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Benedict C. Birchler oral history transcript

Identifier: OH038

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a transcript and an audiotape reel for an oral history interivew with Bendedict C. Birchler, conducted by Gerald Hanfield for the Indiana State Library on May 4, 1977. 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.


  • 1977/05/04


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

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. Accessed March, 2012.


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

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as part of the Indiana State Library Oral History Project in 1977


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Marcia Caudell during March 2012. EAD finding aid created by Bethany Fiechter on 2019/07/02. Collection reprocessing completed 2020/03/09 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid revised 2020/03/09 by Brittany Kropf.


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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.