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Collection Gladys Kerkhoff Powles
WVM ID Number WVM Mss 1862
Object Name Archive
Title World War I correspondence, 1917-1919.
Year Range from 1918
Year Range to 1919
Event World War I
Description Assorted correspondence and souvenirs associated with Gladys Kerkhoff Powles, a Basset, Wisconsin resident who received the materials from friends serving in World War I. Correspondence includes letters and postcards written by friends of Powles before their service in war . The majority of letters are from William H. Griep, Arnold Sommers, and William Schultz. Griep served in Company E, 337th Infantry Regiment and was later transferred to 1st Battalion, Company D, 139th Infantry Regiment. Sommers served in Supply Company, 340th Infantry Regiment. Schultz served in Machine Gun Company, 390th Infantry Regiment. Letters from Sommers and Schultz begin at the training camp Camp Custer, Battle Creek, Michigan and describe their training, camp conditions, entertainment, how men are quarantined for illness, and hopes of getting time off to visit home. Later letters are from France and describe the local French residents and the weather. Sommers describes the residents as very nice but far behind the States and being more old fashioned (September 7, 1918 and October 26, 1918). Letters written from Griep are from France and describe the weather, entertainment, and talks briefly about the trenches. One letter from Schultz is written to Powles' brother Gilbert (November 29, 1917). The letter to Gilbert describes Schultz's work in the kitchen at Camp Custer and their Thanksgiving meal. Gilbert is mentioned in letters from Schultz, Sommers, and Griep. These letters discuss Gilbert being exempt from war due to an injury (Schultz: November 30, 1918; Griep: January, 19, 1919, February 5, 1919). Other letters and postcards are from Lawrence Newbury, Alfred Ball, LaVerne Miller, Edward Peters, Fred Redin, and Arthur E. Voss. Letters from Newbury are from Camp Custer and describe training, camp conditions, entertainment, and men quarantined due to scarlet fever. Enclosed in one letter from Newbury is a newspaper clipping about the new Great Lakes Naval Training Station (November 2, 1917). Other letters mention their friends, weather, camp conditions, illness, and entertainment. Also included in the collection is a still image booklet of photographic images of World War I that was sent to Powles. Images are from the front lines and show soldiers in action and the wounded.
Extent and Medium of Description 0.2 linear ft. (1 archives box)
Biographical Record Powles, Gladys K.
Subjects Soldiers -- Wisconsin -- Basset.
Soldiers -- Correspondence.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Health aspects.
United States. Army. Infantry Regiment, 337th. Company E.
United States. Army. Infantry Regiment, 139th. Company D.
United States. Army. Infantry Regiment, 340th. Supply Company.
United States. Army. Infantry Regiment, 390th. Machine Gun Company.
Letters (correspondence).