Letter from William E. Bedell to Mr. Jesse Dorsey, February 12, 1945
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The Jesse G. Dorsey Collection of World War II Correspondence consists of correspondence from 348 service members and their relatives, written to Jesse Dorsey during World War II. Mr. Dorsey was the Director of Recreation and Welfare and editor of the Speedometer newsletter for the Louisville Cement Company. Speed, Indiana, was a company town established for the employees of Louisville Cement. After many company employees and other community residents joined the armed forces, Mr. Dorsey began sending monthly personal letters and copies of the Speedometer to an increasing list that eventually included almost 400 service personnel, including people from the local community and service personnel who had visited local families and been entertained at The Speed Community House. Mr. Dorsey insisted that this collection should be retained by the community. After the Louisville Cement Company's Speed Plant was sold and The Speed Community House closed, Mr. Dorsey's files were donated to the Sellersburg Branch of the Charlestown-Clark County Public Library, where the collection is housed in the Indiana Room.
|Bedell, William E. (Bill), 1925-|