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The changing world of the 1960s forced adaptation upon southern St. Joseph County, which was still trying to retain a rural identity in the towns of North Liberty, Walkerton, and Lakeville. By the decade's end, Studebakers had closed, and multigenerational family farms had been sold to accommodate the creation of Potato Creek State Park. The early 1980s brought further challenges for community leaders tasked with consolidating area schools to form the John Glenn School Corporation. Through all of this, the community retained its steadfast commitment to fellowship and local charm. Festivals, parades, church gatherings, and school activities reinforce what it means to be a Hoosier in southern St. Joseph County.
About the Author
Local historian Franklin N. Sheneman II published his first book with Arcadia Publishing, Images of America: Southern St. Joseph County, in 2004. Sheneman's ancestral roots can be traced to Potato Creek's early landowners; his family was among those who had to relocate when the state park was created. A graduate of Indiana University, he brings more than 20 years of genealogical and local history research to this book.
Table of Contents
1 Potato Creek State Park 9
2 School Life 25
3 Business and Industry 41
4 Parades, Celebrations, and Organizations 61
5 Church Life 77
6 Rural Living 85
About the Author 95