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Dubois County: Hoosier Faiths, Hoosier Communities, 1996-1997

A Guide to the Collection of Oral History Interviews at Indiana University Bloomington

Finding aid prepared by the staff of the Center for the Study of History and Memory with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Preservation and Access, 2000-2002

Overview of the Collection

Repository
Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory
Indiana University
400 North Sunrise Drive
Weatherly Hall North, Room 122
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: 812/855-2856
Fax: 812/855-0002
E-mail: ohrc@indiana.edu
http://www.indiana.edu/~cshm

Creator
Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory

Title
Dubois County: Hoosier Faiths, Hoosier Communities, 1996-1997

Project No.
ohrc036

Interviews
10 interviews. Audiotapes, transcripts, and collateral materials.

Physical Location
Interviews are housed in Weatherly Hall North, Room 122. Copies are also housed at the Indiana University Archives in Herman B Wells Library E460. For other locations housing the interviews from this project, please contact the Center for the Study of History and Memory office.

Language
Materials are in English

Abstract
This collection of interviews deals with life in Hoosier communities in southern Indiana, primarily during the mid-twentieth century. Emphasis is placed on the use of the German language, German culture, and religion, and how they have molded the community.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains ten interviews over the course of two years. Interviews range from 50 to 165 minutes. Most of the interviews consist of typed transcripts and audio tapes.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Oral history interviews conducted by the Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory from 1968 to the present, with particular focus on the history of twentieth-century America and the Midwest.
Usage Restrictions
The archive of the Center for the Study of History and Memory at Indiana University is open to the use of researchers. Copies of transcript pages are available only when such copies are permitted by the deed of gift signed by the interviewee. Scholars must honor any restrictions the interviewee placed on the use of the interview. Since some of our earlier (pre-computer) transcripts do not exist in final form, any editing marks in a transcript (deletions, additions, corrections) are to be quoted as marked. Tapes may not be copied for patrons unless the deed of gift permits it, and a transcript is unavailable for that interview. The same rules of use that apply to a transcript apply to the taped interview. Interviews may not be reproduced in full for any public use, but excerpted quotes may be used as long as researchers fully cite the data in their research, including accession number, interview date, interviewee's and interviewer's name, and page(s).
Preferred Citation
[interviewee first name last name] interview, by [interviewer first name last name], [interview date(s)], [call number], [project name], Center for the Study of History and Memory, Indiana University, Bloomington, [page number(s) or tape number and side if no transcript].
Interview List

Interviewee
Dilger, Theodore July 9, 1996 

Call Number
96-100

Physical Description

not transcribed; 2 tapes, 1 7/8 ips

Interviewer
Muehr, Heiko

Access Status

Open

Scope and Content Note

Theodore Dilger speaks about life in the early twentieth century. He discusses some of his jobs, such as farming, working on a threshing crew, and later his position as town trustee. He also goes into detail about his education in a one-room schoolhouse, his teachers, and when the use of the German language was discontinued.

  • Keywords
    • Corporation Names
    • St. Ferdinand Catholic School
    • Personal Names
    • Roosevelt, Franklin Delano
    • Place Names
    • Ferdinand, Indiana
    • St. Meinrad, Indiana
    • Subjects
    • Dubois County public schools
    • community decline
    • farming
    • farming changes
    • high school
    • moonshining
    • one-room schoolhouses
    • Prohibition
    • school activities
    • school construction
    • school subjects
    • threshing

Interviewee
Haake, Roy July 31, 1996 

Call Number
96-102

Physical Description

51 pages; 3 tapes, 1 7/8 ips, 150 minutes; index

Interviewer
Muehr, Heiko

Access Status

Open

Scope and Content Note

Roy Haake, born 1921, grew up in Ferdinand, Indiana. He speaks about the importance of the moonshine industry to the economic stability of the area during the Great Depression. He discusses his schooling and the importance of religion to both himself and the community. His family owned the Ferdinand News which he took over after his military service during World War II. He describes how the paper was printed and discusses the nuances of the industry.

  • Keywords
    • Corporation Names
    • Ferdinand News
    • Ferdinand State Forest
    • Kitten Machine Shop
    • Works Progress Administration
    • Family Names
    • Beckman
    • Place Names
    • Ferdinand, Indiana
    • Tell City, Indiana
    • Subjects
    • church picnics
    • Dubois County public schools
    • farming
    • Ferdinanad Centennial
    • Ferdinand Flyer train
    • furniture factory
    • Great Depression
    • moonshine
    • newspaper publishing
    • recreational events
    • religion
    • school consolidation
    • tobacco farming
    • turtle soup

Interviewee
Hoffman, Lavella August 26, 1997 

Call Number
96-105

Physical Description

32 pages; 1 tape, 1 7/8 ips, 60 minutes; index

Interviewer
Muehr, Heiko

Access Status

Open

Scope and Content Note

Lavella Hoffman, born 1904, grew up in Haysville and moved to Portersville when she was married in 1922. She speaks about her early life including the non-use of German, the holidays, and particularly the influence of religion in her life. She also discusses some memories of World War I, Prohibition, and the Great Depression.

  • Keywords
    • Corporation Names
    • Christ Evangelical Church
    • St. Paul's Lutheran Church
    • Place Names
    • Haysville, Indiana
    • Portersville, Indiana
    • Subjects
    • family history
    • gardening
    • German language
    • Great Depression
    • holidays
    • Prohibition
    • recreational events
    • religion
    • World War I

Interviewee
Jackle, Ceril; Jackle, Cleda August 27, 1997 

Call Number
96-107

Physical Description

75 pp. 2 tapes, 1 7/8 ips, 105 minutes; index

Interviewer
Muehr, Heiko

Access Status

Open

Scope and Content Note

Ceril, born 1912, and Cleda Jackle, born 1914, speak about their life in Dubois County. They discuss the use of the German language at home and in church. They speak about their early life including their schooling, courtship, and life together farming.

  • Keywords
    • Corporation Names
    • Christ Evangelical Church
    • Cumberland Presbyterian Church
    • Lochenour School
    • St. Paul's Lutheran Church
    • Place Names
    • Haysville, Indiana
    • Portersville, Indiana
    • Subjects
    • church events
    • courtship
    • Dubois County public schools
    • electrification
    • farming
    • German language
    • moonshine
    • Prohibition
    • World War I

Interviewee
Kearby, Minnie August 26, 1997 

Call Number
96-104

Physical Description

not transcribed; 1 tape, 1 7/8 ips, 60 minutes

Interviewer
Muehr, Heiko

Access Status

Open

Scope and Content Note

Minnie Kearby, born in April 1893, discusses her early childhood and education. She recalls growing up on a farm in Ireland, Indiana and all the work that went into it. She discusses World War I. Kearby, talks about the changes that have come about in farming, schooling, transportation, and business. She shares anecdotes about her life.

  • Keywords
    • Place Names
    • Ireland, Indiana
    • Subjects
    • family
    • farming
    • religion

Interviewee
Keller, Ernest August 31, 1997 

Call Number
96-109

Physical Description

87 pages; 3 tapes, 1 7/8 ips, 165 minutes; index

Interviewer
Muehr, Heiko

Access Status

Open

Scope and Content Note

Ernest Keller, born 1915, speaks about life during the early twentieth century. He discusses his family history, school, the Great Depression, and religious activities. Descriptions of Prohibition and moonshining are included. He also discusses some of his jobs, such as logging, farming, and the construction of the Ferdinand State Forest.

  • Keywords
    • Corporation Names
    • Civilian Conservation Corps
    • Dubois County Bank
    • Ferdinand Farm Insurance Company
    • Works Progress Administration
    • Personal Names
    • Capone, Al
    • Place Names
    • Devil's Corner, Indiana
    • Ferdinand, Indiana
    • Portersville, Indiana
    • St. Croix, Indiana
    • Subjects
    • butchering
    • Dubois County public schools
    • family history
    • farming
    • German language
    • Great Depression
    • insurance business
    • lake construction
    • logging
    • moonshine
    • Prohibition
    • religious tensions
    • tobacco farming
    • turtle soup

Interviewee
Krampe, August; Krampe, Frances July 31, 1996 

Call Number
96-103

Physical Description

not transcribed; 3 tapes, 1 7/8 ips, 150 minutes

Interviewer
Muehr, Heiko

Access Status

Open

Scope and Content Note

August and Frances Krampe discuss their memories of childhood, farming, education, and religion in Ferdinand, Indiana. They share details of farm life, butchering, threshing, and farm changes. The Krampes discuss church activities, religious instruction and church picnics. They also describe the moving of their house when Interstate 69 was constructed.

  • Keywords
    • Corporation Names
    • Ferdinand Farmers Mutual Insurance
    • Kitten Engines
    • St. Ferdinand Catholic Church
    • Occupation Names
    • farmer
    • secretary
    • township trustee
    • Place Names
    • Dale, Indiana
    • Ferdinand, Indiana
    • Harrison Township, Indiana
    • Santa Clause, Indiana
    • Subjects
    • business
    • butchering
    • church activities
    • church picnics
    • employment
    • family history
    • farming
    • farm changes
    • farm machinery
    • gardening
    • German language
    • Great Depression
    • house moving
    • insurance
    • moonshine
    • New Deal programs
    • one-room schools
    • processions
    • religious instruction
    • schooling
    • threshing
    • town changes

Interviewee
Loewenstein, Albert July 17, 1996 

Call Number
96-101

Physical Description

not transcribed; 2 tapes, 1 7/8 ips, 120 minutes

Interviewer
Muehr, Heiko

Access Status

Open

Scope and Content Note

Albert Lowewenstein worked at the Holland National Bank for over fifty years. He discusses the importance of his church in his life and the community with reminiscences of the church choir, picnics, and other religious events. He also speaks about his education and the schools of the community as well as the banking business during the Great Depression.

  • Keywords
    • Corporation Names
    • Holland National Bank
    • St. James Lutheran Evangelical Church
    • Place Names
    • Holland, Indiana
    • Subjects
    • banking business
    • church choir
    • church picnics
    • Confirmation
    • Dubois County public schools
    • farming
    • Great Depression
    • huckster wagon
    • local businesses
    • local history

Interviewee
Mann, Ralph; Mann, Hilda August 27, 1997 

Call Number
96-106

Physical Description

not transcribed; 1 tape, 1 7/8 ips, 50 minutes

Interviewer
Muehr, Heiko

Access Status

Open

Scope and Content Note

Ralph and Hilda Mann speak about farming, family traditions, and Lutheran communities in Dubois County.

  • Keywords
    • Corporation Names
    • St. John's Lutheran School
    • Subjects
    • family traditions
    • farming
    • Lutheran communities

Interviewee
Oeding, Gregory; Oeding, Rufina August 30, 1997 

Call Number
96-108

Physical Description

not transcribed; 3 tapes, 1 7/8 ips, 140 minutes

Interviewer
Muehr, Heiko

Access Status

Open

Scope and Content Note

Gregory Oeding and his wife, Rufina, discuss their early lives and education in the small German communities of Dubois County, Indiana. They recall family life and farming, including hog butchering and wheat threshing, winemaking and moonshine, and the German language. They describe life during the Great Depression. The Oedings discuss the role religion has played in their lives, recall church traditions and gatherings, and talk about the changes that have occurred since Vatican II. They discuss the changes in the area over the years including health care, school, language, and farming.

  • Keywords
    • Place Names
    • Ferdinand, Indiana
    • St. Henry, Indiana
    • St. Meinrad, Indiana
    • Subjects
    • butchering
    • church picnics
    • church traditions
    • Dubois County public schools
    • family history
    • family life
    • farming
    • German language
    • Great Depression
    • health care
    • moonshine
    • religion
    • sausage making
    • turtle soup
    • Vatican II
    • wheat threshing
    • winemaking