This collection contains correspondence with servicemen and newsletters during World War II. The fourteen newsletters date from January to June 1945. They were written by John W. Beyer, Esq., but with some content provided by those lawyers who were serving in the war, as well as from individuals who were still working stateside at the Lancaster County Courthouse. The newsletters are a collection of stories and anecdotes from the local legal community, as well as about their fellow lawyers serving elsewhere. It was Beyer's way to help those from the Lancaster Bar Association who were serving during the war to feel a little more connected with what was going on back home in Lancaster, at their courthouse, and with their colleagues.
The other half of the collection are the letters that Beyer received from his colleagues who were serving in the military. Many of the letters thanked Beyer for the newsletters and for the news from home and the court. They also informed him about where they were serving and what was happening during their time of service. There are also letters from Beyer to others regarding the newsletters.
An issue of the Lancaster Law Review contains the names and addresses of members of the Lancaster Bar Association who were serving in the military.
John W. Beyer was born on September 19, 1914 in Palmyra, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, to Caroline and Robert Beyer. He graduated from Upper Leacock Township High School in 1932, and then attended Franklin and Marshall College. After graduating in 1936, Beyer attended the University of Pennsylvania, and received his law degree in 1939. Beyer began practicing law in 1940 as a partner in the law offices of Arnold, Beyer & Homsher. Beyer served in the Lancaster County District Attorney's office from 1943 until 1953 when he resigned from the position. Beyer served on many committees and was involved in multiple civic organizations including the Lancaster Aero Club, the Lancaster Exchange Club, and the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. He passed away August 14, 1990.