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