This collection contains the correspondence, records, and ephemera of Pvt. Edward R. Marcellus, AEF during the First World
Warfrom his time in France and Germany during WWI.
Private Edward Richardson Marcellus, American Expeditionary Force registered for the draft at the age of 22 in 1917, 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.
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