frank 212 E Jefferson; JUL Goshen City Directory

1940

Weaver, Frank Marchand  age 26 R 212
              Janet (wife)          age 26
              John  (son)           age 3

Bowser, Colin                    age 22 R 212½
              Virginia (wife)     age 19
Year: 1940; Census Place: Goshen, Elkhart, Indiana; Roll: T627_1041; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 20-41

1941
Weaver Frank M (Janet; 1) formn Standard Plating Wks h212 E Jefferson; Goshen City Directory
Myers Carrie (wid Sol F) h212½ E Jefferson; Goshen City Directory
Lockerbie Richd C student r212 E Jefferson; Goshen City Directory

1942
Weaver Frank r212; JAN, JUL, Goshen City Directory

1943
Weaver Frank r212; APR Goshen City Directory

1945
Weaver Frank r212; JUL Goshen City Directory

1946
Weaver Janet Mrs ofc sec Standard Plating Wks r212 E Jefferson; Goshen City Directory
Weaver Frank r212; NOV Goshen City Directory

1947
Weaver Frank r212; Goshen City Directory

1948
Weaver Frank M (Janet) h212; Goshen City Directory

1951
Weaver A Janet Mrs ofc sec Standard Plating wks r212 E Jefferson; Goshen City Directory
Weaver Frank M (Janet L) ship clk Standard Plating h212 E Jefferson; Goshen City Directory

1953
Lockerbie Jas C (Minnie) pres Abrasive Recoating Corp h212 E Jefferson; Goshen City Directory

1955
Kimble John B (Mary L) with Abrasive Recoating h212 E Jefferson; Goshen City Directory
Lockerbie John C r212 E Jefferson; Goshen City Directory

1957
Frank M (Janet) production mgr Standard Plating Wks h212 E Jefferson; Goshen City Directory
John L studt r212 E Jefferson; Goshen City Directory

1958
Weaver Frank M (Janet) plant supt Standard Plating Wks h212 E Jefferson; Goshen City Directory

1960
Weaver Frank M (Janet) plant supt h212 E Jefferson; Goshen City Directory

1972
13JUN Quit Claim Deed, Parties: LOCKERBIE John, Grantor; LOCKERBIE Bertha, Grantor; LOCKERBIE Nola Mae, Grantor; WEAVER Janet LOCKERBIE, Grantee
Elkhart County Land Records

2001
House sold by Janet Lockerbie WEAVER to Anthony AKENS
Elkhart County Land Records

Up Next, the Nitty Gritty

Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 12.46.53 PM   I spend a lot of time looking at the census for Goshen. So much so that names I’ve never researched are familiar to me – some I can even predict when they’re coming up on the next page. Eventually I will know everything about everyone who ever lived in Goshen. That’s an achievable goal, right?

Okay, in all seriousness, I’d be content to meet my first goal, which is a history of my block. While it’s personal to me (and therefore interesting), I also like that it’s a micro-community. The experience that I have had – or perhaps ‘created’ – on this block has brought me to think about how the neighbors here might have interacted in past generations. Though I have to admit that we are probably on the extreme end of the “friendly neighbor” spectrum, as it’s hard to imagine they would have shared nightly meals together.

Doing research in a linear, rule-oriented fashion can be difficult because it’s easy to get drawn into a story. Sometimes one character seems especially interesting and you find yourself knowing more about that one person than the person you set out to “know”. Trying to determine where relevant facts start and end is a question every researcher has to weigh out for themselves. But In the case of house histories, it’s easy enough to chunk a map into sections and start with yourself.
So I’ve come to find a certain method that is working well to meet my goals, those goals being mainly two things: To have an easily accessible resource on the history and residents of each house, and to know something about each of those residents. These should be two separate documents, as one is neat and tidy, and the other is subject to the whims of what I determine relevant.

And so I will begin, starting with my house, 212 East Jefferson Street. Each of these posts will be edited as I come across more information, because the simple fact is that this work is never “done”.