Oral History Project

[Above: Samuel J. Bretz farm, Samuel Buehrer on tractor, and George F. Curdes Family]

    The Henry County Historical Society has amassed over 100 oral histories of citizens of the county. In the coming months, all of these accounts will be added to our site. We apologize that we cannot get all these interviews onto our site right away, but we'll do the best we can.

    We are desparately in need of interviewers and transcribers to help us with this project. If you feel that you have some time to contribute to the Society, please contact Marlene Patterson at: Marlene will be happy to provide you with the needed equipment and give you instructions on its use.

Oral Histories Completed

  1. Allen, Frances
  2. Armbruster, Byron
  3. Arps, Edwin
  4. Backhaus, Charles
  5. Bebler, Reuben and Joyce
  6. Bell, Dick and Lucille
  7. Betts, Clarence
  8. Brinkman, Bob
  9. Bostelman, Helen
  10. Brubaker, Larry "Moe"
  11. Bruns, Herold and Frieda
  12. Callaway, Mary Ellen (Fruth)
    1. Short video of Mary Ellen Callaway
  13. Cox, Elzy
  14. Dachenhaus, Leonard "Lum"
  15. Dehnbostel, Ernie
  16. Delventhal, Walter
  17. DeTray, Norman
  18. Edminston, Eva
  19. Eggers, Henry
  20. Eicher, Genevieve
  21. Elliott, Robert and Downey, Robert
  22. Flora, Romeo, M.D. and Julia
  23. Flowers, Joe and Carol
  24. Fritz, Ted
  25. Genuit, Leon
  26. Giffey Family History (written)
  27. Grau, Lavon
  28. Grieser, Lucy
  29. Haase, Geri
  30. Hastedt, Elmer
    1. Written History
    2. Oral History
    3. Short Video of Elmer and Dorothy Hastedt
  31. Heitman, Julia
  32. Helberg, Roger
  33. Henry, John & Leona
  34. Hershberger, Arlene
  35. Hershberger, James
  36. Hesterman, Wilfred
  37. Huff, Jim
  38. Honeck, August "Bud"
  39. Howe, Grace
  40. Huddle, Dwight
  41. Huddle, Herb and Betty
  42. Imbrock, Norman and Bernice
  43. Johnson, Catherine
  44. Johnson, Ralph
  45. Johnson, Richard
  46. Karabin, Martin
  47. King, Alma and Evelyn Pilliod
  48. Kruse, Olga
  49. Kryder, George and Steve
  50. Lange, Lenhart
  51. Lanzer, Harold and Marilyn
  52. Lanzer, Mel
  53. Lause, Ken and Laura
  54. Leader, Truus
  55. Leaders, Lawrence
  56. Medina, George and Ruth
  57. Meekison, David
  58. Mengerink, Gertrude
  59. Meyer, Robert E. and 'Buzzy'
  60. Miller, Arnold
  61. Moore, Bernice
  62. Obenour, Carl
  63. Orthwein, Myra Catherine Geist and Isabel Geist Aderman
  64. Patterson, Russell
  65. Peper, Edmund
  66. Petersen, Ellen Marie, and Edna Seeman
  67. Phillips, Charles Raymond
  68. Pilliod, Evelyn and Alma King
  69. Pohlman, Henry F. "Fritz"
  70. Quate, Lee
  71. Rausch, Marilyn (Saneholtz)
  72. Reese, Ben and GraceAnn
  73. Reinbolt Family
  74. Rentz, Louella
  75. Rettig, Emma
  76. Riggs, Hazel
  77. Rohrs, Arthur C.
  78. Rowland, Robert and Sarah
  79. Saneholtz, Tony
  80. Sauer, Florian
  81. Schuette, Paul and Elvera
  82. Schweinhagen, Evelyn
  83. Sherbourne, Marjorie
  84. Sherman, Lucille
  85. Simmons, Julie
  86. Spangler, Mary
  87. Sperry, Robert
  88. Strock, Louisa
  89. Stuart, Dorothea
  90. Swartzbaugh, Mary
  91. Trietch, Ray
  92. Vocke, Dorothy
  93. Voigt, Louis
  94. Voigt, Reevea
  95. Von Deylen, Bill
  96. Wangrin, Charlotte
  97. Weddelman, Ida
  98. Wendt, Bill
  99. Westhoven, Don
  100. Wilhelm, Pete
  101. Winzeler, Jerry
  102. Yahney, Wilma
  103. Young, Martha C.
  104. Zahrend, Barbara E.
  105. Zehnder, Mel