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Walter S. Commons collection

 Collection — Folder: S2377
Identifier: S2377

Scope and Contents

This collection contains items from Walter S. Commons regarding the Indiana State Dairy Association, including a copy of the booklet Fourth Annual Report of the Indiana State Dairy Association published following the annual meeting held at Crown Point December 28-29, 1893; a ribbon badge from the fifth annual meeting held in Centreville (now spelled Centerville) December 27-28, 1894; and two programs from the fifth annual meeting.


  • 1893-1894


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

Walter Scott Commons was born March 28, 1853 in Center Township, Wayne County, Indiana to David P. and Bethena J. (Carter) Commons. He attended common schools and Earlham College. Commons was a successful farmer and also operated a creamery in Richmond for several years. He was a member of the Indiana State Dairy Association and served as the organization's secretary-treasurer in the 1890s. Commons was a member of the Wayne County Council for 10 years and later served as a state senator in 1911 and 1913. He married Sarah A. Maudlin in December 1874 and they had three children. A lifelong resident of Wayne County, Commons died at his home in Centerville on April 29, 1921.

Sources: "Walter S. Commons." Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed July 14, 2022. "Walter S. Commons." Indiana, U.S., Marriage Index, 1800-1941. Accessed July 14, 2022.

"Ex-Senator Dies Friday: Walter S. Commons, Age 68, Dies at His Home in Centerville." Richmond Item (IN), April 30, 1921.

Indiana Legislator Database. "Walter Scott Commons." Indiana Legislator Biographies. Accessed July 14, 2022.!/legislator/3813/Walter-Commons.


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 records transfer OR donation from W.S. Commons.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/07/14 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/07/14 by Laura Eliason.
Walter S. Commons 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.