Jackson township was organized at the May term, 1831, of the board of commissioners of Hancock county, and was
made to include all of what is now Jackson and Brown townships. At the September term of the board, 1832, Green
township was organized, which was made to include all of what is now Green and Brown townships. This left Jackson
township with its present dimensions. At the June term, in 1850, the board of commissioners organized Worth township,
which included twenty four square miles, or all of what is now included in Jackson township except a strip two
miles wide crossing its south end. Thus from 1850 until the March term, 1853, of the board of commissioners, Jackson
township consisted of a narrow strip two miles north and south by six miles east and west. This included, however,
the more thickly settled portion of the former township along the National road, and gave Jackson township probably
as many inhabitants as were included in Worth township above. Since March 11, 1853, Jackson township has had its
present boundaries. It is six miles square. The civil township of Jackson lies in two congressional townships.
Sections 1, 12, 13, 24, 25 and 36, along the west side, lie in congressional township 16 north, range 7 east. The
remaining part of the township, consisting of thirty square miles, is located in township 16 north, range 8 east.
Its natural drainage consists of Six Mile and Little Six Mile creeks, both flowing south through the eastern part
of the township. Nameless creek, formerly known as Straight creek, flows southwest through the central part of
the township, and Brandywine creek drains six or eight sections in the northwest corner of the township. The township
has also been well drained by a system of artificial drainage, including the large open drains with their covered
The first land entry was made by William Oldham, who on November 20, 1824, entered the northwest quarter of the
northwest quarter of section 23, township 16, range 8, which lies about two and one half miles north of Charlottesville.
Other entries followed in rapid succession, and on the entry book may be found a number of the family names still
familiar in the township and county. Among them are included, Margaret R. Bracken, James Davis, Elisha Earls, Francis
Craft, George W. Hatfield, William Hawkins, Robert McCorkhill, John Kirkpatrick, Ezra Miller, Samuel Smith, Benjamin
Cooper, Lemuel D. Fort, James Oldham, Edward Lewis, Jacob Brooks, Jacob Slifer, John Lewis, Robert Earl, Andrew
Pauley, Edward Barrett, James Dille, William Oldham, William Leamon, James Sample, Abraham Watson, William Hazlett,
Thomas Hatfield, William Cox, David Scott, Elijah Ballenger, Robert White, John Wood, Calvin Roland, James Steele,
David Priddy, John R. Jacobs, James Lowney, Samuel Longnaker, James Vanmeter, James P. Foley, James Fort, Jordan
Lacy, Thomas Craft, Isaac N. Hill, Samuel Dille, William Scott; Robert H. Wilson, John Sample, Moses Braddock,
William Ramsey, Rebecca Snodgrass, Henry Wilson, Meredith Gosney, John Stephens, Samuel Overman, Moses McCray,
Michael Hittle, Richard R. Earls, Ebenezer Goble, William Kirkpatrick, George Craft, Jacob S. Hewey, Sovereign
Earl, John Catt, Joseph Lewis, Joseph Fort, James. Williams, James Hinchman, Solomon Hull, Joseph Pauley, Basil
Meek and James Templeton.
Nameless creek furnished water power for several mills at a very early date. Of the mills established in Jackson
township were the following: Gristmill, erected by John Fort, in 1827, at about the middle of section 26, township
16, range 8, stood about one mile north of Charlottesville. A saw mill was erected by David Longnaker about 1833,
on Six Mile creek about the middle of section 23, township 16, range 8. A saw mill was erected about 1855 on the
west half of the northeast quarter of section 16, township 16, range 8, on the place known as the Henderson McKown
farm. It was operated by different parties and was finally moved to the northeast corner of section 7, township
16, range 8, on a farm owned by Joseph Higgins. Another saw mill, erected in 1860 by Walton & Rule, on the
southeast corner of section 13, township 16, range 7, at what is commonly known as Leamon's Corner, was operated
here until probably in the early seventies, when it was moved to Cleveland. In 1881 it was purchased by a Mr. Mingle
and moved to Eden.
A tannery was erected about 1844 by James R. Bracken, probably along the east side of the northeast quarter of
section 1, township 16, range 7, or just a short distance south and west of what is now Willow branch. A tile factory
was erected in 1869 by Thomas L. Marsh and William Draper, just below the northwest corner of section 8, township
16, range 8. Draper finally bought the interest of Marsh and operated the factory until during the eighties. A
blacksmith shop was operated during the thirties by Abraham Huntington, on the northwest quarter of section 1,
township 16, range 7, or in the extreme northwest corner of the township.
The first nursery in the county was established immediately north of Charlottesville about 1840, by Isaac Barrett.
The first school houses in the township were erected along the National road. The first school house was probably
erected somewhere in the south half of section 31, township 16, range 8, in the extreme southwest part of the township.
These of course were private schools. The first public school seems to have been erected at what is now known as
Leamon's Corner. Another very early school was erected immediately north of Charlottesville, and a school that
was very prominent in the early township was Cleveland Academy, erected one half mile north and one fourth mile
east of Cleveland. The teachers of the county held their institute at this school a time or two, all of which has
been discussed elsewhere. The first school at Charlottesville was erected on the bluff of Six Mile creek south
of the National road. After the free school law was enacted, in 1852, the township was divided into nine districts.
Later, two extra schools were built. The first brick school house in the township was constructed at the northwest
corner of section 17, township 16, range 8, then known as district No. 11. The second brick house was constructed
at the northwest corner of section 19, township 16, range 8, which has ever since been known as Leamon's corner.
Later, brick houses were of course constructed in all of the districts of the township. Several of them were entirely
destroyed by the storm of June 25, 1902.
Among the very early teachers of the township were James Loehr, Edward B. Sample, Burd Lacy, A. T. Hatfield, George
W. Sample, William Sager, Jesse Leonard, John A. Craft, James Sample, Thompson Allen, C. G. Sample, H. H. Ayers,
Nathan Fish, John McIntyre, John H. Scott, George W. Hatfield, Milton Heath, Penelope Heath and Catherine Stephens.
Among the later teachers that will be better remembered by the younger generations are William M. Lewis, A. V.
B. Sample, who also served several years as county examiner of Hancock county, J. H. Landis, E. W. Smith, Ancil
Clark, E. A. Lewis, George Burnett, S. C. Staley, Richard Warrum, George W. Williams, Vinton A. Smith, Edward P.
Scott and Edwin Braddock.
During the eighties a county normal or two were held at Charlottesville. The. regular high school work that was
the beginning of the present system of high schools was installed in the fall of 1896, during the principalship
of Charles Mauck. The school has been maintained since that time with the following principals: Charles Mauck,
1896-98; Ora Staley, 1898-1907; William Stafford, 1907-08; Roscoe Thomas, 1908-13; Sylvester Moore, 1913-14; Walter
Orr, 1914 to present date. Before the close of the term of 1912-13 the high school was commissioned by the state
department and has been a commissioned high school since that time.
The population of Jackson township is 1,450, as shown by the United States census report of 1910. In the spring
of 1915. 425 children between the ages of six and twenty one years were enumerated for school purposes. There were
338 pupils enrolled in the schools, of which 53 were in the high school and 285 in the elementary grades. The average
daily attendance in the elementary grades was 238; in the high school, 48. The total cost of maintaining the elementary
schools for the year 1914-15 was $5,109.58. The total cost of maintaining the high school was $2,962. The teachers
in the township were paid for the school year of 1914-15, $7,128.60. The estimated value of all school property
belonging to the township, as reported by the township trustee on August 1, 1915, is $35,000. The total assessment
of taxables in the township as represented by the assessor in 1914 was $1,615,000. During the school year of 1914-15,
34 children were transported to school at a cost of $857.50 to the township.
Following are the men who have served Jackson township in the office of township trustee since the office was
created, in 1859 Burd Lacy, 1859; David Priddy, 1863; Philip Stinger, 1867; George W. Williams, 1869; James B.
Clark, 1871; A. V. B. Sample, 1874; Henderson McKown, 1878; James F. McClarnon, 1880; A. V. B. Sample, 1882; Elisha
Earles, 1884; Tames L. Foley, 1886; Henderson McKown, 1888-90; Allen Hill, 1894; William C. White, 1900; George
Burnett, 1904; William T. Orr, 1908; Marshall N. Hittle, 1914.
During the administration of David Priddy there was no bank in the county, and probably not a safe except the one
in the county treasurer's office. Priddy kept the township funds in this safe and when it was robbed, on the night
of January 12, 1866, about $1,100 of this money was stolen. Priddy reimbursed the township from his own funds,
but the amount was a complete loss to him. He had the sympathy of the community and a little effort was made at
one time to raise funds to reimburse him. Nothing was accomplished, as far as can be learned, nor was he as fortunate
as some of the later officials who were reimbursed by special acts of the Legislature.
JUSTICES OF THE PEACE.
The local courts have been presided over by a number of men, among whom are Basil Meek, 1831; Samuel Thompson,
date unknown; David Templeton, 1832; Robert McCorkle, 1834-38-42-49-54; Henry Kinder, 1841; Edward Barrett, 1845;
James P. Foley, 1846; G. Y. Atkison, 1848; John A. Craft, 1849-56; John Stephens, 1850; Andrew Pauley, 1855-60;
Thomas M. Bidgood, 1858; John Reeves, 1859; Ellison Addison, 1859; W. M. L. Cox, 1860; William Brooks, 1862;. Cyrus
Leamon, 1864-72; G. J. T. Dilla, 1864; James McClarnon, 1865; John H. Scott, 1866; G. W. Landis, 186772-76; Elijah
C. Reeves, 1868-72; Lafayette Stephens, 1869; Ira Bevil, 187074-78; John W. Wales, 1876; John E. Leamon, 1880;
William R. Williams, 1880; Arthur Thomas, 1882; S. C. Staley, 1886-90; John W. Reeves, 1898; ____ Leamon, 1899;
John F. Duty, 1902-09-14; John W. Reeves, 1902; Arza E. Cox, 1902; Daniel Burk, 1906; Dora Crider, 1906-10.
The following men from Jackson township have served the county in official capacities: James P. Foley, Noble
Warrum and John Addison, representatives; Jacob Huntington, John Barrett, C. H. Fort and Philander Collyer, county
treasurers; Basil Meek, George W. Sample and William M Lewis, sheriffs; John R. Reeves, recorder; J. H. Landis,
surveyor; Richard Williams, Jordan Lacy, John Addison, John S. Lewis, Jacob Slifer, Sr., and Linza Walker, commissioners.
OLDER FAMILIES AND HEAVY TAXPAYERS.
Among the families that have long been established in the township are the Addisons, Braddocks, Barretts, Earls,
Forts, Glascocks, Loudenbacks, McClarnons, Oldhams, Rocks, Simmons, Smiths, Scotts, Slifers, Thomases, Walkers,
Warrums, Williamses and Derrys.
Among the heavy taxpayers of the township who paid taxes in sums exceeding $100.00 in 1915 are: Joseph N. Addison
and wife, $260.87; Samuel M. Addison, $254.03; John W. Addison, $160.83; Alva A. Apple, $127.68; Jacob E. Barker
and wife, $110.39; David H. Bundy, $116.85; Nathan O. Cranf ill, $771.05; Frank Craft, $151.33; Aaron E. Carroll,
$149.91; John T. Collins, $176.89; Citizens Bank, $142.50; William H. Eib, $210.71; Noah W. Braddock, $1,774.89;
Freeman Braddock, $588.59; George Brooks, $128.06; Elijah A. Barrett (heirs), $212.61; James M. Brunson and wife,
$112.29; James H. Davis, $123.69; Kern Derry, $124.35; Martha K. Derry (heirs), $288.80; John B. Dimick, $154.85;
Milo Goodpasture, $178.69; Allen T. Hatfield (heirs), $111.15; Marshall N. Riffle, $151.85; Noah F. and Etta M.
Loudenback, $126.25; Perry Lewis, $119.32; Sarah B. McGraw, $173.31; Elizabeth J. O'Banion, $107.16; Andrew Ormston
and wife, $122.74; Robert S. N. Oldham, $280.44; Guy M. Oldham, $127.58; George R. Smith, $134.23; Thomas S. Smith,
$379.33; William H. Simmons, $417.24; John S. Simmons, $624.15; Mary E. Simmons, $270.56; John E. Scott, $118.18;
Charles E. Sipe, $170.14;. Samuel N. Shelby, $131.23; John W. Simmons, $102.12; Martin R. Thomas, $245.48; John
W. Thomas, $144.78; Leonidas R. Thomas, $455.05; William D. Thomas, $129.77; Albert Williams, $101.16; John W.
Williams, $107.63; John W. Wales, $266.76; William M. Wilson, $147.25; Mary A. Johnson, $173.47; Charles A. Jackson,
$139.46; James F. McClarnon, $201.59.; Robert S. McClarnon, $328.32; David R. McClarnon, $165.49; Daniel G. McClarnon,
$392.08; Frank McClarnon, $129.86; Elizabeth Pierson, $117.42; Harriet Patterson, $193.52; John W. Reeves, $129.57;
Minerva Smith, $182.59; John H. Smith, $427.88; William L. Smith, $132.81; Charity E. Simmons, $149.34; Robert
M. Simmons (heirs), $248.71; George Scott, $222.49; William D. Steele, $111.24; S. C. Staley, $195.32; William
S. Thomas, $133.19; Minor M. Thomas, $155.61; Lucian B. Thomas, $156.18; Safronia Thomas, $197.22; C. M. Vandenbark
and wife, $490.22; Andrew J. Walker, $146.96; William P. White, $120.27; Halbert F. Wilson, $108.47.
Jackson township has two towns - Cleveland and Charlottesville. Both are located on the National road; Cleveland
at just about the middle of the southern part of the township, and Charlottesville in the southeast corner of the
Cleveland was originally known as Portland. It was surveyed and platted by that name on July 8, 1834. The original
plat consists of sixty four lots. No additions have ever been made to it. It was known as Portland until a few
years prior to the Civil War. Reference to the early licensed grocers and tavern keepers will show that they gave
their location as Portland. Like Philadelphia and several of the other smaller towns that seem to have crystalized
and become incapable of further growth, Cleveland at one time did quite a great deal of business. A saw mill was
located there for a number of years, and with its store, blacksmith shop, physicians, etc., it became quite a business
center for the community. It seems that after the railroad was constructed, however, business sought other channels
and for the past thirty or forty years Cleveland has simply had a store and a blacksmith shop, with now and then
some other branches of business.
The town now has one frame church and has also become the meeting place of the Eastern Indiana Holiness Association,
which has a camp consisting of a number of buildings at the northeast part of town.
Charlottesville is one of the oldest towns in the county. Its original survey was made by David Templeton, on
June 16, 1830. The original plat consisted of fifty six lots. Since that time the following additions have been
made to the town: Foley's Addition, laid out by James P. Foley, December 28, 1853; fifty nine lots. Smith's First
Addition, laid out by Timothy F. Smith, January 29, 1868; twenty nine lots. Smith's Second Addition, laid out by
Timothy F. Smith, February 1, 1869; five lots. Chandler's Addition, laid out by George L. Chandler, February 3,
1869; five lots. Walker's Addition, laid out by Samuel Walker, February 2, 1869; four lots. Watson's Addition,
laid out by William C. Watson, February 3, 1869; nineteen lots. Stringer's Addition, laid out by Philip Stringer,
February 2, 1869; four lots. Edward Earl's Addition, laid out by Edward Earl, June 11, 1869; twenty lots. Edward
Earl's Second Addition, laid out by Edward Earl, February 9, 1870; sixteen lots (or fifteen lots and one acre for
The very, early business men of Charlottesville appear on the list of licensed grocers, taverns, etc. Among the
later men were James P. Foley, Richard Probasco, William Thornburgh, Hutton & Overman, J. A. Craft, P. H. Bowen,
William McGraw, W. S. Lane and H. F. Wilson.
Charlottesville was at one time an incorporated town. The petition asking for its incorporation was presented
to the board of county commissioners at their June session, 1867, and was signed by John A. Craft, H. M. Morris,
S. R. Danner, Henry Frederick, G. W. Dungan, Thomas Springstead, John Keller, Philip Stringer, Samuel Grunden,
W. W. Thornburg, I. M. Jones, Lafayette Griffith; William Henley, J. N. Chandler, R. B. Weese, Gideon Johnson,
H. Chambers, James Obanion, Warner M. L. Cox, W. H. H. Rock, J. H. Allison, Joseph Schaffer, Jeremiah Goddard,
John Girty, Jacob Brown, Ira Schaffer, A. H. Allison and A. T. Lemay.
The petition showed that the town had a population of 254, including sixty four voters. The board of commissioners
set the 29th of June, 1867, as the time for holding an election to determine whether the town should be incorporated.
Thirty six votes were cast, all being in favor of the incorporation of the town. At the September session, 1867,
the board of commissioners ordered "said town of Charlottesville incorporated under the name and style of
Charlottesville." An election was held on October 7, 1867, at which the following men were elected as the
first officers of the town: J. H. Allison, clerk; Henry Morris, treasurer; Sylvester Baker, assessor; John Girty,
marshal; Thomas Springsteen, William Thornburgh and J. H. Allison, trustees, the latter declining to serve.
Charlottesville has one rural free delivery route, which was established on April 1, 1903.
CHARLOTTESVILLE EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION.
This was one of the unique corporations of Hancock county. The company was organized on March 7, 1870. Its articles
of incorporation were recorded on April 15, 1870, in the miscellaneous records in the county recorder's office
of Hancock county. The purpose of the incorporation as stated in the articles was "to buy, own and hold the
necessary real estate in said town of Charlottesville, in the county of Hancock and state of Indiana, and to erect
and maintain thereon suitable and sufficient buildings, and from time to time make such changes, alterations and
repairs thereto as to the association may seem right and proper, and to establish, maintain and control a school
or schools therein for the education of males and females, upon such terms and conditions and upon such plan or
system as such association may from time to time agree upon and adopt." The capital stock of the association
consisted of $5,000 in shares of $10 each, which could be increased from time to time as the interest of the association
might require. Article 8 provided, "said association shall procure the ground laid off for a school house
lot in Earle's Second Addition to the town of Charlottesville;" Article 9, "The main building to be first
built shall be substantially built of brick, not less than forty four feet square and two stories high."
Following are the names of the stockholders: T. F. Smith, W. H. H. Rock, John McGraw, R. C. Niles, Jacob Brown,
Jacob Orr, H. P. Lantz, Thomas Springstead, Edward Earle, C. M. Rock, H. J. Bogart, John F. Girty, S. H. Brown,
Hiram Griffith, Martin Fort; Daniel Bohn, John A. Craft, H. M. Morris, H. F. Miller, J. H. Allison, I. M. Jones,
W. W. Thornburgh, John S. Orr, Henry Frederick, Thompson, Henry Kinder, William Thomas, William Johnson, J. O.
Lane, A. J. Lenny, Philip Stinger, John R. Hill, William Oldham, R. B. Weese, S. F. Williams, Isaac N. Bartlow,
Jackson Galloway, Burd Lacy, Samuel Grass, John Addison, Joseph Higgins, Harvey B. Smith, W. S. Byrkit, D. C. Hasting,
Meredith Walker, A. V. B. Sample, Charles White, Frank Smith, Joseph Hill, James Wilson, Kitturah Fort, Daniel
Grass, William Myers, John Taylor, Enoch Pierson, Thomas J Owens, Samuel Hill, A. J. Foley, W. B. Cox, George W.
Landis, J. Lewis Coskins, William White, Zenos Bundy, Henry Burk, Robert H. Ross, Joseph B. Liddall, Z. W. Coffin,
W. N. White, Henry Loudenback, Nathan C. Hill, George M. White, Harvey Galloway, Asenath H. Nicho, J. C. Stewart,
Lafe Griffith, P. J. Bohn, Henry Carroll, Joseph Stultz, James Forts, Joseph Hoskins, Andrew Jackson, Jeremiah
Goddard, J. H. Miller, James O. Powers, M. M. Thomas, Temple Stewart, William B. Tweedy, Anthony Smith, J. M. Clark,
John M. Tygart, J. H. Kiser, A. M. Hoskins, William Wilkins, Rafe Orston, S. M. Wales, George I. Girty, Jehu Stewart
and Robert Brown.
Pursuant to the purpose for which the company had been organized, it proceeded to erect the first brick school
house which stood on the site of the present school, north of the National road and east of Charlottesville. After
the completion of this building the Charlottesville Educational Association leased it to the town of Charlottesville
for school purposes. The terms of the contract may be best seen from the contract itself, which was dated May 31,
1872, and of which the following are the essential parts:
"The trustees, directors, etc., have this day rented, leased and let unto the town of Charlottesville, for
the term of twenty five years from this date, for public school purposes, so much of the building and real estate
hereinafter named as may be necessary for the public free schools of said town; and when said building shall have
been finished as is hereinafter provided for, said town shall have possession for school purposes as aforesaid,
of a sufficient portion of said building and ground whenever said town shall require the same for a public free
school, and at the expiration of such term or sessions of such free public school aforesaid all of said property
shall be delivered unto the possession of said trustees or directors, their successors, etc., of the said Charlottesville
Educational Association, and shall remain in their possession and subject to their use and control, and be subject
to be let or occupied by such trustees, directors, etc., until the same shall again be required for public free
schools of said town as aforesaid. All of said property shall be delivered unto the possession of said trustees,
directors, etc., at the end of said twenty five years and all right or interest of said town under this lease shall
forever cease and expire. And when during this lease said town shall not need any part of said property for the
actual occupation of public free schools of said town; all of said property shall be subject to the absolute use
and control of said trustees and directors of said association. And at any time during the continuance of this
lease if the whole of said property shall not be necessary for the use of such public free school, such remaining
portion shall be subject to the use, occupation and control of said trustees and directors. And the trustees and
directors of said association agree to complete said building ready for occupancy, or so much thereof as may be
necessary for the use of such public free school, as soon as sufficient money is paid by the trustees of said town,
but are not bound to complete any more than may be so necessary, and they agree to complete and provide with furniture
for such school such parts as may be so necessary for such school, and have such part ready for occupancy as soon
as the same shall be required by said town for such public free school provided sufficient money shall have been
paid to do the same, and the trustees and directors of said association agree to keep said portion of said building
in repair but are not bound to repair in cases of any unnecessary waste or damage, nor destruction by fire or the
act of God, committed during the occupancy by said town.
"And in consideration of the above of the agreement made by said lessors said school trustees of said town,
for said town, agree to put a good plain plank fence around said school lot and said school trustees agree to pay
said lessors the sum of $2,000 in further consideration of this lease, and the said school trustees and town shall
devote all available means now on hands in the payment of said $2,000, and said town shall levy and collect money
as fast as possible for said town to do to pay the sum of $1,500, and the remainder of said $2,000, to-wit: $500
shall be paid in full within twenty four years from this date, but if after said $1,500 shall have been paid, the
said trustees and directors of said association shall need said money remaining for repairs the said town, on demand
of the trustees and directors of said association, etc., shall pay the sum of $50 annually, until the same shall
be paid, commencing with the day of such demand, but in any event said whole sum shall be paid within twenty four
years as aforesaid. Formally closed, dated May 31, 1872, and signed, sealed and acknowledged by T. F. Smith, H.
M. Morris, Anthony Smith, Enoch Pierson, William Oldham, John Addison, John A. Craft, as trustees on the part of
said association, and by John McGraw and Isaac N. Bartlow, school trustees for the town of Charlottesville."
This rather unusual procedure did not prove to be wholly satisfactory to everybody concerned. The mention thereof
made in the local papers shows that it later became more or less of a local political issue in the township. It
seems too, that the town of Charlottesville did not comply with the terms of the contract, or at least "did
not devote all available means now on hands in the payment of said $2,000." Possibly the town did not "levy
and collect money as fast as possible for said town to do to pay the sum of $1,500." At any rate the Charlottesville
Educational Association brought a suit in the Hancock circuit court and recovered a judgment against the town of
Charlottesville for the sum of $600, in June, 1873. (Cause No. 533 in the Hancock circuit court.)
The above judgment remained unpaid, other debts accumulated, portions of the town were disannexed, and on August
24, 1880, Charles M. Butler, prosecuting attorney for the eighteenth judicial circuit of Indiana, of which the
Hancock circuit court formed a part, filed a bill of information in said court in which he alleged, charged and
averred "that the said corporation, the town of Charlottesville, have forfeited their charter in the manner
and way following, that is to say: That said corporation, the town of Charlottesville, since its organization has
failed and refused to keep the streets in repair and has failed and refused to take steps to promote the interests
of the citizens. That said corporation has allowed judgments to remain unpaid against it for more than a year.
That there is now and has been for more than three years last past a judgment of the Hancock circuit court, of
Hancock county, Indiana, in favor of the Charlottesville Educational Association and against said corporation of
the town of Charlottesville, amounting in the sum of about $700 remaining unpaid, and the said prosecuting attorney
would further inform the court that said corporation is insolvent and unable to pay all of its bona fide indebtedness,
and that said corporation has exceeded her authority in this: That she has narrowed the corporate limits of said
town, thereby relieving numerous persons from contributing their proportionate share of taxes into the corporate
fund, thereby increasing the taxes on the property of the residue of the citizens of said town, and releasing and
relieving Daniel Grass and Edward Barrett from any corporation taxes, all of which is contrary to the form of the
statute in such cases. Wherefore, the said Charles M. Butler demands that the charter of said corporation be forfeited
and that a receiver be appointed to discharge her indebtedness, etc."
And the court after having this information under consideration, and "after having heard evidence adduced
and being sufficiently advised in the premises, finds that all matters and facts set forth are true. It is further
ordered, adjudged and decreed by the court that all the rights and franchises of said defendant, the town of Charlottesville,
be forever forfeited and lost to her and her agents of every kind or character, and the court now here appoints
P. Jacob Bohn a receiver, who shall give bond to the satisfaction of the clerk of this court, who shall reduce
the assets of said defendant to possession and pay the debts of said corporation under the same rules prescribed
for the government of administrators." (State vs. town of Charlottesville. Cause No. 3333 in the Hancock circuit
court.) Mr. Bohn refused to qualify as receiver and James M. Barrett finally qualified. Under the order of the
court he made a tax levy or two and raised funds to pay the town's indebtedness. The charter was forfeited on October
19, 1880, and Charlottesville never reincorporated as a town.
During the summer of 1886 the brick school that had been constructed by the Charlottesville Educational Association
was blown down and it became necessary to construct another building. The Educational Association was insolvent.
James L. Foley, trustee of Jackson township, therefore filed his petition for the appropriation of real estate
for school purposes during the summer of 1886. He alleged in his petition that it was "necessary for the purpose
of erecting a public school house thereon to purchase the real estate owned by the Charlottesville Educational
Association, being the school lot in Earle's Second Addition to the town of Charlottesville; that the directors
of the Educational Association own the lot in fee simple; that they have failed to use it for educational purposes
and that said association is wholly insolvent." He therefore asked the court for the appointment of appraisers
to appraise and assess the value of said real estate and to make such further orders in the premises by the appointment
of a commissioner or otherwise to divest the title of said real estate from said Charlottesville Educational Association
and to vest the same in Jackson school township; to forever quiet the title to said real estate in said Jackson
school town as against said association.
James F. McClarnon, Lucian B. Thomas and John H. Lane were appointed appraisers on June 8, 1886. Upon the filing
of their report the township paid to the clerk of the circuit court the sum of $250 and the court ordered the title
quieted and vested in Jackson township as prayed. (Foley vs. Charlottesville Educational Association. Cause No.
5269 in the Hancock circuit court.)
The second brick building and the one that stood until just a few years ago was then erected by James L. Foley,
in the fall of 1886. This school house was condemned by the state board of health in the spring of 1911. William
T. Orr, township trustee, then employed George W. Gordon to draw the plans and specifications for the present building.
It was erected during the summer and fall of 1911 at a cost of approximately $30,000. At present it stands as the
newest and probably the most modern township high school building in the county.
FREE AND ACCEPTED MASONS.
Sardis Lodge N6. 253, Free and Accepted Masons, at Charlottesville, was organized on January 25, 1860, with
the following charter members: John A. Craft, Richard Probasco, Joseph Loudenback, J. M. Chandler, Dr. A. B. Bundy,
Ellison Williams, Thomas N. Bidgood, George W. Sample, John Shipman, John Thompson, Jr., William W. Thornburgh,
Albert White, Joseph J. Butler, Joseph R. Hunt, Samuel B. Hill, Edward Butler, Temple Stewart, Andrew Pauley, Ambrose
Miller, Thomas Conklin, S. A. Hall, C. E. Allison, William Cook, Joshua Moore and John Kiser. The first meeting
place of the lodge was on the second floor of the building on the north side of Main street above the store then
owned by John A. Craft. John A. Craft was the first worshipful master, Samuel B. Hall the first senior warden,
and C. E. Allison the first junior warden.
A charter was granted to the lodge by the grand lodge on May 29, 1860. The organization was maintained until 1878
when the building and all of the effects of the lodge, except the records, were destroyed by fire. There was no
other room that could be used for lodge purposes and the members, feeling that they were unable to build, surrendered
their charter on November 20, 1878. Among those who acted as worshipful master in the lodge were John A. Craft,
A. V. B. Sample, Jesse Leaky and I. B. Smith.
INDEPENDENT ORDER OF ODD FELLOWS.
Charlottesville Lodge No. 277, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, was granted a charter on May 22, 1867. The
lodge was organized with eight charter members: A. H. Miller, Thompson B. Burch, R. B. White, P. Johnson, John
Johnson, William S. Hill, Drury Holt and George S. Chandler. It has a present membership of one hundred and seventeen.
The lodge meets every Saturday night in its own building, which consists of a two story frame house forty by sixty
feet, with two business rooms on the first floor and the lodge room on the second floor. The property of the lodge
is worth about $4,000. It has a degree staff under the management of Charles W. Ramsay, which has achieved a high
degree of excellence in the presentation of lodge work. It has given the work in many halls, including those at
Carthage, Arlington, Knightstown, Dunreith, Lewisville, Cambridge City, Greenfield, Eden, Fortville, McCordsville,
Wilkinson and Shirley.
DAUGHTERS OF REBEKAH.
Blonda Lodge No. 318, Daughters of Rebekah, was instituted on January 28, 1890, with eleven charter members.
At present the lodge has one hundred and ten members.
CHARLOTTESVILLE BRASS BAND.
The first brass band was organized at Charlottesville about 1869 or 1870, by W. L. Niles. The members of the
band were W. L. Niles, leader; Isaac J. Hatfield, C. M. Niles and Homer Hackleman, cornetists; James Danner and
Charles Owens, altos; William Scott, tenor; Alvin Johnson, baritone; Jere Hilligoss, tuba; Foster Miller, bass
drum; Charles Leamon, snare drum.
Mr. Niles was the only teacher of the band. He had had two years of instruction under Prof. L. W. Eastman, who
was the teacher of the first Greenfield bands. About 1871 or 1872 the people of Charlottesville assisted the boys
in raising money to purchase a new set of band instruments, and also a band wagon and uniforms. The organization
was then maintained, with a few changes, during the seventies. In December, 1883, a reorganization was effected,
and the greater number of the members named above, with a few others, incorporated under the laws of the state.
The new band, as shown by the miscellaneous record in the county recorder's office, was composed of William L.
Niles, E-flat cornet (leader); Isaac J. Hatfield, E-flat cornet; Willie White and Omer Hackleman, B-flat comets;
C. M. Niles and Charles Owens, altos; Frank Craft and Edward Carroll, tenors; John A. Johnson, baritone; Wilbur
Carroll, tuba; Foster Miller, bass drum; Charles E. Leamon, snare drum. This band continued to play until in the
nineties. Isaac J. Hatfield was its leader during the last few years of its existence.
CITIZENS BANK OF CHARLOTTESVILLE
The Citizens Bank of Charlottesville opened its doors for business on November 1, 1913, with the following officers
and directors: James F. McClarnon, president; Luther F. Symons, vice president; Clarence Haskett, cashier; H. T.
White, C. F. Binford, J. M. Addison and H. M: Fort, directors. The capital stock of the bank is $10,000. Following
are the stockholders: J. N. Addison, Charles F. Binford, Irvin H. Binford, Ernest H. Bond, H. M. Fort, Levi Gurley,
Ezra Hill, Amos Hill, Allen Hill, Hawley Hall, Robert Hall, Clarence Haskett, Mary Hanna, Roy Lowe, James F. McClarnon,
S. H. Murphy, W. L. Niles, W. C. Overman, Mina Overman, Andrew Ormston, Donald J. Peacock, W. E. Ross, H. T. White,
F. E. White, Frank Weeks and Zona M. White.
The present officers are James F. McClarnon, president; Robert Hall, vice president; Clarence Haskett, cashier;
H. T. White, C. F. Binford, J. N. Addison and H. M. Fort, directors.
CHARLOTTESVILLE BURIAL CLUB.
The Charlottesville Burial Club was organized on January 27, 1912, by W. R. Walker, with Willard Lowe, president;
W. R. Walker, secretary and treasurer, and Joseph N. Addison, George Haman and Guy Oldham, committee. The club
was organized with two hundred and twenty five members. It now has a membership of three hundred and forty. It
is maintained by making assessments in advance, the money being placed in bank for payment on the death of a member
of the club.
The membership is divided into three classes: Those from two years of age to twelve years of age pay twenty five
cents and receive $5o at death; those aged from twelve years to forty five years pay fifty cents and receive $100
at death; members from forty five to sixty years of age pay seventy five cents and receive $100 at death. Money
is paid directly to the members of the family of the deceased, and any undertaker may be employed. No applicants
are received for membership unless they are in good health.
Eleven deaths have occurred in the club since its. organization, including ten adults and one child. No officer
receives a salary; expenses only are paid. The club has made a gain at each assessment and at present has a deposit
in bank from which to draw. W. R. Walker has been secretary and treasurer of the club since its organization.
CHARLOTTESVILLE THURSDAY CIRCLE.
In December, 1911, some women of Charlottesville, feeling a desire for a closer social tie and also intellectual
development, met together and organized what is known as the Charlottesville Thursday Circle. Its object is to
aid in general culture through the programs, to strengthen bonds of friendship, and afford some profitable social
life to busy women. Each year the work has been of a solid nature and has been a source of much wholesome pleasure
and broader culture: The work for 1916 is to be on "Our Country," devoting some time to Indiana because
of the centennial.
The first president was Mary E. Roland. She was followed by Edith J. Hunt and Cora L. Craft. The president for
1916 is Doris Binford. The circle conducted a lecture course in 1912-13 and has done some philanthropic work. It
belongs to the Federation of Clubs of the sixth district and also to the Federation of Country Clubs of Hancock
county. In January, 1915, it joined with the latter club in celebrating the birthday of Lee O. Harris, at Greenfield.
Although organized only a short time the club can already see the real advantage of such an organization in the
better development of its members.
Leamon's Corner is located on the range line where sections 13, 18, 19 and 24 meet. It has always been a well
known corner in the township. For many years a postoffice, a little store, a blacksmith shop and a saw mill were
maintained there. The postoffice was kept by Cyrus Leamon from a very early day, but was discontinued in the summer
of 1881. The blacksmith shop was operated for a number of years by Bud Phillips, son of Thomas Phillips, who had
had a blacksmith shop for a number of years in Blue River township. The little store was kept until about the time
the postoffice was taken away.
Stringtown is located in the extreme southwest corner of Jackson township, in section 36. In the early history
of the township Rufus Scott maintained a store there for a number of years. One Danner operated a blacksmith shop
and William Baxter had a little chair shop. Just across the road to the west, in Center township, at a later date
stood Newhall's saw mill. The railroad maintained a switch there and the accommodation trains stopped to let passengers
on and off. At a still later time a machine shop and foundry was built just south of the National road and adjoining
the east line of section 35, township 16, range 7, by the Trees. This machine shop is still operated by L. J. Trees
and is thoroughly equipped for doing iron work, repairing of engines, machinery, etc. It is one of the well known
corners in the county.
Jackson township has two railroads and two interurban lines. The Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis
follows the township line between Jackson township and Blue River township. A branch of the Big Four and the Indianapolis
& Newcastle interurban cross the southwest corner of the township for a distance of a little more than a mile.
The Terre Haute, Indianapolis & Eastern traction fine follows the National road through the township from east
[Also see Church history for Jackson Township (also includes Charlottsville)]