date(s):
1913-1919
subject(s):
World War, 1914-1918; United States. Army. Infantry Regiment, 26th (1901-1957); United States. Army; Punitive Expedition into Mexico, 1916; Armed Forces; Insurance; Transportation; Bandits; Railroads; Missing in action
type(s):
Documentary Artifacts; Collection
A2285 Vie, Oliver Papers Inventory of Oliver Vie Papers A2285 EAD by Jaime Bourassa using ArchivesSpace Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center 2017 225 S. Skinker Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63105 archives@mohistory.org URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-09-27 06:36:15 -0500 . English Describing Archives: A Content Standard English Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center Oliver Vie Papers Vie, Oliver, 1887-1918 A2285 0.2 Cubic Feet (42 items) 1913–1919 Processing Information Processed by Jolie Braun, January 2009. Donor Information The Oliver Vie Papers were donated by Mary G. Lopez in November 2008. The typed biographical and genealogical sketch was donated by James Brasher in June 2008. Biographical Sketch Oliver Vie was born January 28, 1887, in St. Louis, Missouri. After working for several years in a shoe factory, he enlisted in the army (Company K, 26th Infantry) in October 1913. He served along the Mexican border before going with the first contingent to France in June 1917. He fought in the battles of Cantigary and Soissons and was wounded in action and died July 20, 1918. Scope and Contents The collection consists of correspondence of Oliver Vie, primarily to his sister, Grace Ashton, documenting his service in the army along the Mexican border and later in France during World War I. The collection also includes correspondence between his sister and officials regarding Vie’s missing-in-action status and death. The undated letters were given approximate dates. Arrangement The collection is arranged chronologically. Conditions Governing Access The collection is open for research use. Conditions Governing Use For permission to publish, quote from, or reproduce material in this collection, please contact the Archives Reference Desk at archives@mohistory.org . Copyright restrictions may apply. The researcher assumes full responsibility for comforming to the laws of copyright. Physical and Technical Requirements There are no physical or technical restrictions. Preferred Citation Oliver Vie Papers, Missouri Historical Society Archives, St. Louis. Border patrols -- Mexican-American Border Region Mexican-American Border Region Soldiers -- United States -- Correspondence United States -- Armed Forces World War, 1914-1918 Biographical and genealogical sketch of Oliver Vie prepared by his great-grandnephew James Brasher. (18 pages) No date 1 1 Letter from Oliver Vie, Texas City, Texas, to his niece Corrine. Regarding family matters and personal affairs. (4 pages) ca. 1913–1916 1 2 Letter from Oliver Vie, Kingsville, Texas, to his sister. Describes King Ranch, and the area’s inhabitants. Discusses San Benito, “bandit trouble,” and the incarceration of two Mexicans. (4 pages) ca. 1913–1916 1 3 Letter from Oliver Vie, Kingsville, Texas, to his sister. Discusses thoughts on Mexican and Texan relations along the border. Also describes severe local storm, the region, and military life. (10 pages) ca. 1913–1916 1 4 Letter from Oliver Vie, Kingsville, Texas, to his sister. Expresses frustration with the militia. Mentions promotion to private first class and family matters. (4 pages) ca. 1913–1916 1 5 Letter from Oliver Vie, Kingsville, Texas, to his sister. Discusses smallpox outbreak among troop and frustration with army practices. Mentions possible plans for post-army life. (5 pages) ca. 1913–1916 1 6 Letter from Oliver Vie, Kingsville, Texas, to his brother. Regarding frustration with army life and prevalence of sickness among the soldiers. (4 pages) ca. 1913–1916 1 7 Letter from Oliver Vie, Armstrong, Texas, to his sister. Regarding possible plans of the company. (4 pages) ca. 1913–1916 1 8 Letter from Oliver Vie, Armstrong, Texas, to his sister. Discusses weather, illness, and working at Armstrong Ranch. (4 pages) ca. 1913–1916 1 9 Letter from Oliver Vie, Lavaca River Bridge near Vanderbilt, Texas, to his niece Corrine. Discusses military life and the locals. Describes church service. (4 pages) ca. 1913–1916 1 10 Fragment of letter from Oliver Vie. ca. 1913–1916 1 11 Letter from Oliver Vie, Texas City, Texas, to his sister. Concerns training and military life. Discusses border issues and the possibility of going to El Paso. (4 pages) 1913 Nov 23 1 12 Letter from Oliver Vie, Harlingen, Texas, to his sister. Discusses severe storm, concern about safety, local outlaws, and gunfights. Mentions the capture and incarceration of three Mexicans. (4 pages) 1914 Aug 21 1 13 Letter from Oliver Vie, Sarita, Texas, to his sister. Discusses escort duty, issues with Mexican “bandits” near Brownsville, and socializing with locals. (6 pages) 1915 Oct 23 1 14 Letter from Oliver Vie, Norias, Texas, to his sister. Discusses local area and severe heat, and troops pushing “bandits” back into Mexico. Expresses sympathy for Mexicans. (4 pages) 1916 June 22 1 15 Letter from Oliver Vie, Kingsville, Texas, to his sister. Describes damage from severe local storm. Expresses frustration with army practices and sympathy for deserters. Mentions family matters. (4 pages) 1916 Aug 23 1 16 Letter from Oliver Vie, San Benito, Texas, to his sister. Regarding leaving for the East Coast and the possibility of going to France. Mentions promotion to sergeant. (3 pages) ca. 1917 June 1 17 Letter from Oliver Vie, near Dayton, Ohio, to his sister. Regarding traveling east from Texas. (2 pages) ca. 1917 June 8 1 18 Letter from Oliver Vie, Newark, New Jersey, to his sister, 810 La Beaume St., St. Louis, Missouri. Regarding traveling east from Texas. Includes envelope. (2 pages) 1917 June 9 1 19 Letter from Oliver Vie, Paris, France, to his sister. Mentions brother. Includes envelope. (1 page) 1917 July 4 1 20 Letter from Oliver Vie, France, to his sister. Brief note. (2 pages) 1917 Sept 1 1 21 Letter from Oliver Vie, Bois L’Vegue, France, to his sister. Regarding family matters. (2 pages) ca. 1918 Jan 1 22 Letter from Oliver Vie, Menacourt area, France, to his sister, 810 La Beaume St., St. Louis, Missouri. Regarding family matters. Includes envelope. (2 pages) ca. 1918 Feb 1 23 Letter from Oliver Vie, Menacourt area, France, to his sister, 810 La Beaume, St. Louis, Missouri. Brief note. Includes envelope. (3 pages) 1918 Mar 3 1 24 Letter from Oliver Vie, near Meru, France, to his sister. Regarding family matters. (3 pages) 1918 May 5 1 25 Letter from Grace Ashton, St. Louis, Missouri, to her brother. Discusses U.S. pride in American soldiers and helping the Italian Red Cross. (4 pages) 1918 July 29 1 26 Letter from W.R. Castle, Jr, Red Cross official, Washington, D.C., to Grace Ashton, 810 La Beaume St., St. Louis, Missouri. Response regarding Oliver Vie’s MIA status. Includes envelope. (1 page) 1918 Dec 7 1 27 Letter from Dayton Sackett, 1st lieutenant, Germany, to Grace Ashton. Provides information regarding Oliver Vie’s MIA status. (1 page) 1918 Dec 27 1 28 Letter from W.R. Castle, Jr., Red Cross official, Washington, D.C., to Grace Ashton. Includes first-person “testimonials” on Oliver Vie’s death. (2 pages) 1919 Mar 13 1 29 Letter from Daniel L. Woods, private, Martins Ferry, Ohio, to Grace Ashton, 810 La Beaume St., St. Louis, Missouri. Response regarding his testimonial of Oliver Vie’s death. Includes envelope. (3 pages) 1919 Mar 23 1 30 Letter from Captain Gerald Deakins, Fort Oglethrope, Georgia, to Grace Ashton. Response regarding Oliver Vie’s death. Photocopy; notation on letter reads, “Museum of Soldiers of MO area, WWI.” (3 pages) 1919 Mar 29 1 31 Letter from Dwight S. Mitchell, private, Weroth, Germany, to Grace Ashton. Response to inquiry concerning Oliver Vie’s death. (3 pages) 1919 Apr 24 1 32 Four picture postcards, color, double-sided. No date 1 33 Six envelopes. No date 1 33