Joseph C. Reed, the first county recorder elected in 1822,
was also the school teacher in the first log cabin school house, built in 1821.
The school was described as being: "where Kentucky Ave. enters Illinois
Street, near a large pond." Reed was also indicted by the first grand jury
of the county which returned 22 indictments for selling liquor without a
license and assault and battery.
Recorders James M. Ray and Dr. Livingston Dunlap arrived in
Marion County sometime during the summer and fall of 1820 making them some of
the earliest non-native inhabitants of the area.
Alexander Ralston, who helped survey Washington D.C. was
commissioned by the Indiana General Assembly to make a city plan for Indianapolis.
He moved to Indiana before 1815 after being implicated in the "Burr
Conspiracy". Ralston died in 1827 and is currently buried in Crown Hill Cemetery
Sec. 3 Lot. 80.
Source: “History of
Indianapolis and Marion County” by B. R. Sulgrove, January, 1894