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Mildred Sutton Second World War correspondence, photographs and other materials

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2019-074-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains two large scrapbooks containing 193 correspondence to Mildred Sutton from family and friends during the Second World War. Included in the correspondence are telegrams, postcards and holiday cards, from nephews of her and her husband, Dr. Frank Sutton, and two sons of the family's landlord (see bio note for identification of authors). Also included in the collection are 71 photographs, 20 clippings, ephemera such as foreign money and brochures, and 6 copies of correspondence to and from Dr. Charles McGarry after his son had been killed in France. The donor also included 5 sheets of biographical and inventory information.


  • Majority of material found within 1943 February 16 - 1949 May 13

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

Mildred Sutton was the wife of Dr. Frank Sutton. Dr. Sutton was a physician before he was the Assistant Medical Director, later Medical Director of Rochelle General Hospital. The two lived in Rochester, New York during the Second World War and their nephews, as well as their landlord's two sons, wrote to them during the war. They include:

Private First Class Harley N. Fuson, United States Army
  • Son of Clara Sutton Fuson (Dr. Frank Sutton's Sister)
  • HQ 448th AAA AW Bn
  • HQ 3rd Bn 134th Infantry Regiment 35th Division
  • Was a corporal, knocked down to private, then promoted to PFC
  • France, Germany, England

Private First Class Gladwin K. Fuson, United States Army
  • Son of Clara Sutton Fuson
  • Battery E 420th C.A. (A.A.), later Battery C
  • 474 Ordinance Evacuation Co. (Camp Hood, TX)
  • Served in Alaska

Private Philip A. McGarry, United States Army
  • From Chicago, Illinois. Unknown relation to the Suttons, but known by the Neiderbergers in Chicago
  • Co. I 377th Infantry (Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania)
  • Army Special Training Unit 3307th Service Unit, University of Pittsburgh
  • Killed in Action in Metz, France, November 11, 1944

Lieutenant George Reichert, United States Navy Reserve
  • Husband of Ida Sutton Reichert (Mildred's sister)
  • Miami, Florida, as well as Georgia and the Naval Advanced Technical Training Center in Memphis, Tennessee

Captain Herb. E. Neiderberger, United States Army
  • Husband of Geraldine Sutton Neiderberger (Mildred's sister)
  • HQ 14th Port (transportation)
  • Knew Pvt. McGarry, as did Geraldine and Mildred
  • Visited Pvt. McGarry's grave in France

Ralph Bunnell, United States Navy
  • Son of Grace Sutton Bunnell (remarried later to Charles Hines, sister of Dr. Frank Sutton)
  • US Naval Training Center, Barracks 304, Great Lakes, Illinois
  • AETM NATTC, Ward Island, Barracks 5, Corpus Christi, Texas (December 1945)

Private First Class Dale Hines, United States Army
  • Son of Grace Sutton Bunnell
  • 375th TC HC Co
  • 5th Replacement Depot (upon return to Portland, Oregon)
  • Philippines

First Sergeant L. Myrl Hines, United States Army
  • Son of Grace Sutton Bunnell
  • Co. C 58th Training Battalion, Camp Barkeley, Texas
  • 225th Medical Supply Detachment, San Francisco Medical Depot
  • Remained with 225th in Oahu, Territory of Hawaii
  • Then 114th Medical Service Company (Sn)
  • Promoted to staff sergeant at 8th Station Hospital, Ekahanui Gorge, Oahu
  • Photo at home shows rank insignia of first sergeant

Captain Edward W. Corsetti, United States Army
  • Son of the Sutton's landlord at their home in Rochester, NY
  • 4th Battalion, 1st Regiment, Camp Gordon, Georgia

Private First Class Richard E. "Dick" Corsetti, United States Army
  • Son of the Sutton's landlord at their home in Rochester, NY
  • Co. A 289th Infantry
  • HQ Co. HQ Command (guard)
  • HQ Battery, 208th Field Artillery (October 1945)
  • Battery A 115th AAA Gun Battalion (February 1946)

Donor created biographical information is included with the collection.


1 Linear Feet (1 flat box)

Language of Materials



This collection contains correspondence to Mildred Sutton from family and friends serving during the Second World War. Also included are photographs of the soldiers and other materials.


This collection is arranged by author, determined by original order of the scrapbook in which they were housed, with the exception of outstanding clippings not clearly arranged with any particular author.

  • Series 1, Correspondence and photographs from Harley N. Fuson
  • Series 2, Correspondence and photographs from Gladwin K. Fuson
  • Series 3, Correspondence and photographs from Philip A. McGarry and other materials
  • Series 4, Correspondence from George Reichert
  • Series 5, Correspondence and photographs from Herb E. Neiderberger
  • Series 6, Correspondence and currency from Ralph Bunnell
  • Series 7, Correspondence and photographs from Dale Hines
  • Series 8, Correspondence and photographs from L. Myrl Hines
  • Series 9, Correspondence from Edward Corsetti
  • Series 10, Correspondence and photographs from Richard Corsetti
  • Series 11, Clippings

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Ruth Sutton Powers.

Processing Information

This collection was donated in the form of an unbound scrapbook. Correspondence and photographs, including ephemera and clippings, were either glued to the pages or afixed to photo corners. The correspondence, in particular, was folded into their original envelopes and the envelopes were glued to the pages.

For preservation and access purposes, further processing may need to be considered. At the time of initial processing, it was decided to keep the materials in their original order.

Finding Aid for the Mildred Sutton Second World War correspondence, photographs, and other materials
Andrew Harman
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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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