Inventory

Wimer Family Papers
Dates: 1896-1944
Accession Number: 880912; SM D.C. 16
Donor: Patricia Lasswell and Frederick K. Lasswell
Description: One document case and one small document case


Content and Scope of Collection

Benjamin Edgar Wimer (1877-1941) was born in Terre Haute and served 37 years in the local postal service. His military career spanned nearly 50 years of both active and reserve duty. He married Terre Haute native Stella May Steinmier (1873-1954) on May 22, 1898 at Camp Mount near Indianapolis, Indiana.

The papers of the Wimer family include original correspondence along with a few miscellaneous items such as newspaper clippings and photographs. Most of the collection consists of letters written by Benjamin Wimer to his wife Stella during the Spanish American War, the Mexican border campaign, and World War I. Other correspondents include Ella Wimer Hamilton (Benjamin Wimer's sister), Stanley Wimer (son of Benjamin and Stella Wimer), B. Richard Wimer (son of Benjamin and Stella Wimer), Joseph W. Shields (Benjamin Wimer's nephew), and William H. Wood (Stella Wimer's nephew).

Due to its fragile condition, this collection should be handled as little as possible. A complete transcript of the Wimer family correspondence can be found in: Benjamin E. Wimer Letters (Archives 86; 87). Volume 87 also contains genealogical information on the Wimer family.

Document Case

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Photographs:

 

 

 

Drummer Boy of Co. F, 4.3.
Indiana Regiment

1896

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camp - Indianapolis, Indiana

1898

 

 

 

Folder 2

Letters, from Benjamin Wimer to Stella

Aug. 23, 1897-
Feb. 26, 1898

 

 

 

Folder 3

Letters, from Benjamin Wimer to Stella

Feb. 28, 1898-
March 13, 1898

 

 

 

Folder 4

Letters, from Benjamin Wimer to Stella

March 16, 1898-
March 28, 1898

 

 

 

Folder 5

Letters, from Benjamin Wimer to Stella

March 30, 1898-
April 11, 1898

 

 

 

Folder 6

Letters, from Benjamin Wimer to Stella

April 13, 1898-
April 25, 1898

 

 

 

Folder 7

Letters, from Benjamin Wimer to Stella

April 27, 1898-
May 9, 1898

 

 

 

Folder 8

Letters, from Benjamin Wimer to Stella

May 10, 1898-
May 19, 1898

 

 

 

Folder 9

Letters, from Benjamin Wimer to Stella

May 24, 1898-
May 29, 1898

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Ella Wimer Hamilton to Stella Wimer

May 27, 1898

 

 

 

Folder 10

Letters, from Benjamin Wimer to Stella

May 31, 1898-
June 5, 1898

 

 

 

Folder 11

Letters, from Benjamin Wimer to Stella

June 6, 1898-
June 11, 1898

 

 

 

Folder 12

Letters, from Benjamin Wimer to Stella

June 12, 1898-
June 18, 1898

 

 

 

Folder 13

Letters, from Benjamin Wimer to Stella

June 19, 1898-
June 26, 1898

 

 

 

Folder 14

Letters, from Benjamin Wimer to Stella;
Newspaper clippings

June 28, 1898-
July 4, 1898

     
     
Small Document Case  
     
Folder 1 Letters, from Benjamin Wimer to Stella July 5, 1898-
July 15, 1898
     
Folder 2 Letters, from Benjamin Wimer to Stella July 16, 1898-
July 25, 1898
     
Folder 3 Letters, from Benjamin Wimer to Stella July 26, 1898-
Aug. 6, 1898
     
Folder 4 Letters, from Benjamin Wimer to Stella Aug. 8, 1898-
Aug. 19, 1898
     
Folder 5 Letters, from Benjamin Wimer to Stella Aug. 22, 1898-
Aug. 29, 1898
     
  Letter, from Ella Wimer Hamilton to
Benjamin Wimer
Aug. 22, 1898
     
Folder 6 Letters, from Benjamin Wimer to Stella Aug. 30, 1898-
Sept. 9, 1898
     
Folder 7 Letters, from Benjamin Wimer to Stella Sept. 10, 1898-
Nov. 17, 1916
     
  Note and poem written by Stella Wimer n.d.
     
  War Department Payroll Voucher, Indiana Infantry June 1916
     
Folder 8 Letters, from Benjamin Wimer to Stella Nov. 26, 1916-
Feb. 2, 1919
     
  Letter, from Stanley Wimer to Benjamin Wimer Dec. 8, 1918
     
Folder 9 Postcard, from Stanley Wimer to Stella Wimer Feb. 4, 1919
     
  Letters, from Benjamin Wimer to Stella Feb. 23, 1919-
June 25, 1919
     
  Letter, from B. Richard Wimer
to Stella Wimer
Feb. 1, 1943
     
  Correspondence:  
     
    To Stella from Pvt. Joseph W. Shields Jan. 28, 1944
     
    To Stella from Col. B. R. Wimer Dec. 1944
     
    To Stella from Wm. H. Wood Dec. 1944