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Edward Beecher Bender oral history

Identifier: OH036

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a transcript and an audiotape reel of an oral history with Edward Beecher Bender conducted with Tom Krasean for the Indiana State Library on October 31, 1968. Bender discusses growing up on a farm, his association with the Ku Klux Klan and Indiana politics during the 1920s, the Boone County R.E.M.C. and farming in the 1960s.


  • 1968/10/31


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Edward Beecher Bender, son of Peter H. and Margarett A. Beck Bender, was born in Zionsville Indiana on December 7, 1872. The family moved to a farm just outside of Zionsville when Bender was two years old. After graduating from Zionsville High School in 1894, he obtained a teaching license. He then attended DePauw and Indiana Universities, earning an A. B. in 1901. He married Annie Ellen Smith on September 6, 1899, with which he had three son, Ranald, Smith, and Robert Bender. He married Alma Sickler in 1931, and Lucille Starkey. Bender was a farmer, and merchant, owner of Beecher and Laycock Hardware. He was founder and director of the Boone County Rural Electric Membership Cooperative, R.E.M.C., from 1936 to 1966. Bender served in the Indiana Legislature in 1923, 1925, and 1927. He died January 23, 1971.


Information found in the collection.

Biographical Directory of the Indiana General Assembly, V. 2, 1900-1984 p. 34.

The Indianapolis Star, Jan 24, 1971, Sec 3, p. 5

Ancestry Library. Indiana State Library. Accessed December 2011.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 transcript, 1 reel-to-reel audiotape)

Language of Materials



This collection includes one transcript.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as part of the Indiana State Library Oral History Project in 1968.


No further additons are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

The digitized transcript from the collection are available online in the ISL Digital Collections (

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Marcia Caudell during December 2011. EAD finding aid created by Bethany Fiechter on 2019/07/01. Collection reprocessing completed 2020/03/09 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid revised 2020/03/09 by Brittany Kropf.


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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.