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Dail family collection

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Finding aid for the Dail family collection

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700

December 18, 2009



Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-26T10:57-0600
Language: English

Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Dail, Earl V.
Creator:Dail, Juanita Rogers
Title: Dail family collection
Dates: 1944-1945
Quantity: 1.8 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection consists mostly of World War II correspondence between Private Earl V. Dail and his wife, Juanita Rogers Dail, as well as a small amount of correspondence with other family members.
Identification: BC.MSS.08.02
Language: English

Arrangement

The collection is arranged topically and chronologically.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists mostly of World War II correspondence between Private Earl V. Dail and his wife, Juanita Rogers Dail, as well as a small amount of correspondence with other family members. Most of the letters are from Mrs. Dail.


Biographical Information

Earl Dail and Juanita Rogers apparently met at Stuttgart Army Air Field, where Juanita was employed and Private Dail was stationed at one time. Approximately two months after their marriage, Private Dail was transferred. He was stationed at Keesler Field, on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; at Orlando, Florida as a member of the 596th Engineers Squadron, 380th Air Service Group; and at Chanute Field, at Rantoul, Illinois.

The 1930 census shows Earl V. Dail, age ten, son of Theodore Dail and Daisy Belle Willoughby Dail of Greenville, North Carolina. At the time of this correspondence, Earl’s mother was married to C. D. Kelly; they lived in Carolina Beach, North Carolina.

Juanita was the daughter of Arthur B. and Katy Rogers, of Stuttgart, Arkansas. Arthur B. Rogers was a farmer and also had a welding shop in Stuttgart. In their correspondence, the couple speak of their love for each other and their longing for the war to be over. Juanita reports on her family's daily life and news from the air field. She gives updates on the war's progress, which she learns from the radio and newsreels. Juanita attended movies often, and her letters mention many popular movies of the period. She also reports on events in Stuttgart. For example, in a letter mailed August 31, 1944 she mentions that downtown Stuttgart recently was under three feet of water from heavy rains. The following week, she reports that a storm killed six people on the south side of town. Earl and Juanita Dail are believed to have settled in Carolina Beach, North Carolina after the war.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Dail, Earl V.
Dail, Juanita Rogers
Stuttgart (Ark.)
United States. Army Air Force. 380th Air Service Group.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted Access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Dail family collection, MSS.08.02, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 2008


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