Scope and Contents
The collection consists of papers relating to two companies: Tell City Woolen Mills and H and C Ferry Company. The Tell City Woolen Mills material includes papers (1859-1931), journal (1903-1942), and cash journal reconciliation slips (1932-1941). The H and C Ferry Company materials include deeds, rates, agreements, and other papers relating to their business (1829-1970, undated).
Conditions Governing Use
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Michael Bettinger, grandfather of Earl H. Bettinger, was born in Wurtemburg, Germany, September 29, 1824. Bettinger was the proprietor of the Tell City Woolen Mills. Michael Bettinger came to America in 1848, originally residing in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1859, Bettinger moved to Tell City, Perry County, Indiana, and operated a saw-mill for a few years. In 1868, he bought an interest in the woolen mills, and became the sole owner two years later. Bettinger was married to Elisabeth Augst, a native of Wurtemburg, Germany and together had five children. Michael Bettinger died March 2, 1904, and was buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Tell City, Indiana.
The H and C Ferry company served as transportation between Hawesville, Hancock County, Kentucky and Cannelton, Perry County, Indiana. The ferry company transported mail and merchandise up until the 1930s.