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BRIEF HISTORY OF WALNUT GREEK
Walnut Greek was laid out in 1826, with Sam Robinson
as surveyor. J. B. Schrook, George Kaser, and David Funk
also helped to plan the town and lay it out. The first
house was not built, however, until l837. David Fate
built and lived in the first house, he also became the
first justice of the peace. .
After several more people had built homes here, small
business places started here and there. Soon there was a
Cooperage, where Mr. Ridle now has his shop owned by Noah
Troyer. A person by the name of Darredinger had a buggy
shop where the garage is standing now. There was also at
one time a tannery where Lester Flinner's barn is standingg
a hotel where they live, owned by Andrew Gable. Ferd Scarr
had the first butchershop which stood where W. R. Mastfs
barn stands. The first store was in the cellar of the
Jaberg house. Later, however, it was moved to the place
where the bank is, and still later, where W. R. Mast's old
The first school house, which was a town school builde
ing, stood across the road from Leander Wilhelm's house.
The school house was not there very long, however, there
was another one built behind the house where Mr. and Mrs.
John Harris live now. When that school building was no
longer good enough, they built a new one where Mr. and
Mrs. Jonathan Troyer live. In l909 a two-room building
was built on the grounds on which the high school now
stands. In l936 the people built a real school, so they
said. That is the school we are using now.
The first name Walnut Greek ever had was New Garlise.
The time came when the people of the town wanted a post
office. Before New Garlise could have one, it's name had
to be changed because there was also a New Carlise in
Clark Township that had a post office. The people of the
town got together to decide upon a new name. They reasoned
like this: the town is in Walnut Creek Township and the
Walnut Greek is so close by, so why not call it Walnut
Greek? The people agreed to this name so they were ready
for the post office. There was no special building for the
post office at first, but they had it in the houses. The
first post office Walnut Greek had was a house at the site
of Lister Gerberfs home now with Melchair Buzzerd as the
first post master.
The last church service held in a house was in the
year 1862. They then went to the church which stood where
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Troyer used to live. There used to be
a cemetery behind the house, but during the Givil War the
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THE WALNUT CREEK HIGH SCHOOL
Previous to the year 1915 when Percy Miller
was teaching the upper grades he gave the upper
grade students work equivelant to the ninth year,
as, Algebra, German, Literature. This work was
not recognized by the state since no high school
had been established.
A third grade high school was started in
1915-16 with Mr. Beechy as teacher. This lasted
two years, 1915-16-17. Miss Nellie A. Yoder was
added to the teaching staff for 1917-18, when the
school was made a second grade high school. In
1923 it became a first grade school with three
The new school building was erected during
the summer of 1925.
In the fall of 1957 the six-six plan was
adoptedg that is, six years of grade school and
six years of high school. Because of the in-
crease of students and extra teacher had to be
added to the teaching staff. We now have four
high school teachers and quite an active, indus-
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VIE A ID IBD 1DIIi
BRIEF HISTORY OF WALNUT CREEK, CON5T
bodies were taken out and laid elsewherer There was
another church which stood where Emanual Hershberger lives.
The oldest house that is standing in Walnut Creek to-
day is the building W. R. Mast used to have for his hard-
wares The oldest house in town that has never changed
hands, or has always been in the hands of the same family,
is the house in which the post office is now. That house
and the house in which Thomas Troyer used to live are the
two log cabins of Walnut Creek.
Dr. Je A. Mast was the Walnut Creek's first doctor.
He had his office where W. R. Mastfs new store is. The
doctor s office was later moved to the house which is now
occupied by Mr. and Hrs. Wilbur Hostetler. Then Dr. Stucky
cameg he also used the same office. Drt Hide was in part-
nership with Dr. Stucky for a while. After Dru Hide left
Dr. Doornblazer became Dr. Stuckyfs partner. After several
years, Dr. Doornblazer established an office of his own
where Mr. Ridle has his shop. Then came Dr. Olmstead,
using the same office, and after him came Dr. Bahler. Our
town has been exceedingly fortunate in having had resident
doctors almost continually, a rather unusual thing for
Although the town has as yet very few businesses which
employ many people, it is continually growing as is evidence
by the new buildings being erected. The scenic beauty of
its surroundings shall, no doubt, always be a factor induc-
ing people to establish homes in Walnut Creek.
INGIDENTS OF LONG AGO
The AbsentHMinded Reverend
The pastor of the Walnut Creek Church during the first
few years of this century was visiting one evening at the
home of a church member. One of the children, playing up-
stairs, upset an oil lamp. Everyone grabbed buckets, filled
them and ran for the fire. But, lo and behold, the pastor
found upon reaching the fire that his bucket didn't have
The First Settler in Walnut Creek Township
According to one of our oldest residents, a trapper
who came from Pennsylvania, was the first to establish a
home in Walnut Creek Township. He built his cabin in a
clearing near the now abandoned Mast's School. He obtained
his living by trapping the numberous wild animals which
roamed through the forests at that time.
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