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William F. and Norma (Strong) Deacon Papers

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William F. and Norma (Strong) Deacon Papers, 1951-1996 | Litchfield Historical Society

By Kathy Craughwell-Varda

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Collection Overview

Title: William F. and Norma (Strong) Deacon Papers, 1951-1996Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1954-1955

Primary Creator: Norma Strong Deacon (1933-2010)

Other Creators: William F. Deacon (1933-2006)

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 02/18/2011

Subjects: Litchfield High School, United States -- History -- Korean War

Forms of Material: Letters (correspondence)

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The William F. and Norma Strong Deacon Papers (2011-26-0, 2011-05-0, 2011-07-0, 2012-03-0) include Litchfield High School graduation and reunion materials, photographs, correspondence between William F. Deacon and Norma Strong while he was serving in the Army in German and William F. Deacon's army discharge paper and evelope.

William Deacon's brother, Dave, and his sister-in-law, Priscilla (Pris), who worked with Norma Strong at W. T. Grant in Hartford, suggested that the two write each other, although they had never met.  Their correspondence began in June 1954 and continued weekly until March 1955 when William Deacon returned to Connecticut, finishing his enlistment early.  They married in June 1956.

Collection Historical Note

William F. Deacon, the son of Arthur D. and Rosalind (Blanchard) Deacon, and was born April 6, 1933.  He graduated from Litchfield High School in 1951 and went to work for his father's construction company, A. D. Deacon & Sons Builders.  He served in the US Army from 1954-1955.  He and his wife were pen pals during his military service and married a year after his return in June 1956.  They had six children together.  William Deacon eventually took over operation of his father' s company.  He was also a member of the First Congregational Church in Litchfield, the First National Bank of Litchfield Advisory Committee and Vice President of the East Cemetery Association.  He died January 26, 2006.

Norma Strong Deacon, the daughter of Ernest Frederick and Ruth (Collins) Strong, was born June 18, 1933.  After graduating from Manchester High School in 1951 she attended Westbrook College in Portland, Maine were she earned an Associate Degree in Business in 1953.  She was encouraged to write to her future husband, William Deacon, by his sister-in-law and her co-worker at W. T. Grant, Priscilla Deacon.  They were married in June 1956 and had 6 children.  Norma Deacon died September 28, 2010.

Subject/Index Terms

Litchfield High School
United States -- History -- Korean War

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Cindy Birkins

Acquisition Method: Gift

Related Materials: Graduation tassel and riffles in the Museum Collection.

Preferred Citation: William F. and Norma (Strong) Deacon Papers, (2011-05-0, 2011-07-0, 2011-26-0, 2012-03-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield,


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Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Litchfield High School Papers, 1951-1996],
[Series 2: Photographs],
[Series 3: Correspondence],
[Series 4: Army Discharge Paper and Envelope, 1961],
[All]

Series 1: Litchfield High School Papers, 1951-1996Add to your cart.
High school progress report and diploma of William F. Deacon, as well as school reunion programs.
Folder 1: Diploma and School PapersAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Class Reunion ProgramsAdd to your cart.
Series 2: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Snapshots from William F. Deacon's time in the Army, photo portraits of William F. Deacon and Norma Deacon, Litchfield High School class reunion photos.
Folder 1: William Deacon Army PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Includes snapshots from William Deacon's time in the Army and photo portraits of William and Norma Deacon.
Folder 2: Litchfield High School Reunion PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Series 3: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Correspondence between Norma Strong and William F. Deacon before they were married and while he was serving in the Army in Germany.
Folder 1: Letters, Norma Strong to William F. DeaconAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Letter, July 11, 1954Add to your cart.
News about friends, home, work.
Item 2: Happy Birthday Card, March 14, 1954Add to your cart.
Item 3: Letter, March 21, 1955Add to your cart.
Last letter before William's return from Germany.
Item 4: Valentine's Day CardAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Letters, William F. Deacon to Norma Strong, June - August 1954Add to your cart.
Item 1: Letter, June 19, 1954Add to your cart.
First letter to Norma.
Item 2: Letter, July 14, 1954Add to your cart.
Describes being in the Engineering Corps.
Item 3: Letter, July 17, 1954Add to your cart.
Playing basketball, talk of putting a team together, painted their room.
Item 4: Letter, August 1, 1954Add to your cart.
Going to demolition and explosives school.
Item 5: Letter, August 15, 1954Add to your cart.
Walking guard duty, decribes himself and his family.
Item 6: Letter, August 8 1954Add to your cart.
Playing softball, at steak dinner and party for 200 soldiers, left when it got rowdy, saw a guy withh whom he graduated from Litchfield High School.
Folder 3: Letters, William F. Deacon to Norma Strong, September - October 1954Add to your cart.
Item 1: Letter, September 19, 1954Add to your cart.
Received her photo, comments on what his brother and sister-in-law are doing, comments on hurricane that hit Connecticut, doesn't eat in the mess hall.
Item 2: Letter, October 3, 1954Add to your cart.
Leaving to spend 30 days at headquarters, listening to World Series on the radio, misses seeing it on TV.
Item 3: Letter, October 11, 1954Add to your cart.
Out on manuevers, can't wait to get out of the army, signs his letter "Love, Bill" for the first time.
Item 4: Letter, October 21, 1954Add to your cart.
Knows his first Christmas from home will be hard, looking forward to meeting her.
Item 5: Letter, October 31, 1954Add to your cart.
Back at Hersford, received package of food from his mother, likes to look through newspapers for news about Connecticut.
Folder 4: Letters, William F. Deacon to Norma Strong, November-Decemeber 1954Add to your cart.
Item 1: Letter, November 7, 1954Add to your cart.
Sent a 400 day clock to his sister and sister-in-law for Christmas.
Item 2: Letter, November 18, 1954Add to your cart.
Guys in platoon planning Christmas party for German orphans, days getting shorter, not worried about eating too much turkey for Thanksgiving.
Item 3: Letter, November 25, 1954Add to your cart.
Thanksgiving dinner pretty good, although cold due to the number of men to feed, enclosed menu, received package from her and thought her fruit cake was delicious - shared it with his buddies.
Item 4: Letter, December 1, 1954Add to your cart.
Received 4 packaged from home containing candy, cookies, books and writing paper - couldn's have received anything better, Christmas music makes him homesick, looks forward to hearing from her.
Item 5: Letter, December 9, 1954Add to your cart.
Planning to go on leave in February, off duty from December 23-January 2, put it for promotion to corporal.
Item 6: Letter, December 18, 1954Add to your cart.
Has been decorating for Christmas, made a nativity scene for the front lawn, built stand for Christmas tree, promotion didn't come this month, maybe next month.
Item 7: Letter, December 27, 1954Add to your cart.
Christmas seemed like another Sunday, with lots of time off nothing to do except think about home; wonderful dinner (menu included), asked his sister-in-law to pick out a Christmas present for him to give Norma, soldiers delivered presents to orphans on Christmas.
Folder 5: Letters, William F. Deacon to Norma Strong, January-February 1955Add to your cart.
Item 1: Letter, January 1, 1955Add to your cart.
Had a quiet New Year's Eve until bunkmates came in at midnight waking him and keeping him up for an hour, worried if clocks he sent for Christmas broke during shipping, will go sightseeing during his February leave.
Item 2: Letter, January 9, 1955Add to your cart.
Glad to read sister-in-law liked the clock, brother attending UCONN basketball games, likes when new guys arrive, hard to watch guys leave.
Item 3: Letter, January 16, 1955Add to your cart.
Watched the movie, "Best Years of Our Lives," wonderful movie - can't wait to be in their shoes, discusses weddings coming up and weddings he missed being overseas.
Item 4: Letter, January 23, 1955Add to your cart.
Writing about mutual friends, looking forward to civilian life, will go see "White Christmas" next week since Norma recommended it to him.
Item 5: Letter, January 31, 1955Add to your cart.
(Missdated February 29, 1955) Made corporal, signed "Ready Card" that tells him when and where he will be leaving (April 5), watched "White Christmas" and like it.
Item 6: Letter, February 6, 1955Add to your cart.
On orderly duty all night, but it's better than guard duty, time passing very fast, wants to buy a Pontiac when he gets home.
Item 7: Letter, February 6, 1955Add to your cart.
Thank you for Valentine Day's card and pictures.
Item 8: Letter, February 20, 1955Add to your cart.
Back from leave with 2 days left to rest up before reporting back for duty, went to Paris on leave and then spent time in Frankfurt.
Item 9: Letter, February 27, 1955Add to your cart.
Looks forward to the end of the week when her letters arrive, only 38 days left until he's out of the army.
Folder 6: Letters, William F. Deacon to Norma Strong, March 1955Add to your cart.
Item 1: Letter, March 6, 1955Add to your cart.
(Missdated February 6, 1955) Really focused on time left, platoon party coming up, but not planning on attending after last one, comments that Dave is attending a lot of basketball games.
Item 2: Letter, March 13, 1955Add to your cart.
Three weeks left until discharge, contributed to Red Cross on last pay day since they helped get his furlough extended when his dad was sick.
Item 3: Letter, March 20, 1955Add to your cart.
Miserable weather, he had a cold, thank you for birthday card, hopes to be out of the army by April 25, surprised she resigned from W.T. Grant.
Item 4: Letter, March 27, 1955Add to your cart.
Orders have come in, but he hasn' seen them and doesn't know exact date, just told that his boat is leaving April 4, happier than he's been in two years.
Item 5: Letter, March 30, 1955Add to your cart.
Writing for a few minutes while packing, leaving tomorrow morning, letter to sister-in-law returned because he wrote "Manchester" (where Norma was from) instead of "Simsbury."
Series 4: Army Discharge Paper and Envelope, 1961Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Litchfield High School Papers, 1951-1996],
[Series 2: Photographs],
[Series 3: Correspondence],
[Series 4: Army Discharge Paper and Envelope, 1961],
[All]


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