small treeParkville, Factoryville and Howardsville HISTORY

The exerpts written below are from a small advertising booklet entitled,
"St. Joseph County Historical Review and Business Guide"
written in 1932 and compiled by Roy D. F. Sowers, Historian. If you have
an interest in other St. Joseph County histories, click here to go
to a chart listing the other available histories

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Factoryville History

Factoryville is located in the northeast part of Leonidas township. In 1840 James B. DURKIN built a saw-mill on the Nottawa river, opersating it until 1862. Theodore ROBINSON and James BISHOP erected a saw-mill on Nottawa Creek and operated it for a time until mill owners of Branch county enjoined the owners against raising their dam. In 1842, William, Charles and Nathan SCHOFIELD built a wollen factory here but it was moved into Park township in 1845. The few homes that were built around these mills were called Factoryville. Another 'deserted village'.

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Howardsville History

Howardsville or Tinker Town as it was known was located in Flowerfield township. It was settled by Franklin HOWARD. The land was first owned by Robert GILL and later by the MORSE brothers who build a saw mill in 1833. It was operated for many years. In 1864 a grist-mill was erected by Edmund BEAM. Wm. PORTER built a tavern in 1856. The Village had a post-office and school. Today it in one of several 'deserted villages' of St Joseph county.

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Parkville History

In 1851 James HUTCHINSON surveyed the village of Parkville on a piece of land in Park township. At one time it had several stores, grist-mill, Tavern and race horse stables and race track. Today it is just 'another deserted village' of St Joseph county.

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