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Guide to the Lena Winkel Lange Collection 

Prepared by Randy Neuman, Archivist, 11/29/2007 

Overview of Collection 

Record Creator:  Lange, Lena Winkel
Title:  Lena Winkel Lange Collection
Abstract:  Lena Winkel Lange served four terms as a missionary to Sierra Leone from 1901 to 1916. The collection includes diaries of her time spent in Africa as well as correspondence with denominational officials.
Quantity:  .25 linear feet (1/2 box)
Identification:  UBHC.UB 4-III-1-SS2-MC3

Biographical Note 

Lena Winkel was born near Elmore, Ohio in 1874. At 16 she became a teacher at Sugar Creek school near her home in Ohio. Sensing a call to the mission field Miss Winkel entered Central College (now Huntington University) in 1899 where she took up the scientific course. Before finishing her studies at Central, Miss Winkel served her first and second terms of missionary service in Sierra Leone. During this time the head of the Sierra Leone mission, Rev. B. O. Hazzard, died leaving her in charge of the mission station for several months. She returned to Huntington in 1906 to finish up her studies, finally graduating in 1907. In 1910 she again returned to Sierra Leone for her third term as a teacher at the United Brethren school in Danville. Due to declining health Miss Winkel returned to the United States in early 1913. She again took up her duties in Sierra Leone late in 1913 and served until 1916. World War I prevented her from further service in Sierra Leone. In 1920 she married Lawrence Lange in Detroit, Michigan. They moved to Toledo, Ohio were she was an active member of the Spencer United Brethren Church. Lena Winkel Lange died April 1, 1932.

Scope Note 

The collection consists of diaries, correspondence, and memorabilia from Lena Winkle Lange and her husband Lawrence Lange. The diaries were written during many of the years that she served as a missionary in Sierra Leone. The correspondence are mainly letters to mission officials in Huntington, Indiana. Three of the letters are from her husband Lawrence Lange concerning his wife’s death. Her passport, missionary certificates and obituaries are part of the memorabilia.


  • Series 1: Diaries
  • Series 2: Correspondence
  • Series 3: Memorabelia

Preferred Citation 

When citing material from this collection please use the following format: Direct reference to the item or its file folder, The Lena Winkel Lange Collection, United Brethren Historical Center, Huntington, Indiana. Do not make use of the item’s call number as that is not a stable descriptor.

Access Restrictions 

There are no restrictions regarding this collection.

Subject Terms 

Subject Names – Additional Creators 

Lawrence Lange

Jacob Howe
Cora Loew
Daniel K. Flickinger

Subject Names – Personal 

Jacob Howe
Cora Loew
Anvilla Kiracofe
B. O. Hazzard
Minnie Mull Linker
August F. Stoltz
Daniel F. Wilberforce
Charles W. Linker
Daniel K. Flickinger

Subject Names – Corporate 

Church of the United Brethren in Christ (Old constitution). Women’s Missionary Association

Subject Topics 


Subject Geographic 

Shenge, Sierra Leone
Gbangbaia, Sierra Leone
Bonthe, Sierra Leone
Bumpe, Sierra Leone
Huntington, Indiana
Elwood, Ohio






Container List


Series 1: Diaries       
Call Number    Title  




Book of accounts and letters


    Diary 1904-1906
    Diary 1910
Series 2: Correspondence       
Call Number  Folder   Title   Date(s) 
4-III-1-SS2-MC3 1 To Daniel K. Flickinger (3)  1902-1905 
  2 To Jacob Howe (3)  1905-1906 
  3 From Lawrence Lange to Cora Loew (3)  1932-1933 
Series 3: Memorabelia       
Call Number  Folder   Title   Date(s) 
4-III-1-SS2-MC3 4 Wedding booklet, Missionary Certificates, Passport applications & picture, obituaries 1902-1905