Dubois County: Hoosier Faiths, Hoosier Communities 1996-1997ohrc036

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


Finding aid created by: 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


Creator Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory
Title: Dubois County: Hoosier Faiths, Hoosier Communities
Dates: 1996-1997
Quantity: 10 interviewsAudio files, transcripts, and collateral materials
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.
Location: Interviews are housed in Franklin Hall, Room 0030B. Copies of interview transcripts are also held by the IU Libraries University Archives. Contact archives@indiana.edu for more information. For other locations housing the interviews from this project, please contact the Center for Documentary Research and Practice office.
Language: Materials are in English
Repository: Center for Documentary Research and Practice

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.


Restrictions

Usage Restrictions: The archive of the Center for Documentary Research and Practice 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. 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. Audio files 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 audio 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).


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[interviewee first name last name] interview, by [interviewer first name last name], [interview date(s)], [call number], [project name], Center for Documentary Research and Practice, Indiana University, Bloomington, [page number(s) or tape number and side if no transcript; if digital audio and no transcript, cite time when quote occurs].

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.


Table of Contents


96-100 Dilger, Theodore July 9, 1996
CreatorMuehr, Heiko not transcribed; 2 tapes, 1 7/8 ips
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.
96-102 Haake, Roy July 31, 1996
CreatorMuehr, Heiko 51 pages; 3 tapes, 1 7/8 ips, 150 minutes; index
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.
96-105 Hoffman, Lavella August 26, 1997
CreatorMuehr, Heiko 32 pages; 1 tape, 1 7/8 ips, 60 minutes; index
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.
96-107 Jackle, Ceril; Jackle, Cleda August 27, 1997
CreatorMuehr, Heiko 75 pp. 2 tapes, 1 7/8 ips, 105 minutes; index
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.
96-104 Kearby, Minnie August 26, 1997
CreatorMuehr, Heiko not transcribed; 1 tape, 1 7/8 ips, 60 minutes
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.
96-109 Keller, Ernest August 31, 1997
CreatorMuehr, Heiko 87 pages; 3 tapes, 1 7/8 ips, 165 minutes; index
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.
96-103 Krampe, August; Krampe, Frances July 31, 1996
CreatorMuehr, Heiko not transcribed; 3 tapes, 1 7/8 ips, 150 minutes
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.
96-101 Loewenstein, Albert July 17, 1996
CreatorMuehr, Heiko not transcribed; 2 tapes, 1 7/8 ips, 120 minutes
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.
96-106 Mann, Ralph; Mann, Hilda August 27, 1997
CreatorMuehr, Heiko not transcribed; 1 tape, 1 7/8 ips, 50 minutes
Access Status
Open
Scope and Content Note
Ralph and Hilda Mann speak about farming, family traditions, and Lutheran communities in Dubois County.
96-108 Oeding, Gregory; Oeding, Rufina August 30, 1997
CreatorMuehr, Heiko not transcribed; 3 tapes, 1 7/8 ips, 140 minutes
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.