Idaville Community, A Century of Unity, 1860-1960

The “Idaville Community, A Century of Unity, 1860-1960” is a seminal work that offers a comprehensive look into the first century of Idaville and its neighboring townships within White County and Adams Township of Carroll County. Published by the Idaville Centennial Committee in 1960, this volume was crafted to commemorate the centennial celebration of these communities, highlighting a century marked by unity and growth. Through the diligent efforts of the Idaville Centennial Committee, this book was designed to preserve the memory of the pivotal moments that have shaped these areas.

Set against the backdrop of Idaville, Lincoln, Cass Townships of White County, and Adams Township of Carroll County, the book delves into the rich tapestry of history, culture, and the spirit of the people who have lived in these regions. From the pioneering days of the first white settlers in 1829 to the burgeoning growth witnessed by the mid-20th century, the narrative encapsulates the trials, triumphs, and transformations of the community.

The publication does not claim to be an exhaustive record of every event over the past century but rather focuses on the significant milestones that have contributed to the communities’ development. Acknowledging that some historical accounts may be met with differing opinions, the authors have endeavored to present a history that is as accurate as possible, based on authentic records and personal testimonies from long-standing residents.

The book is a tribute to the pioneering men and women who faced hardships to lay the foundations for future generations. It also extends gratitude to individuals like Charles L. Foster, whose research and dedication have been instrumental in bringing this history to light. Through stories of early settlers, development of local infrastructure, and the evolution of community institutions, the narrative provides insight into the enduring spirit of these communities.

“Idaville Community, A Century of Unity, 1860-1960” covers various aspects of community life, including the establishment of churches, schools, and businesses, the impact of transportation like the East-West Railroad, and the significance of local newspapers in shaping public opinion and identity. It also touches on the civic advancements that have modernized the townships, such as the introduction of telephones, electricity, and the development of roads.

Table of Contents

  • White County, Indiana

Lincoln Township and the Idaville Community

  • Creation of Townships – Jackson & Lincoln
  • 1830 to 1860, Early Life in our Township
  • The Coming of the East-West Railroad
  • Platting of Idaville
  • Idaville Post Office
  • United Presbyterian Church
  • Covenanter Church
  • The Church of God New Dunkard
  • Idaville Methodist Church
  • The First Presbyterian Church
  • The Ideville Adventist Church
  • Idaville First Church of God
  • Pious Chapel Church
  • The Idaville Cemetery
  • Education in Idaville and Lincoln Township, both in early days and more recent ones, by Chas. L. Foster
  • Parent-Teachers Association
  • School Music Club
  • History of Idaville Newspapers, by Charles L. Foster
  • Later History Compiled from Old Files
  • A Newspaper Combination
  • Some General newspaper Comment
  • A Review of Idaville Editors
  • Pioneer Roads of Jackson Township
  • Modern Roads
  • First Elections
  • Telephones
  • The Big Fire at Idaville in April 1902
  • Only One Week Later
  • Fire Department
  • Electricity
  • Doctors in Idaville
  • Dentist
  • Distillery & Saloons
  • Saloons
  • Weaving
  • General and Grocery Stores
  • Ideville Stock Yard
  • Livery Stables
  • Blacksmith
  • Barbers
  • Bakeries
  • Pioneer Threshing
  • Threshing Rings
  • Saw Mills
  • Sorghum & Cider Milles
  • Tile Mill
  • Citizens Mill
  • Elevators
  • Creameries
  • Hotels
  • Lumber and Coal Yards
  • Restaurants
  • Banks
  • Skating Rink
  • Seamstresses & Milliners
  • Agricultural Implements & hardware Stores
  • Shoes and Boots
  • Harness Shops
  • Real Estate Dealers
  • Funeral Directors
  • Wagon Makers, Carpenters & Cabinet Makers
  • Ice House
  • Attorneys
  • Jewelers
  • Cement Block
  • Feed Mills, Stores & Hatchery
  • Butcher Shops
  • Drug Stores
  • Tin Shops
  • Painters & Decorators
  • Piano Teachers
  • Garages
  • Town Pump
  • Tank Wagons
  • Recoration [sic. Recreation] Parlors
  • Dance Pavilions
  • Filling Stations
  • Car Sales & Service
  • Plumbers & Electricians
  • Beauty Shop
  • Radio & Television
  • Idaville Industries
  • Jonalia Industries
  • ShafRo Products Inc.
  • Airplane Repairs
  • Gift and Antique Shops
  • Idaville Odd Fellows Lodge
  • Daughters of Rebeccah
  • Idaville Organizations
  • War Heroes
  • The Mexican War
  • World War I Veterans
  • World War II Veterans
  • Korean War Veterans
  • Castleton
  • Early Land Entries in Present (1960) Lincoln Township Area
  • Old Time Pole Raisings
  • The Big Cyclone of 1916
  • These Changing Times
  • Three Score Plus 15 (men and women 75+ years old)
  • The Very Young (boys and girls 5 and under)
  • Chronology Events in the History of Lincoln Township

Adams Township

  • A Century and a Quarter of Adams Township History
  • The Mighty Teays River
  • The Beginnings of Adams Township
  • The People
  • The Wabash Trail
  • Lockport
  • Mills
  • The Tile Mill
  • Business
  • Schools
  • Churches
  • Citizens of the Present

Cass Township

  • A History of the White Oak Methodist Church
  • Bell Center Church
  • Headlee Church of God
  • Cass Township Mail Service in the 70s
  • Basket Weaving


Idaville Centennial Committee, Idaville community centennial, a century of unity, 1860-1960, Idaville, Indiana : The Centennial Committee, 1960.


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