History of Spencerville, IndianaSpencerville is located on the St. Joe River north and east of Fort Wayne.In the early 1800's the American nation was growing. The frontier was moving west and moving rapidly. Indiana's population by 1840 was over 25 times larger than it had been just 30 years before in 1810. The Fort at Fort Wayne had been built in 1794 and settlers in Indiana were killed by warring Indians as late as 1812 and in Illinois in 1832.Spencerville was the first community settled and built in DeKalb County. The St. Joe River, which originates in Ohio and flows to Fort Wayne, where it meets the St. Mary's River, and they merge to form the Maumee River. The Maumee then flows to Lake Erie at Toledo, Ohio. Early Life on the RiverIn those days, building on a waterway was common, as the river helped with transportation of people and the shipment of goods. The flowing water was also the source of power for mills.These early settlers were soon into exploiting the assets of the area. Wood was needed locally and in more settled areas. A sawmill was in place and running by 1845. Even earlier in the late 1830's a grist mill was operating. The mill had two sets of grinding wheels, one for wheat and one for corn.From these early beginnings the area developed with the ebb and flow of our society.
August 17, 2013Nothing can compare to a wonderful dinner on the historic Spencerville Covered Bridge. Enjoy a delicious homemade dinner provided by Dutch Heritage Baking & Catering, while listening to the relaxing dinner music by Ken Jehle and enjoying the beautiful views from the rustic covered bridge.
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