Earl S. Parish Collection

Creator

Cheri Turman

Identifier

MS000391

Date

1918-1919

Description

The Earl S. Parish Collection offers a glimpse into what it was like to be stationed in Europe after World War I had officially ended. Earl S. Parish served in the Army and was stationed in Savenay, France, at Base Hospital # 100. At first eager to go and see action, he arrived in December of 1918, and was too late to experience combat; after four months he was describing his physical location as a “mudhole” and his daily routine as boring. The collection contains letters that Parish wrote to his mother and father, and letters written to him by a friend named Ruth Hubble. It also contains two photographs, one of Parish in his army uniform and one of Ms. Hubble in a Red Cross nurse’s uniform, and a French train ticket.

Source

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library

Publisher

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library

Subject

Savenay, France
Nurses
Soldiers
West Olive, Michigan
Influenza Epidemic, 1918-1919--United States

Contributor

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library

Format

11 folders (0.5 linear feet); 9 pdf files and 2 jpg files

Language

English
French

Collection Items

Mostly documents consisting of correspondence between Earl S. Parish and Ruth L. Hubble, Mrs. Wells Parish, and Mr. Wells Parish. Also one photograph of Earl S. Parish and one photograph of Ruth Hubble. There is also a French train ticket.

Earl S. Parish on the Boirvron Road
Earl dressed as a soldier, standing on a French country road.

Ruth L. Hubble in Nurse's Uniform
Ruth stands outside dressed as a nurse.

Ruth L. Hubble to Earl S. Parish
Ruth writes to Earl about news back home, including mentions of his decision to go and the spread of flu.

Ruth L. Hubble to Earl S. Parish
Ruth writes to Earl with news of the home front.

Earl S. Parish to Mrs. Wells Parish
Earl S. Parish writes to his mother from active duty at the base hospital in Savenay, France.

Earl S. Parish to Mrs. Wells Parish
Earl writes to his mother from Base Hospital #100 in Savenay France; asks that they not print his letters in the newspaper.

French Train Ticket
Train ticket to Savenay.

Earl S. Parish to Wells Parish
Earl writes to his father from France requesting help in getting the necessary affidavits for his discharge.

Earl S. Parish to Mrs. Wells Parish
Earl writes to his mother commenting on the changes he will find when he gets home. Describes going to a French show.

Ruth L. Hubble to Earl S. Parish
Ruth writes to Earl about his coming home and her opportunities to teach school.

Ruth L. Hubble to Earl S. Parish
Ruth writes to Earl about a visitor to the neighborhood who hated fighting in France.
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