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Earl H. Bettinger Oral History Transcript
1896 - 1978
1 Transcript

Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

Processed by: Marcia R. Caudell, February 2012


Biographical Note:

Earl H. Bettinger was born on September 28, 1896 in Tell City, Indiana to Michael Bettinger Jr. and Maggie Frey Bettinger Jr. His grandparents, natives of Württemberg Germany, came to Tell City in 1859 as members of the Swiss Colonization Society. His Grandfather, Michael Bettinger Sr. founded the Tell City Woolen Mills. Earl Bettinger had one sister, Rovilla Bettinger Rathsam. He graduated from Tell City High School in 1914 and attended Purdue University, Brown’s Business College in Peoria Illinois, and Indiana University. In June 1918, he enlisted in the Army Air Force. In 1925, he married Carla Herrmann Bettinger, with which he had two children, Ella Margaret Bettinger and Charlotte Bettinger Hensley. His second marriage was to Virginia Sapp Caldwell of Hawesville Kentucky, and his third marriage was to Fran Linker Weedman of Louisville Kentucky. Bettinger died at the age of 90 on December 23, 1986.


The News, (Tell City) August 10, 1979 and December 29, 1986.
Oral History Transcript, September 13, 1977

Scope and Content Note:

This collection contains a transcript of an interview with Earl H. Bettinger, conducted by Gerald Handfield from the Indiana State Library on three occasions, September 13, and 15, 1977 and April 7, 1978. Bettinger discusses his German grandparents who opened the Tell City Woolen Mills in 1868. The interview focuses on discipline, responsibilities, and amusements of growing up in Tell City in the early 1900s. After high School, Bettinger, attempted various avenues of secondary education before he enlisted in the military. He talks about life at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma with the 251st Air squadron during the First World War. After the war, Bettinger returned to the family woolen mill company, which he sold to the Indiana State Prison at Pendleton in 1930. In 1931, he entered the Riverboat ferry and later the barge rental business. Bettinger recounts life and business on the Ohio River.

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Collection Information

Size of Collection: 1977 & 1978 transcripts
Collection Dates: 1896-1978
Provenance: Indiana State Library Oral History Project
Access : The collection is open for research use
Restrictions: None
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscripts and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in English
Alternate Formats: None
Related Holdings: L357, V301

MA BA 6-10-2013