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Papers of William M. Koehler, 1951-1978

MSS 220

This collection consists of  photocopies of typescripts of stories, poems, and essays, in one small box,  by William McKinley Koehler, of Pocatello, Idaho.  Most are undated. They were presented by Mr. Koehler’s sister, Lois Koehler Boyd, to the Idaho State Library in 1981, and were placed in the Idaho Author File.  They came to Boise State University when the Idaho Author File was transferred here in 1988 and removed from it to form a separate collection in 2003.  Some biographical material remains in the Idaho Author file (MSS 88).

William M. Koehler was born in Perrysville, Indiana, in 1896.  A veteran of World War I, he  wrote  contributed to the “Flu Dust”  column in the Gary Post-Tribune while working in the steel mills in Gary, Indiana.  He moved to Pocatello in the 1920s and held various jobs until 1953, when he went to work as a maintenance engineer for the heating and cooling plant of Idaho State University.  He retired in 1966 and died in Pocatello in July 1978.   He was a member of the Idaho Writers League.  The longest single work in the collection is his reminiscences of his World War I service with the Medical Corps, which included combat in France.  Also included is a description of  a Native American sun dance near Blackfoot, Idaho, in 1951. 

The Koehler collection forms part of the Idaho Writers Archive.

                                                               -- Alan Virta, 13 October 2003

Folder list

Entirely photocopies

Folder  1            Biographical material

Folder  2            World War I experiences (ca. 1968)

Folder  3            World War I experiences (ca. 1968) (Version 2)

Folder  4            Beauty Queen

Folder  5            The Beginning

Folder  6            The Black Cat

Folder  7            My Blind Friend, Jerry O’Connor

Folder  8            Childhood Sweethearts

Folder  9            Cutting the Christmas Tree

Folder 10           Dr. Straddley

Folder 11           Fred’s Perilous Journey

Folder 12           How Paul Bunyan Lost His Leg

Folder 13           Indian Sun Dance (Blackfoot, Idaho, 1951)

Folder 14           Interpretation of a Dream

Folder 15           Levi Wildcat

Folder 16           Pinto, the Lame Pony

Folder 17           Strictly Feminine

Folder 18           Transient Labor

Folder 19           The Unknowing Apostle

Folder 20           Poems

Folder 21           Miscellaneous

Folder 22           Notes

Folder 23           Penitence (Author unknown)

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