Joseph Manson Turbyfill [RG1235.AM]


RG1235.AM:  Joseph Manson Turbyfill, 1890-1933

Correspondence:  1911-1933; bulk 1918-1919
Hastings, Adams County, Nebraska:  Lawyer; judge; state legislator
Size:  0.2 cu.ft.; 1 box


Born on September 5, 1890 in Waynesville, North Carolina, Joseph Manson Turbyfill graduated from Washington and Lee University and the University of North Carolina law school.  He married Clara Chick, a Hastings, Nebraska, native on May 8, 1918, at Trinity Cathedral, Columbia, South Carolina.  He served in France during World War I with Company F, 306th Ammunition Train, 81st Division.  After the war they moved to Hastings, Nebraska, where he practiced law.  He also served as an Adams County judge for a time and was elected to the Nebraska State House of Representatives in 1933.  It was during his first term in the state legislature that he was hospitalized for pneumonia.  He died at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska, on February 18, 1933.  A funeral for Turbyfill was held in Hastings on February 20, 1933, and he was buried in Parkview Cemetery, Hastings, Nebraska.


This collection consists of photocopies of letters written by Joseph Turbyfill to his wife Clara.  The bulk of the letters date from 1918-1919 and relate to Turbyfill’s service during World War I.  The original letters are held by the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. Also included are photocopies of newspaper clippings, event programs, and other ephemera.

Note:  See the photo collections for images relating to Joseph M. and Clara Turbyfill.


Box 1

  1. Correspondence, 1911-1914
  2. Correspondence, 1918, July-Dec.
  3. Correspondence, 1919, Jan.-June
  4. Miscellany, 1912-1933

Subject headings:

Lawyers — Nebraska
Military service
Turbyfill, Clara (Chick)
Turbyfill, Joseph Manson, 1890-1933
World War, 1914-1918

TMM      04-05-2017


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