Roy M. Whiteman letters
Roy Miller Whiteman was born in Biggsville, Illinois, on February 17, 1893, the son of Henry Oliver Whiteman (b. 1858) and Mary Ellen Spears. He had five siblings: Mabel Foster, Jessie, Mary Clare ("Clare"), Ruth Elizabeth, and Helen Marissa. The Whiteman family moved to Burlington, Iowa, in 1914, where they owned a farm. During World War I, Roy M. Whiteman served in France with Company L of the United States Army's 137th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division. He was wounded in service. After the armistice, he was stationed in Le Mans and Chamonix, France. Whiteman returned to Iowa after the war and lived in Burlington and Crawford with his wife Merle, whom he married around 1920.