William F. Ebling Papers
Scope and Contents
The William F. Ebling Collection consists primarily of correspondence between William and his wife. The collection also holds military records, foreign currency and photographs. It should be noted that all the correspondence and military records have been photocopied for the use of the patrons. The originals are restricted.
- 1945 - 1946
William Frederick Ebling was born in 1913; he came to live full time in Osterville, Mass., when his family’s cottage became their year round home in 1925.
Graduating in 1935 from Harvard College where he majored in French, Ebling attended the Navy’s Japanese Language School, located at the University of Colorado in Boulder. During World War II and served in the Navy as a language officer at the Presidio in Monterey, California.
After the war, he served with the military government in the Palau Islands in the Western Pacific, where he established normal school and taught English to the teachers. English is the official language of the Palaus today. Mr. Ebling’s entire business career was in sales, the majority of the years as a stick broker in Hartford, Conn.
He was a volunteer for many organizations. After retiring to Cotuit, Mass, in 1976, he became an active member of the Osterville Men’s Club and pursued interests in duplicate bridge, golf, sailing and word games. He and his wife, Ruth (Mattison) Ebling, became avid hikers and climbed all 48 of the 4,000-foot peaks in the White Mountains.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Ebling had two daughters, Laura and Susan; two sons, David and Peter. Later in life he became a grandfather to 8 grandchildren.
William F. Ebling died on June 15, 2001 at the age of 87 in Hanover, NH.
3 linear feet (3 boxes)
Language of Materials
The William F. Ebling Collection consists of the correspondence and World War II files of JLO William F. Ebling (1913-2001). William Ebling was a graduate of Harvard College and attended the US Navy’s Japanese Language School, located at the University of Colorado in Boulder during World War II. Ensign William Ebling USNR served as a Japanese Language Officer in the Navy at the Presidio in Monterey, California. After the war, William Ebling served with the military government in the Palau Islands in the Western Pacific, where he established normal schools and taught English to the teachers. The collection consists primarily of correspondence between Ebling and his wife Ruth Ebling.
I. CORRESPONDENCE: USER COPY
II. MISCELLANEOUS PAPERS
III. CORRESPONDENCE AND PAPERS: ORIGINALS – RESTRICTED
- Processed by: Ashleigh Mayer, January 26, 2004 Reformatted and Edited by: Brittany Thornton, December, 2010
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