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Alfred E. Hutchison Collection

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2012-095

Content Description

The collection mainly consists of forty-seven letters written by Alfred E. Hutchison to his family while serving in World War I. Alfred Hutchison was born on March 3, 1896 in Climbing Hills, IA to Owen and Lettie Hutchison. The family moved to South Dakota in 1905 and homesteaded four miles east of Gregory. In the spring of 1917, he was one of the first area residents to enlist in the United States Army. He undertook basic training at Fort Bliss, Texas, was sent to France, and served as a Private 1st class with Company B, 2nd Engineers. Hutchison died on June 6, 1918 by enemy mortar fire while in combat at the Battle of Belleau Wood, Chateau Theirry, in France. He is buried at the Gregory Cemetery. Hutchison Post #6 of the American Legion in Gregory was named in his honor. The collection also includes one letter written by Lloyd Alderman from Kansas to Hutchison’s family providing details of the events leading to Alfred’s death. Also featured are a photo of Alfred, his burial marker in France, and his burial marker at the Gregory Cemetery. The Gregory Times-Advocate published some of Alfred’s letters written during his service. Also found are ten issues of The Indian, a weekly publication printed by the Second Division Association. The issues run from April to July 1919. Finally, the collection contains two 17”x 23” commemorative World War I posters featuring the roster of Company B, 2nd Regiment Engineers from June 1917 and a Soldiers Record for Alfred Hutchison. The pages were removed from their frames and placed in the map drawer. The book, An Engineer’s War: the legacy of PFC Alfred Hutchison by Sean J. Flynn features the letters written by Hutchison to his family.

Acquisition Type

Gift

Restrictions Apply

No

Dates

  • 1917-1918

Creator

Extent

0.25 Cubic Feet