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A Brief History of Indian Creek Subdivision

by Ron Parsons

 

< - Indian Creek in 1978 (see larger photo below)

Indian Creek is located two miles due north of Towanda on the east side of County Road 1900 and is completely contained within section 29 of Money Creek Township. It is roughly 200 acres and contains about 90 homes.

The area that we know as Indian Creek subdivision was covered by a glacier about 12-15,000 years ago during the last ice age that created the Bloomington Moraine.  As the ice receded it created a number of drainage rivers and Indian Creek was on the banks of one of these in what geologists call an "area of discontinuity". This explains why well water was so elusive when the subdivision was created. There were six test wells created and they all had a wide range of characteristics including depth and quality of potable water.

More recent history of this land included occupation by Pottawatomie and Kickapoo Indians up until about 1830. The area around Money Creek was a campground. A longtime resident of Towanda, Lyle Merritt, has found more than forty arrowheads in this area.

The original owner of most of Indian Creek was a family named Moates (several family members are buried in the Zion-Bishop Cemetery located just south of the subdivision). They occupied the land after it was surveyed in the 1830s. Later the Underwood family owned the property for nearly 50 years. The Underwoods had a log cabin which was located just north and east of the current water tower. During the first half of the 20th century, this area was known by local residents as "the campground". Even more recently most of the property was owned by a veterinarian named Wainscott along with the Rudisill, Slagel, Sachs and Funk families. Up until the 1960s there was a wiggle in Road 1900E near the water tower in order to go around the settlement of the First United Brethren Church in Illinois. The original church was torn down in 1911 near where a marker currently exists next to the water tower. The church was actually on the west side of the original road 1900.

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A partnership consisting of lawyer Leon Zanoni, realtor Paul Ball, and banker Jerry Gummere bought the property for development in the late 1970s with Peoples Bank as trustee. At that time, the area generally bounded by 1900E and Candle Ridge Road was tillable farm land. The part on the other side of Money Creek where Bent Tree Lane is located was pasture land up to 10 Bent Tree Lane. Beyond that point was mostly virgin woodland. When the back part of Indian Creek was surveyed by Farnsworth and Wyle, there was no bridge across Money Creek .  Access was gained by a path beginning at the extreme southwest corner of the common ground and fording Money Creek at a shallow rock bottom point just north of where a long I-beam used as a footbridge existed. The bridge across Money Creek was built in 1979.

Not only was the interest rate hike in the 1970s an impediment to development and sales, there was also a delay in zoning applications caused by local farmers fearing that this subdivision would drain the water to the extent that the water table would lower. Their basis for this logic was a well publicized situation in neighboring northwestern Indiana that received national attention where a large corporate farm (now known as Fair Oaks Dairy Farm) had dug a deep well and considerably lowered the water table to the extent that local farmers could no longer find water at any level and to this day many very old trees are dead within sight of I-65 alongside the farm. Geology studies proved that our situation was not close to the Fair Oaks debacle. First, Fair Oaks draws more than 10 times the water that Indian Creek does. Second, geology of Fair Oaks is considerably different. It lies on an immense underground water source. We are on the edge of a glacial moraine with unpredictable water patterns. Our developers looked into us hooking up with the water supply running from Lake Bloomington to Bloomington-Normal, but the cost was considered prohibitive at the time.

The original plans for Indian Creek called for three tennis courts to be located on the common ground between 6 Eastwood and Money Creek. In the late 1970s interest rates were climbing and reached near 18% by 1980. The lots were not selling well and the tennis court plans were abandoned as the partnership broke up.

The first home built and occupied was at 2 Timber Creek Court in 1979 by the W. Charles and Lana Trickett family. The first home occupied in the back part was at 7 Bent Tree Lane and was owned by Bob and Carolyn Bouck in 1980.

 A few words are in order to help explain some names in Indian Creek.  Indian Creek is a euphemism for Money Creek.  Obviously, the name Indian comes from the aforementioned tribes that once inhabited the area. The street known as Eastwood Court is named after a farm family that once farmed a part of the subdivision and still farm ground to the north and east of the subdivision.

Bent Tree Lane gets its name from a stately old Maple tree that died in the mid 1990's at 14 Bent Tree Lane. The bend in Bent Tree Lane around 7 Bent Tree Lane was not on the original plans. The developers were desperate to sell lots and Bob Bouck agreed to buy only if his lot could have more frontage. Also, the first plans called for houses only on one side of Bent Tree Lane beyond 10 Bent Tree Lane. The developers wanted more lots and demanded a road down the middle. The result is that there are drainage issues on the back part of Bent Tree Lane. There was a gravel pit on the east side of Bent Tree around 12 to 14 Bent Tree Lane.

The first Homeowners Board consisted of Bob Bouck, Pete Ingham, Tim Donaldson , Ben Daily,  and Ron Parsons.

This picture was take in October, 1978, one year before the bridge was built across Money Creek.  The focus is facing in a southwest direction and the camera was on what is now 4 Bent Tree Lane.  Bent Tree Lane was later paved on a course generally following the path shown.  The children are Kathy and Jeff Parsons.  The lack of underbrush is explained by the fact that this area was used as pasture land for cattle.

Approximately the same location today, from Parson's yard.
Bent Tree Lane is on the other side of the trees.

 

Indian Creek Homeowner Association Board Member History

As of: September 29, 2021

1989 91 Larry Meyer President
1989 92 Marcia Albritton VP/Secretary (resigned fall 1990)
1989 90 Jim Kellenberger Homeowners Chair
1989 92 Ron Parsons Water Chair
1989 90 Bob Bouck Treasurer

1990 93 Bob Bouck Treasurer
1990 93 Doug Reeves Homeowners Chair
1990 92 Annette Hancock VP/Secretary (Board appointed)

1991 94 Bill Roe Homeowners Chair
1991 93 Doug Reeves President (Board appointed)

1992 95 Annette Hancock VP/Secretary
1992 95 Mike Cunningham Water Chair

1993 96 Jim Larson Treasurer
1993 96 D.C. Young President

1994 97 Brian Myers Homeowners Chair

1995 98 Annette Hancock VP/Secretary
1995 98 Mike Cunningham Water Chair

1996 97 Brian Myers President (Board appointed)
1996 99 Dave Schulthes Treasurer
1996 99 Greg Beneze Homeowners Chair

1997 98 Annette Hancock President (Board appointed)
1997 00 Debbie Beshoar VP/Secretary (resigned June 1999)

1998 01 Tommie Crouthmel President (Resigned March 2000)
1998 01 Tim Mogill Water Chair

1999 00 Sue Arnold VP/Secretary (Board appointed)
1999 02 Dave Schulthes Treasurer
1999 02 Greg Beneze Homeowner Chair

2000 03 Sue Arnold VP/Secretary
2000 01 Larry Meyer President (Board appointed)

2001 04 Jimmy Young President
2001 04 Tim Mogill Water Chair

2002 05 Steve Jurovic Homeowner Chair (resigned this position 2004)
2002 05 Dave Schulthes Treasurer

2003 06 Faith Russell VP/Secretary (resigned fall 2005)

2004 05 Jim Russell Homeowners Chair (Board appointed)
2004 06 Tim Mogill Water Chair
2004 -  07 Steve Jurovic President (Board appointed - resigned 2006)

2005 06 Brian Krause VP/Secretary (Board appointed)
2005 08 Dave Schulthes Treasurer
2005 08 Jim Russell Grounds Chair (formerly known as Homeowners Chair)

2006 06 Brian Krause VP/Secretary (Board appointed)
2006 -  07 Kurt Patti - Water Chair (Board appointed - resigned 2007)

    2006 - 14   Brian Krause President
       
    2008 - 18  Bob Hancock - Water Chair (Board appointed)
    2008 - 12  Jim Russell Grounds Chair
    2007 - 20  Barb Ulbrich  VP/Secretary

    2015 (Current)  Barb Leathers - President
    2021 -  (Current)  Brittany Huber  VP/Secretary
    2005 -  (Current)  Dave Schulthes  Treasurer
    2019 -  (Current)  Jim Larson - Water Chair
    2012 -  (Current)  Fred Walk Grounds Chair

 

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