Fort Branch & Haubstadt Public Library

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    • Fort Branch Public Library

      107 E Locust St.
      Fort Branch, IN 47648

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      Phone: 812-753-4212

    • Business Hours

      Mon: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
      Tues: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
      Wed: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
      Thurs: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
      Fri: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
      Sat: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
      Sunday: Closed

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    • Haubstadt Public Library

      101 W. Gibson St.
      Haubstadt, IN 47639

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      Phone: 812-768-6005

    • Business Hours

      Mon: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
      Tues: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
      Wed: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
      Thurs: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
      Fri: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
      Sat: Closed
      Sunday: Closed

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Historical Snapshots

Historical Snapshot- Schiffmobile

Historical Snapshot- Schiffmobile

“Around the turn of the century in 1899-1900, Henry Schiff was already dreaming of building a ‘horseless carriage’.” His idea and plans for such an invention was considered outlandish. “Undeterred by all this Mr. Schiff soon was making his dream come true, making all...

Historical Snapshot- Millinery Shop

Historical Snapshot- Millinery Shop

Pictured below is the interior of a millinery shop in Fort Branch, circa 1895. Behind the counter is local Bertha Genung (later the wife of Walter C. Polk). A millinery shop is a hat shop. Millinery became a profession around the 1700s, when the fashion industry...

Historical Snapshot- Haubstadt State Bank

Historical Snapshot- Haubstadt State Bank

The Haubstadt State Bank was organized in 1902 by the gentlemen pictured below (left to right): Martin Schaefer, Fred Luhring, Dan Luhring, Alois Ziliak, Fred Heldt, Theodore Stunkel, Geo. D. Seitz, Albert Lynn, W. W. Sipp, and Dr. V. H. Marchand. The red brick bank...

Historical Snapshot- 1918 Flying Exhibition

Historical Snapshot- 1918 Flying Exhibition

On Friday, September 13, 1918, a large “patriotic celebration” took place in Strain’s Grove near Cemetery Road in Fort Branch, Indiana. According to the flyer, Lieutenant Graydon Taylor treated the crowd to “thrilling exhibition flights in a big war plane” during his...

Historical Snapshot- Singers Saloon & Hotel

Historical Snapshot- Singers Saloon & Hotel

One of the earliest businesses in Haubstadt was Singer’s Saloon. Owned and operated by Mr. Joseph M. Singer, the building was once located where the police and fire departments now stand on South Main Street. By 1900, Singer’s Saloon had been converted into the Singer...

Historical Snapshot- 1916 Train Wreck

Historical Snapshot- 1916 Train Wreck

On Wednesday, February 23, 1916, local Homer T. Genung witnessed a train wreck just south of the Locust Street crossing in Fort Branch, Indiana. Genung was standing in front of Tom McCarty’s hardware store when the incident occurred. The wreck was caused by an open...

Historical Snapshot- Lintz Brothers Foundry

Historical Snapshot- Lintz Brothers Foundry

Pictured below is the Lintz Brothers Foundry of Fort Branch, Indiana in 1906. “In 1899, Henry and George Lintz of Vanderburgh County came to Fort Branch and established a business at a point where Foster Street crossed the railroad.” (400 S McCreary St) The brothers...

Historical Snapshot- John Speer Mill

Historical Snapshot- John Speer Mill

Both photographs below were taken of the same building, but from different angles and different years. John Speer owned and operated his flour mill in the late 1800s, and the Fort Branch Milling Company bought the mill in the early 1900s. This site was located around...

Historical Snapshot- Henry Haub

Historical Snapshot- Henry Haub

The town of Haubstadt was named after Henry Haub, a German settler. In 1849, Haub purchased lots in what was then called Warrenton, on which he built a stagecoach shop, now the location of the Log Inn. After 1852, he opened a general store, which stood where the Will...