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Bluffton-Wells County Public Library oral history transcripts

Identifier: OH003

Scope and Contents

This collection contains oral history transcripts of interviews with five members of the Bluffton, Indiana community by Barbara Elliott for the Bluffton-Wells County Public Library in 1976. The people interivewed were Samuel Aeschliman, Sr., Harold Caylor, John H. Edris, Sr., R. N. Fitzpatrick, and James W. Stogdill.


  • 1976


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This collection is open for research.

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Literary rights, including copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts. The publisher must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical Notes

Samuel Aeschliman, Sr., born 1891, was the son of Swiss immigrants. He was a member of the Apostolic Church in Bluffton, where he served as a church elder. He married Minnie Gilliom on September 3, 1916. They had five children together.

Harold Caylor had a career as a physician, like his father and grandfather. He attended Indiana University and went to the Rush Medical College at the University of Chicago (1914-1918). He worked at the Mayo Clinic for a time and set up a good-sized clinic called the Caylor-Nickel CLinic in Bluffton, Indiana.

John H. Edris, Sr. was a lawyer who practiced in Bluffton, Indiana, where he had lived for 55 years in 1976. His family had resided in Wells County since the 19th century. He attended Indiana University for undergraduate courses, took a year off to teach, and then returned to Bloomington to attend law school, attaining his degree in 1920. After Edris returned to Bluffton, he joined the law practice of William H. Eichorn, who later became a judge, and worked there for several decades. Edris served as a Wells County school board trustee (1948-1957).

R. N. Fitzpatrick attended Indiana University for two years before serving in the U.S. Army during World War I. After his return, he worked for his uncle, a road contractor, until 1921 or 1922. Fitzpatrick was then employed at the Wells County Bank, which closed in February, 1929 at the start of the Great Depression. He went on to work for First National Bank, one of two banks that survived the stockmarket crash.

James W. Stogdill lived and went to school in Wells County, graduating in 1915. He then went to work for the Studebaker Bank for 2 years before enlisting in the army during World War I. Sogdill returned to work at the bank, which closed in 1927. He had a lifelong career in banking at financial institutions in Bluffton.


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Custodial History

This collection was created by the Bluffton-Wells County Public Library in 1976.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed during April 2005 by Jennifer Duplaga. EAD finding aid created 2015/07/29 by Bethany Fiechter. Collection reprocessing completed 2020/02/27 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid revised 2020/02/27 by Brittany Kropf.


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