This collection contains the correspondence, records, and ephemera of Private Edward Richardson Marcellus from his time in
France and Germany with the American Expeditionary Force during WWI.
Edward Richardson Marcellus was born January 30, 1895 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Peter and Emma Marcellus. He had three siblings:
Randolph, Hazel, and Stella. He worked as a bookkeeper for Henry H. Shufeldt & Company in 1915 in Peoria, Illinois. In 1917
at age 22 he registered for the World War I draft, listing his occupation as an accountant. He claimed that he fully supported
his parents, but did not claim exemption from the draft. He married Goldie L. Brown and shared an apartment with her and her
twin sister Gladys. In 1918 he began his service with the 5th Anti-Aircraft Machine Gun Battalion in the American Expeditionary
Force. He served in both France and Germany. In the summer of 1919 he returned home. Goldie gave birth to a stillborn child
in December of 1921. Shortly thereafter they divorced and Edward remarried Bertha "Birdie" Elizabeth Hundley. They had one
daughter, Virginia, in 1924. In 1925 they moved to Decatur, Illinois and lived there for the duration of his life. For the
rest of his career he worked as a salesman for Check Protector Machines. Edward died on March 20, 1970 and is buried at the
Fairlawn Cemetery with Birdie, who died in 1980.