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Lola Cannon Pefley Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2017-013-w-r

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of correspondence from various soldiers to Lola Cannon Pefley during the Second World War. The collection also includes photographs, postcards, and newspaper clippings.


  • 1928-05-13 - 1952-08-02

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions. For further copyright information, please contact the archivist.

Biographical / Historical

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Lola Margarette Thomas was born on August 7, 1911 in Elkins, Texas. She was the oldest of three daughters of Ora Welch and Forrest Thomas. Forest Forest Thomas was born in Texas but his father was born in Arkansas and his mother in Georgia. Sidney Forest Thomas was a mechanic by trade.

According to a 1937 letter that Lola had written to Lester Welch, John Byrd Welch's son and her cousin, she stated that she had just married Leroy "Roy" Cannon, a supposedly well-known singer and that they were going to travel the country to put on musical programs. I am just now finding out much about him.

She married Daniel Alexander Pefley on June 3, 1941. They had no children. "She was a member of the Reorganized Church of the Latter Day Saints. She had lived in Brownwood for a year and one half before her death and had previously lived in Arlington, Texas for the past 30 years.

Lola had graduated from Brownwood High School in 1930 and was the Valedictorian of her class. Survivors included her husband, a sister Mrs. James Teague of Fort Worth and a half-sister, Jackie Keith of Morgan Hill, California.

Lola Pefley died on January 3, 1977 at the Brownwood Community Hospital after a four month illness and was buried in the Ebony Cemetery in Mills County.


.5 Linear Feet (13 Folders)

Language of Materials



This collection contains various soldier correspondence to Lola Cannon Pefley, and ephemera during the Second World War.


This collection is arranged by material type, author, and date. Series 1: Correspondence from Ben Morasco – Series 2: Correspondence from Edward C. Stewart – Series 3: Correspondence from John T. Harris -- Series 4: Correspondence from Edward Rivas -- Series 5: Correspondence from Chase E. Harlan -- Series 6: Correspondence from Lynn "Alfalfa" Wells -- Series 7: Correspondence from Various Authors -- Series 8: Newspaper Clippings -- Series 9: Photographs -- Series 10: Ephemera

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Cherri Silcox. Legacy collection from Andrew Carroll.
Finding Aid for the Lola Cannon Pefley Second World War correspondence
Darliene Zepeda-Field
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States