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Joe Skvarenina column April 27, 2013

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Joe Skvarenina column April 27, 2013

Documents, photos fill in history of home

Amy Hoeppner writes, “I live in the Freemont Estes home built in 1901. I have the complete history of my house because I am the first outside the family to own the home. I have been close friends with this family since my husband and I moved here December 1991 ...”

She goes on to add, “Freemont had members of the EUB church in his house discussing plans for a university (eventually University of Indianapolis or Indiana Central). Eventually, his daughter, Beryl, graduated from there in 1914. There, she met and married James Blaine Good. He was teacher, principal and coach at Mt. Comfort 1919-1930. His brother became president of Indiana Central and to this day there is ‘Good Hall’ Berryl and JB lived in this house.

“I have pictures and documentation of all of the above. This includes original pictures of the house, Freemont and Rosa Estes (a poor copy of Freemont with his 16 brothers and sisters), their four daughters; blueprints; hardware advertisements for the house; obituaries; JB’s diploma from Indiana University (no, I didn’t get that wrong – he had two degrees, original school composite pictures from Mt. Comfort (early years 1920’s); copies of Freemont’s journal - including all expenses for the house (they moved in Dec. 16, 1901); a handwritten poem by Beryl (she was a poet); copy of 1983 alumni magazine from Indiana Central interviewing Beryl as the oldest living graduate; copy of magazine article from ‘The Prairie Farmer’ 1928 describing how Beryl caught a thief; copy of a hand drawing Beryl made showing the exact layout of this farm at the turn of the century showing all barns, out buildings, etc.

“I am sure I have forgotten something – you get the idea. Mt Comfort Elementary has some similar composites hanging with their history . J. Blaine Cooper is the first principal they name. Little do they know that three of their students live in his restored house around the corner.

“It is interesting to note that the Shambles log cabin was built by Estes family members. It is in Sugar Creek Township .”

Thanks, Amy. The Estes family has made a major contribution to Mt. Comfort and the Buck Creek Township community. They have much to be proud of.

Buck Creek Township took its name from the stream that flows through it. This was from the numerous bucks that roamed the banks. It split off from Sugar Creek Township in 1831 and added to Jones and Union townships, which do not now exist. Buck Creek was first settled in 1827. The first mill propelled by water power was a small hominy mill near Mt. Comfort.

There are some other famous people from Mt. Comfort. Dr. James W. Hervey from Mt. Comfort was known as the father of the Indiana State Board of Health. Also Professor Abraham C. Shortridge was superintendent of Indianapolis Schools and the second president of Purdue University.

Enough. I have told you everything that I know and some things I don’t. Talk to me.

You can write to Joe Skvarenina at jskvarenina@hotmail.com or in care of the Daily Reporter at 22 W. New Road, Greenfield, Ind. 46140.

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