Familiar Sights in Caruthers Corners
• Daisy Mouse Kindergarten – A daycare center on Sixth Avenue. Known to its quiet, elderly neighbors as a “Rug Rat Riot Squad.” • Madison Elementary School – A primary school for children six to thirteen. Needs a bit of rehab. You can still find Beau Madison’s initials carved on a desk.
• Caruthers High School – Go Cougars! A secondary school covering grades 9 through 12. The place were childhood and young adulthood collide in its traditional manner. There is a football team, a gymnastics team, a wrestling team, and a chess club. There’s talk of starting a computer club.
• Caruthers Corners Public Library – Destroyed by 2019 Northeast Indiana Tornado. A major loss.
• Kupnick’s Pharmacy – The town’s only drug store, other than a pharmacy department at Food Lion. Operated by the Kupnick family since 1945.
• Dollar General – Economical shopping is found in this low-cost emporium.
• Caruthers Corners Fire Department – A company of paid and volunteer firemen. Freddie Madison serves as Fire Chief.
• Beautiful Blossoms Garden Club – A women’s organization devoted to flowers and gardening. Meets monthly. Maintains the landscaping in the Town Square.
• Caruthers Corners Industrial Park – A fenced-off business area on the edge of town next to the water tower. ZapData, US Post Office, and Home Depot have facilities there.
• Home Depot – The hardware chain that put Beau’s small Ace store out of business, forcing him to go into politics. Located on the far side of town, but with an auxiliary warehouse in the Caruthers Corners Industrial Park.
• EZ Seat Chair Factory – Owned by N.L. Purdue, this large facility manufactures Amish-style straight-back wooden chairs and rockers.
• Hoople Quilting Heritage Museum – A small museum devoted to the art of quiltmaking. Managed by Lizzie Ridenour. Supported by the Hoople Quadruplets Trust Fund.
• Caruthers Corners Historical Society – A local history museum, now a wing of Perricock Museum of History and Science. Managed by Cookie Bentley.
• Taylor Manor – A triple-story brick apartment building way out on First Avenue. Built during the boom that followed World War II.
• Melon Fields Apartments – A two-story brick apartment building on Fourth Street.
• Mrs. Fogerty’s Rooming House – A two-story wood-frame apartment building also on Fourth Street.
• Peaceful Meadows Baptist Church – The picturesque church that can be seen on the far side of the Town Square.
• St. Paul’s United Methodist Church – The largest church in town, known for its Heavenly Voice choir.
• First Mennonite Church – Once a magnificent stone edifice, it burned down in ‘82, but was rebuilt. Destroyed again by the 2018 Northeast Indiana Tornado, and no in the process of being restored.
• Yost & Yost – The only funeral home in town. Today it’s managed by Elias and Elias Yost, a somber pair in dignified black attire. The brothers took over the business from their dad. Part of the building is leased to the county coroner for autopsies and forensics examinations.
• Melon Hill – The “wrong” side of town.
• Pleasant Glade Cemetery – Today owned by a large corporation (MFP, Inc.), but it still features an Old Section where mausoleums and crypts of Founding Families are maintained. Jasper Beanie is its caretaker.
• Tom’s Taxi Co. – A small cab stand on South Main Street, barely within the city limits. It has two taxis, one on call during the day, the other on call at night. There is nobody named Tom.
• Hoople Mansion – The 52-room stone monolith that was home to the Hoople Quadruplets.
• Old Ferdinand Jinks Homestead – The two-story house built by the Jinks family when the wagon train broke down in 1829. Located a mile inland from the Wabash. Suspected site where Ferdy Jinks buried his gold. Now the land belongs to Aitkens Produce, the big watermelon grower.
• Beasley Mansion – Built in 1832 by Old Sam Beasley, this “haunted house” was rehabbed to become Beasley Arms.
• Madison House – A gray three-story Victorian on Melon Pickers Row. Built by Beauregard Madison II. Inherited by Beauregard Madison IV. Maddy and Beau raised all their children here.