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MS - 029: Letters written to People from Biglerville during World War II

Processed by: Jaclyn Campbell
July 2001

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Provenance: Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum

Biglerville, a town in Adams County, Pennyslvania was founded in 1839 and originally called Middletown. It was later renamed Biglerville after Governor William Bigler.

During World War II, Adams County was very active in the war effort. By May 1945, Adams County residents had purchased $15,422,09 in war bonds. The county participated in tire and gas rationing from December 1941 until January 1946. There was an army training camp at Gettysburg during the war and residents of the county organized a civil defense staff, which trained in case of bombing. Selective Service Boards in Gettysburg and New Oxford began in September of 1940 to request that men ages 21 to 36 register for the first peacetime draft in United States history.

Scope and Content Notes:
This collection is arranged in two series: I. Letters to Olive Tipton and II. Letters to Sara Miller. The letters written to Olive Tipton were exclusively from George Sandoe (1893-1975), a Private serving in the Anti-aircraft Division of the Service stationed throughout the United States during the course of these letters. During the course of training, a blood vessel ruptured in Sandoe's leg, sending him to the hospital, where the latter portion of this series was written. This series is composed mostly of correspondence concerning Tipton's life in Biglerville during the war and day to day matters such as business advice for Tipton's turkey farm. The letters written to Sara Miller were from several men who were friends of Miller. One set of letters was from E. E. Tipton, Miller's brother. This series is composed mostly of correspondence concerning military training life and Miller's job.

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