Letters of Jean Hurpin - A French Soldier in the Trenches
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- These letters are correspondence from French Legion of Honor winner Jean Hurpin, who survived the war and died 06 Oct 1967 in Cressy, France. The letters of 1918 were to Theodore Streeter Nelson (born 28 Jun 1902 died 22 May 1943). At the time, Mr. Hurpin was a soldier in the army of France and Theodore Nelson was a fifteen-year old boy living in Winchester, New Hampshire (at the home of his father, Luman Ranger Nelson, a noted taxidermist and NH State Legislator). How the correspondence began is uncertain and we haven't been able to contact any members of the Hurpin family to determine if Nelson's letters to Mr. Hurpin were saved. Jean Hurpin was a famed beekeeper and noted apiary researcher. His books are still in demand. It was for his research into bees that he received the Legion of Honor award. The letters were found in a collection of papers that Theodore Streeter Nelson, Jr., son of the letters' recipient, had in his home at the time of his death in 2007.