Thursday, December 5, 2013

"Carrozzo's Farm Home"

In the Gruel genealogy file at the Hobart Historical Society museum you will find an article clipped from the Chicago Daily Tribune entitled, "Fortress Rises Among Quiet Indiana Farms." The nice person who clipped it neglected to include the date, but I suspect it was published sometime between May and late September of 1938; I think it could be the overly dramatic reportage to which the Vidette-Messenger responded in its own article, "Farm In Hobart To Be New Haven For Al Capone?," published 27 Sept. 1938 (and quoted in full in my original Carrozzo story).

Whatever the defects of its reportage, the Tribune article is helpful because it includes three aerial photos of the farm, taken from a lower altitude than the Indiana Geological Survey photo posted with my first story. One of those photos includes a shot of "Carrozzo's farm home," showing the house from more or less the back — so let us compare it with the back-of-the-house photo I posted a few days ago.

Carrozzo's Farm Home
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From "Fortress Rises Among Quiet Indiana Farms," Chicago Daily Tribune, date unknown. Image courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.

Possibly the back of the Gruel home circa 1909.
Image courtesy of Diane Barnes.

I see some similarities between the two, also some differences. But if I am correct in supposing that the second photo was taken around April 1909, there would be nearly three decades of possible remodeling between them, and the Tribune article states after Michael Carrozzo bought the land, he immediately started remodeling and adding new buildings.

For those interested, here's the Tribune article in full, courtesy of the Hobart Historical Society.



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