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Double Clipping

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Indianapolis News,Indianapolis, Marion County, 11 August 1897

Kicked to Death -- Waited Many Years

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Oakland Now Oaklandon

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Indianapolis Journal,Indianapolis, Marion County,
13 January 1892

Oakland Now Oaklandon

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An Oaklandon Pair Arrested

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Indianapolis Journal, Volume 49, Number 230,Indianapolis, Marion County,
18 August 1899

Oaklandon Pair Arrested

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Application For License

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Indianapolis Recorder,Indianapolis, Marion County, 23 September 1899

Application For License

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A Call From The White Caps

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Greenfield Republican,Greenfield, 22 March 1889

A Call From The White Caps

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Old Settlers' Celebration

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Indianapolis Journal, Volume 1, Number 233,Indianapolis, Marion County,
19 June 1872

Old Settlers celebration

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Adjournment of the Odd Fellows

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Indianapolis News,Indianapolis, Marion County, 19 May 1876

Adjournment of the Odd Fellows

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Murder at Oakland

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Indianapolis Daily Herald,Indianapolis, Marion County,
5 August 1867

Murder At Oakland 1867

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Township,_Marion_County,_Indiana

Oaklandon

The Oaklandon Historic District is located in the northeast corner of Lawrence Township in northeastern Marion County, and encompasses a portion of the mid-19th century settlement known as Oaklandon. Located approximately 14 miles northeast of downtown Indianapolis, the Oaklandon area is currently a part of the city of Lawrence, which after a six-year court battle annexed it, Indian Lake and other unincorporated parts of Lawrence Township in 1976.[6]

When Oaklandon was established in 1849 along the route of the Indianapolis and Bellefontaine Railroad, it was surrounded by farms and vacant land; now it is enveloped by the urban sprawl of Indianapolis and Lawrence. Late 20th century housing developments, many of them planned using winding streets or cul de sacs, can be seen to the south, west, and north of the community.

Just north of the district is the railroad right-of-way established in the late 1840s, and currently used by CSX Transportation. To the south is Pendleton Pike, once a toll road which passed directly through Oaklandon, running north along present day Oaklandon Road, and then west along what is now Broadway Street. Pendleton Pike was rerouted in the early 20th century so that it passed along the southern edge of the community, and is now a busy six lane thoroughfare lined with strip malls and other commercial activities. The district’s building stock is composed of small and medium-sized residences and outbuildings dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, along with two church buildings from the same era.[7]

Oaklandon never incorporated, and therefore had no official town limits, but appears never to have developed south of present-day Pendleton Pike. Until its demolition in the early 1940s, the community’s two story brick school stood at the northwest corner of Oaklandon Road and Pendleton Pike and would have alerted travelers of the small town just to the north. Today a modern retail development occupies the school’s site, but that development’s sign includes a panel bearing the words “Oaklandon Community established 1849.” Upon passing that sign and heading into the historic district, one immediately notices that the area differs from the surrounding commercial and residential area. The feeling of a small town is engendered by the relative narrowness of the streets and the older housing stock. That atmosphere is further reinforced by the small lots and modest setbacks that characterize the housing stock on Oaklandon Road, the older part of the district. This section of Oaklandon Road (from Pendleton Pike north to Broadway) is also the only street in the area with streetlights, curbs and sidewalks. The latter were initially installed for the benefit of the community’s children, who once walked along Oaklandon Road to the aforementioned school.[7]

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Germantown - Our Historic Neighbor

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A Germantown Farm
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The Germantown community is truly one for the history books. In searching out information about Oaklandon I happened upon the following article reprinted on Hungarovet.com. The story is credited to Jennifer Gal, wife of Dr. Sandor Gal and was likely originally published for the Log Cabin Animal Hospital website. It seems as though Dr. Gal is likely no longer associated with the animal hospital.

Germantown was just north of Oaklandon and its history offers much in the way of enlightenment for those seeking a history of Oaklandon. Many thanks to Mrs. Gal!


GERMANTOWN: A HAMLET LOST TO GEIST RESERVOIR

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Geist Reservoir is interesting for many reasons. For one, it is Indiana ’s largest manmade lake, and second largest body of water, after Lake Wawasee . The Geist area is noteworthy for its wealthy and famous residents, especially the reservoir’s shoreline inhabitants who include renowned professional sports figures, politicians, local media personalities, and businesspeople. The history of the reservoir is no less interesting; Clarence Geist, a former owner of the Indianapolis Water Company forsaw a deficit in Indianapolis’s water supply, and envisioned “Geist Reservoir” to preemptively address the problem – but not without a casualty. Yes, there was an unmitigated casualty in the creation of the recreational and luxurious living locality known as Geist Reservoir. It was a tiny hamlet called Germantown , whose parcels were systematically bought up by Clarence Geist in the 1930’s, then put to their death in 1943 when Fall Creek was dammed to create the reservoir.

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