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

February 17, 2017

Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Osbon, Corine Dodd, 1904-1977
Title: Osbon family papers
Dates: 1910-1966
Quantity: 1.25 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains correspondence and photographs from the family of Eugene and Corine Osbon, their son Junius Osbon, and their grandson Tommy Eugene Osbon, of Fayetteville, Ark., and Amarillo, Texas.
Identification: BC.MSS.14.04
Language: English
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This collection is arranged according to the type of primary document and topical subjects.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains personal correspondence and photographs from the family of Eugene and Corine Osbon of Fayetteville, Ark. Correspondence from Junius Osbon while he served in the U.S. Army in Hawaii during World War II makes up the bulk of the collection. Other correspondence comes from Roy Forester, who was in combat in the Pacific Theater of World War II. In addition, there are letters and postcards from Corine’s sister, Nettie Garriott, and her grandson, Tommy Osbon. Photographs include George Christman, Corine’s brother, in his World War I uniform, and Junius Osbon both in military uniform or in casual settings with other soldiers. Other photographs are of Fayetteville in previous decades and family scenes from the 1910s and 1920s.

Biographical Information

Eugene Elmer Osbon, the son of Obe and Martha Burwell Osbon, was born October 17, 1900, at St. Paul, Arkansas. Corine Mae Dodd was born March 4, 1904, at Johnson, Arkansas. Eugene and Corine, who went by the nickname of Wick, were married on February 1, 1920, at Fayetteville, where Eugene was an employee of the University of Arkansas.

The couple’s only child, Junius Alonzo Osbon, was born on February 13, 1923. He graduated from Fayetteville High School, and on February 19, 1941, married Sarah Ellen Wise (aka Helen or Bug). The couple moved to Amarillo, Texas, where Junius worked for the Panhandle Fruit Company. On November 4, 1943, he enlisted in the army and became part of the 309th College Training Department (Air Crew) at Texas Technological University. He writes in April 1944 about his great disappointment that he would not become an officer. Instead he was transferred to the 468th Fighter Squadron and assigned to a base in Oahu, Hawaii, as a carpenter. He remained there until he left the army in March 1946.

Junius and Sarah had one son, Tommy Eugene Osbon, who was born on July 27, 1945, while Junius was in the army. He writes frequently about becoming a father and how he wishes he could be home to meet his son. After the war, the couple continued to live in Amarillo, where Junius returned to his prewar job. They divorced in 1953 and both remarried. Junius eventually returned to Arkansas and died at North Little Rock on June 9, 2001.

Tommy married Carolyn Sue Mounts of Ochiltree County, Texas, in 1962, and they had a child named Brent Lee Osbon. They divorced on April 12, 1966, and Tommy entered the U.S. Army that year. Two letters in the collection were written by Tommy to his grandparents while he was in military training in California. He was deployed to Vietnam in September 1967 and was killed just twelve days after he arrived.

Other family and friends whose correspondence with Eugene and Corine Osbon are included in the collection are George Christman, Nettie Garriott, and Roy Forester. Christman, who served during World War I, was Corine Osbon’s older brother. Garriott, who was her sister, resided in Ontario, California, during World War II. Forester enlisted in the Army in 1942 at a recruiting station in Little Rock and served in the Philippines and New Guinea. He was married to Lillie M. Forester.

Index Terms

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

Amarillo (Tex.)
Bellows Field, Waimanalo (Hawaii)
Christman, George, 1888-1956
Cooper, Sarah E. [Helen] Wise Osbon, 1926-2003
Durning, Jeanette (Nettie) Dodd Garriott, 1910-1983
Fayetteville (Ark.)
Forester, Roy, 1922-1981
Oahu (Hawaii)
Ontario (Calif.)
Osbon, Eugene Elmer, 1900-1974
Osbon, Junius A., 1923-2001
Osbon, Tommy Eugene, 1945-1967
United States. Army -- Military life -- History -- 20th century
United States. Army Air Forces. 508th Fighter Group. 468th Fighter Squadron.
World War, 1939-1945


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Osbon family papers, MSS.14.04, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 2014

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