Abigail Allen family papers  1829-1838 (bulk 1837)
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Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection is made up of 10 letters that United States soldiers in France, Germany, and Russia wrote to Lila Sandall of Grand Rapids, Michigan, from October 1918-April 1919, as well a letter that one soldier wrote to Blanch O'Brien of Lake City, Michigan. The soldiers commented on their experiences abroad during and after the war.

Sandall received letters from members of the 310th Field Signal Battalion (Company A), Ambulance Company 5, and the 339th Infantry Supply Company. W. M. Clark of the 5th Ambulance Company wrote 5 of the collection's letters. Victor Strandell of the 310th Field Signal Battalion wrote about German planes and the liberation of a prison camp in October 1918. Other soldiers commented on life in Mayen, Germany, during the Allied occupation. Sandall's correspondents mentioned victory celebrations, Prohibition, and an ambulance accident. Rudolph R. Traeumer, a member of the 339th Infantry Regiment, wrote to Sandall about his time at the front near Archangel, Russia, in March 1919, during the U.S. intervention in the Russian Revolution. The collection also contains one letter that C. C. Shellman of the 126th Infantry Supply Company wrote to Blanch O'Brien, in which he discussed the noise at the front and commented on German airplanes (July 19, [1918]).

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