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Samuel J. Hochman and Ralph H. Schaupp reminiscences

 Collection — Folder: S2349
Identifier: S2349

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photocopies of the reminiscences of Samuel J. Hochman and Ralph H. Schaupp. The circa 1960 handwritten memories are two pages long and were possibly written down for a North Central High School (Indianapolis) school project. Hochman mentions World War I, the Ku Klux Klan, Prohibition, the Great Depression, and the 1912 White River flood. Schaupp reminisces about his experiences during World War I and notes his membership in the Coif law honor society at Indiana University and his time practicing law in Lafayette, Indiana.


  • circa 1960


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

Samuel J. Hochman was born March 27, 1890 in New York City, New York to Elias N. and Rebecca (Setimer) Hochman. The family later moved to Indianapolis, Indiana. He married Bertha Bremmer in 1913 and they had four children. Hochman worked in every facet of the restaurant business, from short order cook to pastry chef, and opened his first restaurant, Sam's Subway, in 1928. He opened up other restaurants and was the chairman of the board of an eight-restaurant chain when he died at the age of 80 on August 7, 1970.

Ralph H. Schaupp was born August 31, 1890 in Linn Grove, Adams County, Indiana to Levi and Mary Schaupp. He married Gertrude Vanatta in 1918 and they had four children. He was a veteran of World War I and was a graduate of Indiana University Law School. Schaupp practiced law in Lafayette and served one term as a prosecuting attorney. He moved to Indianapolis in the 1950s and lived there until 1976 when he moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Schaupp moved to Palo Alto, California not long before he passed away at the age of 90 on November 5, 1980.

Sources: "Ralph H. Schaupp." Indiana, U.S., Marriage Index, 1800-1941. Accessed May 24, 2022. "Samuel J. Hochman." Indiana, U.S., Marriage Index, 1800-1941. Accessed May 24, 2022. "Ralph Hill Schaupp." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed May 24, 2022. "Samuel Jacob Hochman." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed May 24, 2022.

"Samuel Hochman Dies; Longtime Restaurateur." Indianapolis Star (IN), August 8, 1970.

"Retired Attorney Ralph Schaupp Dies." Indianapolis News (IN), November 10, 1980.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/05/24 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/05/24 by Laura Eliason.
Samuel J. Hochman and Ralph H. Schaupp reminiscences
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140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.