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This collection contains a transcript of an oral history tape made with Gerald Hanfield, Indiana State Library. Bircher describes boyhood in rural Indiana, his teaching methods, and school discipline. Birchler worked for the Agricultural Adjustment Administration in the 1930 and he discusses Prohibition and the Depression and its effects on farming. At the time of this interview, he lived in the house he and his wife built in 1913, and he talks about designing and building this home. In the 1960s, he worked on a history of Fulda, Indiana.
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Benedict C. Birchler, son of Steven and Mary Hurm Birchler, was born on a farm near Fulda, Indiana on January 28, 1882. Birchler was the eleventh of thirteen children. After completing ninth grade, he obtained a teaching license. He also attended business school in Indianapolis in 1902. He married to Regina L. Tretter on November 21, 1905 with which he had 8 children, Alberta, Cletus, Colletta, Denis, Severin, Priscilla, Doris, and Charles. He married Mary Porter in May 1930. Bender farmed and taught school in Fulda, retiring in 1937. He worked for Agricultural Adjustment Administration in the 1930s. He died August 13, 1980.
Oral History Transcript, May 4, 1977
The Ferdinand News, August 14, 1980
Ancestry Library. Indiana State Library. March, 2012.
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