Source: NMHS Newsletter Aug 2007
Trusler & Parmenter's Wabash County Directory
the only thing in common between Wabash and Manchester
is their good-looking women.
city in size and commercial importance of Wabash county,
has a population of some 5,000 persons, in located in
Chester township, near the northern border of the
county, on the northern bank of Eel river, and is
exceptionally prosperous and progressive for a city of
streets of North Manchester, and a great many of the
store rooms and residences as well, are lighted by
electricity, supplied by the Jenney Electric Company,
which has a well equipped plant at the junction of West
Main street and the Big Four railroad
Manchester is surrounded by a fertile farming district
and is the center of a large share of the farming trade
of this vicinity. There are located at this place
several factories of considerable size and importance:
The Rex Manufacturing Co., makers of the celebrated Rex
wind mill; the butter tub factory of Scott Dunbar, the
Noftzger Machine works, the Eel River Valley Planing
Mill, the J. A. Brown & Co. Planing Mill and Lumber
Yards, the Daisy Butter Co., the North Manchester
Canning Co., and several smaller manufacturing concerns,
all prosperous and employing a large corps of men,
besides manufactories of flour, timber products, etc.
is represented at North Manchester by two weekly
newspapers, each published Thursday mornings. Both
offices are well equipped for newspaper and job work,
and the papers are well managed, ably edited, and are
fully in rank and sympathy with the progressive spirit
of this little city.
has two railways passing through it -- the Detroit
division of the Wabash and the Michigan division of the
Big Four. The Nickel Plate passes within a few miles of
the city, crossing the Wabash at South Whitley and the
Big Four at Claypool. The Erie main line passes three
miles south of the city, crossing the Big Four at
Bolivar and the Wabash at Laketon, thus giving the city
such railroad facilities as are seldom enjoyed by a city
of its size, and making it an especially desirable place
three hotels in the city --- the Hotel Sheller, corner
Walnut and Second streets; the Hotel Central, corner
Main and Front, and the Railroad Hotel, corner Main and
the Wabash railway. Hotel Sheller under the personal
management of Mr. H. B. Sheller, ranks among the best in
this section of the State.
but one bank in the city, the Lawrence National, which
is ably managed and strongly supported.
located on East College avenue the building of the North
Manchester college. This institution is denominational
(United Brethren) and up to the present time has not
undertaken to present anything beyond a strictly
collegiate and theological course of study. The college
was founded in 1889, has been under the guidance of
Prof. D. N. Howe, and though humble in its pretensions
has been the instrument in the hands of Mr. Howe and
associates of accomplishing much good, and has always
been the chief pride of the citizens of North
friend of the institution, of considerable means,
appreciating the good accomplished by the limited means
at the command of this institution, caused it to be
endowed in the sum of $1,000.000. The name of the donor
is not to be made public, that being one of the
conditions of the donation. Among the other conditions
of the donation is one that the institution shall
hereafter be conducted on the University plan, and this
will be done, commencing with the fall term of 1894. Mr.
C. E. Kriebel has been elected president to carry into
effect the conditions of the donation. Beginning with
the fall term of 1894 there will be eight departments,
Scientific, Classical, Philosophical, Pedagogical,
Theological, Commercial, Music and Art.
is now (spring 1894) putting in a system of water works.
The system is the stand-pipe method, and the work is
being done by C. E. Coon & Co., of Upper Sandusky, Ohio,
officers of the city are:
Town Board -- Swank, D. D.
Williams, A. H.
-- Sheller, Daniel
-- Clemans, F. B.
-- Puff, Deacon