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John Kline Burgess
1920 - 1924
3 mss boxes

Manuscript & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

Processed by: Marcia R. Caudell, August 2010


Historical Note / Organizational History:

John Kline Burgess was born at Noblesville, Indiana in 1874. Burgess taught school in Henry County, served as clerk of the Henry Circuit Court. He assisted in organizing the Farmer National Banks in Newcastle, Mooreland, and Sulpher Springs, Indiana. He was also active in real estate and loan businesses.

 In September 1920, a group of businessmen from Noblesville and Indianapolis, Indiana formed a company to drill for oil in Knox County Indiana. The group members were Sam Fisher, Fred E. Heylmann, Albert R. Haas, W. J. McCullough, Dr. Joe D. Sturdevant, E. L. Sturdevant, Charles J. Offett, H. O. Cottingham, O. H. Bradway, Mrs. O. H. Bradway, John K. Burgess, O. R. Burgess, W. E. Longley, Dr. A. D. Booth, George Aikin, and E. A. Thomas. John K. Burgess was chosen to act as trustee for these stockholders to the agreement for oil and gas development entered into between the stockholders and E. G. Cottingham of Robinson Illinois.


Information found within collection.
Indiana and Indianans: a history of aboriginal and territorial Indiana and the century of statehood, Dunn, Jacob Piatt, American Historical Society, 1919, V. 5, 1948-49.

Scope and Content Note:

The collection consists of legal documents and letters between the company’s partners and the land lessor. Also included is correspondence with E. G. Cottingham concerning the drilling progress and receipts from drilling company suppliers.  

Photocopying Policy:

Manuscript materials CANNOT be photocopied or digitized in their entirety. Photocopies and/or digital images cannot exceed 25% of a collection or a folder within a collection. In some cases, photocopying may not be permitted due to the condition of the item. Check with a Manuscript Librarian for other options.

Box and Folder Listing:

Box 1






January – July, 1921


August – December, 1921


January – June, 1922


July – December, 1922



Collection Information

Size of Collection:

1 manuscript box (6 folders)

Collection Dates:

1920- 1924



Access :

The collection is open for research use



Reproduction Rights:

Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript Section, Indiana State Library.


Materials are entirely in English

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