Kibbe/Sipple Correspondence


Windsor Historical Society

96 Palisado Avenue, Windsor, CT 06095

© 2012 Windsor Historical Society of Windsor, Connecticut, Inc.



Creator:  Frederick S. Kibbe, 1891-1951

Dates:  April 1917 – August 1919

Extent: .5 linear foot


Accession #: 1986.14

Location: Document Storage



Biographical Note

            Frederick Sidney Kibbe was born March 6, 1891 in Hartford, Connecticut. For much of his life he lived in the family home at 88 Westland St., Hartford, CT with his mother Ella J. Hanford, wife Florence G. Kibbe, and brother and sister-in-law Marlin G. and Emily P. Kibbe. He worked as a driver for a variety of concerns and passed away in September 1951.

            Kibbe enlisted in the US Army in the spring of 1917 and received basic training at Fort Totten on Long Island, New York. Private Kibbe served in Company H of the 102nd US Infantry and was stationed in France for much of the next two years. In early 1919 he transferred to the Military Police Corps of the American Expeditionary Forces in France. By August 1919 he had returned to the United States and was discharged at Fort Devens, Massachusetts.

            The exact relationship between Kibbe and his correspondent Mrs. Jessie Sipple (1878-1963) of Windsor, CT, is unknown, but she may have been a friend of his sister Fannie Kibbe Carter (Mrs. Benjamin S.) who also lived in Windsor for many years.



Scope and Contents

            This collection of 27 letters and 3 postcards was written by Private Fred S. Kibbe to Jessie Taylor Sipple. Mrs. Sipple lived at 28 Pleasant St., Windsor, CT with her husband Charles and teenaged son John. The letters cover the span of two and a half years in which Kibbe served in the US Army infantry during World War I. He describes his experiences during basic training, in the trenches and at camp behind the lines in France, and while serving several months in the military police after the armistice in 1918. Kibbe describes his initial enthusiasm for military service and then his emerging disillusionment and discouragement about the life of an infantryman and the realities of warfare. When he gets “blue” he looks for some fun with the local French girls or for a place to have a few drinks. Transcripts have been prepared for most of the letters.




The correspondence is arranged chronologically followed by the transcripts and other supporting documentation.



Folder Lists

Folder 1




[April] 1917



September 28, 1917



October 22, 1917


Folder 2




January 26, 1918



January 31, 1918



April 6, 1918 


Folder 3




May 12, 1918



June 13, 1918



June 24, 1918



July 15, 1918


Folder 4




August 25, 1918



September 11, 1918



October 15, 1918


Folder 5




November 27, 1918



December 9, 1918



December 14, 1918


Folder 6




January 2, 1919



January 16, 1919


  January 20, 1919 [Transcript]
  January 21, 1919  
Folder 7    
  February 19, 1919 [Transcript]
  March 4, 1919 [Transcript]
  March 14, 1919 [Transcript]
Folder 8    
  May 14, 1919 [Transcript]
  June 6, 1919 [Transcript]
  June 27, 1919 [Transcript]
  August 20, 1919 [Transcript]
Folder 9    
  Postcards [Images]
Folder 10    
Folder 11    


Supporting documentation



Related Materials at Windsor Historical Society

Postcard Collection

Museum Collections contain uniforms, greatcoat, boots, and other items of official issue

Posters issued for recruiting, propaganda, and boosting home front morale

Subject files: Wars – World War I



Subject Terms

World War, 1914-1918 – Personal narratives

Kibbe, Frederick S., 1891-1951 -- Correspondence



Custodial History 

            The collection was arranged and transcribed by Windsor Historical Society volunteer Kevin McCullough in 2002. He wrote an article about the collection which was published in the May 2002 issue of the Windsor Historical Society News. The finding aid was prepared by WHS Librarian Barbara Goodwin in April 2012.



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