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Edgar J. Thickstun collection

 Collection — Folder: S2253
Identifier: S2253

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photocopies of an April 23, 1892 letter sent to E. (Edgar) J. Thickstun of Belmont, Indiana from The Patentees' Union of Indianapolis, Indiana in response to a letter they received from Thickstun about selling his patent; a handwritten advertisement for the sale of his patent from circa 1893; and an unused supplementary agreement from the American Patent Agency of Cincinnati, Ohio from January 1894 that includes the signature of the manager, O.J. Bailey.

This collection also includes photocopies of a May 30, 1893 letter sent to "Dear friend Ada" from Kate, most likely Catherine J. Smith Whisenand, a dressmaker in Bloomington, Indiana; a business card for Doctor Mossop of Brown County; and an October 21, 1857 letter written by Mary A. Bollman of Decatur, Adams County, Indiana and sent to "Esteemed Friend William."


  • 1857-1894

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

Edgar J. Thickstun was born in February 1861 to John and Charlotte (Reed) Thickstun. His sister Ada was born in December 1857. Edgar was a farmer and filed a patent for a band cutter and feeder for a thrashing machine in June 1891. Neither Edgar nor Ada married and they lived together on a farm near Belmont in Brown County, Indiana. William Mossop (1851-1922), son of Dr. Stephen B. Mossop, boarded with the Thickstuns for a number of years. Edgar Thickstun died on January 25, 1930 of Bright's disease. Ada Thickstun died at the Madison State Hospital on January 12, 1944.

Sources: "Edgar Thickum." 1870 United States Federal Census." Accessed December 21, 2021. "Edgar J. Thickstun." 1900 United States Federal Census." Accessed December 21, 2021.

"Ed Thickstun Dead at Age of Sixty-nine." Brown County Democrat (Nashville, IN), July 31, 1930. "William S. Mossop." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed December 21, 2021.

"Funeral for Miss Ada Thickstun Friday." Brown County Democrat (Nashville, IN), January 13, 1944.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from J.D. Grubb on 1966/09/09.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/12/21 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/12/21 by Laura Eliason.
Edgar J. Thickstun collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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