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Leonard G. Jaqua collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2270

Scope and Contents

This collection includes several items from Leonard G. Jaqua's family, including a letter sent to John Jaqua from his brother Richard dated August 18, 1855(?); a "Tribute of Gratitude" given to John Jaqua and his scholars from the trustees of Pleasant Township dated February 24, 1859; John Jaqua's pocket-size memoranda book with entries ranging from 1873 to 1889 regarding farm accounts, family genealogy, the Universalist faith, and a sermon by Rev. E. C. Sweetser; an August 29, 1895 letter sent to W. A. (Walter) Jaqua from the Studebaker Bros. Company regarding a bicycle inquiry; a July 13, 1900 letter to W. A. Jaqua from the Premier Bed Company regarding a job; Leonard Jaqua's Mooresville Public Schools report card from 1906/1907; a May 29, 1909 preliminary accountant's report for the City of Mishawaka, Indiana; and an undated mimeograph of a typewritten copy of "The Passing of the Backhouse," a poem attributed to James Whitcomb Riley but absolute authorship is not known.

This collection also includes a December 31, 1930 letter and bank receipt from the Merchants National Bank of South Bend sent to Claribel Ormsby Hering; copies of the poems "Pageant's End (undated), "The Printer" (undated), and "The Song of the Capitol's Dome" (July 13, 1932), written by Samuel B. Pettengill; a telegraph and a letter sent in December 1932 to Mrs. Frank (Claribel) Hering from Congressman Pettengill regarding Frank Hering's trial and conviction for violation of federal lottery laws in connection with the Fraternal Order of Eagles; a circa December 1932 memorandum prepared for the purpose of presenting facts of Hering's character for the consideration of the judge before sentencing; and a December 12, 1932 "Statement of Fact" written by Frank Hering following his conviction.


  • circa 1855-1932


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

Leonard Guy Jaqua was born February 17, 1898 at Marion, Grant County, Indiana to Walter A. and Etta (Gordon) Jaqua. He was the grandson of John and Jane (Dooley) Jaqua, who moved to Grant County from Ohio in February 1848. He and his family lived in Mooresville in the early 1900s, then moved to Mishawaka around 1910. Jaqua was employed by the Bendix Corp. for 40 years before he retired in 1963. He married Irene (Acs) Arch on March 23, 1923 and they had one daughter. Jaqua was a member of the South Bend Toastmasters Club, the Bendix Supervisors Club, and the Bendix Retirees Club. He died in South Bend at the age of 80 on June 21, 1978.


Information found within collection. "Leonard Guy Jaqua." U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Accessed February 2, 2022.

"Leonard G. Jaqua." South Bend Tribune (IN), June 23, 1978.

"Walter A. Jaqua Dies at Home." South Bend Tribune (IN), March 6, 1946.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Leonard Jaqua on 1966/01/24.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/02/02 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/02/02 by Laura Eliason.
Leonard G. Jaqua 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.