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City of Batesville, Indiana
—  Town  —
Batesville from the air, looking southwest
Location in the state of Indiana
Coordinates: 39°17′54″N 85°13′17″W / 39.29833°N 85.22139°W / 39.29833; -85.22139Coordinates: 39°17′54″N 85°13′17″W / 39.29833°N 85.22139°W / 39.29833; -85.22139
Country United States
State Indiana
Counties Ripley, Franklin
 - Mayor Richard C. Fledderman (D)
 - Total 5.9 sq mi (15.3 km2)
 - Land 5.8 sq mi (15.1 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 971 ft (296 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 6,033
 Density 1,036.5/sq mi (400.2/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 47006
Area code(s) 812
FIPS code 18-03664[1]
GNIS feature ID 0430573[2]

Batesville is a city in Franklin and Ripley counties in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 6,033 at the 2000 census. Both the Batesville Casket Company and the Hill-Rom hospital bed manufacturer are headquartered in this town.





Batesville was founded by George H. Dunn, owner the John Callahan Trust Company. The company bought land and created new towns along rail lines it began since, Dunn was president of the Cincinnati and Indianapolis Railroad. Joshua Bates, who platted the town of Batesville, is thought to be the source of the name. On November 1, 1853 the first train from Cincinnati to Indianapolis passed through Batesville.


Once the railway opened, Dunn and Bates construct more buildings. George Sims laid out Batesville’s first addition in 1858. The following year, German immigrant Henry Boehringer became Batesville's first major builder. A three-story building with a basement on East Pearl Street (formally known as Broadway Street) became known as the Boehringer Hall because of the dance floor on the third story. The Catholic congregation used the basement before they had built their church.

Between 1860 and 1870, Boehringer built a row of apartments and homes on the north side of Batesville on Boehringer Street. Along with building the apartments and housing William Youngman (who was the trustee of Laughery Township, in which Batesville resides), Boehringer purchased the property lot where the Ward School now stands. In 1863 Conrad Rapp purchased numerous property lots on east Broadway Street and bought Louis Walter's gristmill. Louis Walter was the first miller in Batesville and had owned the mill since 1858. In 1865 John F. Brinkman built the Sherman House, which was originally a hotel. The building was named after General W.T. Sherman, who had won the final victory for the Union Army in his "march to the sea".

Sebastian Messersmith built the Union Hall in 1865. It was a two-story building on the west side of Main Street and just north of South Street. The Union Hall was used by the fire department for meetings and it was used by the public school while the school building was being rebuilt. It was also used as a boarding house for mill workers and visiting lumber salesman. This was an important building to the citizens of Batesville. Batesville has been known for its factories and in the 1870’s to the present there have been many factories formed.

In 1873 the Greeman Bracket Company began operating. The Greeman brothers began their manufacturing under the family name and their business was known as one of the leading industries for thirty years. Another factory that arose in 1873 was the Schrader Furniture Factory. However in 1875 the factory was destroyed by a fire but was rebuilt. When the founder Herman Schrader died the business was bought by John and William Hillenbrand. In 1874 another furniture factory burned down, The Union Furniture Factory. Then the next year another factory was erected, The Blank Bros. Furniture Manufacturing Company. Also during the 1870s Batesville published its first newspaper, The Prairie Farmer in 1879.

During the 1880s the town of Batesville started its first form of government, appointed by the community. The first mayor was George M. Hillenbrand. The first town board served without pay. The board consisted of five officers: Jacob Blank Jr., John Lehmkuehler, John Hillenbrand, William Hillenbrand, and Christian Schwieler. Much of the money that was put toward the town came directly out of the officers' pockets. For example, in February 1883, they donated $153.06 to go toward paying for the town’s bills. By September, when the financial report was reviewed, Batesville only had $1.82 in its account. Also during 1883, Batesville began major road construction.

In 1884 Batesville organized the Batesville Casket Company. It was managed by J. Spiegel and later purchased by George M. Hillenbrand in February 1906. Also in 1884 the town jail was completed at a cost of $211.55. The inmates were forced to break stone to pay for their stay in the prison.

Several developments took place in 1887, including new additions to the town and telephone connections to the town of Oldenburg. These developments were funded by a grant applied for by Mr. Haverkos. Also in 1887, John Hillenbrand and Victor Oberting opened a stone quarry on some of Mr. Hillenbrand’s land near Batesville. In December 1887, the town hall was completed. The town hall was separated into two parts: one for the town board and the other for the fire company. The town hall was also rented out for public gatherings.

In March 1888, the school board made a decision to construct an addition onto the schoolhouse. This proposal estimated that the total cost of the addition would be $1,500. Also in 1888, the first city attorney (James H. Connelly) was appointed at a salary of $35 per year, and many new businesses were added. In this year, Henry F. E. Schrader moved to Batesville and opened a tin shop and built homes. Also, Henry H. Kramer started a grocery store on the corner of Walnut and Boehringer. As well as new stores, a covered bridge was built over the Laughery Creek, which made travel much easier.

In 1889 Batesville finally paved its roads with stone that came from the Hillenbrand and Oberting Stone Quarry. As well as the paving of the roads, Batesville opened the Batesville State Bank. In February 1890, Batesville had built its first sidewalks. Also in the 1890s, street lamps were introduced to Batesville. These lamps were oil lamps but in October a proposal was written to turn them all into electric lamps, but the proposal was denied. But on January 29, 1894 the first electric lamp was placed in front of Town Hall.

In 1895 a petition was written and accepted to build another school. The total estimated cost would be $5,700. The land would be $700 and the school building would be $5,000. In 1897 Batesville decided to stop the use of the electric lamps because of the rates that people had to pay to keep them going, but then in 1898 Batesville decided that they would reduce the rates and only use the lamps when needed.[3]

Businesses of Batesville

Batesville is well known for being the headquarters of the Batesville Casket Company and Hill-Rom.

Batesville Casket has been around since 1884 and is still a flourishing business for Batesville. Batesville Casket is one of the leading casket companies in the Midwest.[4]

Another large industry in Batesville is the assembly of hospital beds. William Hillenbrand and his aunt Mary Mitchell founded Hill-Rom in 1927. The business took off after The Great Depression ended. William convinced hospitals to use his wooden hospital bed for six months free of charge.[5]

Batesville now

Batesville now contains five schools, Batesville Primary School, Batesville Intermediate School, Batesville Middle School, Batesville High School, and St. Louis School. The near-by town, Oldenburg, has Oldenburg Academy. Batesville and Oldenburg are considered the 'same town', because they are so very close.[6]

Batesville is also home to a few outdoor recreation facilities. Batesville Liberty Park is the main public park in Batesville. Liberty Park offers many recreational activities, horseshoes, volleyball, baseball, basketball, playground sets, and pavilion.[7] Batesville also offers walking and biking trails. The main bike trail and running trail is Brum Woods, 80 acres of woods donated by Lena Brum. Batesville also contains two golf courses, Cricket Ridge Public Golf Course and Hillcrest Country Club and Golf Course.[8]

Batesville is also home to a few indoor recreational facilities. The Southeast Indiana YMCA is the more popular of attractions. This YMCA contains a natatoreium, two basketball courts, a gym, and a racquetball court as well as training centers for Gymnastics, Martial Arts, dance, and more. The other main main indoor facility in Batesville is the Bee Active Gym , which provides space for Soccer, Gymnastics, Dance, Jazzercise, and a small gym.


Batesville is located at 39°17′54″N 85°13′17″W / 39.29833°N 85.22139°W / 39.29833; -85.22139 (39.298262, -85.221480)[9].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.9 square miles (15.3 km²), of which, 5.8 square miles (15.1 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (1.19%) is water.

Batesville is noted for its central location between Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Louisville, Kentucky. Because of this, there is a rivalry between fans of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts and fans of the Cincinnati Bengals. There is also a large number of fans of the Cleveland Browns, especially among the older residents. This is most likely due to the fact that it was only in the last few decades that Cincinnati and Indianapolis got football teams


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,033 people, 12,240 households, and 9,581 families residing in Batesville. The population density was 1,036.2 people per square mile (400.2/km²). There were 2,335 housing units at an average density of 401.0/sq mi (154.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.17% White, 0.02% African American, 0.13% Native American, 1.13% Asian, 0.91% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.23% of the population.

There were 2,242 households out of which 37.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.5% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.4% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.19.

The population age is spread out with 28.5% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $50,115, and the median income for a family was $58,590. Males had a median income of $38,862 versus $29,127 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,892. About 2.4% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.1% of those under age 18 and 6.9% of those age 65 or over.

The area was rated as one of the top 25 places to live in the country recently due to the school system, low crime rate, and distribution of wealth.

Famous residents

  • Joe and Dave Herbert, Doritos contest Million dollar winners.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Wonning, Paul Batesville Area Historical Society. Retrieved November 22, 2008, from History of Batesville-Chronology Web site:
  4. ^ Batesville Historic Philosophy. Retrieved November 22, 2008, from Batesville Casket Company Web site:
  5. ^ Hill-Rom History. Retrieved November 22, 2008, from Hill-Rom Web site:
  6. ^ Greater Community Links. Retrieved November 22, 2008, from Welcome to Batesville Web site:
  7. ^ Liberty Park. Retrieved November 22, 2008, from Welcome to Batesville Web site:
  8. ^ Tourism. Retrieved November 22, 2008, from Welcome to Batesville Web site:
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Batesville is a city in the state of Indiana, in the United States.


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