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Corporal Arthur L. Morgan

Postcard sent by Arthur L. Morgan, December 28, 1918. Object ID: 1985.101.036; Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center

Corp. A. L. Morgan

Co. E. 37th Engrs.

Am. Ex. Force

France

I am stationed here for a few days, but the country furnishes us a good time especially the old buildings…

Lovingly, Arthur

(Vertical in center) Note the castle. We have been thru it.

Postmarked December 28, 1918, this postcard was sent by Arthur L. Morgan to his mother at 423 Rudd Avenue. Morgan was part of Company E of the 37th Engineer Battalion during World War I. He wrote home frequently, evidenced by a collection of his letters, postcards, and World War I memorabilia donated to the museum in 1985.

Morgan was born to James and Anna Morgan on October 2, 1892 in Cañon City and was in the class of 1911 of Cañon City High School. He attended Stanford University and earned a degree in mechanical engineering. Prior to volunteering for military service, Morgan worked as an electrical engineer in California and at an electric power company in Boise, Idaho. According to records, he enlisted on April 1, 1918.

Morgan received his military training at Fort Myer, Virginia before being sent over to Europe. He served in both France and Germany based on letters and postcards sent to his parents over the course of his service. During World War I, engineer regiments performed various jobs during their service. Combat engineers constructed bridges, roads, and railroads at the front or directly behind. Forestry troops provided lumber and other engineers enlarged port facilities, constructed storage space, and organized tank units. The 37th Engineer Battalion was organized January 16, 1918 and participated in the Battle of Saint-Mihiel and the Meuse-Argonne offensive. The battalion was officially demobilized in March 1919.

After his discharge, Morgan returned to Idaho and worked for the Idaho Power Company beginning in 1919 and later worked for the General Office Engineering Department until his retirement in 1958. He passed away on October 14, 1974 and is buried in Boise, Idaho.

A snapshot of life during World War I can be seen through Morgan’s letters. Included in the collection are 16 letters and 13 postcards. Some of the letters are censored and are from “somewhere in France”, a common practice in the event of capture of mail by opposing forces. Scans of his letters can be viewed in his family file at the museum.

Company E, 37th Engineer Corps in railyard in Koblenz, Germany (Corporal Arthur L. Morgan likely pictured), December 6, 1918. Object ID: 1985.101.027; Copyright Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center

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The information presented in this article is compiled using research conducted by the Royal Gorge Regional Museum and History Center. 

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