Benedict C. Birchler

Benedict C. Birchler Oral History Transcript
1882 - 1977
1 transcript.

Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

                                  Processed by: Marcia Caudell, March, 2012                          

Biographical Note:

Benedict C. Birchler, son of  Steven and Mary Hurm Birchler, was born on a farm near Fulda, Indiana on January 28, 1882. Birchler was the eleventh of thirteen children. After completing ninth grade, he obtained a teaching license. He also attended business school in Indianapolis in 1902. He married to Regina L. Tretter on November 21, 1905 with which he had  8 children, Alberta, Cletus, Colletta, Denis, Severin, Priscilla, Doris, and Charles. He married Mary Porter in May 1930. Bender farmed and taught school in Fulda, retiring in 1937. He worked for Agricultural Adjustment Administration in the 1930s.  He died August 13, 1980. 


Oral History Transcript, May 4, 1977
The Ferdinand News, August 14, 1980
Ancestry Library. Indiana State Library. March, 2012.

Scope and Content Note:

This collection contains a transcript of an oral history tape made with Gerald Hanfield, Indiana State Library. Bircher describes boyhood in rural Indiana, his teaching methods, and school discipline. Birchler worked for the Agricultural Adjustment Administration in the 1930 and he discusses Prohibition and the Depression and its effects on farming. At the time of this interview, he lived in the house he and his wife built in 1913, and he talks about designing and building this home. In the 1960s, he worked on a history of Fulda Indiana

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Item Listing

May 4, 1977 Transcript

Collection Information

Size of Collection: 1 transcript
Collection Dates: 1882-1977
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: None

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