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St. Joseph School, Garrett, Indiana collection

 Collection — Folder: S2366
Identifier: S2366

Scope and Contents

This collection includes typewritten essays regarding the history of Dekalb County and written by students from St. Joseph School of Garrett, Indiana circa 1967. The first item is four pages long and titled "DeKalb County," with the subheadings "Religious History" and "Early Settlers of Dekalb County"; "Political History" by Steve Dembickie; and "Important Events of the Past," written by Mark Wilcox, Rick Chamberlin, Steve Dembickie and Matt Hoeffel about the finding of Mastodon bones near Garrett in the 1930s. Other essays include "Athletics From DeKalb County" by the eighth grade girls; "Abandoned Schools in DeKalb County"; "Ghost Towns in DeKalb County" by Max Teders, Dan Bonkoski, and Gerald Teders; and "Games of Colonial Children" by David Yarian, Jeff DeLucenay and Fred Smith.


  • circa 1967

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.

Historical Note

DeKalb County, Indiana was established in 1837 and the city of Garrett was laid out in 1875. Saint Joseph School was founded in 1876 by Father August Young. Originally conducted in the church with one teacher, the first school building was erected in 1888 and the teachers were the Sisters of the Congregation of the Most Precious Blood. In 1905, a larger school was built to accommodate increased enrollment for grades one through twelve. In 1928, the Saint Francis Sisters of the Sacred Heart assumed teaching duties. The high school was closed in 1955 due to a shortage of teachers, but the grade school continued. The school's present building was completed in 1958 and continues to offer faith based education for students from Preschool to 5th grade.


B. F. Bowen and Co. History of DeKalb County, Indiana: With Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Old Families. Indianapolis, Ind.: B.F. Bowen and Company, 1914.

"Catholic High School Closed in Garrett." Garrett Clipper (IN), August 25, 1955.

St. Joseph School. "About Us: Our History." Accessed June 14, 2022.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the St. Joseph School on 1967/03/15.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/06/14 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/06/14 by Laura Eliason.
St. Joseph School, Garrett, Indiana collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.