The Honor Roll Newsletter Collection

The Honor Roll Newsletter Collection, 1943-1945

Collection Number: N1CHS060000US

Finding Aid Publication Date:Published in March 2012. ©Copyright Chester Public Library.

Descriptive Summary

Title: The Honor Roll Newsletter Collection

Creator: Chester Public Library

Dates: 1943-1945

Extent: 2 linear feet

Abstract: Composed by Chester local Mae Call, The Honor Roll newsletters were a means of sending the town’s news to its young men and women serving overseas and in other parts of America during World War II. The newsletters also feature news of the servicemen and women, including mailing addresses, hospitalizations, and deaths. The newsletters span 1943-1945, and provide a detailed snapshot of Chester, New Jersey during those years.

Language: English


Local History Department
Chester Public Library
250 W. Main Street
Chester, NJ 07930
Phone: (908) 879-7612
Fax:  (908) 879-8695

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Use: The collection is open for research.

Physical Access: Because the originals are fragile, the collection has been digitized, and facsimiles have been provided for public use.

Technical Access: Thanks to the generous help of the Morris County Library, the newsletters have been digitized as PDFs, and are now available from links at the bottom of this finding aid, via the New Jersey Digital Highway, and this web site’s Local History search portal (click “Browse by Genre, then select “Newsletters” to see the collection). They are fully searchable documents.

Conditions Governing Reproduction:

While some materials in this collection are in the public domain, in other cases copyright restrictions may apply. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Local History Librarian, Chester Public Library, 250 W. Main Street, Chester, NJ 07930.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], The Honor Roll Newsletter collection of Chester Public Library, Chester, New Jersey.

Collection Processed By: Debra Schiff, Local History Librarian in 2012

Finding Aid Author: Debra Schiff, Local History Librarian

Description Control: Description based on DACS.

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The Honor Roll Newsletter Collection is an incomplete set of local newsletters spanning 1943-1945. They were composed by a local high-school English teacher, Mae Call, who would mail them to local servicemen and women stationed in the United States and overseas during World War II. The newsletters also were sold locally for $0.05 each to raise funds to purchase items for the soldiers (e.g., candy).

On July 25, 2012, the Wyckoff Family donated its collection of The Honor Roll newsletters to Chester Library, specifying that the 10 issues be added to the library’s collection.

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Scope and Content

The newsletters include snippets of local news (weddings, births, deaths, moves, home sales, gossip, and general news); photographs of local servicemen and women, their families, friends, and local events; humorous illustrations; newspaper clippings; pin-up girls; comics; and the Honor Roll listing of all servicemen from Chester. Call also included the mailing addresses of servicemen so readers could write to their local heroes. In the September 1943 issue, Call describes how Chester local Edward F. Hayes (Buddy) sent her the outer wrapper of the newsletter to show how it traveled around the globe 8000 miles before successfully landing in his mail.

Notably, Call printed the stories of soldiers who had been injured or killed in the line of duty and where they had been hospitalized, as well as local residents’ ill health and/or injuries. If a person were to read all of the newsletters in succession, he/she could easily track the travels and activities of many of Chester’s servicemen and women.

The original Library collection includes the following issues: July, October, November, and Christmas 1943; March, May (2 copies), June, October, and Christmas 1944; and August and May 1945. The Wyckoff donation includes September, November, and Christmas 1943; February, March, August, and Christmas 1944; and March, May, and August 1945. Each issue is four pages printed on two sides of a folded, 17 x 22 in. sheet of newsprint. They are all paper-based materials printed in black and white. The May issues tend to be Mother’s Day issues, and the July issues tend to be Father’s Day issues. Both include many family photos.

The tone used by the author is upbeat, touching, and light-heartedly humorous at points. The amount of detail Call used in her descriptions allows researchers to follow the events and people of Chester to a great degree during final years of World War II.

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Organization and Arrangement

This collection is organized chronologically and arranged by issue.

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Index Terms

Corporate Names/Organizations Subject:
Boy Scouts.
Campfire Girls
Chester A.C. (baseball team)
Chester First Aid Squad
Chester Ration Board
Chester Women’s Club
Cub Scouts.
First Congregational Church of Chester
Gee Haw Club
Leck’s Luncheonette
Larison’s Turkey Farm
LuShan Farm
Muskrat Hotel
Old Mill Tavern
Pleasant Hills Farms
Red Cross.
Rudolph’s Grill
Shongham Sanitorium
United Wallpaper Factories


World War II
World War II, 1939-1945
World War II chronicles
World War II–Personal narratives.
World War II stories
World War Two
World War Two, 1939-1945
World War Two chronicles
World War Two stories


Abeles, Janet
Abeles, Paul
Abeles, Richard (Dick)
Ader, Lloyd
Ader, Orville
Allen, George
Allen, Jackie
Alpaugh, Taller
Amerman, Samuel
Anderson, Kenneth
Anderson, Thomas
Anderson, William
Apgar, Arlene
Apgar, Bernays B.
Apgar, Brenda Jane
Apgar, Chester
Apgar, Frederick
Apgar, George, M., Jr.
Apgar, Hazel
Apgar, Jean
Apgar, June
Apgar, Lester
Apgar, Mary Ella R.
Apgar, Roy
Apgar, Russell
Apgar, Shirley
Apgar, Willard
Ardin, Edna K.
Ardin, Felix
Ardin, Joseph
Ardin, Margaret H.
Ayres, Herbert G.
Baker, Jerome
Balufuss, Mel
Barber, Evelyn
Barker, Anna
Barker, Barnes H. (Bud)
Barker, Lois
Barker, Thomas
Barkman, Blanche
Barkman, Clara Mae
Barkman, Cyrilla
Barkman, Grace
Barkman, Linnet C.
Barkman, Millicent (Millie)
Barkman, Mose
Barkman, Peter
Barkman, Radford (Rad)
Barkman, Matilda (Tillie)
Barkman, Walter R.
Barnhart, Hazel
Barnhart, Theodore (Teddy)
Bartow, J. Wesley
Baruch, Paul
Barwicke, Thomas J.
Bates, Beatrice A.
Beavers, Floyd
Beavers, Helen
Beavers, Russell G.
Biebigheiser, Lewis W.
Biebigheiser, Thomas
Belcher, Betty
Benton, Morton, D.
Biersach, John
Bigelow, Helen
Bird, Albert
Bird, Betty
Bird, Kenneth
Birkmaier, Albert A., Jr.
Bischoff, Robert
Bitting, William J.
Blaine, Bulger
Blaine, Elias
Blide, Jacqueline
Blide, Lucy M.
Blide, Otto
Bowiec, Josephine
Bragg, Dudley D.H.
Bragg, Joseph
Brasher, Julius
Brasher, Lois
Brodeen, Evelyn C.
Brown, Edith F.
Brown, Betty A.
Bryan, Richard B.
Bryant, Craig
Budd, Daniel C.
Budd, Frederick D.
Budd, Karl
Budd, Paul
Buhrman, Robert
Bunn, Harold
Bunn, John
Burd, Betty
Burd, Kenneth
Burd, Lank
Burger, Bernard J.
Burger, Joseph J.
Burr, Donald
Cagnoni, James
Call, Charles
Call, Mae
Call, Mary Lou
Call, Robert
Call, Rose
Callahan, Arthur F.
Calvert, Charles B.
Carberry, (Doc)
Carleton, Betty G.
Carr, Andrew B.
Carrot, Joseph
Case, Beatrice W.
Case, Louis L.
Casner, Raymond
Castner, Jeanne
Castner, Leonard
Christensen, Harvey
Clawson, Raymond
Coat, Joseph W.
Cole, Joan
Collis, Edwin
Conklin, Charles
Conklin, Fern
Conklin, Mae S.
Cook, Elma
Cook, Percy
Cook, William
Coons, Wallace
Coons, Winifred
Covert, (Ducky)
Cowie, Elizabeth
Cowie, Robert J.
Cowie, William F.
Cox, William
Crabtree, Elnora
Craig, A.M.
Craig, Fred
Crammer, Albert
Crammer, Andrew
Crammer, David C.
Crammer, Mary
Crammer, Philip
Crammer, Robert
Crane, Roy
Crankshaw, Gay
Croot, Buddy
Croot, Evelyn
Croot, Joseph W.
Crowley, Milton
Cruse, Mary Jane
Culleney, Joseph
Dean, Gertrude
Dean, Kenneth
Dean, Jane
Dean, Mary Jane C.
Dean, Myrtle
Dean, Thomas
DeHart, Frederick W.
DeHart, Hazel
DeHart, Virginia
DeHart, Warren
Delwack, Ann
DeMarino, Louis
Dewitt, Doris
Dickerson, Helen
Drew, John
Drew, Lex
Drysdale, Andrew
Dunn, Angus
Eberhardt, Eugene
Emmons, Harry
Emmons, Lorraine
Emmons, Milton (Rev.)
Essig, Beatrice
Eustice, Frank
Fedorowicz, Frank
Filiberto, Dolores
Filiberto, Joseph
Firstbrook, Clinton
Fleming, A.
Fleming, Carolyn
Fleming, Donald
Fleming, Dorothy
Fleming, Edna
Fleming, Edward F.
Fleming, Evelyn E.
Fleming, Julia
Fleming, Mark D.
Fleming, Stanley
Forsythe, Oliver (Peanuts)
Fragomeni, John, Jr.
Fragomeni, John, Sr.
Fragomeni, Mary
Fritts, Martha J.
Fry, Alice
Fry, (Doc)
Fry, Martha
Galbraith, Lee L.
Galbraith, Katherine
Galbraith, William
Gardner, Dianne
Gardner, Doris
Gardner, Oscar
Garrison, Clifford J., Jr.
Gensheimer, Francis
Gillespie, Clifford D.
Grady, Clark
Grady, Jane
Grady, Robert
Gray, John W. (Jack)
Grady, Bernice
Grady, Clark
Griffith, Peg
Guerin, Harvey
Hall, LeRoy
Hammerstein, Henry
Hammerstein, Raymond
Hamilton, Ida
Hamilton, Monty
Handville, Francis A.
Hann, Jack
Harbot, John (Jack)
Harbot, Joseph
Harbot, Laura B.
Harbot, Robert (Baldy)
Harding, Richard
Hathaway, H.R.
Hawkins, Lloyd
Hayes, Edward F. (Buddy)
Hayes, Jack
Heile, William R.
Heilman, William
Henderson, Albert E. (Emmett)
Henderson, Benjamin
Henderson, Gertrude
Henderson, Harry W., Sr.
Henderson, Harry W., Jr.
Hennig, Fred
Henry, Anson
Henschel, Marvin
Herbert, Linda
Herman, Edna
Herman, William
Heyward, Wilbur
Hertig, John
Higgins, N. Edward
Hobbie, Archibald T.
Hockenberry, Mabel E.
Hoffman, Beatrice
Hoffman, Cecil
Hoffman, Charles E.
Hoffman, John C., Jr. (Jack)
Hoffman, Francis
Hoffman, Gail
Hoffman, Henry (Hank)
Hoffman, Irene
Hoffman, Lewis H., Jr.
Hoffman, Mabel R.
Hoffman, Mary
Hoffman, Peggy D.
Hoffman, Wallace
Hoffman, Walter A.
Hoffman, Walter J.
Hollenbeck, Albert
Hollenbeck, Elvin
Hollenbeck, Esther
Hollenbeck, Lois
Hollenbeck, Stanley C.
Hollins, Harry
Hopler, Clyde
Hopping, Betty
Hopping, Harold
Howell, George
Howell, Roscoe C.
Hulmes, William
Hyde, Nelson
Ike, Joseph
Jacobson, Hilda
Jacobus, Alvin W.
Jacobus, Beatrice E.
Jacobus, Earl J.
Jacobus, Leonard
Jacobus, Louise
Johnson, Arthur E.
Johnson, Bessie
Johnson, Richard
Johnson, William
Jones, Leonard
Jones, Marian T.
Judd, Clifford, Jr.
Judd, Clifford, Sr.
Kappes, Charles L.
Kappes, John R.
Kay, Elizabeth D.
Keller, Elizabeth
Kellett, George J.
Kellett, June
Kellett, Linda June
Kelly, Horace
Kibbee, Irving
Kletsch, George
Klintworth, H. Fred
Klintworth, Betty
Kohler, Edna
Kossow, Al
Kossow, Helen
Kossow, Mabel
Kossow, Susan
Kotlaba, John, Jr. (Jack)
Kozlowsky, Walter
Kuepferle, Sigmund
Lambert, George
Lance, Kenneth K.
Lance, William F.
Lapitz, John
Larison, Willis
Larsen, Harvey
Larson, Anton
Larson, Elisabeth
Larson, Holger
Leck, Charles H.
Leck, Frank
Leck, Jean
Leck, John
Lee, Arthur
Lee, Dorothy D.
Lee, Henry (Hank)
Lemmon, George T.
Leonard, Rome
Lewin, Paul E.
Lewis, Donald
Lewis, Lucy
Liddy, Marie
Lindabury, Jack
Lindsley, Jack
Lister, Jack
Lunger, Renny
Lush, Edgar B.
Lutz, Eileen
Lutz, Louise
Lutz, William P.
MacDonald, Louis
Mack, Clinton W., Jr.
Malloy, Robert
Manard, Robert
Manning, B. Donald
Mansfield, Constance (Connie)
Mansfield, John
Mansfield, Winifred A.
Marckewicz, Frank
Markewicz, Fred
Marston, Julia
Marston, Robert (Rev.)
Marston, Susan E.
Martenis, Arnold
Martenis, Myrtle
Martin, Jack
Martin, George
Martin, James
Martin, Rose
Masker, Ellsworth (Libby)
Masker, Marie D.
Matheson, Ross H.
Mattison, Frank
McClelland, Walter
McDavit, Louis
McDonald, Daniel
McDonald, Louis
McWilliams, Robert
Mead, Lowry
Mennen, Bess
Mennen, George
Mennen, William
Mercandette,  Minetta
Metzger, Harold
Meyer, Abraham
Meyer, Emil
Meyer, Ernie (Baker)
Meyer, John
Middleton, Paul
Miles, (Red)
Miller, Albert K.
Miller, Beatrice
Miller, Evelyn B.
Miller, Fred, Sr.
Miller, Gilbert
Mills, Eugene
Minard, Francis
Minard, James
Minard, Robert K.
Moore, John E. (Jack or Dusty)
Moore, Walter
Morton, Dorothy
Mosher, Earl
Mossman, Niles (Mrs.)
Mugler, Daniel
Muller, Jeanette
Muller, Norman
Murchison, Milton G. (Mickey)
Naughtright, John
Neill, Annrea
Neill, John R.
Neill, Natalie
Newlan, Lester
Newlan, Marie
Nichols, Arnold
Nunn, Theodore (Shorty)
O’Brien, Albert F.
O’Dell, Carolyn
O’Dell, Clara
O’Dell, Ken
O’Dowd, Peggy
O’Dowd, William
Orr, Edwin (Ted)
Pace, John L.
Pace, Preston
Parenti, Jennara
Parker, Jean
Parliament, Dorothy
Parliment, George
Patrey, Eunice
Patrey, John W.
Peckham, David
Peters, Pearley
Philhower, Henry (Hank)
Phifer, Lincoln C.
Pickel, Edward
Pickell, Edward (Mrs.)
Pitney, Wanda
Potts, Patricia
Potts, William
Proctor, Agnes
Proctor, John
Rademacher, Herman
Rady, Andrew
Rae, Evelyn C.
Ready, Andrew
Reeves, Robert
Reilly, Vincent
Retamal, Daniel
Riker, Monroe
Roach, (Bud)
Roach, Bonnie Rae
Roach, Charles A.
Roach, Doris L.
Roach, Dorothy
Roesing, Dorothy
Robinson, Charles
Robinson, Helen
Robinson, Howard
Robinson, Marion
Robinson, Neal
Robinson, Ralph
Robinson, Richard, Jr.
Rochelle, Peyton
Rochelle, Phil
Rockefeller, Arthur
Rockefeller, Bertha
Rockefeller, Carlos
Rockefeller, George L. (Pike)
Rockefeller, Gertrude D.
Rockefeller, Joseph L.
Rockefeller, Norma
Roesing, (Peno)
Roff, Thomas
Roskam, Gerald
Rosko, Joseph
Rosko, Stephen L.
Russell, Bruce
Russell, Evelyn
Russell, Joanne
Russell, Justin
Sandt, Richard H.
Saslow, David
Schaefer, Frederick
Schaefer, George
Schaefer, John
Scheck, Joseph
Scheld, Sarah
Scheld, William
Scribner, Charles
Scribner, Irving
Scribner, John
Segur, Harry
Segur, Ruth
Serbe, Walter E.
Shann, Louis
Shann, Ralph
Sharkey, Joseph
Shotwell, Dorothy (Dot)
Shotwell, Norman H.
Shotwell, Richard E. (Dick)
Shotwell, Robert
Shotwell, Ruth
Simpson, Lyle
Simpson, Samuel
Sisto, Charles F.
Skellenger, Helen
Skellenger, Mary
Slater, Robert
Slater, Ruley
Sliker, Ed
Smalley, Lester
Smalley, Mahlon
Smith, Albert
Smith, Calvin
Smith, Douglas
Smith, Katherine
Smith, Margaret
Smith, Millard
Smith, Ralph
Smith, Walter
Smith, William
Snakenburg, Ed
Snakenburg, Renee
Snipes, Beulah K.
Snipes, Letha R.
Snipes, William J.
Sortino, Charles
Sparge, Jack
Spencer, Robert
Stackhouse, Charles J.
Staino, Louis
Stalb, Thomas
Steeber, Mildred
Steinberg, John
Steinberg, Catherine
Steinberg, Madeleine
Steinbert, William
Stelce, Samuel V. (Bud)
Stelce, Vernon
Stewart, Peter
Stroud, Glenroy
Stroud, Warren
Stryker, Robert
Sturzenegger, Augusta
Sturzenegger, Edith
Sturzenegger, Evelyn
Sturzenegger, Gregory
Sturzenegger, Nancy S.
Sturzenegger, Werner
Sutton, Aaron
Sutton, Betty O.
Sutton, George
Sutton, Marie R.
Sutton, Paul A.
Sutton, Paul L.
Swackhammer, Robert
Tayburn, Vernon
Tester, James
Tester, Margaret
Thomas, Bertha
Thomas, John L.
Thomas, Silas
Thompson, Arthur J.
Thompson, Austin
Thompson, Howard B.
Thompson, Katherine M.
Thompson, Lonnie
Thompson, Lorraine W.
Thompson, Marian (on)
Thompson, Richard E.
Thomson, Douglas
Thomson, George
Thomson, Harry
Thomson, Lawrence
Thomson, Muriel
Thomson, Robert
Thornton, Esther H.
Thornton, Howard
Thornton, William
Tiffenback, Ellen
Tredway, Lloyd
Tredway, William
Trotter, Eugene
Tyler, Charles
Umbaugh, Evelyn
Vanderhoof, Charles
Vanderhoof, Ralph
Van Alen, Frank P.
Van Fleet, Alvah
Van Fleet, Lawrence
Vanderhoof, Charles
Vanderhoof, Ralph
Van Sickle, Albert W. (Doc)
Van Sickle, George
Van Sickle, Louis
Van Sickle, Mary
Voorhees, Henry
Wackernagel, Elsie
Wackernagel, William
Walker, Paul
Warner, Robert
Waters, Harold
Waters, Harold C. (Clifton)
Waters, Marion (an)
Waters, Olive S.
White, Fred B., Jr.
White, James T.
Whittington, Jack
Wickersham, Betty
Wickersham, George
Wilcox, John
Wiles, Benny
Wilkes, Julius
Williams, George
Williamson, Anna
Williamson, Charles
Williamson, Jeannette
Willis, James (Pete)
Winkler, Albert E.
Winkler, Katherine W.
Wise, Claude C.
Wood, Jean F.
Worth, Billie
Wrede, Walter
Wright, Allen
Wright, Frank
Wright, Robert L.
Wright, Sadie
Wyckoff, Alfred
Wyckoff, Ardith
Wyckoff, Beatrice
Wyckoff, Elias (Mrs.)
Wyckoff, Frederick
Wyckoff, Henry L. (Hank)
Wyckoff, Jennifer
Wyckoff, John T.
Wyckoff, Lewis C.
Wyckoff, Mary
Wyckoff, Thomas
Yarashuk, Harry
Zezzo, Joseph
Zurcher, John de Vries


Chester (N.J.)
Crow Hill
Fox Hill
Morris County (N.J.)
Morris County (N.J.)–History.
Morris County (N.J.)–History, Local.
New Jersey.

Genre Terms:

Community newspapers.
Veterans’ newspapers.

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Box 1: 1943-1945

Title Date
The Honor Roll August 1945
The Honor Roll* May 1945
The Honor Roll March 1945
The Honor Roll Christmas 1944
The Honor Roll* October 1944
The Honor Roll August 1944
The Honor Roll June 1944
The Honor Roll (2 copies) May 1944
The Honor Roll March 1944
The Honor Roll* February 1944
The Honor Roll Christmas 1943
The Honor Roll November 1943
The Honor Roll October 1943
The Honor Roll* September 1943
The Honor Roll July 1943

*Donated by the Wyckoff Family.

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