Source: NMHS Newsletter Feb 2004
(or…Where is Rosehill?)
Jack Miller - former curator; Wabash County
the Sam Hill." I cried out in disbelief as I scanned the
state road map of Wabash County. My wife, Bea, reading
nearby, spoke up in alarm, "What's wrong?" "What
happened?!" "Can you believe this, some fool state
employee didn't put Rosehill on the map," I yelled back.
"Was Rose some relation to the Sam you just mentioned?"
Rosehill was one of our fine little villages, located
right up on the north line of Wabash and Kosciusko
counties. I remember it as a kid back in the 1920s, when
my folks would drive through there once in a while, on
our way from North Manchester to Silver Lake. I remember
my dad saying the town on the north side of the main
drag pays taxes in Warsaw and those on the south side to
Wabash. Oh, and the scary stories of the sinkholes and
bogs located in that region, so typical of the Packerton
Moraine left by the ice age."
wife said, "show me Rosehill." We got in the car and
headed north. It's easy to find the location. Just drive
north in Wabash County till you hit the Rangeline Road.
Ride east or west until you get to the railroad
crossing. You are there - Rosehill. "This is it?" my
wife said. "But for the church and cemetery, there isn't
much to fit on a state map.
the history of this spot with the railroad crossing as
its only marker?"
are right about the railroad. It was the reason for
Rosehill being where it was." In 1871 the Cincinnati,
Wabash and Michigan Railroad started building south from
Warsaw headed for North Manchester and Wabash. Living in
this region were two men named Clawson and Richardson -
somehow just where the railroad would cross the county
line. They had a brilliant idea and they went out all
over this region buying up the best black walnut trees
they could find. They set up a sawmill on the Kosciusko
side of the road. Here in 1871 and 1872 they cut 12
inch-thick slabs, tree-wide, of the trees and stacked
railroad reached them in 1872, they have over one
million board feet of slab walnut ready to go. They
stamped R&H on the ends of each slab. The slabs were
shipped to England to become the mantels in the rich
estates being built in England in the 1870s and 1880s.
If you, by chance, visit some of these estates in
England, look on the butt ends of some of those
fireplace mantels. Don't be surprised to see R&H stamped
into the wood.
coming of the railroad in 1872, the railroad crossing
became known as Rosehill. Due to the lumber mill's
success it wasn't long until there was a store, depot,
post office, stockyard, grainhouse and a Lutheran
Church. At its peak, Rosehill contained ten buildings.
It seemed pretty much that way when this kid rode
through there in the 1920s with his folks. The Rosehill
church and cemetery are still both well kept, as is the
railroad, but all other signs of a village are gone.
we will talk about the terrible Rosehill railroad wreck
that took place there April l, 1903. Are any of these
families still living around there; Kreamer, Snure,
Isley, Percy, Helser, Nelson, Drudge, Feigley, Delauter?
from the Paper. Used by permission of Jack
the editor -
those found in the Rosehill Cemetery:
Kreamer, Henry and his wife, Agnes.. and children
Kreamer, wife of Jacob and daughter of H. L.
Groninger and his wife
Orlando and his wife, Nancy
Henry and his two wives Catharine, died 1855 and
Elizabeth died 1881 and children
Feigley, Peter K. and his wife Margaret
Feighley, M. E.
Feighley, Gell, son of D an R.
Feighley, Cassie, daughter of J.S.
Feighley, Cassandra M. daughter of P.K and M.
Feighley, Francis X. and wife, Hannah and children
Feighley, Emma, wife of Ross
George and wife, Mary E. Isley