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Kenneth K. Orbaker pre-First World War correspondence

 Collection — Box: WWI 5, Folder: 11, Folder: 1
Identifier: 2017-584-w-rd

Content Description

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This collection contains one correspondence from PFC Kenneth Kenyan Orbaker, USA to his friend Marion Miller before the First World War as well as three newspaper clippings concerning Orbaker during the First World War. The letter was written to the donor’s grandmother, Marion Miller Rath (1898-1991). The donor is unsure how the two met. The letter dated May 25, 1914, Orbaker states he could not attend Miller’s party for he got the measles. The rest of the letter does not state anything else of much importance. The newspaper clippings reveal some information on Orbaker’s background. The first two state that that Orbaker has “arrived overseas” and gives some information such as his hometown, his rank and branch of service, and his schooling, including a photo of Orbaker. The third newspaper clipping states that Orbaker died and gives information to when his body arrived and when his funeral services were. This clipping also includes a photo of Orbaker.


  • 1914 May 25

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Biographical / Historical

Private First Class Kenneth Kenyan Orbaker, United States Army (1894 - 10/19/1918) was born in Wayne County, New York to Abram and Eva Kenyan Orbaker and was an only child. He graduated from the fine arts department of the Mechanics Institute and attended the National Academy of Design in New York City.

He served in the Intelligence Section, Headquarters Company, 309th Infantry during the First World War. He was killed during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive on October 19, 1918.


0.08 Linear feet (1 folder)

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This collection contains correspondence from PFC Kenneth Kenyan Orbaker, USA to his friend Marion Miller before the First World War.


This collection is arranged by material type, author, and date.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Debbie Bloom.

Finding Aid for the Kenneth K. Orbaker pre-First World War correspondence
Wynter Salazar
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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