Subseries 1.13
Norman Raoul papers, 1900-1931
Box 35

Biographical Note

Norman Raoul was born in New Brighton on Staten Island, New York on March 22, 1890. He was educated at Woodberry Forest School in Orange, Virginia, and the Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana. Between 1908 and 1910, he held positions with the Georgia Power Company and the Atlanta Clearing House. Norman worked for the Odorless Refrigerator Company in Chattanooga from 1910 until 1917, when he enlisted in the U.S. Army. During World War I, he served as an artillery officer with the 82nd Division of the American Expeditionary Force in France. Returning to Chattanooga after the war, he went to work for his father-in-law in the Chattanooga Implement and Manufacturing Company, serving first as treasurer and later vice-president. The depression of 1930 ended his twelve-year association with the company and in 1932 he became manager of the Post Exchange at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, near Chattanooga. Norman was a Mason and a member of the American Legion. He was married in 1915 to Frances Powell Sholar of Chattanooga. They were the parents of three children, Edward Sholar (1916-1919), Anne Elizabeth (b. 1921), and Norma Frances (b. 1929).

Scope and Content Note

Norman Raoul's letters are almost all to his mother, with a few to his father and sisters, Mary, Rosine, and Eleonore. They span the period 1900 to 1931, the bulk dating between 1900 and 1918. The subseries also contains one letter from Norman's wife Frances Sholar Raoul to her mother-in-law (1916). Several letters were written from the Woodberry Forest School that Norman attended from 1902 to 1905, and the Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana, which he attended from 1906 to 1908. These letters concern school activities, sporting events, and academic and disciplinary problems at Woodberry Forest that led to his withdrawal in February 1905. Letters from Atlanta and Chattanooga, where Norman settled in 1910 to work for his brother Gaston at the Odorless Refrigerator Company discuss work, marriage, children and perennial financial problems (1910-1913). Other letters, censored by military authorities, document Norman's service during World War I in the trenches and at the Saumur Artillery School in France (1918).

Arrangement Note

Arranged by record type

Letters of Norman Raoul
Box Folder Content
35 1 1900-1903
35 2 1904
35 3 1905, January-February
35 4 1905, March-October
35 5 1906, January-August
35 6 1906, September-December
35 7 1907, January-April
35 8 1907, May-December
35 9 1908, January-February
35 10 1908, March-August
35 11 1909-1910
35 12 1911
35 13 1912
35 14 1915-1916
35 15 1918
35 16 1929-1931
35 17 Undated
Letter of Frances Sholar Raoul
35 18 1916