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Fred and Brenda Stonerock Getz

Identifier: RH-A-3821

Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of letters, transcripts, cookbooks, a scrapbook, Comstock Centennial Books and a postcard. The letters range in date from 1936 to 1945.

The scrapbook contains a brief account of Earl Stonerock's time as a POW, and The scrapbook, made by Dorothy, gives a brief account of his son, Boyd's, service and the service of other relatives.

Brenda created the transcripts of the letters.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1936-1945

Biographical / Historical

Earl Stonerock (1914-2004) was grew up in Comstock, Michigan. His father, Fred Stonerock, worked as a fireman. Earl was the youngest of six children and completed his first year of high school before beginning work at the Rex Paper Co. Earl married Dorothy M. Belden on August 21, 1937. Two years later they had their first child, Boyd, in 1939. On April 4, 1944 Earl entered the service. On December 21, 1944 Pfc. Stonerock was taken prisoner during the Battle of the Bulge. He was liberated May 8, 1945 and was hospitalized for 9 days before returning to France.

In November 25, 1945, Earl was honorably discharged. Four years later Earl and Dorothy had their daughter Brenda. In 1961 Boyd joined the Navy.

Brenda Stonerock married Fred Getz and the couple resided in Comstock, Michigan.


1 boxes

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Physical Description

The collection amounts to 1 Cubic Foot and is composed of letters, transcripts, cookbooks, a scrapbook, a postcard and Comstock Centennial Books. The documents range in size from 4in X 5in to 12in X 2in. Overall the documents are in good condition. Many of the letters have torn and ragged edges.

Some of the letters are difficult to read due to pencil and ink smudges. However there are transcripts for a majority of the letters. The scrapbook is in fair condition. Some of the pages are ragged. Many of the newspaper clippings have yellowed. The photos are in good condition. The cookbooks are in good condition as are the Comstock Centennial Books. The Centennial books have notes written inside.


Brenda and her husband Fred Getz provided some of the collection, including the post card, recipes and Comstock Bicentennial information.

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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
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