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Schofield Ave.
Jonathan Schofield, early settler

35th and schofield Indianapolis

Jonathan Schofield was born around 1777 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and was married to Eleanor Brown (1784-1858) in 1806.  The couple had at least ten children – Samuel, Sarah, William, Phebe, Mary, David, Margaret, Maria, Susanna and Joseph, many of whom went on to live in the area.  The family lived for some time in Virginia, but eventually settled in Marion County a few miles north of the city in the area around present day Schofield Avenue. The land around the area would later be developed as “Schofield Harrison & Co.” addition.

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Jonathan died November 16, 1863, and is buried at Fall Creek Union Cemetery along with many other members of his family.

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Jonathan’s son, David lived along Schofield Avenue and ran a flour and grain company with his nephew, Charles.  Charles was also was a real estate and insurance agent in the city.

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All photos courtesy of Sergio Bennett.

6 responses to “What’s In a Name: Schofield Avenue”

  1. basil berchekas jr says:

    The Schofield land was apparently near the Howland land, near Howland’s Crossing, where the Chicago, Peru and Indianapolis RR (the Nickel Plate) and the Chicago, Indianapolis and Louisville RR (the Monon) tracks split to head north to Chicago but on different routes (the former through Castleton and the latter through Broad Ripple and Nora, Carmel, etc.). East 34th Street was known as Howland Avenue, and before that Fall Creek Road. I’d be interested to know what the former names were for 30th Street…

  2. Carmen S says:

    I learned to skate in a skating rink that was off the corner of 25th and Schofield. Who remembers that place? My neighbor was the janitor there, and took us there with his children to skate and play while he cleaned. WoW.

  3. Micheal G Adkins says:

    I also learned to skate at “SCHOFIELD” . I lived in Brouse and would go there a lot.
    Looking for more information about the rink.

  4. Cindy Banks says:

    I also learn to skate in the 70’s at Schofield it was my thang to On Thursdays and Sundays. man!!! I miss that place.

  5. Janeen says:

    Hey, my grandfather was the janitor there too. We skated while he cleaned on Saturday mornings. We lived nearby Scholfield. Baltimore Ave.

  6. Janeen m Thomas says:

    I learned to skate there too. Friday’s were my thang.

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