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Hindelang Family papers

Identifier: 01.MDH


The Hindelang Family papers document the lives of Charles E. Hindelang, his wife Margaret "Maggie" Doll Hindelang and their children Odo A. and Agnes Bertille. The Hindelang family was from Dexter township near Chelsea Michigan. Odo and Agnes both graduated from the Michigan State Normal College in the early 1920s and went on to have long teaching careers like their mother Margaret, Agnes in South Bend, Indiana and Odo in the Detroit Public Schools. The papers are arranged by family member and contain vital records, correspondence, certificates, school records as well as an autograph book of Margaret's and a scrapbook kept by Agnes. Records in the collection span from the 1860s through the 1980s.


  • Creation: 1860 - 1985


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Biographical note

The Hindelang family papers document the lives of Charles Edward Hindelang and Margaret Doll Hindelang.

Charles Edward was born in 1860, attended the public school of Dexter Michigan. Referred to as Ed or Eddie, he had two brothers Victor and Louis. Hindelang married Margaret Doll of Dexter township on November 26th 1889 in St. Mary's church in Chelsea Michigan. In attendance at the wedding were Hindelang's brother Victor and Doll's sister Mary. They had two children, Odo born in 1869 and Agnes Bertille born in 1894. Hindelang was a farmer and his estate of livestock and farming equipment was sold at auction in 1899 March 13 four months after his death at the age of 38 on the 17th of November 1898. Hindelang was buried in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Chelsea Michigan.

Margaret (Maggie) Magdalin was born 1869 March 1 to parents Henry Doll born in Bavaria and Catherine Mueller Doll born in France. She was baptized at the Church of St. Mary in Chelsea Michigan but grew up in Dexter Michigan. Maggie was the 7th of 9 children and obtained her first teacher's certificate to teach third grade from the Public Schools of Michigan in 1886. In 1911 Doll relocated her family to Mishawaka, Indiana to teach English in the South Side School and then the Main Junior High School. She continued teaching in the Mishawaka-South Bend area until her retirement in 1940. She continued to live in Indiana until her death 1962 May 30, at the age of 93. She was survived by her son who at the time resided in Detroit, Michigan, her daughter who resided in Mishawaka, and a nephew Dr. Louis W. Doll of Bay City Michigan who dedicated his publication A History of Newspapers of Ann Arbor, 1829-1920 to his aunt in 1959. She was buried in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Chelsea Michigan.

Odo A. Hindelang was born 13 February 1891 and attended the Chelsea Public Schools. He graduated from the Michigan State Normal College and attended Wayne State University for his Master's degree. Odo married Katherine O'Neill (b. June 2 1908) and they lived in Detroit. He taught for the Detroit school system for 43 years, retiring in 1956. He was a member of the Arm of Honor fraternity, Mu Sigma Pi and the Detroit Federation of Teachers. Hindelang died after a long illness on November 27, 1969. O'Neill died June 5, 1982 and was survived by her brother Paddy O'Neill.

Agnes Bertille Hindelang was born 9 October 1894. GRaduating from the Mishawaka high school. Hindelang attended Clery College, a business training school located in Ypsilanti Michigan for two years and then graduated from the Michigan State Normal College in 1923 with a bachelor of arts degree, completing most of her courses in the High School Department at the College. She went on to attend the University of Notre Dame for her master's degree in History graduating in the summer of 1933 after defending her Master's thesis "The Social Development of South Bend, Indiana as Shown by Its Ordinances." Bertille taught and served as head of the business department of the South Bend Central High School until her retirement. She died on December 9, 1985.


1.4 Linear Feet (1 oversize box, 1 archive box)

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A copy of the Agnes Bertille Hindelang scrapbook is included in Box 2, Folder 6

Hindelang Family papers
Elizabeth Searls and Alexis Braun Marks, CA
2014 February 13
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Part of the Eastern Michigan University Archives Repository

Bruce T. Halle Library, Room 310
955 West Circle Drive
Ypsilanti Michigan 48197