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  • Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
    Title: Edwin G. Frick First World War correspondence
    Creator: Frick, Edwin G., Sergeant, 1896-1919
    source: Meissner, Shirley
    Identifier/Call Number: 2014.038.w.r
    Identifier/Call Number: 757
    Physical Description: 0.5 Linear Feet (10 folders)
    Date (inclusive): 1917 August 21 - 1942 October 10
    Date (bulk): 1917 August 21 - 1920 March 11
    Abstract: This collection contains letters written by Sgt. Edwin G. Frick, AEF during the First World War.
    Physical Location: Two letters missing from collection: Letter dated July 7, 1918 (folder 3) removed by former archivist on January 13, 2017 per staff paging slip. Letter dated April 30, 1919 (folder 8) removed by former archivist on October 18, 2016 per staff paging slip. Their current locations are unknown.
    Language of Material: English .
    Container: WWI 2
    Container: 6-15
    Container: 1-10

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Shirley Meissner


    The collection is arranged by author and then chronologically.

    Biographical / Historical

    Sergeant Edwin George Frick, American Expeditionary Force (1/24/1896 - 4/2/1919) was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Justus and Carrie Frick, both born in Missouri to German parents. He worked as a salesman before he joined the military on June 5, 1917 and went to France in June 1918 with the Headquarters Detachment, 142nd Infantry, 36th Division during the First World War, until his death from pneumonia lober (in his right lung) in Tonnerre, Yonne Department, Bourgogne, France after the war. During that time he served directly with Major General William Smith, 36th Division Commander, of whom he writes fondly and also served with the 132nd Artillery. He is interred at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas, Texas.
    Edwin's brother, Justus J. Frick, Jr., AEF (1897 - 1958) served as a Wagoner with the 230th MP Corps from 1917 until discharge at Camp Bowie, Texas on July 2, 1919 (his discharge papers spell his name "Justice," as he changed the spelling; confirmed by 1930 census).
    Additional information on Sgt. Edwin Frick's unit can be found at The Yonne Doughboys project in France, https://yonne-doughboys.jimdo.com/, as well as the Texas Military Forces Museum, http://www.texasmilitaryforcesmuseum.org/36division/archives/142/142lin.htm

    Preferred Citation

    [Item title / description; Box "n" / Folder "n"], Edwin G. Frick World War One correspondence (2014.038.w.r), Center for American War Letters Archives, Chapman University, CA.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Content Description

    This collection contains letters from Sgt. Edwin G. Frick, AEF during the First World War to his family and girlfriend, Elizabeth, from 1917 until his death in 1919. Most of his letters were written from France. Part of this correspondence includes letters that he received from Elizabeth. NOTE: Several letters are missing pages and may be separated in Folder 9; some may be lost/not donated with the collection.

    Folder 1

    • 2 letters to family
    • 1 letter from Elizabeth to Mrs. Frick
    • 1 letter to Ed from Mary

    Folder 2

    • 5 letters to family
    • 5 letters to Elizabeth
    • 1 letter to Ed from unknown

    Folder 3

    • 10 letters to family
    • 9 postcards

    Folder 4

    • 15 letters to family
    • 1 postcard

    Folder 5

    • 7 letters to family

    Folder 6

    • 9 letters to family

    Folder 7

    • 1 letter from the Army
    • 5 letters to family
    • 1 letter to Ed from Elizabeth

    Folder 8

    • 8 letters to family
    • 1 letter from Elizabeth

    Folder 9

    • 4 envelopes addressed to Mrs. Frick
    • 1 letter from Elizabeth
    • 1 letter to Mrs. Frick from Edith R. Parrish
    • 1 letter to son from daddy (author or reciever unknown)
    • 3 letters from Ed
    • 1 history note about Federalists versus Anti-Federalists
    • 1 letter to Ed from Mary
    • 1 partial letter
    • 1 poem

    Folder 10

    • 1 Justice J. Frick Discharge letter (removed from cloth binding stamped with Army seal)

    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. For further copyright information, please contact the archivist.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    World War (1914-1918)
    World War (1914-1918) -- France
    World War (1914-1918) -- Hospitals.
    Military hospitals
    United States. -- Army. -- Field Artillery
    Meissner, Shirley