Skip to main content

Fritz Ernst autobiography

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 6, Placement: 09
Identifier: MSA 19

Scope and Contents

Small Town Boy Goes Away to College, an autobiography by Fritz Ernst, circa, 1896.


  • 1896


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Fritz Ernst graduated from high school in Madison, Indiana. He then attended Purdue University, and was a member of the Class of 1900.

Per his autobiography, “At the time Purdue had a rather rough reputation and they were called “Boiler Makers.” I had never been away from home, was rather inexperienced, and just a simple home boy. I went to Purdue at Lafayette, Indiana with fear and trembling, as I thought that every time I went past an alley or around the corner someone would get rough with me and try to hold me up.” Ernst rented a room in a house at the corner of Wood and College Avenue for $4.00 a month, and his board included 21 meals, for $2.00 a week.

While at Purdue, Ernst was the Editor in Chief of the Exponent. Fritz Ernst and Wiley J. Huddle of Indiana University are known for finding the bucket used for the “Old Oaken Bucket.”



0.10 Cubic Feet

Existence and Location of Originals

multi-part note content

Related Materials

multi-part note content
Fritz Ernst autobiography
Mary A. Sego
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States