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Violette Collection of WWI Soldiers' Letters
Musdp Collection V1

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These letters were collected by Professor E.M. Violette, head of the History Department at the First District State Normal School, for their historic value.  Some of the letters were the result of a campaign by the Normal School and the Kirksville Rotary Club to see that Adair County soldiers received mail, some were donated by the soldiers’ families, and nearly all were printed in the Kirksville Daily Express or the Normal School Index.  You will find some editing marks on several of them corresponding to the shortened version appearing in the paper.  All the mail from Europe went through the military censors, and most of them bear the stamp or signature of the Censor; none of them appear to have had portions removed, however.
*indicates letters added September 2013

A1 "A"
  • Cpl. Marvin Dee Appleton, Somewhere in France, 4 Nov 1918, to Mother
  • L/Sgt. T.R. Thornton Ansley, Pendleton, Manchester, England, 11 Nov 19--, to Miss Vinnie Durk Montgomery  [Extracts from original letter]
A2 Lt. C.F. Acree, Chaplain, 126th Infantry
  • Coblence Sector, Germany, 25 Dec 1918, to Friends
  • France, 12 Aug 1918, to E.E. Swain, Kirksville, MO
  • Anhausen, Germany, 9 Jan 1919, to A.P. Lockhart, Kirksville, MO
  • At Sea, nd, to C.H. Sears, Kirksville, MO
  • Empty envelopes addressed to Judge R.M. Pickell and Mr & Mrs W.C. Summers, Kirksville, MO
A3 Pvt. James M. Archer, Headquarters Division, AEF
  • Somewhere in France, nd, to Sis & Delos
  • Bordeaux France [postmark], 23 Oct 1918, to Sis and All
B1 "B"
  • Fred Bailey, Somewhere in France, 6 Feb 1918, to Dad [as printed in Center Herald]
  • 2nd Lt. Paul W. Barnett, Infantry, Somewhere in France, 3 Mar 1918, to Mr. Bray*
  • Lt. C.E. Benson, Camp Greenleaf, Ft Oglethorpe, GA, 3 Mar 1918, to Mr. Dearmont, [as printed in Capaha Arrow, Cape Girardeau Normal School]
  • Pearl Bragg, Co. K, 139th Infantry, 23 Nov 1918, to Folks at Home [Mrs. Nancy Gates]
  • Sgt. Byron H. Beatty, Divisional Laboratory, Somewhere in France, 27 Aug 1918, to Mr. & Mrs. Henry
  • Lt. C.C. Beeth, 1st Cavalry, Camp Henry J. Jones, Huachuca, AZ, nd, to The Index
  • W.E. Burnham, 4th O.T.C., Camp Funston, KS, 30 May 1918, to Mr. W.J. Bray, Kirksville, MO*
B2 Cpl. George P. Bailey, Medical Corps
  • George P. Bailey, Port Hospital, Ellington Field, Houston, TX, 19 May 1918, to Prof. W.J. Bray, Kirksville, MO*
  • George P. Bailey, Houston, TX, 28 May 1918, to Prof. W. J. Bray, Kirksville, MO*
C1 "C"
  • Cpl. George A. Camden, 351st Infantry, Houdelaincourt, France, 1 Jan 1919, to Rev. G.T. Kenner, Kirksville, MO
  • W.R. Castle Jr., American Red Cross, Washington, DC, 6 Jan 1919, to James H. Slover, Youngstown, MO; re  Pvt. Walter Jacob Slover missing in action
  • Pvt. Haden J. Craig, 3rd Army, Coblenz, Germany, 22 Feb 1919, to Mother and All; Envelope from J.A. Craig, Greentop, MO forwarding letter to Editor of the Daily News, Kirksville, MO
  • Roy Croson, Jefferson Barracks, [St. Louis, MO], 14 Aug 1918, to Mable Croson, Kirksville, MO
C2 John A. Childers, 356th Infantry
  • John A. Childers, Camp Funston, KS, 30 Oct 1917, to Mr. W.J. Bray, Kirksville, MO*
  • Musician John A. Childers, 356th Infantry, Camp Funston, KS, 9 Jan 1918, to Prof. J.H. Heyd, Kirksville, MO
  • John A. Childers, Camp Funston, KS, 15 Apr 1918, to Mr. W.J. Bray, Kirksville, MO*
D1 "D"
  • Harry M. Davidson, in France, 19 Sept 1918, to Mrs. Harry M. Davidson
  • Vern Douglass, 74th Balloon Co., Ft. Crook, NE, 20 Feb 1919, to Folks at Home
  • Pvt. E.W. Downing, 317 Mobile Laundry Unit, Remagren, Germany, 31 Mar 1919, to Mother
  • J. Marcellus Dudley, US Navy, USS Denver, New York Harbor, 1 Jan 1918, to Mrs. J. Walker Humphrey, Kirksville Normal School, Kirksville, MO Photographs enclosed: Sailors on board the Denver; Bird’s eye view of the deck of the Denver from the crow’s nest; One of the 18 ships in their convoy crossing the Atlantic
  • Claude N. Dye, Camp Funston, KS, 31 Mar 1918, to Prof. W.J. Bray, Kirksville, MO*
D2 Pvt. Purdy Davis, 354th Infantry
  • Somewhere in France, 27 Oct 1918, to Mother, Mrs. H.K. Davis
  • [Europe] 1 Dec 1918, to Mother, Mrs. H.K. Davis
  • Tries, Germany, 6 Mar 1919, to Mother
  • [Europe], 9 Nov 19[19], to Mr. & Mrs. H.K. Davis -- Suppose Earl is in France on his way home; should be on our way home by Christmas
D3 Pvt. George T. Douglas, 351st Infantry
  • France, 18 Sept 1918, to Folks at Home
  • France, 20 Sept 1918, to Folks at Home
  • Houdelaincourt, France, 26 Jan 1919, to Folks at Home
  • Mrs. Clyde I. Douglas, Kirksville, MO to Editor of Daily Express, Kirksville, MO; 2 letters dated 25 Feb 1918 & 22 Oct 1918 forwarding her son’s letters for publication
E1 "E"
  • Cpl. W.W. Eagen, 318th Engineers, Aldegand, Germany, 3 May 1919, to Sister
  • Reuben Eubank, Clatsop, OR, 21 May 1918, to Mr. W.J. Bray, Kirksville, MO*
E2 Charles A. Epperson, 7th Training Corps, Coast Artillery
  •  Ft. Monroe, VA, 27 Oct 1917, to W.J. Bray, Normal School, Kirksville, MO
  •  Camp Mifflin, Long Island. 19 Feb 1919, to [Prof.] Jamison
F1 "F"
  • Mechanic Roy E. Fickel, 139th Infantry, [Europe], 7 Oct 1918, to Miss Frances Hoag, Kirksville, MO
  • Adra R. Finegan, Scott Field, 5 May 1918, to Mr. Stephen Blackhurst, Kirksville MO [postcard]*
  • Sgt. Elmer E. Fortney, 1st MG Batt., 1st Division, [Europe], 21 Oct 1918, to T.E., Fortney, Kirksville, MO
  • Ray Fiscus, 139th Infantry, Some where in France, 6 Aug 1918, to L.F. Gibbs, Kirksville Trust Co., Kirksville, MO
F2 W.B. Fell, Navy
  • W.B. Fell, Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA, 1 May 1918, to Blackhurst*
  • W.B. Fell, Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA, 6 July 1918, to Ed
G1 "G"
  • Seaman Henry C. Gardner, Mare Island, CA, 4 Jan 1918, to J.E. Aeschliman, Kirksville, MO
  • Pvt. William H. Gauer, Co K, 4th Infantry, Somewhere in France, 26 Aug 1918, to F.E. Miley, Greencastle, MO; with transmittal letter from Miley to E.M. Violette, 1 Dec 1919
  • Pvt. John S. Gothard, 70th Regt., Coast Artillery, La Roussiere, France, 24 Nov 1918, to Father, John Gothard, Kirksville, MO
  • Ezra [Grimm], Hospital Center [France], 11 Mar 1919, to Dollie [Grimm]
  • Sgt. Major Francis Karl Grassle, 823rd Aero Squadron, England, 26 Oct 1918, to Dr. George [Still]
  • Hugh J. Gwyn, Holliday, MO, 20 Dec 1919, to Mr. Violette [written after discharge from Marine Corps]
G2 Lloyd Gardner, 139th Infantry
  •  Somewhere in France, 7 Oct 1918, Mrs. Emma Gardner, Greentop, MO
  •  Somewhere in France, 19 Nov 1918, Mrs. Emma Gardner, Greentop, MO
  •  Vignot, France, 14 Dec 1918, Mrs. Emma Gardner, Greentop, MO
H1 "H"
  • Ralph Haley, 17th Aero Squadron, [France], 15 Mar 1918, to Dr. A.L. McRae, Rolla, MO [as reprinted in The Missouri Miner, Missouri School of Mines] 
  • Harry Hanes, France, 14 July 1918, to Mother, Mrs. William Noblinger, Millard, MO
  • Pvt. Loys Hotchkiss, 18th Infantry, Somewhere in France, 21 Sept 1917, to Lewis Clevenger, Brashear, MO
  • Clifford E. Henry, US Navy, 10 Aug 1918, to Prof. E.M. Violette, Kirksville, MO
  • Ed. N. Howell, Camp Dix, NJ, 23 Mar 1918, to Mr. W.J. Bray, Kirksville, MO*
H2 Sgt. E.W. Howey, 139th Infantry
  • Cormercy, France, 26 Dec 1918, to E.E. Swain
  • France, 7 Oct 1918, to C.C. Givens & The Bunch, Kirksville, MO
  • France, 14 July 1918, to Rev. W.B. Christy, M.E. Church, Kirksville, MO
  • France, 7 Sept 1918, to W.E. Evans, Kirksville, MO
I1 Pvt. Carl R. Ibach, 3rd Provisional Squadron, Military Aeronauatics
  • Greenville, SC, 11 Jan 1918, to Miss Dola [Caldwell]
  • Camp Greene, NC, 8 July 1918, to Miss Dola Caldwell, Kirksville, MO [picture postcard "Roll Call, Camp Greene"]
  • Camp Greene, NC, 15 July 1918, to Miss Dola Caldwell, Kirksville, MO [picture postcard "Lakewood, Charlotte, NC"]
  • 278th Air Service Squadron, [Europe], 7 Sept 1918, to Miss Dola Caldwell, Kirksville, MO [postcard]
J1 Pvt. Rueben M. Jepson, 4th Infantry
  • Somewhere in Germany, 25 Dec 1918, to Mother
  • Meisenheim, Germany, 23 Feb 1919, to Editor, Kirksville Daily News, Kirksville, MO
J2 Sgt. James R. Johnson, 34th Infantry
  • Thiaviourt, France, 21 Dec 1918, to Mother
  • France, 17 Nov 1918, to Mother, Mrs. W.L. Johnson, Kirksville, MO
J3 1st Lt. L. Glenn Johnson, 354th Infantry
  • Prum, Germany, 15 Dec 1918, to Mother, Mrs. W.L. Johnson, Kirksville, MO
  • [Europe], 31 Oct 1918, to Mother, Mrs. W.L. Johnson, Kirksville, MO
K1 "K"
  • Pvt. Pete Kachulis, 351st Infantry, Camp Dodge, IA, 14 June 1918, to George England, Kirksville, MO
  • H.W. Kretzmeier, 7th Regiment, Radio School, Camp Perry, Great Lakes, IL, 5 May 1918, to Dr. E.H. Henry, American School of Osteopathy, Kirksville, MO
L1 "L"
 
  • Wilson A. Law, 16th Company Jefferson Barracks, MO, to Prof. W.J. Bray, Kirksville MO*
  • Pvt. James E. Lees, --th Infantry, [Europe], Sept 1918, to Mother, Mrs. Mary Lees, Kirksville, MO
  • Everett Milton Lemasters, 4th Regiment, Camp Perry, Great Lakes, IL, 18 Jan 1918, to Prof. W.J. Bray, Kirksville, MO  [postcard]
  • Pvt. Roy Lilley, Kelly Field, England, nd, to E.M. Violette, Kirksville, MO  [postcard]
  • Lewis Little, Convalescent Camp [Europe], 5 Dec 1918, to Mother, Mrs. Phoebe Lewis
  • Sgt. Hugh A. Luck, 354th Infantry, Somewhere in France, 14 Nov 1918, to Rotary Club, Kirksville, MO
  • Otho B. Lynch, 164th Depot Brigade, Camp Funston, KS, [Sept 1918], to E.M. Violet [sic
M1 "M"
 
  • Raymond Marquess, Naval Hospital Base, Hampton Roads, VA, 3 Aug 1918, to Mrs. J.W. Marquess, Kirksville, MO  
  • Ray Martin, 89th Division, France, 16 Sept 1918, to the Folks 
  • Lt. W.W. Martin, Stationary Hospital No. 11, Rouen, France, 30 July 1918, to Dr. J.E. Wright, Kirksville, MO 
  • John O. McConnell, Camp Merritt, NJ, 4 Jan 1919, to Miss Stella McConnell, Green Castle, MO 
  • Pvt. John D. McDowell, 321st Field Artillery, [Europe] 1 Jan 1919, to J.T. Miller, Jr., Kirksville, MO 
  • 1st Sgt. Carl McKeehan, 139th Infantry, Some where in Germany, 4 Aug 1918, to Prof. J.R. Howey, Kirksville, MO 
  • Cpl. D.E. McMillin, 13th Engineers, Some where in France, 1 Nov 1917, to Friend 
  • Pvt. Dee Moore, Signal Corps, [Europe], 25 Nov 1918, to Father, M.C. Moore, Kirksville, MO
  • Pvt. Clifford Morrow, 4th Infantry, Miesenheim, Germany, 12 Mar 1919, to Mother, Mrs. Anna Morrow, Kirksville, MO 
M2 Pvt. Francis McCabe, 4th Infantry
 
  • [Europe], 9 Aug 1918, to Brother
  • [Europe], 9 Aug 1918, to Father & Mother, Mrs. Mary McCabe, Novinger, MO
  • [Europe] 15 Oct 1918, to Mother & Father, Mrs. Mary McCabe, Novinger, MO
M3 Earl D. Martin, 137th Ambulance Company
 
  • France, 5 Oct 1918, to Folks
  • France, 13 Sept 1918, to Folks
M4 Bugler Guy Miller, Drum Corps, 4th Battalion, Queen’s Own
 
  • Culverden Castle Camp, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England, 15 Aug 1918, to B.F.  Bonfoey, Kirksville, MO
  • Culverden Castle Camp, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England, 1 Sept 1918, to E.E. Swain, Kirksville, MO
N1 "N"
 
  • Pvt. D.E. Neale, Paris Island, SC, nd, to Mr. Jack and Smith, Kirksville, MO [postcard]*
  • Pvt. Kenneth E. Newton, 19th Provisional Motor Transfer, Bessenheim, Germany, 20 Jan 1919, to Folks
N2 Sgt. Jess Novinger
  • France, 19 Nov 1918, to Old Girl 'O Mine [E. Margaret Little, Kirksville, MO]*
  • France, 9 Jan 1919, to Margaret Little, Campbell, MO*
  • France 21 Jan 1919, to Margaret Little, Campbell, Mo [postcard]*
O [None]
P1 "P"
 
  • Eber K.I. Peck, Ambulance Company 105, Camp Wadsworth, Spartansburg, SC, 20 Dec 1917, to Miss Dola Caldwell, Kirksville, MO [Christmas card]
  • Eber K.I. Peck, Ambulance Company 105, Camp Wadsworth, Spartansburg, SC, 14 Feb 1918, to Miss Dola Caldwell, Kirksville, MO
  • Pvt. C.R. Phillips, [Europe], nd, to H.L. Phillips, Kirksville, MO [empty envelope]
  • Cpl. Charley Piersie, 110th DAP, Gr. Mouthairon, France, 5 Dec 1918, to Brother, Sis & Niece, Aaron C. Piersie, Kirksville, MO
  • Ray Potter, 39th Infantry, Some where in the World, 25 Nov 19--, to Mother, Ms. Sadie Potter
  • Chester A. Purdy, nd, to Editor  -- This is a final page “PS”; rest of letter missing
P2 Sgt. Royal G. Payton, 356th Infantry
 
  • [Europe], 2 Sept 1918, to All at Home
  • Somewhere in France, 29 Aug 1918, to Miss Mintie Payton
Q1 Albert M. Quinn, 326th Machine Gun Battalion
 
  • France, 25 Oct 1918, to The Kirksville Daily News, Kirksville, MO
R1 "R"
 
  • G.B. Ren---, London, England, 18 July 1918, to Waldo Harmon, Elsberry, MO [picture postcard, Houses of Parliament, London]
  • L.F. Reynolds, Old Detention, Great Lakes, MI, nd, to Mr. Bray*
  • Major J.E. Rieger, 139th Infantry, Front Lines, 21 Oct 1918, to [no addressee] encloses newspaper clipping “Son Falls in Fight, Father Takes Place: Major [Clay C. MacDonald], Chafing in Division P.O., Joins Battle When Lieutenant Dies”
  • Sgt. R.W. Rice, Camp Raritan, Metuchan, NJ, 29 Jan 1919, to Dr. George A. Still, Kirksville, MO
R2 A.P. “Mack” Rotta, 443rd  Emergency Transport Service Engineer
 
  • Somewhere in France, 23 July 1918, to Mother; forwarded by Mrs. Elizabeth Rotta, Lexington, MO to Kirksville, Daily Express for publication
  • St. Nazaire, France, 1 Aug 1918, to Mother
R3 Mechanic Irwin M. Runyon, 139th Infantry
 
  • Somewhere in Germany, 3 Aug 1918, to Friend, Moses Stoneking
  • Somewhere in Germany, 9 Aug 1918, to Friend, Carl
  • Somewhere in Germany, 12 Aug 1918, to  Friend, Sam & the Rest of the Tribe
  • Somewhere in Germany, 4 Aug 1918, to Friend, Mrs. Viola Madigan
  • Vigert, Minse, France, 2 Feb 1919, to Friend, Mrs. Viola Madigan, Kirksville, MO
R4 Sgt. Joseph Rutherford
 
  • Somewhere in France, 4 Nov 1918, to Folks
  • La Foyer de Soldat, France, 6 Nov 1918, to Folks
  • France, 8 Nov 1918, to Folks
  • France, 15 Nov 1918, to Mother & All, Mrs. Esther Rutherford, Kirksville, MO
S see "Letters "S" through "Z"
T1 "T"
 
  • Sterling Thompson, U.S.A P.O. 718, A.E.F., 5 May 1918, to Professor W.J. Bray, Kirksville, MO*
  • Foy Trimble, Bumkin Island, Boston, MA, 5 May 1917, to Index, Kirksville, MO*
U see "Letters "S" through "Z"
V see "Letters "S" through "Z"
W1 Thomas L. Wright, Co H. 622nd Infantry
 
  • Camp Fremont, CA, 20 May, 1918, to Prof. W.J. Bray, Kirksville, MO [postcard]*
X-Z see "Letters "S" through "Z"


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