Thursday, May 22, 2014

Irvington Boy Scouts c1907

They gathered in a large room most likely in a commercial building along South Audubon Road or perhaps East Washington Street for a photo.  This scene, of Boy Scouts affiliated with the Irvington Presbyterian Church, appears to be quite disorganized. Some of the boys were looking into the camera while others were turned away. Two boys were wearing their scouting uniforms while most were dressed in typical early twentieth-century attire complete with breeches and long socks.  Some of the boys were laughing and smiling while others seemed to be quite pensive or distracted.  Sadly, we do not know the name of one young man. This photo serves as a cautionary tale for all to label photographs so that people in the future will know your name!

Irvington Presbyterian Church Scouts c1907
This image is courtesy of Bill Ferling and the Irvington Presbyterian Church.  

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Plotner Family Arrives For Church--c1955

Mr. and Mrs Harold Plotner (5735 Beechwood Avenue) arrived for Sunday services at the Irvington Presbyterian Church sometime in 1955. Awaiting them, was photographer Reuben L. Brullow, who was taking photos for a future publication commemorating the history of the church.  The Plotners were active members of the congregation.  Harry Plotner worked at the International Harvester Company on Brookville Road as did many others in southern Irvington in the mid-twentieth century.  Local resident, Larry Muncie, who grew up near the Plotners remembered the family fondly.  Mr. Muncie noted that it was Mr. Plotner who asked him to help with recording church services on closed-circuit television.  Dr. Howard Stone was the minister at the time and during his tenure the church broadcasted services on Channel 8.

The American Four Square home visible in the photo behind the Plotners was that of 58 Johnson Avenue.  To see that house today, click on the link below.

The Plotner Family of 5735 Beechwood Avenue arrived for services at the Irvington Presbyterian Church c1955
The historic photo is courtesy of Bill Ferling and the Irvington Presbyterian Church.  Information about the Plotners is courtesy of local historian, Larry Muncie.  

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Visiting Family Along East Michigan Street-c1940

Mary Spear and Neil Troyer dropped by to visit family members, Russell and Hazel Schulz, of 4826 East Michigan Street c1940.  It appears that Hazel Schulz was likely the photographer while Russell Schulz stood on the porch behind the young couple.  Mr. Schulz was a clerk for the U.S. Post Office while Mrs. Schulz raised the couple's two children, Russell, Jr., and Irving.  You can see a photo of Mr. and Mrs. Schulz in the second image taken in the late 1930s at 5120 East North Street in northwestern Irvington. The Schulzs rented both homes.

Mary Spear and Neil Troyer pose in front of the Schulz home at 4826 East Michigan Street c1940

Russell and Hazel Schulz stand next to their rented home at 5120 East North Street c1935.
To see an image of the large double at 4826 East Michigan Street today, click on the link below. The historic images are courtesy of the descendants of the Shelburn Family via

Thursday, May 8, 2014

At the Intersection of Dewey and Good Avenues

Ora and Mildred Heithecker of Brazil, Indiana rented half a double at 5843 Dewey Avenue in the late 1930s and early 1940s.  Mr. Heithecker worked as an equipment inspector for the state of Indiana.  The couple paid $35 a month in rent.  Their two young children, Janis and Harold, enjoyed playing and riding their bikes along Dewey and Good Avenues. While the world seemed to be falling into chaos and war, the US was still at peace and warm summer days provided endless fun for the youth of Irvington.  In the top photo, the children were carefully posed next to the family home in 1939. They were dressed up so perhaps it was for a special event.  In the bottom photo, Janis Heithecker enjoyed a bike ride along Dewey.  The photographer not only captured a beautiful image of her, but behind her you can see Good Avenue.  Contemporary images show the same views in 2014.

Heithecker children in front of 5843 Dewey Avenue

5843-45 Dewey Avenue in 2014

A car pulls off of Good Avenue onto Dewey Avenue behind Janis Heithecker in 1940.

The intersection of Dewey and Good Avenues in 2014
The historic images are courtesy of the Heithecker descendants via  

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Little Flower Catholic School Graduation--1930

Eastside Indianapolis Roman Catholics had few options in the early twentieth century. St. Philip Neri opened its parish doors in 1908 followed by Our Lady of Lourdes in Irvington in 1909.  As more Catholics moved into neighborhoods surrounding Irvington, the need for more churches grew.  In 1926, the Archdioceses of Indianapolis opened the St. Therese Little Flower School and parish. Located at 1401 North Bosart Avenue, the school serviced congregants in the Little Flower and Emerson Heights neighborhoods. Some Warren Township farmers sent their children to the school as well.  Like many Catholic schools, the institution educated children until the eighth grade.  In this photo, taken in 1930, Father Doyle (later Monsignor John J. Doyle) and Father Duffy posed with eight graduates.  Most of the kids lived nearby.  Albert Berlier's family had a rural route address and lived north of 13th Street along Arlington Avenue.  George Marter traveled from Chester Avenue while Fred Ward dwelled nearby on Colorado Avenue.  Ralph Robisch could have easily walked to school from his home at 904 North Emerson Avenue.  Cecelia Wilson's home remains a mystery, but Louise Hansman dwelled at 4608 East 10th Street.  Her family kept this photo and later posted it on  Marie Parks lived in a beautiful brick home at 1115 North Leland Avenue.  Helen Hall commuted from Grant Avenue.  Many of the children came from large families whose brothers and sisters attended Little Flower School.

Little Flower 8th Grade Graduates in 1930
 This photo is courtesy of the descendants of the Hansman family via