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Title: Marshfield
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The building of the railroad was the cause of the springing into existence of this village, which now has a population of two hundred and sixty, and is located in Steuben township on section 20. In modern days, villages, towns and cities are not located as in ancient times, on some water course, for the steam engine, as utilized in the locomotive, has annihilated space and leaps along over its iron or stell roadway, regarding not the natural water courses, the hills, mountains or plains. In fact the railroads usually when first introduced, avoided the river sections and kept as far back as possible, thus gaining more frieght then if competing with canal or river transportation. The iron rails had no sooner been laid across Warren county soil than the town of Marshfield was made a station point on the Wabash system, as we now know. It took its name from the home of that mental giant, the "Great Law Expounder," Daniel Webster, Marshfield, Massachusetts. It was platted and recorded in May, 1857, but by whom it is not now clear, as the plat is silent concerning the proprietor's name. The house of Elijah Cronkite was the only residence near the site of the new town when first located. Kent & Hitchens erected a warehouse and put in a stock of goods in the autumn of 1857, valued at five thousand dollars. Dr. Orin Aborn was the first physician and came to be known as one of the best doctors within Warren county. The chief feature of the business of Marshfield at that early day was the grain trade. Three hundred thousand bushels of grain were bought and shipped from the place in a single year. Mr. Hitchens, one of these grain buyers, became postmaster at Williamsport later, and he is the authority for the statement that these grain figures were much too large, but that this traffic was indeed very great for many years after the building of the railroad. Perhaps a hundred teams would frequently be lined up in waiting to be unloaded at these warehouses. As the country settled up and other towns and different market places were established, Marshfield, with other promising villages in this part of Indiana, declined and has never had a large growth in eigher business or population.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001228
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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