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Earl H. Bettinger collection

Identifier: L357

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).


  • 1829-1970


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

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.


0.2 Cubic Feet (1 half manuscript box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically by subject: Tell City Wooden Mills and H and C Ferry Company.

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/03/02 by Brent Abercrombie. EAD finding aid created 2015/03/02 by Brent Abercrombie.


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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.