Examining the history of Beech Grove while highlighting businesses that are seemingly "Invisible" by others

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Anna Churchman

Beech Grove, IN (January 25, 2018) — Anna Churchman, in a rare picture from 1897, was the matriarch of Hillside. She married Francis McClintock Churchman on October 12, 1859, in Janesville, Wisconsin. The couple eventually had seven children. Her husband, being of English and Quaker heritage, was a reputable, hardworking man noted for his integrity. 

He began his career at age 19 as a clerk at S. A. Fletcher Bank on Washington Street, the predecessor of the American Fletcher National Bank of Indianapolis, Indiana, and within five years made managing partner, a position he held until his death. 

Within the then-relatively small, but close-knit, Indianapolis business community, Churchman was highly regarded for his ability to make loans based solely on the character of the applicant and a firm handshake. 

While not much for going out of the town, rather preferring to keep private and tending to his family, Francis was well known and likewise knew many people. He is one of only a few Hoosiers to have had their likeness immortalized in a portrait by Indiana artist. T. C. Steele.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Hotel Dennis

Beech Grove, IN (January 12, 2018) — Looking West from Fourth Avenue, the Hotel Dennis welcomed travelers and workers in need of a room. The hotel rented rooms by the day or week. The sign at the rear advertises Barbecue dinners in a very little developed area around 1930.

Hotel Dennis in Beech Grove, Indiana

Monday, December 25, 2017

The Hornet’s Nest Family Arcade

Beech Grove, IN (December 25, 2017) — The Hornet’s Nest Family Arcade offered pool tables, video and pinball games, snacks, and a place to relax. It was a fairly sedate downtown business that caused very little disturbances to Beech Grove’s quiet streets.

The Hornet’s Nest Family Arcade at  625 Main Street 

The Nest was usually busy during after school events but patrons remember the large crowds as very manageable. It closed in 1983.