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.