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The life and times of Madge Oberholtzer, the young Irvington woman who brought down D.C.  Stephenson and the Ku Klux Klan.

Madge features:

  • ​492 pages
  • Over 200 pictures
    • Many never before

                or rarely seen  

Available from the Bona Thompson Center and on Amazon starting October 1, 2021.

ISBN: 978-1-880788-58-5

       Irvington celebrates its century and a half of history, including the macabra side of life. This October, the Irvington Historical Society will be bringing out a brand new book on the life and death of Madge Oberholtzer, a young Irvington woman whose life celebrated the new opportunities available to a young woman at the start of the 20th century, and her death, led to the fall of a petty tyrant and broke the stranglehold held by the KKK on Indiana politics.  The book, written by Irvington author Charlotte Halsema Ottinger, is the first history of this infamous crime to focus on Madge the person instead of Madge the victim.

       Now, just in time for Halloween, you can save on your copy of this powerful history, or stock up on your Christmas gifts. You can also help to support the work of the Irvington Historical Society by making a donation and receive an autographed copy of this exciting new history of a tragic series of events in Irvington!

​       The books will be ready for pick up at the Bona starting October 1, 2021!

Books are Available Starting

October 1, 2021