After Half A Century ...
For more than 50 years, Jasper County folks have been relyng on the Talbert-Schaab Lumber Co. location to fill their building supply needs.
It was in 1895 that J.W. Paxton came to Rensselaer from Hamilton County, Ind., to acquire an interest in the Coen Hay & Grain firm and head up its lumber operation.
After 10 years, Mr. Paxton sold his lumber interests to J.C. Gwin, who for more than 30 years operated the Gwin Lumber Co.
Upon his death in 1937, his son, J.I. Gwin, operated the yard briefly, selling it in 1938 to Robert Holman. In August 1938, H. E. Talbert purchased the yard, which by subsequent additions grew to include the entire block on the north side of Vine Street, as well as the southeast corner lot.
Today marks the high peak in this 54-year history, for your presence here adds to the celebrations as we dedicate Indiana's most modern lumber yard to replace the venerable structures which have for so long been landmarks in Rensselaer.That provided a pretty complete history of what had been on the site previously.