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John Edward Barry suitcase, ca. 1925

Contributed by Mexico Historical Society
MMN Item 80674 Item Details
John Edward Barry suitcase, ca. 1925
MMN Item 80674 Zoom


This battered suitcase found in Rangeley about 2003 was filled with personal belongings of John Edward Barry.

The contents of the suitcase included a photograph of Barry's mother, his birth certificate, baby shoes, his graduation photograph and diploma from St. Theresa's Parochial School, a rosary and prayer book, and a class photograph and diploma from Mexico High School.

Additionally, a certificate of Barry's death in 1945 and burial on Peleliu Island, a purple heart certificate and military flag and a Western Union message advising his foster mother that his remains were being shipped home, and to make funeral arrangements, were also among the items contained in the suitcase.

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