John P. Ambuehl Collection

Title

John P. Ambuehl Collection

Creator

John P. Ambuehl and family

Identifier

MS000195

Date

1917-1921

Description

John P. Ambuehl was a private from Borup, Minnesota, who served as a machine gunner in France during WWI and was killed in action in October 1918. The documents in this collection cover his entry into service in 1917 and paperwork related to his burial arrangements. Other items of note include Ambuehl's pocket journal and correspondence from Clarence Rohlfing, a friend of Ambuehl who corresponded with the family after the war.

The bulk of the collection comes from a photo album of pictures taken during Ambuehl's time in military training. He was stationed at training camps in Indiana, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Long Island during the fall and winter of 1917-1918, and these photos capture his time there. Ambuehl wrote to his sister that he would often take pictures of his fellow soldiers and sell them the prints as a way to make money, but he would also send home photos of himself and his friends. The subjects of the photographs are soldiers, either formally posed or relaxed, as well as unit mascots, camp buildings, and scenery taken while traveling between camps. There are also several photographs from Ambuehl's brother Bill, who served in the Expeditionary Forces and survived the war. Scans of the album pages and individual photographs are provided.

Source

Gift of Carol Frost, great-niece of John P. Ambuehl, and Mrs. James E. Higgins, 1981.

Carol Frost is the daughter of Elsie Ambuehl Halverson and Ole K. Halverson. She also donated the Halverson Collection to WWPL.

Publisher

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum

Subject

Ada, Minnesota
World War, 1914-1918
United States. Army
Borup, Minnesota

Relation

Ole K. Halverson Collection, MS000199

Language

English

Abstract

These papers consist of seven folders of official documents, letters, telegrams, and memorabilia of Pvt. John P. Ambuehl, who was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1917 and died in 1918. Included are transcripts of two letters from Clarence J. Rohlfing describing life at the front and Pvt. Ambuehl’s wounding. There are also two photographs: one portrait of Private John Ambuehl and one portrait of Clarence J. Rohlfing.

Table Of Contents

Ambuehl's Army Service
Personal Possessions
Photographs
General Correspondence and Miscellaneous Documents
Ambuehl's Death and Funeral
Letters to Ambuehl's Family
Photo Album

Collection Items

John P. Ambuehl Collection Finding Aid
Mostly documents, including letters, brochures, certificates, and photographs. There is also a printed book of transcribed letters.

Dear Sister
Spiral bound book of Ambuehl letters, privately printed by Carol Frost.

Arthur Dahlbom
Picture postcard of Arthur Dahlbom.

Henry Gordon and John Wells
Picture postcard of Henry Gordon (L) and John Wells ( R).

Bill Ambuehl
Picture postcard of Bill Ambuehl.

Torleif Christofferson
Hand written postcard note on the reverse of T100451.

Torleif Christofferson
Picture postcard of a soldier.

Henry Gordon
Picture postcard of Henry Gordon.

Art Fetting
Handwritten postcard note on the reverse of T100449a.

Art Fetting
Picture postcard of Art Fetting

Three Soldiers
Picture postcard of three soldiers, John P. Ambuehl in center

Group of Soldiers in Baseball Uniforms
Group of soldiers in baseball uniforms with dogs

Group of Soldiers in Baseball Uniforms
Group of soldiers in baseball uniforms, Henry Gordon second from right, bottom row

Two Soldiers Carrying Branches
Two soldiers carrying branches

Scenery
Scenery

Scenery
Scenery

Scenery
Scenery

Scenery from Train Window
Scenery from train window

Scenery from Train Window
Scenery from train window

Scenery from Train Window
Scenery from train window

Scenery
Scenery

View of Bridges and Boat
View of bridges and boat

View of Water with Bridge
View of water with bridge

Art Fetting with Two Soldiers
Three soldiers sitting outside a tent, Art Fetting on left

Scenery
Scenery

View of Mountains and Stream
View of mountains and stream.

Scenery
Scenery

View of Train and Train Tracks
View of train and train tracks

Scenery
Scenery

View of Train Entering Tunnel
View of train entering tunnel

Scenery from Train Window
Scenery from train window

Scenery from Train Window
Scenery from train window

View of Mountains and Trees from Train Window
View of mountains and trees from train window

View from Train Window
View from train window

View of Train Moving around a Mountain
View of train moving around a mountain

Scenery
Scenery

Scenery
Scenery

Scenery
Scenery

City View with Trolley
City view with trolley

Buildings with View of Mountains
Buildings with view of mountains

Scenery with Bridge
Scenery with bridge

Bear
Chained bear

Art Fetting
Art Fetting, on the ground aiming a rifle

Bear
Chained bear leaning on cage

Soldier with Bear
Soldier with bear

Bear
Chained bear standing on a cage

YMCA building
YMCA building

Group of Soldiers
View of soldiers walking past buildings, photo studio in background

Bill on the Farm in Jack's Uniform
Bill Ambuehl sitting with a dog

View of Soldier by Camp Building
View of soldier by camp building

View of Soldiers Marching in Camp
View of soldiers marching in camp

Two Soldiers inside a Tent
Two soldiers inside a tent

Soldiers with Loaded Truck
Soldiers with loaded truck

View of Camp with Wagon and Building
View of camp with wagon and building

Soldier
Soldier standing inside tent with rifle

Soldier
Soldier standing with trees and buildings in background

Bill Ambuehl
Bill Ambuehl

Art Fetting
Art Fetting

Bill Ambuehl and Art Fetting
Bill Ambuehl (L) and Art Fetting ( R)

Two Soldiers
Two soldiers standing against a wall

Soldier
Soldier standing in front of wall

Two Soldiers Standing with Rifles
Two soldiers standing with rifles

Two Soldiers Standing with Rifles
Two soldiers standing with rifles

Three Soldiers Posing on a Box
Three soldiers posing on a box

Group of Soldiers
Group of soldiers standing in front of a tree

Two Soldiers
Two soldiers standing in front of a tree

Art Fetting
Art Fetting, seated with automobile in background

Group of Soldiers
Group of soldiers standing in front of a wall

Art Fetting with Two Soldiers
Three soldiers, Art Fetting on left

Bill Ambuehl
Photo of Bill Ambuehl

View of Camp
View of camp

Soldiers Playing Ball in Camp
Soldiers playing ball in camp

Soldier
Soldier standing in front of wall

View of Camp
View of camp, train in background

Group of Soldiers
Group of soldiers in camp

Group of Soldiers
Group of soldiers aiming rifle at camera (Bill Ambuehl in bottom row, far right?)

Group of Soldiers
Group of soldiers

Side View of Soldier with Kit
Side view of soldier with kit, including loaded pack.

Group of Soldiers
Group of soldiers

Group of Soldiers
Group of soldiers

Soldier Standing with Kit
Soldier standing with kit

Group of Soldiers
Soldiers seated against building

View of Set with Dancers and Water
View of set with dancers and water

Art Fetting
Art Fetting, side view with kit

Two Soldiers
Two soldiers wielding branches in front of tree

Soldier
Soldier in front of tree

John Wells with Dog
John Wells with dog

Soldier with Dog
Soldier with dog

Jack
John P. Ambuehl with dog

Three Soldiers Sitting on each Other's Shoulders
Three soldiers sitting on each other's shoulders in front of a building, John P. Ambuehl in center (?)

Group of Soldiers around a Hot Air Balloon
Reverse of T100368a. Text reads: This is when they are filling it up with smoke

Group of Soldiers around a Hot Air Balloon
Group of soldiers around a hot air balloon

Three Soldiers
Three soldiers standing outside, John P. Ambuehl on left

Parachuter Landing in front of Buildings
Reverse of T100366a. Text reads: This is just when he came down

Parachuter Landing in front of Buildings
Parachuter landing in front of buildings

Parachuter in Midair
Parachuter in midair

Three Soldiers Saluting
Three soldiers saluting outside building, John P. Ambuehl in center

Three Soldiers
Three soldiers, John P. Ambuehl in center

Two Men in Civilian Clothes Standing by a Rural Lane
Two men in civilian clothes standing by a rural lane

Man in Civilian Clothes and Army Hat
Man in civilian clothes and Army hat, training camp buildings in background

Man in Civilian Clothes
Man in civilian clothes, training camp buildings in background

Men outside Training Camp Barracks
Men outside training camp barracks

View of Training Camp Buildings
View of training camp buildings

View of Training Camp Buildings
View of training camp buildings

Landscape
Landscape

Two Soldiers Walking over a Bridge
Two soldiers walking over a bridge

View of a Bridge
Reverse of T100354a. Text reads: what do you think about [?] I think they are pretty good [?] on the [?] he is pretty small but you show them to him and he will find [?] them

View of a Bridge
View of a bridge

Landscape
Landscape

Landscape
Landscape

Cabin opposite Train Tracks
Cabin opposite train tracks

Landscape
Landscape

Landscape
Landscape

Image of Train from Train Window
Image of train from train window.

Farmland landscape
Farmland landscape

View from a Train Window
View from a train window

View from a Train Window
View from a train window

Farmland Landscape
Reverse of T100343.

Farmland Landscape
Farmland landscape

Farmland Landscape
Farmland landscape

View from a Train Window
View from a train window

Body of Water, with Boat
Body of water, with boat

Bridge
Bridge

Row of Wagons
Reverse of T100338. Text reads: [?] the film of each [?] of [?]

Row of Wagons
Row of wagons

Camp Buildings in the Snow
Reverse of photograh T100337.

Camp Buildings in the Snow
Camp buildings in the snow

Camp Buildings in the Snow
Camp buildings in the snow

Soldiers Walking Down a Road
Soldiers walking down a road

Soldiers Walking Down a Road
Reverse of photograph T100334.

Soldiers Walking Down a Road
Soldier walking down a road

Jack
John P. Ambuehl posing next to a tree

Woodland Landscape
Woodland landscape

Woodland Landscape
Reverse of photograph T100331.

Woodland Landscape
Woodland landscape

Soldier
Soldier sitting on a rock formation

Soldier
Soldier sitting on a rock formation

Soldier
Soldier sitting on a rock formation

Soldier
Soldier sitting on a rock

Rocky Landscape
Reverse of photograph T100326.

Rocky Landscape
Rocky landscape, soldier crouching in background

Soldier
Soldier lounging on a rock

Soldier Sitting next to a Waterfall
Soldier sitting next to a waterfall

Soldier Sitting next to a Waterfall
Soldier sitting next to a waterfall

John P. Ambuehl sitting next to a waterfall
John P. Ambuehl sitting next to a waterfall

Two Soldiers Leaning out a Window
Two soldiers leaning out a window

Snowy Scene
Snowy scene at the military training camp

Three Soldiers Posing with a Ladder
Three soldiers posing with a ladder

Jack
John P. Ambuehl on a bed outside

Rows of Beds Placed outside the Barracks
Rows of beds placed outside the barracks

Sam Haaland
Sam Haaland leaning out a window

View of Camp from Rooftop
View of camp from rooftop

View of Rooftop
View of rooftop, soldier standing at end

Soldier Posing on Roof
Soldier posing on roof

John P. Ambuehl Posing on Roof
John P. Ambuehl posing on roof

Soldier Standing on Roof
Soldier standing on roof

Two Soldiers with Boxing Gloves
Two soldiers with boxing gloves, group watching in background

Two Soldiers Boxing
Two soldiers boxing

Group of Soldiers in front of Tents
Group of soldiers in front of tents

Group of Soldiers in front of Tents
Group of soldiers in front of tents

Three Soldiers Standing in front of a Building
Three soldiers standing in front of a building

Soldier
Soldier standing, building in background

Soldier Leaning against Hay Bale
Soldier leaning against haybale

Three Soldiers with Wheelbarrow
Three soldiers with wheelbarrow

Soldier with Rake
Soldier with rake

Interior of a Barn
Interior of a barn

Jack
John P. Ambuehl standing in front of a building

Two Soldiers
Two soldiers standing in front of a building

Two Soldiers
Two soldiers standing in front of a building

Two Soldiers
Two soldiers standing in front of a building

Two Soldiers
Two soldiers standing against a wall

Two Soldiers
Two soldiers standing against a wall

John P. Ambuehl and Soldier
John P. Ambuehl (left) with unidentified soldier

Soldier in the Snow
Soldier standing in snow

John + Jack
John Wells (left) with rifle and John P. Ambuehl (right) with knife

Soldier Posing with Rifle
Soldier posing with rifle

Soldier
Soldier with Rifle and Bayonet

Soldier in the Snow
Soldier standing in snow with rifle and bayonet

Two Soldiers in the Snow
Two soldiers standing in snow with rifles

Soldier
Soldier leaning against tree

Soldier
Soldier leaning against tree

Jack
John P. Ambuehl, leaning against tree

Jack
John P. Ambuehl, with rifle

Jack
John P. Ambuehl, with rifle

Jack
John P. Ambuehl, with knife

Soldier
Soldier standing next to building

Soldier
Soldier standing with rifle next to building

Soldier
Soldier standing in snow with rifle

Soldier
Soldier smoking in front of building

Soldier
Soldier standing with rifle next to building

Jack
Reverse of photograph T100274.

Jack
John P. Ambuehl, Standing with Rifle

Soldier
Soldier standing with rifle, trees and building in background

Soldier
Soldier standing with rifle, trees and building in background

Soldier
Soldier standing, trees and building in background.

Henry Gordon
Henry Gordon standing, trees and building in background
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