Overview of the Collection
Special Collections & Archives
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
P.O. Box 4004
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702 – 4004
Reference Code: USGZE UHC308
Accession Number: 08-042
Collection Number: University Historical Collection 308
Storrs, George D.
Gillette, Raymond B., (1865-1934)
Title: George Storrs and Raymond Gillette Papers
Dates: 1917-1930, bulk 1917-1919
Quantity: 0.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Location of Collection: A10/3d
Languages: Collection materials are in English.
Summary: Letters from Eau Claire native George Dwight “Dite” Storrs to his mother, Mrs. R. B. Gillette, written while he was stationed in Europe during World War I. Other correspondence includes letters from Storrs’s stepfather, Raymond Gillette, founder of the Gillette Safety Tire Co., and a brief biography of Raymond Gillette.
Biographical / Historical Note
Eau Claire native George D. “Dite” Storrs enlisted in November 1917 as an Army private and was stationed in France and Luxembourg during World War I. Raymond B. Gillette was not only George Storrs’s stepfather, but was also the founder, the first vice president and general manager of the Gillette Safety Tire Co., the forerunner of Uniroyal, Inc.
Ten letters from Private George Dwight “Dite” Storrs to his mother, Mrs. R. B. Gillette, while stationed in Europe during World War I. Storrs describes conditions that he endured while stationed in Europe, townspeople that he encountered, and general conditions of an enlisted man. Three letters from Ray Gillette on Gillette Rubber Company stationary addressing topics of weather, health, and personal finances early in 1930. Miscellaneous documents include an unidentified photograph of nurses with servicemen, a certificate issued to Jeannette Isabella Gillette for services rendered to the Great War, a bill for “Hard Earned Wages,” and a brief biography of Raymond Gillette.
Acquisition Information: Donated to the University Archives and Special Collections, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire prior to March 2006.
Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public.
Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright not owned by the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.
Preferred Citation: George Storrs and Raymond Gillette Papers, 1917-1930, bulk 1917-1919. UHC308. Special Collections & Archives. McIntyre Library. University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Eau Claire, WI.
Processing Note: Processed by Lark Keating-Hadlock in September 2007.
Arrangement: Chronological arrangement.
Gillette, Raymond B. (1865-1934) -- Correspondence
Storrs, George D. - Correspondence
Subject Terms: World War, 1914-1918 – Personal narratives