Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
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Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society
P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17
Inventory created by Archives Staff 02/1983. Last revised 11/2019.
ACCESS RESTRICTIONS: Collection is open to all researchers.
USE RESTRICTIONS: Restrictions may apply concerning the use, photoduplication, or publication of items in this collection. Consult a member of the archives staff for information concerning these restrictions. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright.
EXTENT: 0.25 linear feet
SCOPE AND CONTENT: The Charles Loring Hoover Papers is comprised of World War II memorabilia, newspaper clippings, obituaries, artwork, and other items related to Charles L. Hoover.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Charles Loring Hoover was born in 1920 and graduated from Handley High School in 1937. He died in November 1942 while fighting against an attack on his position by German bombers during the North African Campaign. He was the first Frederick County, VA soldier killed during the Second World War. He was 22 years old. Hoover was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Star for his service during the engagement. American Legion Post 021 “Conrad Hoover” in Winchester, VA, is named in his honor.
CITE AS: Charles Loring Hoover Records, 247 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA
ACQUISITION INFORMATION: Acquired as a gift.
American Legion Gold Star Citation, December 15, 1943, 1 leaf, printed
Correspondence, resolutions, etc.
News clippings regarding John and Charles Hoover, 1940s – 1950s
World War II gold stars, 2 items, printed
Scrapbook, news articles and correspondence regarding service and death of Charles Loring Hoover in World War II, 1 volume
Citation from Franklin Delano Roosevelt, November 29, 1942, 1 leaf, printed
Book of Psalms, no publisher, no date, pocket sized edition
“If You Don’t Come Back – Some Thoughts on Immortality,” by H. Hyde Prichard, New York, MacMillan Co., 1943, inscription reads “With Deep Sympathy to Lewis Hovermale, Market St. Methodist Church, November 29, 1946”
Medal, Post Eminent Commander, Knights Templar, belonged to Charles Loring Hoover, grandfather of Charles Loring Hoover, in leather case with 1904 membership card of C. E. Hoover in Acca Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S., Richmond, VA
Sketches, found among Charles Loring Hoover’s effects and possible done by him:
Sketch 1, possibly of General Turner Ashby, 3 leaves, manuscript (photocopy); 1 leaf on cardboard, manuscript
Sketch 2, Civil War Scene of Union soldiers pursuing through Poolesville, MD, 2 leaves, manuscript (photocopy); 1 leaf on cardboard, manuscript
Pewter Baby Cup, inscribed “John Hoover- December 25th, 1882” with leaf motif and face of a man [Jesus] on the handle; no. 6 pressed on bottom of cup
Photographs and other images belonging to this collection may be accessed online through http://handley.pastperfectonline.com/