Lytle-Irvin family World War I letters, 1913-1931 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
More than one hundred letters, dating from 1913 to 1931, mostly addressed to Alma Lytle Irvin (1881-1941), oldest child of Thomas J. Lytle of Wayne City, Illinois. The bulk of the collection consists of letters to Alma from her brothers Otis M. Lytle (1895-1962) and John Brouf Lytle (1893-1962), written while the two served in different hospital units of the United States Navy during World War I. The letters shed little light on the war or hospital duties, though Otis was stationed during part of 1918-1919 in Edinburgh, Scotland, and Brest, France, treating casualties.
Alma also received letters during the war from other relatives who served in the army, including Ralph Black, a private training at Camp Custer, Battle Creek, Michigan; and Paul H. Irvin, a private stationed in France following the armistice.
The collection also includes letters dated 1913 to 1916 from Alma's brother-in-law, Charles Irvin, who homesteaded near Broadview, Montana. Another group of letters dates from December 1930 and early 1931, following the death in early December of Thomas Lytle.