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Quiz #167 Results
Either 1 or 49 West Hill St., Wabash, IN  46992-3108
It's the Wabash County Courthouse.
Answer to Quiz #167 - July 13, 2008
Another photo of the dedication of the
Lincoln Statue on 5/31/1932 can be
found in the Digital History Library at
What is the address of the building across the street
with all the people on its balcony?
Thanks to Harold Clupper for submitting this photo-quiz.
How Marjorie and Dan
Solved the Puzzle
Google exact phrase "across from Gackenheimer's
pharmacy," then use those results to google ONLY
"Gackenheimer pharmacy" (no apostrophe, no "across
from.")  [You will find] the link

Use text of PDF to find out a building
across from Gackenheimer, since it is
a walking tour brochure. Shively
Block, "rock-faced limestone" office
building(1897), but 1901-1937 home
of Gackenheimer Pharmacy, Wabash
County Courthouse, Hill, Main and
Wabash Streets (1879), Indiana. Then
google (all words) "address" AND
exact phrase "Wabash County
Courthouse" and there it was, 1 W.
Hill St.                    
Marjorie Wilser


The most obvious clue is the
pharmacy name painted on the wall.
This led to the city but the Highway
sign for Indiana highway 15 can also
be seen just to the right of the painted

Once the city was established it was a
matter of searching for courthouse
buildings. This is usually the most
prominent building in smaller towns.
Then when a likely building was
found, it was confirmed by the statue
of Lincoln, which can also be seen in
the photograph.

This was a fun puzzle.
Dan Schlesinger
Comments from the Quizmaster General
Wabash, Indiana
The picture was taken on May 30, 1932 at the Wabash (IN) County courthouse just
after the unveiling of the Lincoln statue. The address of the courthouse is 1 W. Hill St.,
Wabash, IN.

This is a description of the event from the 1935 centennial program:

"Alexander New, financier and philanthropist whose home was in New York City, was
donor of the Lincoln Memorial, now located on the courthouse lawn and conceded to
be one of the finest in the country.  Mr. New was born in Wabash and spent his earlier
years here.  The memorial was presented in honor of his parents, Isaac and Henrietta
New.  It was dedicated in 1932 with appropriate ceremonies.  The sculptor was
Charles Keck of New York.  Mr. New's death occurred before the Memorial was

I thought the best clue was the pharmacy sign on the building.  A search on
"gackenheimer pharmacy" provides a number of hits leading back to Wabash, IN,
particularly in the obits.  Also, if you notice the Indiana state road 15 sign, this will
eliminate a lot of Indiana towns.  If you recognize the Lincoln profile, a search on
"lincoln statue wabash" will pretty much define it.  eBay also pops up with some post

Thank you for lots of fun,

Comments from Our Readers
Further Comments from Harold Clupper, Submitter of This week's Photograph
the left.  To use this clue, however, you had to surf on
Gackenheimer Pharmacy, without the 's on the end. (Google
will correct you on this.)  One link will lead to a walking tour
of downtown Wabash.  Click
here to open the brochure up in
pdf format.

The brochure
The Historic Architecture of the Downtown
Wabash Historic District
describes many of the buildings found
in downtown Wabash, including the Shivley Block.  According
to the borchure, the Shively Block at 59-73 South Wabash St.
was built in 1897 in the Romanesque Revival style.  In order to
create more office space for attorneys, Judge Harvey B Shively
constructed this building directly across from the County
Courthouse. For a large part of its early years, the Shively
Block was home to many notaries, attorneys, loan offi cers,
and insurance men. The northernmost storefront was occupied
Date: Organized in 1835
Name:  Named for the Wabash River
County Seat: Wabash
Wabash from Above Looking West
Wabash County Courthouse
Vintage Postcard
Wabash County, Indiana
There are several clues to the location shown in the picture.  Hardly
noticeable behind the crowd in the sign for Indiana Hwy 15.  Consulting
with a map, this highway obviously is located in Indiana, connecting
several cities, including Wabash. (Click on maps or go to

A more specific clue to location is given
by the sign for hte Gackenheimer
Pharmacy on the side of the building to
Obit for David Gackenheimer
July 31, 1941-April 11, 2004
David E. Gackenheimer, 62, of 497 S. Meridian Road,
Rochester, died at 3:17 p.m. Sunday at Woodlawn
Hospital, Rochester.

Born in Wabash to Paul D. Gackenheimer and Bonita M.
Crow Gackenheimer, he married Shirley Sweares
Hashbarger on May 26, 1979, in Wabash.

David was a past president and 26-year employee of
Gackenheimer Pharmacies Inc., a family-owned business
in Wabash, until it closed in 1991. He worked as a
pharmacist for Webb’s Family Pharmacy in Rochester
since 1991. He was a member of Grace United Methodist
Church and attended First Church of God, both of
Rochester. He belonged to the Indiana Pharmacy Association and was a charter
member of the Wabash Optimist Club. He was a 1959 graduate of Wabash High School
and a 1965 graduate of the University of Cincinnati School of Pharmacy. He was a past
president of Wabash Chamber of Commerce and Rochester Retail Merchants
Association. He went to Nicaragua with Habitat for Humanity. He was a student in a lay
pastors program for two years. He moved to Rochester from Wabash in 1991.
Survivors include wife Shirley Gackenheimer, Rochester;
mother Bonita M. Gackenheimer, Wabash; daughter Teresa
and husband Gary Jones, North Manchester; son Jeff and
wife Susan Gackenheimer, Danville; daughter Lisa and
husband Kent Miller, Macy; son Mike Hashbarger, Rochester;
son Mark and wife Cindy Gackenheimer, Appleton, Wis.;
daughter Michelle and husband Robert Sinclair, Peru;
daughter Julie and husband Chris Gackenheimer Po rter,
Wabash; daughter Mary Jo Lynn and husband Brian Merrill,
Rochester; brother John H. and wife Ana Gackenheimer,
Wabash; 30 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and his
former wife, Joyce Gackenheimer, Indianapolis. He was
preceded in death by his father, Paul Gackenheimer.
His funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service,
1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with Pastor Dave Dittman officiating. Burial is at Falls
Cemetery, Wabash. Visitation is 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The
memorial guest book for David may be signed online at www.
Preferred memorials are St. Matthew’s United Church of Christ, Wabash, or First
Church of God, Rochester.
Location of
Wabash City and
Lincoln Monument
The Lincoln Monument that sits atop the
northeast corner of the courthouse lawn
was placed there on May 31, 1932. The
"Great Emancipator" was created by
master sculptor Charles Keck and donated
by Alexander New the latter being a
Wabash native.

The following is taken from a story by
Homer T. Showalter, the mayor of
Wabash at that time: "About May 20 a flat
car from Quincy, Massachusetts arrived
containing the granite pieces for the base
Statue of Lincoln
Wabash County Courthouse
as well as the bronze statue...The foundation had been finished six weeks before by
Fred Hoffman, but it required three full days to set the several pieces and lead the
joints...In the meantime, Emmanuel Gackenheimer, who operated a drugstore across
the street, came over and asked if he might place a container of pictures and
newspapers in the hollow space between the blocks. I agreed, and before long we had
quite a collection of fruit jars and other containers that people brought in. On the third
day we brought over the statue, placed it on top of the granite and un-crated it....I
knew at once that we were looking at a masterpiece..."
Wonderful!  I'm having such a good time with your site.  Can't think of anything I like
more right now.  One of the most interesting things to me was the offshoot info on
Gackenheimer, who was really the ONLY Gackenheimer family in the whole USA back
then.  I enjoyed looking him up on  I think some of his descendants
must still be around.                                                                             
Tom Davis

I used Google images to find statues of Lincoln seated. There are several, including the
Lincoln Memorial and one in Springfield, Illinois. The one in Wabash looked more like
the one in the photo, so I looked up the Wabash County Courthouse and saw that it
was the building in the photo. But what was the occasion? Was it for the installation of
the statue?                                                                                     
Carole Cropley

Quite a chase I had trying to locate this one, I looked for the building then the statue of
Lincoln; interesting all by itself. then back to the sign on the building across from the
statue and finally back to the COURTHOUSE FOR WABASH COUNTY, WABASH,
INDANA. And last but not least got my youngest daughter interested in the quizzes so
if you get some email from Southernmisi then you will know she is my daughter. Oh
yes, I almost forgot to give you the address: 69 W Hill St. Wabash, IN 46992.
Anna Farris

It's a learning experience every time when the puzzles are tricky for me (and I would
guess that different puzzles are tricky for some people are not for others at all
depending on what you see and how you research the clues) because then I can use
where I went wrong on future puzzles or other searches on the Internet for things.  
Beth Long

I had purchased "Forensic Genealogy", and just happened to check out the site.  I could
not resist trying the mystery (I find that I like stretching my brain in a "hunt", as much
as finding names). The Gackenheimer sign was the first clue:  I Googled it and found it
in Wabash.  Next, I looked at the flags:  they looked to have 48 stars, so I figured,
given the style of dress also, the time period being 1950's or forties.  Since there was a
Lincoln statue by the building, I figured it to be some sort of official government place.  
I checked out the Indiana state library site, and found a list of architectural photos, and
just hunted til I found one that looked like the mystery building.  I also double-checked
that I had the right city, by looking up "E.Gackenheimer" on census records, and found
him in 1920 (Emanuel Gackenheimer, druggist, Wabash).  There was probably a
simpler way to go about solving the mystery, but it was fun!  Looking forward to more!
Audrey Speelman

I saw that Hwy 15 issue on a google map and thought since you can not see the bottom
portion of the sign in the photograph, that maybe it had an arrow under the sign
directing traffic to it and was not actually on the Hwy. Interesting to kick around the
possibilities. It also might be interesting to call the Wabash County Courthouse and ask
them about the address.                                                                
Dan Schelsinger

If you're talking about this week's photo, there's no way that was taken in 1950.  I
identified the age of the photo based on the circa 1932 auto in foreground.  Considering
the size of the wheel, it can't be any earlier than that.  Also shinnyness of headlight is
probably an indicator of chrome rather than nickle silver which would have been on
earlier autos.  The car is much too new-looking for a circa 1932 car to be sitting there
in 1950.    

Dress of various people definitely looks around that same early 1930s era.  The lady in
the immediate foreground is wearing a clouche hat, which should also date photo to
early 1930s I would think.  And, I don't see any padded shoulders on dresses that
would be an indicator of WWII vintage women's fashion.  Dresses are too long for
1949 or 50.                                                                                        
Tom Davis
Wabash is a city in Noble Township,
Wabash County, Indiana, United States.
The population was 11,342 at the 2006
census. The city is the county seat of
Wabash County.

Wabash is notable as being the first
electrically lighted city in the world, which
was inaugurated on March 31, 1880.
Wabash County Statistics
from 1901 to 1937 by
Pharmacy, best known
for its soda fountain.
The façade of the
Shively Block is
rock-faced limestone
block. Romanesque
Revival features
include the four
The building to the left of the picture compared to the Shivley
Block pictured in the walking tour of downtown Wabash.
tourelles on the third floor that extend beyond the roof line and ground floor piers
topped by foliar capitals that divide the storefronts. The second floor window
groupings and entry bay add to the asymmetry of the structure.

Comparing the building to the left of the picture with that of the Shivley block in the
brochure, you will see it's the same structure.  (Note that this dates the photo to before
1937.)  The building the quiz asks you to identify is the northeast facade of the Wabash
County Courthouse.  The Courthouse's address is either 1 W. Hill, or 49 W. Hill,
Wabash, IN.

A question was brought up by Quizmaster Tom Tollefsen:

My only concern is the sign that says Highway 15 on the left of the picture. From my
research, I would think that the road would actually be Highway 13, or Wabash St.  
Still, pretty sure that that is the Wabash County Courthouse looking from the Northeast.
(See map below.)
We asked Harold Clupper, submitter of the photo, for an explanation. His response:

The routing of Hwy 15 has changed several times. The current Hwy 15 to La Fontaine
was constructed in the 1948 time frame.  I know this because a HS classmate was killed
racing his motorcycle on the new, unopened highway.  Before that time, Hwy 15 was a
winding road that came over the Huntington street bridge which is east of the Wabash
street bridge.  It joined Hwy 13 south of the courthouse and traveled up Wabash street.  
I don't remember where it crossed over to Cass street (Hwy 15), but it was certainly
north of the courthouse.  The signpost should have had both signs on it  - maybe it did.
Tracy Stewart [Director of the Wabash Museum] will have old maps to prove

Further research revealed that the statue of Lincoln in front of the courthouse was
dedicated May 31, 1932. The photo was therefore taken between 1932-1937. However,
Harold has provided us with more specific information about the event.  See below.
Wabash City Directory
pages showing
59 S. Wabash Ave.
Notable People from Wabash

Crystal Gayle
- famous country singer
Mark Honeywell - founder of Honeywell Corporation
George Mullin - Major League Baseball pitcher 1902-1915, 2o game
     winner five times, nicknamed "Wabash George"
Loren M. Berry - pioneer of the Yellow Pages telephone directory
Direction photographer
was facing
Shivley Block
Position of

On March 31, 1880,
officials of Wabash
began experimenting
with Charles F. Brush’s
carbon-arc lights. Four
3,000 candlepower
lamps were placed atop
the courthouse and
used to illuminate the
town until September,

Located at Wabash
Street near Hill Street
on the lawn of the
Wabash County
For Hoosiers, and those familiar with Indiana,
the name Wabash brings to mind lyrics in the
song "Back Home Again in Indiana".

For years, actor Jim Nabors has sung the lyrics
at the Indianapolis 500 auto race. Also, the song
was a jazz standard, and gig opener for New
Orleans prodigy Louis Armstrong's All Stars
Stan Read

When I dream about the moonlight
on the Wabash,
Then I long for my Indiana home
State Road 15 is a
north-south road in
northeastern Indiana. Its
southern terminus is at State
Road 22 in Jonesboro. Its northern
terminus is the Michigan state line north of
Bristol. It is a surface highway that is
mostly rural. It runs through the historic
cities of Goshen, Warsaw and Wabash.

The cities and towns it runs through from
north to south are: Bristol, Goshen,
Waterford Mills, New Paris, Milford,
Leesburg, Warsaw, Silver Lake, Wabash,
Treaty, La Fontaine, Marion and Jonesboro.

The cities of Goshen, Warsaw and Wabash
are well known for their historical buildings
and small town charm. Many of these
buildings are located on S.R. 15.