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William M. Deiwert journal

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2235

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photocopies of William M. Deiwert's daily journal containing entries ranging from June 27, 1906 to March 10, 1909. The first 9 pages of the journal were used to record the names and birthdates of his wife, children and grandchildren.


  • 1906-1909

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

William M. Deiwert was born March 2, 1828 in Ohio to William and Rebecca (Mow) Deiwert. When he was four years old, the family moved to Washington Township, Shelby County, Indiana. In 1852, he traveled to the gold fields of California, found success there, then returned home to Shelby County in 1859. He became a farmer and purchased his 80 acre farm located a mile west of Norristown in 1860. Deiwert married Eliza A. Newton in February 1861 and they had 12 children. In 1874, he was elected justice of the peace and was re-elected three times for a total term of sixteen years. Deiwert was a Mason for more than fifty years and a one of the leaders in the Norristown Grange, as well as a member of the Methodist Church. William Deiwert died at the age of 82 on March 9, 1910.


Information found within collection.

History of Shelby County, Indiana: From the Earliest Time to the Present, With Biographical Sketches, Notes, Etc., Together With a Short History of the Northwest, the Indiana Territory, and the State of Indiana. Chicago: Brant and Fuller, 1887.

"Shelby County Pioneer Died Wednesday Night: William Deiwert Passed Away at Nine O'Clock at His Home West of Norristown." Shelbyville Democrat (Ind.), March 10, 1910.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Franklin (Mabel) Bobbitt on 1966/04/14.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

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

L209: Indiana Sesquicentennial Manuscript Project collection, Box 2, Folder 3

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/09/15 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/09/15 by Laura Eliason.
William M. Deiwert journal
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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