1 box (0.33 cu.ft.)
About the Roche family:
The Roche family – Annie Roche, widow of David Roche (died Sept. 6, 1932), and mother of John Michael, Elizabeth (born ca. 1920, died July 1990), and David Roche (born ca. 1926) – lived at 89 Fourth Street in Manchester, New Hampshire’s west side. From July 1941 until March 1943, when he was discharged and awarded a disability pension for a duodenal ulcer, John served as a private in the U.S. Army. David served in the U.S. Navy.
About the Roche Family Papers:
The Roche Family collection consists of 113 letters written during the years 1942-1946 and a small number of photographs. Over half of the letters (71) are to Elizabeth Roche (referred to variously as “Betty,” “Liz,” or Elizabeth), mainly from former high school friends serving in the Armed Forces, or from family relatives. Twenty-seven (27) of the letters are from David Roche to his mother, Annie. Mrs. Margaret Wagner, whose son Thomas, is one of the correspondents, also lived at 89 Fourth Street in the unit adjacent to the Roches.
Many of the letters, and especially those to Elizabeth Roche, bear a flavor probably typical of letters home from new recruits: they are breezy and nostalgic for the recent past, mentioning times and places shared in common, such as “the square,” a neighborhood in Manchester.
- Official Correspondence, 1942-1945
A. To Elizabeth Roche
|f.1||May 6, 1942: From James Heron (“Casey”) (Camp Shelby, Mississippi).
Aug. 11, 1942: From Mary O’Neil.
Aug. 16, 1942: From E.J. (“Arby”) Padden (Cherry Point, N.C.).
Aug. 17, 1942: From Mary O’Neil.
Aug. 19, 1942: From Frank Goodfellow (c/o Postmaster, Miami).
Aug. 23, 1942: From Agnes and Jim [---?].
Oct. 8, 1942: From James Heron (“Casey”) (Camp Shelby, Mississippi).
|f.2||Jan. 4, 1943: From Walt (cousin).
Jan.4, 1943: From Walt (cousin).
Jan.6, 1943: From E.J. (“Arby”) Padden (Cherry Point, N.C.).
Jan. 27, 1943: From Frank Goodfellow.
June 26, 1943: From Edward (Ted) Mahan (Alamogordo, N.M.).
Aug. 21, 1943: From Thomas (Tom) Wagner.
|f.3||Jan. 3, 1944: From Charles O’Neil.
Jan. 19, 1944: From Frank Mahan (Guam).
April 30, 1944: From David (Dave) Roche (brother).
Aug. 10, 1944: From Thomas (Tom) Wagner.
Sept. 27, 1944: From Francis (Frank) Mahan (Guam).
|f.4||Jan. 6, 1945: From Manuel Figueroa (“Figs”)(at sea).
Jan. 29, 1945: From Charles Mahan (France).
Feb. 12, 1945: From 2nd Lt. Betty Belanger (Belgium).
July 4, 1945: From Manuel Figueroa (“Figs”) (at sea).
|f.5||Aug. 24, 194–?: From A.W. (Bud) Warren.
n.d.: From Edward (Ted) Mahan (Alamogordo, N.M.).
n.d.: From Francis (Frank) Mahan (Guam).
B. From Elizabeth Roche
|f.6||Feb. 6, 1943: To John Roche.
March 17, 194-?: To Winnie Mahan.
n.d.: To John Roche.
C. To Mrs. Annie Roche (Mother)
|f.7||Sept. 2, 1942: From Norah Mahan (Banada, Co. Roscommon, Ireland) to Annie and Elizabeth Roche.
Dec. 10, 1942: From David Roche.
Jan. 9, 1943: From David Roche.
July 13, 1943: From David Roche.
|f.8||Sept. 11, 1943: From David Roche.
Sept. 16, 1943: From David Roche.
Nov. 27, 1943: From David Roche.
Jan.7, 1944: From David Roche.
Feb. 1, 1944: From David Roche.
Feb. 17, 1944: From David Roche.
June 10, 1944: From David Roche.
April 27, 1945: From Winnie and Norah Mahan (Banada, Co. Roscommon, Ireland).
December 194-?: From Sgt. William (Bill) Callahan (India).
|f.9||July 6, 1916: James Ekersly to Kate [Mahan].
Oct 4, 1920: David Wilder to Katie [Mahan].
II. Official correspondence, 1942-1945
U.S. Office of Price Administration, Registration of Rental Dwellings to Anne Roche, December 15, 1942.
U.S. Naval Training Station letter (re: David Roche), Dec. 1942?
|f.11||David Roche: War Ration Book Two, 1942.
Elizabeth Roche: War Ration Book Two, 1942.
Blank Application for Federal Employment.
Blank Change of Address form, Navy Department Bureau of Supplies
and Accounts, Bond Issuing Division.
Your Home Front News: News of Manchester for the City’s Men and Women in the Armed Forces, October 27, 1944 and April 13, 1945.
|f.12||B&w 3 1/2 x 5 of David Roche, standing with three boys, n.d.
B&w 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 of North Africa, taken March 14, 1943 (in envelope from David Roche, dated November 11, 1943).
Portrait of Elizabeth Roche (taken by Durette Studio in Manchester, N.H.), n.d.
Portrait of Annie Roche (?) (taken by Durette Studio in Manchester, N.H.), n.d.
Annie Roche’s Graduating Class? (date unknown).
Elizabeth Roche’s Graduating Class of June 18, 1933 (with list of names on board).