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110-Acre Farm
CR 1270N Farm
16th St House
17th St House
2220 S Gharkey
400S House
450S House
67S House #1
Cadiz Farm
Centennial House
Coed y Foel
Cole Farm
Fairview Farm
Family Farms - Delaware & Blackford Counties
Family Farms - Hamilton County
George Foulke Farm
Jesse M Foulke Farm
Little Green House
Milton Farm
N of Daleville House
N of Eaton Farm
Paul & Mary Farm
Shirley Farm
Stoney Haven Motel

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CR 1270N Farm -
Union Township, Delaware County, Indiana
-  North side of CR1270N, east of CR225W
-  Coordinates: 4022'31.21N 8525'43.08W
Google Custom Map

Property Layout and House Floor Plan Doc0611.pdf
1952 Plat Book, page 43
Delaware County Plat Book, 1957
This farm was about 250 acres in size and had originally been on both sides of CR 1270N.   Shortly after moving to this farm Oscar and Grace sold about 40 acres on the south side of the road to son Milton.  He built a house, barn and other structures and raised his family there (See Milton Farm).  The portion of the farm on the north side of the road extended north beyond the boundary between Delaware and Blackford County and the north side of the land faced W. Mohee Rd. in Blackford County.

I remember there was an old steel windmill sitting on top of a hill near Mohee Rd. on the property which supplied water for the cattle which grazed there.  These windmills had a pump attached which pumped water from the well underneath into the water tank.  There was a mechanism that would allow the tank to get full and would stop the pump action once it was full.  The kids would walk through the woods and go fishing in the creek on the east side of the property (Fiddler Ditch).  Later they created Lake Mohee which was fed by Fiddler Ditch. 

I remember going to this farm often and playing in the big barn in he hay mow  There were always lots of pigeons around the barns.  I would help with the hay baling and my cousin Art and I would get the job of being up in the hay mow as the men fed the bales of hay up the elevator from the wagons.  Our job was to move the bales to the back of the mow and stack them.  This job was done in July and August when it was the hottest and when the temperature was 85 or so outside it would be over 100 in the the hay mow.  What a miserable, hot and dirty job.  The men were able to feed more bales of hay up the elevator than Art and I could handle and we soon would be overwhelmed and have to tell them to stop for a while so we could catch up.  So they took a break while we worked to clean up the accumulated bales of hay.

I also remember there was a horse trough just behind the house near the smaller barn which had these huge goldfish which kept the tank clean.  It was a round wooden tank with a faucet that would automatically fill the tank when the water level would lower as the cattle drank the water.  The amazing thing about these fish was that the tank would freeze in the winter with the fish encased in the ice but next spring when the ice melted the fish would come back to life.
Occupants - (1947 - 1959)
Oscar C Robbins, ID0014    |    Grace Foulke Robbins, ID0015   |   Sarah Esther Robbins, ID0198 (on the weekends)
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House, about 2001 House, 1955 1955
East end of House,
Workshop, small barn, Lane,
CR1270N at bottom of lane
Small barn - Lane
Big barn at end of lane
CR1270N at bottom of lane
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16th St House
Muncie, Center Township, Delaware County, Indiana
-  Located on west 16th Street, east of Hoyt Avenue
-  Address, 1945:  1108 W. 16th St (See image below)  Postcard showing address - Doc4192.pdf -
-  Coordinates: 4010'30.02N  8523'53.67W
Google Custom Map
House Floor Plan
Occupants - (1945 - 1947)
Walter C. Robbins, Sr., ID0005    |    Norma Louise Haas Robbins, ID0006   |   Walt Robbins, Jr., ID0001    |    Phillip Eugene Robbins, ID0007
I don't remember anything about this house.  According to stories it was a nice little house that did not have a bathroom when we moved into it in 1945 so Dad installed a small bathroom in the rear portion of the house.  This was the first house for the new family and with Walter just back from the War and a new GM worker things were looking up.  The War was over and the economy was improving, people were buying houses and cars and spending money again after a long dry spell.  In October 1946 brother Phil became the 4th member of the household.  This house also had a garage on the alley behind the house.

I had my first dog at this house.  His name was Jackie and he was tied to the clothesline in back of the house.  He was a small black and white dog that I only know about because of pictures and stories.  Someone eventually stole him according to Dad.
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Walt, Jr. sitting on porch
16th St House - Looking East
Norma, Walt, Jr.
Walt Jr., Tricycle
front of 16th St. House
(Shows House Number)
Sept 1947
Ph6900.tif Ph3010.tif Ph2954.tif      

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67S House# 1
Salem Township, Delaware County, Indiana
West side of Highway 67 south of Muncie between CR 400S and CR 500S and north of the Stoney Haven Motel site
-  Coordinates: 4007'34.42N   8527'02.53W
-  Address at the time the family lived there: R R 1, Box 250A - Daleville, Indiana 47334
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House Floor Plan - Doc0615.pdf
Occupants (From 1973 to 1976)
Walt Robbins, Jr., ID0001    |    Shirley Kay Musick Robbins, ID0002  |   Living, ID0003    |    Living, ID0004
This house, in 1974, was located far off the highway and there was a concrete drive leading to the house. The house had 3 nice sized bedrooms, living room, family room, kitchen, laundry area and a 2-car detached garage. It also had a large patio. The house sat on about acre.  Today the highway is much closer because of a widening project that took place around the year 1999 which expanded the highway from a 2 lane road to what is now a five lane highway.
Listing Agreement - 13 March 1976 - Ed McKibben Realtors - Doc2449.pdf
Purchase Agreement - 4 May 1976 -  Doc2450.pdf
Settlement Statement - 25 June 1976 - Doc2452.pdf
Sellers Closing Statement - 25 June 1976 - Doc2453.pdf

For Documents, See:  My Docs/Personal/Houses/
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        Back of House:  Ph10307-001 (1973)
Garage:  Ph10307-002  (1973)
Abt 1973
Highway 67, a 2-lane road

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 Centennial House
Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana
Address:  R.R. 3, Muncie, Indiana  Link - (Postcard received 22 July 1948 while living at this house)
South side of E Centennial Ave, somewhere between Muncie Bypass (Highways: IN 67, IN 3 and US35) on the west and Country Club Rd on the east probably closer to Country Club Rd.
-  Coordinates: Approx: 401225.78N 851953.23W
Google Custom Map
House Floor Plan
Occupants: (1947 - 1948)
Walter C. Robbins, Sr., ID0005    |    Norma Louise Haas Robbins, ID0006   |   Living, ID0001    |    Phillip Eugene Robbins, ID0007
At the time we lived in this house it had a brown shingle-like siding, much like roofing, that was popular at the time. As I recall there was a detached garage or a building of some sort behind the house. There was some acreage maybe around 5-10 acres.
This is the first house I remember but not well.  I remember there was a small store at the end of Centennial where I would get a bottle of Grapette soda pop.  I also remember there being a big stone house on the north side of the road near our house.  Mostly my memories are from pictures. 
Interview with Living ID0005 - 22 Sept 2005
Lived here about a year. Walter put in a bathroom, a septic tank and a well. Put the water pump under the sink in the house. It consisted of the pump with a separate motor connected with a belt. Phil, ID0007 got his little finger caught in the belt and he lost a portion of the end of that finger. Walter ran the well pipe from the well into the house to the pump. He had dug down to the well that was already there and Milton, ID0043 came out and cut the pipe off and Dad put a cap on it and ran the pipe to the house. We lived in this house a little over a year. The county was talking about running a sewer line that would cost everyone along the road $1500. That was one reason for the move. This property had a barn. Walter also did auto repair in the barn. There was 5 acres and we had a few cows. (Source:   Interview with Walter C. Robbins, Sr., ID0005 - 22 Sept 2005  Doc0551.pdf)
Autobiography of Norma Haas Robbins, Mother of Phil
"Phil was just about 2 yrs. old & was gone one day - I looked & looked - got real panicky. I found him across the road at a neighbor's house - he wanted to play with their little boy. At the time they were using our road as a highway" - Doc406.pdf
Postcard received while living at this address - Link - (PC-056)

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Cole Farm
Union Twp., Delaware County, Indiana -East side of CR175W, south of CR1270N
-  Coordinates: 4022'14.29N 8525'16.38W
Google Custom Map
Delaware County Plat Book, 1957

-  40 acres
I call this the Cole Farm because the Cole family purchased the farm from Oscar and Grace when they moved to their bigger farm about 1 mile west (CR1270N farm )
Occupants - (1943 - 1947)
Oscar C Robbins, ID0014    |    Grace Foulke Robbins, ID0015   |    Sarah Esther Robbins, ID0198 (on the weekends)    |    Orris Milton Robbins, ID0043

The Oscar and Grace Robbins Family lived here before moving to the CR1270N farm
I vaguely remember this house.  There are picture of me as a child laying on a large blanket in the barn yard of this house.  I remember that Uncle Milton had his welding equipment in the garage or out building which was near the house. 
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Fairview Farm
Green Township, Randolph County, Indiana
Address:  Redkey, Indiana - RFD, R.R. 1  -  Link   (PC-027 to 038)
Current Location:  CR1000N .67 miles east of CR1150W
Coordinates:  40 18' 19.86"N     85 11' 00.23"W
Google Custom Map
103 acres
Occupants - (1937 - 1943):
Oscar C Robbins,  ID0014    |    Grace Foulke Robbins,  ID0015   |   Walter C. Robbins, Sr., ID0005    |    Sarah Esther Robbins,  ID0198    |    Orris Milton Robbins,  ID0043  
Postcards sent to and/or from this farm by Walt Robbins, Sr. - Link   (PC-027 to 038)
I called this the Fairview Farm because it was near a little community in Green Township by that name and Dad talked about going to Fairview to the store.  This is the farm where Dad lived when he was inducted into the Army.
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Farm, 2007          
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Little Green House
-  Address:  2628-1/2 Pendleton Ave - Anderson, Madison County, Indiana
-  Coordinates: 4005'19.63N 8541'51.83W
Google Custom Map
House Floor Plan - Doc0614.pdf
The large complex to the west of the house was Guide Lamp, Division of General Motors Corp   (Has since ceased operations and been torn down)

The large oval to the east of the location of the house is the Sun Valley Speedway (Anderson Speedway today). There was a large, tall, wooden fence surrounding the speedway. This fence was directly behind the house and we were able to climb up on top of the shed next to the house and watch the races. Joe Helpling, who owned the speedway at that time, would come around and run us off.

The house was very small and sat behind a restaurant belonging to the owners of the house (Herb and Garnet Brown). The restaurant was called Brownies.  Shirley and I rented this house and Shirley worked part time in the restaurant.  The house had green siding. It was a one story building that, according to Herb Brown, had once been a chicken house. They had remodeled it and turned it into a rental house. It consisted of a living room two bedrooms, a kitchen and bath. It was a very comfortable home for a new family to get started with.
Occupants:  (From June 1964 to 1966)
Walt Robbins, Jr., ID0001   |   Shirley K. Musick Robbins, ID0002   |   Living, ID0003

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Milton Farm
Union Township, Delaware County, Indiana
-  South side of CR 1270N, east of CR225W
-  Coordinates: 4022'27.90N 8525'48.56W
Google Custom Map

Delaware County Plat Book, 1957
1952 Plat Book, page 43
-   43 acres
This land originally belonged to Oscar and Grace Robbins, Milton obtained the land from his parents and built a house and outbuildings. He also created a pond on the property.  1270N Farm
Orris Milton Robbins, ID0043    |    Living, ID0044   |   Living, ID0045    |    Living ID0046

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N of Daleville House
Salem Township, Delaware County, Indiana
-  North side of CR400S [Cross Street out of Anderson], West of CR900W
-  Address: R.R. 1, Box 295A - Daleville, Indiana 47334 (When family lived there)
-  Coordinates: 4008'05.93N 8533'40.32W
Google Custom Map
House Floor Plan - Doc0613.pdf
Property Tax Assessment Documents - Walter & Norma Robbins, 1962 - Doc0630.pdf
Postcards Received or sent while living in this house - Link  (See:  Index/North of Daleville House)
For Documents, See:  My Docs/Personal/Houses/
1-story brick ranch house with blacktop drive and sitting on acre. It had 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, living room, kitchen and 2-car attached garage, with a fenced-in back yard.

This home was newly-built when purchased by Walt Robbins, ID0005 and Norma Louise Haas Robbins, ID0006.  They lived in it until they built another new house south of Yorktown in 1966.  The home was built by a local builder George Harlan ID0568.  This was the first new home for the family. 

The home was purchased in 1966 by their son Walt Robbins, Jr., ID0001 and Shirley K. Musick Robbins, ID0002 for $16,000 - PDoc0258.pdf.  They ived in the house From 1966 to 1973 when they bought a house on Highway 67 south of Muncie [67S house #1].  Walter and Norma had decided to have a new home built south of Yorktown (400S House) and they selected Georg Harlan to build this house for them.


From 1960 to 1966 Walter C. Robbins, Sr., ID0005   |   Norma L. Haas Robbins, ID0006   |   Phillip E Robbins, ID0007   |   Living, ID0013
From 1960 to 1964Walt Robbins, Jr., ID0001
From 1966 to 1973
Walt Robbins, Jr., ID0001    |    Shirley Musick Robbins, ID0002   |   Living, ID0003    |    Living, ID0004
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        Ph10299-001 - Front Porch, abt 1967
Ph10299-002 - Front Porch, Abt 1967
Abt 1968          

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Paul & Mary Farm
Blackford County, Indiana
-  East side of S Carmin Rd between W Mohee Rd (Blackford County) on the north and Delaware County Rd 1270N on the south
-  Coordinates: 4022'49.37N 8525'57.30W
Google Custom Map

The house and barn were on the east side of the road but there was land belonging to this farm on both sides  of the road all the way north to W Mohee Rd
The Jarrell Family left this farm in 1957 and moved to Mechanicsburg, Henry County, Indiana
Paul Jarrell, ID0053    |    Mary Robbins Jarrell, ID0052   |   Donald Jarrell, ID0054    |    Living, ID0055    |    Living, ID0056    |    William Jarrell, ID0057

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George Foulke Farm
Jackson Township, Hamilton County, Indiana
236th Street, 4.57 miles west of Cicero, Hamilton, Indiana
-  .19 miles east of Anthony Road
-  Coordinates:  40 07' 53.45" N     86 06' 18.43" W
Google Custom Map
-  Map showing George and Jesse Foulke Farms: Doc3759.pdf
There was a 4-room tenement house on this farm and it was located east of the big house.  Mary Frances moved to the tenement house when the Ross Family was living there and she stayed when the Oscar Robbins Family moved into the big house.
3 Apr 1913:  Farm Sale at the George Foulke Farm - S13,

George Foulke and  Mary Frances Underwood Family

Oscar Robbins and Grace Foulke Family
(1930 - 1934)

Robert E. Ross, ID0085 and Sarah Foulke, ID0084 Family
(Before 1930)
Carrie Foulke, ID0081 Myron Foulke Robbins ID0016  
Alice Foulke, ID0082 Ina Marie Robbins ID0197  
Sarah Foulke, ID0084 Mary Audrey Robbins ID0052  
Arthur Foulke, ID0086 Walter C. Robbins, Sr., ID0005  
Grace Foulke, ID0015 Sarah Esther Robbins ID0198  
Jesse Alvin Foulke, ID0079 Orris Milton Robbins ID0043  
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George Foulke Farm
17 May 1986
George Foulke Farm House
Built in abt 1890
George Foulke Farm House
Built abt 1890
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Family Farms - Delaware & Blackford Counties
There were 5 farms in the same area owned by family members at the same time period
Google Custom Map
110 Acre Farm of Walter & Norma Robbins
#CR 1270N Farm of Oscar & Grace Robbins
Cole Farm of Oscar & Grace Robbins
Milton Farm belonging to Milton Robbins and his wife
Paul & Mary Farm belonging to Paul & Mary Robbins Jarrell

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2220 S Gharkey St
-  Northeast corner of 17th and Gharkey Streets - Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana
-  Coordinates:  40 10' 29.95" N  -- 85 23' 36.46" W
Google Custom Map
Clarence and Artie Green Lucas (ID0691 and ID0692), (Parents of Living Lucas ID0454) lived directly across the street (west) from this house - The house is now gone (2008) and it is a vacant lot.
Email from Living, ID0452 dated 8 Oct 2008:

The picture [1940s image above] was taken not long after my parents bought the house. It was unpainted when we moved in. Also, there was a wall that Dad built next to the sidewalk not long after we moved. The day
we moved, I took bed pillows and slid down the little bank to the sidewalk several times before i was caught.

The apartment, such as it was, was in the back on the North side and consisted of two small rooms and a back porch. My parents rented it out to Geneva and Martin Morehouse, friends of the family
from Kentucky, while Martin was in the service after WWII. They, along with their children, died in a car crash sometime in the early 50's.

My Lucas grandparents [Clarence & Artie Lucas] lived across the street at 2225 S. Gharkey. The house and shop are gone now
John and Wilma Haas Lucas Family,    (Owners of the house) - Living, ID0452    |    Living, ID0451
Walter C. Robbins, Sr., ID0005, Norma L. Haas Robbins, ID0006, Son Walt Robbins, Jr., ID0001 - 1945 (Lived in two small rooms in back of house - fixed up as an apartment)
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1940s 2008        

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Jesse M. Foulke Farm
-  Jackson Township, Hamilton County, Indiana
-  On the west side of Anthony Rd, about 1 mile south of present-day E. 236th St.
-  Coordinates:  40 07' 37.14" N   86 06' 35.15" W
Google Custom Map
-  Map showing George and Jesse Foulke Farms: Doc3759.pdf

Jesse M. Foulke, ID0088    |    Mary Baker Foulke, ID0090

1866 Hamilton County, Indiana Plat Map - LOC Link, S14,

This image of the Jackson Township map shows the Jesse M. Foulke Farm - it is located on present day Anthony Road just south of 236th St. north of Deming.

-  Shows there are 181 acres on the east side of Anthony road and 103 acres on the West side with the residence being in the north east corner of the West portion

1880: Link,
   -  J. Foulk Est 102.64 acres
   -  G. Foulk (George Foulke) 73.32 acres
   -  S. McShane (Sarah Ann Foulke McShane) 36.96 acres
   -  J. B. Foulk (John Baker Foulke) 73.32 acres

-  Map showing George and Jesse Foulke Farms: Doc3759.pdf

Jesse M. Foulke Farm
West side of Anthony Rd.
Just south of 236th St.
Taken: 17 may 1986
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Jesse M. Foulke Barn
West side of Anthony Rd.
Just south of 236th St.
Taken: 17 may 1986
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Cadiz Farm  Harrison Township, Henry County, Indiana
-  Just south of the town of Cadiz, Henry County, Indiana
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Oscar C. Robbins, ID0014    |    Grace Foulke Robbins, ID0015
Myron Foulke Robbins, ID0016    |    Ina Marie Robbins, ID0197    |    Mary Audrey Robbins, ID0052    |    Walter Clifton Robbins, ID0005    |    Sarah Esther Robbins, ID0198
Orris Milton Robbins, ID0043
Dad stated that they lived at this farm for a long time and that Myron had graduated from Cadiz High School. Grandpa owned this farm, he had a mortgage on it. The farm consisted of 80 acres. They had 15 or 20 head of milk cows, had horses and Poland China Hogs - these were his dad's pride and joy. He kept 5 or 6 Poland China sows all the time and only raised this breed of hogs. His mother always kept 500 hens and traded the eggs she got to the grocery store for groceries for the family and then the store would sell the eggs. They also sold the cream from the milk cows and fed the milk, other than what they used themselves, to the hogs.

After the house burned his dad built a new house on this farm. They were living at the Scott farm while he was building this new house. The new house consisted of an old house that he had bought, cut in two and hauled to the Cadiz farm. Once there he put it back together and did the refinishing, and adding porches, etc. Later, after they had left this farm this house that he had built burned and it was said that the next one on the farm after that burned as well.

Dad does not think they ever moved back to this farm after leaving when the house burned. He did state the farm was located on a corner. [Page 9]

Dad thinks his dad lost this farm in 1929 or so. They couldn't afford to even pay the interest on the mortgage because it was during the depression.

Source:  Interview with Walter C. Robbins, Sr., ID0005, 22 Sept 2005] Doc0551.pdf
- Dad Attended 2nd, 3rd, maybe 4th grade
- Myron graduated 1930 - Stayed with a friend after the family moved to Cicero so he could graduate from Cadiz
- House burned about March 1920
- Grandpa owned this farm but let it go back after the house burned because he couldnt afford the payments because of the depression

Source:  Interview With Walter C. Robbins, Sr., ID0005, 20 Sept 2005  Doc0879.pdf

- Dad stated that he went to Cadiz School 3 or 4 years - probably the 2nd through 4th grade. [Probably more like 2nd through 6th grades.] School Year was from Sept after Labor Day to the last of April. If they happened to start before Labor Day they could be excused to go to the State Fair.  [Interview with Walter C. Robbins, Sr., 20 Sept 2005]

School Year was from Sept after Labor Day to the last of April. If they happened to start before Labor Day they could be excused to go to the State Fair. 

Source:  Interview with Walter C. Robbins, Sr., ID0005, 22 Sept 2005] Doc0551.pdf

Chicken Coop:
- Abt 1 March 1923
- This farm had a 32-volt DC electricity. When the house burned they let us live in the chicken house which was about a mile from Scott's farm - Not bad after it was remodeled.

Source:  Interview with Walter C. Robbins,  Sr., ID0005, 29 Sept 2005  Doc0740.pdf
Scott's Farm was about mile west of Cadiz farm in Henry County - the house had a porch built out front - it was a 2-story house

Source:  Interview with Walter C. Robbins,  Sr., ID0005, 29 Sept 2005  Doc0740.pdf
- They moved to this farm after the house at the Cadiz Farm burned. Mrs. Scott had been married to a man that was a house mover but he had died and she needed someone to run her farm. The Oscar Robbins family moved in with her and Oscar ran the farm. This caused some problems because Grace, Oscar's wife, was jealous and afraid that Oscar would have an affair with Mrs. Scott. They only lived at this farm for about a year and probably moved to the Shirley farm from here. This was an 80 acre farm. [Interview 22 Sept 2005

Source:  Interview with Walter C. Robbins, Sr., ID0005, 22 Sept 2005   Doc0551.pdf

Oscar was also busy building a new house to replace the burned one on the Cadiz farm. This is the farm where the eagle landed on the fence and stayed a long time. Scott's Farm was about mile west of Cadiz farm in Henry County - the house had a porch built out front - it was a 2-story house.

Source:  Interview with Walter C. Robbins,  Sr., ID0005, 29 Sept 2005  Doc0740.pdf


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Shirley Farm    Shirley, Henry County, Indiana
Google Custom Map    (The possible locations for the Shirley Farm are indicated)
Oscar C. and Grace Foulke Robbins Family

Myron Foulke Robbins, ID0016   |   Ina Marie Robbins, ID0197   |   Mary Audrey Robbins, ID0052   |   Walter Clifton Robbins, ID0005
Sarah Esther Robbins, ID0198   |  
Orris Milton Robbins, ID0043
Oscar and Grace rented this farm from a banker. They moved here dad thinks when he was about 9 [had to be earlier if he started the first grade here]. The banker paid the bills for Oscar to build the silo on the farm They had hired someone to do the concrete work. Walter filled the holed with concrete and Myron helped in some way as well. The silo was about 20 or 30 feet in diameter and about 20 or 30 feet tall.

This farm was located about 2 or 3 miles from Shirley back east from Shirley and there was a railroad - the farm was next to the railroad. The farm was off of highway 234 about 2 miles south. Highway 234 goes north of Shirley to Kennard then north then east to New Castle.

Paul Jarrell ID0053 told dad that if you take the Mechanicsburg Road south you would run into this farm.

- Dad stated he started school - the 1st grade at Shirley School and that Myron and Ina went to Kennard H. S. because Shirley only had 6 grades.  [Interview with Walter C. Robbins, Sr., 20 Sept 2005]   Dad thinks he was 7 when he started school - This was a one room school, with one teacher and a pot-bellied stove in the center of the room - the water and outhouse was behind the school. They took a bus to Shirley and then Ina and Myron took another bus to Kennard. From what I can piece together now it appears that Dad was 6 when he started to school. 

Source:  Interview with Walter C. Robbins, Sr., ID0005, 22 Sept 2005    Doc0551.pdf


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Source Citation

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S1 An Atlas of Delaware County, Indiana: From Actual Surveys under the Direction of B.N. Griffing, C.E. (Knightstown, Indiana: Griffing, Gordon & Co, 1887, Reprint 1971), page 18, Union Twp, Section 11.  Bk1849  
S2 Haas, Norma ID0006. Autobiography of Norma Haas Robbins. Yorktown, Indiana, 1992.  Transcription
S3 Book:  Helm, T B, History of Delaware County, Indiana, with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches (Chicago: Kingman Brothers, 1881, Bk1595).  
S4 Book:  "Our Own Baby" for Walter C Robbins, Jr., Dec 1944. Acc988  
S5 Plat BookFarm Plat Book and Business Guide Delaware County Indiana (Rockford, Illinois: Rockford Map Publishers, 1952. Bk1869), page 43.

Notes: Shows the 26 acre farm owned by Walter & Norma Robbins in 1952. and the farms owned by Oscar C. Robbins and Milton Robbins.
S6 Delaware County Indiana Official Farm Plat Book and Directory (Madison, Wisconsin: County Plat and Directory Co., Inc., nd [1957]); Acc000343 - Bk3332, page 33, 43.

Page 33: Section 11, north of Eaton - Shows 26 acres belonging to "L. B." [Leo Bettinger]
Section 7 & 8 Show the relationship of the Farms of Walter, Oscar and Milton Robbins
Page 43: Robbins, W [Walter] - Muncie, Union (Owner) and Eaton, Union (Renter)
Robbins, M [Milton] - Muncie, Union (Owner)
No listing for Oscar Robbins
Note: I estimated the publication date from page 12 - the ad for WLBC Radio - they state they have been serving the farm home for 31 years and they were established in 1926.
Plat Book Pages
S7 Real Estate Closing Statement, sale of Closing Statement, N of Eaton Farm, 14 Jan 1955. Acc000204 

January 14, 1955
Closing Statement
Noel - Bettegnies - Robbins
Buyer Bettegnies - $10500.00
Seller Noel - $$10500.00
Seller Robbins - $7859.00
Expense - Bettegnies
Expense Noel - $564.03
Expense Robbins - $23.30
Accepted Settlement
Buyer Signatures of Leo and Rachel Bettegnies
Seller Signatures - Signatures of Elmer T. and Ruby T. Noel and Walter C. and Norma L. Robbins



S8 Interview with Walter Clifton Robbins, by Walter Clifton Robbins, Jr., 22 Sept 2005,

Dad remodeled the bathroom - originally it only had a stool sitting out in the middle of the room with no walls. He put walls around it and finished the bathroom adding a tub with shower and a sink and ran water to the bathroom. He also remodeled the kitchen by first fixing the the drooping ceiling - it probably drooped 6 or 8 inches in some places. He put in new ceiling joists and jacked up the ceiling to make it all level and put in a new ceiling.

Had the house and barn painted. The barn had a metal roof. Dad installed stalls in the hog house for sows to have their baby's. The wood for these stalls came from logs out of the woods on the property. Dad hauled the logs to a saw mill in Matthews or Hartford City to have them cut into lumber. It was rough sawn oak and very hard. Dad bought a heavy duty 1/2" drill and a portable circular saw when he built these stalls and has these tools to this day. The hog house had a cement floor. The previous owner (Tatman) had been a tomato farmer and had built and used this building for something to do with the tomatoes but dad could not remember for what purpose.

We raised around 200 head of hogs each year. We had them at our farm and also down at Grandpa Robbins' farm. Dad raised them at both places. The hogs were born in January and we would be up half the night watching over them, using pitch forks to move the baby pigs out of the way so the sows wouldn't roll over and crush them.

At one time we had 60 head of Black Angus cattle plus 10 milk cows. At some point our milk cows got into the grainery and ate a large quantity of soybeans. They all swelled up and we had to have Dr Hyde, the veterinarian, from Hartford City come out. He opened up their stomachs in an attempt to relieve the pressure and remove the soybeans. Most of the cows died and dad had them made into hamburger. We had so much hamburger "we had hamburger out our ears." We had a fellow painting the barn - he worked with dad at Chevrolet. Instead of money dad gave him 200 pounds of hamburger as payment. He took the hamburger and forgot about it or something and it all spoiled - so he ended up painting the barn for nothing.

Castrating the animals - Dad attempted to castrate some of the calves one time. He had watched Dr Hyde and he thought it looked simple enough. When he tried it on his own, however, he was not quite as successful as he would have liked. He had lots of bleeding. The calves survived but it was a mess and he never attempted that again - he left that chore to Dr Hyde. Dad was very proficient at castrating the hogs though and could do 40 or 50 at a time. He did try to do some little pigs that were only 2 or 3 weeks old one time but it was almost impossible to find their gonads so he never tried that again.

Son, Phil had a horse named Trigger and son Walt Jr had a horse named Sliver - had a pony named Bill and another horse named Scout. 
S10 Book: Telephone Directory, Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana, page 118. Indiana Bell Telephone Company, July 1961. Repository: Muncie Public Library. Acc001943/Ph9045.jpg

Stoney Haven Motel
Photo of motel with sign
New Bedford Stone Motel/Free Television - Radiant Heat/ Reasonable Rates
New Restaurant in Motel
5 minutes from Muncie
Call AT 9-1331
Tiled Showers/ St. Rd. 67 So.

S12 1953 Taxes for Walter C. and Norma L. Robbins. Federal and State Forms. Acc000206/Doc1132.pdf

Doc1132.pdf Contents:
1: Withholding Statement - Walter - Chevrolet-Muncie
2-11: Federal Income Tax Papers
12-13: Indiana Income Tax, Walter
14-15: Indiana Income Tax, Norma

S13 Newspaper Article, "Public Sale" George Foulke Farm, 3 Apr 2014. Auctioneer: Robert Ross. Sheridan News, 28 March 1913., accessed 26 Nov 2014. Doc2500.pdf - Image Link

From Image:
Public Sale
The undersigned will sell at Public Sale 5 miles west of Cicero, 1 1/2 miles east of Bakers Corner on what is known as the George Foulke Farm, on
Thursday April 3rd
at 10 o'clock
The following property to-wit:
130 head of live stock
Horses -- 1 black Norman Mare 8 yr old. wt 1500 lbs; 1 black Norman mare 7 yr old wt 1525 lbs; 1 bay mare 8 yr old wt 1300 lbs; 1 brown mare 5 yr old wt about 1200 lbs; all good mares.
20 Head of Cattle -- Including 12 head of 2 yr old steers, good feeders, 4 yearling shorthorn heifers. 1 coming 2 yr old Jersey heifer, 2 yearling Jersey heifers eligible to register.
85 head of Hogs -- Including 12 good brood sows, farrowing between April 1st to 10th. 75 head of good feeding shoats weighing about 100 lbs, full bred Duroc male. 16 head of good breeding ewes with lambs by side.
Feed -- 10 tons of good timothy hay in mow. About 1000 bushels of corn in crib.
Farming Implements -- 1 Milwaukee binder, 1 Deering mower, 3 riding cultivators, 1 Syracuse breaking plow 1 Corn King manure spreader, good as new. 1 2-horse wagon, 1 spring wagon, 1 three section spike tooth harrow, 1 good as new Delaval cream separator and other articles to numerous to mention.
Terms -- All sums of $5.00 and under cash in hand. Sums over $5.00 a credit of 8 months will be given, purchaser giving note with approved free hold security. 4 per cent discount for cash to those entitled to a not. No property to be removed until terms of sale are complied with.
Robert Ross,
Auctioneer: F. H. Wise, W. A. Miller, Ed Miller.
Clerks: C. C. Carson, H. M. Johnson
S14 Map of Hamilton County, Indiana, 1866.  Waterloo City, Indiana:  C.A.. McClellan & Newtown, CT:  C.S. Warner, 1866.  Obtained from Library of Congress, - Accessed 21 Apr 2016  


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