Donald G. Staebler papers: 1847-2011
Summary Information
Title: Donald G. Staebler papers
Creator: Staebler, Donald G.
Inclusive dates: 1847-2011
Extent: 1.5 linear feet
Donald G. Staebler was a farmer who worked on the Staebler Family Farm in Dixboro, Michigan. Staebler collected and preserved historical documents relating to the Staebler family. He used these records to write a history of the farm. The collection includes scrapbooks of photographs, correspondence, and other materials related to the family. Also included are Staebler's written notes and drafts of the farm's history.
Call number: 2017018 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
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Finding aid created by Devon Proudfoot in May 2017. Updated in July 2017.

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Donated by David Staebler (donor no. 11702) in May 2017.

Access Restrictions:

This collection is open without restriction.

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Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Donald G. Staebler papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan.


Donald G. Staebler was born in 1910 in Superior Township to Albert and Ella Goodell Staebler. When Staebler was a child, his family moved onto the Staebler family farm in Dixboro, Michigan. Staebler went to Michigan State Normal College (Eastern Michigan University) and received his Bachelor of Arts in 1934 in Industrial Arts. Around this time, Staebler met Lena Severence. The couple married in 1935.

Staebler taught Industrial Arts and Maintenance at Eaton Rapids High School, Ford Motor Company, as well as Warton Army Technical School in England. He eventually returned to the Staebler Family Farm to work with his father, where he would remain for the rest of his life.

Staebler sold the farm to Washtenaw County in 2001. The farm has been kept as a local park. Staebler passed away in March of 2017.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Donald G. Staebler papers contains his writings and research, as well as material documenting the Staebler Family Farm in Dixboro, Michigan. The first box holds four scrapbooks that includes photographs, newspaper clippings, and other collected records from members of the Staebler family. Within these scrapbooks are written histories of the farm and family to provide context for the documents.

The second box consists of additional collected family materials including diaries, correspondence, and other records related to members of the family like Helen Staebler Martin and Henry Staebler. This box also includes more of Donald Staebler's writings, and letters to his wife, Lena while he lived in England.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Farmers -- Michigan -- Dixboro.
  • Dixboro (Mich.) -- History.
  • Staebler Farm County Park (Mich.)
  • Staebler, Donald G.
  • Staebler family (Dixboro, Mich.)
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Donald G. Staebler papers [series]
Box   1  
Staebler Scrapbooks (4 binders)
Box   2  
Personal and Family Papers (10 folders, 2 volumes, 1 binders)
Additional Descriptive Data
Related Materials

The Bentley Historical Library houses a recording of an interview with Donald Staebler: Dixboro centenarian Donald G. Staebler reflections on the Crick'n the Back Farm destined to become a new Washtenaw park.