The collection consists largely of personal correspondence, mostly the incoming and outgoing correspondence of E. Joe Albertson,
Sr. while he was living in the Philippines, and the incoming and outgoing correspondence of Larrabee Albertson while he was
living in Mexico and then various other locations while serving in the Air Force. Overall contains more than 1500 letters
(with envelopes), as well as postcards, greeting cards, and personal ephemera.
Elijah Joseph Albertson (known as Joseph or E. Joe) was a teacher in the Philippines and Peru and later worked at the Peekskill
Evening Star, where he served as editor and co-publisher for nearly 40 years. Albertson was born in Pennsylvania on September
12, 1880, to Elijah and Ella (Larish) Albertson. He wed Beatrice Larrabee in 1910, and the two had several children, including
three sons: J. Donald, Larrabee (also referred to as Lad and Larry), and E. Joe Jr. They settled in Peekskill, New York, in
1924, and E. Joe bought the Star with partner Donald F. Ikeler. Larrabee Albertson (born circa 1915) attended Columbia and
the University of Hawaii, and later served as a lieutenant in the Air Force in the 1940s. He was stationed in various places
including Hawaii, China, and Tampa. Other family members represented in the collection include E. Joe's siblings: Chauncey,
Atta, Hazel, Charles, and Marguerite, as well as Beatrice's sister Louise. Elijah Joseph Albertson, Sr., died in 1965.
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