John Henry Vajen
||John Henry Vajen was born in Hanover, Germany, on the 19th of March, 1828, his father, whose
name was also John Henry, was a professor in the university at Stade, in Hanover. |
Mr. Vajen, Sen., came to this country, with his family, in 1836, and settled in Baltimore, where he continued his
occupation as teacher for one year when he removed to Cincinnati. Here he taught school and was organist at
the old Sixth street church until 1839, when he purchased land in Jackson county, near Seymour, and there
organized a colony of German Lutherans. He, together with several; hundred families, moved there and erected
what is, perhaps, the largest log church in the State. Having joined the ministry of the Lutheran church some
time previous, he went to preaching in Jackson and Bartholomew counties, and during the time of his ministry
he organized four congregations, which are now in a flourishing condition.
During all those years John Henry, Jun., was spending most of his time on the farm and in school. In 1845 his
father died, and John, then seventeen years old, went to Cincinnati to seek employment. He obtained a situation
very soon with an old friend of his father,Mr. G. Herder, who had a large wholesale and retail hardware store. Mr
Vajen commenced as clerk, receiving for his services four dollars per month, which was gradually increased until
1848, when he received an interest in the business.
Mr. Vajen was married to Miss Alice Fugate in October, 1850. In August 1851, he severed his connection with Mr.
Herder and came to Indianapolis, and in September of the same year opened a wholesale and retail hardware store
on East Washington street; he also commenced the manufacture of planes, which he discontinued three years later.
His business went on successfully and gradually increased, and in 1856, in order to have better and more
commodious quarters, he built a large four story building, No. 21 Washington street, and removed thereto in 1861.
Mr. Vajen gave J. S. Hildebrand and J. L. Fugate an interest in the business. In a few years they accum ulated capital
and became active partners. In the first year of business in this city Mr. Vajen's trade amounted to about twenty-five
thousand dollars, which has increased up to this time to about two hundred thousand dollars per annum. In 1871 he
sold to his partners the entire business and stock, and retired, on account of failing health, from the cares of business.
In the Journal of Commerce, printed at the time, we find the following notice:
"J. H. Vajen having sold his interest in the establishment of which he was the founder and so lately stood at the
head, has retired from the soil and toil and care of business to the quiet of a private life. That he has been crowned
with such eminent success is due both to his excellent business capacity and many genial qualities, which made those
with whom he came in contact his friends. He retires as one of the heavy capitalists of Indianapolis, and as he subsides
into the calm which is his due after the battle so well fought and ably won he takes with him the heartfelt wishes of
all with whom he came in business contact, while assisting to build up the city and at the same time he built his own
In 1861, when the rebellion broke out, Governor Morton was looking about him to find active and competent men to
assist men in the emergency, an on the recommendation of many prominent business men in the city and State he
appointed Mr. Vajen Quarter-Master General of the State, which he reluctantly accepted. It is a matter of history that
of the troops which rushed to the field under the first call the Indiana soldiers were better equipped and generally
better prepared than those of most any other State. It was Mr. Vajen's duty to inaugurate all plans with regard to
the equipment of the first levies; his duty was a diffic ult one as can be easily seen when it is considered that
purchases of everything necessary for the comfort of many thousand men entering on camp-life had to be provided
for at very short notice. That his work was promptly, energetically and faithfully done the official reports of the time
will testify. Mr. Vajen went earnestly to work and pushed things, often making himself personally responsible for the
fulfillment of contracts, and the res ult was that, in a great measure owing to his exertions, the volunteers started
to the front well equipped at a cost to the State of much less money than Ohio and other States were compelled
to pay. Mr Vajen was Quarter-Master General for about one year when he resigned. In March, 1864, Mr. Vajen
assisted in organizing the banking house of Fletcher, Vajen & Co., which continued successfully for one year when
it was merged into the Fourth National and afterwards into the Citizen's National Bank, of which latter he is a director
and large stockholder.
During the twenty-six years of his residence in this city Mr. Vajen has been engaged to a considerable extent in real
estate, buying and selling in that time over five million dollars worth in and adjoining this city. He has assisted in
increasing the city limits by laying out fourteen additions, and has added to its beauty by erecting twenty-two
good and substantial dwelling and business houses, among which was the first stone front house ever built in this
city. Mr. Vajen's health being restored and several of his children having grown to manhood, he again embarked in
business January 1, 1877, by buying out the hardware establishment of Story, New & Co., at No. 64 East
Washington street, and is no conducting the same successfully under the firm names of Vajen, New & Co.
Mr Vajen has seven children: Willis C., aged twenty-six years; Frank, aged twenty-for ; John Henry, aged twenty-two;
Fannie B., aged nineteen; Alice J., aged seventeen; Charles T., aged fourteen, and Carrie, aged seven. It will readily
be seen that Mr Vajen need never lack for company to fill his palatial residence on North Meridian street between Ohio
and New York; he could go far toward it out of his own household. He is yet in the prime of life and may live to add
another seven to the number. His sons inherit a great deal of the father's industry, enterprise, perseverance and the
faculty of making friends, for Mr. Vajen, has made many friends since his residence in Indianapolis; he possesses the
happy faculty of suiting himself to surrounding circumstances. 'Tis said that "life is like a mingled yarn", but it seems
that Mr. Vajen's has been all of one color, as he has moved along smoothly through life and added to his wealth
as he went, and in his advancing years will be privileged to live a calm and quiet life, surrounded by all that is
cumulated to make a happy home. - - Sketches of prominent citizens of 1876 : with a few of the pioneers of the city
and county who have passed away Indianapolis: Tilford & Carlon, printers, 1877, 575 pgs. 476-7
|| John Henry Vajen. It was a remarkable life that came to a close with the death of John Henry Vajen at Indianapolis on May 28, 1917.
It was remarkable not only for its length and its association with so many changing eras of national progress, but also for its
individual achievements and influences that are woven into the business and civic structure of Indianapolis. He was a young and
prosperous business man during those momentous days when America was girding itself for the struggle over the Union and slavery.
He lived through the prosperous half century that followed, marking an era of material development such as the world has never see,
and his life came to an end after war's fury had again loosed itself upon the world and had even drawn the land of his adoption into
an ever widening conflict|
The life that came to a close at the age of eighty-nine had its beginning at Bremen, Hanover, Germany, March 19, 1828, under the
English flag. He was a son of John Henry and Anna Margaretha (Woernke) Vajen. He came of a long line of Lutheran clergymen and
educators. His father was a professor is the University of Stade in Hanover. In. 1836, when John H. Jr., was eight years old, the
family sought a home in America, locating in Baltimore, where the father spent a year as a teacher. He was a man of unusual talents
and was a musician as well as a teacher and preacher. From Baltimore he family moved to Cincinnati, and then in 1839, John H. Vajen,
Sr., with several other families bought land in Jackson county, Indiana, near Seymour, and organized a colony of German Lutherans.
The late John Henry Vajen was eleven years of age when brought to Indiana. He spent most of his youth on a farm, and his studies
were largely directed with a view of his entering the ministry. In 1845 his father died, and that turned his activities into an entirely
new channel. He was then seventeen years of age, and he soon left home to seek employment in Cincinnati. AS a clerk in a large
wholesale and retail hardware store he made such good use of his opportunities and became so indispensable to the firm that in
1848 he was given an interest therein.
In 1850, Mr. Vajen married and the following year severed his interest with the Cincinnati firm and came to Indianapolis. In this city
he opened a wholesale and retail hardware store on East Washington Street, and in 1856, to better accommodate his growing trade,
he erected what was then one of the modern buildings of the downtown district, a four-story structure at 21 West Washington Street.
J. S. Hildebrand and J. L. Fugate became associated with him. In 1871 Mr Vajen retired from the hardware business, selling his interest
to his partners, and for more than forty years he was busied only with his private affairs. He had a summer house at Lake Maxinkuckee,
Indiana, and spent many weeks each year there, enjoying his favorite sport of fishing. He also invested heavily in local real estate, and
at the time of his death was a wealthy man.
In 1861, when the Civil war broke out, Governor Morton appointed Mr. Vajen quartermaster general of the state. It became his duty in
this capacity to form all the plans with regard to the equipment of the first enrollment of Indiana troops. He carried out this work
with such energy and vigor that the Indiana troops were the first well equipped forces in the field, and that fact was always
redounded to Indiana's credit in history of that great struggle. Much of the early equipment for these volunteers was obtained
largely through Mr. Vajen's personal credit. He became known as the "right hand man" of Governor Morton, and at the present time his
efforts as an organizer can perhaps be better appreciated tan at any previous date.
Mr Vajen's active life was contemporaneous with the life of Indianapolis. He saw it grow from a struggling village of a thousand
inhabitants to a large commercial city. He was prominently identified with practically all the early charities and enterprises of the
city. In 1864 he assisted in the organization of the banking house of Fletcher, Vajen & Company, which was merged into the
Fourth National Bank and afterward became the Citizens National Bank. Mr. Vajen was a director and stockholder in this institution
until it surrendered its charter.
At the time of his death he was the only surviving one of the original incorporators of the Crown Hill Cemetery Association, and
gave substantially to public and private charities of all kinds. He was a Mason and Odd Fellow, a member of the Presbyterian Church
and a very ardent republican, though not in politics save as a voter. Throughout his long life he was a fine and high thinking, and
one whose chief delight was in the simple things of the world.
In 1850 Mr. Vajen married Miss Alice Fugate, daughter of Thomas F. and Elizabeth (Eckert) Fugate. Mrs. Vajen died in 1901. Seven
children were born to them: Willis, who died in 1899; Frank L.; John, who died in 1885; Fannie wife of Charles S. Voorhees, a son of
Senator Voorhees; Alice, wife of Henry Lane Wilson; Charles T.; and Mrs. Caroline Vajen Collins. Mr. Vajen was also survived by seven
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. - - Indiana and Indianans : a history of aboriginal and territorial Indiana and the century
of statehood Chicago: American Historical Society, 1919, 2610 pgs. 2094-5
John Henry vajen born Bremen, Hanover, Germany, March 19, 1828 died Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana May 28, 1917 Burial: 05/31/1917
Crown Hill Cemetery Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana Section: 24 Lot: 2 son of John Henry and Anna Margaretha (Woernke) Vajen
|J. H. Vajen,City Pioneer, 89, dies
Was Well-Known Buisness Man and
Last Member of Governor Morton's Military Staff
Soldier and Philanthropist Dead After Long Illness
John Henry Vajen, the last surviving member of the military staff of Governor Morton, and a windley known business man of Indianapolis,
died early yesterday at his home, 630 North Meridian street. He was 89 years old. Mr. Vajen;s death came unexpectedly, although he had
been in ill health formore than two years.
FUneral services will be held at the residence at 2:30 o'clock tommorrow afternon [afternoon]. The burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery
and will be private.
Mr. Vajen was guartermaster-general of the Indiana volunteer troops in the civil war, and his name occupies an important place in the
state's history through the services he gave to the state and nation in sending the first fully equipped troops into the field. A large
part of the equipment of the first state troops was obtained through Mrs. Vajen's personal credit.
Born in Germany in 1828.
He was born in Hanover, germany, March 19, 18928, having come from a long lines of Lutheran ministers. His father came to the United
States in 1836 and settled in Baltimore, and a year later the family moved to Cincinnati, O. Two years later they moved to Jackson
county, Indiana, where his father organized a German Lutheran colony and his father having previously joined the ministry, preached
extensively in Jackson and Bartholomew coutnies.
After the death of his father in 1845, Mr. Vajen returned to Cincinnati where he was employed as a clerk in a large wholesale and
retail hardware store, later becoming financially interested in the business. In 1851 Mr. Vajen came to Indianapolis, and he had
lived here since. Soon after coming to Indianapolis, Mr. Vajen opened a wholesale and retail hardware store on East Washington
street. In 1871 he retired from business, selling his establishment to the men with whom he was asscociated.
Mr. Vajen was married to Miss Alice Fugate in October, 1850. Mrs. Vajen died about sixteen years ago.
Helped Equip Indiana Troops.
When the war brooke out in 1861, Governor Morton appointed Mr. Vajen quartermaster general on the recommendation
of a large number of business men. It is a matter of history that of the first troops into the field, the Indiana
men were better equipped and generally better prepared than those of any other state. It was Mr. Vajen's duty to
inaugurate all plans with _ _ equipment of the first troops, and his duties were dific ult because the _ notice on
which all purchases for the comfort of thousands of men bad to be made.
The official reports show that the work of supplying the necessary equipment was carefully done, due to the business
training and the faithf ulness of Mr. Vajen. He resigned the office of quartermaster general after a year, and in
March, 1865, he assisted in organizing the banking firm of Fletcher, Vajen & Co., which continued for one year, under _.
Afterward it became known as the Fourth National Bank, and later became the Citizens National Bank, of which Mr.
Vajen was a director and large stockholder.
Mr. Vajen was two sons and three daughter living. They are Frank and CHarles T. Vajen and Mrs. Charles S.
Voorhees, Mrs. Henry Lane Wilson and Mrs. Carolline Vajen Collins. There are also seven granchildren.
Name Was in Firwst Directory
In the earlier and more active days of his career Mr. Vajen was prominently associated and identified with a
large number of enterprises. He came to Indianapolis when it was a small, stryuggling village of a few thousand
inhabitants. His name appears in the first City Directory every published in Idnaianpolis - the issue of 1855.
Mr. Vajen was known to his intimate friends as a large donor to charitable institutions and causes. His personal
friends say that during the last fifteen years of his life he gave fully one-fourth of his income to charity.
He disliked publicity in that connection and declined to have any public mention made with teference to his
gifts. He was a member of several lodges, chief among them being the Odd Fellows and the Masonic organizations.
Indianapolis Star Indianapolis, Indiana Wednesday, May 30, 1917 Page 14
John Henry Vajen
The influence of character and personality is a element that cannot be measured; it can only be felt. A Man who has
spent his life in one community and has been a good citizen - upright, moral of strictest
integrity, a promoter of publice welfar, a kindly neighbot and helpf ul friend - must wield an influence
however quiet and unassuming he may be.
It is likely that Mr. John H. Vajen, dead at 89 years, never dreamed of the extent of the place he had made
for himself in Indianapolis or the strenght of the esteem in which he was held by his fellow citizens. In
active business for more than a half a century and in the time when the city's broadest foundations were laid
and its most rapid growth made, he formed a part of the general background that gave the community standing
and character; his name represented the best in citizenship and stood for commercial and personal integrity.
Mr. Vajen has not figured actively in business or public affairs for many years, but his influence did not
vanish with his retirement. His may years of mercantile life made his name a sunonum for rectitude and square
dealing and its traditions will not soon be lost. He lived a long and honorable life and did his part well. - -
Indianapolis Star Indianapolis, Indiana Wednesday, May 30, 1917 Page 4
Vajen Funeral is Today
The funeral of John Henry Vajen, one of the first business men of Indianapolis and quartermaster general of the Indiana
Volunteer troops of the Civil War, who died at his home, 630 North Meridian stree, Tuesday morning, will be held at the
home this afternoon. The Rev. Owen D. Odell will conduct the service at the home s 2:30 o'clock. The burial will in
Crown Hill will be private. The active pallbearers will be Frank D. Stalmaker, James W. Lilly, Charles Williams, Dr.
Carleton R. McC ulloch, Lynn B. Martindale, Edosn T. Wood and George Hunde. The honorary pallbearers will be Charles W.
Fairbanks, John H. Holliday, Volney T. Maloot, Thomas Spann, Charles Smith and Charles E. Coffin. Flowers will be
John Henry 'Dickie' Vajen married October, 1850 Alice Fugate Burial: 12/26/1901 Crown Hill Cemetery Indianapolis, Marion,
Indiana Section: 24 Lot: 2 , daughter of Thomas F. and Elizabeth (Eckert) Fugate.
Mrs. J . H. Vajen of Indianapolis , who is well-known here, her husband having a cottage on the east
side of the lake, died suddenly at St. Augustine, Florida she and her husband being there to spend the
winter; She was highly esteemed and will be sadly missed by a large circle of friends, especially several
charitable institutions will miss her guiding hand and liberal donations - - Indianapolis Star Indianapolis, Indiana
Thursday, May 31, 1917 Page 11
1 Willis C. vajen
October 28, 1851 Indianapolis, Marion county Indiana
d. Died: July 22, 1900 age 48 years and 8 months buried Died: July 22, 1900 age 48 years and 8 months buried 07/24/1900
Section 29 Lot: 7 Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana m. Anna Claypool 8-29-1876 in Indianapolis.
2 Frank L. Vajen Birth 1854 Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana Death 30 JUL 1924 Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana
Burial: 08/01/1924 Section: 24 Lot: 21 Crown Hill Cemetery Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana
3 John Henry Vajen Jr. Birth: 1855 - Marion, Indiana Death: 25 May 1884 - Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana Burial: 05/27/1884 Section: 29
Lot: 9 Crown Hill Cemetery Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana married 1 Jun 1881 - Marion County Indiana Sally/Sallie E. Downing Birth
DEC 1859 Louisville, Jefferson, KY Death SEP 1947 Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana burial: 09/03/1947 Section: 29 Lot: 9
Crown Hill Cemetery Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana was the daughter of Col. Michael A. Downing and Susan Lee Duncan married
2nd 22 May 1889 Marion County, Indiana, William Henry Coleman Birth ABT 1847 Pennsylvania Death DEC 1946 Indianapolis,
Marion County, Indiana Burial: 12/16/1946 Section: 29 Lot: 9 Crown Hill Cemetery Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana
Suemma Vajen Coleman (1883-April 16, 1924) Burial: 04/18/1924 Section: 29 Lot: 9 Crown Hill Cemetery Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana
married 1907 William Avery Atkins (1879-1958) Burial: 12/22/1958 Section: 36 Lot: 48 Crown Hill Cemetery Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana
William Coleman Atkins b. April 1924 Burial: 09/02/1937 Section: 29 Lot: 9 Crown Hill Cemetery Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana
4 Frances Belle "Fanny or Fannie" Vagen Birth Dec 1858 Indianapolis, Indiana Death 1928/9 Spokane, Washington
married Marriage: 14 Nov 1888 - Indianapolis, Indiana Charles Stewart Voorhees Birth 04 JUN 1853 Covington, Fountain County, Indiana
Death 26 DEC 1909 Spokane, Spokane County, Washington son of Senator Daniel Wolsey Voorhees & Anna Hardesty Charles Voorhees
represented Washington Territory in Congress - Elected as a Democrat to the Forty-ninth and Fiftieth Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3,
1889); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1888.
5 Alice J. Vajen 1861Ė1928 Birth 21 SEP 1861 Indianapolis, Marion cty, Indiana Death 14 MAR 1928 Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana
married 1885 Henry Lane Wilson
Indianapolis, Aug 26, 0 Henry Lane Wilson United States Ambassador to Mexico arrived in Indianapolis tonight for a short visit with Mrs. Wilsonís parents,
Mr. and Mrs. j. h. Vajean. he will join Mrs. Wilson at lake Maxinkuckee tomorrow. Mrs. Wilson said he did not know where he would locate when he left
the diplomatic service. he declined to comment on the Mexican situation.
Logansport Journal-Tribune Wednesday, August 27, 1913 Logansport, Indiana
6 Charles Thomas vajen birth 21 Feb 1863 Death Jan 25 1930 Indianapolis Marion county Indiana Burial: 01/28/1930 Section: 24 Lot: 2
Crown Hill Cemetery Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana; married 1914 - Lafayette, Indiana married Katherine C. Doll Birth 1865 Indianapolis, IN
Death 18 JUNE 1932 auto accident about 7 miles South of Logansport, IN Burial: 06/20/1932 Crown Hill Cemetery Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana
Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis, Indiana
Saturday, November 17, 1917 Page 7
Mr. and Mrs. Charles T. Vajen, formerly of 510 North Meridian Street have taken an apartment in the Winter Apartment,
1321 North Meridian street, for the winter.
Charles T Vajen, Pioneer Cottager At Lake Dies
Charles T Vajen, age sixty-six, member of one of the pioneer families in INdianapolis, died at at the
Methodist hospital in indianapolis Jan. 25 following surgery. He had been in good health until a few
Mr Vajen was on of the pioneer cottagers on Lake Maxinkuckee almost every summer since 1882. He
Was well known and beloved by both the summer colony and local citizens.
He was born in Indianapolis and had lived there nearly all his life, although connected with business
enterprises in SPokane and Chicago for brief periods. He retired from business about five years ago.
Business activities in Indianapolis were largley with the Farmers Turst Co.
He was the son of John Henry Vajen and ALice Fugate, his father being a prominent banker and
business man and a member of Governor Oliver P.Morton's staff.
Mr Vajen married Katherine Doll, Lafayette in 1914. Two of his sisters, Mrs. Henry Lane Wilson, wife
of the former ambassador to Mexico, and Mrs. Charles S. Vorhees, died last year. The widow and another
sister Mrs. Catherine V. Collins, California, survivve.
He was a graduate of DePauw University and a member of Phi Delta Theta and several prominent
clubs. After his graduation he became associated in biuness with his father.
Funeral services were held last Tuesday with interment in an Indianapolis cemetery. - - Feb 5 1930
7 Name: Caroline Elizabeth "Carrie" Vajen Birth: 20 Dec 1867 Death: 3 March 1951 (3 Mar 1951) - Indianapolis, IN
burial: MAR 6,1951 Crown Hill Cemetery Indianapolis Marion County Indiana married 28 Oct 1891 - Marion, Indiana
Samuel Herbert Collins Birth 1868 Indiana
Other burials Listed Crown Hill Cemetery Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana
EDNA F. VAJEN Burial: 12/29/1977 Section: 73 Marker: Yes Lot: 43
Vajenís Exchange Block
100 Block S. Meridian Street
The Meridian Street frontage of Nordstrom, a Circle Centre anchor, includes four historic facades in a row, with three (Malott,
Schn ull-Rothschild, Crane) in their original locations. The Vajenís Exchange Block was originally located on 124-126 N.
Pennsylvania Street. It was built to house a grain exchange symbolized in its cast-iron ornaments.
The Vajen Subdivision was platted by John Henry Vajen on March 2, 1857 and recorded 13 days later. It is located in today's Lockerbie
Square Secondary Area, which almost encircles the Lockerbie Square Historic Core, and is composed of nine subdivisions platted
between 1845 and ca. 1900. <
Indianapolis City Directory, 1889. Indianapolis, IN: R.L. Polk and Co., 1889 & 1890
Name: John H Vajen
Year: 1889 & 1890
Location 2: 128 N Meridian
The vajen building Block:
The Hardware merchant John H. Vajen (1828-1917), an immigrant from Bremen, had this commercial building constructed in 1872. This
spectacular place housed retail shops and a grain exchange. It featured a three-story cast-iron facade in the popular Italianate
Style. It was demolished in 1980 to make way for the Bank One Tower. Eleven of the blockís thirteen bays were integrated into
the Circle Centre Mall in 1994 and are now a part of the Nordstrom Block.
At the Indianai History Organization collection can be found:
SALLIE E. COLEMAN SCRAPBOOK
, 1922-1950 (PDF)
SALLIE E. COLEMAN DIARY
, 1889 (PDF)
Sallie E. (Downing) Coleman (fl. 1860-1947) was the daughter of Col. Michael A. Downing, who made a fortune with cable cars in Denver,
then moved to Indianapolis and served as police commissioner (1884), president of the board of public works (1895-1901), and park
Sallie Downing's first husband was John H. Vajen, Jr. They had a daughter, Suemma [Suemma Vajen Coleman] (1883-1924), who married
1907 William Avery Atkins
(1879-1958), an Indianapolis businessman.
She died on April 16, 1924 shortly after the birth of their child. The William H. Coleman Hospital, which closed in 1974, was
dedicated in her memory. Suemma and William A. were the parents of William Coleman Atkins (d. 1937). See also: SC 31, William
After Mr. Vajen's death, she married William Henry Coleman (1848?-1946).
My name is Caroline Vajen Brown Robbins, we live in Zionsville, IN
I have been reading with joy the information provided on the Lake Maxinkuckee website.
Our family has records dating back to the 17century for our family tree and I am enjoying reading them during these cold winter
When I read the article about Sallie E. Downing married to John Henry Vajen I got a little confused.
You will see on the above that it states......Sallie Downing's first husband was John H. Vajen, Jr. They had a daughter,
Suemma [Suemma Vajen etc. He was not a Jr. he was the III
John Henry Vajen III born 1855 in Indianapolis died 1884 Indianapolis buried in Crown Hill Cemetery. His father John Henry Vajen Jr
and mother Alice Fugate Vajen are buried in the Vajen Mausoleum in front of the Chapel at Crown Hill.
John III and Sallie were married on June 1, 1881 in Indy. On May 22, 1889 she married William H. Coleman.
The Vajen Subdivision was platted by John Henry Vajen on March 2, 1857 and recorded 13 days later. It is located in today's Lockerbie
Square Secondary Area, which almost encircles the Lockerbie Square Historic Core, and is composed of nine subdivisions platted between
1845 and ca. 1900.
Charles Stewart Voorhees (deceased). The name of Voorhees has added lustre to the political record of the nation in a measure seldom
equaled in our history.
Daniel W. Voorhees, the "Tall Sycamore of the Wabash," needs no special mention in the pages of this work,
for his accomplishments are familiar to all who have made the most cursory study of American history. Born in Camden, Butler county,
Ohio, his early youth was passed on a farm near what is now Veedersburg, Indiana, educated at old Asbury College, now DePauw, he
quickly won renown as an orator and lawyer. His appeals to juries were invincible, and have come down as the most brilliant of his
time. In 1858, he was appointed United States District Attorney by President Buchanan, and in 1860, was elected to Congress, as he
was also in 1862, 1868 and 1870. He was then elected to the Senate, where he was undisputed leader of the Democratic party until
the time of his death in 1897, at the age of seventy years.
His son, Charles Stewart Voorhees, was born in Covington, Fountain county, Indiana, in 1853, and assumed a place of political
prominence only less eminent than that of his father. He was given excellent educational advantages at both Wabash College and
Columbia University, where he studied law, and in 1875 was admitted to practice before the Terre Haute bar. He was recognized as a
young man of brilliant future throughout Indiana, but in 1882 went to Washington territory with his life long friend, afterwards,
senator from the State of Washington, Hon. John L. Wilson; deciding to cast his lot in the new country. Settling at Colfax,
Washington, he was in the same year elected prosecuting attorney from Whitman county. He rapidly took the lead in Democratic
political matters in Washington, and was elected as territorial delegate to the 49th and 50th United States Congresses, serving
with marked ability from March 4, 1885, to March 3, 1889, his father having been senator from Indiana during the same years. He
was subsequently given the complimentary vote of his party for the United States Senate, and during his life maintained a leading
position in political affairs of the State of Washington. He spent the closing years of his life, which was cut all too short, in
Washington, passing away December 26, 1909, at Spokane.
He married Fanny Vajen, the daughter of John Henry Vajen, a leading citizen of Indianapolis, and a member of Governor Morton's Staff during the Civil War. Mrs. Voorhees
is now living at 1321 North Meridian street. Their daughter, Annabelle, is the wife of Austin Hayward Brown, Ill., the son of
William J. and Cordelia (Garvin) Brown, and a grandson of that Austin H. Brown who was one of Indianapolis pioneers. She maintains
a membership in the Woodstock Club, life membership in Matinee Musicale and has numerous other social and civic connections.
History of Indiana From Its Exploration to 1922
With an Account of Indianapolis and Marion County Vol. IV
by Logan Esarey Dayton Historical Publishing Co - 1924
6 Jun 1917
Death of J. J. Vajen
The death of J. H. Vajen of Indianapolis removes one the lakes pioneer cottagers
Mr. Vajen first came here in 1882 and each summer, until two years agro, had found him a loyal
admirer of the lake and a supporter of everything that helped to make the the favored summer
resort for the people of Indianapolis.
His seven-acre home, on the crest of the hill, known as "Faiview Cottage", is a conspicuuous landmark as
wll as a beautiful home.
One of Mr. Vajen's daughters is the wife of former Ambassador to Mexico Henry Lane WIlson.
Mr. Vajen's influence in Indianapolis was of a character which prompted editorial mention in the
Star when he passed away.