An exceptional relationship between mother and son, and the words between the lines that told how love and lives were shaped by the war. A great manuscript for the devoted reader. A true reflection, best I can type it into words for viewing.  -Deb Barker

Thank you to Linda Ziemann with your assistance on this project.

Jan 12 1943

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Feb 19 1943

Feb 23 1943

Feb 24 1943

Feb 25 1943

Page 2 of Letters

LeGrands Mailings




1.  HENRIETTA ELIZABETH3 LORING  (JOHN CHARLES2, THOMAS1) was born 23 Nov 1896, and died 01 Feb 1990 in Wapello County, IA.



1915 Index to Births, Bk 5; Page 18- Mothers name Nellie Loring

1943 w/ LeGrand in Kentwood, LA

1945 w/ LeGrand in Mobile, AL

1951-1954 City Directory, Polks Ottumwa, Wapello County, IA

Loring, Henrietta E Mrs h2525 E Main St

        M LeGrand   employed       John Morrell & Co

Henrietta Elizabeth Loring, 93, of 2525 E Main St. Died at 8:55 PM Feb 1, 1990, at the Ottumwa Regional Health Center. She was born Nov. 23, 1896, in Ottumwa to John Charles and Eliza Allen Long Loring. She is survived by a son, M LeGrand Loring of Ottumwa. The service will be 3 PM Monday at the Reece Funeral home in Ottumwa, the Rev Robert F Tucker of Wynne, Ark., officiating. Burial will be at Batavia Cemetery. The family will be at the funeral home from 2 to 4 PM Sunday.


                   i.    MARSELLAISE LE GRAND4 LORING, b. 19 Dec 1915; d. 23 May 2009, Wapello County, IA.



1900 Census list him as grandson of John C and the 1925 lists as son


Ottumwa Courier Online 05-25-2009

OTTUMWA M. Legrand Loring, 93, Ottumwa died at 5:27 p.m. May 23, 2009, at the Ottumwa Regional Health Center. He was born Dec. 19, 1915, in Ottumwa to Henrietta Loring. He married Margaret Smith on Feb. 14, 1998. A graduate of Ottumwa High School in 1933, he served in the Coast Guard at the time of World War II. He worked for John Morrell and Co. for 40 years retiring as supervisor in 1973. He then worked for Rosenman's for seven years. He attended First Pentecostal Assembly of God. He loved playing the organ. Surviving is his wife, Margaret; a stepson, Ken Smith and stepdaughter, Sharon Bortz, both of Mt. Pleasant; four stepgrandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother and grandparents, John and Eliza Loring, who helped raise him. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home with Rev. Richard Schlotter and Rev. George Edgerly officiating. Burial will be in Batavia Cemetery with military services conducted by O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion and Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars


Research in the Wapello County courthouse, found several interesting things about this family. While I could not find LeGrand's birth certificate, I did view his death certificate. On his death certificate, Margaret Smith, had listed his father as UNK Reinier, and his birth as Ottumwa.  A Quick look at the death certificate for Henrietta, showed her status as divorced. A look at the marriages book for 1914-1915, recorded was a marriage for Noah Reinier of Keokuk County and Henrietta Loring on Feb 8, 1915..


My apologies to any living relatives of Mr Reinier whom did not know of this first marriage and child. My intentions are to document these historical letters, and if any family is present, allow them the opportunity, to see them.