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Margaret Trusler Fisher collection

 Collection — Folder: S0330
Identifier: S0330

Scope and Contents

There are five items in this collection, beginning with a New Testament with the inscription: “Cleo Grist, Ireland Universalist Church, 1871.” Two cardboard memorial cards measure 4 1/8 x 6 ½” with gold lettering on black background. The oldest card is for Mrs. Angie Trusler, died Jan. 12, 1888, aged 27 years, 3 months, 27 days. The second card is for Isabel Trusler (mother of Ira and grandmother of Margaret Trusler Fisher) died May 7, 1900, aged 69 years, 7 months, 11 days. A program for Class Day on Thursday, and Commencement Day on Friday, in June 1904, is for School No. 8.

On March 24, 1974, Margaret Trusler Fisher, Indianapolis, Indiana, dated the typed, four-page biographical sketch of her father, Ira Thompson Trusler, attorney. She gives her family history back to 1819. Her grandfather, Milton Trusler (1825-1906) founded the Universalist Church at Bentley, Fayette County, Indiana.

Ira received diplomas from colleges for rapid writing, ornamental penmanship, and accounting. In 1897, he was awarded the degree Bachelor of Laws from the University of Indianapolis, Department of Law. He practiced law in Connersville until 1901 when he moved to Indianapolis. In 1903, the family moved to Washington, D.C., where he worked for the Treasury Department. Margaret’s mother “Kathie” died November 12, 1905. A few months later, on February 22, 1906, Ira Trusler died at their home at 651 East Twenty-third Street, Indianapolis. They are both buried in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Following the four-page manuscript is one page with copies of six newspaper clippings. There are obituaries for Margaret, wife of Samuel Alley, died March 9, 1883; Samuel Alley, died January 24, 1891 (?); Mrs. Aaron G. Nutt, age 88, died in Connersville in 1950; Miss Edna Roberts, age 85, niece of Dr. Margaret T. Fisher, Butler University professor of English, 651 East 23nd Street; and Mrs. Theo. P. Crist, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Roberts, no date.

The headline of the sixth clipping states: “Arkansas People Like Oregon’s Fine Roads.” The three paragraphs list a party from Jonesboro, Arkansas, traveling by auto to Portland, and being impressed by Oregon’s roads as “the best in the country.” Members of the group were: “Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Nutt, Jonesboro, and Edna Roberts, and Mrs. Chester McPherson of Indianapolis, where the Nutts formerly lived.”


  • 1871-1974

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

Margaret Trusler Fisher was born on November 28, 1901, to Ira Thompson Trusler (1866-1906) and Katherine Pearl Roberts (1869-1905). Her parents were married on November 15, 1887, at which time her mother’s name was recorded as Pearl K. Roberts. Margaret had three older brothers and one sister. They were: John Roberts, born in 1891; Mary, born 1893, married Chester McPherson; Harold Milton, born 1897; and Eldon N., born 1899.

In 1974, Margaret wrote a four-page typed paper about her father Ira, who was an attorney. In this paper (pages 1 and 2), she wrote: “Margaret Trusler Fisher was awarded the degrees Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in English from the University of Chicago. She was retired in August of 1972 as Lecturer in English from the Department of English of Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, having been elected to membership in the Indiana University Emeritus Club on May 13, 1972.”

Following these four pages, Margaret attached a page reprinting six newspaper clippings, which included family obituaries. Margaret had a son named Robert Fisher. She died in Santa Clara, California, on November 23, 1990. Source:

Information Found within Collection and from accessed on 9/12/2013.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Margaret Fisher during October 1974.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Nikki Stoddard Schofield during September 2013. EAD finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2018/05/11.
Margaret Trusler Fisher collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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