Edwin E. Everett World War I Diary Vertical File Manuscript | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Scope and Contents: One pocket diary, approximately 4 by 6 inches, covering the period October, 1917, to January, 1919. Edwin E. Everett served as second lieutenant, Company D, 352nd Infantry, 88th Division. Most of the diary describes duties as mustering officer at Camp Dodge, near Des Moines, Iowa. Depicts camp life and visits home to nearby Fairbank, Iowa. Chronicles romance with "Willda," almost certainly Wilda Bogert, of Independence, Iowa, who later married Clarence Duncan Chamberlin (1893-1976), second pilot to cross the Atlantic Ocean, two weeks after Charles Lindbergh. Diary continues with voyage to France in August, and concludes with brief account of duties as supply officer in France through the Armistice and aftermath, including hospitalization (possibly for influenza) in December, 1918.