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Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI S2204 (Text) 00000106663263 Manuscripts Available -

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  • Physical Description: 0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders, 1 oversize folder)

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General Note:
Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2018/10/03 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2018/10/03 by Laura Eliason.
Restrictions on Access Note:
This collection is open for research.
Summary, etc.:
This collection contains the personal and business papers of James L. Forkner ranging from 1835 to 1938 and includes correspondence and documents from his time as mayor of Anderson and his historical research on the history of Madison County; correspondence regarding Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) and local memorial events; and invitations and programs for community activities. Some items of note include a song written for a Rev. James Maynan (1835); part of an account book of Joseph Lee (1838-1852); Medical College of Ohio commencement program (1874); a Easter service program for Anderson Commandery of the Knights Templar (1905); typewritten transcription of his great grandfather William Forkner's 1807 will (1905); a booklet regarding the bicentennial of Benjamin Franklin's birth (1906); Oswald Ryan political broadsides (1914); a postcard with a photograph of Forkner on a bridge after the flood of March 1913; and a photograph of Mr. Forkner at age 71 (1915). The collection also includes a broadside advertisement for the 1917 Madison County Free Fair (OBC172).
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note:
John L. Forkner papers, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note:
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Location of Other Archival Materials Note:
Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN: OBC172: John L. Forkner, 1917 Madison County Free Fair broadside
Biographical or Historical Data:
John L. Forkner was a well-known citizen of Anderson, Indiana. He was born on January 20, 1844 near Millville in Henry County to Micajah and Elizabeth Forkner. Around 1866 he moved to Anderson and quickly became involved in local politics, winning the election for city clerk in 1868. He was a Democrat and over the next several decades held a variety of political positions, including city councilman, county auditor, and mayor. Besides politics, he was also employed in a number of different jobs within the community, including deputy clerk of the Madison County courts, office deputy to the sheriff, editor and business manager of the Anderson Democrat , president of a local bank and later cashier when the bank became a national institution. He also authored two histories of Madison County and was recognized as the county historian. His first marriage was to Anna Hernley and they had one daughter. After Anna's death in 1876, he married Mary Carson Watson in 1878 and they had a son and a daughter. Mr. Forkner passes away at the age of 82 on October 26, 1926. Source: "Widely Known Citizen Dies in Hospital." Anderson Herald (IN),October 27, 1926.
Cumulative Index/Finding Aids Note:
Finding aid online.
Ownership and Custodial History:
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Anderson Public Library on 2018/06/25.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use Note:
No further additions are expected.
Subject: Ryan, Oswald, 1888-
Grand Army of the Republic. Major May Post no. 244 (Anderson, Ind.)
Woman's Relief Corps (U.S.). Major May Woman's Relief Corps, No. 70 (Anderson, Ind,)
Madison County (Ind.)
Madison County Free Fair
Genre: Advertisements.

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