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"Mansfield Cousins" Second World War correspondence and photographs

 Collection — Box: WWII 19, Folder: 13
Identifier: 2018-110-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains correspondence from several brothers, cousins and a friend of the Wappner family from Mansfield, Ohio, sent to another cousin, William H. Wappner and his wife Helen E. Wappner, during the Second World War. The authors were relations of Helen's husband William as well as one from her brother to her sister, Clara D. Gilmore. Also included are several photographs, biographies of each author, and some clippings.

Dates

  • 1941 October 31-1946 November 28

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.

Biographical / Historical

Overall, a total of nine Mansfield, Ohio cousins, all grandsons of Katherine and Philip Wappner, Sr. served during the Second World War, as well as Helen E. Wappner's brother, John and a friend of Helen's husband William H. Wappner, Frank Stimler. All those relations from Mansfield returned home safely and without injury. Their service included the Army, Navy, Army Air Force, and the Merchant Marines. William Wappner attempted to enlist several times but continued to be rejected due to medical issues resulting from a broken back.

Individual short biographies and further information for each man who served is included under the appropriate series level description.

Extent

0.1 Linear feet (1 folder)

Overview

This collection contains correspondence from several relations of the Wappner family from Mansfield, Ohio sent to William and Helen Wappner, during the Second World War. The correspondence were sent from brothers, cousins and a friend of Helen's husband, William H. Wappner, as well as one from her brother to her sister. Also included are several photographs, biographies of each author, and some clippings.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by author and material type. Each author is physically separated by a one page biography.

Series 1, Richard L. Wappner

Series 2, Karl W. Wappner

Series 3, Eugene R. Wappner

Series 4, Leonard M. Wappner

Series 5, Charles P. Hunt

Series 6, James P. Wappner

Series 7, Frank Stimler

Series 8, John R. Gilmore

Series 9, Family photographs

Series 10, Clippings

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Diane Kracker.
Title
Finding Aid for the "Mansfield Cousins" Second World War correspondence and photographs
Status
In Progress
Author
Andrew Harman
Date
8/9/2018
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Contact:
Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States