History of Scott Township, Montgomery County, Indiana
From: History of Montgomery County, Indiana
Published By: A. W. Bowen & Co., Inc.
Indianapolis, Indiana 1913


Scott civil township is in the southern tier of townships in Montgomery county. To its east is situated Clark township, at its south is Putnam county, to its west is Brown township and on its north is Union. It comprises all of Congressional township No. 17, range 4, west and thus contains thirty six square miles of territory. The Vandalia railroad traverses the very extreme northwestern corner of this township, while the northeastern corner is touched by the Monon route. The Central Indiana line passes through this township from west to east. Its population in 1910, according to census reports was one thousand and four, not quite so many inhabitants as it had in the decade just before. The land is generally clay of a reddish hue, but quite productive. The eastern and southeastern portions are drained and watered by the Big Raccoon and Cornstalk creeks. The western and northwestern sections are watered by Indian and Rattlesnake creeks. A system of underground drainage was put in operation a quarter of a century ago which greatly enhanced the value of the land.


It has generally been conceded that the first to invade this township with a view of making it his permanent home, was Jacob Shuck, who reached this locality at least as early as 1820, some contend, but it is not likely he came quite so early, for 1821 seems to be established as the first settlement in Montgomery county, by most of the early historians. He settled in 1820 or 1821, probably the latter year, on section 31, probably on account of the famous spring of pure, cold water he found gushing out from the earth on that section. He was soon followed by his brothers, who located where Parkersburg now stands, but soon after the Black Hawk war they removed to Iowa.

Next came John Danner, the Lemons, George Goyer. Jacob Winters. A little later the settlement was increased by the arrival of Thomas Faithful, one of the first justices of the peace, John B. Wren and Joshua Swank. In 1828 came William Frame from Kentucky, and he bought the claim taken by Swank. Near that date came in John Drennon and he located where A. W. Armstrong later lived, the latter having reached here in 1829. Others soon wended their way to the township and made the wilderness commence to blossom like the rose, for these pioneers were all good, thrifty workers.

In 1833 Noble Welsh and his family came from Kentucky, settling in section 32. It was about these years that Jacob Winters, an ancient landmark of this township, walked to Iowa and visited the Shuck family. He was so pleased with the fertile prairies of the goodly Hawkeye state that he returned and made up an outfit consisting of five yoke of cattle and two wagons, with which he freighted his household goods and became an honored resident of Iowa, where now rests his remains.

Other pioneers of Scott township, now recalled, were James Foster, Daniel Arnold, Samuel Greyhill, William Frame, George and Daniel Watkins, W. N. Gott, David Hostetter. J. Myers. Samuel Gill. R. Lafollet, T. V. Ashley, A. S. Byrd, M. M. Henry, Rev. R. H. Miller, and the Southerlins.

A settler of 1825 was Peter Warbritton, according to his statement, but others say it must have been at least one or two years later. He became the father of thirteen children, all of whom were still living in 1881.


The Presidential election was held at the house of Robert Harrison, in 1828. This place was located in the northwest quarter of section 23. At that date Scott comprised all that territory now embraced within its own and Clark township.

The first postoffice was established in the spring of 1834. Nathaniel Parker was the first postmaster. He had been postmaster in Swanksville, over in Putnam county, but concluding to remove, took the "office" along with him and made it known in due time, that he had opened up for postal business in this township, which caused a remostrance to go to Washington, but no action was had and he continued to hold the office.

A town was platted there in 1835 and known as Parkersburg-. in honor of postmaster and pioneer Parker. The platting was caused to be done by Noble Welch, Thomas Arnott and Thomas Faith. But the name "Parkersburg" did not suit all and it was changed to Faithville and so continued a couple or more years, when it was again named "Parkersburg." Mr. Parker held on to the postoffice until about 1840, when he resigned his commission in favor of Robert Ramsey, who officiated many years.

The first sermon preached in Parkersburg was by Rev. John Secrest, an Indian Misisonary, who traveled through this section in 1825.

The first store was opened here by James Secrest. Robert Ramsey and Jacob Durham followed soon with another. In its youthful years the village also had a store operated by Benjamin Wasson. In the early eighties the dealers included the Jameses.

The first trader and dealer in feathers, furs, wool, chickens, etc., was Nathaniel Parker, who carried these articles to Chicago and there exchanged them for such merchandise as his home trade demanded. These Chicago trips usually consumed three weeks' time. In 1847 a store and stock of goods, together with harness and saddles in another building, and two dwellings were burned. The village was at its zenith between 1840-50. Then there were the following interests there: Three dry goods stocks, four blacksmith shops, two wagon shops, one harness shop, and two hotels. Noble Welch was the first hotel proprietor. The first saw mill was operated by Mrs. John Hawkins and John Adams. This was simply a whip-saw. The steam mill was built by William Rogers and J. J. Wren. The first flour mill was run by John Harrington, and his power was furnished by a faithful old horse. It is thought the first school house in this township was erected in 1830. The first school taught in the southeastern part of the township was in a vacated cabin of Robert Harrison's and was taught by William Bruce. in 1830.

Of the churches and schools and lodges of this township other chapters have already treated, hence no mention here.

The first marriage in Scott township was that uniting the hearts and fortunes of Martin Shuck and Rebecca Jones, at what was known as "Shucktown."


The most teriffic wind storm that ever visited Montgomery county passed through this township March 20, 1866, just after the Civil war. It was seven o'clock in the evening that an awful hurricane rushed into the township three fourths of a mile north of the southwest corner of the territory, passing in a diagonal direction like a mighty sickle of death and general destruction. The sound of the rushing wind was frightful to hear. Thunder was loud and heard many miles distant. Buildings and trees were crushed and twisted in all kinds of shapes. The unearthly cry of animals of many species filled the ears of the inhabitants with awful sounds. Huge logs were as feathers before a tempest. The wind completely demolished new and older structures. Among the buildings blown to pieces are now recalled those of Dr. Straughan. M. F. James and H. A. Foster. All the buildings of John Frame were unroofed. and hundreds of dollars' worth of timber destroyed. A child of Mrs. M. F. James was killed outright. H. A. Foster's wife was found dead, and two children were killed. Dr. Straughan had a child blown a hundred yards and seriously wounded. Others were more or less injured. After the passage of the storm, birds, rabbits and other small animals were found dead in the track. H. A. Foster was in his sugar camp at the time, and although the air was completely filled with dust, dirt, rubbish, timbers and boards, his life was spared, but upon getting to his home. the scene was awful. Pieces of buildings. machinery, garments and various articles were carried many miles away. A bed sheet was left hanging in the top of a tall tree for more than a year after the storm. A feather bed was found beneath the trunk of a large oak. Clothing belonging to both men and women, was found four miles distant. M. F. James claimed that a portion of the roof of his house was blown fifteen miles. and this was proven to be true from the fact that his was the only house that had a pitched roof between there and Terre Haute. A bureau drawer was found eight miles distant from where it belonged. A tin wash boiler was found in the top of an oak tree forty feet from the ground. All in all, this was the most terrible storm tragedy ever witnessed in this portion of Indiana.


When the first settlers came to the county they found the pathway of a most destructive tornado or cyclone. which, in some places. had prostrated the entire forest. It passed about two miles south of the present site of Crawfordsville, sometimes rising above the tops of the trees, and then again descending and sweeping down everything in its course. On a part of the land entered by Edmund Nutt, southwest of Crawfordsville, and immediately south of where Iohnathan Nutt's new brick house now stands. not a tree was left standing. At the time Mr. Nutt entered this land a dense new growth of young walnut trees had sprung up, and grown to the height of thirty and forty feet. They were, perhaps. between twenty and thirty years old. which would fix the date of the tornado not far from the commencement of the present century. The precise time will probably never be ascertained. The prostrate forest had not all decayed when the first settlers came to the county and the locality of the tornado was spoken of for years by them as the fallen timber country. On the east side of the road. between the residences of John A. Harding and Henry B. Wray, about two miles from Crawfordsville, may yet be seen a beautiful grove of young timber, which has grown up in the pathway of this whirlwind. The grove is remembered as a thicket of young saplings fifty years ago by someof the citizens of the county, who were boys at that time. Traces of the same tornado, or a similar one, were visible fifty years ago in Marion county, between Eagle creek and White river. The young walnut trees on the Nutt land were all cut down by Mr. Nutt and made into rails with which to fence his fields. Had they been left standing to the present day they would readily have sold for fifty dollars.


About five miles to the southwest of the town of Ladoga, in Scott township, on Cornstalk creek, the pioneers observed a number of strange grave lots where the Indians who had lived there before the coming of the white settlement, had placed many of their departed dead. They were buried not in the fashion of white people, neither like most of the Indians, but the bodies had been carefully wrapped and placed upon the ground, when small pens about two feet high had been built around the corpses, and over them a roof was erected. The open spaces between the poles or logs forming the pen or enclosure, were all nicely chinked and plastered with mud, to make them impervious to the elements, also to keep the small animals from digging through to the bodies. Most of these wooden tombs had fallen to decay when first seen by our pioneers. Many of the skeletons were found beside the rubbish and mortar used One thoughtful farmer gathered together several skeletons and ,placed them in a shed on his premises to show to those interested in such things.

Other villages in this township are Pawnee, in section 21 a siding on the Central Indian railroad, and Lapland, on sections 19 and 20.


This is the most important place within the township. It really is situated, in these townships Scott, Union and Brown. The plat is described in the records as being in the east half of the northeast quarter of section 1, township 17, range 5, west. The depot stands in Brown township. New Market was platted July 1, 1872, by Joseph White, Sr., William K. White, Carson Wray, Sr., and Joseph M. Kelsey, on sections 31 and 36 of Union township, section 6 of Scott, and section of Brown township. Its population is about three hundred and fifty.

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