Guide to the William O. Druffel Papers 1920-1962
Cage 219

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
William O. Druffel
William O. Druffel Papers
Cage 219
Date [inclusive]
1200.0 items.
General Physical Description note
2.5 linear feet of shelf space.
Correspondence, notes, clippings, scrapbooks and other papers concerning the Washington State Guard, the history of Colton, and Druffel's activities as a county official.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 219, William O. Druffel Papers . Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

William O. (Bill) Druffel was born in Spokane, Washington, September 7, 1894, the son of Joseph and Adelaide Druffel. At the age of six years, the Druffels moved to a farm near Pine City, then to Colton, Washington, where Bill grew up. He capped his education at St. Martins College in Olympia, receiving an M.A. in 1911. In 1916 he was employed as a printer's apprentice, then as a bookkeeper for a grain firm. This was followed by a position with the First National Bank of Pullman. In 1920 he became Cashier of the Farmer's State Bank of Johnson, while the same year he was married to Miss Charlotte Hicks of Pullman, Washington. In 1925, he became cashier of the Security State Bank of Colton, holding that position for over twentyfive years. Between 1933 and 1940 he also managed the Highway Garage Hardware.

His civic activities included several terms as Mayor of Colton, member of the school board, Whitman County Commissioner, President of the Washington State Association of County Commissioners, and Vice-President of the National Association of County Officials.

He was a veteran of a World War I Balloon Company, and active as Company Commander in the National Guard during and after World War II. He was also a member of the Pullman Ration Board during that period.

From 1958 until his death Bill Druffel was President of the WSU Friends of the Library in which he played an active supporting role. Much of his FOL-related activities are documented in the records of that organization.

He died on December 12, 1962, in Colton, Washington.

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Scope and Contents note

The papers of William O. Druffel consist of correspondence, clippings, notes, publications, photographs, scrapbooks and other material arranged in four categories documenting his Washington State Guard activities, his interest and support of local government, material collected and written about the history of Colton, Washington, followed by a small group of miscellaneous personal material, including the accession file and a large scrapbook of clippings.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1964
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The papers of William O. Druffel were a gift to Washington State University Library by Mrs. Charlotte Hicks Druffel in November 1963.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Washington (State). National Guard Company C (Pullman, Wash.)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Colton (Wash.)--History--Sources


  • County officials and employees--Washington (State)--Whitman County--Records and correspondence

Personal Name(s)

  • Druffel, Charlotte Hicks. waps
  • Druffel, William O., 1894-1962 --Archives


  • Government and Politics
  • Military
  • Pacific Northwest History
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Washington State Guard 

Box Folder

Scrapbook. Clippings concerning World War II, the Washington State Guard activities in the state and Whitman County. 1942-1945   58.0 leaves.

1 1

Scrapbook. Several hundred unmounted clippings concerning WW II, and Washington State Guard activities. 1943-1946   26.0 leaves.

1 2

Company "C". Clippings, membership lists, financial records, The "C" Breeze, drafts of speeches and articles, rosters, membership cards, and other records, correspondence and memoranda concerning Company "C", Washington State Guard and its reunions. 1948-1962   100.0 items.

1 3

Photographs. Snapshots of military encampment. 1943   170.0 items.

1 4

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Series 2: County Government 

Box Folder

Government. Correspondence, clippings and speeches concerning local government. 1952-1961   19.0 items.

2 5

Gas Tax Funds. Correspondence, memoranda, notes, news bulletins, and other papers concerning allocation formula, and other highway matters. 1952-1954   18.0 items.

2 6

Washington State Association of County Commissioners. Correspondence, reports, speeches, memoranda, minutes, programs, certificates and other papers. 1951-1960   140.0 items.

2 7-8

Idaho Association of County Commissioners and Clerks. Correspondence, programs, speeches and other papers. 1954-1959   34.0 items.

2 9

Intergovernmental Relations Committee. Correspondence, minutes, transcripts of testimony before the Intergovernmental Relations Committee of the Committee on Government Relations of the U.S. House of Representatives. 1957-1958   29.0 items.

2 10

National Association of County Officials. Correspondence, memoranda, notes, speeches and other papers. 1949-1961   100.0 items.

2 11-12

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Series 3: History 

Box Folder

Schools. Clippings on the Colton schools. 1935-1962   100.0 items.

3 13

Notes on the history of Colton 1936-1950   25.0 items.

3 14

Notes on pioneers (primarily on cards) undated   115.0 items.

3 15

Notes on the history of Colton. Includes deeds, notes, lists, title abstracts, announcements and other papers. 1920-1956   20.0 items.

3 16

Register of pioneers of Colton. Pages in a fragment of a Johnson bank ledger. May 23, 1943   3

3 17

Colton pioneer picnic. Scrapbook of photographs. May 29, 1960   1.0 volume.

3 18

Colton community center. Scrapbook of photographs. July, 1949   1.0 volume.

3 19

Photographs: Colton, Uniontown, pioneers, Whitman County scenes 1900-1961   100.0 items.

3 20

Johnson history, particularly Jonathan Johnson 1957-1959   8.0 items.

4 21

NPRR action to discontinue station at Johnson 1927   10.0 items.

4 22

Precinct #24, Johnson, Washington, Registration Officer (W.O. Druffel) Papers 1924   20.0 items.

4 23

Steptoe Butte, by B. F. Manring and Troy Lindley undated   2.0 items.

4 24

Whitman County, by James Short 1960   2.0 volumes.

4 25

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Series 4: Personal 

Box Folder

Election scrapbook 1956   108.0 items.

4 26

Druffel Family [i.e. Miscellaneous] undated   10.0 items.

4 27

Stewart Holbrook correspondence 1960-1961   14.0 items.

4 28

American Balloon Corps Veterans, correspondence 1962   5.0 items.

4 29

Mrs. Druffel's correspondence with WSU 1962-1966   28.0 items.

4 30

Scrapbook Sept. 1938-Jan. 1940   1.0 volume.

5 31

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