RobbHaas Family Pages
17th St House
Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana
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- 1927 E 17th St. - Muncie, Center Township, Delaware Co, Indiana
- South side of east 17th Street between Macedonia on the west and Mock on the east. It is located closer to Mock
- 31 July 1931, full address: R. R. 6, Box 24 1927 E. Seventeenth Street S14,
- Coordinates: 40°10'24.31”N 85°21'51.98”W
- Map: A very good map showing the 17th St. area in Apr 1928 - the map is page 2 - Doc1605.pdf
- Google Custom Map
- House Floor Plan - Doc1728.pdf (S3)
|1919: Built for August and Mabel Worthen Haas S2,
Aug 1955: Sewer Installed S13,
|Postcards sent to occupants of this house - Link (See: Index/17th St. House)|
|1919 - 1978|
|August lived here until his death on 17 July 1943 and Mabel until her death on 13 March 1978|
|This home was also the residence of the five girls that made up the family of August and Mabel who were all born in the house. Not long after the construction of the home, August built a single car garage and a small structure that was used as a coal storage facility during the winter but was then cleaned in the spring and used by the girls for their playhouse until fall. Later August dug a partial basement I9, under the home. The basement was then used to store coal and the playhouse was mostly used as a playhouse from that point on.|
|At some point Caroline Whetstone, mother of August, came to live with the family and lived in a room (porch?) off the back of the house which was later removed. When this room was attached there was a door between the back bedroom and this room. After that room was removed the door was replaced by the window that is present today.|
|Following the death of Mabel in 1978 an estate sale was held in May and the home sold shortly thereafter. The neighborhood has taken a turn for the worse today. Most of the homes in the area have not been well taken care of as this home was used to when August and Mabel occupied it.|
|There was a piano in the house - I10,|
|July 1931 - Gas probably first available at this location - S14,|
|Some of the changes in the look of the house:
- Home built 1919
- Original Garage and Playhouse (Coal Storage) - built by August shortly after 1919
- Original Siding, Original front porch, West side of house - I-02 - Picture taken about 1930
- The original Siding: I-09, This picture was taken in 1944
- New Siding: This picture was taken in 1945 - I-15,
- New Siding, Front Porch Enclosed, abt 1960 - I-03,
- The original siding was wood - the new siding which was installed sometime around 1944 was an asbestos shingle kind of thing
- According to an interview with Norma Haas Robbins there was at one time a room on the back of the house and Caroline Whetstone Haas, mother of August, lived there. The door to that room was the window in the southwest bedroom later. That room had been removed. I have not seen any pictures that show any indication of a room ever being attached.
- The front porch was enclosed about 1955
- The new extra garage was built by Bill Crabill in the late 1960s - I-13, on left
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|Family Members who Lived Here|
|August Haas ID0377||Norma Louise Haas Robbins ID0006|
|Mabel Worthen Haas ID0378||Barbara Jane Haas ID0382|
|Wilma Haas ID0379||RobbHaas ID0001 (Dec 1944 to Fall of 1945)|
|Olive Haas ID0380||Caroline Whetstone Haas ID0385|
|Marjorie Haas ID0381|
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|Stevenson Elementary School - I5, I8, S12,|
- Located on Mock at the end of E 17th Street - This building has been torn down. (See S12 for info on school)
- Coordinates: 40°10'24.28”N 85°21'44.21”W
- Google Custom Map
|The girls all attended this school|
|Ball Brothers Factory|
- On the west side of Macedonia, north and south of 12th St. (Now Memorial Drive)
- Google Custom Map
- Coordinates: 40°10'43.33”N 85°22'10.04”N
|August Haas ID0377 was a supervisor at the plant
and was employed with them from 1913 to 1943. Most of the girls, with the exception of probably Barbara,
also worked at the plant. August contracted his lung disease from working in the
plant being exposed to the silica sand used in production of the glass. He
spent some time in Washington, Pennsylvania at a clinic for his lung
condition and died shortly after returning home from the treatments.
Letters and Diary Link
Other members of the family, including John Haas, brother of August and William Franklin Worthen, Brother to Mabel Worthen Haas also worked at this plant.
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|S1|| Polk's Muncie
Directory , digital images, Ancestry.com/City
: viewed 20 January 2010).
|S2||Document, Misc, Lease Option,
17th St. House - 28 Mar 1919 - Harold C. R. Wall and August and Mabel M.
Lot Twenty-two (22) of Wall's First Allotment, of the Eureka, Centre Township, Delaware County, Indiana.
The above described property is leased with the option of purchase with the express agreement that it is a part of the Consideration of this lease with said option of purchase that a party of the second part,
(1) Will keep all buildings erected on said premises painted
white at least until the year 1925.
The said Wall offers to build the following described House: Outside dimensions are 24x28. This will be the same plan as the "Herman Lewis" house, except roof shall be comb roof, fronting the street and the porch roof hipped to the main building.
of 17th St House, 1927 E. 17th St., Muncie, Delaware County,
Indiana. Floor plan drawn by Walt Robbins, Jr., ID0001 from memory
and verified by Norma Haas Robbins ID0006, 19 Mar 2002. Acc000113/Doc1728.pdf
|S4||Document, Misc, Electric
Service Deposit receipt. Invoice# 8436 - Indiana General Service
Company, Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana. $3.00 - Dated 23 June
1919 - From August Haas. Acc000132/Doc0598.pdf
Telephone Directory 1946, page 35 -Acc000138
Notes: Telephone listing in Muncie Phone book for Indiana Bell Telephone dated April 1946 lists August Haas residing at 1927 E 17th Street with a phone number of 9410. August was already dead by this time - Mabel kept the phone in August's name for a long time after his death.
Warranty Deed 17th St House, from Harold C R Wall and Minnie
S Wall to August Haas and Mabel M, husband and wife. Recorded 20 May
1920 - Record 175, page 561, James L Davis, Recorder.
ID0006. Autobiography of Norma Haas Robbins. Yorktown, Indiana,
1992., Thoughts about the 17th St house. Acc000502.
Extract: "Mother made pies, jelly and canned a lot of fruit. I remember she used to make lemonade and put cherries in to make it look pretty & appetizing. She made homemade bread - so delicious, we would go around from house to house & sell it. She also baked pork loins and make big sandwich buns. She sold the sandwiches to the employees of Ball Brothers. They really did enjoy them. I also remember she would fix noon meals for the teachers at Stevenson. They would come down to our house and buy their lunch.") - [August and Mabel had this house built in 1919. August later built a garage. He also dug a basement by hand under the South portion of the house. August also built a small building that was originally used to store coal until the basement was dug. During the summer the coal house was cleaned and used by the girls as a play house. August built them furniture to use in it. The house had a back porch that went across the entire length of the back of the house. There was a door in Bedroom #2 where the south window is located. This was used by the mother of August (Caroline Whetstone Haas ID0385) while she lived with them. This door was later removed and replaced by a window. The front porch originally had 3 round pillars. The front porch was enclosed in the 1950s. The back porch was removed. House built June 1919. Phone number 9410. I can recall when it was AT (Atlas) 9410
Census, Muncie Ward 8, Delaware County, Indiana. SD 8, ED 43, Sheet
15. dwelling 169, Family 169, 1927 E 17th St, Line 1, August Haas.
Original Data: NARA, T625, roll 427. www.ancestry.com Acc000713.
Extract: August Haas - 25 yr old white male, Head of household, owned home with mortgage, married - Able to read, write and speak English - Born in Ohio, Father in Germany and Mother in Ohio - Father speaks German - Occupation: laborer at Ball Bros, Worker. Mabel M Haas 29 yr old white female, married - did not attend school during year, Wife of head of household - Able to read, write, and speak English. Born in Indiana, Father born in Indiana, mother in Ohio - Occupation: None. Wilma N Haas: 1-9/12 yr old white female, single, born in Indiana, father born in Ohio, mother in Indiana. Norma Louise Haas: 9/12 yr old white female, single - Born in Indiana, father in Ohio and Mother in Indiana. Marguerite Worthen: Sister-in-law to head - 13 yr old white female, single, attended school during the year, able to read, write, and speak English - Born in Indiana, Father in Indiana, Mother in Ohio - Occupation: None.
|S9|| 1930 Federal
Census, Muncie, Center Township, Delaware County, Indiana. SD 5, ED
17-20, Sheet 35B, 1927 E 17th St, Dwelling 783, Family 849, Line 51,
August Haas. Original Data: Nara, T626, Roll 583. www.ancestry.com
Extract: August Haas: 35 yr old white male - 25 yrs old when first married - Owns home - Value $1800 - Family has a radio set - Did not attend school during the year - Able to read and write and speak English - Born in Ohio - Father born in Germany - Mother born in Ohio - Occupation: Furnace man in a glass factory [Ball Brothers - Veteran of US military service - WW [WW1] Mary M [Mabel] Haas: - 30 yr old white female - 17 yrs old when first married - Did not attend school during the year - Able to read, write and speak English - Born in Indiana - Father born in Ohio - Mother born in Indiana - Occupation: none. Wilma N Haas: 11 yr old white female, single, daughter of head, attended school, able to read, write and speak English, born Indiana, Father in Ohio, Mother Indiana. Norma L Haas: 10 yr old white female, single, daughter of head, attended school, able to read, write and speak English, born in Indiana, father in Ohio, and mother in Indiana. Olive J Haas: 8 yr old white female, single, daughter of head, attended school, able to speak English, born in Indiana, father in Ohio, and mother in Indiana. Marjorie R Haas: 6 yr old white female, single, attended school, born in Indiana, father in Ohio, and mother in Indiana.
|S10|| Database On-line,
US World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, August Haas, Local
Board: Muncie, Indiana. Original Data: Selective Service
Registration Cards, NARA Roll: WW2_2281512.
www.ancestry.com , accessed 1 March 2008. Acc001073.
Extract: Serial Number: 1862 - Name: August Haas - Place of Residence: 1927 E 17th St Muncie Indiana - Mailing Address: [Same as residence] Telephone: 9410 - Age in Years: 47 - Place of Birth: Defiance - Date of Birth: Aug 29, 1894 - State of birth: Ohio - Name and address of person who will always know your address: Mabel Marie Haas - 1927 E 17th St, Muncie, Indiana - Employer: Ball Bros Muncie, Indiana - Registrants Signature: August Haas - Race: White - Height: 5 10-1/2 - Weight: 125 - Complexion: Light - Tattoo on right arm, wears glasses - Signed: Mrs W F Wilson, Local Board 2, Muncie, Indiana, Apr 27 - 42.
|S11||Military Record, WW1 Draft Registration Card. Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana. August Haas. 5 June 1917. Acc00796.||
"Eager to Learn" - Probably Muncie Star, Sunday, nd. Olive Haas
ID0380 is in 2nd vertical row, 4th back. Acc001625.
Extract: "EAGER TO LEARN: Members of the 1932-33 sixth-grade class in Muncie's Stevenson School pose for a picture Dec 13, 1932. Teacher Joseph S. Shepard, also the school's principal, is standing at the rear. The school was at Mock Avenue and 18th Street. Until the area was annexed by Muncie before 1920, the school was operated by the Center Township trustee. It was closed in the 1970s, and the early 1900s building was razed. The photograph was furnished to The Album by Gene Carter of Muncie, a class member who is pictured in center foreground"
|S13||Documents, City: Sewer
Installation Receipts, 1927 E. 17th St., Muncie, Delaware County,
Indiana, Aug 1955. Mabel M. Haas ID0378. Acc000152/Doc1771.pdf
Extract, City Controller Receipt:
|S14||Document, Misc. Meter Deposit
Receipt, Central Indiana Gas Company, Muncie, Delaware County,
Indiana. August Haas, 31 July 1931. Acc002741/ Doc1685.pdf, page 1
|Doc1685.pdf, page 1|
|S15||1940 U.S. Census:
Muncie, Delaware County, SD 10, ED 18-3, Sheet 26B, Ward 1, Line 48,
1927 E. 17th St., Dwelling 620, August Haas Household. Original
Data: NARA, T-627_1037.
www.ancestry.com , Accessed 2 Apr 2012. Acc002128/Ph9430.jpg
|S16||Web Page, Housetry.com, 1927 E. 17th St, Muncie, Indiana 47302. http://housestry.com/properties/?address=1927+East+17th+Street%2C+Muncie%2C+IN%2C+USA . accessed 15 March 2018.|
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|Mabel and Wilma - Abt 1919||Olive, Marjorie - Abt 1930||abt 1960||Jan 1979||Stevenson School -
|6th grade class 1932|
|July 1961||Norma Haas
14 Sept 1941
17th St. House
17th St. House
Piano - Living Room
17th St. House
|The gang of the neighborhood, 1932
Front Row: 2nd from left: Olive - 3rd from left: maybe Marj
Back Row: 2nd from right: Norma