HUNTERTOWN, INDIANA 1966-1970

 

From a booklet, “Huntertown Municipal Sewage Works.”

 

            (No date of writing is on this information, but from the reading it must have been

            about 1966-70.  The article on the schools indicates it was written before Carroll

            High School was opened for use.)

 

Location:

 

The Civil Town of Huntertown is located in Perry Township of Allen County, Indiana.  Fort Wayne, the county seat, is eight miles south.  Huntertown is adjacent to state highway 3 which runs north from Fort Wayne to Kendallville, etc.

 

History:

 

The Huntertown area was settled beginning in 1837.  A man by the name of HUNTER built a home and tavern at this site which was one day’s journey by horse from Fort Wayne.  The town was built on the original Lima Plank Road from Fort Wayne to Lima (now Howe), Indiana.  The town prospered with an interurban railroad connecting Huntertown with Fort Wayne and towns north.  Two small hotels were built.  The town then became rather dormant until after World War II when people began to build new homes in the community. 

 

Citizens of the town began to discuss problems of the community, particularly the need for sewage treatment facilities, in 1963 and as a result of meetings on these issues, decided to incorporate as a civil town.  A twelve-man committee was formed representing various organizations of the community and in 1964 legal steps were taken toward incorporating.  In-corporation became official in July of 1966. 

 

General Characteristics:

 

Huntertown is essentially a residential community serving as a home for people who work in Fort Wayne.  A limited amount of retail and service organizations are located in the community. 

 

Population:

 

A special census of the town was conducted in the fall of 1966.  722 residents were counted.  The president of the town board has estimated the town’s growth in the last 20 years from 450 to 722 and further estimated a 1970 population of 850. 

 

The growth of Perry Township may give some idea of the change in Huntertown.  Perry Township increased in population between 1940 and 1960 from 1,971 to 4,036. 

 

Growth Potential:

 

Several factors would indicate the probability of continued growth at Huntertown.

 

·         Huntertown is within eight miles of rapidly growing Fort Wayne and is con-nected to Fort Wayne by a four-lane highway.

 

·         One developer indicates that he plans to build some 10 homes per year in the price range of $20,000 and up.

 

·         A commercial development company owns 33 acres adjacent to Huntertown and plans to develop the area primarily for commercial purposes.  It is expected that the development will include various retail outlets, a trade school and apartments.  The acreage was annexed to Huntertown in June 1968. 

 

·         A new nine-hole golf course is presently under construction at the north edge of town.  It is a public course with a club house.  Plans include developing the second nine holes at a future date.

 

·         Huntertown is within seven miles of the industrial park area of Fort Wayne on U.S. 30 bypass.  A shopping center is located 4 miles south of Huntertown on Road 3 and many shopping areas and the Fort Wayne Colosseum are located within easy driving distance. 

 

Town Government:

 

The Civil Town of Huntertown is governed by a three-member Board of Trustees and a Clerk Treasurer.

 

Institutions:

 

Allen County maintains various institutions on a large site two miles south of Huntertown.  Irene Byron Hospital was established in 1919 for the purpose of treating lung diseases.  The institution has a 190 bed capacity.  The Allen County Children’s Home, the Allen County Nursing Home and Sol Wood Youth Center, a detention home, are all located at this site.  Approximately 360 people are employed at these institutions. 

 

Churches:

 

A Missouri Synod Lutheran Church is located at Huntertown.  They have been organized about 5 years and presently constructing a new church.  A large Methodist Church is also located in the town. 

 

Civil Organizations:

 

A very active Lion’s Club with 36 members carries out various projects in the community.

 

Fire Department:

 

A Perry Township fire department is located in Huntertown.  The department is manned by a 60 member volunteer group.  The department is equipped with two pumpers, one aerial ladder, one tank truck, an ambulance, a brush fire unit and two rescue units.

 

Streets:

 

Huntertown has 3.2 miles of town streets, mostly hard-surfaced.

 

Communications:

 

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette and News Sentinel are distributed in Huntertown.  Television and radio programs are principally received from Fort Wayne.

 

Financial Institutions:

 

The Farmers and Merchants Bank of Laotto and various banks in Fort Wayne provide banking services for the community.

 

Transportation:

 

The Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad (a branch of Penn Central) furnishes north-south freight service together with various freight lines.  North-south passenger service is provided by Greyhound Bus.  Regularly scheduled and charter flights are available at Fort Wayne’s Baer Field. 

 

Utilities:

 

Electricity is provided to the community by Indiana & Michigan Electric Company.  General Telephone and Northern Indiana Fuel and Light provide telephone and gas service.  Residents provide their own water service.

 

Agriculture:

 

Land in the Huntertown area is generally level and quite productive.  Farm land sells in the $500 - $600 per acre range.  Development land generally sells for $1,000 per acre or above.

 

Schools:

 

The Northwest Allen County Schools is a consolidated school corporation organized July 1, 1965.  The corporation includes the civil townships of Eel River, Lake and Perry as well as the Civil Town of Huntertown.  The district is governed by a five-member board of trustees, all elected.  The Huntertown School has an enrollment of 1,493 pupils in grades kindergarten through twelve.  A school at Arcola has an enrollment of 523 also in grades kindergarten through twelve.

 

A new high school is being constructed 2 ˝ miles southwest of Huntertown.  The school has a design capacity for 1,200 pupils and includes a gymnasium, planetarium and auditorium.  Upon completion, all of the high school pupils from Huntertown and Arcola schools will be transferred to the new high school. 

 

No further plans are presently being made for the school district.

 

Economic Data:

 

The following data gives information concerning Allen County.  Much of the information has been obtained from The Bureau of Census reports.

 

·         Median income of families in 1960 was $6,562

 

·         Per cent of non-white population in 1960 was 5.2%

 

·         Median school year completed by persons 25 years old and older was 11.7

 

·         Value added by manufacturing in 1958 was $289,599,000

 

·         Housing units occupied by owner in 1960 was 71.6%

 

·         Average inhabitants per dwelling was 3.1

 

·         Farms operated fully or partially by owners in 1959 was 86.7%

 

·         Industry groups employing workers 14 years old and older in 1960:

 

Industry Group                                                 Per cent of employed workers

           

Manufacturing                                                  33%

Wholesale and Retail                                                     21%

Transportation & Other Utilities                                     8%

Professional Services                                                     11%

All other                                                                       27%

 

Occupations                                                                  Per cent

 

Operative and Kindred Workers                                    20%

Clerical and Kindred Workers                                       17%

Craftsmen, Foremen, etc.                                              14%

Professional and Technical                                            12%

Unskilled                                                                      12%

All other                                                                       25%