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Von A. Eichhorn papers

Identifier: L266

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence from Von A. Eichhorn and others in Indianapolis and other cities in Indiana; newspaper clippings, departmental reports; committee reports, minutes and administrative papers; maps; photographs; agendas; memoranda; Senate and House bills; and newsletters ranging from 1938 to 1978 regarding state legislation, committee reports and studies, political news and analysis, statistics and financial information.


  • 1938-1978, undated


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

Von Arden "Pat" Eichhorn was born on May 4, 1906, in Lancaster Township, Wells County, Indiana to Charles Rufus and Harriet Jane (Brickley) Eichhorn. He had at least five siblings, including; Hazle [Hazel], Don , Ethel I., Charles Jr. and Samuel. Eichhorn was graduated from high school in 1926 and married Myrtle Anna Fairchild on September 11, 1926 in Coldwater, Michigan. They had 3 children: Mary Jane, Gloria and Thomas F..

Eichhorn served in the Indiana Senate, as a Democrat, from 1939 to 1965, representing Adams, Blackford, and Wells counties, serving also as Speaker of the House. He worked as a lathe operator for General Electric Company (1934-1949), from which he retired. Eichoorn was also a businessman, owning an electrical and plumbing supply store, (1950s). He was a member of the following state commissions and committees: State Office Building Commission (1945-1950); School Study Commission; Lake Port Authority Commission (1960); Wells County Democratic central committee, chairman (1965-1969); secretary of the Indiana Senate (1967); Midwest Council of State Governments. Eichoorn was also a member of the Knights of Pythias and was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash. He died on September 18, 1993 and was buried in Hoverstock Cemetery in Zanesville, Indiana.

Eichhorn was a cousin of Abram Simmons (also a senator representing Adams, Blackford and Wells counties in 1917), who was the father of Virgil Mast Simmons (a member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing Adams and Wells counties in 1931) and cousin of John Franklin Decker (who was a Senator representing Adams, Blackford and Wells counties in 1919-1921).

Sources: "Von Eichhorn." 1910 United States Federal Census. Accessed September 26, 2016. "Von A. Eichhorn." 1940 United States Federal Census. Accessed September 26, 2016. "Von Arden Eichhorn." Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed September 26, 2016. "Von A. Eichhorn." Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867-1952. Accessed September 26, 2016. "Von A. 'Pat' Eichhorn. Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed September 26, 2016. http://www,

Indiana General Assembly. "Eichhorn, Von Arden." Indiana Legislator Database. Accessed September 26, 2016.

"Von A. 'Pat' Eichhorn." Fort Wayne (IN) News-Sentinel, August 19, 1993, p. 10A, c. 4.


5 Cubic Feet (15 manuscript boxes)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Von Arden Eichhorn on 1978/12/13.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

OH087: Von Eichhorn oral history

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2000/10/11 by Jamie L. Bargeron. EAD finding aid created 2016/10/12 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid revised 2022/08 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.