After my husband David retired from Hughes Aircraft Company in the Los Angeles area, we moved from our home in Sherman Oaks, CA to my hometown of New Carlisle, IN. For the next 12 years we lived on College Street two doors away from Olive Elementary School. Eric began the 6th Grade and Damon the 3rd Grade.
Adjacent to the east side of the school was a gravel road called Gentry Lane named after Mildred Gentry, a dear longtime member of our community. At that time, her home was the only one back in the woods and could barely be seen unless you actually went back there.
As the years went by, and Mildred had passed on to her heavenly home, the Town widened, paved, and added more streets to the area. A gorgeous big library was built in 2002 and is located across the road from the current Olive Elementary School. The former historic brick library building downtown then became the perfect location for our Town Hall and Police Department.
The new library building was followed in the coming years with a big neighborhood of beautiful homes just south of the library.
More of the large wooded area was removed to accommodate additional homes over time. Although both Dunn and Bray Streets are the current gateway to this lovely neighborhood, Gentry Lane now winds around its west side.