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Virgil and Hazel Egolf diaries

Identifier: 00179

Scope and Contents

The diaries are broken into two groups: Virgil Egolf's diaries and Hazel (Fox) Egolf's diaries. The entries for some years are incomplete and some diaries contain more than one year. The diaries consist of entries about their day to day affairs. There is very little personal information or information about world events. Virgil's diaries do not contain entries about his war experience, although it is mentioned briefly a few times before he goes off to war.


  • Creation: 1941 - 1967

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

Virgil Theodore (Rose) Egolf was born on May 8, 1906 to Leona May Hart and Edward Rose. A medical accident at his birth left him blind in one eye. His nickname was "Precious" because he was considered to be precious by family members. In 1908, his sister Garnette was born. In 1910, they came down with diphtheria. Virgil recovered but Garnette did not survive.

Virgil's parents divorced in 1912. In August of 1914, Leona remarried to Eli Egolf. Edward Rose, Virgil's biological father, joined the Canadian army and was discharged ca. 1921.

The Egolfs moved from Grant, Michigan to Muskegon, Michigan. On October 3, 1917, his sister Vernadine V. was born. In 1918, Virgil was the first in his grade school class to get influenza. Although he got well, two of his classmates died. On July 20, 1922 another sister, Elaine, was born. Virgil left school in the 9th grade to begin work. His father Edward Rose died in the fall of 1928.

During the depression, Virgil worked at many jobs including a textile mill for several of years. Around 1938, he met and began dating Hazel Fox. Virgil tried to join the navy in World War II but was turned down because of the blindness in his eye. But a few months later, in September of 1942, he was drafted into the army and served in the tank corps. Hazel and Virgil married in 1944. In the fall of 1945, Virgil was discharged and he returned to Muskegon. He worked and lived near his mother and stepfather. Hazel died in 1970.

Several years after Hazel's death, Virgil married Louise Acquire. She died in 1983. As he grew older, Virgil's vision deteriorated in his good eye. In 1985 he had a corneal implant. In the hospital he developed an infection and pneumonia and died on September 25, 1985.

Source: a one page biography written by Elaine Egolf Miller in 1999.


0.8 Cubic Feet (, diaries)

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Custodial History

Gift of Elaine Egolf Miller, 1999-02-19

General Physical Description note

0.8 cu. ft.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Virgil and Hazel Egolf Diaries
4 Published And Cataloged
S. Roberts
February 2003
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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