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Title: Rainsville as She is To-day
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Submitted by Mr & Mrs. Walter Salts
Taken from Warren Review - November 8, 1906

An Interesting Write-up of the Old Town by Homer Smith- Picture of the old Mill Referred to, Taken just Before the Structure was Torn Down in 1903

Rainsville, situated in Pine township on the banks of Pine Creek, in one on Mother Nature's most beautiful spots, is one of the oldest towns in Warren county, having been platted in 1830 by Isaac Rains, a Hoosier pioneer, who built the first house.

In 1832 Marshall Milford opened the first store with a stock of general merchandise, and in the same year the famous Creekpaugh tavern wsa erected by Michael Creekpaugh, and that gentleman received a commission as postmaster.

The old building used by Creekpaugh stood until just a few years ago, and was occupied by various families, and used for too many purposes to be here enumerated. It stood on the lot now owned by the Red Men, and its timbers are now doing service as part of a barn in the town.

The next year, 1833, a mill, one of the first on Pine Creek, was built and for half a century continued to give the public its produts, the most choice flour and meal to be found in the country. For a score of years, however, it was valued as an old landmark only, until Dave Reed bought it and worked its massive timbers into a barn on the farm now occupied by Sam Reed.

For many years not a town in western Indiana did a more flourishing business, but when the iron horse on the Wabash to the south, and on the Lake Erie to the north came snorting through the coutnry the beautiful little burg seemed doomed, and to a certain extent was, but much business is transacted in the town yet, and we will give below som of ther business men of today:

On the east side of the Main street we find Jacob Brown, with a complete stock of general merchandise; Mr. Brown had been a life-long resident of the place, and has been in business for almost twenty years, and through all those years his motto has been: "Honest Goods at Honest Prices, and One Price to All" and no man can justly accuse him of discriminating in favor of classes or persons. Mr. Brown carried a good, clean stock, is honest and conscientious, a thorough Christian, and a worker in the church and its societies. Aside form being a merchant Mr. Brown carries a commission as a notary, and if you feel that you must die will acknowledge your last will and testament as gracefully as a legal practioneer.

A little further, on the same side of the street is John P. Grames with a nice clean stock of groceries. John is also a life-long Ransvillian, and was formerly in the saloon business, but when the people decreed that liquors must not be sold in our midset he cheerfully acquiesced and went into other business and enjoys a good trade.

Crossing over to the west side of the same street we find a comfortable home-like hotel conducted by Mrs. Ella Hoffman, who feeds the hungry, provides the rest for the weary, and sends them on their way rejoicing.

A littele distance north of this we find George W. Hillyer engaged in the general merchandise business with a large stock and prices to suit the majority of the people. Mr. Hillyer is an able business man and a worked in the I.O.O.F. Lodge, being district deputy. He is wide awake, and ever willing to contribute to a worthy enterprise.

On farther, at the intersection of Mill and Marin streets, and near the town well, the public's faithful servant for many years, Charley Jones is located with a stock of cigars, tobacco, etc. "Peachy" as he is familiarly known, is a new man in business, but in the few months he has been serving the public he has made good and has come to stay.

John Lawson is the next in order and carries a large stock of boots, shoes, and gents' furnishings. John has been in business longer than any man in town, and is a careful buyer and a close seller but you don't buy a pig in a poke when you purchase na article from him.

Aside from these business houses there is a telephone exchange on Main street owned by Ira Cadwallader, and operated by Lew Tate, which does a thriving business, and on the same street is located Dr. McGilvary, the town's competent physician.

On Mill street is located a tonsorial parlor where Kid Hoffman rules supreme. Kid is an expert knight of the razor, and could scape chins nad twist mustache in sweller establishments at a fancy salary but likes Rainsville and although he has tried it elsewhere, he, like the proverbial penny, returns.

Ed Thomas has conducted a general blacksmithing and repair establishment on this same street for about a year, and has as an advertisement satisfied customers all around the burg.

On Jackson street lives George E. Bartlett, and if the pet lamb swallows a button, the old cow swallows the dish rag or the old family nag seems disposed to bid farewell to green pastures and running brooks, you had better phone for him for he is a veterinary of no mean ability, and if perchance the case is hopeless and the animal dies, down the creek a littlw ways is Dady Arms, who conducts a rendering establishment, and will if called upon, remove the dead and save you the trouble of burying the faithful beast. In addition to being an able veterinary Mr. Bartlett is justice of the peace and if called upon willdish out justice as gracefully as he does his remedies.

The town has three fraternal orders in flourishing condition, the I.O.O.F., one of the wealthiest in western Indiana, the Woodmen of the World and the Red Men, now not quite two-year-old, with a membership of 104.

I can boast of a commodius M.E. Church and a beautiful two-room school house. At the church Rev. Davis preaches every two weeks, while Sunday school is held each Sunday at 10 o'clock.

The young hopefulls at the school building are presented over by A.W. Hillyer as principal and Mrs. Berda Lawson as a primary teacher. Mr. Hillyer is a graduate of the State Normal and also of the Vories Business College, while Miss Lawson has been a State Normal student.

So far the writer knows, every business of the town has been mentioned, and while we could tell much of the town and many who have gone from here and made good in other fields, time and space forbid and suffice it to say that Rainsville, with her post office gone and served now by R.F.D. service and without a rail road in her borders, is still business place, and truthfully and sincerely can we say that nowhere on God's footstool does genuine Hoosier hospitality and the generous wholehearted hand shake so freely abound as on Pine Creek's sunny banks in the dear old town which furnishes the subject of this sketch.

Date: 4/1/1990
Origin: Backward Glances
Record ID: 00000094
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Entered By: Amber M Knipe

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