Archive of a U.S. Marine in the Boxer Rebellion, ca.1900
ca.1900-1913 · Ripon, CA
by [BOXER REBELLION] TREDER, John P.
Ripon, CA: S.i., ca.1900-1913. The photographs include amateur snapshots and a few commercial images, of scenes in both China and the Philippines (from whence many Marines deployed following the Spanish-American War). A few of the amateur photographs are remarkable; one captures a city street strewn with dead bodies; another series of four captures a bloody, bare-knuckle boxing match between two strapping soldiers. The letters are from various family members, on various subjects including a long, excoriating letter from Treder's father taking him to task for the "sneering tone" of his most recent missive. According to genealogical websites, the Treder family, original from north Poland, appears to have relocated to Ripon, California from Wisconsin some time around the turn of the century. The same website confirms J.P. Treder's involvment in the Boxer suppression campaign. Archive of photographs and letters relating to the Marine Corps career of Ripon, California resident John P. Treder. Includes 26 original (vintage) photographic prints, all apparently related to the Boxer conflict; several contemporary documents; and 9 ALS, all on family-related matters, written some 13 years later. A few photographs with marginal creasing or tears and light soil; letters folded, in original mailing envelopes; Very Good. (Inventory #: 37938)