RobbHaas Family Pages
Stoney Haven Motel
Salem Township, Delaware County, Indiana
|Salem Township, Delaware County, Indiana|
|1958-1960: State Highway 67 South of Muncie | On the west side of the highway south of CR400S and north of CR500S|
|Coordinates: 40°07'26.92N 85°27'06.60W|
|Address (When Robbins Family lived there): RR 1, Box 131A, Daleville, Indiana (No ZIP Codes Then) S2, The phone number was AT 2-4949 (AT stood for Atlas - the two letters in all phone numbers were later changed to the corresponding numbers making this phone number 282-4949 as it would be today) S13.|
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|Postcard Received while living at this house - 3 June 1959 - Link|
|Property Description: A part of the West half (1/2) of the Southeast Quarter (1/4) of Section one (1), Township nineteen (19) north, Range nine (9) east, more particularly described as follows: Commencing at a point Eleven hundred fifty-four and three tenths (1154.3) feet south of the Northwest corner of the Southeast Quarter (1/4) of said Section One (10, and running East and parallel with the North line of said Section one (1) township nineteen (19) north Range nine (9) east, three hundred thirty-nine (339) feet more or less to the North right-of-way line of present State Road No. 67, thence in a southwesterly direction and along the north right-of-way line of the present State Road No. 67 to where the right-of-way line intersects with the west line of the Southeast Quarter (1/4) of Section One (1) township nineteen (19) north, range nine (9) east; thence north on said west line of said southeast quarter (1/4) of said Section one (1), Four Hundred sixty-two (462) feet to the place of beginning. Containing 1.797 acres, more or less. S3, S5, S6,|
|Property Layout and House Floor plan - Doc0612.pdf|
|Occupants - 1958 - 1960|
|Walter C. Robbins, Sr., ID0005 | Norma Louise Haas Robbins, ID0006 | Walt Robbins, Jr., ID0001 | Phillip Eugene Robbins, ID0007 | Living, ID0013|
|This business was
purchased in 1958 after leaving the
110-acre farm near Eaton,
Indiana. My father had gotten very sick with yellow
jaundice and thought it best to give up the farm for a less
stressful endeavor. He was working full-time at Chevrolet Muncie and
did the maintenance, etc. at the motel. Mom did most of the work
related to the rooms themselves, cleaning, washing, ironing, etc.
Dad took care of all the maintenance of the buildings, rooms, etc.
There was always something wrong it seemed. Each room had a TV
and in those days they operated off of antennas, no cable TV.
It seemed we had our TV repairman (Sam Jones) on speed dial.
The work was tremendous and the profit was just not there. The
timing was bad because this is when the large motels were just
coming into being. The first ones, the Holiday Inns, had just moved
to Muncie not far from our motel. Before the advent of the large
motels those in existence were small, mostly family-owned ones like
this one. All of these smaller businesses were hurt and most had to
cease operation or change to being apartments or other uses.
Currently the Stoney Haven is an apartment complex. See the
1959 Store License for the motel for the address, no sales tax yet
The motel contained 6 guest rooms plus an office in a one-story configuration. The residence was a small Bedford stone home with a kitchen, living room and 3 small bedrooms plus one bathroom and a 2-car attached garage. The property was 1.75 acres and there was a large sign out in the front yard I5. The cost of a room was about $6-$10 per night.
There was a gas pump located in the parking lot in front of the office at the south end of the motel rooms. This pump can be seen in the Telephone Ad, I7, S11 page 15. In the back yard behind the motel and house sat an unfinished cement block, 2 bedroom house and a small wooden storage shed I8, I9. There was also a large Propane Gas Tank which supplied fuel for the heating for the house and the motel I9.
The motel sign (see images below) was out by the highway. When State Road 67 was converted into a 4-lane road with a median the area of the motel yard where the sign was located was taken up by the expansion of the new road. Sources: S1, Images: I5, I6,
After 1960 there was a restaurant for a short time - the eating area was in the living room and dining room of the house (see telephone ad below) S1. The former motel rooms are now three apartments 
The house had 3 bedrooms, one bath, a living room/Dining room with a fireplace at the north end. There was a 2-car attached garage. The main bedroom was in the northwest corner of the house - the other two bedrooms were at the south end next to the garage, but you had to walk through the one bedroom to get to the other one - not a very convenient arrangement. The bathroom had a bathtub but the shower was a handheld unit instead of being high on the wall, the hose was short and not very convenient. The floors, with the exception of the kitchen and bathroom were all beautiful hardwood flooring. The outside was covered in Bedford Stone.
When moving to this home the kids had to change schools. On the farm they had attended Eaton Schools but now they moved to a new school – Daleville schools. This was quite a change for them and the boys especially did not adjust well.
It was quickly determined this was not the life the family had in mind so another house was in the future. The motel was sold and the North of Daleville house was purchased.
|Motel Account Books 1958, 1959 - #1, S11 #2, S12 - 1960 -|
|1 March 1957: Sellers: Armon & Ruth Norris - Buyers: Michael & Adelaide LaPota - S3,|
|13 Nov 1957: Sellers: Michael & Adelaide LaPota - Buyers: William & Mary Farish - S4, S5,|
|27 Aug 1958: Sellers: William & Mary Farish - Buyers: Orville & Ann Smith - S6,|
|Sept, Oct 1958: Sellers: Orville and Ann Smith - Buyers: Walt & Norma Robbins - S7, S8,|
|Sellers: Walt &
Norma Robbins -
Aug 1960: Buyers: Harold & Lois Lykins - S9,
11 Jan 1961: Promissory Note - Signed by Gertrude and Jay Telleson - S10,
|S1||Book: Telephone Directory, Muncie,
Delaware County, Indiana, page 118. Indiana Bell Telephone Company,
July 1961. Repository: Muncie Public Library. Acc001943/Ph9045.jpg
|S2||Store license for Stoney Haven Motel for 1959 - License # 60335
-Issued by Indiana Dept. of State Revenue and dated 6 May 1959 .
|S3||Land Document: Conditional Sales Contract. Delaware
County, Indiana. Sellers: Armon & Ruth Norris. Buyers: Michael &
Adelaide LaPota. 1 March 1957. Acc002414/Doc1207.pdf.
|S4||Land Document: Assignment of Conditional Sales Contract
for Purchase of Real Estate and Personal Property. LaPota and Farish.
13 Nov 1957. Acc002415/Doc1208.pdf
|S5||Land Record: Agreement for the Exchange of Real Estate
and Personal Property. Delaware County, Indiana. Stoney Haven Motel.
Farish and LaPota. 13 Nov 1957. Acc002416/Doc1209.pdf
|S6||Land Record: Assignment of Conditional Sales
Contract for Purchase of Real Estate. Delaware County, Indiana. 27
Aug 1958. Farish and Smith. Acc002417/Doc1210.pdf
|S7||Land Record: Offer to Purchase Real Estate. Walter &
Norma Robbins, Buyers - Orville & Ann Smith Buyers. Kirtley Real
Estate. 24 Sept 1958. Stoney Haven Motel. Salem Township, Delaware
County, Indiana. Acc002418/Doc1212.pdf
|S8||Land Record: Bill of Sale. Stoney Haven Motel. Sellers: Orville & Ann Smith. Buyers: Walter & Norma Robbins. Delaware County, Indiana. 1 Oct 1958. Acc002419/Doc1213.pdf||Doc1213.pdf|
|S9||Land Record: Assignment of Conditional Sales Contract for Purchase of Real Estate. Stoney Haven Motel. Delaware County, Indiana. Sellers: Walter & Norma Robbins. Buyers: Harold & Lois Lykins. 20 Aug 1960. Acc002420/Doc1214.pdf||Doc1214.pdf|
|S10||Financial Record: Promissory Note to Walter C. Robbins
and Norma L. Robbins, from Gertrude Marie and Jay Telleson. Stoney
Haven Motel. 11 Jan 1961, $7,443.55. Acc001611/Doc0887.pdf
|S11||Financial Record. Account Book for Stoney Haven Motel,
Sept 1958 to Oct 1959. Walt & Norma Robbins. Acc002827/Doc1801.pdf
|S12||Financial Record. Stoney Haven Motel Account Book No. 2.
Sept 1958 to Dec 1959. Walt & Norma Robbins. Acc002829/Doc1804.pdf
|S13||Business Card and blank registration card for the Stoney Haven Motel, about 1959. Acc001305/Doc1160.pdf||Doc1160.pdf|
|S14||Financial Record, 1960 Stoney Haven Motel Account Book (Jan - June). Acc000987/Doc1159.pdf|
|Images Click Thumbnails for larger Images - Higher Res Versions Available for most Images - Contact Me|
|Stoney Haven Motel, 2010||Motel House
|Phil pulling Smokey Dog
Stoney Haven Motel House
|Ph8713.jpg [Source: Google Maps Street View]||Ph2747.jpg||Ph9151-004.jpg|
|Phil Walking from Motel Rooms
|Stoney Haven Motel Sign||Stoney Haven Motel Sign||
|Smokey Dog - Hector Cat
behind Motel House
Extra House at left
Stoney Haven Motel
Telephone Book Ad
Walt & Norma Robbins
Muncie, Indiana, 1958 or 1959