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Ingalls family collection

Identifier: L628

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence, documents, publications, photographs, scrapbooks, and genealogical information of the McDowell and Ingalls family compiled by Osie Alice McDowell Ingalls Clark ranging from circa 1860s to 1988. The collection contains the letter C.C. Ingalls wrote to the future president of the Ingalls Stone Company and placed in the cornerstone of Ingalls Mill #3 on September 10, 1920; estate documents of C.C. Ingalls; correspondence and documents regarding "The Outcrop", the home of Robert and Alice Ingalls, Sr. in Bedford, Indiana (1940-1983); the articles of incorporation for the South Hillcrest Corporation (1951-1952); correspondence and research documents with biographical and company information regarding the limestone industry in Indiana and Ingalls Stone Company (1943-1982); correspondence of Robert Ingalls, Jr. to his parents while a student at Groton School in Groton, Massachusetts (1944-1948); Groton School publications (1944-1974); Masonic correspondence and publications (1947-1988); essays written by John Wallace Clark and copies of magazines and newspapers that published his articles (1933-1943); a seating list for the October 5, 1963 Robert F. Kennedy testimonial dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York and the 1973 Presidential inauguration invitations (1972-1973) ; and Osie Alice Ingalls Clark's correspondence, diaries, writings and research documents for a possible book about Indiana limestone.

This collection also includes photographs of the McDowell and Ingalls families; photographs of the Ingall's home "The Outcrop"; scrapbooks created by Osie Alice Ingalls for her grandchildren with photographs and memorabilia from family and the Ingalls Stone Company (ca. 1860s - 1980); and a large scrapbook with correspondence, legal documents, receipts, and newspaper clippings about the Ingalls Stone Company. The company scrapbook also includes photographs of Ingalls family members, the plant in Binghamton, New York, the mill in Cassville, Missouri, and company employees (circa 1890s-1972).


  • circa 1860s-1988


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

Charles Cleveland (C.C.) Ingalls was born on April 11, 1864 in Oneonta, New York to Lewis and Orpha Cleveland Ingalls. C.C. learned stone cutting and stone work while working for his father and later began his own business in Oneonta in 1887. He married Mary Wolford (1867-1941) on August 23, 1889 and they had five children: Lewis, William, Frank, Robert, and Marian. The Ingalls Stone Company incorporated and moved to Binghamton, New York in 1899 and then he moved his business to Bedford, Indiana in 1910. C.C. continued as president of his company until his death on October 24, 1928. Then his eldest son, Lewis, took over running the company.

Robert Ingalls was born on November 29, 1902 in Binghamton. He married Osie Alice McDowell on January 17, 1926. Osie Alice was born on December 10, 1901 in Oolitic, Indiana to Gurney and Iva McDowell. Their one child, Robert Jr., was born on June 8, 1930. Robert Sr. graduated from Culver Military Academy (Culver, Indiana) in 1921 and began working for his father's company. At the death of his brother Lewis in 1944, he became the president of the Ingalls Stone Company and sole owner in 1960. In 1968, Robert Jr. became president of the company and Robert Sr. became chairman of the board. Both Robert Sr. and Osie Alice were active in the Masonic Lodge. He died on September 7, 1978. Their son, Robert Jr. passed away on August 16, 2008.

After several years of widowhood, Alice married John Wallace Clark on September 19, 1983. Wallace was born on September 2, 1901 at Indianapolis to John and Sarah Clark. He was a graduate of Occidental College and was an inventor and developer of well drilling equipment. He was best known for inventing the Dyna Drill, an oil well drill that changed directions as it bored. Osie Alice passed away on November 8, 1988 and Wallace on December 2, 1997.


Information found within collection. "Osie Alice Clark." Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed June 8, 2017. "Robert Ingalls." U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014. Accessed June 8, 2017.

"J. Wallace Clark, 96, Invented Oil Well Drill Lauded in Fortune List". Indianapolis Star (IN), December 3, 1997. "J. Wallace Clark." Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed June 26, 2017.


12 Cubic Feet (16 manuscript boxes, 1 small oversize box, 1 medium oversize box, 1 large oversize box, and 2 cubic boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Charles C. Ingalls family documents, 1920-1977 Series 2: Robert and Osie Alice Ingalls, Sr. correspondence and documents, 1902-1987 Series 3: John Wallace and Osie Alice Ingalls Clark correspondence and documents, 1983-1988 Series 4: Robert Ingalls, Jr. correspondence and documents, 1939-1985 Series 5: Photographs and scrapbooks, circa 1860s-1988

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as donations from Osie Alice Ingalls Clark from 1981 to 1988.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

L602: Ingalls Stone Company records

Processing Information

Collection processed in 1999 by Amy L. Baskette. Collection reprocessed 2017/07/12 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2017/07/12 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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