Hougham, Charles Ary

Male 1884 - 1953  (68 years)

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  • Name Hougham, Charles Ary 
    Born 22 Mar 1884  Franklin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 11 Mar 1953 
    • Enlisted in US Army 12 Sept 1918

      In the late 1930's, Charles Hougham, having completed the rebuilding of Furnace's Mills Dam which is now in Camp Atterbury, convinced his brothers, Robert B. Hougham, Omer Hougham and his nephew Robert E. Hougham that a good place for a lake and dam would be across Blossom Creek, Hensley Township. After further investigation, they agreed to purchase land for this eventual use. The dam was to be across the ravine after Pitcher Hallow and Blossom Hollow joined.
      The Houghams continued buying land until they had collectively purchased 1200 acres of land. Time passed but nothing was done toward the building of a dam. In the meantime, Dr. Russell Lamb purchased several acres of ground with the thought in mind of making a lake damming up Indian Creek.
      In 1957, Dr. Lamb and Robert E. Hougham joined forces with a much larger project in mind. More land was acquired both individually and jointly. The Hougham brothers were bought out by Robert E. Hougham and land was purchased from the Watson family, the Duckett family, the Meadors family , and agreements were made with the Pitcher and LaGrange families. by 1962, 2400 acres were involved in the project.
      In 1962, Dr. Lamb and Robert E. Hougham decided to start on the building of some of the smaller lakes which were to be the ends of the major Hollows (Blossom, Pitcher, Callon, and Indian Creek). These smaller lakes were to act as secondary sediment basins in case of erosion.
      The first and unfortunately the only one (dam) built was across Callon Hollow. A 37-acre lake was constructed and name Hougham Lake. Through some error by A.S.C., after the dam was completed the A.S.C. required moving the top of the dam 16 feet to the south. The additional expense which became involved posed a big problem. The DREAMERS, (Lamb & Hougham) were out of funds. The options were to develop the lake and give up on the big lake, or sell it to generate some capital. The result was to sell the lake to Earlham College for their Biological Station--thus the birth of Earlham Lake.
      With renewed vigor, Dr. Lamb and Hougham attacked with full speed ahead. Some of Dr. Lamb's and Robert Hougham's friends and relatives, under the direction of Sheldon Key (Dr. Lamb's brother-in-law), formed a corporation, Lamb Lake Development Corporation. This corporation was formed for the purpose of construction of the dam for Lamb Lake.
      The following shareholders put up money and secured loans to finance the project: James Colvin, Merle Delph, C. H. Ellis, Robert B. Hougham, Charles Johnsson, Sheldon Key, Don Lamb , Dr. Emmet Lamb, Walter Lamb, John Kissling, Tony Loraico, E. Doug Lowe, Ted Pruyn, Howard Reed, John Sordean, William Steckler, George Vickery, Dr. James W. Young, and Robert G. Young.
      Approval for building the dam was received on August 1, 1965. Work began on building the dam in early 1966. Dr. Lamb purchased earth moving equipment and a crew was assembled. Many local people were involved at one stage or another. Three Indians from the Yukon Territory were brought in to help clear the land. Dr. Lamb and Hougham personally surveyed the entire shoreline of the proposed lake and during the winter months, after the lake filled, cut standing trees while standing on the ice.
      Robert E. Hougham built his log house at the same time he was working on the construction of the dam, 1966. The lake filled, after a very wet fall and winter, to capacity by February 1, 1967. E. Doug Lowe and Charles Johnson built their homes in 1967.
      Lamb Lake Estates Lot Owners Association was formed November 6, 1967 with about 40 members (lot owners). The Development Corporation after completing its mission was dissolved in 1979 and all remaining unplatted land it owned was given to the Lot Owners Association.
    Person ID I2370  Hougham
    Last Modified 13 Nov 2014 

    Father Hougham, Wilson Thompson
              b. 26 Aug 1844, In Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 13 Jul 1898  (Age 53 years) 
    Mother Bradley, Mary Belle
              b. 25 Apr 1850, Ky Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 18 Aug 1927  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 1 Jan 1874 
    Family ID F1071  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lewis, Martha Hazel
              b. 16 Jul 1884 
    Married 31 Dec 1907 
     1. Hougham, James
              b. Aug 1910
              d. Feb 1911  (Age ~ 0 years)
    +2. Hougham, Mary Margaret
              b. 21 Sep 1912
              d. 2008  (Age 95 years)
     3. Hougham, Bruce
              b. 9 Feb 1918
              d. Jul 1920  (Age 2 years)
    +4. Hougham, Charles Stanley
              b. 17 Aug 1922, In Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 26 May 1994, Oceanside San Diego Ca Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     5. Hougham, ???
              b. 29 Dec 1908, Johnson County in Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F1105  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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