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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
Check out the Germantown/Geist Image Gallery

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

Orientation to Subject Matter

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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Lawrence Township

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I found the following article concerning the history of Lawrence Township in Marion County Indiana.
It is very dated but that's history for you ;)

There are several references to "Oakland" which I assume to be referring to "Oaklandon."

The following is reprinted from Marion County, INGenWeb

Source: Sulgrove, B. R., History of Indianapolis and Marion County, Indiana, Philadelphia: L.H. Everts & Co., 1884, 785 pgs., pgs. 534-575



CHAPTER XXII.

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP.

This township is situated in the extreme northeastern portion of the county, and is seven miles square, containing forty-nine square miles, or thirty thousand eight hundred and nineteen acres of land. It is bounded on the north by Hamilton County, on the east by Hancock County, on the south by Warren township, and on the west by Washington township. The surface of the country is generally level, except along the streams, where it is somewhat broken, and in some localities hilly. The soil is well adapted to the culture of wheat, corn, rye, barley, and most vegetables, but the culture of fruit has proved to be unprofitable during the past few years, though in a few localities this branch of agriculture has yielded a good revenue. About thirty-five years ago immense crops of peaches were raised, but the peach crop has been almost an entire failure during the last twenty years. The soil is principally clay, but consists of four grades, viz.: white clay, or beech flats; black loam of the flats; limestone or clay hills; and bottomland, or dark chocolate loam intermixed with sand. Originally the township was covered with a heavy growth of timber, consisting principally of walnut, sugar, poplar, ash, beech, hickory, sycamore, lime, buckeye, oak, and hackberry. In the lowlands, the primitive forest abounded with grape-vines, frequently growing to an enormous height. Beneath the forest and the net-work of vines grew pawpaws, leatherwood, prickly-ash, black haw, and other underbrush. At the Lawrence district fair, September, 1883, John Johnson exhibited fifty-four natural varieties of timber of the township. Nearly all the valuable timber was recklessly destroyed in the clearing of the land, or has since been sold in the market. In an early day the level lands were covered with immense sheets of water, quagmires, and ponds.

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Oaklandon Community by Cyndi Sloop

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The following article was written in 2007 by Cynthia Sloop for her blog, Cyndi Sloop's Community Scoop.  It represents one of the few articles I have found on the internet that attempts to address the Oaklandon Community as a whole (albeit from the point of view of a realestate professional.)

Source: http://activerain.com/ | Permission To Use Submitted: 10/13/2016
Oaklandon Water Tower

Water Tower

Oaklandon is located in Lawrence Township on the very edge of Marion County.  A few steps further and you would be in Hancock County - McCordsville, Indiana.

After a six year court battle, Oaklandon was annexed into Lawrence Township, Indianapolis.

In researching the Internet for the history of this community, I was able to find a PDF file at The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce website that gave some background about the Oaklandon Community.

John Emery platted the village that was originally called Oakland.  When Germantown relocated it's post office in 1870, the name of Oaklandon was taken.  I understand this was to keep from having any confusion about another part of Indiana that had a town named Oakland as well. 

 

Bell Tower

Bell Tower

(to the right Bell Tower - Original Building for Oaklandon Christian Church est. 1866).

Westminster Village North a retirement community on 57 acres, at one time was known as the Sunnyside Sanatorium.  This sanatorium was the first state sanatorium in Indiana.  It was thought that the abundant sunshine and fresh air helped to promote faster recoveries from tuberculosis infection.

While Oaklandon has a long history, I have had a difficult time tracking down some of the homes that are still here in the area.  I will share the building and what I know at this time.                                                                       

Benjamin F. Smith House [1885]

Benjamin F. Smith House [1885]

If you are considering a move, please visit my website http://cyndisloop 4indyhomes.com.
 

Christopher Apple House [1859]

Christopher Apple House [1859]
Dr Charles J. Kneer House [1923]

Dr Charles J. Kneer House [1923]
Historic Oaklandon Home

Historic Oaklandon Home
Oakland Lodge #140

Oakland Lodge #140
Oaklandon Unitarian Universalist Church

Oaklandon Unitarian Universalist Church
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Historic Time Line

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A TIMELINE OF FAITH AND COMMUNITY:
LAWRENCE-GEIST, 1849 TO 1998

1849

Lanesville platted near Bee Line Railroad and Pendleton Pike.

1866

Lanesville's name is changed to Lawrence after the name of the post office.

1886

Population of Lawrence: 150. It has become a trading center.

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