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Harry Dorsey Bertsch clipping

 Collection — Folder: S0584
Identifier: S0584

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a clipping of Harry Dorsey Bertsch's column, "Along the Old Trail", printed in the August 15, 1930 newspaper, The Old Trails Echo (Centerville, Indiana). The article reprinted an April 6, 1838 letter written by Samuel Hannah to his sister-in-law, Mary Bishop Willetts. In the letter, Hannah relates business conditions in Centerville following the Panic of 1837 noting that "Times are very hard. Money is every day becoming scarcer so that it is next to impossible to make collections." A photograph of Mr. Hannah was also printed along with the article.


  • 1930/08/15


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

Harry Dorsey Bertsch was born on November 12, 1864 at Centerville, Indiana to Charles and Sarah Bertsch. He married Florence Dickson (1864-1932) in 1892 and they had one daughter. Bertsch was a newspaper editor and wrote the column, "Along the Old Trail." He died on May 22, 1937.

Sources: "Harry D. Bertsch." 1900 United States Federal Census. Accessed November 28, 2016. "Harry Dorsey Bertsch." Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed November 28, 2016. "Harry Dorsey Bertsch." U.S. sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Accessed November 28, 2016.

Biographical Note

Samuel Hannah was born December 1, 1789 near Wilmington, Delaware to James and Sarah Hannah. His family moved to Fayette County, Pennsylvania and there he married Eleanor Bishop (1793-1864) in 1811. He moved with his family to Warren County, Ohio in 1815 and then to Wayne County, Indiana in 1817. One of the early pioneers of Indiana, he was a businessman and served his community as the sheriff of Wayne County, the county clerk, a Justice of the Peace, and the postmaster of Centerville. He also served as a member of the Indiana legislature and as Treasure of the State. He was the first president of the Indiana Central Railway (1851-1852) and then served as treasurer of the Indianapolis and Belfontaine Railway Company (1852-1864). He passed away in Indianapolis on September 8, 1869.


Austin, Mrs. Helen V. "Historic Houses and Personages of Centerville." Indiana Magazine of History, December, 1905. Accessed November 28, 2016.

Hannah, Perrin Kent. "Hannah Family Record: Biographical Material concerning Samuel Hannah." Genealogy Division, Indiana State Library.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/11/29 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2016/11/29 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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