Monday, September 1, 2014

Tim Ashley
Tim Ashley
Hello, my name is Tim Ashley, and I have lived in Goshen for more than 11 years now. I enjoy reading, researching and writing about local history very much. I particularly enjoy railroad and transportation history, but also other areas, too.

I've written articles for the online exhibit of the Elkhart County Historical Museum, I have published a small book about the history of west Goshen and I am a writer, editor and photographer for a local newspaper.
In my blog I want to share my enjoyment of local history with others by showing glimpses of the past in photos and short articles.

Many of my blog posts are in Elkhart County, but also Kosciusko, Whitley, Huntington, Fulton, Wabash and possibly other counties.

This Waterford Mills house was built by William Violett

The man who built this house in Waterford Mills was related to the man whom Violett Cemetery was named after.

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 9:05 a.m.

Tim Ashley is a local history buff who has written a book about the history of west Goshen and makes a living as an editor, reporter and photographer at a local paper. He’s a community blogger for The Elkhart Truth, and you can read more of his work on his blog, Local Remnants.

A few weeks ago, I posted something from Waterford Mills in Elkhart County and I’m back in the small, unincorporated community once again.

This house on State Road 15, across from the former inn building, was originally built by William Violett in 1870. The two-story brick house is north of the church building I posted information about several months ago.

William Violett was a brother to John Violett, a successful farmer who owned more than 800 acres of land north of Waterford Mills, some of which later became the Violett Cemetery in Goshen.

Waterford was a flourishing community in the early 1840s, but by 1870 when the house was built by William Violett, there were only two stores and no industries in town. It was just a small village.

Information for this post was taken from the late Lowell Bechtel’s book, “Waterford: From Then to Now.”

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