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Old Bachelors Club collection

 Collection — Folder: S1615
Identifier: S1615

Scope and Contents

The Old Bachelors Club was organized on May 1, 1858, by eight young men who vowed never to marry. The writer of these four pages of typed notes stated that "they all married and reared families." The notes mention various businesses in Muncie where the men lived and worked. Thomas Hickman Kirby has the longest biography. He fought in the Civil War, took a wind-jammer to California, and worked in the Comstock Lode Gold Mine. Back in Muncie, Mr. Kirby worked in his father's lumber business. Goldberry Maddy had a shoe business, and his brother William had a grocery store.


  • 1901-1905

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.

Historical Note

The members of the Old Bachelors Club were: John Van Horne Cassady and William Van Horne Cassady, sons of William and Elizabeth (Van Horne) Cassady; Thomas Hickman Kirby, eldest son of Thomas Kirby; Goldberry S. Maddy and William Riley Maddy, sons of James A. and Susanna Battreal Maddy; E. W. Gilbert; J. E. Davies; and Jason Willson, who married Adam Wolfe's daughter.


Items in the collection.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged numerically by page number.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2016/6/16 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
Old Bachelors Club collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.