Historical Farms of Clay Township

October 29, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Join us for this fascinating series of presentations created to capture and preserve the stories of the historical farms and families of Clay Township.

The Schwitzer Farm, located on 116th Street in Carmel, consisted of 500 acres and had a 3400-foot air strip that ran from 116th Street to 106th Street. The Schwitzer family owned the Schwitzer Corporation, the first corporation in Indianapolis to have corporate aircraft. Lou Schwitzer III traces how his grandfather came to the U.S., won the opening event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1909, started Schwitzer Corporation, and forged relationships with pioneers in the early automotive industry such as Henry Ford. The Schwitzer house sat where the Lucas Oil estate is today. The farm grew corn, soybeans, wheat, and hay, and raised Black Angus, French Charolaise, and Hereford cattle.

Twin Walnut Farm received its name from the two walnut trees that rest on the north side of the driveway of the farm. Bob Huber, the farm's owner, was born and raised in Clarksville, Indiana. His grandfather was a tenant farmer who came from Clarksville to Clay Township, where Bob's father was born and raised. Bob's great grandparents on his mother's side, the Browns, walked from North Carolina to Carmel, and settled where John Kirk's Furniture sits today. They farmed oats, corn, and various livestock on an 80 acre farm. Bob Huber began his obsession with farming at the age of 10, when he received his first pig in 4H. For many years he was involved in 4H and hog farming, winning awards at various fairs for the quality of his product. His dedication to his craft created one of the largest pig farms in all of Clay Township.

Presented by Clay Township Trustee (Video Sponsor), The OMNI Centre for Public Media, Inc. (Producer), Carmel Clay Public Library and Carmel Clay Historical Society.

This program will be held in the Program Room. For more information, call the library's Reference Desk at (317) 844-3362.