John L. Ketcham

John L. Ketcham
1852 – 1910
1 folder

Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

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Finding Aid by: Brent Abercrombie, September 2012


Biographical Note or Organizational History:

John L. Ketcham was born April 3, 1810, in Shelby County, Kentucky. He attended school at Indiana University in Bloomington, graduating in 1833. Following graduation, Ketcham moved to Indianapolis where he studied law under Judge Isaac Blackford. In 1836, Ketcham married Jane Merrill, eldest daughter of prominent lawyer Samuel Merrill. Ketcham enlisted in the 70th IN Regiment during the Civil War. Following the war, Ketcham returned home to Indiana. He died suddenly on April 21, 1869 when he fell twelve feet into a cellar at the store of Alford, Talbott, & Co.

Nowland, John H. B. Early Reminiscences of Indianapolis: With Short Biographical Sketches of Its Early Citizens, and a Few of the Prominent Business Men of the Present Day. Indianapolis: Sentinel Book and Job Print. House, 1870. Pg. 304-307.

Scope and Content:

The collection contains five letters written by John L. Ketcham to his children relating to family matters and service during the Civil War (1852 – 1869). The collection also contains newspaper clippings relating to Ketcham or members of his family, and a program from Wabash College where Ketcham gave a speech.

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Collection Inventory

Folder and Item Listing:

Folder 1. 

3-12-1852 John J. Ketcham Sr. (Bloomington, IN) to John L. Ketcham (Indianapolis, IN) – advice on how and where to place Martin boxes (1 pg.)
9-27-1859 Newspaper clipping – letter from a boy in London to his mother in Indianapolis, tells of his sightseeing trips and mention Aunt Kate [Catharine Merrill]
2-21-1860 John L. Ketcham (Indianapolis, IN) to Kate [Catharine Merrill] – proud of the boys’ progress and happy to receive letters and pictures of the group touring Europe; recommends Dresden as the best place to study German; Samuel Moore reads the boys’ letters in the newspaper; Lou Wiley’s father is proud of his daughter’s progress; Republican Convention tomorrow; Lane to be Nominate; Sending; Feb. 22 note about Oliver P. Morton’s nomination as Lieut. Governor (4 pgs.)
4-10-1861 John L. Ketcham (Indianapolis, IN) to The Boys (in Europe with Catharine Merrill) – explains what is happening at Ft. Sumter, now that war is inevitable; expresses faith in Lincoln and his cabinet; tells of war preparations (8 pgs.)
6-21-1862 Program – Paene Exhibition, Class of 1866, Wabash College – features J. L. Ketcham as one of the speakers
12-11-1863 John L. Ketcham (Indianapolis, IN) to General [L. H.] Rousseau – hopes his son (70th IN Reg.) may be appointed Rousseau’s private secretary (1 pg.)
12-21-1863 Program – Sophomore Exhibition, Class of 1866 of Wabash College
4-4-1869 John L. Ketcham (Indianapolis, IN) to “Dear Lew” – tells of his birthday presents – a gold watch chain, a painting of two partridges and their brood from Mrs. Vance – of the birthday party and his reflections on his past life
No Date Newspaper Clipping – Foster C. Shirley, Sgt. Co. A., 44th Regiment in the Philippines writes from Manila of death of General Flor De Lis and the capture of his stronghold; credit given to Capt. Ketcham
8-18-1910 Newspaper Clipping – comment on John L. Ketcham’s assessment of German vocational education
No Date [ca 8-18-1910] Newspaper Clipping – John L. Ketcham on the importance of trade schools
No Date Newspaper Clipping – Jane Merrill Ketcham’s reminiscence of the trip from Corydon to Indianapolis in 1824

Collection Information:

Size of Collection: 1 folder, 12 items
Collection Dates: 1852 – 1910
Provenance:  Alice Michael, August 1988
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: L106 Col. Samuel Merrill, V55 Jane Merrill Ketcham
Collection Notes: