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W. E. Blacklidge papers

 Collection — Folder: S127
Identifier: S0127

Scope and Contents

This collection includes an autographed, signed letter from William E. Blacklidge in Kokomo, Indiana on November 25, 1931 regarding the Brookville College.


  • 1931

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

William E. Blacklidge's parents were Richard and Lucinda, and he was born on August 1, 1851 near Brookville, Indiana. He attended Brookville College in the 1860s. He also attended the National Normal School at Lebanon, Ohio and then taught for six years. He married Amanda J. Hackleman in 1878, and they had two children, Alpha and Kent. He became a lawyer and practiced with his brother, James C. Blacklidge, in Kokomo, Indiana. He organized and directed both the Citizens National Bank and the Kokomo Trust Company, which banks merged and he became vice-president and director if the new entity. He assisted in the organization of the Diamond Plate Glass Company, which was later acquired by the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company. He was one of three men who bought the Opalescent Glass Works in Kokomo in 1890 when it went into receivership and renamed it the Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company. The company still exists and is operated by descendants of the three men. He died on January 24, 1935 and is buried in Kokomo, Indiana.

Information found within the collection.

"Blacklidge, William E." 1870 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2014/03/03.

"Blacklidge, William E." 1880 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2014/03/03.

"Blacklidge, William E." Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company, Inc. Retrieved 2014/03/03.

"Blacklidge, William E." (1929) IN Book of Indiana. Indiana Biographical Association. (pp. 380, 404). I 920 H875b

"Blacklidge, William Edgar." Web: Indiana, Find a Grave Index, 1899-2012. htttp://

"History of Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company." Retrieved 2014/03/03.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/03/03 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2014/03/03 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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