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Gene Van Sickle Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: G-032

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence, research and notes from Gene Van Sickle in Indiana ranging from 1947 to 1997 regarding the Van Sickle family.


  • 1947-1997


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with the Genealogy Division, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the Genealogy Division.

Biographical Note

Irwin Eugene "Gene" Van Sickle was born on January 11, 1907, in Vermilion County, Illinois to Jesse Irwin and Ethel Givens Van Sickle. He graduated from Arsenal Tech High School in 1925 and later spent two years at Purdue University studying engineering. Gene Van Sickle married his first wife Thelma Horrall on June 5, 1928 in Frankfort, Indiana and they had one daughter Sue Carolyn born on April 6, 1933. He married his second wife Rosealie Doerflein on February 14, 1946 in New Orleans. They had one daughter Nancy Jean who was born on May 23, 1947.

Gene Van Sickle became interested in radios at an early age and founded the Van Sickle Radio Company in 1932. He installed the sound systems located at the Indiana State fairgrounds coliseum, the Purdue Music hall, the Union Building ballroom, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Gene Van Sickle retired from his radio company in 1975.

He was involved with many societies including, the Holland Society of New York, Society of Colonial Wars, Sons of the American Revolution, the Society of Indiana Pioneers, and the Rotary Club.

Gene Van Sickle died on June 8th, 1997 and was interred at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.


2 Cubic Feet (2 cubic foot boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by the Genealogy Division as a donation from Mrs. Gene Van Sickle on 2000/10/30.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/06/20 by Sarah Pfundstein. EAD finding aid created 2017/06/22 by Sarah Pfundstein.


Gene Van Sickle Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Genealogy Repository

315 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.