Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Lohrey mss., ca. 1915-1921, consist primarily of letters and postcards from Frank Lohrey, 1886-1960, to various family members while serving in the U.S. Army during World War I. Before joining the army Frank was a school teacher in Bay City, Wisconsin. He enlisted in the army in June 1917, served in Company L of the 28th US Infantry; made corporal in September 1918; returned to the States from Germany in August 1919 and was discharged September 25, 1919. Lohrey returned to teaching in Wisconsin after the war, married Sara Alma Esther Moeller (1894-1982) in August 1921and in 1929 became manager in a family owned business, Algoma Fuel Company. Lohrey died in Algoma, Wisconsin March 20, 1960.

The war period letters in the collection are written from Camp Douglas, Wisconsin; Camp McArthur, Waco, Texas; Camp Merritt, NJ; France, Germany, and finally Camp Meade, Maryland. Recipients are his mother, Helena Lohrey Grimm, 1872-1947; sister Leone Lohrey, 1897-1983, also a school teacher in Wisconsin; brother Erwin, 1901-1984; and future wife Sara Moeller, 1894-1982. Also present in the collection, in a Biographical folder, are photocopies of Frank's "Enlistment Record," "Honorable Discharge from The United States Army" and "Extract from Discharge Certificate of Enlisted Men to Secure Victory Medal."

Acquired: 2003

Collection size: 93 items

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