Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Stanley C. Roettinger papers

Abstract

The Stanley C. Roettinger papers (dated 1920-1930; 0.07 cubic feet; 4 folders) comprise a biography and letters that document the professional and personal life of Stanley Roettinger in Ohio from 1920 to 1930.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Stanley C. Roettinger papers
Creator
Roettinger, Stanley C., 1881-1961
Extent
0.07 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Elections -- United States -- 1920
Judges -- Correspondence.
Judges.
Correspondence.
Letters.
Lawyers -- Ohio -- Cincinnati.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0178: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Stanley C. Roettinger papers, 1920-1930, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Stanley Clay Roettinger (1881-1961) was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to Philip Roettinger (1852-1935) and Ella McChesney (1853-1930). He attended Ohio Wesleyan University from 1899 to 1903, graduating with a BL, and then went straight to Cincinnati Law School from 1903 to 1906, finishing with an LLB and MA. Roettinger was admitted to the Ohio Bar on December 27, 1905 and began practicing law as a member of his father's firm, Roettinger & Gorman, eventually becoming Roettinger & Street in 1920. Wyoming, Ohio appointed Roettinger as Village Solicitor in 1907. In 1913, he married Ethel Duhme (1889-1971), with whom he had one son, Philip Clay Roettinger (1915-2002). In 1917, he assisted in organizing the Military Training Company, which later developed into the US Military Training Battalions. The War Department and many significant officers in the military recognized his work and efficiency of the organization. In 1919, he was appointed First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and Chief of the Civil Division of Hamilton County, Ohio. In this position he assisted in implementing a direct inheritance tax, represented the New Court House Building Commission to get a new courthouse built, and won a significant case allowing a seat on the New York Stock Exchange to be taxable in Hamilton County. Hamilton County elected Roettinger to become a Common Pleas Judge in 1920, with his term expiring in 1926. His son, Philip, went on to serve in the US Marine Corps as a Colonel in the Pacific during World War II, and then worked as a CIA Operations Officer who helped plan and execute the 1954 overthrow of Guatemalan leader Jacobo Arbenz after Guatemala threatened to nationalize property owned by the United Fruit Company.
American Letters collector Wade Hall (1934-2015) was a native of Union Springs, Alabama. Starting in 1962, he lived in Louisville, where he taught English and chaired the English and Humanities/Arts programs at Kentucky Southern College and Bellarmine University. He also taught at the University of Illinois and the University of Florida. He held degrees from Troy State University (B.S.), the University of Alabama (M.A.), and the University of Illinois (Ph.D.). He served for two years in the U.S. Army in the mid-fifties. Dr. Hall was the author of books, monographs, articles, plays, and reviews relating to Kentucky, Alabama, and Southern history and literature. His most recent books include A Visit with Harlan Hubbard; High Upon a Hill: A History of Bellarmine College; A Song in Native Pastures: Randy Atcher's Life in Country Music; and Waters of Life from Conecuh Ridge.
Scope and Content
The Stanley C. Roettinger papers (dated 1920-1930, undated; 0.07 cubic feet; 4 folders) comprise a biography and letters that document the professional and personal life of Stanley Roettinger in Ohio from 1920 to 1930. The biographical sketch provides details on Roettinger's personal life, education, and professional life up to 1920. The letters are both personal and professional in nature. The personal letters come from friends and family, and discuss Roettinger's work with the Military Training Battalion, social visits by friends, health concerns, and his son, Philip's, education. The professional letters focus mainly on his campaign to be elected Common Pleas Judge in Hamilton County, and his reliance upon military men to vote for him and convince others to vote for him.
The Stanley C. Roettinger papers are part of the Wade Hall Collection of American letters, which includes correspondence and diaries from all over North America covering the time period of the Civil to Korean Wars. The materials were collected by Wade Hall and document everyday men and women.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access The collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Stanley C. Roettinger biographical sketch, undated

  • Box 252, folder 4
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Stanley C. Roettinger personal correspondence, 1920

  • Box 252, folder 5
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Stanley C. Roettinger personal correspondence, 1930

  • Box 252, folder 6
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Stanley C. Roettinger professional correspondence, 1920, 1930

  • Box 252, folder 7
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