Scope and Contents
This collection contains a pocket size notebook used by J.C. Stephens to record debit entries for the West Lebanon Lecture Bureau in West Lebanon, Indiana from November 29, 1887 to March 14, 1888. The page for credit entries is blank.
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John C. Stephens was born April 24, 1849 in Hamilton County, Indiana to Henry and Mary (Wells) Stephens. Following his mother's death in 1859, he and his father moved to a farm near West Lebanon in Warren County in 1860. As a young man, he worked as a carpenter, butcher and grocer. In 1888, he was elected the county recorder and at the expiration of his term of office in 1892, he became a partner in the law firm of Hanly, Stansbury and Stephens, taking charge of the abstracting work. The partnership later became Stansbury and Stephens, then Stephens and Billings before he took over the entire work in 1902. He was married to Sarah Clawson in 1869 and they had four children. Following Sarah's death in 1909, he married Vera McCormick in 1910. Mr. Stephens died in Williamsport at the age of 80 on January 27, 1930.
"James [sic] C. Stephens." The Review-Republican (Williamsport, IN), January 30, 1930.
"Stephens Funeral Held Wednesday." Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN), January 29, 1930. Accessed October 21, 2021. https://www.newspapers.com.