A very special Kay Aitch Ess yearbook - handmade by students in 1932 - has now been digitized and is available online. During the depression, the school could not financially fund a traditional yearbook, so the students took matters into their own hands. The actual yearbook is kept by the East Noble School Corporation, but the Kendallville Public Library now has an online copy (link below), and a hardcover copy in its Russell Frehse Genealogy Center.
The fragile scrapbook of Emma (Strater) Forker, which resides in the Kendallville Public Library’s Russell Frehse Genealogy Center, has been scanned and is now available online. It contains primarily newspaper clippings from The News Sun, representing a 30 year period in the early to mid-20th century. The clippings span topics from weddings to bank robberies to World War II. Mrs. Forker died in 1951 at the age of 103. At the time of her death, she was the oldest resident in Noble County, and a descendant of Frances Weeks Dingman, the first permanent white settler in Kendallville.
Historical records of local clubs are now available for use in the Kendallville Public Library's Russell Frehse Genealogy Center.
Information on the Bayview Reading Club, Culture Club, Delphian Club, Matinee Music Club, Garden Club, Charm and Chatter and Quest Club can be found in clearly labeled binders. The binders contain documents, publications, letters, photos, yearbooks and more - some dating back to the early 1900's. Tri Kappa has donated scrapbooks for their organization, as well.
Also new are binders of papers collected by Russell Frehse. His collection covers education, business, physicians, local history and more. These historical documents may be scanned or copied, but not checked out.
Ancestry.com (in-library use)
State and Local History
News Sun Obituaries
City of Kendallville Burial Records
Kendallville Families and Their Homes by Jean Stiver Cochard
Research Tip to Get You Started: Talk to your living relatives to find out as much of your family's story as you can. Gather names and dates, which will help guide you as you compile information. The most important thing is to at least know the name and city of residence of one person in your family who was alive in 1940. That's the most recent public census, and it's a great place to start.
Need help getting started with your family research? Contact Adult Services Manager Leah Dresser at 260-343-2017 or firstname.lastname@example.org.