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Thurlo C. Holcomb, Noble County history collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2256

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photocopies of material about Noble County, Indiana history found mostly in local newspapers, transcribed and compiled by Thurlo C. Holcomb. The first folder contains articles published from November 1901 to February 1902 about the early lives of Edward B. and Emily (Wheeler) Spencer. Folder two consists of articles about Marvin Kuhns, a “desperado” from Noble County, that range from 1887-1960. Folder three has Homer Waltman’s recollections of York Township and John Bowman from 1935 and 1936. Folder four includes articles written from 1873 to 1961 about Gene Stratton Porter, the Sylvan Lake Dam, Rome City, Island Park Assembly, Brimfield, the old tavern at Northport, the rerouting of state road 9, Elkhart Township, the Wawaka bank robbery, and an old cannon owned by M.F. Owen of Rome City returned to Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1929. Folder five contains a January 24, 1894 article about the Noble County press, a series of articles titled, “The Newspapers of Albion, Indiana: History of the Press for Fifty Years, to 1899,” written by S. E. Alvord and published in the Albion Democrat in 1899, and an August 24, 1899 article that reprinted an old army letter sent by Samuel Poland of the 21st Indiana Regiment from Brashear City, Louisiana to his brother G. W. Poland in January 1863.


  • 1873-1961

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

Thomas Cleon Holcomb was born April 19, 1894 in Noble County, Indiana to Elmer and Leona (Skeels) Holcomb. He graduated from Wolf Lake High School in 1912 and went on to attend Indiana Normal, Tri-State College (Angola, Indiana), North Manchester, Winona College, Gregg of Chicago, and Indiana University. He also served his country in World War I. He began teaching school in Allen Township in 1913 and went on to teach in several other townships in Noble County during his long career in education. Holcomb retired in 1963 after serving ten years as principal of the Washington Township Elementary School. He married Carrie Maurine Wheeler, also a school teacher, on June 1, 1935 and they lived in York Township in Noble County. Holcomb was a county historian and was the author of Ghost Towns of Noble County and Schools of Noble County, Volumes 1 and 2. He and his wife were charter members of both the Noble County Historical Society and the Stones Trace Historical Society. Holcomb died at the age of 90 on April 5, 1990.


[Announcement is made of the marriage...] South Bend Tribune (IN), June 15, 1935.

Holcomb, T.C. Ghost Towns of Noble County. Albion, IN: Albion Printing and Photo Service, n.d.

"Thurlo Holcomb: Former Noble County Historian." Albion New Era (IN), April 11, 1990.


0.05 Cubic Feet (5 folders)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Thurlo C. Holcomb on 1967/02/15.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/12/29 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/12/29 by Laura Eliason.
Thurlo C. Holcomb, Noble County history collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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