Township Office History

History has it that Chapman J Root, Root Glass Company, built Happy T Mansion (Township Office) for his daughter in 1900.  Mr Root designed the elusive hobble skirt bottle for Coca-Cola.

Karl Johnson, Steel Parts Corporation, came from a prominent family from Kokomo and moved to the large brick and stone estate in 1944.

In mid 1950s, Ted Thompson, aka Happy Thompson, purchased the property.  Happy T was a cattle farmer during WWII.  He installed large meat lockers in the basement where he use to butcher registered Aberdeen Black Angus, that he raised across US 31.  Happy T owned the finest angus cattle around and people would pay high dollar for one of his cows. After they would tag their cow, Mr Thompson would remove the tag and go to the local stockyard to purchase and butcher a junk cow. Happy T sold his good cows over and over.  He eventually got caught and went to jail.

Horse enthusiast, visionary, and developer, Ralph Wilfong bought the estate in the summer of 1973. Around that same time frame Ralph also acquired Senator Farm, Two Gaits Farm, and the Palin Farm, all 3 farms were nationally known Standardbred horse farms.  Ralph used the Happy T Mansion for his corporate office and eventually moved the home in 1997, from where Best Buy is located now, up Greyhound Pass about 3 blocks because of development.  It is now home of the Westfield Washington Township Trustee’s Office.