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Daniel Lake collection

 Collection — Folder: S2455
Identifier: S2455

Scope and Contents

This collection includes two V-mail letters sent by Daniel Lake to his family while serving in Europe during World War II. The first letter is dated July 21, 1944 and was sent to his wife, Bonnie, while she was living in Winchester, Indiana. The second letter was also written in July 1944 and sent to his mother, Mrs. J. B. McCowan, and his stepfather at Somerset, Kentucky. The collection also includes a circa 1944 photograph of Daniel and Bonnie and a newspaper clipping from the October 24, 1944 Palladium-Item (Richmond, Indiana) of the announcement of Lake's death by the War Department.


  • 1944


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Daniel Lake was born August 27, 1911 at McKee, Jackson County, Kentucky to Green and Minnie (Angel) Lake. He married his wife, Bonnie, around 1940. In October 1943, Lake enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army during World War II. While he was overseas, Bonnie temporarily moved to Winchester, Indiana and worked at the Anchor Hocking Corporation. According to Jennifer Bussell, Lake's niece and the donor of this collection, Lake was killed in action on July 29, 1944 at Saint-Lô, France.

Sources: "Daniel Lakes." 1940 United States Federal Census. Accessed November 15, 2022. "Daniel Lake." U.S., World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946. Accessed November 15, 2022. "Daniel Lake." U.S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947. Accessed November 15, 2022.

"War Front Casualties." The Paladium-Item (Richmond, Ind.), October 24, 1944.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Jennifer Bussell on 1991/07/03.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/11/16 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/11/16 by Laura Eliason.
Daniel Lake collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.