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Winterscheid family correspondence and photograph collection

 Collection — document-box: Winterscheid Box 1, Folder: 1-4, Folder: 1-4
Identifier: 2023-038-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains correspondence, photographs, and a diary belonging to members of the Winterscheid family. The collection spans the Philippine-American War, First World War, and Second World War. In chronological order, the collection is comprised of the following materials:

  • Philippine-American War photo albums created by Lt. Walling, belonging to Isal Amelia Winterscheid née Covart, inherited from her uncle Robert Phillips
  • Correspondence and ephemera from Claude V. Winterscheid, AEF during the First World War
  • One diary, various correspondence, and one bible belonging to PFC Loren Covart Winterscheid, USA during the Second World War


  • Creation: 1900 - 1902

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

This collection highlights materials belonging to members of the Winterscheid and Phillips families.

Robert Phillips (b. 1/13/1877) was born in Farmington, Illinois to Aaron W. Phillips and Margaret Jane Emery Phillips and moved to Kansas at a very young age. He later served in the Philippine-American War, presumably coming into possession of and leaving behind photographs (Series 1) to his older sister Jenny Elizabeth Covart née Phillips (11/27/1874 - 1941). She passed those photographs to her daughter Isal Amelia Winterscheid née Covart (8/30/1899 - 12/22/1992). Isal was born in Kansas and lived in Liberty as a child.

Isal later worked as a school teacher in Gridley, Kansas and married Claude Vernon Winterscheid, American Expeditionary Force (3/26/1897 - 11/26/1986) in Gridley on October 24, 1920. Claude was born in Naponee, Nebraska to John and Fannie Winterscheidt of Illinois. He served overseas with Company C, 1st Battalion, 137th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division (Machine Gun) during the First World War, during which he was wounded in his right arm in September 1918. He wrote Isal from overseas, often mentioning correspondence with his sister, Pearl. He later earned a bachelors degree from Kansas State Agricultural College. Both were interred at Tahoma Cemetary in Yakima, Washington.

Isal and Claude gave birth to a son, Private First Class Loren Covart Winterscheid, United States Army (10/5/1925 - 12/22/2017) in Manhattan, Kansas, and later moved to Idaho and gave birth to a daughter, Joyce, before taking up residence in Oregon and Washington.

Loren was working at Salem General Hospital in Oregon when he registered for the draft in October 1943 and enlisted on March 17, 1944 at Fort Lewis. He served with Medical Service Company, 33rd Armored Regiment, 3rd Armored Division during the Second World War. He later earned a bachelors degree from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon in 1948, a doctorate in microbiology from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1953, and a medical doctorate in 1954, going on to enjoy a full career in medical academia as faculty, dean, and director of various schools and medical centers including the University of Washington. He married Muriel Elaine Oliver (1926 - 2017) on December 30, 1948 in Yakima, Washington and the two had a daughter, Ann Findley Winterscheid (1952 - 2016). Loren passed away in Seattle, in 2017.

Both the Winterscheid and Covart families trace their heritage to the founding of the United States, with several members of the Winterscheid heritage (Moore and Sheperd families) serving in the American Revolutionary War. All information herein compiled and provided by the donor with supplementary information found and corroborated through; see foldout family tree included with the photo albums.


.5 Linear Feet (4 folders; three objects)

Language of Materials



This collection contains correspondence, photographs, and a diary belonging to members of the Winterscheid family. The collection spans the Philippine-American War, First World War, and Second World War.


This collection is arranged by creator and chronology.

  • Series 1, Lieutenant Walling Philippine-American War photo albums
  • Series 2, Claude V. Winterscheid First World War correspondence and ephemera
  • Series 3, Loren Covart Winterscheid Second World War diary, correspondence, and bible

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Gail C. Winterscheid.

Winterscheid family correspondence and photograph collection
Andrew Harman
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives, Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives Repository

Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States