Volume 11, No.
4 Farrington’s Grove Historical District, Inc. November,
To guide and promote the preservation
and restoration of the Farrington's Grove Historical District in order
a) ensure and protect its cultural
and architectural integrity;
b) limit incompatible uses;
c) encourage community fellowship
and neighborhood awareness; and
d) prevent increased population
Dear Neighbors and Friends,
The events of September 11, though
far away in distance, touched all of us who were old enough to understand.
Here in the Grove, we showed our support as many Americans did by flying
the flag. On Monday, September 17, 2001, when WTHI-TV (Channel 10)
presented a feature story on displays of patriotism, reporter Christy Brown
appeared live from South Center Street in Farrington's Grove. Our
neighborhood was chosen as an example of a community where many homes displayed
the American flag. Let’s continue this tradition in the coming months
and years in support of those who were personally affected by the tragedy,
in support of those who are defending our freedom, and in appreciation
for the freedoms we have.
Please see the
article on pages 4 and 5 of this newsletter regarding the potential closing
of Crawford School. I urge you to support the efforts to save
this neighborhood resource.
On Saturday, September 22, FGHD
participated in Family Learning Day located at the Vigo County Public Library.
Dozens of young people entered our “2nd Annual Architectural Scavenger
Hunt” by walking around the north end of the neighborhood and finding the
locations which matched a set of photos. Thank you to Jackie Carrell
for organizing this activity, and also to Mike Carrell, Craig Ketner, Brian
& Jennifer Isgrigg, Chris & Richard Antonak, and Anne Lee, all
of whom assisted at our booth.
I would also like to express my
appreciation to Pete Engle, who served on the FGHD board for a number of
years. Pete recently resigned from our board, but continues to serve
the Terre Haute community as a volunteer with Community Theater.
We wish him well!
Another group which deserves a big
round of thanks is Sigma Pi fraternity, located at 1130 South Sixth Street.
In the last FGHD newsletter, I asked residents to contact us if they needed
assistance in graffiti removal. A few days later, I was contacted
by the faculty advisor of the local Sigma Pi chapter, Jay Gatrell of South
Center Street. He and the fraternity members organized a graffiti
cleanup day on Saturday, October 6 — distributing flyers, procuring paint,
and repainting over graffiti on over 30 garages, walls, and other structures
in the neighborhood. They have also volunteered to organize other
neighborhood cleanups in the future. Many thanks to them for making
the Grove a more attractive place!
Don’t forget the Holiday Home Tour
on December 9. Invite some friends or relatives to visit
and show them the beauty and history of our neighborhood.
Thank you for your support of FGHD
in 2001 as we work to improve and promote our neighborhood. If you
have any ideas to make it even better, please let me know.
Hope to see you while walking around
Thanks for caring,
FGHD Holiday Historic
DATE: Sunday, December 9, 2001
TIME: 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
800 South Sixth Street 731 South Center
1226 South Fifth Street 1200 South Sixth
1411 South Sixth Street (Historical Society Museum)
TICKETS: $5.00 in advance, $6.00 at the door
Mark your calendars for the renewal of this popular local event.
Advance tickets are available from board members (see page 7), at Hillman’s
Jewelry Store (Honey Creek Mall), and the Vigo County Historical Society
Museum (6th & Washington). See the article
inside on page 3 for details of this year’s display homes.
By Barbara Carney
A “Festival of Wreaths” is being planned again this year by the Vigo
County Historical Society. From November 13th to November 30th, unique
wreaths, created by local florists and designers, will be on display at
the Historical Museum. Visitors to the Museum may place a bid on
one of the unique creations they would like to have for their home or workplace.
On November 30th, the person with the highest bid on each wreath will be
the winner of that particular piece.
This year’s event will end with a “wine and cheese” party to be held
at the Historical Museum from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on the evening of Friday,
November 30th. Those attending will have a chance to place a final
bid on the design of their choice.
Plan to attend and bring friends to this party and see the Museum decorated
in its holiday best. There is no charge, but reservations are appreciated
so that food may be planned. Please call 235-9717 in advance of the
The Historical Museum will hold its annual Open House on Sunday, December
9th, as it coincides with the Farrington’s Grove Holiday Home Tour.
Museum hours will be expanded so that visitors to the neighborhood homes
Times, They Have Changed
By Jackie Carrell
We have all been affected by what has happened on September 11th, 2001.
Our lives will never be the same! Remember Pearl Harbor? I
was born after Pearl Harbor, but not so long after it that I didn’t hear
about it, first hand from those who did experience it.
Since WWII, patriotism has never run so high as I have experienced
within the recent weeks. I have tried in the past to explain to my
children how everyone rallied together during WWII, in a huge effort to
win that war. Rationing, women working men’s jobs, patching jeans
and darning socks, baking eggless cakes, buying bonds, air raid drills,
blackouts — all brought Americans closer together than ever could have
I could only try to relate these feelings to my children. If
any good has come from thousands of people dying, it is that our children
are now experiencing patriotism, first hand. Please take this opportunity
to tell stories of patriotism that you have experienced to your children/grandchildren.
Tell them what the flag means (13 stripes, 50 stars), about the Statue
of Liberty, the Capitol, the White House, etc. At this time, they
just might be interested as never before.
Attend any prayer services and have the children listen and sing along
to the patriotic hymns played and sung. An interesting note to mention
is that the anniversary of the writing of the Star Spangled Banner just
happened to be Sept. 14, the day of our National Day of Prayer. Do
not let patriotism ever be forgotten within our hearts again. Explain
to your children how our lives will change from this moment on, just as
they have with every preceding war that we have experienced.
Times they have changed! Times are changing again! That’s
what history and life are all about!
Old Time Recipe for
Top cooled sponge cake with whipping cream, place blueberries in upper
left corner for stars. Wash, slice strawberries, pat dry and place
them in lines across the cake for the 13 original colonies.
1 Sponge cake made in a 9 x 12 in. pan (Cake mix, or your favorite
1 pint heavy whipped cream
2 pints strawberries
1 or 2 pints blueberries
Share the patriotism with your kids and let them help. They can
count out 50 blueberries and count the stripes. Eat immediately
or cover and refrigerate.
This Year’s Display
The following homes will be featured on the 2001 FGHD Holiday Home Tour.
We thank the owners — Dan and Kaylynn Sanders, Curt and Barbara Jones,
Tim and Nicole Murphy, Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, and the
Vigo County Historical Society — for generously offering to open these
houses for the enjoyment of FGHD members, residents, and visitors.
Thank you also to Coffee Grounds, Ketner & Sons Electric, and Boo’s
Crossroads Café, who are sponsoring the refreshments, to Hillman’s
Jewelry Store and Vigo County Historical Society Museum, who are handling
advance ticket sales, and to High Ground Digital, who designed and produced
800 South Sixth Street
This house was designed by the architectural firm Floyd & Stone
and built by E.M. Cornell at a cost of approximately $11,000 in 1894.
It is of the Queen Anne style, which was popular between 1880 and 1910.
The interior of the home features five fireplaces with different styles
of mantels and an elevator/dumbwaiter. Each room has a different
fenestration layout; some rooms have curved windows and other rooms unusual
bay windows. Original brass and wrought iron chandeliers have both
gas and electric outlets. The house was built in 1894 by John W.
Cruft and Mary Steele Cruft who sold it to James A. Crawford and Mary Lewis
Crawford in 1908.
731 South Center Street
The home was built in 1870 for Mary Jane Wiese, a widow from Illinois.
The house was sold in 1910 to Esther Lamb. Mrs. Lamb raised her children
in the home until 1940 when she gave the house to her son, John Lamb.
His philanthropic works are still legendary in Terre Haute. In 1993,
the house was sold to Curt Jones and the Jones family started a massive
renovation project to restore the beauty of this Italianate. It is
said that the house was the first house in Terre Haute to have indoor plumbing.
It is one of only a dozen homes in the Terre Haute area to be built with
limestone brick made exclusively in the United States during the Civil
1226 South Fifth Street
Built first of six in a row, this circa 1915 American Foursquare has
a strong sense of character, strength, and warmth. Earliest records
indicate that the home may have been a boarding house for the first three
years of its existence. In 1918, the home was acquired by Frederick
Bronnenkant, a traveling salesman for the Root Bottling Company.
Regular guests included Chapman Root, owner of the company, and Alexander
Samuelson, the man who designed the famed Coke bottle for Root. Mr.
Samuelson lived next door in the yellow Foursquare just south of 1226.
From the instant charm of the Arts and Crafts style entry foyer to the
coziness of the upstairs sleeping porch, it's apparent that the families
who have called this house "home" have taken great care to preserve its
1200 South Sixth Street
Homer B. Talley (1877-1935) and his wife, Carrie (1873-1951) built the
house in 1928. The prominent local architectural firm of Johnson,
Miller, Miller & Yeager was commissioned to design the Colonial Revival
house, a popular style for the period. The exterior of the Talley
House has changed little since its construction. Some original
features of the interior that have survived (though not unscathed) include
much of the wood trim, the fireplaces, built-in cabinets and shelves, and
the beautiful art tile of the bathrooms.
1411 South Sixth Street
A large collection of historical treasures may be found in the Sage-Robison-Nagel
house (1868). This home of the Vigo County Historical Museum contains
twelve rooms of history including restored Victorian rooms, a toy shop,
school room, country store, late 1800's drugstore, and a dressmaker shop.
Each year since 1994, the TREES organization has planted 100 trees in
an effort to rebuild the tree canopies in the neighborhoods of Terre Haute.
The replacement of missing street trees in the Farrington’s Grove area
would be of tremendous benefit to the neighborhood. TREES plants
large superior quality hardwood trees which are balled and burlapped and
nursery grown. Planting day for 2002 is March 23rd and the deadline
for applications is March 1, 2002. However, since only a limited
number of trees are available, people are encouraged to apply as soon as
possible. Qualified applicants will be chosen on a first-come, first-served
basis. If you qualify, TREES will plant a hardwood tree worth $275
in your tree row. You pay only a $25 “adoption fee.” Qualifications
include city residency, home ownership, and a planting area free of underground
and overhead utilities.
Additional information is available from the Purdue Cooperative Extension
Service. Please call 462-3371 to place your name on the mailing list
to receive an application.
FGHD Website is Moving
The FGHD website is moving from its current location at http://home.earthlink.net/~ammisov/fghd.htm
to a new location at www.farringtonsgrove.com
FGHD has contracted with High Ground Digital to manage the site.
It is currently under construction, but take a look at the beautiful photos
and images of the neighborhood that have already been installed!
This website will give our neighborhood an online presence which we expect
will enhance our efforts to attract historical tourism and market the Grove
to potential homebuyers relocating to the Terre Haute area.
Don’t forget to update your bookmarks or favorites list with the new
address. If you have comments or ideas for the website, please contact
Mike Misovich at 478-2314 or George Amies at 232-6697.
Crawford School May
FGHD Plans to Help Save Crawford
By Mike Misovich
In recent weeks, stories of the potential closing of Crawford School
have circulated, and television and newspaper reports have added to the
speculation. On Thursday, November 8, Vigo County Schools Superintendent
Daniel Tanoos met with a group of concerned Crawford parents and informed
them that the school district is considering closing the school, either
at the end of the current academic year or the following year. He
expects to make a presentation on this issue at the December 10 School
Anticipating this action at our November 5 meeting, the Board of Directors
of FGHD had unanimously passed a resolution opposing the closing of Crawford
School. The FGHD Board is currently drafting a
letter to Dr. Tanoos and the School Board in which we detail our opposition.
FGHD members and residents are encouraged to contact Dr. Tanoos and members
of the Vigo County School Board. Please voice your opposition to
this proposal before December 10 when the presentation to the School Board
is scheduled. You can find further details, including names and contact
information for School Board members, at the “Hands
Around Crawford” website set up by Crawford parents, www.geocities.com/savecrawford,
by email at email@example.com,
or by phoning Georgia Mell at 232-3297.
This is not just an issue for parents. It is a neighborhood issue.
Our organization’s mission to guide and promote the preservation and restoration
of the Farrington’s Grove Historical District is enhanced by marketing
the neighborhood to families with school age children. The fact that
we have a school inside the neighborhood, within walking distance, is an
important point with many potential homebuyers. Farrington Grove School
is a wonderful school — I speak from experience as my daughter attends
there — but despite its name, it is NOT in the Historical District and
is NOT convenient for families in the north end of the Grove who currently
Closing Crawford will increase enrollment at Farrington Grove School.
The FGHD board feels this will have a negative impact on the educational
experience there. We chose to live in this neighborhood, in part,
because of the opportunity for our children to attend small neighborhood
schools —as Crawford and Farrington Grove currently are.
Crawford students and teachers give back to our community. For example,
they participate in an “Adopt a Grandparent” program where they visit Anthony
Square residents. In another school project, they developed a website
on the history of Farrington’s Grove Historical District.
Although the building is not old compared to most of the neighborhood,
it has considerable historical and architectural significance since it
was designed by Terre Haute architect Juliet Peddle, the first female registered
architect in the state of Indiana.
If Crawford School is closed, the FGHD Board has major concerns about potential
institutional uses of the building. As a school, it is an asset to
the neighborhood, but an alternative use could bring traffic and congestion
problems to a residential area.
Contact information for Dr. Tanoos and the School Board is given below.
Even if you do not have children, please take the time to support your
neighborhood, and to be blunt, your property value, by voicing opposition
to the closing of Crawford School.
Farrington’s Grove Historical District
Stands Up For Your Community
PLEASE HELP US!
Tell Them to “Save Crawford”
Dr. Daniel Tanoos
P.O. Box 3703
Terre Haute, Indiana 47803
Mr. Mel Burks (President)
1118 Elm St.
Terre Haute, IN 47807
Dr. Joseph Minnis (Vice Pres.)
300 W Margaret Ave.
Terre Haute, IN 47802
Mr. Michael Tom (Secretary)
397 Treeline Dr.
Terre Haute, IN 47802
|School Board (continued)
Mr. Mark May (Deputy Secy.)
Terre Haute, IN 47803
Mr. Gene Shike
Terre Haute, IN 47803
Mr. Alferd Hamblen
1113 Maple Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47804
Mr. Kenneth Schuster
3383 E. Carol Way
Terre Haute, IN 47805
Terre Haute’s Own —
Crawford School Designer was
Indiana’s First Registered Female Architect
Juliet Peddle (1899-1979) was Terre Haute’s pioneer female architect,
the first female registered architect in Indiana, and at one time, one
of only two registered architects in the state. Her father, John
Peddle, was a professor of Machine Design at Rose Polytechnic Institute
and served as acting president of Rose from 1928 to 1930. She studied
architecture at the University of Michigan, and was licensed as a registered
architect in Illinois in 1926 and in Indiana in 1939. While living
in the Chicago area, she co-founded the Chicago Women’s Architectural Forum.
After returning to Terre Haute, she worked for several local architects.
She opened her own office in 1939, and practiced until 1974. Miss
Peddle was involved in the design, remodeling, or expansion of numerous
prominent local buildings.
In addition to her architectural work, Miss Peddle was involved with the
Vigo County Historical Society, Community Theater, and the Women’s
Department Club (another Farrington’s Grove connection). Her interest
in local history was apparent in her set of pencil drawings of pre-Civil
War Vigo County buildings. (According to various sources, this set
was comprised of either 60 or 67 drawings.) Several of these drawings
depicted landmarks in Farrington’s Grove; sadly, most of these no
Poplar Street Medicenter
Emeline Fairbanks Memorial Library
First Congregational Church
Weldin Talley Memorial Playhouse
Rose Polytechnic (Auditorium, Templeton Administration Building, and Old
Ben Blumberg residence
Dr. Alexander Cavins residence
Dr. Alan Rankin residence
Commercial Solvents Animal Research Building
Meadows Center Social Security Building
The memory of Juliet Peddle lives on in the Juliet Peddle Award, established
in 1999 by the American Institute of Architects Indiana, which recognizes
an individual architect for willingness to pioneer, being successful in
breaking new ground, strong devotion and commitment to architecture, display
of professionalism and perseverance, and having a kind spirit. Upon
receipt of this award, a $500 donation is made to the recipient’s architectural
college of choice.
Terre Haute Female College (later St. Anthony’s Hospital, currently the
site of Anthony Square)
Jenckes house (6th & Crawford)
Woodlawn (James Farrington House)
Theodore Hulman house (824 South Sixth Street, currently the site of Terre
Haute Nursing Home)
References for the article on Juliet Peddle:
[Editor’s note: Richard and Chris Antonak are the current residents of
824 South Fifth Street. In this fourth and final installment
of the history of their home, Richard describes the history of the home
after the passing of the Bensons following World War II.
History of the
By Richard Antonak
I would like to express my appreciation to Richard and Chris Antonak
for sharing this account of the history of their house with the readers
of the FGHD newsletter.]
Next Five Owners
Without heirs who wanted the property, the house and lot at 824 South 5th
St., appraised at $19,500, were sold at auction by Terre Haute First National
Bank to the highest bidder, Floyd E. and Mary G. Dix, for $20,000 on February
22, 1949. Floyd Dix, a graduate of Harvard Law School, was a prominent
attorney in Terre Haute. Among his clients were Frederick Benson
and Anton (“Tony”) Hulman. Floyd Dix is known to have participated
in the negotiations that led the Hulmans to purchase the Indianapolis Motor
Speedway. Mary Dix was the former Mary Gillum. Mary’s father,
Richard Gillum, was a successful chemist who raised three accomplished
daughters. Mary Gillum completed her baccalaureate degree in economics
at Indiana University. Margaret Gillum was a professor of English
at Indiana State University after whom Gillum Hall is named. Louise
Gillum was a member of the faculty at the University of California at Berkeley
in the nutrition and dietetics department. Floyd and Mary Dix raised
two sons, Peter who now lives in El Paso, Texas, and Robert, who lives
in Brazil, Indiana. Floyd Dix died on February 9, 1974, leaving the
house and lot to his wife.
Augustus H. and Kathleen J. Tabor purchased the house and lot from
Mary Dix, on September 3, 1974. Mary Dix moved to El Paso, Texas,
to live with her son, where she died in 1975. The Tabor’s mortgage
with Merchants National Bank was for $31,600.
David L. and Rebecca A. Johnson were the next owners of the house,
buying it from the Tabors on September 14, 1976 with a $59,000 mortgage
with Terre Haute First National Bank. David Johnson is a faculty
member in the humanities department at Indiana State University who currently
lives in the 900 block of South Fifth Street.
William D. and Ruth H. Power purchased the house from the Johnsons
on July 28, 1983. The Powers undertook extensive restoration of the
house. They stripped many layers of paint and varnish from doors
and floors and woodwork, repaired hardware, stripped wallpaper, replaced
several ceilings, rewired, modernized the plumbing fixtures, and uncovered
the fireplace in the master bedroom, building a new fireplace front.
Daniel J. and Kelly M. McGlone purchased the house on May 26, 1989,
with a $45,000 mortgage to Terre Haute Savings Bank. Daniel McGlone
is an attorney in practice with his father and two brothers in Terre Haute.
The McGlones satisfied the original mortgage on July 9, 1993 and then remortgaged
the house for $75,000 on September 2, 1994 (satisfied on January 27, 1997)
and again on December 19, 1996 for $100,000.
Richard F. and Carol C. (Chris) Antonak purchased the house at 824 South
5th St. from the McGlones on May 30, 1997. Chris is a speech language
pathologist in private practice with Regional Hospital and Richard, the
former dean of the school of education, is associate vice president for
academic affairs and chief research officer at Indiana State University.
In 1998, Chris and Richard were elected to the Board of Directors of the
Farrington’s Grove Historical District. Chris served the Board as
the Secretary-Treasurer from 1998-2001.
The Antonaks’ goal has been to return the house as much as possible
and practical to its original condition, without losing the convenience,
efficiency, and safety of modern technology. The Antonaks have scoured
antique stores, auctions, and architectural salvage stores for authentic
door and window hardware, light fixtures, electrical switches, and plumbing
fixtures. Custom hand made reproductions (not mass-produced) of authentic
19th century light fixtures have been installed in several locations.
The original hardwood floors have been uncovered and refinished in several
Thank You to Our Patrons,
Benefactors, and Corporate Members
During 2001, the following individuals and groups graciously supported
Farrington’s Grove Historical District. Thank you for your support
of historic preservation and for caring about our neighborhood.
Chris & Richard Antonak
George & Cathy Azar / Saratoga Restaurant
Michael & Connie Muttersbaugh / Farrington B&B
Peter & Melony Sacopulus
Wagner, Crawford, Gambill & Trout
Wright, Shagley, & Lowery
Thank you to all members of FGHD who supported us financially, and to residents
who participated in our activities. We hope you will continue to
support our work in the coming year. Please contact Mike Misovich
at 478-2314 or any of the board members listed on the inside back page
if you have any concerns about our community.
2001 FARRINGTON’S GROVE
HISTORICAL DISTRICT BOARD
||PRESIDENT / BY-LAWS REVIEW
||630 PUTNAM STREET
||1327 SOUTH 6TH STREET
||1501 SOUTH CENTER STREET
||1501 SOUTH CENTER STREET
||1215 SOUTH CENTER STREET
||1215 SOUTH CENTER STREET
||HOLIDAY HOME TOUR
||824 SOUTH 5TH STREET
||824 SOUTH 5TH STREET
||FAMILY LEARNING DAY
||812 SOUTH 5TH STREET
||812 SOUTH 5TH STREET
||1605 SOUTH 5TH STREET
||824 SOUTH 4TH STREET
||823 SOUTH 5TH STREET
||1302 SOUTH CENTER STREET
||825 SOUTH 7TH STREET
Farrington’s Grove Historical District, Inc. Membership
Please mail this form and check to FGHD, Inc., P.O. Box 322, Terre
Haute, IN 47808
Membership year runs from January 1 to December 31. Please join
or renew now for the 2002 membership year.
||2001 Benefactor Membership — Includes FGHD and Historic Landmarks Foundation
of Indiana memberships and four (4) tickets for FGHD’s Holiday Home Tour
||2001 Patron Membership — Includes FGHD and Historic Landmarks Foundation
of Indiana memberships and two (2) tickets for FGHD’s Holiday Home Tour
||2001 Membership — Includes FGHD and Historic Landmarks Foundation of
||Donation for Neighborhood Rehabilitation
WE THANK OUR MEMBERS
Thank you to all our members whose financial support supports our mission
to guide and promote the preservation and restoration of the Farrington’s
Grove Historical District. If you have sent it a new membership or
renewal since September 1, your membership is valid through 2002!
Other members should have a renewal letter and application contained with
this newsletter. Please consider renewing your membership for the
WE NEED YOU!
Your involvement in FGHD helps us to accomplish our mission of guiding
and promoting the preservation and restoration of your neighborhood.
You can help us in the following ways.
Your membership provides the financial resources to support programs and
events like Family Learning Day, this newsletter, the website, grants to
neighborhood schools, and neighborhood revitalization projects.
Your participation in FGHD events encourages community fellowship and neighborhood
Your active role in the FGHD organization allows us to continue to do these
things, as well as making it possible to implement new ideas for neighborhood
We currently need volunteers for the following positions.
Newsletter editor or assistant
Political action committee
Public relations and publicity
Our board meets once a month, usually on the second Monday at 7:00
pm. The location rotates, so contact a board member at the phone
numbers listed on the back on this page, check the most recent newsletter,
or click on “Upcoming Events” on our website.