The Construction Of The Patoka Reservoir

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“In the 1960s, for the folks in and around Ellsworth, [Indiana,] living life decades behind the time was just the way it was. Manpower over technology. The comfort of tradition over the anxiety of change,” stated Jason Recker, a journalist for The Herald. Patoka Reservoir, an economic center for recreation and flood control, encompasses 8,800 acres of land. Before its construction, a thriving community inhabited the fertile terrain along the Patoka River. Towns of this former neighborhood included Elon, Newton-Stewart, and Ellsworth. (Recker 1) Families lived their everyday lives as farmers, with an occasional visit from a local peddler. One day, though, a new kind of visit altered their peaceful ways. A government-sent official arrived…show more content…
One example, Ellsworth Road, still leads all the way up to Patoka Reservoir’s edge today. (Kreitzer 66) These roads also articulated an abundance of inhabitants and their cultural mannerisms.
James Marvin Ellis, born June 30, 1842, sparked the foundation of Ellsworth. Although Ellis did not receive a sufficient education as a child, at the age of thirty-two he both cultivated one hundred sixty acres of farmland and managed a general store. (History 759) Not only did Ellis publicly exert himself, but his private life prospered as well. Ellis and his wife, Mary A. Beaty, brought forth seven children to the local population: Marvin U., Hester J., Elliot E., Thomas G., Joseph A., and Lotta A. (Ellis 1). In addition to agriculture, family, and merchandising, he also served as the town’s original postmaster (History 760). This holds importance because a post office provided a town’s first official identification (Kreitzer 65). Ellis’ societal involvement ventured much further than the town of Ellsworth, though. At the age of nineteen, Ellis enlisted in the Civil War. He served in Company “A”, Forty-Ninth Indiana Volunteers, beginning on September 25, 1861. For two-and-a-half years, Ellis fought in many battles until harshly wounded at Champion Hill in mid-1863. Although he would suffer from these wounds for the rest of his life, Ellis readmitted himself to military service in early 1864. He fought until the conclusion of the war a year later. (History 759) As
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