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Acre Family Papers, 1917-1961

Kansas Historical Society microfilm roll MS 1663


IntroductionPhotograph of the 35th Division on parade in Topeka, KS, 1919


Albert, Clyde and Joseph Acre of WaKeeney, Kan., served in the American Expeditionary Forces, 35th Division, 137th Infantry, Company M, in France during World War I.

Correspondence, genealogical information, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous items, 54 items, but primarily letters Joseph Acre wrote home describing Officer Candidate School, World War I campaigns in France, and his life as a “doughboy” & in the trenches; his thoughts dealt with Kansas and his lack of incoming mail. There are also newspaper clippings and genealogical materials. Correspondents include Albert & Joseph Acre, Laura Allegree, Anna Dickey, and Ella Keith. The clippings cover the "Dust Bowl" and Ron Ott.


1917 - 1961.


1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm.


Acre family papers


Microfilm MS 1663
Ms. collection no. 5054.


Text is in English.


Kansas Historical Society (Topeka)


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Scope and Content

Albert Clyde and Joseph Acre, of WaKeeney, Kansas, served in the American Expeditionary Forces, 35th Division, 137th Infantry, Company M, in France during World War I. This collection includes primarily the letters of Joseph Acre during that campaign and gives the researcher an idea of what life was like for the American “doughboys” serving in the trenches. Upon reading his letters, one gets the idea that his thoughts were concentrated more on matters in his native Kansas and on the plight of not receiving much mail from his family, rather than detailed insights of “trench life.”

Other series in this collection include letters of Ella Keith, Laura Allegree and Anna Dickey (pertaining mostly to genealogical matters); genealogical notes on the Acre family; and newspaper clippings. Though the bulk of the items center around Joseph Acre’s World War I letters, the other items do offer data on the rest of the family.

 Contents List

Organization of the Papers

Organized into 4 series reflecting the subject or nature of the material.

Series List

Series 1



Subseries 1

Albert Acre


Subseries 2

Joseph Acre


Subseries 3

Laura Allegree


Subseries 4

Anna Dickey


Subseries 5

Ella Keith




Series 2

Genealogical information


Series 3

Misc. [sic]


Series 4

Newspaper clippings


Folder List

Folder no. Date and / or description of contents

Series 1 - Letters

Subseries 1 - Albert Acre

1. 1917 December 16

2. 1918 July [?]

3. 1918 Sept. 7

Subseries 2 - Clyde Acre

4. 1918 October 26

5. 1918 November 19

Subseries 3 - Joseph Acre

6. 1917 March 8

7. 1917 October 7

8. 1917 October 27

9. 1917 December 27

10. 1918 April 10

11. 1918 April 19

12. 1918 May 19

13. 1918 May [?]

14. 1918 May 26?

15. 1918 June 14

16. 1918 June 25

17. 1918 June 27

18. 1918 July 21

19. 1918 September 1

20. 1918 September 5

21. 1918 October 9

22. 1918 November 2

23. 1918 November 23

24. 1919 March 20

25. 1919 April 7

26. 1919 April 13

27. 1919 May 8

28. 1919 May 19

29. 1919 June 6

30. 1919 June 21

31. 1919 July 7

32. 1923 February 5

33. 2 envelopes, 1 post card and an incomplete letter.

Subseries 4 - Laura Allegree

34. 1935 February 13

Subseries 5 - Anna Dickey

35. 1961 January 8

Subseries 6 - Ella Keith

36. 1935 February 12

37. 1935 February 13

38. 1935 February 16

Series 2 - Genealogical Information

39. Five items concerning primarily the Acre family.

Series 3 - Misc. [sic]

40. Six items, including a dollar bill with the written names of the soldiers of Company M, 137 th Regiment, 69th Infantry Brigade, and the locations in which that company served during World War I.

Series 4 - Newspaper Clippings

41. Five items concerning Ronnie Ott and the Dust Bowl.

Related Records and Collections

Finding aid available on the microfilm, from the Kansas Historical Society (Topeka), and on its website, http://www.kshs.org.

Index Terms


Acre, Albert Hamilton, 1893-1949. (co-author and subject)

Acre, Clyde Thomas, 1899-1959. (co-author and subject)

Acre, Joseph S., 1894-1974. (co-author and subject)

Allegree, Laura. (co-author and subject)

Dickey, Anna. (co-author and subject)

Keith, Ella. (co-author and subject)

Ott, Ron.

Corporate Names

United States. Army. Infantry Brigade, 69th.

United States. Army - Military life.

Family Names

Acre family. (co-author and subject)

Eaker family.

Geographic Names

Kansas - Genealogy.

Kansas - History.

Trego County (Kan.) - History.

WaKeeney (Kan.) - History.


American letters - Kansas - History - 20th century.

Dust Bowl Era, 1931-1939.

Soldiers - Kansas.

Veterans - Kansas.

World War, 1914-1918 - Personal narratives, American.

World War, 1914-1918 - Campaigns - France.

Document Types

Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)

Additional Information for Researchers

 Restrictions on Access


 Restrictions on Use

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The Kansas Historical Society does not own literary property rights to this manuscript collection.

 Preferred Citation

[Identification of item, subseries, and / or series], Acre Family Papers, 1917 - 1961, Kansas Historical Society microfilm MS 1663.

 Acquisition Information

Loan: Cynthia Acre Ziegler, 1993.

 Processing Information

Arranged, described, prepared for microfilming, and finding aid written by Robert A. McInnes, 1993.

 Location of Originals

Originals owned by the lender at the time of microfilming.