The goals of this project are to preserve historical and personal memories of Whitley County, Indiana and to make them accessible to all who wish to know Whitley County history.
Much of the “old” Whitley County has disappeared: downtown businesses, landmark buildings, farms and schools. Younger people and newcomers to the county like to know what was here before they came. This project is also intended to aid genealogists and family historians.
We feel that this is an important project and that it will be of service to the community, so any assistance would be greatly appreciated. We can come to you, or you may be interviewed at the library – wherever you feel the most comfortable. We can do individual or group interviews. The process is really simple and painless; just talk to us the way you would talk to friends or family, passing on “stories”.
Please note that this project is not just for Columbia City; we would like interviews from all over Whitley County – Churubusco, South Whitley, Collins, Laud, Collamer – just anywhere in Whitley County.
Feel free to call us at (260)244-5541 or e-mail us if you need additional information on this project or if you are interested in setting up an interview.
Below is a listing of all the interviews conducted thus far. Hard copies of the interviews are also available at the library's Indiana Room. However, those copies cannot be checked out and are only available during library hours.
All Whitley County Oral History videos are available on YouTube. View and subscribe to our oral history channel here.
|Narrator||Area Discussed||Video Length|
|Anderson, Betty||Larwill, Tri-Lakes||53:49|
|Bailey, Ralph||Columbia City, WCCS||48:59|
|Bollinger, Marian||South Whitley||54:08|
|Brittain, Robert||Columbia City||46:32|
|Brown, Frances||Thorncreek, Columbia City||50:31|
|Cassell, Robert||Columbia City, Larwill, S. Whitley||32:49|
|Daniel, Daniel L.||Columbia City||60:42|
|Fleck, Jim||Columbia City||47:43|
|Geist, Joe||Tunker, Peabody, Columbia City||62:47|
|Haworth, Dick||Whitley County Agriculture||57:05|
|Heckman, Gene||Tri-Lakes, Thorncreek Township||58:47|
|Heinley, Elmer & Helen||Columbia City||71:59|
|Hively, Jeanie||Columbia City||54:21|
|Jefferson Home Extension Club||Churubusco, Columbia City, Laud||45:27|
|Johnson, Bonnie||Columbia City, Laud||38:40|
|Klingaman, Lynn||Rural Whitley County/Ag Museum||69:58|
|Marshall House||Whitley County Historical Museum||37:26|
|McNagny, Patricia||Columbia City||24:18|
|Metzger, Roger||Columbia City Basketball/Newspapers||49:53|
|Myers, Mary J.||Collins, Churubusco||30:37|
|Oliver, Jayne||Columbia City||99:44|
|Overdeer, Bill||Columbia City, County Council||50:52|
|Parliamentary Law & Literary Club||Told by Marge Pence||17:12|
|Passages, Inc||Told by Tom O'Neal and Alice Anderson, Columbia City||34:17|
|Pontzius, Jon||Columbia City||49:33|
|Pugh, Mary Alice||Columbia City||52:36|
|Ramp, Richard & Viola||Columbia City||56:59|
|Reed, Max||Columbia City||58:07|
|Rosenberger, Janice||Laud, Jefferson Township||39:21|
|Schuman, Billie||Ormas, Etna, Columbia City||44:14|
|Sexton, Roy||Columbia City||36:02|
|Sexton, Susie||Columbia City||88:52|
|Strouse, Mary Louise||Columbia City||42:52|
|Tawasi Home Extension Club||Churubusco, Collins, Columbia City, Etna, Larwill, Tri-Lakes||85:13|
|Trier, Vernon||Columbia City||27:42|
|Wagner, Scott||Donated paintings||5:45|
|Waterfall, Clark||Columbia City||19:55|
|Wineland, Don||Columbia City, Tri-Lakes||57:03|