Frederick Augustus Rickly [RG1177.AM]


RG1177.AM: Frederick Augustus Rickly, 1890-1958

Papers: 1882-1959
Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska: Postal inspector; Balloon Corps officer in World War I
Size: 0.5 cu.ft.; 1 box


Born June 24, 1890 in Rushville, Nebraska, Frederick A. Rickly was the son of Charles and Amelia Rickly. He attended school in Omaha and graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Agriculture in 1908. Rickly worked for several years at his uncle Albert Rickly’s implement store in Hobart, Oklahoma. He returned to Omaha took a job in 1912 as a railway postal clerk. He worked in the post office until World War I when he served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the balloon corps of the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He was stationed at Fort Omaha, Nebraska; Ohio State University; Arcadia Balloon Field, Arcadia, California; and Camp John Wise, San Antonio, Texas, where he was discharged. After the war he returned to postal work, first in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and later at the Burlington Terminal in Omaha, Nebraska.

In 1920 Rickly became a U.S. Postal Inspector. He was assigned to Atlanta and then Augusta, Georgia. He married Ada Musselman on December 27, 1921. In 1922 the Ricklys moved to Charleston, South Carolina, where he served as postal inspector. He retired in September of 1948. Rickly was killed July 23, 1958 in Charleston, South Carolina, when he was struck by an automobile. He is buried in Memorial Park Cemetery, Bartlesville, Oklahoma (former home of Ada (Musselman) Rickly).


This collection consists of one box of papers and publications relating to Frederick Rickly’s training in the U.S. Balloon Corps during World War I. Materials include notebooks, coursework and handouts, and various reference publications and manuals.


Box 1

  1. Notebook, Class Section 30- artillery observation, history and structure of the captive balloon, cordage, gases, map reading and meteorology.
  2. Notebook on panoramic drawing, class exercises
  3. Coursework, handouts
  4. Publications, including:
    Work of the Observer, U.S. Army Division of Military Aeronautics, 1918
    General Notions of Organization and Tactical Suggestions Indispensable to the Balloon Observer, U.S. Army Division of Military Aeronautics, 1918
    Construction of Balloons, U.S. Army Division of Military Aeronautics, 1918
    Balloon Observation and Instructions on the subject of Work in the Basket, U.S. Army Division of Military Aeronautics, 1918
    Topography, U.S. Army Division of Military Aeronautics, 1918
    Panoramic Drawing: One-Point and Cylindrical Perspective, U.S. Army Division of Military Aeronautics, 1918
    Notes on the Interpretation of Aeroplane Photographs, U.S. Army Division of Military Aeronautics, 1918
    Theory of Ballooning: A Course of Four Lectures on the Theory of Ballooning, delivered before officers at the Royal Naval Air Station, Roehampton. Obtained from practice by Griffith Brewer, 1918
    Notes on Artillery: For the Use of Balloon Observers. Including Translations of the Lectures Delivered at the French Army Balloon School, August 1918
    Methods of Obtaining and Transmitting Information by Balloon Service, U.S. Army Division of Military Aeronautics, 1918
    The Weekly Bulletin of the School of Instruction, Army Balloon School, Arcadia, California, vol. 1, no. 5, Oct. 24, 1918
    The Weekly Bulletin of the School of Instruction, Army Balloon School, Arcadia, California, vol. 1, no. 6, Oct. 31, 1918
  5. Manuals, including:
    Officer’s Manual, By Major J.A. Moss, 1917
    Manual of Military Training, by Major James A. Moss, 1917
    Engineer Training Manual, U.S. Army, 1918
    Infantry Drill Regulations, U.S. Army, 1911
    Field Service Regulations, U.S. Army, 1914
    Manual of Interior Guard Duty, U.S. Army, 1914
    Infantry Tactics Double and Single Rank, by Emory Upton, 1882
  6. Miscellaneous, including:
    Menu, Xmas Luncheon, 1918, Officers Mess, Camp John Wise, Texas
    Biographical sketch and clippings, 1948, 1958

Subject headings:

Rickly, Frederick Augustus, 1890-1958
United States. Army. Balloon Section
World War, 1914-1918 — Balloons

HK/cs 06-01-1965
Revised TMM 03-17-2017


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