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Marjorie L. Honstead Feldhausen Papers

Introduction

Marjorie Honstead The Marjorie L. Honstead Feldhausen Papers (1943-1946) were donated to Kansas State University by her daughter, Ellen Feldhausen, in 2008. The collection describes the years that Honstead served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps during World War II (1943-1946).

Housed in 5 document boxes, the Honstead Feldhausen Papers are divided into six series: 1.) Correspondence, 1943-1945; 2.) Service Records, 1943-1946; 3.) Printed Material, 1943-1946; 4.) Financial Documents and Foreign Currency, 1943-1944; 5.) Photograph Album, 1943-1045; and 6.) Scrapbook, 1943-1945.

Honstead was born in Waterville, Kansas in 1920 to parents Fred C. and Nellie L. Honstead. After graduating from Topeka High School, she attended Christ Hospital School of Nursing, which is now Stormont-Vail in Topeka. After deciding to join the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, she was appointed to rank of 2nd Lieutenant on June 15, 1943. After her honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, Honstead attended Kansas State College and graduated with a degree in Home Economics in 1949.

Honstead married Gereld E. Feldhausen on May 7, 1950. They made their home in Frankfort, Kansas and raised three sons and a daughter. Marjorie Honstead Feldhausen died on February 14, 2006. Mr. Feldhausen passed away in 1989. At the request of the donor, the name of the collection is designated as the Marjorie L. Honstead Feldhausen Papers.

This collection consists of material relating to her experiences in WWII, including the following locales: 1.) Schick General Hospital, Clinton, Iowa; 2.) 316th Station Hospital, Camp Stover, Newton Abbot, England; 3.) 316th Holding Hospital, Cowglen Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland; 4.) Staging Area, Marseille, France; and 5.) U.S. Army Transport Fredrick Lykes.

A collection of Honstead's military uniforms was transferred to the Historic Costume and Textile Collection, Department of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design, in the College of Human Ecology at Kansas State University.

An on-line exhibit of Lt. Honstead's service based on her papers can be found at:
www.lib.k-state.edu/depts/spec/exhibits/honstead/

The collection's accession number is PC 2008.02. The processing of the papers and the on-line exhibit were completed by Alisha Rall in October 2008 while serving a practicum in the University Archives as a graduate student in the School of Library and Information Science at Emporia State University.

Biographical Sketch

1920 Jul 15         Born, Waterville, Kansas (parents, Fred C. and Nellie L. Honstead)

1938                Graduated Topeka (Kansas) High School

1942                Graduated Christ Hospital School of Nursing in Topeka (now Stormont-Vail)

1943                Appointed U.S. Army Nurse Corps Reserve, 2nd Lieutenant

1943 Jun-Aug        Schick General Hospital, Clinton, Iowa

1943 Sep 19-        316th Station Hospital, Camp Stover, Newton Abbot, England 
1944 Aug 20

1944 Aug 20-        316th Holding Hospital, Cowglen Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland 
1945 Jun 14

1945 Apr 16         Promoted to 1st Lieutenant (temporary)

1945 Jun 22-Aug 19  Staging Area, Marseille, France 

1945 Aug            Returned to United States aboard the U.S. Army Transport Frederick Lykes

1946 Jan 8          Honorable discharge from U. S. Army

1949                Graduated Kansas State College, Home Economics

1950 May 7          Married Gerald E. Feldhausen (deceased February 21, 1989)

2006 Feb 14         Deceased

Family: daughter, Ellen Feldhausen; son, Bruce (Joyce) Feldhausen and grandsons Russell, Michael and Thomas; son, Jon (Mary) Feldhausen; son, Scott (Susan) Feldhausen and grandsons Owen and Bryce; sister, Katherine Smith

The following biographical information was provided by Ellen Feldhausen in May 2008.

Marjorie L. Feldhausen, Frankfort, Kansas, passed away February 14, 2006, at the Frankfort Community Care Home. Mrs. Feldhausen was a former registered nurse, U.S. Army veteran and homemaker, who raised her family in the Frankfort area.

She was born in Waterville, Kansas July 15, 1920, the oldest of Fredrick and Nellie Honstead. She attended Waterville and Topeka schools, graduating from Topeka High School in 1938. Following her graduation from the Christ Hospital School of Nursing, Topeka in 1942, she enlisted in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. During World War II she served with the 316th Station Hospital, at Camp Stover in Newton Abbot, England and at Cowglen Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland. Following her military service she graduated from Kansas State College in 1949 with a degree in Home Economics.

Mrs. Feldhausen was a community and project leader in the Work-to-Win 4-H Club and for more than 50 years was a member of the Social Improvement Extension Homemakers Unit. She served as president of the Frankfort Community Care Home Board of Directors and was a member of the Marshall County Health Committee. She was an elder and deacon and Sunday school teacher at first Presbyterian Church, Frankfort, and served on the Coordinating Council of the Presbytery of Northern Kansas. She also served as president of the United Presbyterian Women and Church Women United. Marjorie was member of Tuesday Club, a lifetime member of the Kansas State University Alumni Association and the mother of four Kansas State graduates.

She married Gerald E. Feldhausen on May 7, 1950. He died on February 21, 1989.

Survivors include a daughter, Ellen Feldhausen, Kansas City, MO; a son, Bruce (Joyce) Feldhausen and grandsons Russell, Michael and Thomas, Frankfort; a son, Jon (Mary) Feldhausen, Baton Rouge, LA; and a son, Scott (Susan) Feldhausen and grandsons Owen and Bryce, Beaumont, TX. She also is survived by a sister, Katherine Smith, Topeka.

Scope and Content Note

The Marjorie L. Honstead Feldhausen Papers (1943-1946) contain personal correspondence, service records, printed material, photographs, and a scrapbook of memorabilia dealing with her service in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. The collection is comprised of 1.5 linear feet, and housed in 1 document box and 4 flat boxes.

The collection is divided into 6 series: 1.) Correspondence, 1943-1945; 2.) Service Records, 1943-1946; 3.) Printed Material, 1943-1946; 4.) Financial Documents and Foreign Currency, 1943-1944; 5.) Photograph Album, 1943-1945; and 6.) Scrapbook, 1943-1945. The Correspondence series contains letters written by Marjorie Honstead to her parents, Fred C. and Nellie Honstead spanning from August 5, 1943 to August 30, 1945. These letters chronicle her service while stationed at the following locations: 1.) Schick General Hospital, Clinton, Iowa; 2.) 316th Station Hospital, Camp Stover, Newton Abbot, England; 3.) 316th Holding Hospital, Cowglen Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland; 4.) Staging Area, Marseille, France; and 5.) Boston, after traveling from Europe aboard the U.S. Army Transport Fredrick Lykes.

While many of the details of her service are absent due to censorship bans, the letters provide a thorough account of her daily experiences, her travels, life at the hospitals, social gatherings and dances, and reflection on major events of the war. Several notable letters include: August 8, 1944 - Discusses blackouts being lifted and the bombings of Plymouth and Tarquay; September 24, 1944 - Queen Marie of Yugoslavia's visit to the 316th Holding Hospital, Cowglen Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland; May 8, 1945- V-E Day reflections; and May 10, 1945 – Description of V-E Day celebrations. Since the censorship bans were lifted, and she recounts her past movements and activities in full detail. This series is contained in 2 flat document boxes, with the letters arranged chronologically within two 3-ring binders.

The Service Records series (1942-1946) contains Honstead's official documents from the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, consisting of 9 folders of material. The types of documents include orders, certificates, pay and allowance account documents, official correspondence, military medical and insurance records, letter of commendation, leave slips and records, inventory lists, and legal documents.

Printed Material (1943-1946) includes newsletters, magazines, annuals, calendars, and booklets, consisting of 9 folders of material housed in one document box. The newsletters and military publications document Honstead’s experience on the organizational level, giving insight into the 316th medical corps, servicewomen, and organizations which Honstead came into contact. The booklets, such as A Short Guide to Great Britain and The English and Their Country were published to aid the American service workers to acclimate to the foreign environment and customs.

Financial Documents and Foreign Currency (1943-1944) contains bank statements from the National Bank of Topeka, cancelled checks, and an assortment of European bills and coins. Honstead’s parents, Fred C. and Nellie Honstead, were given power of attorney over her affairs, and managed her financial accounts while she was abroad.

Housed in one flat box for oversized documents, the Photographs series (1943-1945) is comprised of one photo album containing approximately 150 photographs. The majority of photographs are of fellow nurses. The collection also contains photos of the hospitals, nurses' quarters, servicemen, and travel excursions.

The Scrapbook series is housed in one flat oversized document box and contains memorabilia collected from Honstead’s service in Iowa, England, Scotland, France, and aboard the U.S. Army Transport Fredrick Lykes. This series includes newspaper clippings, postcards, songbooks, menus, invitations, gifts and notes from patients, and sketches. Some notable items include metallic strips dropped by German planes to confuse radar dated from the pre-D-Day period. Another item is a "Jap Hunting License," which states "Open season declared Dec. 7 1941." The license reflects the attitude of the American people towards Japan as a result of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the war. The scrapbook contains a "Prisoner of War" band which were tied around the neck of each prisoner. It provides information about the capturing unit and the location the prisoner was taken into custody. The 316th General Hospital, England briefly served as a Transit Hospital for German prisoners of war. Honstead dealt directly with these men, who she refers to as "whimpering young German pups." The series includes several issues of the Mediclarion, the newsletter of the 316th Station Hospital, and the "Crow's Nest", the newsletter of the U.S. Army Transport Fredrick Lykes.

A collection of military uniforms was transferred to the Historic Costume and Textile Collection, Department of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design (College of Human Ecology), Kansas State University on May 16, 2008.

Container List

Box  Folder

              Correspondence.
			     
01               1943 (August)-1944 (December); Notebook #1
02               1945 (January-August); Notebook #2

              Service Records.

03     01        ["201 File"], 1943-1945
       02        1942 (Oct)-1943
       03        1944
       04        1945, Jan-Jun
       05        1945, Jul-Dec
       06        No date
       07        Legal documents: Power of Attorney & Will, 1943 Jul 3
       08        Appointment & service records, 1943-1945
       09        Certificate of Service, 1946

       10     Correspondence. Kay Mountford to Mrs. F. C. Honstead, 1945 Apr 9

              Printed material.

       11        Schick Hospital, "The Family Album," 1943
       12        "Mediclarion Pictorial Annual," 316th Station Hospital	
       13        "Overseas Woman," 1945 Apr
       14        "Crow's Nest," USAT Frederick Lykes, 1945 (Aug 28)
       15        "War Ration Book" of Marjorie Honstead, 1945
       16        Calendars ("The Scotsman"), 1945 & 1946
       17        Booklets: 
                    A Short Guide to Great Britain. War & Navy Depts.
                    Loch Lomond & The Trossachs, for U.S. Armed Forces in U.K.
                    The English and Their County for Overseas Forces
                    German Phrase Book, War Dept., 1943
       18        Map.  Dunlop Touring Maps of the British Isles
       19        Yank. 1945, May 3

              Financial documents and foreign currency.  

       20        Bank of Topeka, 1943-1944
       21        Currency. Bills (7 Francs & 1 German Mark) and coins (24) from Europe, 1945 

04            Photograph Album, 1943-1945. 
                 Schick Hospital (Clinton, IA), 316th Station Hospital (England), 
                 316th Holding Hospital (Glasgow, Scotland), and Staging Area (Marseille, France)

05            Scrapbook, 1943-1945. 
                 Schick Hospital (Clinton, IA), England, Scotland, France, U.S. Army Transport Frederick Lykes

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