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Victor Harter envelopes and letters

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RHC-115
310 stamped air mail envelopes all addressed to Victor J. Harter's wife, Jessie, who lived during 1942 through 1945 with her widowed mother at 9 Madison Avenue, Irvington, New Jersey. There are fewer than ten letters with the envelopes; consequently the chief value of the collection is in the postal markings on the envelopes, including cancellations and auxiliary stamps of the U.S. Army examiners and censors. These also give evidence of Victor's changing postings.

1942 - Jan., May. (2 envelopes.) 12th Signal Service Co., Army Post Office 804 (Jamaica, B.W.I)

1942 - May-July (14 envelopes) 12th Signal Service Co., A.P.O. 861 (New York, N.Y.)

1943 - Mar.-Dec. (113 envelopes) Post Signal Office, A.P.O. 829 (New Orleans, La.)

1944 - Jan.-Apr. (52 envelopes) Post Signal Office, A.P.O. 829 (New Orleans, La.)

1944 - May-July (23 envelopes) Post Signal Office, A.P.O. 837 (New Orleans, La.)

1944- Nov.-Dec. (2 envelopes) Air Base Telephone Office, A.P.O. 825 (New Orleans, La.)

1945 - Jan.-Feb. (23 envelopes) Base Telephone Office, A.P.O. 825 (New Orleans, La.)

1945 - Feb.-Jul. (81 envelopes) Department Signal Office, A.P.O. 834 (New Orleans, La.)


  • 1942 - 1945


Access to Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Conditions Governing Use

In copyright.


0.42 Linear feet (1 box)

Biographical Notes

Victor Joseph Harter was born on 23 July 1910 in Harrison, New Jersey. His parents were William H. Harter (born 1870) and Helena / Magdalina Herter (born 1873); both were dead by 1940. His siblings were: Madelina (1898-1977), William H., Jr. (born 1901), and Thelma (born 1906). Victor graduated from Harrison High School and attended Newark Technical School and Newark College of Engineering (now New Jersey Institute of Technology) and subsequently worked for the local telephone company.

Victor J. Harter enlisted in the U.S. Army Signal Corps as Private on 27 February 1941, and by January 1942 had been promoted to Sergeant where he served with the 12th Signal Service Company in the British West Indies. He attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey; and was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in early 1943, to 1st Lieutenant in September 1943, and finally to Captain in March 1945. He was discharged from the service on 11 November 1945.

He married Jessie Gertrude Patton (1913-1995) in early 1943, probably February. Jessie was born in Toronto, Canada and immigrated to the United States in the 1920s with her family. She attended Dana College (Blair, Nebraska) and New Jersey Law School (now Rutgers School of Law); in 1940 she was a clerk for an insurance company in Irvington, New Jersey. They had one child, Richard Andrew Harter (born 1945).

After the war Victor resumed his career with the telephone company. He and his family moved from Harrison, New Jersey in 1955 and relocated in Pompton Plains, New Jersey. He died on 19 September 1973, and Jessie died in Granada Hills, California on 4 July 1995. Both are buried in Pompton Plains Reformed Church Cemetery in Pompton Plains, New Jersey.
Robert Beasecker
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Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
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