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November 2, 2012
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Remmel, Roland Rowe (Rollie), 1917-2006
Roland "Rollie" Remmel papers
6.4 Linear feet
This collection contains documents, photographs and ephemera relating to the life and work of Roland Rowe "Rollie" Remmel.
This collection is arranged topically and by type of artifact.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains documents (Series I), photographs (Series II) and ephemera (Series III) relating to the life and work of Roland Rowe "Rollie" Remmel. The documents are further divided into three subseries: Subseries I, Personal and Family; Subseries II, Community Involvement; and Subseries III, Business and Professional.
Roland Rowe Remmel, born September 26, 1917, was the fifth of six children of Augustus C. Remmel and Nell Cates Remmel. His father died when Roland was only a year and a half old.
After graduating from Little Rock High School in 1936, Roland (known as Rollie) attended college, first at Washington and Lee University, and then at Virginia Military Institute; he received a Bachelors degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 1940.
Remmel served during World War II in the Army Air Corps, based in Trinidad. He returned to Little Rock after the war, and in 1948 he co-founded Southland Building Products. Also in 1948, he married Ruth Rebsamen, the daughter of Little Rock businessman Raymond Rebsamen. The couple had four children.
In addition to his position in the Little Rock business community, Remmel was active in community affairs. He was an avid hunter and member of Ducks Unlimited. Both he and Ruth were active in philanthropy and conservation issues. Rollie became well known for his Rollie sticks, which he donated to raise money for conservation efforts and gave to friends and prominent individuals.
Remmel died on July 2, 2006.
This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Little Rock (Ark.) -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Little Rock Department of Parks and Recreation. (Little Rock, Ark.)
Plywood Industry -- United States.
Remmel, Pratt C., Jr.
Remmel, Ruth Rebsamen
Republican Party (Ark.) -- History.
Southern Building Products, Inc.
United States. Army Air Forces.
Restrictions on Access
Restrictions on Use
Non-circulating; in-house use only.
Roland "Rollie" Remmel papers, MSS.06.26, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute