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Robert Otis Watson collection

 Collection — Folder: S1371
Identifier: S1371

Scope and Contents

This collection contains documents pertaining to the short life of Robert Otis Watson, the only child of Oliver and Sarah Irena (Fatout) Watson. When Robert left the Wood St. School, Decatur, Illinois, in the spring of 1913, his teacher wrote to Mrs. Watson: "We are so very sorry that Robert is going to leave us. He is a dear boy and very bright and interesting. I like especially his courageous truthfulness, and am sorry I cannot be with him to watch him grow into the fine man he will surely be if he continues as he has begun." The certificates in the collection are for his being on the honor roll in 1915, 1916, and 1917, as well as for successfully completing a two year course in auto shop at Arsenal Technical Schools, Indianapolis, in June 1921. The principal of Arsenal, M. H. Stuart, wrote to Robert's parents on November 2, 1923, telling them about the installation of belt tightening equipment which Robert designed and which was being installed in the power plant. There are papers about Robert's tombstone and burial. An undated pencil drawing by Robert shows a Stutz automobile.


  • 1913-1924


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

Robert Otis Watson was born July 26, 1904, the only child of Oliver Watson and Sarah Irena Fatout. Sarah was the daughter of Harvey B. Fatout and Ann Moody. Robert attended Wood St. School, Decatur, Illinois, and left in 1913. He attended public school in Liberty, Hendricks County, where he was on the Roll of Honor several times. In 1921, Robert completed two years of the auto shop course at Arsenal Technical High School. Robert died on August 16, 1923. Robert is buried in Bethesda Cemetery, Brownsburg, Hendricks County, Indiana.


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 Mildren T. Fisbler on 1968/10/30.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2018/6/28 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
Robert Otis Watson 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.