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November 18, 2019


In keeping with the celebration of our veterans this month, here are some fun facts about our Soldier’s Monument built in 1917 to honor Steuben County’s Civil War veterans.

  • The monument was constructed to commemorate the 1,278 men from Steuben County who enlisted to fight in the Civil War.

  • The monument is constructed of granite and the statues are made from bronze.

  • The base of the monument is...

November 7, 2019

Louisa Gale, daughter of Judge Thomas and Sarah Goldsmith Gale, builders in part of Angola, Indiana, was born in Crawford County, Ohio, October 14, 1826, and passed away at her home on East Maumee street, Angola, Indiana, March 1, 1913, at the age of 86 years, 4 months and 15 days.

She was of good Puritan stock.  She came with her parents to what in now Angola in the year 1836. Her father built and occupied as a home the second...

May 2, 2019

The above picture will recall many incidents to the minds of the early settlers of Steuben County, and no doubt be of interest to the people of a later generation.

In 1836 Cornelius Gilmore and Thomas Gale came to what is now the town of Angola and Steuben County, which was then included under the name of Lagrange County. Mr Gale was a member of the state legislature and it was through him that Steuben County was set off and la...

April 24, 2019

 Carnegie Public Library circa 1930 

(Picture Property of Carnegie Public Library of Steuben County)

Refurbished fountain inside library 2004

(Picture Property of Carnegie Public Library of Steuben County)

At the meeting of the city council Monday evening, R.E. Willis, in behalf of Mr. L. C. Steifel, tendered to the city a handsome ornamental fountain to be erected in McConnell Park in the space in front of the lib...

May 15, 2018

The Town of Angola is the seat of justice of Steuben County, and its main trading point, which makes her intimately connected every other town in the county.  In enterprise Angola is second to no other town of its size in northeastern Indiana, inasmuch as she is blessed with just enough to bring about sharp competition on traffic, which, of course, enables her merchants and business men generally, to successfully compete with...

December 14, 2017

In 1836, two years before Angola was dreamed of, James and George F Whittaker, Thomas Gale, Ephraim Seely and Artemus Stone, a man from New York,  platted the town of Julius, near US 20 West and 600 W on the Defiance to Lima Trail in Jackson Township.  

 There were  117 lots laid out with a public square and streets named Park, Wall, Defiance, Genessee, Main and Branch.  There is no indication that any build...

December 14, 2017

      Steuben Republican December 3, 1910

      The Eat Restaurant was located in the first block of W Maumee Street on the north side of the street in what is now part of City Hall.

November 15, 2017

Large Flock of Fowls of All Kinds Will Be Released from Tops of Business Houses on Saturday - Yours for the Taking  

How about a nice turkey for the Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner table for free?  Or how about a nice duck, or a chicken or some other kind of fowl?  All free!

Sounds rather unusual, doesn't it, but nevertheless a large number of fowls of every kind will be thrown from the roofs of the business houses in An...

November 7, 2017

Ellis - Located on US 20 E about 4 miles east of Angola at Indiana 1

In 1886 William Ellis eatablished a steam sawmill in the southeast quarter of Section 28 in Scott Township.  About the same time William Rogers opened a general store across the road from the Ellis Mill and the community became known as Ellis.  Along with the General Store, Ellis had a Grist Mill run by Shelvin Nichols, Blacksmith and repair shop run by the...

November 6, 2017

This is a series on the villages in Steuben County that no longer exist.

Steuben (Steubenville)

The town of Steubenville was the first town or village established or platted in Steuben County, and was by far the largest and most prosperous of all the vanished towns of the county.  The town was located on the Old Defiance and White Pigeon Trail, about three-quarters of a mile north of the main street of what is now Pleasant Lake,...

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