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Accession #BC2018/23 Box One
TopicChurch of the Brethren Collection: Bill Eberly
TitleBill Eberly Church of the Brethren Materials
LocationCollection with Large Box MU2018/66a, IS Unit #10
CitationBill Eberly Church of the Brethren Materials, BC2018/23 Box One, Archives and Church of the Brethren Collection, Funderburg Library, Manchester University, North Manchester, Indiana.
AccessResearchers are responsible for determining copyright status of archived materials where this is relevant to their intended use of the materials.
ProvenanceJerry Sweeton delivered Bill Eberly materials to the archives
Scope and Content


Year Book and Directory of the Huntington, Indiana Church of the Brethren, Rev. C. C. Kindy, Pastor and Elder, 1921 (Placed in COB Filing Cabinet - Huntington, Indiana congregation.)

Program for the 1920 Summer Conference of the Church of the Brethren of Middle Indiana held at the West Manchester congregation.

Program for the 1921 Summer Assembly of the Church of the Brethren of middle Indiana held at Manchester College.

Brochure/program for the Fifth Annual Summer Assembly of the Church of the Brethren of Middle Indiana, held at Manchester College, August 1922.

1922 Bulletin for Middle Indiana Church of the Brethren, Equity Board's 1922 Apportionments, Plans, Needs and Work of the District Boards: Apportionments, Board Treasurers, District Treasurer, Education, Equity, ministerial, Missions, Old Folks and Orphans' Home, Simple Life, Sunday School, Temperance.

Minutes of District Meeting of The Church of the Brethren of Middle Indiana held in the Flora Church, October 1922.

Program for the Seventh Summer Assembly of the Church of the Brethren of Middle Indiana, August 1924.

Church Extension, Indiana Project 1958-1959.

Stewardship Studies - Five Lessons for Youth and Adult Classes - prepared by the, Joint Stewardship and Advance Committee, Church of the Brethren of the Middle District of Indiana, with foreword by, Harl Russell.

Summary of Brotherhood Fund Giving1954-1959.

1972 Memo to Ministers, District Board Members, local Leaders - from Carroll Petry, South Central District of Indiana.

1973 Memo to Ministers, District Board Members, local Leaders - from Carroll Petry (District Minister), South/Central District of Indiana.

SALT - a South/Central District newsletter from the District Witness Commission. Issues from 1972 and 1973 incomplete.

Program for the South/Central District Conference, 1972, 1973.

"Together" - publication to inform members of the South/Central District of the Church of the Brethren about the goals and objectives that the District is striving to accomplish.

Issues of the "Central Region Herald" promotional organ of the Church of the Brethren, Central Region, Galen Lehman, editor, North Manchester, Indiana - 1953-1966 incomplete.

"Guide Lines," the quarterly newsletter of the Church of the Brethren in the Middle District of Indiana - 1955 - 1971 incomplete.

"A District News Letter to the Church of the Brethren in Middle Indiana" - (1922-1958 incomplete).

"Living the Story, 50 Years of Brethren Volunteer Service." (placed in COB General File: Brethren Volunteer Service)

1948 - "Official Directory of the Church of the Brethren Middle District of Indiana."

1972 - "Church of the Brethren, South/Central District of Indiana, Inc., Directory of Churches."

1973 - Church of the Brethren, South/Central District of Indiana, Inc., District and Local Church Directory.

2005 - Church of the Brethren South/Central Indiana District, District Directory and 2004 District Conference Minutes.

2006 - Church of the Brethren South/Central Indiana District, District Directory and 2005 District Conference Minutes.

2007 - Church of the Brethren South/Central Indiana District, District Directory and 2006 District Conference Minutes.

1895 - "Annual Meeting German Baptists, Decatur, Illinois" - informational booklet from the Wabash Railroad advertising rail service and accommodations at the Oakland Park where Annual Meeting 1895 was to be held. Oakland Park was located one mile and a half from the Union Depot at Decatur and situated directly on the line of the Wabash Railroad. Oakland Park was improved to include: Two toilet rooms, each 12 x 32 feet, to be provided with proper sanitary arrangements - Lunch counter, 18 x 180 feet, to be all enclosed.  Roof to extend four feet on either side and to be seven feet high at the eaves - To furnish telephone at the grounds - To furnish grounds with suitable hitch racks for feed and wagon yards etc.

Christmas Post Card from Sunday School Teacher, Frank Weybright, 25 December 1912 to Viola Neher.

Postcard - "Bird's Eye View, looking South, North Manchester, Ind."

1940 Postcard - "The Estelle Peabody Memorial Home," North Manchester, Indiana - To Edith Miller from Mrs. Gardner.

Unidentified and undated photograph of what is probably a Church of the Brethren or District Meeting. {not enough people for an Annual Meeting? Dress more "modern" so probably not German Baptist.)

PROGRAMME for Special Bible Term January 1912.  It is not identified as far as location.  Names involved are S. S. Blough, Bertha Neher, J. G. Royer, Cora Stahley, J. G. Royer, C. A. Wright, Catherine Hollinger, David Hollinger, H. C. Early.  [S. S. Bough was an instructor at Manchester College]

Notes regarding the Annual Meetings of 1955, 1956, 1857, 1958, 1860, 1863, 1865, 1868, 1869, 1875, 1877, 1878, 1879.


1922 Roann Church of the Brethren petition to  District Committee regarding George Swihart and I. E. Warren - J. W. Dillman and sixty-seven others support the petition to reinstate and return to former position.

1924 Program for the Middle Indiana Elders Meeting:  Otho Winger, Moderator - J. A. Snell, Reading Clerk - Moyne Landis, Writing Clerk.

1932 Program for the Middle Indiana Elders' Meeting.  Some names: H. L. hartsough, Ray Shank, J. O. Winger, Oberlin, W. C. Stinebaugh, T. A. Shively, A. R. Showalter, Perry Coblentz, John Eberly, Daniel Whitmer, Benjamin Wray, J. G. Stinebaugh, G. A. Snider?, S. J. Kreider?, Jeorge Michler, D. Priser, R. O. Shank, DeWitt Miller, Charles Oberlin?, Moyne Landis.

1833 Program of Elders' meeting of Middle Indiana at the Monticello Church.  Some Names: Roy Teach, Ray Shank?, DeWitt Miller, R. H. miller, G. A. Snider, L. Ockerman, George Mishler.

Paper - "The Eldership: Ordination and Responsibilities, Etc.

A. F. Morris' and H. F. Richards' committee paper regarding guidelines for ministerial ordination.

Church Organization 1940-1941.  Some names: Edward Kintner, Clay Siler, W. Y. Hartsough, Claude Frey, O. W. Neher, L. M. Fish, C. W. Bagwell, C. W. holl, Gorman Grossnickle, Robert Stauffer, H. E. Leedy, Guy Miller, Arlo Gump, Donald Beery, M. H. Huggman, Frank Weimer, Robert Beery, Blanche Dailey, Clair Bunyan, C. Ray keim, Mary Elizabeth Winger, Charles Morris, John Bjorklund, L. M. Hoff, Wilbur Heisey, Frank Weimer, Mrs. Peters, Arlo Gump.

1969 letter to Brother Harshbarger (Ladoga Church) from Robert Heeter and Mary Heeter.


3 commemorative plates: Church of the Brethren, Buffalo, Indiana - Mexico Church of the Brethren 1938-1989 - Liberty Mills Church of the Brethren.

Church Directory of the Pleasant View Church of the Brethren, 1951 - 1952. [placed in church folder in the COB filing cabinets].

Directory of the Church of the Brethren, Fifth and Benton Streets, Peru, Indiana, for the year ending September 30, 1954. [placed in church folder in the COB filing cabinets].

"Centennial Program of the Mexico Church of the Brethren, Sunday, October 30, 1938." [2 copies exist in file, this copy sent to The Brethren Heritage Center].

Manchester Church of the Brethren Heritage Celebration, 27 October 1991, in loving memory of Elder R. H. Miller (1825-1892) and Sister Emma Miller (1851-1923). Booklet includes, "Our Heritage of the Church of the Brethren formerly German Baptist Brethren" with history beginning with Alexander Mack, Peter Becker, Joseph Harter, Eli Harter, Eel River Church of the Brethren, territorial divisions, Spring Creek, West Eel River, Plunge Creek Church (Library Mills), Ogan's Creek Church, 1881 first town church ("the city church") with dedication address given by Elder R. H. Miller, Sr. - and the history continues from there.

"History of the North Manchester Congregation, Church of the Brethren."

"Manchester Church of the Brethren Open Door Festival, 2 May 1982," with pastors, David Rogers and Kathy Gingrich - with ccounts of history and heritage.

Manchester Church of the Brethren directories: 1987, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001.

Program of Joint Sunday School Meeting of the Sugar Creek, Spring Creek and Eel River Churches, 1910.

Program of the Joint Sunday School Convention of Lower Deer Creek, Upper Deer Creek, Howard, Bachelor Run, Flora and Delphi Church of the Brethren, 1923.

Minutes of the Merger Study Steering Committee (1969) discussing the ramifications surrounding the possible merger of the Middle and the Southern Indiana Districts of the Church of the Brethren.

"A Study of Bob Tully's Plan for Sectioning the New District."

Research material used by the merger Study Steering Committee.

Research and statistics related to the proposed merger.

Merger Conference materials, South Central Indiana, 31 July 1971.

"District Field Program."

"Festival of Restructuring Planning." (1971).

1979 District Directory and Conference Minutes 1978, Church of the Brethren Northern Indiana.

Northern Indiana District materials, pamphlets, brochures.

Northern Indiana District Budget Receipts for Calendar year January 1, 1978 to December 31 1978.

Packet for the 120th Recorded District Conference of the Church of the Brethren, held 24-26 August 1979 at Camp Alexander Mack.

Church of the Brethren mission for a new Bethany Hospital ... Update. (item placed in the COB Filing Cabinet under the title "Bethany Hospital."

Report to the Northern Indiana District Conference of the Church of the Brethren, Oaklawn Psychiatric Center, Inc., 1979.

Timbercrest, Church of the Brethren Home, Inc., Annual Report for the year 1978. (placed in COB filing cabinet under the title, Timbercrest)

Report of Manchester College to the District Conferences, 1979.

1979 Report of Bethany Theological Seminary to Northern Indiana District.

1979 Northern Indiana District Conference Reports and agenda.

Newsletter of the District of Northern Indiana, May 1979..

Date of Accession19 July 2018
Bio History Note

On the verso of the Liberty Mills Church of the Brethren commemorative plate:

Plunge Creek was for a number of years the east house of the Eel River congregation.  In 1913 Plunge Creek separated from Eel River.  They worshipped here till April 12, 1927, when the house was destroyed by fire.  later that year the Methodist house in Liberty mills was purchased, which has been their home since then.  In 1929 the name of the congregation was changed to Liberty mills.  In 1944 extensive improvements were made and a rededication service was held.  At the present time the membership stands at 200. (undated)

Archivist NoteEberly materials were related to the Church of the Brethren, Manchester College, and what appeared to be Eberly's personal library.  The collection was divided accordingly. Description prepared 17 July 2018 by Jeanine Wine.

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