Lewis A. Wileden Papers
00073

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator
Wileden, Lewis A.
Title
Lewis A. Wileden papers
ID
00073
Date [inclusive]
1908-1968
Extent
0.66 Cubic feet
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

Lewis A. Wileden (1888-1969) of Oxford Township, Oakland County, Michigan, was the first student at Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) to earn a degree in Veterinary Medicine. After graduating in 1913, he accepted the position of Sanitary Inspector for Lansing, Michigan. In 1914, he married Carolyn D. Gornitz. In 1917, he enlisted in the Second Engineers, American Expeditionary Forces, and he was a 2nd Lieutenant in the Veterinary Corps in France. Upon his return, in 1919, he set up a veterinary practice in Cassopolis, Cass County, Michigan, which he relocated to Mason, Michigan, in 1922. He was elected president of the Michigan Veterinarians' Association in 1927, and he served on the Mason Board of Education from 1927 to 1935. In 1941, he was injured in a train accident in Lansing. In 1946, he sold his veterinary practice to become the meat inspector for the Ingham County (Michigan) Health Department, from which he retired in 1957. He also served on the Mason City Council from 1954 to 1956.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection documents Lewis A. Wileden's military service during World War I, including personal notebooks, military vouchers and orders, and personal reports. Also present is a 1919 copy of the Second Division newspaper, The Indian, a small publication about the accomplishments of the division during the war, a scrapbook of postcards and photographs of Europe, postwar correspondence with the Second Regiment Engineers, wartime newspaper clippings, and military identification papers, one of which holds a photograph of Wileden. The collection includes a personal synopsis of his war experiences and copies of speeches he made concerning the war in later years.

Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) materials include a personal expense notebook, social programs, a scrapbook including photographs of family and friends from the Ortonville and Lansing (Michigan) areas, programs, invitations, and ribbons, and articles and programs of alumni events.

Postwar materials include veterinary accounts, records, and day books, articles, records of his service with the Ingham County (Michigan) Health Department, the Mason (Michigan) City Council, and his jury duty tenures, speeches, and personal correspondence. There are also numerous materials relating to his accident on the Grand Trunk Railway system in 1941, his claim against the railroad company, his medical expenses, and a hospital diary. Also an account of his 1949 hernia operation and a scrapbook of get well cards from both hospital stays.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections 1968

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Revision Description

  August 2001

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Gift of Lewis A. Wileden, 1968-10-09.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Grand Trunk Western Railroad Company.
  • Ingham County (Mich.). Health Dept..
  • Michigan Agricultural College.
  • Michigan State University.

Genre(s)

  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Diaries
  • Ledgers (account books)
  • Photographs
  • Postcards
  • Scrapbooks
  • Speeches, addresses, etc.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Mason (Mich. : Township)
  • Ortonville (Mich.)

Subject(s)

  • Political campaigns -- Michigan
  • Veterinary medicine
  • World War, 1914-1918 -- France

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Collection Inventory

Papers 

Box

Records Relating 

1
Box

To Michigan Agricultural College/Michigan State University 

1
Box Folder

Memorabilia -- 1908, 1912 

1 1

Alumni Activities -- 1950, 1954, 1960, n.d. 

1 2

To World War I Military Service 

1
Box Folder

 January 1967 - March 1937 

1 3

Synopsis of Service -- n.d. 

1 4

 May 1937 - June 3, 1937 

1 5

 June 8, 1937 - July 1937 

1 6

 August 1937 - October 1937 

1 7

 November 1937 - December 1937 

1 8

 January 1938 - April 1938 

1 9

 May 1938 - July 1938 

1 10

 August 1938 - September 1938 

1 11

Correspondence with Second Regiment Engineers -- 1968 

1 12

 October 1938 - December 1938 

1 12a

 January 1939 - March 1939 

1 12b

 April 1939 - May 1939 

1 13

 June 1939 - August 1939 

1 14

 September 1939 - October 1939 

1 15

 November 1939 - December 1939 

1 16

 January 1940 - March 1940 

1 17

 April 1940 - May 1940 

1 18

 June 1940 - August 1940 

1 19

 September 1940 - October 1940 

1 20a

 November 1940 - December 1940 

1 20b

 January 1941 - May 1941 

1 21

To Veterinary Practice 

2
Box Folder

Accounts -- 1924-1925, 1932-1942 

2 1

Day Books -- 1927-1928 

2 2

Day Book -- 1929 

2 3

Income Tax Return 1942 

2 4

Miscellaneous -- 1933, 1935, n.d. 

2 5

To Grand Trunk Freight Train Accident 

2
Box Folder

Hospital Diary -- 1941 

2 6

Personal and Medical Expenses -- 1941-1942, n.d. 

2 7

Correspondence Concerning Claim -- October 1941 - February 1942 

2 8

Correspondence Concerning Claim -- March - June 1942 

2 9

Miscellaneous Notes -- n.d. 

2 10

Newspaper Clippings -- 1941 

2 11

To Public Service 

2
Box Folder

Ingham County Health Department, -- 1925, n.d. 

2 12

Jury Duty -- 1950, 1958, 1964, n.d. 

2 13

Mason, Michigan. City Council Campaigne -- 1954-1956 

2 14
Box Folder

Speeches -- 1908, 1925, 1952, 1956 

2 15

Personal Correspondence -- 1942, 1949, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1961, 1968 

2 16

Account of 1949 Hernia Surgery -- n.d. 

2 17

Newspaper Clippings -- 1922-1963, n.d. 

2 18

Miscellaneous Memorabilia -- 1915, 1916, 1948, 1956, 1957 

2 19

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Volumes 

Box

vol. 1: Income and Expense Book -- 1909-1913 

1

vol. 2: Diaries -- 1917-1918 

1

vol. 3: Diaries -- 1919 

1

vol. 4: Ledgers -- 1919-1927 

1

vol. 5: Ledgers -- 1928-1932 

1

vol. 6: Ledgers -- 1933-1938 

1

vol. 7: Ledgers -- 1939-1942 

2

vol. 8 : Ledgers -- 1943-1944 

2

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Scrapbooks 

Volume

No. 70 1908-1916 

Scrapbook #70

No. 109: Scrapbook of get-well cards received after train accident and later hernia operation -- 1942, 1949 

Scrapbook # 109

No. 122: Photos and Postcards of Europe during World War I -- 1918-1919 

Scrapbook #122

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Photographic Materials 

Drawer

Photographs 

Collection Photographs

American Expeditionary Forces. Insignia of Second Regiment Engineers 

Meat Inspection 

Michigan. Oxford Township. Oxford Cornet Band 

Michigan. Oxford Township. Oxford High School. Physics Class 

People. Unidentified 

People. Wileden, Lewis A. (American Expeditionary Forces Identity Card) 

Railroads. Accidents 

Photographs - CDVs 

1

People.Groups 

Box

Photographs - Oversized 

OS 18

People. Groups. Classroom 

Box Folder

City Council Photographs 

1 15

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Postcards 

Drawer
Postcards

Bridges. Lincoln Highway Bridge Across Mississippi River at Clinton, Iowa 

Iowa. Cedar Rapids. Roosevelt Junior High School 

Iowa. Postcard Folder 

People. Wileden, Lewis A. (?) 

Railroads. Train en Route to Escanaba, Michigan 

Utah. Great Salt Lake 

Utah. Salt Lake City. Capitol Building 

Utah. Salt Lake City. Memory Park 

Virginia. Arlington. Curtis Lee Mansion 

Virginia. Mt. Vernon. Buildings 

Virginia. Mt. Vernon. Buildings. Interiors 

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