THE TOWN OF VERNON - 1858
From an old book printed in 1858 giving an account of professions and trades for
each town in Indiana, the following was given for Vernon, Indiana
The county seat of Jennings County, on the
Madison & Indianapolis Railroad, 1 1/2 miles south of the crossing of the
Ohio & Mississippi Railroad, and 63 miles southeast of Indianapolis;
and is situated at the confluence of the north and south forks of the
Muscatatuck creek, which stream affords abundant water priviledges. There are
extensive stone quarries and lime kilns at this place; the stone is unsurpassed
for building purposes by any in the State. A new courthouse and jail are
now being consturcted, to cost about thirty thousand dollars. It contains two
large steam and water flouring mills, capable of manufacturing one hundred
barrels of flour each, every fourteen hours; eight general stores, three grocery
stores, one banking house, and one newspaper office, the Vernon Weekly Banner;
one book seller and stationer, one clothing store, two drug stores, one hade and
leather dealer, two stove & tin stores, two flour and grain dealers, one
lumber yard, one baker & confectioner, four blacksmith shops, five boot and
shoe makers, two brick yards, four carpenters and builders shops, two cabinet
makers and furniture dealers, three carriage and wagon factories, one express
office, two millineries, two harness makers, one saddler, one watchmaker and
jeweler, two paint shops, one tailor & clothier, one wheelwright
and plow manufactory, two lime dealers, one gunsmith, one dentist, three
daguerrean artists, one plasterer, one livery stable, two stone cutters, one
Italian towy shop, one lare wool carding -spinning and weaving factory,
five ministers, eight physicians and surgeons, one attorney at law, two
notaries, two magistrates, four churches - one Methodist Episcopal, one Baptist,
one Presbyterian, one Reformer; an Academy called the "Jennings Academy", with
about one hundred and fifty students in attendance, and two district common
school houses, built of brick.
Vernon has an active trade, which
is rapidly on the increase. Considerable Manufacturing is done, and it is yet
destined to become one of the best business points in the State. Population
Mayor ...................................Abram G.
Recorder ...............................Merritt Read
ALPHABETICAL LIST PROFESSIONS, TRADES, ETC.
American Hotel, Thomas J. Stores, Prop.
Ball, surgeon dentist
Wm. K. Banty, Justice of Peace
P. D. Baughn, cabinet
maker & furniture dealer
P. S. Basnett, Marshall
W. J. Beachly,
attorney at law & notary public
Abram Bishop, brick maker
Brauharn, carpenter & builder
Wm. A. Bullock, Attorney at Law &
Wm. A. Bullock, Justice of Peace
W. A. Bullock, Banker &
J. Bundy. Attorney at Law & Notary Public
Bundy, Judge of Common Pleas Court
James C. Burt, Physician &
Butler, McGannon & Co., Blacksmiths & Plough
Sidney Butler, County Commissioner
J. B. Conner, Book Seller & Stationer
J. B. Conner, County
Chas. J. Coryelle, proprietor steam saw mill
S. B. Cowell,
hide & leather dealer
Rev. Crawford, Methodist Minister
Curtis, County Commissioner
L. Denham, wheelwright & chair
Thomas B. Denham, painter
Jas. Dixon, lime dealer
Eckstine, Prop'r livery stable
Joseph Ewings, County Commissioner
Fall, stone cutter
Joseph Fettig, general store
John Gasper, general
George Gazaway, plasterer
Jesse Haney, carpenter &
Jno. Henberger, general store
F. L. Henninger, general store
B. Hill, attorney at law & notary public
W. B. Horgins,
S. D. Huckleberry, County Sheriff
baker and confectioner
Jas. W. Kyle, physician & surgeon
W. Lattimore, county prosecuting attorney
Alex W. Lattimore, attorney at
law & notary public
Finley C. Lattimore, physician & surgeon
Leavitt, mfg. of spokes, felloes and hubs
Rob. Lavitt, mfg. of fanning
Jacob Leiniger, tailor and clothier
B. F. Lewis, clerk circuit &
common pleas court
William Love, boot and shoe maker
Robt. D. McGammon,
John McMahan, stone cutter
E. McMindes, lime
Stephen Marvin, boot and shoe maker
John Meek, attorney at law
& notary public
Meline & Cassimens, Italian toy shop
Moore, brick maker
Mullen & Goddard, carriage & wagon makers
M. Nelson, county auditor
Newton & Schofield, proprietor of woolen
George W. New, stove & tin dealer
J. B. New, attorney at
law & notary public
Joseph B. Newcomb, proprietor water & steam
Joseph B. Newcomb, flour & grain dealer
New, Christian Minister
Hickman New, cabinet maker & furniture
Andrew Patrick, blacksmith
Andrew Patrick, carriage & wagon
H. Read, city recorder & attorney
A. G. Read, mayor
S. S. Read, dressmaker & milliner
A. G. Read, general store
Read, agent-Adams Express Co.
M. Reed, attorney at law & notary
S. E. Read, gunsmith
N. Richardson, physician & &
Thomas J. Riley, Postmaster
Rev. ______ Roop, Methodist
Ezra Rose, surgeon dentist
Ezra Rose, Watchmaker &
John Rowlen, boot & shoe maker
Rodger Rowley, carpenter &
Frederick Saupe, Harness & saddle maker
P. & H.
Scipel, boot & shoe makers
Wm. Sharpe & Co., druggists
Shields, physician & surgeon
Sheilds & Kyle, physicians &
John Specht, grocer
George Specht, boot and shoe maker
Steine, clothing dealer
Thomas J. Stores, prop'r of American Hotel
Rev. Wm. T. Stott, Baptist Minister
E. D. Sumpter,
carpenter & builder
Geor. W. Swarthout, prop'r steam & water
George W. Swarthout, flour & grain dealer
Rev. Robt. F.
Taylor, Presbyterian minister
Jacob Thenis, grocer
J.H. Vawter, notary
Kendrick Vawter & Co., general store
Vernon Weekly Banner, J.
S. Conner, publisher
Uriah Wagner, Blacksmith
John E. Wagner, carriage
& wagon maker
Washington Hotel, S. S. Wilder, proprietor
E. Wells, store and tin dealer
S. S. Wilder, Prop'r American
Joseph Woolsefer, grocer
Robert W. Worthington, surgeon
PLEASE NOTE - Here in 1858 there were over 100 businesses in the Town of
Vernon, Ind. From an 1876 Atlas - just 18 years later -and from the business
directory contained therein, we find that the town of Vernon shows less than 20
businesses. This was after the Ohio & Mississippi Railroad (Now the B &
O) was built approximately two miles north of Vernon, and the people and
prosperity shifted northerly to North Vernon, Ind.
TOWN OF VERNON - 1868
The county seat of
Jennings county, on the Madison Branch of the Jeffersonville, Madison &
Indianapolis railroad, twenty-two miles from Madison, and two miles from the
crossing of the Ohio & Mississippi and the Jeffersonville, Madison &
Indianapolis railroads. It is located in the midst of a good grain and grazing
county, has two woolen mills, a hub and spoke factory, foundry and machine shop
and various other shops. It has a splendid court house, churches, good schools
etc. Population about 1,200.
Bachelor T. C. -
Basnett A. D., corner Pike and Jackson
Devore E. C., -
Hagins, W. B., over J. W. Hill's
Hill, J. M., over J. W.
Huckleberry J. H., - Pike St.
Earwood & France - Jackson St.
L., - Brown St.
Wagner J. H. & Co.
Hiller R. M. - Pike St.
Specht Geo. - Pike
Osburn W.W., near railroad
Spaulding E. O.
Carriages and Wagons;
L. - Brown St.
Whelan F. - Pike
Armstrong R. C. - Brown St.
Dole & Peabody, - Pike St.
Storey R. & Co.,
American, J. Henninger Agent - Pike
Leavitt R. & Co., near Depot
Devore N. A. - Brown St.
Wagner J. H. &
Co. - at the foot of Brown St.
Treeback Geo., -
Basnett J. B. - Pike St.
& Co., - corner Pike & Brown
Fink John, - Pike St.
& Lett, - Pike St.
Hill J. W., - sw corner Pike & Brown
H. Q. & W. M. - nw corner Pike & Jackson
J., - Brown St.
Smyth J. S., - corner Pike &
New G. W., - Pike
Bantz W. K., - Brown St.
Cowell S. B. - Jackson St.
A., - Jackson St.
American House, T. J. Storey, prop.,
- corner Pike and Brown
Hagins W. B.,
- over J. W. Hill's
Vawter H. F., - Pike St.
Justices of the
Read Sam, - n e corner Pike and Brown
White W. O., - s e corner
Pike and Brown
Somerfield J. W., - Pike
Burnard Mrs. C. M., - Pike St.
Hill Mrs., - Pike St.
Vernon Banner, Smith Vawter
& Co, prop., - Brown St.
Bachelor T. C.,
- Pike St.
Devore E. C., - Brown St.
Hagins W. B., - over J. W.
Hill J. M., - over J. W. Hill's
Storey S. W., -
corner Pike and Brown
Patent Planing Mill Duster;
Leavitt R. &
Co., near railroad
Patent Hay Rake;
Butler M., - Brown
Jackson L. R., - Brown
Burt J. C.
Richardson N., - corner Mulberry
Wiles & Woodward, - Brown St.
H. & Co., - foot of Brown
McClellan J. E., - corner
Jackson and Pike
Kimball J., - Jackson St.
& Bundy, - Jackson St.
Twaddle H., -
Fetter M., - Pike St.
Hadner N., - Pike
Shafer A., - e public square
Specht P, - Pike St.
Leavitt R. & Co., - near depot
Stoves and Tinware;
W., - Pike St.
Tresback Geo., - Jackson
Watches, Clocks and Jewelry;
Doll J. L., - Pike
Jackson L. R., - Pike St.
Walker & Co., - Pike St. near railroad
Richards & Wilson, -
TOWN OF VERNON - 1876
Wm. B. Hagins,
Attorney at Law and Real Estate
, Dry Goods, Notions,
Groceries, Qweensware and Glassware, General Flour and Feed Store, opposite Courthouse
P. E. Wills, Dry Good, Notions, Groceries, Confections &
a general Feed and Provision Store, west side of Public Square
C. E. Wagner,
Editor Vernon Banner
F. Saupe Harness and Saddles
James E. VanSickle, Stone Dealer
Anthony Dausch, Stone
H. C. Harman, Stone and Lime, Dealer in All orders for Stone or Lime,
will receive prompt attenction; Blue Stone, Line Stone and Bridge Stone, all
orders promptly filled near Vernon.
(The two articles written above, about the business in the Town of Vernon,
Indiana were copied verbatim from their respective
Note that many of the people in the first section are duplicates, in other words a
person may have had a number of businesses or talents and each were listed
separately, someone was promoting and expanding the business base in Vernon
(just goes to show promoters have not changed much over the years). With the
number of businesses listed Vernon would have been truly stuffed and bustling.
This also shows the importance of the Railroad, for a number of years, to the
prosperity of any area. To many of us now railroad tracks are just bumpy things
you drive over or a dangerous place to cross but in history they brought people
and products easily to the areas they served.
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