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Nancy Hovarter papers

Identifier: S0685

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a postcard and a letter sent to Nancy Hovarter in Angola, Indiana from her daughter Hattie Weirich in Toledo, Ohio on August 12, 1924, and from her granddaughter Ruth and family in Glenwood, Iowa on Augutst 24, 1931, respectively concerning travel, unemployment, farming, drought, and the swarm of grasshoppers which devastated Midwestern crops in 1931. There is also a letter to Hattie Weirich in Kendallville, Indiana from her sister Lydia in Orland, Indiana on July 15, 1894, regarding family news such as visiting and marriages. A newpaper clipping of a poem written by Alvin M. Strauss, age eleven, titled "The Shipwreck" (ca. 1906) is also found in the collection.

There are also several advertisement cards from John Mundell & Co., Philadelphia for Solar Tip Shoes (1884), O. Carver Druggist and Stationer, Angola, Indiana (undated), Woolson Spice Co. Toledo, Ohio for Lion Coffee (undated), and Malcolm Love & Co., Waterloo, New York for Waterloo Organs (ca. 1890's), as well as a "Stoddard's Tiger on our National Holidays" advertisement booklet by the Stoddard Mfg Co., Dayton, Ohio (undated).


  • 1884-1931


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

Nancy Bixler Hovarter was born on July 5, 1843 in Kendallville, Indiana to Andrew and Elizabeth Bixler. She married William Hovarter (1842-1899) on August 6, 1869 and they had three children: Lydia (1871-1895), Charles (1873-1949), Hattie (1875-1960). Nancy died at the age of 91 on October 9, 1934.

Sources: "Nancy Hovarter." 1880 United States Federal Census. Accessed November 19, 2015. "Nancy Bixler Hovarter." Find a Grave Index. Accessed November 19, 2015.

"Mrs. Hovarter, Native of Allen Township, Dies." Kendallville News-Sun, October 9, 1934, 1.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Lucile Boring on 1970/08/11.


No further additions are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of Nancy Hovarter papers are available electronically in Indiana Memory:

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/11/19 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2015/11/19 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid revised 2015/12/11 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

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