Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Edell Frogner letters

Abstract

The Edell Frogner letters (dated 1916 May-October; 0.04 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprise ten letters sent to Edell from her future husband, Morris Hammersley, documenting their courtship and engagement in Wisconsin in 1916.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Edell Frogner letters
Creator
Frogner, Edell, 1889-1981
Extent
0.04 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Correspondence.
Courtship -- 1890-1930
Farm life -- Wisconsin
Love-letters
Marriage
Man-woman relationships -- United States -- 20th century
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0535: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Edell Frogner letters, 1916 May-October, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Edell Frogner (1889-1981) was born in Wisconsin to John Frogner (1860-1943) and Clara Evenson (1864-1951). In 1917, she married Morris Hammersley (1892-1921), a farmer, and together the couple had two sons, Lee Norman (1918-1988) and Robert (1920-1983). After the death of Morris, Edell married a second time to Gustave Melin (1892-1952), a painter, in 1934. Edell spent the majority of her life in Wisconsin, but in the 1940s she lived in California with her second husband. She worked as a housekeeper after the death of her first husband and later worked as a practical nurse.
American Letters collector Wade Hall (1934-2015) was a native of Union Springs, Alabama. Starting in 1962, he lived in Louisville, where he taught English and chaired the English and Humanities/Arts programs at Kentucky Southern College and Bellarmine University. He also taught at the University of Illinois and the University of Florida. He held degrees from Troy State University (B.S.), the University of Alabama (M.A.), and the University of Illinois (Ph.D.). He served for two years in the U.S. Army in the mid-fifties. Dr. Hall was the author of books, monographs, articles, plays, and reviews relating to Kentucky, Alabama, and Southern history and literature. His most recent books include A Visit with Harlan Hubbard; High Upon a Hill: A History of Bellarmine College; A Song in Native Pastures: Randy Atcher's Life in Country Music; and Waters of Life from Conecuh Ridge.
Scope and Content
The Edell Frogner letters (dated 1916 May-October; 0.04 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprise ten letters sent to Edell from her future husband, Morris Hammersley, documenting their courtship and engagement in Wisconsin in 1916. In the letters, Morris wrote about working on his family's farm, cutting corn, milking cattle, selling crops and livestock, hunting for ducks and rabbits, and how the farm will be split amongst the family after he and Edell marry. He also writes about spending time with his sisters and friends along with his plans to visit Edell when he has to come to Madison for business.
The Edell Frogner letters are part of the Wade Hall Collection of American Letters, which includes correspondence and diaries from all over North America covering the time period of the Civil to Korean Wars. The materials were collected by Wade Hall and document everyday men and women.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Morris Hammersley letters to Edell Frogner, 1916 May-October

  • Box WH-43, folder 1
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