Two autograph books, MC2011/90a beloning to Mary (Mollie) and Andrew Studebaker. It is the Archivist's theory that they were brother and sister and shared these books because autographs are written out to both Andrew Simonton and to Mollie and to Mary (the same individual). This book begins 1880 or 1881.
The second autograph book, MC2011/90b appears to belong to Mary Simonton (Mollie) and George Studebaker, her future husband has an inscription in the book on May 21, 1881.
The two diaries MC2011/90c and MC2011/90d are dated 1888 and 1936 and belonged to George Studebaker.
See Also: "Memories of...Manchester," by Otho Winger, pgs. 159, 160.
Two autograph books and two diaries.
Date of Accession
10 March 2011
Bio History Note
MC2011/90c, the diary from 188 is inscribed wtih the following:
Geo. L. Studebaker's Diary for 1888. Presented by Manerva Simonton. Christmas 2887. Was Manerva a relative of Mary's or was Minerva actually Mary's given name? More research is needed.
Those writing in the book are from various places including Schideler, Granville and Eaton Indiana.
Otho Winger in his book, "Memories of ...Manchester" devotes attention to the Studebakers. Some information from the book follows:
George L. Studebaker was called into the ministry of the Church of the Brethren in 1981. He and Mary Simonton Studebaker were married in 1882. From 1897 to 1906 he pastored the Church of the Brethren in Muncie, Indiana. From Muncie the Studebakers moved to North Manchester so that their son could attend College (Mark E.). George served as field representative for the College and Mrs. Studebaker served as matron of the Ladies' Home. They were known to hundred of students as "Uncle George" and "Aunt Molly."
George again served as pastor at Muncie and then was called to Indianapolis where he pastored a church there. The couple spent their last years in Muncie.
Mary died on 25 October 1936 and Brother Studebaker was heartbroken. He was struck and instantly killed by a car two weeks after his wife was buried. This was a much respected and loved couple.
Mark, their son, taught for a few years at Manchester College, then at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and was the head of the commercial department at Ball State Teachers' College for many years. Manchester College granted him the degree, Doctos of Laws, in 1938.
Description prepared 10 March 2011 by Jeanine M. Wine.