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Harry Collins Abernethy, 1874-1934


RG5342.AM:  Harry Collins Abernethy, 1874-1934

Papers:  1881-c.1934
Johnson County, Neb.; Ord, Valley County, Neb.; France; California:  Piano technician, artist, musician, photographer, writer
Size:  0.5 cu.ft.; 1 box

BACKGROUND NOTE

Harry C. Abernethy was born May 25, 1874, on a farm near Wilbur, Nebraska, the son Josephine and George Abernethy. Harry had one sister, Laura, and three brothers, Will, G.E., and Jason. At the age of 5 he moved with his family to Johnson County, Nebraska. After living here for 22 years, he and his family moved to Ord, Nebraska. In 1917 he enlisted in the Army and served 13 months, mostly in France in the American Signal Corps, where he was a photographer. In 1927 he moved with his sister to California, returning to Nebraska in 1933. He died March 28, 1934, in Lincoln, Nebraska.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

The collection is arranged in four series: 1) Correspondence 1917-1919; 2) Personal Daybook, 1917-1918; 3) Biographical materials; and 4) Miscellaneous.

The majority of the collection is composed of letters (Series 1) Harry wrote to his brothers Jason and G.E. while he was serving in France during World War I. The letters were supplemented by his personal daybook (Series 2) written at the same time. Topics include military life (food, YMCA entertainment, traveling, his job, and opinions on the war, etc.); the terrain, flora, and fauna, roads, trains, and farming techniques of England and France; and personal expenses, weather, and family. The biographical materials of Series 3 include military papers and an obituary/memorial book written by his sister Laura. Series 4, Miscellaneous contains photocopies of Abernethy/Anderson family history, Valley County, Nebraska, history and three books owned by Harry Abernethy.

DESCRIPTION

Series 1 - Correspondence, 1917-1919

Box 1
Folder
  1. Correspondence, August 1917-March 30, 1918
  2. Correspondence, April 15, 1918-August 18, 1918
  3. Correspondence, September 18, 1918-February 11, 1919, plus undated letter

Series 2 - Personal Daybook, 1917-1918

  1. Personal Daybook, 1917-1918

Series 3 - Biographical Materials

  1. Military papers
  2. Obituary

Series 4 - Miscellaneous

  1. Family history, Anderson/Abernethy
  2. French postcards
  3. Book on French Facts
  4. Children's book

 

ADDED ENTRIES:

Abernethy family
Abernethy, Harry Collins, 1874-1934
Anderson family
Military life
Soldiers -- Nebraska
Valley County (Neb.) -- History
World War, 1914-1918

 

MJR/kfk   06-12-2003
01-05-2010   Revised TMM

 

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