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  • Papers, 1918-1919, of George William Martin (1895-1988) of Lynchburg, Virginia, including accounts and receipts, correspondence, guidebooks, postcards, and miscellaneous photographs and other items. The bulk of the collection is letters written to him while he was serving in the Army during World War I, first at the University of Virginia Army Training School, then when he was stationed at Camp Joseph E. Johnston in Florida, and finally while serving with the American Expeditionary Forces in France. There also letters written to him while he was studying at l'Universite de Montpellier in southern France following the war
  • Subjects include family news, farming activities, health, weather, religion, war-related activities in Lynchburg, including news of friends and acquaintances and their military service and news of the end of the war, including celebrations and activities surrounding the returning troops. Other topics include his sister's attendance at Blackstone College for Women, the outbreak of influenza around Lynchburg, the appointment of Carter Glass as Secretary of the Treasury and the election to fill his Congressional seat, activities in the Lynchburg clerk's office where his brother was deputy clerk, lectures in Lynchburg by evangelist Bob Jones, Sr. (1883-1968), as well as births, marriages, and deaths in the community
  • Principal correspondents include Emma Walton Martin, Hubert H. Martin, Susie May Martin, May Allen Page, and Newton W. Trent
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George William Martin was born in Campbell County, Virginia on 3 December 1895. He was the son of Samuel Richardson Martin (1849-1935) and Emma Walton (1858-1946). He worked in the First National Bank of Lynchburg prior to World War I. During the war, he was in the first University of Virginia Army Training School, and was later assigned to the Motor Transport Service. In October 1918, he joined an overseas unit with the rank of sergeant. Upon his arrival in France, his company was attached to the 1st Air Depot in northern France and was in active duty until the armistice. Following the war, he studied at l'Universite de Montpellier. After he returned to Virginia, he was employed again at the First National Bank, and then he served as deputy clerk and later clerk of the Corporation and Circuit Courts of Lynchburg until his retirement in 1971. He married Phyllis Burnett. They had one son - Dr. George William Martin, Jr. Martin died in Lynchburg on 11 July 1988, and is buried in Spring Hill Cemetery.
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Kukla, Jon
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