The Hogan family of Ocala, Florida, consisted of W.J. and Emily Hogan, father and mother of Arthur R. Hogan. W.J. was a merchant and owned a brick and plaster company. Arthur was born in 1895 in McCoy, Florida. When the United States entered World War I, he served as a corporal in the 106th Engineering Corps. He was inducted September 18, 1917, began his tour of duty overseas September 17, 1918, and was honorably discharged July 5, 1919. After the war, he suffered from unspecified war trauma and became a ward of his parents. Records indicate he was institutionalized from 1923 to 1931 at the U.S. Veterans Hospital, a neuropsychiatric hospital in Augusta, Georgia. Arthur suffered no physical injuries from the war but reportedly "had many very peculiar ideas."
The full collection of scattered documents consists primarily of letters from the American Red Cross and the U.S. Veterans Bureau in Augusta documenting Arthur Hogan's medical condition, life at the hospital, and items sent to him by his family. Other items include government documents, receipts, bills, and routine correspondence of various family members. Also included is W.J. Hogan's account book of wages and hours for the Acme Cement Plaster Company, Ocala. Miscellaneous materials include seven columns from the 1950s by Hearst syndicated columnist Henry McLemore and one package of "Glandmaro for Men who have lost their Vigor."
Digitized examples include his identification card, letters to his parents from Veterans Hospital No. 62, and entries from his father's account book that include travel expenses to visit him:
Above: View of the 106th Engineers at Camp Wheeler, Ga., 1918 (from the Library of Congress).
Finding aid, description, and digitization by Kelly Barber.