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Bert E. Woodbury collection

 Collection — Folder: S1452
Identifier: S1452

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photocopies of chapters 20 through 43 of the typewritten manuscript “A History of Union City” by Bert E. Woodbury. Written from October 1935 to April 1936, the history relates information regarding the early settlement of the area and has biographical sketches of a number of early residents of the community, including Jeremiah Smith, Oliver H. Smith, Dr. Joel N. Converse, Simon Branham, William Anderson, Seth Hoke, John Koontz, Alfred Lenox, Abraham Hoke, William Marsh, Robert McKee, Jesse Paxon, Victor Oehler, Rufus A. Willson, Rev. Thomas Coclazer, William T. Worthington, Samuel L. Carter, James C. Smith, Coppy Smith, Joseph L. Schrontz, and John M. Shank. The last few chapters relate information regarding the incorporation of the town and early town board activity.


  • 1935-1936


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

Bertram Eugene Woodbury was a lifelong resident of Randolph County, Indiana. Born December 19, 1881 in Wayne Township, he attended township schools and the Indiana Normal School at Muncie, Indiana (now Ball State University). He began studying law under the Shockney Brothers, well-known lawyers in Union City, in 1908 and was admitted to the bar in 1909. He also graduated from a 3 year correspondence course in law in 1910 and formed a successful law practice with Ernest M. Dunn in 1911. A Democrat, he was the prosecuting attorney for Randolph County for a number of years and also served a term as mayor of Union City. He later served as assistant state budget director and state assistant inheritance tax administrator. He married Ethel Belle Ward on February 29, 1908 and they had one son. He passed away at the age of 64 on September 8, 1946.


"Noted Randolph County Figure is Dead at 64." Union City Times-Gazette (IN), September 9, 1946.

Smith, John L. and Lee L. Driver. Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana. Indianapolis: A.W. Bowen and Company, 1914.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Union City Library on 1967/07/07.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/11/18 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/11/18 by Laura Eliason.
Bert E. Woodbury 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.