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Henry Godt letters

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Finding aid for the Henry Godt letters

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

February 19, 2014



Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-02-20T08:53-0600
Language: English

Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Godt, Henry Charles, 1888-1982
Title: Henry Godt letters
Dates: 1916-1919
Quantity: 1.25 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains letters written during World War I to Colene Willis by her future husband Henry Charles Godt.
Identification: BC.MSS.13.02
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains letters written during World War I to Colene Willis by her future husband Henry Charles Godt.


Biographical Information

Henry Charles Godt was born on November 9, 1888, to Heinrich August Godt and Wilhemina Henrietta (Minnie) Hoffman. He was named for his uncle, Casper Henry Godt, Minnie's first husband who died in a hunting accident in 1873.

Godt was employed at the Schaap Drug Company in Fort Smith where he started as an errand boy and worked his way up to being a chemist.

He enlisted in the Army on September 18, 1917. While in the army, he trained at Camp Pike in Pulaski County, Arkansas. He first was assigned to the infantry and then moved to the sanitary train (what today would be the medical battalion) where he did clerical work.

Godt went to Europe as part of the 77th division, which was organized in August, 1917, at Camp Upton, NY. The 77th was composed of National Army drafted men, the majority being from New York State, and from the metropolitan district in particular. The minority were drawn from all sections of the country.

Godt arrived in France in September 1918, where he served in the Exceptional Medical Replacement Unit #38, which was part of the 302 Sanitary Train. He posted letters home from Latracey and Solesmes, France.

He was released from active service on June 7, 1919. Godt returned to Fort Smith and joined his two brothers (Florenz and Bill) at Godt Brothers Drugstore.

On October 2, 1919, he married Colene Virginia Willis in Enid, Oklahoma. Willis was born on August 25, 1893, in Carrolton Missouri, the second daughter of William Abbington Willis and Elizabeth Sullivan McWhorter Willis. She studied piano and graduated from the Bollinger Conservatory in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The couple had one son, Henry Charles Godt Jr.

Godt worked as a pharmacist for fifty-six years. He died on February 26, 1982, in Fort Smith.


Index Terms

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

Godt, Colene Willis
Godt, Henry Charles, 1888-1982
Soldiers -- Arkansas -- Correspondence.
World War, 1914-1918.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Henry Godt letters, MSS.13.02, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Purchased from eBay, 2013


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