New Street Names in Arts and Design District Aim to Reduce Confusion and Honor Legacies • Current Edition
Several numbered streets in the Carmel Arts and Design District will have new names starting next week that pay homage to the area’s history.
The city has worked with the Carmel Clay Historical Society to create many new street names, each honoring a local historical figure, business, or organization. They range from Stubbs Way, named after a track star at Carmel High School in the late 1940s, to Supply Street, named after Carmel Supply Co. which operated in the 1920s through 1940s.
The name changes, which are expected to take place on February 1, are intended to eliminate confusion, as the current system of streets and avenues centered around Main Street and Range Line Road lead to multiple addresses with slight differences in different neighborhoods.
“We have four 1st Streets and 1st Avenues within two blocks of Main Street and Range Line Road,” Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard said. “It’s confusing for the post office. It’s confusing for people moving here. It’s really confusing for visitors, even with GPS.
He thinks the numbered system raises security issues.
“Our employees are well trained (on street names), not to say people don’t make mistakes,” he said. “I’m more concerned about someone who visits a home and doesn’t understand the quadrant system and can’t convey it properly to the 911 operator.”
The city alerted affected homeowners and business owners to the pending change through a letter listing more than two dozen organizations, such as the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and insurance companies. , to contact with updated address information.
Rochelle Swensson, who moved to 3rd Avenue NE (a street with a name change still pending) six years ago, said she struggled to interpret the address system when she moved to the first time in the region. It doesn’t cause much of a problem now, although she does occasionally end up with mail intended for someone else at a similar address.
“I love living here,” she said. “Whatever my address is, tell me, and I hope it won’t be difficult (to change it).”
Dina Kancs, Swensson’s neighbor, does not support the change. She said she had not experienced any confusion with the existing system in her six years in the neighborhood and affected landlords had not been consulted about the change.
“I feel like it’s a waste of time and resources. There are other things we could do with the resources that are allocated to that,” Kancs said. “The little grid helps define our neighborhood as a whole.”
The following information from the CCHS and the City of Carmel shares the history of many of the new street names.
Minnie Doane joined the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps in 1942. She served at General Douglas MacArthur’s United States Army Headquarters in Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines. Her three years abroad were the only time in her life that she lived outside Carmel.
Doane returned home and worked for the telephone company for 43 years. She was elected to Carmel’s first city council in 1976. Over the years, Doane has been recognized by many organizations for her volunteer work and community service. Carmel Mayor Jane Reiman presented her with a key to the city and she was named Sagamore of the Wabash, among other accolades.
Bill Stubbs was a track star at Carmel High School from 1947 to 1950. Sportswriters tried several nicknames for him, the Carmel Meteor, Blazing Bill, Bullet Bill and Carmel’s One-Man Track Team, but the one that stuck was the Carmel Comet. .
Stubbs was a star and crowds showed up wherever he raced hoping to see him break a record. By the time he graduated, he held the school and Hamilton County records in the 100 and 220 yard sprints as well as the long jump. He also held the section record for the 220-yard dash and the regional record for the two dashes. He posted the state’s best time in both sprints in his sophomore year, junior and senior, and earned national recognition for running the nation’s second-fastest 100-yard sprint in 1949.
Stubbs raced for three trainers in four years, none of whom had experience in the sport, and trained on grass because Carmel had no track.
The little family
The Smalls were a pioneer family in Carmel. In 1871, Eli Small purchased a warehouse at the northeast corner of Main Street and Range Line Road from Stewart Warren. Small’s son, Levi, soon after left his medical practice and ran the store for his father. Small’s Pharmacy carried a full line of general merchandise and many groceries. He then opened a photography studio on the second floor which produced pewter types.
Levi Small became a town elder and was active in politics. He served on city council in the 1880s and built a town hall on land east of his store in 1887. In 1889 he published and edited Carmel’s first newspaper, The Carmel Signal. He served as a justice of the peace for the township of Delaware in the late 1890s and as a city clerk from 1901 to 1906. The LJ Small Drugstore was a staple in town until Levi Small’s death in 1926.
George Ketchum was a member of the Lenape tribe. His family settled along Cool Creek around 1810. During the War of 1812, the U.S. government moved the tribe to Piqua, Ohio. Ketchum and several other Lenape were selected to be scouts for William Henry Harrison’s frontier army during the war. Ketchum fought in the Battle of the Thames in which Harrison’s army defeated the British and took control of the Northwest Territories.
After the war, Ketchum cleared land and built a cabin near the intersection of Smoky Row Road and Range Line Road. In 1832 he sold his land and traveled west to join the tribe in Kansas. Ketchum died in Oklahoma at the age of 100.
Barbara Burget was a young girl when her family moved from Virginia to a fortified outpost in Kentucky called Ruddle’s Station at the start of the Revolutionary War. In 1780, an army of 150 British and Canadian soldiers and nearly 1,000 Native American warriors surrounded the fort and took everyone captive. Burget was adopted by a Lenape woman and lived with the tribe for the rest of her life. His daughter married George Ketchum, a member of a prominent Lenape family. Burget moved with the Ketchums from Ohio to what is now Carmel around 1810.
After Burget’s husband died in 1811 or 1812, she established a trading post on the west bank of the White River north of 96th Street near a river ford between two Lenape villages. She became wealthy in the fur trade. In 1832, she sold her land and traveled west to join the tribe in Kansas.
John Phelps purchased the southwest corner of Main Street and Range Line Road in 1835. He was one of the founders of the town of Bethlehem and contributed two lots to the original dish in 1837. Phelps’ cabin was the first house built in the city.
In 1830, Quakers living on the north side of Delaware Township and the south side of Washington Township established a church at the intersection of Smoky Row Road and Range Line Road. That year they organized the first official school in Clay Township. In 1833, they named their church Richland Meeting. The name was suggested by Benjamin Mendenhall, the first Quaker to settle in present-day Carmel. The Richland Friends built a new brick schoolhouse in 1868 and leased it to the township, which ran a public high school in the building. This was the origin of Carmel High School.
Carmel Supply Co.
The Carmel Supply Co. was a major supplier of coal, cement, tiles, harness and other products to Carmel from the 1920s through the 1940s. Vic Almond operated the store for many years, as did Oscar Applegate.