Courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society, P69 Haughville Collection

In the early 1900s, hundreds of eastern Europeans moved to a near westside neighborhood known as Haughville. The Zeunik family, with Slovenian roots, immigrated in the 1880s or 1890s and settled in Indianapolis by the early 1900s. Parents Joseph and Ursula (Radez) Zeunik appear in the 1910 census as natives of Austria-Slovenia and lived with their seven children in a house at 753 Haugh Street. The 40-year-old Joseph worked as a molder in a foundry (probably the nearby Haugh Foundry) and his wife managed their boarding house. Although the Sanborn Fire Insurance Company map shows the one-story house as barely large enough to fit a family of nine, the boarding house was also occupied by ten male boarders, mostly single men from Slovenia who also worked as molders in the foundry. Helping fellow immigrants was common for this era and cramped quarters was just part of the sacrifice made to get ahead in their new country. The family eventually added three more children.

Google Street View, July 2007

Google Street View, July 2007

Sanborn maps show that the corner store was later modified, removing the angled corner doors and adding a front porch. This Google Street View image shows the house in July 2007.

Google Street View, July 2011

Google Street View, July 2011

Between 2007 and 2009  the house was razed. By the time the Google vehicle traveled through again in July 2011, the neighborhood had received new sidewalks and the empty lot was being used for construction equipment.

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